Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Eat less, move more
Some people have asked me what program or diet I am following. The mere question sends my life flashing before my eyes every time.
I’ve been a chunker my whole life. (Anyone else remember the horror of having to buy the “Husky” jeans as a kid?)
It seems I’ve been on one diet or another throughout all my years. That is, until I just said “screw it,” and we see where that got me.
I’ve done The Grapefruit Diet. The Cabbage Diet. The Low-Fat Diet. The Low-Carb Diet.
My young adulthood favorite: The Cigarettes and Diet Coke Diet.
This time? I’m trying to be sensible (not always my strong suit). I’m taking the advice a doctor gave me years ago when I asked him to help me lose weight:
“Eat less, move more,” he said.
Trust me, both of those thoughts (eating less and moving more) scare the hell out of me. I’ve always had the appetite of a grown man, even as a young girl.
But I figure right now any movement is “moving more.” I’ve done nothing for far too long.
(I did just get off the treadmill, by the way. I went 22.5 minutes for 1.1 miles today.)
That eating less thing can be tricky, though. I have to tell myself it is fewer calories, not necessarily eating less.
And the key to that, for me, is being prepared. Take a look at my picture. That was taken Sunday.
I plan to cut up vegetables for the whole week, just like that, so that I just grab them and go to work.
For breakfast yesterday, I had a Fiber One bar, a banana and a glass of V-8. Snack: raw almonds.
(Note: I really like Egg Beaters and turkey sausage links, but the above breakfast is usually what I have time for, especially since I’m exercising and writing in the mornings.)
For lunch, I had tuna mixed with the reduced-fat mayo made with olive oil (even better if you can eat the tuna dry, but it gags me) and reduced-fat Triscuits. Plus some of those vegetables (I take grape tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower. I try hard to eat them alone, but hummus is a pretty good dip for veggies.)
For dinner, I had salmon burgers, which I found in the frozen food section. I was pretty pleased. Not too fishy. And you guessed it … more veggies.
So, that’s just one day, but you get the point. Use common sense.
Eat less, move more.
What works for you?