– 5

No, – 5   does not refer to the temperature, although here in Canada we have often had that kind of weather at this time of year.  However, today it is sunny and about 11C  (52F).

The -5 refers to pounds!!!  Yes, I am down five pounds.  It has taken me quite a while but I did it.  My goal is to lose 25 more!!!

On September 1, I gave up French Fries!  I said for four months but of course it will have to be longer.  I told one of my daughters and my husband, so I would be accountable.  Before you think that I must have been eating a ton of fries, let me tell you that is not the case.  I had them once every week or two.

But this is what happened.  Since I had given fries up, I began to think more about what I was eating and my choices became more and more healthy. 

By September 21, I was again on the telephone with my daughter and I told her that I felt ready for the next step.  No more junk food!

That is, no more sweets, ice cream, or desserts except for fruit and yogurt.  I am becoming a more mindful eater.

As of yesterday, the end of September, I had lost five pounds.  I am not dieting, but I am eating better, with more fruits and vegetables added to my usual diet.  I feel better and I feel happier.

Nine years ago, my husband had a serious medical emergency and I began to slowly gain weight.  In the last few years the stress and pain of osteoarthritis has slowed me down and I had to give up my gym membership.  More weight gain.

Hubby has recovered very well and with retirement the arthritis has really calmed down.  So, the next step is to “up” the exercise routine.

My friend Roz will be babysitting her baby grandson for the foreseeable future and she and I are going to walk for an hour a day.  Good weather – outdoors.  Bad weather – indoors at the local mall.  I am already a Sneakers mall-walker member and will continue to do that.  If you want to see my progress since the spring, check out my blog page, My Walk Across Canada.  There should be a new update in the next few days.

It is only 5 pounds but it means a lot to me.  I am doing it my way and it is working for me!

 

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16 responses

  1. Well done, that is great! Thinking about what you eat is the most important thing you can do. For me, it was changing the way I thought about food to being fuel for my body that really helped me.

    • I remember your saying that about the fuel. About ten years ago I was diagnosed with diabetes (since then it has been totally controlled by eating). At that time I went to a meeting at the hospital where they talked about food being fuel. So the medical profession agrees with you.

  2. Wow, this is great! 😀 I’ve experienced my appetite for sweets gradually decreasing since I’ve changed my diet, and I was such a sugar addict before! Now when I am in the supermarket and pass the sweets section I often don’t even want those things any more. My mom has adjusted her diet as well (protein, healthy fats and veggies or a piece of fruit with every meal, and moderate carbs) and has lost 8 pounds without effort during the past months. She doesn’t eat so many sweets anymore as she used to. And both my parents eat gluten-free now (my dad now as well due to chronic bowel issues after surgery a few years ago), and I’m very proud and happy they do this so well. 🙂

    You’ll get those pounds off! 😀

  3. Fantabulous!!! I am so proud of you. You are doing it. You are finding what works for you, not by following a strict diet, but by gradual changes. This way the changes stay for the long term! I am so super duper happy for you, you are my inspiration!!!

  4. Congrats on such a good start! Every pound counts, that’s what I’m trying to tell myself…one pound gone is one pound less that is affecting my poor aching joints. Like you, I’m changing my eating habits and being mindful of what food choices I make. So far I’m down nine pounds since early Aug, which is pretty good for me, I think. I need to lose lots more, but it is going to take time.
    We can do it–I”m sure of it! Support is always a good thing too…so here’s some support from a cyber fellow-weight-loser! Let us know how your journey goes.

    • Thanks, Sylvia. We CAN do it and we are doing it! I don’t mind it taking time. Good for you losing 9 pounds. I can’t wait to report the same weight loss for myself. Cyber friends are so encouraging. Thanks for the encouragement.

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