We Need to Start Respecting Our Temples More

As many of you know I have committed to demonstrating my “map” to success by losing weight.  Obviously it is important to eat the right types of fuel, but it is not always easy to make the right food choices.  Successful people are careful to watch what they eat and take time each day to exercise because they understand that they must take care of their body.

The stress that can come along with living on this rock can be purged through the use of exercise.  Plus, exercise and eating properly provides valuable energy needed throughout a very busy and productive day.   With that said, is your health important to you?

downloadI promised myself when I started writing this blog that I would be honest to my readers even when it would be hard to do so.  Being honest with yourself regarding how you live your life and being overweight is not easy, but if you are overweight you must, must take action immediately!  You owe it to yourself to do so.  Eating healthy is very hard in the beginning and takes a lot of preparation and effort.

There are no fad “diets” or “plans” that will ever outperform a lifestyle change of eating healthy.  Notice I said LIFESTYLE change.  To succeed you must have desire and then change your habits, your mind, your thinking and your routines!    I believe most people want to be in good physical shape and I would say most people want to lose weight.

Those that change their lifestyle succeed and those that don’t, don’t.  Normally I would go into all of the facts of poor health and eating poorly and heart disease.  We all know that too many calories, fat, fast food is bad.  Here’s the truth: If you have tried and failed, tried and failed, tried and failed, DO NOT GIVE UP!!  Keep trying until you succeed.

I will use my current food lifestyle changes as an example, after all, you are not trying to reinvent the wheel, just follow what others have done before you. My wife and I decided in November that I needed to slim down.  We had friends using a good cookbook and website for lowfat, healthy, tasty cooking so we decided we would do the same (I will pass along the website if you email me).  Relying on a healthy cookbook served multiple purposes: first, it ensured we were eating healthy food, second, it controlled what we were buying at the store and third, it provided us with great tasting food.  I went online and found a free calorie log app to makesure that I was eating fewer calories than my target.   And on the last day of November we went through our pantry and refrigerator and threw away everything that did not conform to our new lifestyle.  YES I SAID THREW IT ALL IN THE TRASH!   EMPTY, VOID, CLEAR, EVACUATED, BARREN!  I stopped referring to my new eating regime as a diet and replaced it with the word “lifestyle.”  You see eating properly is a lifestyle not a fad or a quick fix!  It is difficult.  It is hard.  It takes time.  It tests your will power.  But my desire to see lower numbers on the scale  surpasses my desire to stuff a donut in my mouth.  If you don’t have a true desire to eat healthy as a means to being healthy, then you will fail.  As I write this I can be honest and say that tonight I was tempted to grab a chocolate milkshake from a fast food joint, but I asked myself if doing so was helping me reach my goal or hindering?

If you stop and get the milkshake, then do so, but don’t beat yourself up over it.  It is not the end of the world.  Your mission at that point is to make your next food choice a good one.  You are going to experience ups and downs.  Sometimes you are going to resist and sometimes you will give in.

But when you give in and eat some cookies, it is not going to collapse the planet.  Life is not going to end so don’t freak out and lose perspective.  Jump back on the proverbial horse and try again.

Here are a few things I think are important in changing one’s lifestyle:

1.  You must be resolute in your decision to change your lifestyle; to start making better food choices.  The definition of resolute is to be admirably purposeful, determined and unwavering.

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2.  You must eliminate junk food calories from your daily habits.  Don’t assume you know what junk food is!  Hamburger Helper and frozen dinners are junk food just like Doritos!  Educate yourself on how to eat.

3.  You need to learn to shop on the exterior portion of the grocery store; buying fruits, vegetables, and natural foods. You must stop consuming processed foods.  Easy rule: only buy food items that contain one ingredient!  A frozen bag of green beans should have “green beans” listed as the only ingredient.

4.  You must determine the number of calories that you need to consume each day and develop the habit of logging your caloric intake.  There are numerous calculators online that will help you determine how many calories you must stay under to stabilize your weight.

5.  You must assume that you do not know how to cook healthy, and find a cookbook through research that will help you learn to cook healthy meals.  The best thing I did was to reach out to friends and find a healthy cookbook.  It provided very different and tasty recipes that were also lowfat and had caloric info with serving size.  …..Insert sarcasm…I discovered that fried chicken is not very healthy!

6.  You need to get out of the habit of consuming fast food products.  Do I really need to elaborate?

7.  *******This is essential******Do not focus on weight loss as your primary motivator. Focus on developing the habit of eating healthy foods and let weight loss be a secondary result. From the beginning change your language and use the phrase “lifestyle change!”  Eating healthy, properly portioned foods is diet in its truest sense, but “diet” has been so overused and associated with fads that the word must be eliminated from your vocabulary.  I focus on eating healthy, properly portioned meals each day and only weigh once per week. Eventually I will not weigh at all.

8.  You need to greatly reduce carbonated beverages from your life!  When I was in the golf business we used Diet Coke to clean copper golf clubs and to apply to oil covered engines to clean them. If it can clean oil off of a tractor engine, it does not make sense to put that in your body!  Drink tons of water!

9.  You must incorporate some type of physical activity into your daily routine.  I can only walk about .10 of a mile, but I make myself do it a couple times per day.  DO SOMETHING, ANYTHING.

10.  You must get in the habit of prepping your meals for the week.  Eating better foods and eating healthy takes preparation so you need to make a plan to cook your food.

11. You need to practice portion control.

12.  Make sure you develop a plan for healthy, low-calorie snacks!!!!  Snacking is a necessity, but grabbing a bag of chips is not!  It will be critical to buy the right types of snacks like: fruits, almonds, rice cakes with natural peanut butter, lowfat cottage cheese, etc.  Take time to research snacks you will enjoy.

13.  The day before your new lifestyle begins you must go through your cupboards and throw out all junk and unhealthy food.  Then fill your cupboards with all the foods necessary to prepare 2-3 recipes from your cookbook.  At this point you should have educated yourself so you understand what foods you need for your new lifestyle and what foods have to go.  I recommend making large batches of 3 recipes and rotating leftovers throughout the week.

14.  Determine in your mind that this way of eating is forever!!  Your lifestyle change must be in your mind at all times, forever and ever and ever!

These 14 points are how I have experienced developing a healthy eating lifestyle.

Remember, don’t give up, don’t ever give up.  The struggle is real, but I promise the results are worth it.

Change your thinking, change your life!

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22 thoughts on “We Need to Start Respecting Our Temples More

  1. Hubby and I are in the beginning stages once again…Id lost a ton of weight (55 pounds) about 5 1/2 years ago on one of the food plans that send you your meals…back then, I could move……I’ve since gained back almost 30 of it…the difference his time is 2 fold for me…menopause and an injury that prevents me from exercising the way I used to….it’s frustrating….we both need this lifestyle change!! Thanks for the post!!!

    1. Keep in mind, I lost over 25 pounds and I have MS, very limited physically. ALL of my “exercise” if you want to call it that, is walking. But I do it every single day 3-4 times for about 5-10 minutes. Healthy weight loss is about eating the right things not just about pumping iron or running at pace 8 on the treadmill! lol The most important thing is this: I BELIEVE IN YOU!!
      Danny

      1. Thanks Danny!!! I love to walk..always have, and it’s always been in my arsenal for exercise. Unfortunately, sciatica as well as a groin and hip injury have altered how much walking I can do…with that said, I’m learning/teaching myself how to work with my body instead of fighting with it! I know I’ll learn to balance it out…I’m just impatient!! Lol

  2. Ahead of you, a little. I started changing my diet back the first of August. I’m working with the writer of ‘lifestyleforhealth.com. Removed processed foods. No more microwaved products. Organic fruit & vegetables. Grass-fed beef and dairy. And, surprisingly, whole milk (cream on top) that needs mixed every time before pouring. And butter. Not margarine. Butter. And since I started, I’ve lost 15 pounds. But the kicker is inches. I’m wearing jeans I haven’t worn for decades. I put on a pair of khakis that have always been very tight. Barely get them buttoned. Now I could actually afford to have them taken in. What you eat is definitely key. More than how much. Quality of food is everything.

  3. I read 2 articles and both are on eating healthier. And I am not eating healthy at all right now. I am feeling sorry for myself and eating all bad things and it wouldn’t be near as bad if I didn’t have blood sugars out of control already.

    I was doing so well a couple of months ago when I was stable with my meds, but right now I am not stable and have no control of my self. Letting my moods control my life. Not that I have a lot of choice over the control when my moods are not stable.

    All excuses, but what I live with. The worse thing is probably drinking soda again and not much water. I was drinking 9 bottles a day. Now I am lucky if I manage 3 or 4.

      1. The first time I did that i was in a fairly good part of life and it was easy to switch to water, but this time it has its hooks in me hard. If I don’t go out I have no soda in the house, but if leave the house off to the fast food restaurant to get a soda, A large one, a non-diet one since I stopped using sweetners. They seemed to be worse on me than a non-diet soda. But I go overboard. I went out in the middle of the night for a soda and sugary goodies. I really went wild. I am not in charge of my mood swings they are in charge of me. I need my medicines to stabilize me again so that I can think clearly again.

      2. Thank you Danny. As they say, what goes down, must come up and once you hit bottom there is nowhere to go but up. I just haven’t hit that point where it is important in my life. I know I have to want it for it to happen. Just keep me in your thoughts. Thank you for caring.

      3. You are always in my thoughts. I speak to Evelina about you often and she has you in her prayers and thoughts as well. You know the blogging community becomes our own little virtual community!

      4. Well how nice. Thank Evelina for me as well. I sure do appreciate it and I think I got her name right this time. Thank you both for the prayers and good thoughts. I sure can use them.

  4. I had a lifestyle change 3,5 years ago. Changed my eating habits , more healthy and started with at home fitness. I lost 15 kg in 5 months and I am still the same. I still do the FitnessBlender workouts and eat healthy and I feel great. And I love to workout , I miss it when I skip a day 😊

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