Saturday, May 8, 2010

Eat Smarter, Move More

I think we all agree that there are two rules for weight loss: eat less (or smarter) and move more.  I get caught up in plans and points and ratios and rules for eating, then I break the eating rules, then I break them again, and then I give up.  As much as I talk about successful weight loss coming from a lifestyle change and not from a diet, I sure do seem to get on the diet bandwagon.  And then jump off it with abandon. 

It doesn't have to be complicated.  Eat better.  Move more.  That's it.  As for eating better, Stephanie Small of 9weightloss.com quotes Jillian Micheals as saying "Don't eat anything that doesn't come out of the ground or have a mother."  That's pretty simple.  Harder said than done, but simple.  I don't think I can go whole-hog on that one because I'm not going to dump dairy products or bread or tortillas.  But I can work on eating healthier choices of them. 

As for moving more, I think it can start as simply as parking farther away from your destination, or walking to the corner store instead of driving.  Then there's my gym membership... no more setting outrageous goals like getting up at 5 a.m. every day to go work out before work because I usually last about one day with that plan.  How about taking a short walk around the block before my morning shower if I get up too late to go to the gym? 

Just some thought that are running around in my head.  Have a fab day.

11 comments:

Cammy said...

You're on the right track! You have to find what you will do consistently, and it's not always easy to figure out. You'll find it though, I'm sure of it!

liz said...

thanks cammy, i keep trying :)

Agnes said...

"Don't eat anything that doesn't come out of the ground or have a mother." -- Brilliant!!

Gina Fit by 41 Maybe 42 said...

I feel I have enough knowledge/know-how to have built the darn bandwagon, now if only I could stay on it. LOL

What you posted really resonates with me.

(Thanks for stopping by my blog).
:)

Corletta said...

Wait...now milk does have a mother...the cow! Also...I am bready sure that whole grains are okay for you. After all, wheat does grown from the ground. I thought the things that she was explaining to avoid are things like crackers, cookies, chips, etc.??!?!

Anonymous Fat Girl said...

Great post Liz. And you know I have never done well with the goals to get up at 5 am to go to the gym. I set myself up for failure when I do that. I seem to do better when I get a lot of sleep and then incorporate my workout into my day... So glad I'm back at the gym the last few days. Hope you had a nice weekend! :)

Nona said...

Couldn't agree with you more here!!! How do we complicate something that is essentially so simple?

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Isn't that the truth. Eat less move more= weight loss. Simple and so hard. I loved this post.

The Chubby Girl Diaries said...

Unfortunately, I am not one to get up super early. I hope to change that habit eventually.

I totally agree with everything that you have said. Carbs are by far my biggest hurdle to get over. I love them far too much. Any advice on low-carbing it?

~Kellie

Kelly said...

I definitely used to (and sometimes catch myself still) falling into the "I did one thing wrong so I might as well just eat everything in sight" haha. I am getting better at taking 1 unexpected day off the gym and that doesn't mean 2 weeks or one cookie, not one cookie + a bag of chips haha. It's hard though.

liz said...

@corletta, you are right, thanks for pointing that out!

@chubby girl diaries, i don't think she's advocating low-carbing it necessarily... there are plenty of carbs in fruits, some vegetables, and grains. i think she's just saying eat less processed carbs.