Day 36 - Lose Weight in 8 Weeks

Part of the You Can Learn Good Health series.
By Ken Brown
February 21, 2005

It is Monday and after a weekend of pigging out, I need to get back to eating healthy and walking. Exercise has always been the foundation of my weight loss programs. But, it isn't always easy to exercise during the winter in Illinois. It is dark outside when you get up and when you get home. The roads are icy, wet and not always plowed. So I have to discipline myself to eat better and to diet.

And those are the real foundations of any good weight loss program. Eat right, diet and exercise. Just eat less. Everybody thinks you have to starve yourself. But it simply isn't true.
Just eat less. Instead of three helpings, choose two. Instead of two helpings choose one. Choose water instead of pop. Choose veggies instead of potato chips. See how easy it is? Choose to bring your lunch instead of eating out with your coworkers.

Last year during this same time period, I lost 25 pounds. I brought my lunch most days. But I also went out to eat with a friend from work once a week. We would go to someplace like Wendy's. But, the key weight loss benefit, was I would order something besides a hamburger and fries. And I got in the habit of asking for water or unsweetened tea instead of cola.

I was disciplined. Much better than I have been this year. But it comes down to you wanting to lose weight more than enjoying the temporary pleasure of food. And you know it is only temporary. Six hours later you are back at the feed trough filling up on foods that only serve to defeat your purpose of weight loss.

The weather turned out fairly nice today. I went for a walk and the path was okay. I did reach a point where the path became so full of water and mud that I had to turn around. There was a little snow left on the path, but it wasn't a hazard to me. Ended up walking 4 miles.

Breakfast was 2 servings of grits, a scrambled egg, butter, milk, and orange juice. Then for lunch, I enjoyed a bologna sandwich, green beans and a brownie. For supper, Mary and I had leftover roast beef, gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli and a brownie. I tell you I did much better last year. At least up to this point, I haven't gained any weight this winter. But I haven't lost the amount I wanted to at this point in the weight loss challenge.

Good luck today, I hope you make the right choices. Have a great day!

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