About twenty years ago, I would try diets and exercise regimens where you keep track of everything you eat, and all of the exercises you do, including their amount, duration etc. It drove me crazy, because it seemed like I was doing more writing than anything else. It was just too much to do. I wasn't comitted to reducing my intake or increasing my exercise, nor was I really excited to track everything.
So during my young adult life, I stayed fat, unhealthy, unmoving, and eventually didn't care about how I looked or felt.
I have always been around horses in some form or fashion. I love riding, and this year I intended on owning my own horse for the first time ever. Reality set in quickly. I couldn't ride until I lost roughly 100 lbs.
I wasn't about to go back to the old "track it" system. I wasn't thrilled about it then, so surely I wasn't going to stick with it now. Instead, I don't pay so much attention to what I eat, but how much I eat.
When I brought Cookie home (my horse) it was just before Thanksgiving. You can only imagine. There is that so good, not so good for you, fantastic smelling, outrageous tasting, holiday food. YUMMY! I already had a head start by not eating near as much as I use to, so I figured this wouldn't be so bad. Even if I ate too much, it wasn't a big deal, and I wasn't going to beat myself up. Let's face it, we are fragile creatures, and this day and age, there will always be that someone, or even a group of people who will verbally beat you up based on your looks. No one needs that, ever!
Between holidays, I read an article about burning calories and such. The one thing that stuck out like a huge lightbulb was this: You have to burn five hundred more calories than you take in. Okay, so I don't count calories either. Nope. Not even 1 calorie do I count. Instead, I get moving. Cookie helped in that department quite a bit. Keeping her paddock clean at least three times a day kept me moving, and still does. Once I became adjusted to that much movement, I had to add more in order to continue to burn calories.
So in comes removing plants and bushes that are not good for Cookie to eat. Digging, cutting & dragging limbs, shrubs, vines and roots, gave me that extra movement as well as added a new range of motion to the mix. I still have plenty yard work left to do, but the weather hasn't been cooperating so I turn my attention to fixing up her stall.
During a doctors visit back in November, just before Cookie came home, I had weighed 305 pounds. After getting moving and even going through two major food holidays, I weighed again in January 2013. I weighed 295 lbs. I actually LOST during those two months.
I think I'm onto something here! For me, I eat what I want. I just don't eat until I'm about to pop at each meal. I eat as close to portion size as I can, and if I'm still hungry I'll grab a couple of crackers & I drink A LOT of water. Then, I don't get all crazy about what I'm eating or how many calories is in it.
This may not work for you, but if tracking your food is driving you crazy, you can give this a try and see how it works for you. The only thing to be very mindful of, is portion size. Once you get your mind set on what a portion is, get moving and don't sweat the small stuff.
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