It’s because it’s F’ing hard! Every where you go someone has a weight loss plan or eating style that will change your life. Even someone like me who has had gastric sleeve still has doubts. The weight loss industry is a never-ending supply of pills, books, shakes and plans. Which one should you try? For me gastric sleeve was the option to save my health. Even though I am losing weight doesn’t mean I feel like a success. I still struggle with the right choices. Go work out or eat a wheel of brie cheese?
How do we change a lifetime of habits? What path do we walk? That is what I have been struggling with the last 2 months. I want to eat a plant-based lifestyle for a healthy heart. However, I also want a cold beer and some buffalo wings. I have often heard you cannot stick to a plan that doesn’t allow a few exceptions. But what is a few? A few meals or a few days? If I eat well during the week can I splurge on the weekend? Common sense tells me no. I have to develop habits that are healthy and help me reach my goal.
So as I struggle with mid-life weight gain and less energy I will keep searching. Thanks to my 50+ pound weight loss I do believe that a long and healthy life is in the cards. It is just finding that balance. Getting into that routine where fitness, eating and life go hand in hand. Again I appreciate your time. If you have any suggestions please don’t hesitate.
Oh, last thing if you read my last post on speed dating, the date turned out to be a dud. Oh well, it was fun and I have hope!’
So last weeks anti-inflammatory menu was a bust. My meals were bland and did not inspire me to continue. Then this weekend when I should have made more of an effort, I drank too much and shopped for items that I really did not need. At 7pm tonight I realized I didn’t have meals planned and really didn’t care. So my question is did I just neglect my plan or am I sabotaging my effort to be healthy? So after having popcorn for dinner the answer seems to be clear. I am clearly just blowing off my nutritional goals. Here is the question, why? I have lost 53 pounds and now I am stalled. I wish I had an answer and this was a mind-blowing post. It is not! It is a clear struggle to understand why I eat like I do and why I don’t put more effort into my fitness goals. So I apologize to anyone interested in my week.
So I am hoping for feedback. I really want to live a long and healthy life. But do I want to it enough to work at it. Yes, I do but where do I start? Where did you start with your healthy life? How do you make your health a priority?
Good health to you,
Meal planning day 1. Trying to create meal plans for anti-inflammatory diet could be a bigger challenge. This is what I have so far…very little. I am reading conflicting opinions on eggs so if you know please share. In the meantime I am keeping eggs in the plan with an egg, spinach and homemade salsa dish. I found a recipe for mushroom and walnut tacos. I don’t know how excited about it I am but its on the plan for tomorrow. Tonight I have a spicy tomato, lentil, garlic and black bean chili in the crock pot. Quinoa seems to be a great addition so I made some in a chicken broth with a bunch of garlic. I plan to add that to the chili and possibly the walnut tacos. All in all I am on track for a week worth of unprocessed meals and at least a clean menu. I hope to include lots of anti-inflammatory ingredients. This may take a bit more planning. But isn’t that just life? We have to learn as we go. I wish you good health and better yet delicious meals.
Let’s talk about drinking and weight loss. Everyone knows that alcohol is not the best when you are trying to get healthy. Empty calories are not something you need. However, if drinking has always been part of your social circle how do you eliminate it? Do you need to eliminate it? There are many different ideas and opinions. I had a male friend who quit drinking beer and lost 25 pounds in what seemed like 2 days. Not accurate but frustrating for some of us. I once quit drinking for 3 months and gained 10 pounds. So what is the answer?
After my decision to get healthy and change my life I cut out a lot of drinking. Not that I had an issue but I was most definitely a social drinker. So when weight loss was an absolute must I didn’t know what to do. Should I switch to low carb drinks or wine or vodka? I made the decision to switch to wine and cut way back. This was my choice. What about you? If health and weight loss is your goal how do you handle liquor? Did you cut it out or scale back? My goal is to have long and healthy life. Some studies say wine is not a bad option. What do you think? What plan do you follow? Can you lose weight and stay healthy and still enjoy happy hour?
Interested in your reply.