Last week I went down to the basement to browse through some old photo albums. Do you all remember them? Albums that contain printed photographs? LOL! Nowadays photos seem to only be kept electronically. Having physical photo albums ages me a bit. Well, I guess I certainly have aged.
In the album I looked at last week, I was nice and trim. I was in my late 20s at the time, just recently married. So I put that album away and brought up the one from the year after. I perused it just a while ago and noticed that I wasn’t so slim in that second book. Neither was hubby.
Almost 20 years has passed since the photos in those albums were taken. Hubby’s and my weight has fluctuated up and down on more than a few occasions because of factors like age, depression, and certain notoriously weight unfriendly medications. I’ll admit that today I’m not the heaviest I’ve ever been, but I am overweight. Yes, and so is hubby. [Honey, don’t kill me for sharing that!]
Lately I haven’t been eating that well, and haven’t exercised much in ages. I remember as a newly married lass I had a “Two veggie and/or fruit” per meal policy. Hubby liked it. It did us good. But this morning my only fruit or veggie for breakfast was the blueberry jam in the bottom of a yogurt. For lunch I chose the onion rings instead of French fries at Burger King. That’s horrible! I couldn’t live with that any longer, so went to a deli and bought and then ate some roasted broccoli. A lot of it!
I got to thinking that the time has finally come to get my butt moving again, and start eating right, and light. But what approach should I take? I’ve lost weight in the past on two different diets: a dietitian prescribed diet, and Weight Watchers. What made the difference then was support and being held accountable for my eating. I don’t want to go to the dietitian, so I decided this afternoon to join Weight Watchers meetings again. Meetings, along with supplementary online forums, should hopefully make the difference.
A while back, I wrote what became a popular post called Total confusion about portion sizes? I just reread it myself. One of the main points I made was how important it is to eat the right balance of foods. I have high cholesterol and high triglycerides. My doctors keep telling me “Updownflight, cut down on the starchy carbs.” And of course I also need to cut down on the saturated fats. Weight Watchers is fairly good at doing the latter, but I must be conscious of the former to lower my triglycerides. I need to eat things like bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and even beans or legumes in moderation. Gone are the days I can eat cereal for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and pasta dishes for dinner.
Please wish me good luck on my upcoming weight loss journey! I’m planning on losing 15 to maybe even 20 lbs (7-9 kilograms) total. When I reach my goal, my blood work should hopefully be perfect, and I should look like a hot babe in my old swim suits again. Honestly, looking good in a swim suit will just be the added bonus in this quest.
Would anyone like to join me?