How often do we hear people (usually thin people) and doctors say -if you want to lose weight just walk 20 minutes?
We’ll I’ve tried that and guess what I did lose a little weight. So right off the bat, I started walking to work. Under most circumstances that would be the right thing to do, walking or any form of exercise is said to give you energy. The problem is that when you walk with weight, in the beginning, it makes you very tired. I would get to work exhausted. So I crossed that off the list and started just to walk home. Sure I was tired when I got home, but I didn’t have to think too much at home.
I did this for about weeks and lost a couple of lbs. while at the same time discovering I wasn’t quite as tired when I got home. So I thought I would try the walk to work again and was surprised to find I wasn’t tired at all. Mind you the walk home was a little more difficult for the first few days. But I was a little disappointed that I wasn’t losing much weight very fast.
The one thing those people didn’t tell me was that it takes a long time to lose weight this way, and of course, I was looking for a quick fix. Well, that doesn’t exist and for those that claim it does, trying watching them, lose fast, gain back, even more, weight and faster.
At my age yo-yo, dieting is neither healthy nor wise. I have tried a couple of those green coffee bean pills, but all they did was make me feel as bad as that first day I tried walking to work.
As I get older, and I hope smarter I need to do what I counsel (smarty pants that I am) others to do is not fall for these things so called quick fix solutions. I also realize I need to take more control of what I eat. Now don’t get me wrong some of these things may work, heck Doctor Oz says they do. But I think he is speaking to women under 50 not someone over 60 or like myself past 70.
I don’t know if you fit that profile, but if you do, I would suggest you do as I did and start with the walking. Then progress to changing your diet.
As I said the walking wasn’t working very quickly, and I got worried that I wasn’t doing enough, but I didn’t have time to do much more. I had even started walking at lunch and by accident, you might say, I discovered that I didn’t have time to grab a fast food lunch. Then the most surprising thing happened the more energy I got, the hungrier I was, but I had no appetite for fast food.
I craved wholesome food like yogurt, fruit, and homemade salad. Even at night, when I did not have the energy to cook and would pull something from the freezer I managed to changed my eating from frozen dinners. I somehow had the energy to cook fresh. My favorite dinner turned out to be a combo of chicken breast, peppers, peas and onions stir-fry sauce and brown rice. No fuss no muss, quick and easy.t
Now I have to admit this to many will not be earth-shattering news, but it was to me when I weigh myself just three weeks later and found I had lost 17 lbs.
And that to me was Amazing. Sadly it has not been maintained in semi-retirement, but more on that in another post.