Losing Weight Is No Cakewalk
With the recent split from my husband, I have to admit I haven’t been following my diet very closely. In fact... I haven’t been following it at all.
Still I have discovered a few things about weight loss in general that have enlightened me to my own body as a whole!
Losing Weight Is No Cakewalk
First and foremost, losing weight is no cakewalk. It requires meal planning, time spent in exercise and a commitment to being healthy. If even ONE of these factors is lacking, it can mar everything. It is no wonder, then, that so many people speak about failed attempts in losing weight! The dedication necessary is nothing short of overwhelming.
Having said this, however, weight loss is also a completely do-able task, and even slight lifestyle modifications can help you drop a few pounds and feel better.
Fresh Start on My Eating Habits
Let's start with eating habits.
While I was with the husband, our food intake became grossly unhealthy. We used the excuse that our jobs left us without the time to cook decent dishes and incorporate fruits and vegetables with meals. That is, however, merely an excuse, because I’ve quickly discovered that healthy cooking can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be.
Whereas he and I would eat out every single night of the week just because it seemed easier, I now cook light and easy dishes like rice with chicken breast or fruit mixed with oatmeal. These meals don’t take much time to prepare, they’re fairly inexpensive to make and I’m eating much healthier than when I was married!
The other key to weight loss? Having a support group that encourages you to meet your goals. While the ex never discouraged me in this regard, he also never helped me much, particularly when it came to meal planning. So if you’re trying to shed some pounds, I suggest you tell a few select people who are willing to help you monitor your eating habits and also give you advice/feedback along the way.
Now we have to get to the meat of this whole blog entry:
since deciding to lose weight, have I in fact successfully done so?
The answer: yes!... but only a few pounds.:/
My eating habits are improving, and I’m learning the importance of cutting back or even eliminating soda from my diet.I must be honest though. I have not yet started to exercise.
My stationary bike is in place in my new apartment, and my schedule is regaining a little normalcy, so I’m hoping this will happen soon.
In the meantime, though, I’m trying to sleep on a regular schedule, eat three times per day with snacks in-between and simply make smarter decisions. For me, this means keeping potato chips out of my sight, driving by the fast food joints and cutting back on sweets.
No More Comparisons
I have also stopped comparing myself to other women, and I can’t tell you the relief I have found in this.
My separation from the ex has brought me to a place where I’m a little more comfortable with me, and it’s a nice feeling. I’ve also gained some insight from recently reading positive newspaper articles and books that state very clearly every person’s body shape is different from the next.
I am thus determined not to strive to be a size zero, because I know I never will be. With summer in my sights, though, it would be nice to lose some extra weight and feel more comfortable in shorts and t-shirts. So, tomorrow is another day, and I’m determined not to lose hope!