Help Wanted

OK dear readers, I need your assistance please!

This isn’t easy for me.  But the time has come to shame myself into action and going public seems to be a good way to do it.  Over the past year and a half or so I have allowed about 20 lbs to creep onto my 5′ 6″ frame.  Oh, I’d love to blame my thyroid or the phases of the moon but let’s face it. It comes from stuffing more calories into my pie-hole than I’ve been able (or been motivated) to work off.  It’s not rocket science!

What I would like – what I need – is your all-time best number one weight loss tip!  I’m not looking for program recommendations.  I know them all and Weight Watchers and its sensible, “no food is a bad food” approach will likely always make the most sense to me.  No, what I want are little nuggets of wisdom to keep in mind as I – seriously this time – embark on this journey to lose a bit of myself!  Things like, substitute chicken stock for oil when you stir fry vegetables.  (One of my favourites – and it works!)  Or, when you get a craving for something sweet, brush your teeth!

I’ll post your comments and, speaking for myself, I’m hoping to pile a little less lard on my motorcycle when I climb back on her in the coming weeks.  And I thank you!

3 thoughts on “Help Wanted”

  1. Oh Lisa, I feel your pain. I, too, am trying to lose some weight. About 10 lbs of winter fat.

    For portion control, I am putting my dinner on a bread and butter plate. With that, it’s not just that the plate is small. If you fill it up so that it reaches the edges, you feel like a pig, so you really do put smaller portions on it. Just don’t go back for seconds. To cut back on my sugar cravings, I am eating low-glycemic foods. There are lots of websites that list them. To cut back my calorie intake over-all, I am not eating anything after 7 pm. And if I absolutely must break that rule, I have a small bowl of All-Bran. It not only fills me up, it gives me milk which helps me sleep, and being such a high-fiber food, it basically is in one end and out the other. Just remember to follow it with a glass of water to push it through. I also refuse to where looser clothing. It kills me to do up my jeans right now and I don’t care. It serves me right for gaining back the pounds I worked so hard to lose last year!

    Good luck.

  2. I crave sweets after dinner. I recently came across Weight Watchers cakes at Costco. Two little cakes, two points (90 calories for those not familiar with that language). I brew a Tim Horton’s coffee, and sit down with my coffee and two cakes and by the time it’s gone, I am satisfied, happier, and probably more pleasant to be around!

  3. Great ideas!! Thank you. I also got some suggestions about, basically, getting off my butt more and adding more activity to my day. I know I need that, too. I have an excellent treadmill in the basement that’s in danger of becoming a clothes dryer soon, so I’d better get on it! Other tips were familiar refrains – drinking more water (I’m buying those Crystal Lite envelopes or I will never do it!) avoiding fads (if you lose it from fasting, you don’t learn how to live with food!) and not getting into a situation where you don’t have choice. For example, forgetting to bring a lunch to work and facing a vending maching with a grumbling belly. That’s danger! I simply have to stop indulging myself and to exercise more.

    Thank you so much for sharing! I’m going to get back there, one pound at a time. 🙂

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