Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The secrets of my success

I posted recently about my recent weight loss. As I said then I have lost just over 20 pounds in the last six months. I thought I would share what I am doing that is making the difference. In whole I made a big life change 6 months ago. I moved to a new city, in a new house, and got a new job, so it broke me out of my habits and it was easier to make some other changes too.
This is what I am doing differently than I was before that I think has made the difference:
1- I eat a bowl of whole grain cereal for breakfast every day.
I got out of this habit a couple of months ago and my weight loss stopped, I started again, and started losing again. And that's one bowl, not more.
2- I am simply more active.
I still walk my dogs every day and try to jog a couple of times a week. But in addition to that I am just on my feet more. I do housework, I run errands, I spend way more time pushing a cart around Walmart than I should. I look for excuses to be moving.
3- I eat smaller portions, and fewer snacks.
I never feel guilty eating fruit and I keep it around always, so when I feel peckish I pick up an apple, or orange, or grapefruit. I only eat 6" of my Subway now and save the other half for lunch tomorrow. I almost never have second helpings at dinner. (Unless Chris makes me Cajun Chicken Penne, then I definitely have seconds -and don't feel guilty about it).
4- I try to stop eating by 7 or 8:00 pm.
I only started this about a month ago, but I think it's making a difference.
5- I have pretty much completely given up fast food.
If you get it in a drive through, I don't get it. 2 Exceptions: I snitch about 6 of Chris' fries when he goes to McDs (the only thing worth eating there at all, even if you aren't trying to lose weight). And once every couple weeks I'll get a small Wendy's frosty. (Ooh, Frosty).
I don't count Subway as fast food. And at Subway I only get subs from the 7 grams of fat or less list, and I don't get mayo anymore.
Hey, if I can do this, anybody can. -Della


shrinkingme said...

I think that eating breakfast is really important too, and a whole grain,high fiber cereal is key. It sounds silly, but that was the hardest thing for me to get used to doing, actually eating breakfast everyday. You sure can tell though, you are smokin' hot in your chinese new years pic, ouchie mama!! :)

Della Hill said...

Thanks Holly.