How many of us have made this resolution? Probably most of us at one time or another in our lives. I know I've made it several times in the past. And, each year I made it, I meant to stick to it. But, life happens.
This year I reached my 50th birthday. I wasn't upset by this, but have realized that I am now really and truly on the down side of the hill. If I am blessed to live to 100 years of age, I am half way through my life at this point. Whoa! Suddenly life seems very short. Time to take better care of myself! I want to be around to watch my grandkids grow, see all my own kids happily settled in their lives...maybe experience being a great grandparent! In order for this to occur, I really do need to be accountable to myself for my health. I can't expect to go about eating anything and everything and think it won't show up somewhere on my body! So, this year, starting today...I am going back on the only diet I've found success with. Figures it's called the Fat Loss for Idiots !!
The reason this diet worked for me is there are no 'fancy' meals to prepare, no food to weigh, calories to count.... It is so easy to follow. 4 meals a day, eaten in whatever order you like, and as much as you like, as long as you don't pig out and get full. Over the summer, while cooking for the planters, it was very easy for me to stick to this diet and I lost quite a lot of weight! After getting back home, it was not so easy to stick to. The food I had on hand was not the same as what I have in my camp kitchen, so I ended up 'cheating' more often. Then of course, there was the family reunion, the trapline trip for 2 months, Christmas...you know...life. So here I am, feeling like I gained back everything I lost over the summer. I'm not sure what my weight is, but I'm about to go find out.
**(Intermission while I go stand on the dreaded scale)**
Okay..I'm back. I didn't faint. I now weigh 160 pounds. I am 5'7" tall, and do not have skinny little bones. Back when I was having my first set of babies (3 by the time I was 30), it was easy to lose the weight I gained while pregnant. Then came the 2nd set of babes. I had Alley at age 36, and Zac when I was 40. Much more difficult to get rid of that baby fat then. Add to that the natural law of metabolism slow down at that age, and there you have it...weight gain. Gone are the days when I thought I was too big at 135 lbs. What was I thinking?!?!
So, now I climb back on the diet bandwagon and try to get my weight down to where I look and feel better. My jeans are too tight around the waist now, so that is always a good indicator that I've gained. When I have to hang them to dry so they don't re-shrink in the dryer, it says it's time to get back on the wagon. So, here I go. Back to my Fat Loss for Idiots diet and getting into a regular walking routine. I'll keep you posted on my progress, but for now, I'm off to go for a brisk walk in the snow and then home to have my 2nd idiot meal!