Weight Loss: It had to become an issue for me sometime.
May 12, 2011 6 Comments
When I was younger, I was a stick. I’m used to being a stick, always was used to being a stick. Add a small handful of pregnancies (the last one really did me in) and add onto that a change from smoker to non-smoker a few years ago and I technically became overweight, though loved ones have sworn I’m not that bad. I feel that bad. So, I’m aiming to do something about it.
My body image has been warped since childhood. Mostly I’d look down and think “Dear god, are those huge things my thighs?” Lately its been more like I look in a mirror and I see extra around my chin, not to mention my hips and thighs. My boobs are also bigger than they were when I was a teenager, but of the things that got bigger over the years, I’m not complaining about those! The rest has to go!
The plan? Do it gradually. No starving, no crash diets, no repetitive exercise. How will I accomplish this? Well, first my activities will help. Now that Spring is here, I can go out and mow the lawn more. When it gets warmer, that will burn even more calories. I also tend to listen to music while I clean up around the house, so I’ve tried to keep my playlist up beat so that I can dance while folding laundry, and washing dishes. I will be walking more with my sons as well, and if I get the four-wheeler toy charged up the boys can even put me through my paces. Once we get a coupler for the prowler and a new tire for my son’s bike the boys and I can go bike riding, and I’ll be towing that extra weight behind me, which will help. Finally, I’ll be making a garden again, bigger this time, and that will take a good deal of elbow grease at least to start, plus it will provide me with fresh vegetables. Which brings me to my next step in weight loss.
Eating better. I like variety, and I like healthier foods. My food budget doesn’t allow for much more than meals my husband will eat, and there’s not as many vegetables in those. WIC provides a little every month for fresh fruit and vegetables, but not enough for me and two children, so I took the seeds and such from my vegetables I bought at the store and before the winter was fully over, I planted them in planters, egg cartons, and yogurt containers so that they would be more grown by the time it was warm enough to plant them. Some of my tomatoes have been neglected, but I’m confidant that I have more. I just have to figure out which plants are which. Silly me, I didn’t mark them.
More ice-cold water is also in order. It has no calories, and yet it will burn calories. Also if you drink a glass thirty minutes or so before you eat a meal, you’ll eat less food. As far as eating less, I’m trying to cut down my portions. I don’t know how they got so big! I’m also going to do what I can not to finish off my children’s plates when they are full. It’s a bad habit but I can’t let good food go to waste!
There is one diet item that I use but I don’t feel I abuse it. I drink Slim-Fast shakes from powder. Generally I only have one a day, if I have one at all. I just don’t feel comfortable replacing a good deal of my meals with those things, but replacing one is okay, it will help me to shrink my stomach.
Well, I’m off to sew bags. I was recently given the task of sewing some of the haversacks. The things are huge! I just can’t stop talking about how big these things are. Anyway, I have to get twelve done by Monday and I’ll need all the time I have available to get them done!