I have to admit something to everyone. I hate to say it out loud lest to make it seem more real but here goes….I’ve gained almost 25 pounds since I quit smoking. Doesn’t that just suck??? It’s sickening. Don’t worry, I won’t smoke again but I just hate being in this boat. I lost 50 pounds 12 or so years ago and slowly over time I’ve put it all back on PLUS this latest weight.
So it was ironic to me that this was on the Good Question the other night. When I lost the weight before, I started running and then slowly added other things as I hit plateau’s. I found that I’d be going along and lose 10 pounds or so and no more would seem to come off until I started something else like lifting weights and then rollerblading. I just kept adding more and more until I got to where I wanted to be. Then for reasons that are too hard to explain, I just slowly gained it all back.
The question is can you just diet or do you need to exercise too? I found for me, that I needed both. I lost the weight slowly. 2-3 pounds a week is what I shot for. I’d eat whatever I wanted for suppers but my snacking really changed and I just stopped buying tempting high fat and calorie foods because at midnight, you can talk yourself into almost anything.
I’ve been thinking for a week or so what should I do. I don’t seem to have a whole lot of initiative but I hate to let myself get any bigger so I know I have to do this and I have to start now. I wanted to join a health club and get a trainer for a while but man, it’s an hour drive time and I know myself well enough to know that won’t last. Especially with winter just heading this way so Paul and I started walking last night at the high school. They have open gym on Weds and Sundays and Toby, Sue and the kids go sometimes so I can now say, we started. I walked with the oxygen tank last night and it all went pretty well. I felt stupid so I’d like to try it next time without. But I didn’t lose my breath and it felt good. Now I just need to empty the house of all the bad food.
What about all of you? Do you need to lose a few? How do you do it? Do you starve yourself or do you do a little of both, diet and exercise? Anyone want to do this together?