If you are like me, you are always conscious of what you eat.For an unknown reason, some of us cannot just eat what we want, whenever we want to! I often say that life is not fair. I have friends that can eat just about anything, at what ever time of day or night, and not gain a pound! Call it genes, or whatever. It just does not seem right!
Well,I have come to terms with this phenomenon.There is just no getting away from it. Eating right is a lifelong journey that takes us even into retirement.Let me say briefly, that at one time I weighed 280 pounds.As a child and for most of my adult life I could be described as obese! I struggled with trying to lose weight. Children can be cruel, and I learned this by being called fatso, fattie or other cruel names. I can recall many stories from those days which I am happy to say, although painful, did not prevent me from future successes.I am also happy to say that some years ago I lost 115 pounds! I have been blessed to have kept all but 15 of those pounds off. In recent months I lost 9 of the 15 so I am now about six pounds away from my goal.
Losing that much weight was quite an accomplishment for me. You may ask me how did I do it? It was a combination of things, the most important of which was that my prayers to God were answered. I learned to love the right kinds of food, and to not be a slave to others.
Now that I am retired, I find that I still need to be aware of what I eat each day.I basically eat lean meat, fish, vegetables and fruit.I do splurge on occasion, and then need to do penance by following a more strict eating plan for awhile.I accept the fact that eating right is a life long journey for me.
One fact that I learned after losing 115 pounds, is that the body makes every effort to hold on to each and every pound. After losing a lot of weight, it becomes very difficult to lose just a few pounds. The chemistry of the body tends to hold on to the last few pounds at all cost. I must admit that sometimes I get discouraged by the slow weight loss, but then I get re-energized when I lose even one pound.
Exercise is so important for overall health, and also to lose weight.I have now committed myself to working out at least three or more times per week.
In addition, I try to eat most of my meals at home each day. Since I can follow my own schedule, I plan my trips outside of my home either before or after lunch.I generally eat a restaurant meal an average of once per week. I find that this not only saves me money, but also helps me to eat right. Most restaurant food I find, is loaded with hidden calories. I can control the amount of salt, fat, and other ingredients when I make my own meals. I do however, like to eat in a restaurant so I choose those that offer me choices of lean meat, fish, vegetables, and even fruit. I try to check out the menu before I go to each restaurant so that I can be prepared.
When I travel, I have more of a challenge in finding just what I need to eat on my plan. I try to think ahead, and to plan what I will or will not eat.Of course there is temptation all around! There are cakes, pies, cookies, (and other foods that I love but must limit) just about everywhere! Most people will say to me, ” one cookie will not hurt”. I agree, but that is not the issue. The issue is that it is not always easy to eat just one!
On most occasions I have learned to decline gracefully, but ever so often I throw caution to the wind, and eat whatever forbidden food is being offered!
A well known fact to consider as we age is the fact that it is just harder to keep the pounds off! Without the hustle and bustle of going out to a job each day, I find that I need to keep busy to keep the pounds from creeping back on. I try to have something meaningful to accomplish each day. I must say that writing these posts are a great way for me to keep my mind busy and away from food.I also try to get out of my home daily as much as is possible. I am very active with committee work in my church, and with my grand children. In addition, I am taking several classes, and I also go to the gym several times weekly. A full schedule keeps me away from temptation!
I would love to hear from you as to whether you have the same challenges that I have. Please share your comments, so that we can support each other as we go through our retirement journey.