W2 – Women and Weight

Hi Guys…..hope you had a great weekend, I definitely did. I attended something called the Jesus Explosion. It’s like a giant prayer meeting and conference for all to praise Jesus, attend workshops to help us understand our faith and to attend Mass and help the youth know their faith as well. It was AMAZING!!!!! It was like a praise fete. A fete is what we cll parties in Trinidad. I’m Roman Catholic and also what is known as a Charismatic Catholic so we praise and rejoyce like if we’re partying. I had a real reconnection with Jesus and my God so I’m on a high. But that’s not what I want to talk about today. I wanted to talk about something that we all have an issue with especially as we get older and sometimes even before that, while we are young….and that is weight gain.


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I did one or two blogs on this topic, one was from the standpoint of when a woman reaches menopause and the weight starts piling on no matter what you do to try to get rid of it and the other blog was where I shared on an exercise routine that really helps you lose the weight using kettlebells. Today though I’ve reached ROCK BOTTOM ……I’m burnt out where exercising is concerned ……..I just don’t have the mental zest to do it. I just can’t seem to want to exercise or even be able to push myself to start or try.

I think I really think I have exercise burnout. So what is my solution to that…since I can’t even think about doing exercise…I think I need to start looking at my diet. I eat well and I try to eat properly but I met a young man who was fairly big in size and …IF YOU SEE HIM NOW!!!!!OMG!! he is so slim and trim and I was in awe. Actually I didn’t even recognise him. So what was his solution? Diet…and I don’t mean all these ridiculous starvation diets or SlimFast diets etc. No he did the natural thing that we all should at some point.

He stopped eating dairy, meat and consuming sugar. His consumption of meat is nil and he cut out flour and sugar. Now i’m sorry, I’m a bread mouth……I love pastries, bread, pies and anything flour but I do agree with him because last year I did my own experiment to see if I stopped eating bread for a month what would be the effect…and people……yep…..that was it. My stomach went down and I no longer felt bloated. But staying away from bread when you are surrounded by it everywhere and it’s the easiest thing to consume and stay filled is mighty difficult.

Lately as I’ve stopped exercising at the rate I used to (I did gym in the morning doing kettlebell exercises for 1 hour then walked Chancellor (a very long steep hill) in the afternoon) and although I lost 7 lbs it became too much and I was too tired in the mornings after gym and this affected my ability to coach my clients during the day. I was just too tired. Unlike most men or even women who get more energy for the day when they do the gym in the morning, I am the opposite…I get very tired, so what now?

Now I’m looking to change how I eat because I’m fed-up of this back fat and it makes me very uncomfortable. I’m going to try the process of cutting out carbs in the evening as my first step. You can’t change habits just like that, you need to inch into them slowly and build a routine first then it becomes the norm and easy follow through. So My first act is to eat normal during the day, good breakfast so I had half of a turkey sandwich with Chai tea this morning and I’ll have food for lunch but this evening I might (hmmmm) walk in the gym with my husband, but dinner will be a protein shake and salmon or crix and peanut butter and jam. I’ll do this for a few weeks and let’s see what happens.

Not sure what I’m having for lunch, I usually eat with my mom and we buy something really filling but this week not sure what I’m eating. I’ll will probably share a pasta and chicken meal with her before I leave her and that will be lunch. When I researched how to lose weight via a better nutrition I found this:

  • Cut back on sugars and starches
  • Eat protein, fat and vegetables
  • Lift weights 3 times per week

10 tips to lose weight even faster:

  • Eat a high-protein breakfast. …
  • Avoid sugary drinks and fruit juice. …
  • Drink water a half hour before meals. …
  • Choose weight loss-friendly foods (see list). …
  • Eat soluble fiber. …
  • Drink coffee or tea. …
  • Eat mostly whole, unprocessed foods. …
  • Eat your food slowly.

Protein Sources

  • Meat: Beef, chicken, pork, lamb, etc.
  • Fish and Seafood: Salmon, trout, shrimp, etc.
  • Eggs: Whole eggs with the yolk are best.
  • The importance of eating plenty of protein cannot be overstated.

This has been shown to boost metabolism by 80 to 100 calories per day.

High-protein diets can also reduce cravings and obsessive thoughts about food by 60%, reduce the desire for late-night snacking by half, and make you so full that you automatically eat 441 fewer calories per day — just by adding protein to your diet.

Low-Carb Vegetables

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Kale
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Swiss chard
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber

Fat Sources

  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Butter

HOW I PLAN TO LOSE MY WEIGHT?

Despite what was recommended above I want to try what the young man I mentioned earlier did and that was to cut out all dairy, meat and sugar. Not sure what he did about carbs so I will talk to him to find out more. I’ll let you know what I discovered.

Later guys.

Reference:

  1. How to Lose Weight Fast: 3 Simple Steps, Based on Science by Kris Gunnars

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