A Few Thought On Weight Loss!
So, with the New Year comes plans to make changes.
Changes to our lives and lifestyles. Have you made any resolutions? Maybe to lose weight, get in shape, save money, earn more money, get organized?
Y’all know that a couple of years ago I had a bout with Type II Diabetes – which I no longer have, Thank God! But, I lost over 100lbs and have kept it off. I have researched and changed a lot of my eating habits and still adjust them even now to add or remove things as I notice my weight change or the way I feel change.
I found a few things that helped me – whether real or in my mind Hey, mind over matter, right? I thought I might share them with you, in case they might help anyone else.
I have people ask me all of the time how I lost the weight. I tell them by eating 1 portion instead of 3! lol Which is true – if you started reading portion sizes and only eating 1 portion size you would be surprised at how the weight would fall off! Remember, I WON’T exercise – so, I lost the weight without doing ANY exercise.
Here’s why: I KNEW I would never continue on any kind of exercise regime if I started it. So, the weight loss wouldn’t “stick”. I had to find what worked for me.
That is the second thing I tell people who ask me how I lost it – you HAVE to find what works for you! It can’t be anyone else’s weight loss path – it has to make sense to you and work for you FOR LIFE! We hear that it HAS to be a lifestyle change and that sounds so daunting and hard that we can’t do it and maintain it. Again, it HAS to be what works for you!
What works for me: No exercise – that was #1! lol Also, due to the fact I had just been told I had Type II Diabetes and I didn’t want it – I had to cut out things that affected that. So, I cut out almost all sugar – I drink 1 teaspoon of sugar in my coffee every morning – I used to use 4!! I was able to slowly cut back and now if I accidentally put a little more in it – it is awful! Funny how that works. I also cut out almost ALL carbs! Oh that was a killer for me! I could potatoes fried, mashed, baked, run over with a car! It didn’t matter – I would eat instant mashed potatoes with almost every meal, too! But, I haven’t had a potato in a couple of years now and I survived and honestly do NOT feel like I am deprived at all.
Again, I HAD to find what worked for me. As I began to lose the weight – I stopped having reflux – I would jump up in the middle of the night with reflux so bad I thought I was going to choke in my sleep! My husband told me I stopped snoring, I had more energy, of course – my knees didn’t hurt as much when climbing stairs, I didn’t get out of breath – so many things you just don’t connect with your weight. I mean yes, we all know that weight will do that – but, we don’t really connect it to US and OUR weight!
Here are a few other things I found and believe to be true:
- Bacon and lunchmeat – among other things have Nitrates in them and Nitrates inhibit insulin production in your body – leading to Diabetic issues. (I buy Bacon with no nitrates)
- Margarine is worse for you than butter and it also inhibits insulin production
- Side Note: I stopped drinking soda from cans – “they say” the aluminum gathers in a certain area of your brain and it increases your chance of Alzheimer’s.
- When counting carbs – on the Nutritional panel you can subtract the Fiber content from the Carbs to get the actual carb count.
- Your brain signals your stomach when it’s hungry if it SMELLS something good. So, always stop and consciously determine if you are really hungry or if it just smells good.
- If you wait a few minutes after you feel hunger pangs they will go away for about 30 – 45 minutes – and nothing disastrous happens! lol That’s not to starve yourself but, know that you don’t have to have a snack an hour before a meal, just because you “feel” hungry.
- I pay attention to when my stomach feels full and stop when it is “comfortably full”. I used to overstuff and be in pain and not realize it was because I had eaten too much!
- Moderation – in all areas of life. Eating, drinking, everything – if we could have self control in the way we behave in all areas – life would be easier!
- Dr. Oz says your waist needs to be 1/2 half of your height in inches or less – and that it doesn’t matter if your “rear” is ginormous or your chest – it’s all about your waist because the Belly Fat presses on your organs and makes it hard for them to work correctly – that’s one thing that cause Type I Diabetes, too.
So, this is just my little talk about how I lost weight and kept it off and got rid of Type II Diabetes in the process – I hope it helps you to feel confident that you can find what works for you in your life and make it happen – whatever it is you need to do!
Happy New Year!!
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