I started off 2017 with a goal to eat more whole foods. It didn’t take me long to realize that I am like about 75% of other Americans who think they eat a healthy diet. In reality I am not. Just because I am eating more whole foods does not mean I’m eating healthy.
I am still not getting enough of the right fruits and vegetables. I am not alone. It’s estimated that about 80% of Americans don’t.
It’s time to go back to the drawing board. Part of the reason I made my goal for the year to eat more whole foods was because I didn’t want to make my new year’s resolution something trite like “lose weight.” I thought if I was eating more whole foods and eating healthier that it would stand to reason that I would lose weight. It didn’t and I haven’t.
I might as well just be unoriginal and make my goal to lose 20-30 pounds by the end of 2017. I hate that I’m doing this because I hate being tied up with numbers on the scale. However, using the scale makes my goal measurable.
Since we moved I’ve been donating and pitching items left and right. That includes clothes that don’t fit me anymore that have managed to hang out in the closet. Here is one such dress.
You might think, “Ah, that’s not too bad.” Let me clarify that number one, I can’t sit down in it. Number two, it’s not zipped all the way up in the back.
So besides using the scale as a measuring stick I am also going to use this little black dress. By the end of 2017 not only will I fit in this dress with it fully zipped, but I will also be able to sit down in it.
That is a number I am a part of.
One in five deaths are linked to being overweight or obese. That is a number that I don’t want to become a part of.
I have been reading The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes. It has me questioning so many ideas that I have promoted and believed over the years. The most eye opening thing I have learned from the book is how powerful the sugar industry is and what a long history it has had.
At the same time, I have been reading more about plant based foods – both the good and the bad… polyphenols and lectins.
Going forward with my meal planning I will still be eating whole foods, but will be being more careful about what I am choosing.
The other thing that I am going to pay attention to is cost. I often hear that eating healthy is too expensive and I am absolutely opposed to that notion. I will see if it’s true or not.
To start out I’m not going to change my activity. I’ve never been a gym kind of person and I feel like I’m active enough as it is. If I haven’t made any progress by the end of June I’ll rethink that.
What changes do you make when you want to lose weight?
Feature photo by Jennifer Burk