The biggest change that I am trying to make in my life is to lose some sixty pounds. That will get me down to within the normal range. I actually started that last year with an exercise regimen and added Weight Watchers. I’ve talked about it before. It really is a life-changing event to try to lose that much weight. After a lifetime of lazy habits and poor eating habits, I have to do a one-eighty in my attitude.
Dieting is not about losing weight. It’s about changing your eating habits. Ice cream is delicious, but it isn’t a meal. I’m not saying that you can’t ever have ice cream or the foods that you love; you just can’t eat the entire container of ice cream at one sitting. I’ve said it before moderation is the key. Pay attention the portion size that you are eating. A serving of cold cereal is usually one cup with a half-cup of milk. If you look at the label on the box of cereal, it tells you that. Weight Watchers® teaches you how to make more healthy choices. They aren’t just about food either. They know that activity works with diet to help you lose weight and keep it off. I’m sure that the Jenny Craig® and Nutrisystem® programs also include exercise. Diet and exercise are the two halves of weight management. Of course, they advertise that they work fast. The problem is that the faster you lose the weight, the easier it is to put back on. Slower is better, but everyone is different. On me, the faster I lose it, the easier it is to get it back.
I walk two miles a day six days a week. On Saturdays, when the weather permits, I walk a mile and a half to my Weight Watchers meetings. Then I walk that same mile and a half back home again. I’m in the yo-yo stage of my weight loss. I gain a little and I lose a little. Some weeks I do neither and stay the same. I have to get aggressive with my diet. Once I start eating the actual portion size of the foods that I eat, I will begin losing again, however slowly. I think I am at the highest activity level that I can make. Weight Watchers has a points system that they use. I’m trying for at least ten to twelve points per week. That’s about average for people in my age group. You may have a different view.
The point that I’m making is that this change isn’t going to happen overnight. It isn’t easy. In fact, I’m finding that it is hard. Is it worth it? I sure hope so. I can’t get anyone else to do it for me. That’s not how it works. This is my battle and I’m fighting it as best I can. Have I slipped in the past. Of course, I’m human. Will I slip again in the future? Probably, I’m human, but I am also tenacious. I’m not about to give up.