I just wanted to check in and see how everyone has been doing? Please share your successes and your trials too. We can all learn from both, and we will all have both and need to know how to deal with them.
The beginning of a journey is always two sided. It is easy and hard all at the same time. It’s easy because well, first off it is new! You do new things, eat new foods, and think new thoughts. It’s hard because change is always hard! The new foods are different, maybe not as sweet, you just don’t know what to eat, and there’s a LOT less food to enjoy. It’s also hard because you’re not in the groove of things yet. I’m sure there are many more reasons that I didn’t share. I had a lot easier time with why this is hard than why this is easy. But just because it is hard doesn’t make it impossible.
There’s a lot to figure out in starting a new lifestyle. I don’t want to say diet because diets never work or last. Lifestyles do. I’ll share some of the changes I made this last week that helped me. I found a book called the Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet. I am not diabetic. I bought it because my husband is diabetic. The information in this book just made good sense to me, and I DIDN’T HAVE TO COUNT CALORIES! I was so happy about that. I have counted calories on and off for years and I’m sick of it and I know it isn’t something I will do for the long haul.
Basically there are two parts to the program. Part one is Lose it! Part two is Live it! I tried the lose it part for a week or so a while back and it was more than I could handle. I decided to just do the live it part of the program. It basically consists of three parts. Set goals for food servings, eat to the pyramid, and burn more calories. Sounds easy and it really is easier than you think. Basically they have reengineered the food pyramid. Whether you have diabetes or not, I feel like this is a smart way to eat. This is basically what the pyramid looks like daily, and it is so easy to keep track of. So, did I lose weight without counting calories, yes, but I did keep track of what I ate.
- Vegetables-wide variety-unlimited servings-minimum 4 servings
- Fruits-wide variety- unlimited servings-minimum 3 servings.
- Whole Grains-pasta, bread, rice, cereal-4-8 servings.
- Protein/Dairy-beans, fish, lean meat, low-fat dairy-3-7 servings.
- Fats-olive oil, nuts, canola oil, avocados-3-5 servings.
- Candy and other processed sweets-up to 75 calories daily.
Depending on whether you are shooting for between 1,200 – 2,000 calories depends on how many servings you can have. I am shooting for about 1,600 calories right now and I can have vegetables- 5 or more, fruits- 5 or more, whole grains-6, protein/dairy-5, fats-3, and sweets-up to 75 calories.
I am really working on getting in a half hour of exercise most days. Those are the only changes I am making to my food and my movement.
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That’s a rundown of what I am doing to get started on this journey. I am excited and it is working so far. I hope you have a great week and I can’t wait to hear about all the success you are having!
Let’s do this together! We’ve got this!