It’s that time of year again, the Smalley family is attempting to get healthy again. Twice a year usually right before Thanksgiving and right around New Years day like clockwork I decide it’s time to get serious about my health yet seem to give up 30 to 60 days in. I’ve been like this for over a decade and each time when I fail it’s like I get a little fatter or less healthy before the cycle begins again.
This time however for the first time ever I’m taking it slow and only making changes that I know I can live with for the rest of my life. No more diet pills, overtraining at the gym and most of all no more cheating with my diet. You’re probably thinking “Lonnie, how can you think it’s possible to keep from cheating on your diet?”. The answer is quite simple I’m not on a diet.
This time around I’ve scrapped the whole concept of dieting and decided to just eat whatever it is that I feel like. So, if one night I’m in the mood for pizza from my local pizza parlor I am just going to order one and I’ll tell you this it won’t be one of those “healthy pizza options” either. I’m no longer going to deprive my body of it’s cravings I’m just going to practice moderation and correct portion sizes.
Now is it really that simple? Yes! You see I realized that I was falling into that dieting fantasy of expecting results fast. What I forgot was I didn’t get like this overnight so I won’t lose the weight and keep it off by losing it quickly. Over the summer I was doing quite well and somewhere between my mom getting very sick and my PTSD and depression I lost track of my health.
My wife and I decided it was time to start going toward the gym again and I will say after getting back today my body feels like it hates me. I realized that I need to simply look at weight loss as basic math because that’s all it really is. If you take in less calories than you expend your going to lose weight. With the small changes that I’m making I’m definitely going to have a calorie deficit just like this summer when I was going overboard with the workouts only this time the deficit is going to be a smaller number probably around 500 calories per day. That may not seem like a lot but that’s 3500 calories per week which is 1 pound of fat.
They say when you start trying to lose weight and get healthy you should set a goal weight and amount of time your giving yourself to get there. The problem with this at least for me is weight is subjective due to the fact that muscle is heavier than fat. In the words of Dr. Paul Kennedy “Scales are for fishes” so I’m just going to find the weight which I feel comfortable and healthy. How long will I give it? As long as it takes. This isn’t a diet anymore it’s just living my life the way I feel I should. Wish me luck.