That’s our 2-year old grandson sitting on an old tractor at the Shadow Creek Pumpkin Patch. Love taking those grands places.
I grew up in Texas. Still in Texas. I grew up on fried chicken, chicken fried steak, gravy, fried potatoes, mashed potatoes, occasionally a roast or steak and fried pork chops. You got it – fried. Maybe all that fried food kept me skinny because as a teenager and young married wife at 102-120 pounds I was, until after that second baby. I believe that was about the time I stopped frying and eating healthy.
I’m not sure what changed, but I do know I eat too much sugar and salty snacks, but how does that out do fried? Or maybe it was all the diet Dr. Pepper. Or, maybe it is a heart issue.
This is a real struggle for me to start a healthy weight loss journey. Actually I started a couple of weeks ago. I don’t know where this journey will take me, but I do know I can’t make it alone. It takes a lot of gumption to put on my walking shoes and walk for 45 minutes. It takes a lot of strength to eat healthy snacks (not a big fruit eater), and yes I’ve lost my strength a few times this week. It also takes re-prioritizing my days because they are jam-packed, and fitting in a long walk is hard because I have to not do something else.
I know I need to give up sugar and diet drinks, and I need to add a whole lot of exercise.
I’ve started walking in the neighborhood for 35-45 minutes at a fast pace, and I am wearing a pedometer and shooting for 10,000 steps a day – some days it is 15,000 steps and sometimes I only get in 7,000 – but hey that’s progress and I’m not sitting on my bottom.
I’ve got to add in more fruits, cut out sugar. Sugar is an addiction just like alcohol. Alcoholics can break that chain, so I can too.
- Look at food as fuel for my body.
- Drink lemon water most mornings. That is hard too because I have to wait thirty minutes on breakfast and that first cup of coffee.
- Eat three small meals a day – healthy fats, carbs and lean protein and fish
- Eat healthy snacks – popcorn, nuts, fruits
- Limit diet drinks
- Exercise – walk on the treadmill, use my pilates chair, walk in the neighborhood
- Blog about my progress at least once a week for the next 90 days. I hope you’ll follow me.
- Drink half my body weight in water (that’s going to be hard) each day.
- Do some squats each day.
- Read over my Bible verses I shared here
I’ve heard it said it takes 3-4 weeks for a person to notice a change. I’m not seeing it at 3 except for a few pounds lost. I’ve also heard others will notice in about 8 weeks. I hope so.
Last Friday we went in for our physicals. My weight was down a few pounds from April, but the big thing my cholesterol was down without meds to almost normal. The nurse called Saturday, and the doctor said for me to keep doing what I am doing. YEA!
“The biggest mistake people make is to try to lose weight too fast.” Dr. Mehmet Oz
“God is more concerned with the attitudes of our hearts than the activities of our bodies” UNGLUED by Lysa TerKeurst
“For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8 (KJV)
“It’s godliness, not godlessness that is going to get me there.” Debbie Williams
I hope you’ll keep up with my journey the next 90 days, as I work towards a newer me the next 90 days. What a time to start here at Thanksgiving and Christmas!
Enjoy the rest of my 31 Days Series below: