Diet Is A Four Letter Word!

Lifestyle

Diets only work when you are on them.  There’s a reason diet is a four letter word. When you go on a diet you are more focused on the foods you “can’t” have.

You “can’t” have carbs.

You “can’t” have sugar.

You “can’t” have fats.

So you eat salads for as long as you can until you’ve reached your goal weight or, more likely, you just can’t take it any more.  Then you go back to your old eating habits.  

Which…. Is the reason you gained weight in the first place.  This is the essence of yo-yo dieting.  Going back and forth between going on a diet and your old eating habits.

Anyone can lose weight. It’s keeping the weight off that’s the real trick.  An easier way around the problem is to make a simple lifestyle change.  Portion control or counting calories through an app like @MyFitnesspal can make a huge help.

Many people think counting calories is obsessive, unhealthy or too hard.  The truth is a repeated cycle of weight gain and dieting is much more unhealthy and harder.

Through MyFitnesspal, I can eat what ever I want.  It’s all about portion control and exercise.  Because of this I have maintained my weightloss for two years with no sign of going back.

But exercise isn’t just about being able to eat more food.  Exercise gives you a healthier, fitter body.  

Remember:  you lose lbs in the kitchen and you lose inches in the gym or on the road depending on what exercise you choose to do.

What ever your exercise of choice is, make it something you enjoy.  Now you’ll never have to “go on a diet” again!

The Decision To Start

Two years ago I decided to start running for my health. It was one of the most important decisions I have ever made. Because of that decision I lost 40 lbs and got off diabetes medication. I could have just stayed as I was, wishing I was slimmer, wishing I could get my sugar levels under control.

Instead I made a choice. I started small. The first day I ran I couldn’t even run a quarter of a mile. But I was out there every day. Walking and running. At first walking much more than running. Gradually I increased my running time and distance until I was running more than I was walking. Then one day I didn’t need to take a walking break at all. Now I run a few times a week. I run anything from 4 to 6 miles. Sometimes I can run longer distances. It may not seem much compared to some runners but my running has taken me to a totally different place, emotionally. 


I no longer wish I was slim.

I am slim.

I no longer wish I was off diabetes medication.

I am off diabetes medication.

All this because I made a simple choice.

One day while I was walking I chose to run.

Whatever you are thinking of doing, whatever you wish you could do, just start.

Start now.

Start small.

Start while you’re afraid.

Just.

Start.

 

Two years from now you’ll be so thankful you did.

 

running

Finding Inspiration

Dory

You find inspiration in the strangest places, sometimes.

Like tonight.  I was on the treadmill.  I’d already run two miles and I was just starting my third.  My legs were burning but I kept going.  And then Dory popped into my head.  You know Dory.  The fish from Finding Nemo.  The flaky fish that tends to sing things over and over out loud.  There she was swimming back and forth in my mind.  And singing!

“Just keep running.”

“Just keep running.”

“Just keep running.”

And I did.

Somehow that third mile felt easier with Dory cheerleading me on.  I didn’t look at the digital display for a while.  When I did I was already a quarter of a mile into my third mile.

“Just keep running.”

“Just keep running.”

“Just keep running.”

And I did.

Next time I looked at the display I’d run a half mile.  This was going well.

“Just keep running.”

“Just keep running.”

“Just keep running.”

And I did.

The mile passed fairly easily.  So I kept going.

“Just keep running.”

“Just keep running.”

“Just keep running.”

And I did.

For another half mile.  Somehow Dory’s encouraging singing gave me the will to plow on with my run and even made it a little easier.  Now I know what to do when I’m on the treadmill next time.

“Just keep running.”

“Just keep running.”

“Just keep running.”

Thanks, Dory!