How I EASILY lost 11 pounds in 10 days- It might work for you too!
Saturday, April 19, 2014
If you read my blog yesterday- you know I have been gone for 3 years. Well a lot has gone on ( read that blog if you are curious it has been an AMAZING 3 years!) and I am back, I started tracking again 10 days ago and I have lost 11 pounds and I am not starving myself. Nor an I exercising excessively like I did 3 years ago. And SURPRISE SURPRISE...it working BETTER than my original diet regimen.
And the secret is simple. I took a look at what I was eating and realized I didn't know what half the stuff WAS. EVen some things that looked pretty healthy- like "organic" etc really had a buncha crap preserving it.
So I decided to give myself a set of rules I could live with as a loose guideline. I'm not a rule kinda girl- even if "I" and the one imposing them. So whatever I do needs to be quick, easy and do-able.
I cut out CHEMICALS! If I can't pronounce it- much less tell you what it is..It doesn't go in my mouth.
WHen I get a hankering for something to eat, I try this to see if I am REALLY hungry...or of I might be dehydrated- or bored ( I have a hand to mouth thing I do when boredom strikes!) I blend 20 ice cubes with water. THen I drain the water off and eat the fluffy ice like a snow cone, minus the syrupy calories. It not only counts towards my water intake for the day. It helps with the hand to mouth thing. Better yet- it lowers my body temp so my metabolism has to work harder to KEEP ME WARM! (can you say burning calories with no exercise?)
I try to eat water dense foods like salad , non starchy veggie and fruits ( melon is great) I can eat till my tummy feel full for a fraction of the calories on these kinds of foods. Head to costco and get a 3 pack of cantaloupe and one of those big bags of frozen mixed veggies. I like the one that has carrots, peas, green beans and corn- but there are several and whatever floats you boat will do!!
I added 2 yakults ( healthy probiotics) to my daily diet ... you can use kefir or other cultured dairy but I am not a yogurt kind of girl most of the time- so yakult is an easy way for me to keep that gut happy & full of healthy bacteria!
I walk at least a mile a day with my dog. She is old and sleeps most of the time and I am convinced that these daily walks keep her alive, alert and interested. ANd it does me good. And I have found that once we get moving- we tend to move a little more that the mile I set as the baseline. Not only am I losing weight...she seems to be able to walk for longer periods and her appetite is better.
And I LOG EVERYTHING! If I am not near a computer I have a notepad and I WRITE it down! if I am a good girl and I find I am under 1000 calories with snacks lunch and breakfast. I allow myself a treat for happy hour. It can be wine...sometimes cheese and crackers..sometimes fruit. But that's my reward for being good. ANd then I can budget a healthy dinner that falls within my calories.
Oh - I'm also not hung up on freaking out if I go over my cals for the day by 100 or 200. - especially if I feel like I got in good exercise or gardening that day. It seems to be working MUCH better than when I was killing myself with 3 hours a day of exercise. And it's easy to do.
But if I had to put it all in a nutshell
30 min mild exercise a day
8 glasses of water a day
How easy is this? If you can;t do these simple things- you might need to love yourself a little more. Just saying.....