Teachers are notorious for taking care of all the folks around them and neglecting themselves! I am no exception. What to do, what to do? This past year was particularly stressful as our school was under a microscope as a result of low test scores. Eyes were upon us all year long. Lessons were scrutinized, data analyzed, resources vetted. I would like to be one of those”lucky” folks whose appetite disappears under stress, but not me! I have forgotten where I parked, where I put my keys, and even left my laptop at home; but I have NEVER forgotten to eat a meal and then some!! As a result, I put on weight this past school year and now I have decided to do something about it.
*STEP 1: FRESH, FRESH,FRESH!!
I have begun to add all kinds of fresh fruit and vegetables to my diet. I visit produce stands and take advantage of the local fruits and vegetables. Luckily, I have a hubby who also likes to eat fresh. We recently made a chicken avocado salad the was created without any mayo and it was so good! You can find the recipe on my Pinterest board…https://www.pinterest.com/suemescall1/favorite-recipes/
*STEP 2: EXERCISE, EXERCISE, EXERCISE!!
This took some real thought for me. I have spent previous summers catching up on my personal reading and crocheting, neither of which take a whole lot of calories to accomplish! LOL! I used to joke that I had only one allergy and that was to sweat!
This summer, I decided it was time to overcome my “allergy”. I have tried to gyms and I have found that I just can’t seem to make the time to visit once school starts. As a result of what I saw as throwing my money down the drain with a gym membership, I decided if I was going to sweat, it ought to have visible results beyond my weight loss. I have started working outside at my home. I have been pulling weeds, edging our yard using a manual edger, raking and putting new mulch in our gardens. My yards are starting to look better and I am feeling better also.
*STEP 3: WATER, WATER, WATER!!
I used to “pooh,pooh” people who told me that water could help a person lose weight. Boy, was I wrong! I have a drinking container that holds a lot of water and I have made it my mission to refill it at least 4 times a day with ice water from my refrigerator. It keeps me hydrated as I work outside AND when I am inside reading my books or crocheting afghans for my grandkids. I have found that when I have an urge to see if the food fairy has brought me some goodies since the last time I browsed, I instead take a long drink of my water, the urge to snack is much easier to ignore.
*STEP 4: EXPECTATIONS, EXPECTATIONS, EXPECTATIONS!!
The hardest part of this journey is knowing that since it has taken me a long time to put on this extra weight, it is going to take some time to lose it! If you are like me, I want the extra weight off yesterday! I remember the story of the tortoise and the hare…slow and steady wins the race. I am letting my clothes let me know how well the weight is coming off and that is also a change for me. I have been a scales junkie…letting the scales determine how my day would go. Yea! I lost a pound…a great day! Woe is me, no weight loss or even a gain! My day carries a black cloud! I am not going to let my diet decide how my day will go!
Thus, begins my diet journey. I’ll keep you posted. Share with me your favorite diet “tricks” and lets be kind to ourselves together!!