Like so many things in life my weight is directly related to "balance". If I work too much that means I'm sitting too much. If I sit too much I'm not exercising. When I'm not exercising I seem to eat more and the mobius strip that is my life continues. When I finally get to the point where I open my closet and there not a stitch of clothing that fits without binding I do "something" to kick myself into gear.
Mostly this is in the summertime when its really nice for walking. Walking is my activity of choice. I used to run but I'm just not a "runner" person. I do have treadmill for those winter months when going outside is just not as fun. Once I start exercising again (which means I'm working a bit less) then my desire to eat well improves. In reality i typically eat very "healthy". I've never been a fan of soft-drinks, I rarely eat anything prepared or out of a bag or box or can. Mostly I eat fresh meats, fish, vegetables and fruit but sometimes, well, I guess most times, just too much.
This leads me to our current poll. I'm wondering what all you waist-watchers out there do when you know it's time to buckle-down and get the weight off. I've tried every fad diet known to man (EXCEPT) those where you have to buy special food.. I don't like eating premade stuff. No matter what variation I try, if they work it's just because I'm eating less and hopefully exercising more. I seem to have to do both, both exercise more and eat less. I really do believe the equation is simple; you have to eat less and move more. Not easy mind you, but simple.
So, what is your system? Do you have any tips to share to stay motivated? I find it's easy to slip back into my slothful ways.. Love to hear from any/all of you!
As The Poll Results Come In..
It's interesting but after just a few days of our poll over 40% state they just cut back on portion size. Clearly portion size gets us in trouble. I wonder, given we all know that the amount we eat either makes us thin or, not thin, why do we allow ourselves to over eat? Is it that our food is so compelling? Or is it because it is so available and we eat to fill an emotional void? Personally, I eat when I'm bored; an almost mindless activity. Or I eat when I'm stressing but I don't notice it until the food is swallowed.
I think food is too convenient for me. I keep raw nuts around to feed my local squirrels so they are right by the office door. Sometimes as I go through the door I take a small handful for me. Even though I always buy raw walnuts, almonds, pecans or cashews they are still laden with fat and a few go a long caloric way. I notice I do this more when my mind is 'a-buzz' with work problems in need of solutions.
Read author Russ Klettke blog A Guy's Gotta Eat where he keeps us up to date good nutrition and simple meals for a guy on the move.