Well, my husband and I took the plunge. After returning from vacation, both of us a little heavier than when we left for vacation, we decided to get serious about losing weight. I knew my husband really wanted to lose weight, and I felt I should join him.
Little did I know that I would see and feel the results so quickly. It has been a huge blessing for both of us.
What was the secret to our success?
Good ol’ diet and exercise!
First of all, I have to say that our Fitbit scale, pictured above, was a great motivator. Through our accounts, we could watch our weight’s progress. It was so encouraging to see the graph decreasing.
On the diet front, think protein and produce (fruits and veggies).
A friend of mine (who has a lot of knowledge in the medical and nutrition fields and is a doctor of pharmacy) was a great guide when we started our weight loss. She told us to focus mainly on eating protein and vegetables the first week. This empties the sugar and carb storage and helps detox the body.
After the first week, my friend recommended that we start incorporating whole grains back into our diet, staying away from wheat as much as possible – brown rice, quinoa, oat-focused breads…
We have had days when we have eaten out or had dessert. We try to keep our portions more minimal and also compensate for the “treats” the rest of the day, eating lighter – feasting on fruit smoothies and protein or produce snacks.
Also, I set a rule for myself – not to eat anything after 9 p.m. and drink only water.
Above are some of the foods we have eaten.
From top left, clockwise:
- Fried eggs with pepperoni, garnished with tomatoes.
- A hearty salad with roasted chicken
- Healthy taco salad with quinoa, no chips
- Black Bean/Quinoa Burgers
In addition to diet, we have tried to make exercise a regular part of our lives.
My husband has been doing Tae Kwon Do, mainly, but has also done some jump-roping and trampoline jumping.
I have added short workouts, 15 minutes or less, at least a few times a week. I will do another post with more details about that.
Losing weight has definitely taken some discipline.
As my husband says, “Get used to feeling hungry”. That is true sometimes.
However, the reward is great. We look better, feel better, and trust we are gaining better health too!
Best wishes on your
own weight loss goals!