If you know me IRL, you would know that I have always had issues with my weight. I've never been really huge (except when pregnant but that doesn't really count huh?) but I have rarely been inside my 'healthy weight range' either (not counting pre-23 years of age). For about 14 years I have been trying to lose 'about five kilos'.
I have written many blog posts dedicated to weightloss. Take a look at them when you have some time. They are full of things I have learnt along the way, as well as a whole lot of angst.
You will see that I've had some success with Weight Watchers (WW) (earlier this year) but the creep has started and I am now looking for 'sustainable' solutions (before I put back on all of the 12kgs I lost!).
If you look at my personality, tracking Points isn't a great match for me. I hate doing the same things everyday and I'm very 'slap dash' in my cooking style.
WW did teach me a lot about portion size and planning though, and I have managed to keep many of the habits I developed on the program.
While I did WW, I also started running. I found the C25K program, downloaded Robert Ullrey's podcasts and off I went. A friend did some of the training with me (which really helped me get started), but it was the thrill of accomplishment that kept me going. I have always loved exercise, well, in recent years bushwalking mostly, but it had been a long time since I could have called myself 'fit'.
C25K is an interval running program designed to get you from the 'couch' (C) to (2) running 5 kilometres (5K) in a nine-week period. It is do-able. I did it. It worked. I still run at least once a week but recently recommited to the 3x weekly training that the program suggests because I have entered the Blackmore's Bridge Run and will be running 9K on September 19th.
To me, running is a sustainable way to lose weight and keep it off. I dig it. I don't have to drive anywhere or pay any money to anyone. I just have to drag my sorry butt out of bed in the morning, don my thermals and go.
So that is what I have been doing again lately. It feels good. It clears my head and refreshes my body.
I am still struggling with the 'right' approach with my food issues. Mind you, after speaking to a dear, very thin, very fabulous friend the other day, I began to realise that I will always have food issues. She has the body anyone would 'die for' and she made a quip along the lines of "Doesn't anyone who eats have a problem with food? There's just so much choice out there". Indeed there is. She is obviously making pretty good choices, but how does she do it?
As you know I have been loving Food Rules and I think that is helping me buy better food for the family (particularly with our snacks as the meal-thing isn't a big problem for me - besides the quantity!).
I'd be interested in your thoughts and ideas on how to 'watch what you eat' without going on 'a diet'. I need something that isn't going to make me feel deprived because I need it to be my new way of eating for ever more.
Do you eat in moderation? Do you avoid certain foods? Do you have any ideas that might help a gal like me?