Successful Weight Loss Tips

There are two key elements to successful weight loss.  Losing the weight and keeping it off.  There are so many fad diets out there.  There are juice / smoothie diets; there are expensive programs like Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem.  All of them will probably help you lose the weight.  Most of them will also probably lighten the load in your bank account, too.

But what about when you come off your diet?  Will you just go back to your old eating habits?  Isn’t that what led to your gaining weight in the first place?  That’s the whole essence of yo-yo dieting.  Making the same mistakes over and over until you (hopefully) finally learn. 

It’s about a healthy lifestyle change.  It’s about making healthy choices.  It’s about portion control.  It isn’t about denying yourself the sweet treats.  It’s about limiting those treats until they are just that.  Treats that you enjoy on occasion, not on a daily basis.  If I want a donut, I’ll have a donut.  I just haven’t wanted one for a long while because there are so many other nutritious choices out there that taste better and make me feel better. 

It’s a funny thing about eating healthy:  Your taste buds change.  You find yourself craving the sugary snacks less.  Sugar is an addiction.  The more you distance yourself from it the less control it has over you.  Good food, real food tastes so much better than sugary food does. 

The better you eat, the better you feel.

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Running For Therapy

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When you’re feeling blue,
Here’s what you must do.

Go for a run.
It may not sound like fun.

But when your world is grey
It’ll help brighten your day.

So slip on your running shoes
And chase away the blues.

It will help turn that frown
Completely upside down.

Mother’s Day is a great day when you still have your mother in your life. But when she’s gone it just becomes a reminder of what you have lost. Yesterday was a tough day.  My mum has been gone 21 years this year, but the pain of loss can still rear its head on special occasions.  Like Mothers day.  So I hope everyone had a happy Mother’s Day.  For everyone who has suffered that loss, I feel your pain.

I was feeling down yesterday until I went for a run.  Five and a half miles.  It did the trick.  There’s something about exercise that boosts your mood.  It must be the endorphins.  Running can serve many purposes.  It can help with weight loss.  It can boost cardiovascular fitness.  And sometimes running can just be plain ol’ therapy.

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Our Trip To Boulder, Colorado and Salt Lake City.

We’ve just finished a wonderful ten day trip to Boulder, Colorado, and Salt Lake City.  The Colorado part was a mini vacation to celebrate my 50th birthday.  Yes, I’ve turned the big Five-Oh!  I don’t feel it and I don’t feel I look it either.  Boulder is beautiful.  We hiked on a mountain.  We ate in some wonderful vegetarian places.  I highly recommend Leaf restaurant in Boulder.  It was one of the most delicious meals I can remember eating.  The mountains are so close in Boulder.  We had a mini adventure when we went driving in the mountains and ended up driving for miles on a rutted dirt track.  The back of our rental car was filthy after that.  We created some wonderful memories in Boulder.  We only stayed 3 days but we packed a lot into that short break.

Salt Lake City was more of a business trip.  We go there every year for the Melaleuca convention.  This was our 5th year in a row.  Convention is 3 days of madness but the other days we were able to do our own thing.  SLC also has a lot of great places to eat.  We love to go to the Red Rock brewing company on our first day there, either lunch or dinner, depending what time we arrive.  We also love the vegetarian restaurant, Zest.  And Blue Lemon, a casual dining place, makes the best butternut squash soup.  We’ve already made our plans to go again next year.

We ate out 11 nights in a row.  I was worried about gaining a few pounds on our trip.  Not overly worried, though, as I know we could have lost them again pretty quickly.  But the amazing part is when we weighed ourselves the day after we returned home, we discovered that not only had neither of us gained any weight, we’d even lost a pound!  I guess all the exercise paid off.  And while we ate out, we made conscious choices to eat as healthy as we could.  Apart from Red Rock.  We enjoyed a couple of beers that night.  But you can still enjoy life and enjoy your vacation without going completely off the rails.  This weight loss maintenance thing is turning out to be pretty doable.  I’m confident that we will be able to maintain our weight loss for the long term.   I had to share the photo below.  It was taken just before we went to a gala.  It’s our favorite photo of us together.

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