Over the years in my women’s retail store I am concluding that we all are just – too much!
I’m too fat, I am too short, I can’t show my neck, I hate my arms, I’m too old to wear that. I have heard them all. The thing about it is, it takes time to make changes and some things you’ll never change. If you can’t change whatever it is you don’t like, you need to find a way to deal with it.
The most frequent comment I get, especially from my mother of the bride customers is, I’m going to lose weight. My thought is – wow, you sure are putting a lot of pressure on yourself. If it’s not hectic enough getting your baby married off with every detail perfectly taken care of, by you, you’re going to try to lose weight too! Stress is one of the biggest reasons we hang onto weight. It is much more reasonable to focus on some good old-fashioned healthy choices of food and getting a good night’s sleep every night. Buy the dress that you look good in now, you can always have it altered should something dramatic occur in the weight-loss area. There is nothing you will regret more than squeezing yourself into a uncomfortabley tight dress that you are self conscious in all day, worrying if something will let go if you sit down. Yikes. It’s a big day, and you deserve to enjoy it after all that work.
I guess that my point is: I don’t like the word diet. If indeed you feel you need to lose weight, it really needs to be a lifestyle change, something you can live with, not a punishment full of deprivation. As soon as I say “diet”, my stomach starts growling and I get to thinking about all of the things that I won’t be able to indulge in.
A trip to the doctor might be the first step. If something is “off” on the inside, like a thyroid disorder, all the starving and exercise in the world won’t help. Blood levels can tell a lot, especially thyroid, vitamin D, iron, vitamin B, and many more. Next, keeping the food intake at bay, might be all you need. Often portion control is enough if you just have a little bit to take off.
Here are the 5 things that I would recommend if you don’t want to go to a professional (professional help is a good idea, by the way):
1. Ditch the soda. I know a gal that lost 30 pounds by giving up her soda habit and nothing else. One soda a day can cause you to gain a pound a month and most people have more than one a day! I lost my appetite for soda when someone told me that a can of soda had the equivalent of 10 spoonfuls of sugar in it. Water is first choice of most doctors and dietitians.
2. Move it, shake it, walk it, just do it. Do some type of movement for 20 minutes a day, or 10 minutes twice, it doesn’t matter. Walk up the stairs, park at the end of the parking lot, go for a walk, just be physically active, you’ll feel better and have more energy.
3. Sleep. If you are stressed and busy you need to make time to rest. This is your body’s time to recharge, heal and refresh. 8 hours is ideal and most of us don’t get it – you know who you are.
4. Portion control. There are all kinds of tricks out there, like eat off a smaller plate, no serving larger than the size of your fist, put your snack in a small baggie or other small container and stop when that is gone – put the chip bag away!
5. Don’t eat late at night, especially not something big. A good rule is nothing 3-4 hours before you are going to bed. Your meal needs to digest so you can sleep well.
There are a lot more ideas like having a buddy to check in with or even just your own scale, there are a lots of programs out there to follow. To me, nothing beats a qualified nutritionist when it comes to the food choices. Everyone is different and results are different too. The main thing is take care of yourself from the inside out; healthy diets, good supplements, lots of sleep, and moderate exercise can make dramatic differences in your mental and physical health.
Here’s to all of you – I wish you lifetime health and happiness.