Food and Fitness by Margaret Hart
It seems like everyone I know is trying to lose weight, eat healthier and become more physically fit. Myself included. If you peruse the shelves of any major book store — as I recently did, looking for a book recommended by a nutritionist — you’ll find at least a hundred different books by various “experts” on the subject of healthy eating and weight loss.
Go green and lean. Cut carbs. Eat only protein. Drink shakes. Go gluten free. Eat whole grains. Don’t eat wheat. Become a vegetarian. Eat raw. Nothing white. What?! What’s out there — and I can’t believe some of these books even got published — can make your head spin.
How many women do you know who have tried more than one weight loss program? I’ll bet every one of your friends has tried at least one. There are the well-know plans with celebrity spokespersons. I bet you know someone who has tried at least one of those. There are also the medically supervised programs. I have a good friend who followed one of those programs and lost over 50 pounds in four months. Unfortunately, she gained it all back.
I recently tried a well-known and well-regarded program, but wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped. I was told it was because I was working out and doing a lot of strength training, so I was building muscle. I also tried a plan given to me by a nutritionist who has studied with a former Surgeon General of the United States. That plan wasn’t successful for me, though I did lose weight. It just wasn’t realistic for me, long term, as it was too restrictive. With each renewed effort toward healthier eating and increased physical fitness, I have learned something new and moved forward toward my long-term goals. I try not to beat myself up when I “cheat” by eating a brownie, or fall off the exercise wagon.
After having been on a recent hiatus due to the holidays, I’ve been getting back on track with my plan for improved health and well being. I’m beginning a new chapter in my exercise regime, and I recently met with a nutritionist who I think is on to something. I can’t spill the beans just yet, but in an upcoming blog I will be able to talk about my renewed efforts and my new plan. I’m hopeful.
In the meantime, I would love to know your stories. What has worked for you? What hasn’t worked? Have you completely changed your diet recently? Or are you struggling? Maybe you are taking small steps toward a long-term lifestyle change? What’s your exercise regime like? Have you recently lost a lot of weight?
Whatever you’re doing to get healthy or stay healthy, I’d love to hear about it. It helps to have inspiration and support.