On weight, and dieting

So today I am starting something new. A diet. Not a crash diet, not something off the wall, just a healthy eating plan, and some exercise.

I really want to lose some weight. I am ashamed to say I am obese. I weight over 200 pounds and I am disgusted by that. I know a lot of it is down to meds, but also, some of it is down to eating the wrong types of foods, and doing little to no exercise.

That is all about to change today! I started this morning. I ate a healthy breakfast of cerial and it wasnt sugary cerial either. It was a healthy type of cerial. Then for lunch I ate some fruit. And I’m going to have chicken for dinner. I have not decided yet on the amount of exercise I’ll do, but there was talk on the radio this morning about weight and weight loss. The guy who was on the radio said 30 to 40 minutes of exercise a day will cut it and anyone who does that alongside a healthy eating plan will lose weight.

I’ve tried so many things to lose weight. From a severe diet where I could only eat protein, to weight watchers, to diet pills, you name it, I’ve tried it. But nothing ever worked. One time I lost 30 pounds on one diet, but when I stopped I put it all back on again. I just want to lose it and keep it off!

Heeres hoping this healthy eating plan and exercise regime will be just what I need.
Carol anne

4 thoughts on “On weight, and dieting”

  1. It is all about healthy eating and exercise. The weight WILL come off and stay off that way. I like the term “lifestyle change” not “diet”. Diet’s give the impression its short term when it isn’t. It’s about getting healthier in your body forever more. Good luck! xx

  2. hey i totally am right there with you, carol anne! i too have found myself weighing way more than is ok, even to me. i’m over 200 also, and listed as obese now too. i feel too young to be this way, and also it keeps me from doing things cause i get too tired, too winded and its just awkward to be so big and do some things. i started the ‘metabolic’ thing i posted about…its really not a ‘diet’…its healthy eating style and simple movements, not hard, pounding, sweating exercise.

    mostly, i’m just supposed to eat 5 small-medium meals a day, and that will make my metabolism work better and burn food off faster than if i only eat one meal a day. if i only eat one meal, my body, no matter how big i am, thinks it is starving and won’t get more food, so it goes into ‘hibernation’ and saves all the calories instead of burning them. but the opposite happens when i eat more smaller meals. weird, huh.

    the exercise part is mostly to strengthen and improve flexibility, balance and of course strength, but not by lifting weights or running. instead i do the bike, rows, gentle resistance against balls filled with air (like kids have) on places i am weak, like my neck, low back, ankles, hips…they tell me most people will have the weight drop off effortlessly. but for me, so far, not….but that is the exacerbating circumstances of me changing from lithium to depakote, and how my body is tricked by lithium salt versus real salt, etc…so, i am currently holding lots of extra salt and fluid, which is hiding what i have lost in true weight. hopefully, once i get the fluid under control, i will see the true weight loss. and this is a ‘life style plan’ that i can keep up even after i don’t go see the pt/nutritionist anymore. and i do feel stronger, more flexible, and less pain, so far from the exercises. and i actually get hungry now!

    anyway, good luck to you on this ‘lifestyle’ change and remember, we all have fall back days, and all have days we don’t do it right…that’s ok, just move on after that and don’t beat yourself up. i haven’t done my exercise right for a week or so, cause of stuff happening elsewhere in real life, but that’s ok…i’ll get back to it. 🙂

    1. Hi Kat…yes you will. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has off days. Its encouraging. Our therapist encouraged us to do this too which i am glad about. It sounds like your doing all the right things. I take depokate too. XXX

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