Ok so how many of you made New Year’s resolutions to lose weight? Come on, it is alright to raise your hand (no one can see you right now anyway) In fact, losing weight tops the New Year’s resolution list. And I would be right there with you – if I believed in making New Year’s resolutions. I don’t make them because I know I won’t be able to keep up with it.
But I – like many women – would love to lose a little weight. I am not overweight by any means. I am 5′ 2″ and weigh 126 last time I stood on the scale. Sigh. I remember when I got married almost 18 years ago when I weighed just 104. So that is a little more than a pound a year that I have gained. I actually expect a lot of the weight gain has happened in the past few years – the years since I became a mother.
You would think that with all the running around chasing the kids that it would be easy to stay in shape. But I think it is all the extra eating that you do. When you are pregnant, you eat extra for the baby. If you nurse, you have to keep eating extra. It gets to be a habit. And then your child eats mini-meals or snacks throughout the day, and it is easy to grab a slice of apple or animal cracker with them or to help yourself to the rest of their snack rather than throw it away. No matter what the cause obviously the extra pounds are here. And getting rid of them will be a challenge because I don’t want to make changes.
I have gotten better about not eating even small bites when dishing up a snack for the kids. I do well except for ice cream is so tempting. And I have tried to keep the munching in front of the TV down – it helps that I don’t get to watch much TV. But I know I have to make changes if I want to shed a few pounds. But here’s the catch. I don’t want to. I like eating. I like the way things are.
Sigh. But if I want to lose a few pounds – and I sure would love to do that – then I know I will need to make a few “life changes” rather than start a diet. Denying yourself the foods you love whether they are sweets, bread or any other food – will not work. Expecting to start exercising and seeing a significant change is also not happening.
So I am going to be realistic. I will make a few changes in both portion size and food selections with the goal of losing just 5 lbs. If I can do that, then maybe I will aim to lose 5 more. But if nothing else, hopefully I will stop this slow weight gain.