There it was, staring me in the face, in black and white…..my TRUE weight! Surely the scales HAD to be wrong! (No, those are not my legs...I wish they were)
The last time I weighed this much I gave birth to something. This time, unfortunately, I didn’t have anything waiting to be born. With a disgusting sigh, I stepped off the scales and weighed (…ha…get it…) :-) my options.
The way I saw it, I had two choices….I could maintain my current miserable weight or I could get busy and do something about it. And let me tell you, this was hard for me as I've never had a weight problem. Stupid menopause!!
Since the hubster was battling his own weight issues and some borderline high blood pressure problems, we set out on our weight loss venture.
The first decision we made is that we would not diet...we would not deprive ourselves of the foods we enjoyed...we would be moderate with our intake of them. We developed a healthy routine of eating and exercise that would work for us. We wanted this change to be permanent, not temporary. We turned to technology (the last place one would think about looking) for answers, downloaded a few fitness and calorie counting apps, researched some food plans and began our journey.
As of today, I've lost 15 pounds and the hubster has lost 20. He dropped his in 4 weeks, while it has taken me 3 months (don't you hate that men can lose weight so much more easily?). I went from a 4 Mt. Dew-a-day habit to rarely drinking caffeine. And believe me, leaving those Mt. Dews behind has been difficult. Now, I drink anywhere between 1 ½ to 2 gallons of water a day.
By using MyFitnessPal and FitBit, we have learned to be aware of exactly what we are eating. Everything we eat gets recorded, including vitamins...they have calories. The hubster laughs and says that he doesn't really have to worry about his calories since I can recite the calories, sugars, carbs, fat and protein content of just about everything we eat.
We both exercise. I exercise 5-6 days a week...some cardio, some strength training/toning. I do it all from home. I didn't want to go to the gym while I was overweight, so I thought I would lose all of the weight I wanted and then try the gym. We have eliminated a lot of processed foods, eating more protein, fruits and veggies..I eat more fruits, the hubster eats more veggies...we balance it out. We still go out to eat, we just make better choices.
We still eat our favorite foods...pasta, bread, rice, nachos, cake, chocolate, tacos, etc. we just eat it in moderation. I still plan on having egg nog during the holidays....I just won't have 3 glasses before bedtime! :-) When we went to the State Fair this year, we split a fried snickers and I had a foot long corny dog...after all, you cannot go to the fair and not have a corny dog!
Our rule is and will be moderation, not deprivation. We feel that most diets fail because one has to deprive themselves of something they enjoy. So far, our plan is working for us. Each person has to find what works for them. And the best part of this weight loss journey....besides the weight loss....I get to have a chocolate or vanilla milkshake EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I will share that recipe in my next post! But for now, a little something for your viewing pleasure...