I admitted recently that I have gained about 10 lbs. over the years. I blame nursing for 5 of the pounds, so that’s Parker’s fault, but actually the total is closer to 15 lbs. I think that means I still have to take credit for gaining and holding 10 lbs. on my own.
I’m going to lose it.
See? That was easy. Now I just have to do it. Who wants to hold me accountable and check up on me? Who wants to join me? If I post weekly on the subject, will you leave a comment updating your own progress? If I don’t post, will you remind me?
My plan is nothing crazy. It’s already crazy hot here and we don’t have a/c, so you won’t see me spending 45 minutes/day on aerobics or the treadmill. I probably won’t even walk very often.
What I will do is some quick toning exercises several times/day (maybe I’ll set alarms on my phone for reminders!). I’ll also make an effort to get up and do stuff as often as possible. Instead of asking the kids to do things, I’ll be the one to run an item down to the van (up and down 12 steep stairs), or go turn on the hose for the little guys (up and down 12 steep stairs), or pick up the clothes that blew off the rack and into the yard (up and down…oh, you already know).
I know that’s not enough to make a big difference, but I don’t plan to make huge, sweeping changes to my diet either. I already eat a reasonably healthy diet with very little processed foods, fast food, or empty carbs. I eat lots of produce and dairy and eggs, a bit of meat, and some sweets here and there. I know I talk a lot about chocolate and ice cream, but a tiny pint of ice cream usually lasts me nearly a month.
So here’s the big thing: I’m not going to eat unless I’m hungry, and when I’m almost full, I’ll stop. That’s huge for me. I’m a casual muncher, a grazer, a social eater. I nibble and browse and rarely eat a big meal but rarely stop eating altogether. I spend more time mostly full than mostly empty.
If I get the munchies and I’m not truly hungry – no hunger pangs in ma’ belly – I’ll start with a glass of water. If that doesn’t do the trick, I’ll have a glass of milk.
That’s my plan. What’s yours?