Thursday, April 19, 2018

Slow and Steady Wins the (Weight Loss) Race

I guess it's never too late for an old dog to learn some new tricks.

Case in point: Slow and steady wins the race.

Any other inane proverbs for this post? Let's wait and see!

Here's my 2010, I had a heart attack.

Following the heart attack, I lost about 50 pounds.

How did I do this?


I was freakin' scared out of my mind.

There is nothing quite like the fear of death to motivate you for a diet.

I worked out 2-4 hours/day. I hardly ate a thing. I was totally exhausted. I lost all of that weight very quickly.

I also spent my entire day focused on my diet and exercise.


At some point, I realized I was not going to die if I ate a cookie.

So, I ate a cookie. Then...I ate another cookie.

I continued to walk every day, but not for four hours.

I ate more foods, even cookies.

Eventually, I gained back some weight. Not all of the weight that I'd lost, but enough to make it imperative that I get back on the right track.

I realize that my super strict I-Don't-Want-To-Die diet was not sustainable in the long run. It was way too strict and too fast. 

But I like FAST and DRAMATIC results!

Drama! Excitement! Not working!
Now, for the grown-up realization...

Sometimes FAST and DRAMATIC is not the best way of doing things.

Sometimes, making small changes and being PATIENT is the best way.

And slowly, like a frickin' turtle, you will lose weight.

I'm not a patient person. I like fast, dramatic results. So this whole new approach to diet/exercise is torture!

But I realized something this week.

It's also working.

I lost 3 pounds. It took a while. I feel better.

I still walk every day, about 30 minutes-1 hour as time permits.

I still eat a lot of greens and super foods.

I try not to eat after 8 PM, and I try to eat a small appetizer-sized dinner if possible.

As the weather gets better, I will add an extra evening walk into my daily routine.

I will see results, but not overnight. 

Did I mention I'm not a patient person? Sob.

So, yes...this is working. 

And's slow-going.

And yes...I am not patient and it's hard for me.

But hopefully, in a year, I will be in a better physical place.




Slow down, honey. What's the hurry?

Off for my morning walk!



P.S. One last proverb...




Natasha Moore said...

I did the same thing when I turned 45. Not a heart attack, but enough motivation to want to do this thing. NOW. So I lost 50 pounds as well. As well as a lot of my hair. My life revolved around what I could/couldn't eat and weights and walking. No way could I write. Or read anything except health and workout articles. Same as you, I realized I could not sustain that lifestyle and I gained most of the weight back. I need to get to that place where I can find a way to slowly get into some better habits. I'm walking more and I'm going to get a new bike, I used to love bicycling. But anytime I even think about changing my diet, my mind rebels and I get all anxious. Maybe I'll start by cutting out cookies :) Great post, Penny!

Penny Watson said...

Hi Natasha! We're in the same boat! The only way to make the diet sustainable over time is to make small, sensible changes and not try to enforce a crazy strict diet. No one can stick to that for the long-term. I'm lucky that I naturally like fruits/veggies, so it's not too hard to eat a healthy diet. My thing is portion control. Being mindful while I'm eating (so I don't over-do the portions) is important. WE CAN DO IT!

Lori said...

Hi Penny - I'm in the same boat. Had a heart attack (which thankfully wasn't heart disease per se, but was a damn good wake up call!) and decided to lose the weight. Down 25 lbs but damn, it took me 2 years just for that. Still have another 25 to go. I've decided that just eating healthier & doing moderate exercising is all I can ask of myself. And it works, just super slowly because I've learned not to deprive myself or it leads to bingeing. Hang in there! You've got this.

Penny Watson said...

You lost 25! That's fabulous. And the slower you lose it, the higher the chance of KEEPING IT OFF. You are doing everything the right way. Don't stop!

JM said...

I believe you know my thoughts on the subject :) You do it for Life...Keep moving!

Penny Watson said...

Hi JM! You are an inspiration. I will keep moving!