My Weight Loss Tips
This is a post for those of you who opened my blog this morning, saw "Aquinas", thought "it is too darned early for this krep" and decided to go read something else. FWIW, I don't blame you. That post was borne out of caffeine, insomnia and that long-dormant college rumination gene.
So, on to lighter fare. Literally.
I'm not officially dieting, but I've--as of today--lost 36 pounds. I was talking about this with some friends of mine at church, and decided that I'd do a brief post on my non-diet diet tips.
I am 36 years old. The first diet I went on was when I was 11. I've been on any number of diets since then, but last July I decided I'd never diet again.
I still wanted to lose weight if possible, but more than that I wanted to be healthy. The drawback to this gig is that I don't have the dramatic "Hey! I lost 8 lbs. this week!" types of victories, but I do finally feel as though I've internalised healthy thinking. In other words, I can live my life like this.
So here, in a nutshell, are the few things I have done over the course of the last 6 months.
1. Cut out caffeine
I went from about 6 cokes a day to none. Since they were regular Cokes, this also helped with the calories in a big way.
2. "Tithe" my food.
No, I don't offer it to idols, so there's not that danger. But I figured that if we're supposed to give 10% of everything to God, it might help me shape up if I left at least 10% of my food on my plate. Some meals this goes up to 50%, but I generally don't clean my plate anymore.
3. Go to the bathroom on a different floor.
I counted one day and realised that this burned an EXTRA 200 CALORIES each day. Of course, I have a kidney disease so I go to the bathroom a lot. But whatever. It's still a good idea.
4. Do ONE healthy thing each day.
I've been on enough diets to know that they tell you to eat the pyramid, get an hour's intense exercise, cut out caffeine and basically forego all of life's minor pleasures in pursuit of some nebulous goal called "health". Unlike the good people in this world, I have no desire to be 'healthy' if it means I've spent my entire life enslaved to a treadmill and a pile of carrots. So I decided to just do ONE healthy thing each day. Eat an extra serving of vegetables. Skip dessert. Exercise. I pick one. Some days I pick two or do all three. But I don't force myself to be ruled by my health regimen. I know me. I'd never stick to it otherwise.
5. No carbs before 3:00pm unless eaten with protein.
6. Rules were made to be broken
I will have the very occasional coke, or spend a day now and then not doing anything healthy. If you put the world's best lasagne in front of me, I'll eat it all and forego the 10% rule. But it's only occasionally. I figure that's the price to pay for staying on track.
This is the most fun I've ever had, and the best I've ever done on any weight control/health control thing. I highly recommend inventing your own thing.