No More Number Living

We all want to succeed. We want to lose weight. We want to look and feel good. We all have goals. The problem is that the farther I got along in reaching goals I realize that I might have been focused on the wrong thing. I had the prize all wrong.

The prize is not reaching a number on a scale or a number of days without cheating. The real goal is staying on course. Keeping on with the fight to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If the goal is a number, then there will always be something to disappoint you. If it is a number then what do you do when you hit it? Go on a binge or a feeding frenzy? That leads to guilt and shame. Then you throw in the towel.

The goal is living a balanced life. Life is a long journey with ups and downs on the weight loss front. Don’t shoot for a number shot for balance. It is OK to splurge every once in a while if the goal is a lifestyle and not a number. Tomorrow is another day in the healthy journey.

I have found that if I number hunt, I deprive myself so much for so long, that as soon as I hit it I think I am off the hook and easily fall back into bad habits. I had been longing to splurge so long I go overboard to fulfill the cravings. The key is balance.

Weight loss can be conquered with balance, moderation and remembering that every day is a new day.

Breakfast Blunder

I love breakfast, bacon, eggs, toast, pancakes, french toast, orange juice, and don’t forget the pastries! OK, I don’t eat that all for breakfast, nor do I eat any of that but once in a blue moon. Fact is, many people do eat some of that almost every day. Delicious, yes, but is it giving you what your body needs, no.

I guess, if you wanted to argue semantics, it is giving you calories that you need for survival. Unfortunately, it is also killing you and robbing you of energy. I won’t get into how unhealthy sugary, and carb loaded breakfasts can be. Your body burns through these sugar-filled carbohydrates quickly and leaves you tired within a short period of time.

A great solution is oatmeal. Oh, don’t give me that look. I am not talking about the oatmeal that your grandma gave you that was like wall plaster, nor am I talking about that instant stuff that is processed and takes two seconds to make. No, I am talking about wholesome, steel cut oats that must be cooked.

These oats have not been processed and retain all of their nutrients that are stripped to make the instant oatmeal. These oats take longer and need more energy from your body to digest. That means that your body burns more calories to digest them, and since they take longer to breakdown, they keep you satisfied longer.

There are many great recipes for oatmeal that taste great. I slow cook mine in a crock pot overnight. I’ll include that recipe soon, but for now, I have this tasty sounding one from The Food Network Kitchen. I posted it on the recipe page here.

Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

In The Beginning

Every great story starts with a defined beginning. Every journey starts with the first step. Life is a series of journeys. Starts, stops, beginnings, and ends. The weight loss journey is no different. Everyone’s journey is the same but very different. Most of my life was and still is filled with journeys around trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

What does the beginning of a journey to lose weight look like? Simply put, it’s a desire to lose weight and get healthy. It’s a thought, a choice, and a decision. Day one is the starting line.

How we got to this decision to lose weight can be an array of different reasons. Maybe we have been overweight for years due to going through a rough patch in life. Some of us might have a food addiction where food controls our thoughts and feelings. Maybe you had a child and can’t seem to find time to get off those pounds, or maybe your doctor said your life is in jeopardy if you don’t.

Whatever the reason, just make the decision to begin and begin day one. There are tons of ways, theory’s and products out there that might help. The health, weight loss and fitness industry is huge and full of gimmicks. I will do my best to share ideas, opinions, and encouragement to help come along side and partner with you on this journey.

Lastly, remember, no one is perfect. Don’t expect yourself to be, and that’s OK. Every journey has some pot holes, and this trip will be no different. Relax, you can do this. Let’s just watch and see how it goes.