I've been overweight for about fifteen years, if not longer. Even after giving birth to five kids, full nine month plus pregnancies and normal sized babies, I had a very small waist. Then, suddenly it seemed, my waist was gone and my clothes didn't fit properly.
I had always prided myself on being able to belt my dresses within a week of giving birth, and suddenly something was wrong.
People began telling me that it would be more flattering to hide my waist under long, full tops. Soon after I discovered the "fat lady stores" where I could buy clothes so large I didn't have to worry that I'd stretch them or outgrow them. That was the beginning of my "acceptance" of the new me. I have no idea why I didn't fight the bulge.
Over the years I tried various exercises and fitness routines, but I didn't try diet.
Even last winter, when I was offered the free diet, I wasn't willing to admit that it's all in what we eat.
In a sense I don't consider myself "on a diet," because as I've said before:
"Dieting is a temporary solution to a permanent problem."
- I don't eat diet food.
- I still have sugar with my coffee.
- I eat regular yogurt and drink regular milk.
- I eat chicken with its skin.
- I eat frequently and don't allow myself to get hungry.
- I do limit my protein, fats and fruit each day.
- But I have enough fruit, generally three servings, so that my body has plenty of sugar in it.
- I've eliminated high glycemic carbohydrates.
- I get my carbs from cooked vegetables and fruit.
- I eat lots of cooked vegetables and raw salads.
- I'm not hungry, nor do I feel "deprived."
- I enjoy my food!
I've been counseling people who want to lose weight. Contact me at shilohmuse at gmail dot com
Some people don't like my method, because it's "too easy." I like it, because I can live on it. All those strict, painful diets cause people to flee and go off it. What's the point?