I just signed up for Weight Watchers on - line and not because of all of those commercials with Jennifer Hudson's skinny twin singing about a "New Day" to the top of her lungs. By the way, I LOVE me some Jennifer Hudson. Anyway, I signed up because the truth is that I don't like the direction that my weight and overall health has taken. I have always struggled with weight, but now this has become a civil war between my body and my mind. Physically, I feel exhausted by the smallest effort to move on a treadmill and mentally, I sometimes can't see myself smaller than my current weight. Therefore, self -motivation is a challenge.
No matter what I do, I just can't seem to keep the weight off. But then it dawned on me one day. The reason I can't keep the weight off is because I honestly don't know how to. All of the diets that I have been on, Atkins, No Carb and Low Carb, B12 shots, LA Weight Loss, South Beach, etc. mainly focused on how to lose weight but maintenance is usually the last 5 pages in the book. Additionally, by the time I get to maintenance, I have already broken the diet due to the strict and impossible eating requirements. Why did I do these ridiculous diets you say? Well I wanted to lose it FAST! The pressure to lose 30 lbs. in 2 months is HUGE! Even previously pregnant celebutantes make you feel worthless if you can't drop a load of LBs in a nano-second.
So since the fast track does not help me sustain the weight loss or even adapt realistic eating habits, I am assigning the "slow and steady" pace to my journey towards a healthier and happier me. Not only will I focus on losing weight this time, but I will also learn the following:
1. I will learn how to eat for nourishment and for my overall health,
2. I will learn how to prepare my foods with fresh ingredients that are not high in saturated fats, sugars, or salts. Fastfood be DAMNED!
3. I will learn how to provide healthy,well prepared meals for me and my husband, so that we will be able to cook healthy meals for ourselves and our future children. I have picked one day a week, Sunday, to cook for both me and husband from a Weight Watchers cook book that has been in my possession for over a year. Be on the look out as I share the good recipes with you all.
4. I will eagerly include physical activity in my schedule 5 days a week to build up my energy levels and to provide my body with the oxygen that it needs to carry me through my lifetime.
|Before Picture #1 - 216 lbs. - June 11, 2012|