This submit seems as a part of our More healthy 2021 sequence, during which we comply with three WebMD group members as they attempt to enhance their well being this yr. You may comply with their journeys here.
By Invoice Kimm
“Appears like I picked the flawed week to begin maintaining a healthy diet once more!”
Lloyd Bridges’ hilarious operating joke from the 1980 film Airplane! stored popping into my head this week as I formally started my journey to shed extra pounds and get wholesome. If there was ever a time to emphasize eat and perhaps take pleasure in a couple of grownup drinks, the primary week of 2021 could have been it.
However, I’m glad to say, I didn’t succumb to the temptation, and Week 1 will go down as a hit! That’s to not say issues went completely — my train plan didn’t precisely take off the way in which I had hoped (or in any respect) — however I’ll have a good time my wins and purpose for enchancment subsequent week.
I misplaced 8 kilos! I do know that’s an enormous quantity for one week, and I can’t count on that each week, however nonetheless — I LOST 8 POUNDS! As I mentioned final week, I understand how to do that, I simply have to DO it. It’s rewarding to see the arduous work repay.
One massive issue for my weight reduction is I constantly log all of my meals and keep below my calorie aim every day. Every part I eat and drink, even whether it is zero energy, is logged (I take advantage of the app Lose It!, which I discover works greatest for me, however there are lots of choices on the market). The second I began gaining weight once more was after I stopped logging my meals, and that is for a few causes. One, logging my meals makes me extra conscious of what I’m consuming. You’ll be stunned by how a lot you eat with out realizing it. A snack right here, some chocolate there — it provides up rapidly. Once I log the whole lot, it forces me to be accountable.
Logging my meals additionally forces me to be precise. I prefer to suppose I’m fairly good at eyeballing what a cup of rice appears like, or 4 ounces of steak, or a serving of chips. Enjoyable reality: I’m not. In any respect. The reality is all of us eat far more meals than we understand. I couldn’t shed extra pounds with no meals scale. It’s nothing fancy, a easy digital scale that lets me know the way a lot my serving is in grams or ounces. Nevertheless it’s crucial as a result of I can’t belief my eyes and abdomen, as they are going to deceive me.
This previous week, I had the privilege of chatting with certainly one of WebMD’s medical doctors — Dr. Bruni, who focuses on weight reduction — and he or she mentioned one thing that basically caught with me. She mentioned, “The older you get, energy are totally different, and the energy I consumed 10 years in the past gained’t be utilized in my physique the identical method now.” I didn’t understand this. I assumed energy had been energy and the much less I devour, the extra I’ll lose. Nevertheless it’s not that straightforward. I additionally must be selective in what I eat. So whereas logging and weighing the whole lot is nice, and a necessity, I now must be extra vigilant in WHAT I eat, not simply how a lot I eat. That will probably be a problem.
So heading into Week 2, not solely do I have to proceed what I’m doing, however I’ve homework. I have to focus extra on the standard of meals I’m consuming, not simply the amount. Extra importantly, I additionally have to give up making excuses and begin exercising! I see my good friend Mark has a head begin on me, so realizing that he’s crushing it on his Peloton is simply the butt-kicking I have to hit the pavement and begin operating once more! This cheer dad will NOT be outdone by a softball dad!