For the most part, I haven’t had to worry about weight for most of my life. Go ahead and hate me if you must 😦 With the exception of a few years in retail, I have worked in health care for most of my life, so I have always had an eye on my diet and weight.
I also smoked, which some people feel relaxes them, but in fact, it is a stimulant. So when I finally quit smoking about 6 years ago in my 40’s, I gained 30 lbs and 3 pant sizes. I no longer had the stimulant, nicotine on board, and I no longer had the metabolism of a 20 or 30 someone.
I have never believed in fad diets, so for me it always goes back to diet and exercise. Bottom line, the only way you are going to lose weight and keep it off is to change your lifestyle, get active, learn how to read labels, and recognize what a portion size really looks like. I will try to give more information along the way.
One thing I have found that helps in controlling portion size is to weigh my food. That helped me to recognize what a portion size was. This particularly works well for me for pasta portions. A serving of pasta is 2 oz. In the past, I was probably eating the equivalent of 2 servings and twice the calories. I bought this scale on Amazon for about $20.
After moving to a new area, getting a new house in order, and planning a wedding, I’ve put on a few pounds. Now that I am adjusting to my new life, I need to get back to the gym, back to running, and work on getting my FIT body back. If you would have told me, a former smoker of 23 years, that I would ever run a 5K (3.1 miles), I would have never believed it.
It took an entire year, but I finally ran the entire race without walking.