The failures really comes from lack of effort, this isnít weight watchers (which is a huge scam btw) or some other Ďeat your way to success dietí. This is literally a fundamental shift in your life, but a shift that happens over time and under an objective so that you donít really know itís happening. Then when itís all done itís just instilled in you.
The other big question I get when people ask is ďHow are you maintaining that weight?Ē† Well quite honestly I donít have an exact formula, really what I do to maintain the weight comes natural to the fact that I went through the process.† So without a really good answer Iíll go into what is an average day for me. So normally I wake up and eat a bowl of cereal around 8:30am if Iím home.
Usually itís a bowl of honey nut cheerios (I know I'm a big kid), or I eat a bowl of Kashi GoLean Crunch (Honey Almond Flax). You have to kind of watch out with these because they have kind of high sugars. Granted the Kashi is more simple sugars than the honey nut cheerios. Either way thatís usually breakfast but every so often I eat some pancakes/eggs/granola bar etc.
Around 10:30/11am I eat a second ďmealĒ usually itís an apple/orange if I'm home or one of the various bars I have in my bar drawer (you should see this thing everything from Nature Valley and Fiber Plus to Protein bars or peanut bars.
Lunch time usually comes around 12:30 for me. Most common when I'm home is a trip to Panera bread for a soup and salad pick two. (Sesame Asian Chicken Salad and French Onion Soup. Iíll get a sandwich every so often too.) When I'm not so good, Iíll make a trip to Chick-Fila or a Pit Turkey shop near me (pit is the not so good Yankee version of BBQ).
One thing I find important to mention is that just because youíve lost weight and are skinny DOES NOT MEAN that you are ĎIn Shapeí. In fact there are some studies that suggest that overweight people that exercise are in better shape than skinner people that donít.† Obviously the target would be working out and being skinny.
So my new yearís resolution this year is to actually be ďIn ShapeĒ. Working out more, hitting the elliptical more actually taking my bike out for rides etc.† Iím not sure how motivated I am just yet or what my goal is going to be but as I figure that out and build up my ambition Iíll start working with that.
Who knows, this time next year I could be posting an update that I gained 15 pounds but in all muscle. Until then, I feel great with some minor tweaking here and there for course correction I donít think Iíll ever go back to having that discussion with the nurse. If its something you'd like to undertake, please hit me up for some advice on how to start but the most advice i can offer is really get to the point where you are motivated to make it change.
To your health.
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