Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Diets.. Breaking up is hard to do...

I have been struggling with my weight for a few years now, well more than a few. In high school I was told I was too skinny by my family. I had a bit of an unhealthy body image that was part of why I worked out, but mostly, I just liked the gym. I used it as a stress reducer and I had a whole lot of stress. I was going through what was the hardest part of my life to date, and keeping busy and working out helped.

Then at some point, I made the switch from exercising to get rid of stress to eating because I was stressed. I really think that happened in college. I ate really poorly and wasn't really interested in exercise. From there I moved to a high stress job, that was emotionally draining and mostly sedentary. I got married, moved, started a food blog and had a baby. In 7 years I put on 65 pounds, just going by by weight then to my weight now. I gained way more than that during my pregnancy, but a lot of that came off.

I was sitting watching my son play last week and decided I needed to make some changes. I had just found out that I was obese according to my BMI. I was tired all the time, and chasing around a toddler just wasn't easy. I felt like I was missing out on my life. I decided to do something about it. I joined Weight Watchers.

I'm 5 days in and am feeling really good. I am watching my portion sizes, drinking lots of water and eating tons and tons of fruits and veggies. I'm learning how to eat healthy. I'm learning how to get active and how to make this a lifestyle. I am already feeling better than I have in a long time.

Here were my requirements for a diet:

1. I didn't want to have to eat diet food. It is just gross and bad for you.

2. I wanted to be able to eat what I wanted, just in moderation.

3. I needed someone to show me how to do #2.

4. I needed something that had a lot of help.

5. I wanted something with proven success.

I went with something structured because I had tried and failed on several occasions. I decided to do something that was going to cost me money as an insentive to actually lose weight. I am eating more real and whole foods and it feels very good. I have more energy and have been feeling so much better, and I am not even a week in.

Here is what you can expect from here on out:
I will share good recipes that are healthy.
I will share the occasional treat.
I'll share my good recipes that I find on the web.

Anything other than that is a disservice to me and to you. We owe it to ourselves, our families, and our futures to eat better and exercise. It's time for me to break up with the old me and create a better and more healthy me.

Wish me luck!


P.S. If you want to join me leave me a comment. Success always tastes sweeter when shared with friends.


Harvest Hill Farm said...

Good for you, Joy! I'm not overweight, but I'm over 65 and I should be exercising on a regular basis. I have never had the willpower to do that. I have good intentions and I start, but I also quit. If you promise to lose weight, maybe I'll promise to exercise.

Joy B. said...

I'm down 4 pounds this week! Looks like you better get a work out in!