Last year, after spending more of the last 10 years at, or just over, the line at which the medical community would consider me overweight, I finally found a way to take 20 pounds off. It took changes to both my diet and exercise in terms of type and timing. It also was a process that took more than 9 months.
By the time I moved to Fort Collins the first of the year, the changes I had made had slowly devolved as the to-do lists grew for both houses, and the time table in which to complete them had shrunk. After a severe bout of flu on returning from a much-needed vacation, and the necessary time for my body to return to normal afterwards, I had substantially reverted to old, bad, habits. A couple of weeks ago, I realized that, although my body shape has changed, I had gained back half of the weight I had worked so diligently to lose. I looked back at journal entries from the prior year and saw my current short-comings.
Of course, each of our bodies is different. What works for you may not at all work for me, and vice versa. The first glaring change to make was cutting way back on sugars and dairy, even the goat dairy that’s better for us humans. I also need to get back to taking probiotics, drinking Kombucha and eating fermented foods every day.
Of course, the other required change is to make more consistent efforts on exercise. This spring, I had started counting yard work as a workout. Although I might feel even more tired afterwards, it’s just not a workout. Neither is housework. I need to realize that the house and yard work will still be there to take care of on the next day, heck, the next week. Workouts, not physical labor, keeps me fit and trim to a level that will allow me to continue to do things I love for more years of my life.
Questions: I'd love to hear what works for you. Do you do it consistently? If not, are there ramifications? How quickly do you notice both positive and negative changes?