Wednesday, December 19, 2012
How to Lose Weight without Suffering #1
RULE #1 Eat whatever the hell you want…
Just not everything you want.
I lost ten percent of my body weight and have kept it off for over a year without pain, without “dieting,” without combining stupid foods. Southern Belles don’t suffer on purpose.
It all started on June 15, 2011, but I didn’t know it, I thought I was just going to spend a month in Europe. At the time I said I weighed 150. It was more often 152, 153, but I didn’t want to be petty. I also said, my weight fluctuated between 152 and 147. (The only time I hit 147 was when I had the flu.) But I thought I looked OK and at 5’4”, I wasn’t unhealthy. Five pounds overweight, according to the CDC, but what’s 5 pounds?
In London I joined my cousin who was going through a divorce and had lost 60 pounds on the misery diet. Misery aside, she looked great and was determined not to stay that way. We walked everywhere. She ran and swam. I just walked. She cut out sugars, starches, and breakfast. I ate breakfast and bread, but I wasn’t going to pig out on cookies around her. Still we ate in restaurants almost every night and sometimes at lunch. She counted calories, I was just aware that I didn't want to overeat. "I didn't eat everything I wanted."
When I got home on July 15, 2011 I weighed 148. A month later, I weighed 146 without suffering. That’s when I decided to get serious and see how much I could lose while living my life. My goal was 130.
In my next posts I’ll let you know how I did it and some easy rules that I follow.