I recently lost some more weight. Since 2011 I have lost over 100 pounds. At one time, in 2011 when I lost my job, I weighed in over 300 pounds. About the same time, I received a letter from the VA stating I am official obese. I used to request a seat belt extension when I flew. I could sit in some seats. I was embarrassed. Now I’m at 225 pounds. My blood sugar is under control, and I feel fine. 200 pounds might be better for me. That’ll be my next goal.
I want to share what I learned along the way in hope it might help others:
You do not have to clean your plate. If you are a boomer, cleaning your plate was drilled into you. You do not have to clean your plate. There are no starving kids in China or whatever your parents told you to make you clean your plate.
You don’t have to be the “clean up man” or “garbage disposal.” You know, the person who finishes everyone else’s food. That includes kids. If someone asks. “Do you want my whatever…?” Just say “no.”
You don’t have to have desert after every meal. Growing up, we always had a desert after lunch and supper. You may have been taught that if you want desert, you must clean off your plate. Skip the deserts.
You don’t need a special diet to lose weight. If you eat less, you will lose weight. I’m a Type II diabetic, so I watch my blood sugar. It took a while, but I now have my blood sugar under control. I don’t count calories, but I do count carbs. I don’t weigh my food or follow a particular diet. I try to eat healthy meals. I believe each person must find what works for them. There’s not “one diet fits all.”
Everyone has a tipping point. A tipping point is the point at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more important change. Through trial and error, I discovered my tipping point. I think it’s important to know that. I know if I eat three meals a day, I will gain weight. If I eat two meals and a snack, I will stay the same weight. To lose weight, I must eat just two meals, no snack. You just need to adjust your food intake until you find it.
It’s okay to weigh yourself every day. Some diet say not to weigh yourself every day, because it just upsets you. BS. I don’t get upset. Starting my day by weighing myself works for me. If I don’t, I gain weight. If weigh yourself every day would upset you, don’t weigh yourself every day.
You never have to eat things you don’t like. You can stop eating when you are full or no longer hungry. It’s okay to stop eating once you aren’t hungry anymore.
I don’t add salt to my food. I count carbs, not calories. I don’t weigh my food. I don’t eat things I don’t like. I weigh myself daily. I try not to drink sodas or sweet drinks. I stopped adding sweetener to my drinks and coffee.
Don’t take dieting advice from fat people. In fact, don’t take any advice about dieting. Find what works for you and stick with it.
Your weight will vary daily. It goes up and down. Don’t sweat it. Stick with it. You’re in it for the long haul.
I hope this helps someone to lose weight.
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