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Monday, March 24, 2014

Healthier Lifestyle Wanted

Part of being a southern girl is loving food. Every event and celebration that I can remember growing up was around food. I've been wanting to lose weight for a long time. Most overweight people do truly want to lose weight. I mean, who WANTS to be fat? Well, I have tried everything from Weight Watchers to Nutri system. They all work for a while. I have lost and gained, and lost and gained my whole life. Here's a picture of me as a baby. I started out chubby! My Granny used to joke that before I had swallowed a mouthful of baby food, my mom was already shoveling another bite in. Hee Hee!
Well, it's no joke that I will soon be 50 years old. I have arthritis, asthma, and high blood pressure. Along with those health risks, I just do not like the way I look! My son graduates from high school next spring, and I would love to be down to a dress size that is not totally embarrassing. I bought a dress this weekend for Easter. I am actually between the biggest regular size and the plus not easy to fit!
Last week, I saw Gina Neely (star from the Food Network) on the Rachael Ray show. Let me tell you, I was inspired! She lost 20 lbs in 12 weeks. She lost down to a size zero. She looks amazing! So I searched online to find out more about how she lost the weight, and I discovered the George Foreman Weight Loss Challenge.  I love how easy it is to cook with the George Foreman grill, and when you add healthy foods to that mix and a little exercise, you can't lose...well, nothing but weight anyway! I am kind of excited about starting this. The latest GFWL challenge started back in late January, but if you go to their web site, there is lots of good info to get you started NOW!  You get information on how to figure out how many calories you need to maintain your weight and how many to lose pounds. You get meal plans, recipes, and shopping lists!
I won't lie and say that I am not nervous. I made a New Year's resolution to lose weight back in January, and that lasted two weeks. I lost six pounds, and then I gained it all back. Am I worried that will happen again? Absolutely! But I have to try! And I think this blog will help keep me accountable.
I want to use the meal plans as a guide only. Let's face it. There will be times when you have to eat out. There will be days when you are short on time. But I do plan to give it all I've got!
Tomorrow I plan to shop and then pre-cook some brown rice, some chicken, and have some veggies prepared so that I can throw some things together quickly. The tough part will be doing this while feeding my family the same thing.  I have one son who is picky, but hopefully he'll begin to eat healthier too. Yall feel free to comment and give me your tips, suggestions, and by all means your encouragement! By the way, here's a more recent picture of me, taken back in January right before I fell off the diet wagon then. Since I don't like taking pictures of myself, I don't have a more recent full body shot, but maybe I'll be brave enough to do that later. That's my son...the not so picky eater!


  1. I've always heard that where there's a will, there's a way! It sounds like you have the will, and are finding the way! Wishing you lots of good luck on your adventure!

  2. Kim, first of all I want you to know I've always thought you were so pretty (and remember I knew you in high school)! Second, I've learned that our diets change throughout the years. The more I learn about food, the more I tweak what I eat. I've also learned I can complicate my life by making too many changes at once. For me, the simpler the better. Third, I've learned there is no right food or wrong food. Food is just food, but some foods are healthier than others. That gives me more incentive to turn down that Krispy Kreme doughnut. And last, I've learned that who I am - the real me - is just living inside a body. But I want to take better care of it so when I'm old, I can still enjoy life. This life is a journey, just like our diet. Make it a fun journey.

    1. Renee...thank you so much for taking the time to encourage me and for your kind words! :) You are right. I need to make a lifestyle change. Diets have never seemed to work for me for long. Here's to making healthier choices! :)