For those of you trying to lose weight, that is a question whose answer you should know!
I had wanted to lose weight for a long time, but my approach was completely wrong. Rather than figuring out what worked for me, I tried to emulate what others around me did, whether it was a friend who had success losing weight, or another who had always been thin and had no problems maintaining her beautiful figure.
This came through in many different ways. For example, when everyone would take a day trip and one of those gorgeous-bodied girls would eat a HUGE ice cream cone, I would think to myself that I could have one too and then compensate later. Or when one wouldn’t eat all day long I would try and follow that. Or even when one would eat 1 huge meal a day and then drink water the rest of her waking hours. Some would eat lots of chocolate and bread, others solely veggies and protein.
One day I realized what works for me in a sustainable way…. and I lost over 10 lbs. I like to eat fresh, healthy, wholesome foods most of the time, while still having room for occasional junk meals or even days of junk. I love sweets, but a fruit does just as much for me as a piece of chocolate for the most part. If I eat one huge meal that day, I will still probably want to eat something later. If I starve all day, I will overcompensate by overeating later. If I eat a huge ice cream cone today, I will have to fight an ice cream cone craving tomorrow. I like to eat in volume. A huge salad is a much happier choice for me than a few bites of a delicious, heavy pasta. I like to eat 4-5 times a day, because it keeps me energized and from snacking mindlessly.
If I want to be even-keeled, energized, and happy all the time, I need to exercise. A 15 minute power-walk is amazing on a day with no time. I get grumpy, crabby, and plain mean when I don’t exercise. 4-5 days a week is my happy place as far as my moods and energy level. More than that and I become too tired, less and the above happens.
When I went skiing two weekends ago I did not eat my usual way. Instead of a few mini meals throughout the day of fresh, healthy food, I found myself loading up on simple carbs and pure junk. And eating only 3 times a day. Big meals! That did not make me happy, and boy did it feel good to get home and munch on a cucumber/salad/soup/something GREEN 5 times a day.
Find out what works for you. Look into yourself and really think about what makes you happy, gives you energy, etc. in terms of your eating habits. Don’t let yourself fall into the trap of trying to be like others, find what works for your needs and your body, and then do it.
Here is my healthy living zone:
-eat fresh, healthy foods 80-90% of the time
-enjoy a little junk here and there and not feeling bad about it
-eat higher levels of protein/fat and lower levels of carbohydrates for energy and satiety
-enjoy 4-5 mini meals throughout a day, and lots of water
-exercise 4-5 days a week. Even a 15 minute walk helps my mood and body tremendously.
See, this is how much I love my fruits and veggies! (couldn’t do a post with no pcitures!)
Andcookedcarrotstoo (PB’s nemesis):
But apparently I like the tops of creme brulee even more:
What type of eater/exerciser are you? Do you eat 1 big meal a day? 5 small meals? Healthy foods in larger portions? Little snacks all day long?