Time to Make Some Changes

I have gained weight and it is time to reevaluate and reverse the damage I have done before our warm, sunny, bathing suit weather returns.

Time to Make Some Changes

Time to Make Some Changes

Now that we are firmly into the New Year, it is time for me to finally face facts and stop ignoring that it is time to make some changes. I can make all the same excuses such as life has been hectic, or I ate too much over the holidays, but the truth is that I have gained weight and it is time to reevaluate and reverse the damage I have done before our warm, sunny, bathing suit weather returns.

Although I know what I need to do, I have been unable to find the motivation to actually start doing anything. I have been on many diets over the years and I feel like an expert on the matter. I realize that it is not a temporary fix, but a lifestyle change. I know I need to cut out the bad foods, drink more water, and exercise, but I haven’t.

The American Heart Association offers these guidelines on how to begin making the changes to begin a healthy low-fat diet:

• Purge your pantry of all those high-fat snacks that lead you astray (same goes for your refrigerator).
‚Ä¢ Learn to read labels and look for keywords like “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated,” which refer to trans fats.
• Note how high sugar, in its various forms, appears in the list of ingredients (higher is worse).
• Pay attention to serving size and number of servings per container (many of us are fooled into thinking they are one and the same Рthey aren’t).
• Shop purposefully: plan your meals, make a grocery list Рand stick to it!
• Fill up your fruit bowl and then eat something from it before or after each meal.
• Drink water and plenty of it Рideally at least eight 8-ounce glasses a day.
• Get moving! Join an exercise class, go swimming, or simply take a brisk daily walk with your dog or a friend.

My hope is that by writing this article and stating that I am going to start making the changes necessary for me to lose weight and get healthy, that it will motivate me to do it. I will keep you updated!

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10 Comments

  1. helenotoole

    I too have been putting off the reality of what I need to be doing also. After reading your article I now have a spark of motovation to start. Thank for the tips and I am starting today

  2. tommylee

    Please do keep me abreast on your good intentions and results because the American Heart Association's recommendations are hopelessly outdated.

  3. joachim stiller

    I have a friend who spends time in a correctional facility for a white collar crime of no importance. He wrote me that because of the economy they are skimping on food and no more cookies and he lost over 100 lbs since May last year. I must have lost a 1,000 lbs over a life time of dieting in an ongoing battle. I can tell you one thing, the 8 or more glasses of water will only get you water logged.

  4. Ameliaprivateeye

    “Fill up your fruit bowl and then eat something from it before or after each meal” – now that is a great idea!

  5. ameliadude

    We started a campaign of walking every morning and making sure we eat at a respectable time. So far it seems to be working for us- I am off to Wally world with the gift card I recieved for my Birthday to get some of those weights you carry with you when you walk. Good luck to everyone on a healthy new year!!!

  6. Cynnielynn

    I know that there are a lot of other things that can be done, but since I am being so slow about getting started, changing simple things is still important. I know I need to stop drinking as much coffee and drink more water, so the tips were just a reminder to me, and hopefully to others that you have to start somewhere.

  7. Cynnielynn

    That is amazing about your friend, although it is sad as well. I can't drink that much water in a day, but I want to remind myself to drink more water. My downfall is snacking in the evenings. I love salty things like chips, crackers, and nuts.

  8. Cynnielynn

    A campaign of walking is a great idea! We live in such a beautiful place for that!

  9. Cynnielynn

    You are very welcome! Let me know how it goes and good luck to you!

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