Monday, September 9, 2013

My 3 D's for Weight Loss

Hi all! I'm back - sorry for the brief hiatus!  I promised myself when I started this blog that, even though I wanted to try to post as often as possible, quality was more important than quantity.  I don't want to post every day just to say that I posted something every day!  I want it to have substance - you need to have a good reason to read, right?!

Now that we've got that out of the way, on to the 3 D's of weight loss...Diet, Determination and Dessert! (I know that last one sounds counter-intuitive but I have a good reason for it and you'll see why below!)

Diet - In my non-medical opinion, weight loss is 90+% diet and about 10% exercise.  This by no means implies that you should not be active and moving throughout the day.  With any weight loss program, exercise should be implemented daily and consistently, for your health and well-being - physically and mentally.  But the actual counting of calories, calories of real, healthy, good-for-you foods, is what will help you lose those unwanted pounds.  Don't forget to drink a lot of water too...try not to waste empty calories on thick, creamy drinks....not worth it!

Determination - Nothing will change if your heart isn't into it.  In life, in love, in weight's all the same.  Whatever it is that you want to 'fix' (in this case a healthier lifestyle to achieve desired weight loss) has to be a priority, a top priority, for you.  There is no time machine to take you from now to then, you can only get there with determination and hard work.  A willingness to change, acceptance to fail sometimes AND acceptance to succeed (hopefully more times than that!), and a love of the new day to day...these tools will be priceless in your journey!  

Dessert - It sounds crazy, but my theory actually does makes sense (to me at least! lol).  It's more of a metaphor really.  If someone tells you that something is off limits, doesn't it make you want it more?? Exactly, me too!  So my theory is....don't make anything 'illegal', allow yourself (but count the calories/points!) a small something to hit the sweet spot and curb the cravings....a small handful of chocolate chips, a low calorie chocolate pudding, a bowl of fruit with some sliced almonds on top.  These are just a few ideas to start you off....

It's not a race, it's a journey... Taking it day by day is the only way to succeed!
What are some of your tips??

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