In the past week since I’ve really begun to focus on living a healthier lifestyle, I have seen a rapid shedding of pounds again. In fact, I’ve lost three pounds this week. That’s not a pace that I can, or should, keep up but it always amazes me how fast it comes off whenever I start to pay attention to my lifestyle. Here’s what I think the biggest factors in this rapid loss are.
- No HFCS – Once again, I’m not drinking soda. I am a horrible soda junky and love Root Beer and Mt. Dew. I have no idea how many calories I was consuming every day in High Fructose Corn Syrup but it had to be in the high hundreds. I don’t care what the commercials say, High Fructose Corn Syrup is liquid death. By cutting out sodas and other things with HFCS in it, I’ve greatly reduced my caloric intake without a significant change in what I’m actually eating.
- Eating better – I’m making it a point to eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast again. It’s very good for me and I actually enjoy eating it. I had gone back to skipping breakfast or grabbing a really yummy but totally unhealthy baked goods or bagels with cream cheese. Instead of sticking with me like the oatmeal does, I would be hungry sooner and stronger than I am when I eat oatmeal. I’m also eating salads for lunch again. That’s two meals a day with little to no unhealthy ingredients.
- Exercise – As I said in an earlier post, we got a new dog this past week. We were fostering her to see if she would be a good fit for our family. Unfortunately, she wasn’t the right dog for us so had to return to the shelter where she will wait for another family. However, having her around meant that I had to walk her in the mornings and evenings. Just because she’s gone doesn’t mean I can’t keep up the schedule I’d set for walking. That’s exactly what I did this morning and what I’ll continue to do. It’s nice to be moving again.
- Medication – I’ve written about it over and over again here and still I could write more. I have problems with depression and food addiction. I had stopped taking my anti-depressant and I’m sure that some (a lot) of my eating was caused by those two factors. I am on a new medication now and I can already see it helping me to not have urges to eat.
And, of course, I’m making sure to work on my practice as much as I can. There’s something about being sincere and committed to your practice that is conducive to a healthy lifestyle. When I am focused and clear, making better decisions about what to eat, think, say and do all come much easier.
We’ll see how long this rapid loss phase goes this time. Last year when I started this journey, I lost 20 pounds in what felt like no time at all. I don’t think that will happen this time around but at least I’m prepared for the loss and I know what to expect. I’m feeling healthier already.