This submit seems as a part of our More healthy 2021 collection, by which we comply with three WebMD workforce members as they try to enhance their well being this yr. You may comply with their journeys here.
By Invoice Kimm
“Appears like I picked the unsuitable week to begin maintaining a healthy diet once more!”
Lloyd Bridges’ hilarious operating joke from the 1980 film Airplane! saved popping into my head this week as I formally started my journey to drop pounds and get wholesome. If there was ever a time to emphasize eat and perhaps get pleasure from a couple of grownup drinks, the primary week of 2021 might have been it.
However, I’m completely happy to say, I didn’t succumb to the temptation, and Week 1 will go down as a hit! That’s to not say issues went completely — my train plan didn’t precisely take off the best way I had hoped (or in any respect) — however I’ll rejoice my wins and intention for enchancment subsequent week.
I misplaced 8 kilos! I do know that’s an enormous quantity for one week, and I can’t anticipate that each week, however nonetheless — I LOST 8 POUNDS! As I stated final week, I understand how to do that, I simply must DO it. It’s rewarding to see the onerous work repay.
One large issue for my weight reduction is I constantly log all of my meals and keep beneath my calorie objective every day. All the pieces I eat and drink, even whether it is zero energy, is logged (I exploit the app Lose It!, which I discover works finest for me, however there are lots of choices on the market). The second I began gaining weight once more was after I stopped logging my meals, and that is for a few causes. One, logging my meals makes me extra conscious of what I’m consuming. You’ll be shocked by how a lot you eat with out realizing it. A snack right here, some chocolate there — it provides up shortly. After I log the whole lot, it forces me to be accountable.
Logging my meals additionally forces me to be precise. I prefer to assume I’m fairly good at eyeballing what a cup of rice appears like, or 4 ounces of steak, or a serving of chips. Enjoyable reality: I’m not. In any respect. The reality is all of us eat far more meals than we notice. I couldn’t drop pounds with out a meals scale. It’s nothing fancy, a easy digital scale that lets me understand how a lot my serving is in grams or ounces. But it surely’s crucial as a result of I can’t belief my eyes and abdomen, as they are going to deceive me.
This previous week, I had the privilege of chatting with one among WebMD’s docs — Dr. Bruni, who makes a speciality of weight reduction — and she or he stated one thing that basically caught with me. She stated, “The older you get, energy are completely different, and the energy I consumed 10 years in the past gained’t be utilized in my physique the identical manner now.” I didn’t notice this. I believed energy have been energy and the much less I devour, the extra I’ll lose. But it surely’s not that easy. I additionally need to be selective in what I eat. So whereas logging and weighing the whole lot is nice, and a necessity, I now have to be extra vigilant in WHAT I eat, not simply how a lot I eat. That will probably be a problem.
So heading into Week 2, not solely do I must proceed what I’m doing, however I’ve homework. I must focus extra on the standard of meals I’m consuming, not simply the amount. Extra importantly, I additionally must stop making excuses and begin exercising! I see my good friend Mark has a head begin on me, so understanding that he’s crushing it on his Peloton is simply the butt-kicking I must hit the pavement and begin operating once more! This cheer dad will NOT be outdone by a softball dad!