I’m on a diet. I hate that word for so many, many reasons. The first being that ‘diet’ simply means what we eat. So, I guess I’m just choosing to eat less and watch the calories I take in each day. Which is really no fun at all. At. All.
I’ve struggled with staying at a healthy weight most of my life (the parts I can remember anyway.) From being anorexic-thin in high school, to being way overweight after having my girls. I lost a lot when Alisha was a toddler by being a part of our church’s step aerobics group. Ah…those were the days. Free childcare and free aerobics. Fast forward to me having to get a job and WORK, and having to PAY if I want to be part of an exercise class, and you find my weight hitting what the doctor’s chart deems ‘obese’. I don’t feel obese, but whatever. Apparently 5′ 5.5″ and 200 lbs is obese.
Running was working at shedding some pounds and helping to get me healthy, but I screwed up my hip (pretty royally I might add) by doing that, and it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to run again any time soon…if ever. I tried riding a bike, at least the stationary bike at the gym, and that is not my thing. My butt hurt too bad from those uncomfortable seats! I can’t imagine it would be any different on my bike. When I use the elliptical, my toes fall asleep. Weird, I know, but I can’t have my toes falling off, now can I? I’ve been trying to swim every day, which burns quite a few calories (which means I can add them to my daily allowance and eat more.) Which is quite an encouragement to get in the pool and swim those laps!
So, this really IS my last resort. I decided to cut calories in my diet mostly because a friend of ours lost 56 pounds in 6 months by doing nothing but changing his eating habits. He didn’t exercise once! Then again, he is a HE, and from what I’ve seen, guys sometimes have an easier time of losing. Just sayin’. I’ve downloaded the ‘myfitnesspal’ app and thanks to my (at present time) untreated OCD tendencies, I’ve been really good at keeping track of what I’m eating. Who knows what will happen when I start back on my meds tomorrow. I can only hope I still try to eat within my allotted 1,600 calories per day. I’ve been making really healthy choices for that 1,6oo calories though. Lots of fresh fruits and veggies, and lean meats. Hungy Girl has been my BEST friend!
Unfortunately there have been some negative side effects from all this. Mainly me turning into a crabby, mean person. I’m hoping that my body gets used to this soon, and I start to see some results. I just want to be happy in my own skin, and I’m just not there yet.
What kind of ‘diet’ are you on? Do you watch what you eat?