At the beginning of 2011, I made a new year’s resolution to lose weight. I was especially pushed towards the goal when Jack Lalanne died on January 23, 2011 at the age of 96. Also my cardiologist put me on a treadmill as a routine check on my heart. Just the thought of going through any heart disease surgery or treatment confirmed my determination to lose weight.
My focus was to eat more of a diet rich in fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, chicken, and nuts. If I went out to eat my focus was to be choosy and eat about half of what was served. The rest of the food would be put into a to go box for another meal. A lot of my meals were simply prepared at home. For lunch a lot of times, I would have a can of tuna with light salad dressing, some fresh fruits and vegetables.
I avoided milk and wheat products. I drank soy milk for a milk substitute. For breakfast instead of cereal, I ate an apple and/or additional fruit. I found nuts were too many calories and eventually pretty much eliminated them.
Yes, I exercised by walking but I could do better in this exercise area.
I lost for the year about 32 pounds which made me feel successful for the year in my goal. I can definitely tell a difference just walking around how much the extra weight added because I feel lighter.
My goal for next year in this area is to continue watching what I eat and exercise more. I have more that I would like to lose but I made a significant change. I really haven’t discussed too much publicly but my hope since others struggle with this problem to let them in on my secrets of weight loss. Determination is a big part but eating the right foods makes a big difference. Avoiding high carbohydrates such as cake, cookies, chips, and soda are important. I did drink diet soda.
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