Now that we’re back home, it’s time for some tough love and serious effort to lose weight. Looking at the some of the vacation pictures, I was surprised to see the plump, tired-looking mama staring back at me. When did I get so old? In my mind’s eye, I see myself as when I was in my mid-to-late 20s, but I need to accept that I’m a stone’s throw away from 40—not necessarily the end of the world, but humbling nevertheless.
Need to remind myself the following:
- It’s ok to NOT finish everything that’s on my plate. I have to accept that my metabolism—which was never fast in the first place—has gotten even slower as I’ve gotten older. So, unless I’m planning to spend the rest of my days in the gym or on the home treadmill, I really ought to be more mindful of what I’m putting in my stomach, an organ that’s the size of my fist. Also need to remember that I should refrain from picking at the leftover bits on the Princess’s plate.
- Need to exercise at least one hour every day to not go beyond current weight. I heard this distressing bit of news at my last 30/30 core class that the average woman requires one hour of exercise each day to maintain current weight. That means, in order to lose weight, she needs to exercise more each day and/or reduce calorie intake. Thank goodness the hour of exercise can be distributed throughout the day. Time to sneak in some bootyshaking while doing dishes, waiting in line, or even simply waiting for the Princess to come out of her extracurricular activity of the day.
- Use smaller plates and eat more slowly. I’ve always found it very challenging to eat slowly and smaller portions. But slowing down will help me figure out when I’m really full vs. overstuffed. I may have to start pacing myself with the Princess who eats really slowly.
- Drink more water. It’ll help keep the body hydrated and trick the stomach into thinking that it’s fuller. At least that’s what I keep telling myself.
- Fiber is my friend. Nothing’s worse than feeling hungry, so I’ll have to trick myself to feeling full by taking either fiber supplements or eating more fiber-rich foods. Plus, fiber helps clear out the plaque in the intestines and is supposed to help reduce belly bloat.
- Keep a food journal and weight log. Nothing like the “scientific method” and numbers to turn me off food (at least for a little while). Must keep myself accountable—otherwise, how else can I hope to make any progress?