So there's all this talk of diet, exercise, and weight loss over at Kelly's Korner, and I thought I'd jump in. Recently, I tried an experiment. Sometime this past fall, I decided I'd stop exercising and eat anything I wanted to see how much weight I'd gain by Dec. 31. Well, maybe I didn't actually set out to do that, but that's what I did. I feasted on chips and Christmas cookies, large portions, leftovers for lunch, and all kinds of delicacies. Not surprisingly, I gained several pounds and felt crappy, but let me tell you, it was fun to eat anything I wanted!
But now I'm back to eating like a skinny person, counting calories, and exercising every day. It's what I've done most of my life, except when I was pregnant. So step-by-step…
1. Eat like a skinny person. Before I eat something, I ask myself, "Would a skinny person eat this?" The question itself makes me feel guilty. The question really is, "Would I, at my skinniest 25-year-old self, have eaten this?" If the answer is "no," and if I am feeling driven enough, that will be enough for me to not touch that piece of luscious chocolate cake with thick, creamy icing.
2. Count calories. I do, every single day. My goal is to stay between 1200 and 1500 calories. I like the system at SparkPeople. It's very easy to calculate your daily calories and make substitutions with their program. I like lists, and I like checking things off, so this works for me.
3. Exercise every day. I allow myself one day off per week. When the weather is nice, I like to walk three times a week. My current favorite programs are the 30-Day Shred and The Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga. I alternate those two DVDs. My favorite way to exercise is to hike in the mountains, but lately it's been way too cold for that around here.
Eat like a skinny person, count calories, and exercise: it's not a terribly inspired plan, I know. I am blessed in the good weight genes department, BUT I still gain weight, and quickly, without regular exercise and vigilant eating. In a perfect world, I could eat chips and salsa twice each day and brownies for dessert every night. But pretzel rods are good, too.
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