What happened? What are you doing? No carbs? Calorie counting?
I’ve gotten some questions lately about hitting my Fake Weight, so since I want to
totally jinx myself be helpful to others and encourage healthier lifestyles when I can, let’s look into this, shall we?
Calorie counting works great for
maybe two people on this planet some, but it does not work for me, not when I was twelve and not now. I could never maintain a weight I reached from calorie counting.
I look at food groups instead. Veggies, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds, grains, and meats I go for while I mostly avoid dairy and lots of desserts. And I got there mostly by noticing their effects on me, not as an external rule from somebody else. Dairy gives me your basic allergy symptoms, stuffy head, runny nose, foggy brain, tiredness; sugar leaves me tired, too, and craving more sugar.
But I think what’s happened to shift my body over the past year is exercise.
Turns out heart-pumping, blood rushing, sweat-inducing exercise burns up all those clingy calories I refuse to count. You can’t phone it in
like I did for years reading Entertainment Weekly and barely breaking a sweat on the elliptical.
Also, to maintain a lower weight, the activity needs to be something you love or at least enjoy a little and fits into your current life situation. Find that thing. And it may not be your first preference, but that’s okay.
I personally would prefer being tipsy and sweating through my clothes on a crowded dance floor at midnight to a throbbing bass line, but guess what? Not so workable as a mom who lives on a sleepy island and has to get her kid to grade school in the morning. Maybe in a few years…
My second choice would be hiking up a small mountain, snacking at the top on a rocky outcropping with a water view, and losing sense of time coming down during great conversation. Unfortunately, driving a few hours each way and hiking for several hours doesn’t generally fit in my Real Life. Or anyone else’s.
This left me with. .*sigh* . .walking the dog. But then I started walking faster, and now we run
excluding the two million pit stops she requires.
Maybe for you it’s going to a gym and reading trashy magazines as you cycle hard. Or maybe it’s walking fast while chatting with a friend. Or maybe you finally take that tango or hot yoga class. Or maybe you turn on Just Dance and go nuts when no one’s home. Maybe, if you’re like me, you need to get outside and do something to make you breathe hard
to keep you from going batshit crazy.
Whatever it is, pick something. Change it if you get bored. Mix it up, walk a different path, cross-train, try a new class.
The more you move your body around, the more it will thank you
and beg for more, and the more your energy will spread from just your tense head and tight shoulders, down into your toes.
So get out there and move it!
Have you found a way you like to move it?