Two months ago, I told you all that I was about to embark on a lifestyle change. I wasn’t feeling good about the post-Voldemort weight, so I was going to make some changes to try to lose a little weight and feel better about myself.
So- here’s the update- I have lost 7 pounds in two months, which is roughly 1 pound a week. I am happy with this loss and pace, because I really think I’m changing my habits, which is really the important thing.
Now, I’m never skinny- never in my life have I ever been called that. But I had a fast metabolism, so I was usually able to stay trimmish, even though I had a HUGE appetite. But Voldemort killed my metabolism. Not changing my routine ended with me gaining 20 pounds over the past two years. Not good.
Here’s the changes I made to my life in the past two months:
- green tea. Supposedly it speeds the metabolism. I can’t prove it works, but I can’t prove it doesn’t
- Making sure I drink water- 8 glasses a day
- Reducing portion size. This is the big one for me. I now put small spoonfuls of the heavier foods, and larger spoons of salad and plain veggies. I’ve noticed that just a little taste of something good is enough
- Reducing carbs. Not eliminating them.
- If I know I will be eating a meal out, I eat very few calories with my other meals. I don’t know how healthy this is, but it is working for my lifestyle.
My breakfast and lunch are usually one of the following: eggs/veggies. fruit/yogurt, veggie salad. I do cardio for 5-7 hours a week (elliptical or spinning) and two weight training classes. I also walk a lot.
Losing weight after 50 is SO MUCH HARDER! I remember being able to drop 5 pounds in two weeks just my watching what I ate. So, if you are my age and are going to try to lose weight, remember this: it’s a marathon, not a sprint. You can’t get nuts with yourself if the weight doesn’t drop easily. Just focus on being as healthy as possible. The goal is to lose weight and keep it off, not to yoyo back and forth. I check the scale once a week, Saturday mornings at the gym. Don’t be a slave to the scale.