One day I want to write a book. I’m still about 60-70 pounds away from my goal weight, but I’m more than half way there. I have lost over 100 pounds so far (put a few of those back on over the holidays) and even though it has been just over three years, I’m glad that I did it. I also learned a good bit about diet and exercise before I started and along the way. I’m not the person to turn to if you only have five, ten or even twenty pounds to lose. If you have fifty or more to lose, though, I have been there (and am still there) and I think my experience can help.
The trope of my book, as the title of this blog post indicates, is “economy”. Most of us are intimately familiar with how our bank accounts work. We get paid and money goes in, then we pay bills and money goes out. If we focus on the balance of the account, we want more going in that coming out. Unfortunately, for most of us, we see the opposite, more is going out than comes in. I’d love to rant about the economy and the woes we are forced to deal with, but that’s not my focus. Rather, the simple concept of a bank account balance makes a great analogy to our bodies and our weight.
Our weight is like the balance. The calories we ingest and expend are like the money from deposits and bills that we apply to the account. Just like with our money, when we take in more calories than we spend, the balance (our weight) goes up. Conversely, when we expend more calories than we take in, the balance (our weight) goes down. We need to make our bodies more like the disturbing trends with out checkbooks, more out and less in. The results will take care of themselves.
Of course, while it is that ease, there is so much more to the equation. The most important issue that effects the equation is our mental attitude. It isn’t easy to lose weight, no matter what method you use. We need to be disciplined in order to follow the plan accurately. If we aren’t disciplined enough, we will cheat and that is disastrous for our weight loss. There are quite a few strategies that we can employ to counter this. That’s what I will cover in part of my book.
When it comes to diet and exercise, the single most important issue is intimately tied to the mental aspect. Whatever you choose to do for diet and exercise must be something you an be consistent with… for life. There are no quick solutions for weight loss (apart from drastic surgery). Whatever you choose to do in order to limit you calorie intake and increase your calorie expenditure must be something that you are comfortable with doing for the rest of your life. Does that mean you will never take a break? No, of course not. It simply means that if you can’t be comfortable with the changes as your new normal, the chances are great that once you reach your goal you will simply go back to bad habits and gain back the weight you lost.
I have high hopes for this book being helpful for people who are serious. I also have lots more research to do and lots more weight to lose before I feel comfortable writing it. Until then, if you have any questions, feel free to ask. I’m always willing to answer any questions.