Kathy shares her struggles with weight loss and gives tips on what to do to avoid them.
Do you have specific times that you know are a struggle for you? Those times when you want to eat anything and everything. It is important to identify those times and learn to work around them. For me, I have two. One, when I am traveling in the car. Since two of my daughters live a distance away from me, I normally travel by car to see them. Chalk it up to boredom, I generally get a case of the munchies when I am traveling.
My other struggle time can be the weekend. It depends on what I am doing and how much free time that I have. Normally I am very busy on the weekends. I like it that way. Whether we are working on the house, in the yard or out and about during the day, we try to stay busy. I like to have days that I just enjoy a good book on the hammock but those days are few and far between. It is the time when I am just sitting around waiting to do something. Once again it goes back to boredom. I know that I am not hungry but I want to eat something.
When I am going to travel, I make sure that I have a large drink. Whether it be iced tea, water, a diet coke or coffee, I want something that I can sip on the entire way. Of course that calls for more comfort stops but that also gives e a chance to stretch my legs. I also like to take grapes, cherries, raisins, carrot or celery sticks, things that are bite size that I can have, and are not very messy to eat in the car. Pretzels are not bad to take along but I have a tough time controlling how many I eat. In a trip to New Jersey, I can eat 1/2 of the bag. That’s not good.
On the weekends, I am learning to start the day with more protein. Having 2 eggs and and fruit such as grapefruit, an orange or an apple helps me feel full without the feel of wanting more. I love to go to a restaurant for breakfast on the weekends so if I do, I choose a veggie omelet made with egg whites or eggbeaters and no cheese. Lots of protein. I may also order a dish of fruit. Don’t be afraid to eat a little more protein if you need to. Make sure it is lean protein.
Learning to recognize those times where you can struggle is important so you can make a game plan. After 5 years, I continue to work on healthy eating and what makes things easier. I have mentioned that weight loss is a life long change. Whether you are losing or maintaining weight, everyday is a new day. Try your best to make it a healthier one!