Are you “always” trying to loose a few extra pounds? According to all of the TV and radio ads, losing weight is easy and all that you need is some magic pill and your whole life will be perfect. Just follow their diet plan, purchase their food, or take their pill and BAM, you are 30 pounds lighter. We all know that isn’t true and never really works. Losing weight is hard work and we all have good intentions. Sometimes, we just do not know what isn’t working and better yet, how to fix what isn’t working.
I have struggled with my weight my entire life. I have “always” been on a diet and have struggled with the same battles and challenges that you have had and are going through. It is a constant battle to keep the fat away from my hips and thighs. I was very heavy in high school and am right now about 60 pounds lighter since then. I have been right around the same weight since I have been married and that is shockingly, almost 25 years ago. My 20 year high school reunion was great! ha. The weight didn’t come off and stay off until I was able to make manageable lifestyle changes. I did gain quite a bit of weight each of my pregnancies but was able to get the weight off within probably a year of having each of them.
There are lots of things that affect our weight–some of them we can’t change but some of them, we can do something about. Sometimes the changes that work for us just little changes but then again, sometime the changes that are necessary are quite big and a bit more difficult to follow through on.
I have put together a quick short list of three reasons that it may be difficult for you to lose and maintain a healthy weight and then also, some tips on what to do about it. These are three big ones for me and quite possibly, for you also. I would encourage you to examine your own life, figure out exactly what exactly is interfering with your weight goals and work on a plan to complete your goals. If you need some help with your list, please feel free to contact me, I would love to help you along.
3 Reasons Why It’s Hard For You To Lose Weight and What To Do About It
Problem #1: Your eating.
Are you eating too many of the wrong things? Are you drinking your calories? Processed foods, quick foods, fried foods are all things that wreck havoc on our health and diets. The more natural the foods are, they better they are for you. All of those fancy coffees and power drinks are just empty calories that add up.
Solution #1: Add more protein to your diet. High protein items include meat, fish, cheese, beans, and eggs. Yogurt has a lot of protein in it but the sugar contain is very high. I try to stay away from them because of that. I do not eat enough protein on a regular basis so I try to have eggs every morning for breakfast which does help. One quick and easy treat that I like is frozen fruit with lite cool whip. It is delicious!
My favorite food is probably pizza and I have it often. I generally make it a home where I can control the portions and grease in the meats. Making your own foods and meals at home is a great healthy option.
I believe in “out of sight-out of mind”. I just do not purchase the junk food and have it around the house to tempt me. If the kids bring something home that will tempt me, that tempting food sometimes ends up in the trash just so it doesn’t end up on my hips!
Problem #2: Your sleeping.
Are you getting enough sleep at night? Are you waking up 3-4 times a night and maybe eating during the night? Not getting enough sleep is a major eating trigger for me. If I am tired during the day, I know I will just eat more just to try to keep my self more alert. Doesn’t work and you are sabotaging your diet.
Solutions #2: Plain and simple: get enough sleep!! Go to bed at a descent time and get up at the same time every morning. Us women lead crazy busy lives with working full time and caring for our families. Getting enough sleep on a regular basis is crucial to our health. I know that we all have the occasional sleepless night but if this is a regular thing, see your doctor and get some help. You will be better for it.
Problem #3: Your workouts.
Do you have a workout? Do you walk every day but do not lift any type of weights? Are you lifting weights that are too light for you? I am a big exercise person. My husband and I love to go on long bike rides and by long bike rides, I mean about 50 miles. I love to run and do all of the crazy cardio classes at the YMCA but my workouts were wrong for me since I have hit my 40’s
Solution #3: You need to have a combination of some type of cardio–a type of exercise that will raise and lower your hearth rate and some type of strength training. One of the trainers at the YMCA told me that women between the age of 40-50 will loose 33% of their muscle mass and then after 50 years old, the loss of muscle mass is accelerated.
The only way to fight this is to have a regular fitness routine with cardio and strength training. Try a few toning classes at your local fitness center. If that doesn’t work with your schedule, YouTube it loaded with countless work out videos for every age and fitness level. Find an instructor that you like and do a few of her videos. You will being to notice a change within a short period of time. I love watching the YouTube videos. These type of program will work for any schedule.
I couldn’t find any high school pictures of me–they are probably at my mom’s house but here are a few older pictures below. I gradated in 1986. I started working out regularly which includes cardio and weight training in 2001 after our third daughter was born.
Loosing weight and maintain a healthy weight isn’t easy and it certainly, isn’t fast. It is a life long processes that can reap great benefits for you and your family. Please, please, please, if you need some help or guidance with finding a fitness video or working on a lifestyle plan, please let me know, I would love you help you.