As a rule, I don't make New Year's resolutions. I find that I rarely stick to them and they feel like something I HAVE to do and I have discovered that when I HAVE to do something I rarely put forth a lot of effort into it. This year, however, I have decided to tackle a problem that I have been staring at in the mirror for 15 years. My weight.
Yes, like millions of other people on the planet I want to lose weight this year. I would love to lose ALL of my excess weight but I will be pleased if I can lose half of what I want to lose.
Right now my plan for losing this weight is still loosely formed. I don't want to diet. Just the word DIET creates anxiety and weight gain. In fact, I think I just gained a few pounds just by typing the dreaded D word. Along with the D word, I really don't want to have to worry about counting the calories of everything I stuff into my face. I know what you are thinking "No diet and no counting calories? Good luck with that." It is not that I am 100% against either one of these, what I am worried about is going through all of the hard work to diet and count calories only to have the weight come back when I start eating like a real person again.
So instead of the D word and the calorie counting my loosely formed plan is:
- Always eat breakfast
- Reduce the amount of Coke I drink (Did I mention I am an addict?)
- Drink more water
- Watch my portion sizes (Do I really need TWO bowls of taco soup?)
- Snack responsibly
- Replace white with brown when possible (rice, pasta, bread, etc)
- Exercise at least 30 minutes everyday (I have a dog. He needs at least a 30 minute walk each day.)
- Don't eat after 7 PM
- Get a full 8 hours of sleep
- Don't beat myself up if I have an off day
I may be living in a dream world but I think I can lose at least some of my weight by doing these things and I am open to ideas. Does anyone have any weight loss secrets they would like to share?