Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Trimming the Fat
When my college-aged daughter got home for the summer, I watched her healthy eating habits and listened to her talk about various exercise programs and, what can I say? She inspired me. Love when that happens. Now let me start by saying I've been on a gazillion diets and lost a gazillion pounds over the years only to gain them all back. A real yo yo kinda thing. This time I'm doing something different and so far it has been really easy.
I started this whole thing about a week ago and imagine my surprise to find upon weighing yesterday that I'd lost ten pounds. WHOOP. HOLLER. JUMP UP AND DOWN. The whole process didn't kill me either. Yeah, I had a few moments late at night when I was ready to chew on the walls but it was relatively easy now that I think about it.
Mainly, I'm sticking with no processed foods, little to no sugar, lots of fresh veggies and water. Lots and lots of water. On the water...I think I'm drinking about a gallon a day and although I get the sensation of floating away it is providing some added benefits. As a woman of 'a certain age' I'm finding that hot flashes are somewhat dimished, I stay less hungry and feel an overall sense of fitness. Yeah, I'm still a coffee hound but I'm replacing that (for the most part) with water. I've found that adding those metabolism booster Crystal Light deals to my bottles helps too. Gives me that sweetness I want, too. A win win.
Ohhhh and listen to this....a new frozen yogurt place opened up down the street and I think I'm in heaven. Ice cream is my one true weakness and this place has a dozen different flavors (which are changed out weekly). I'm avoiding the wonderful toppings and since most of the choices are sugar and fat free, I can indulge without feeling guilty. Ain't it great? We looked up the calorie content of this stuff on line and found that most flavors were roughly eight calories to thirty calories per ounce. So if you fill up an eight ounce container, it's really not bad at all. Lately we've been heading over there every afternoon to try out something new. It has become a nice little 'get out of the house' thing to do.
I still haven't started an exercise program but that's next. Siiiigh.Think it's time to do something with my exercize equipment rather than simply dust it. Anyway, I'm on a journey. Figure I won't see results overnight but I'm looking at all of this as a lifestyle change. So now I'm wondering how you 'trim the fat'?