Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to determine whether you’re at your ideal/healthy weight…or not.
If the answer is “not” then you get a “part B” mission, OK?
This mini-series on real food weight loss and exercise was inspired by a few events in my house in the last few months.
First, my husband counted calories for Lent, remaining under 2000-2500/day. We learned a lot about the food we eat.
Second, during the same time span, a friend of mine who is doing some running training brought up a real food protein question. She had been told by other ladies at her gym that within 15 minutes of finishing a workout, one should have X amount of protein. Since she would barely be out of the shower and certainly nowhere near her kitchen, the common recommendation is of course a protein bar or shake, but she knew she didn’t want to mess with all that soy. We started brainstorming high protein sources found in traditional foods (and which ones are packable).
Finally, success in shedding my own last few pounds of baby weight (sort of) pushed me to open up a conversation about real food weight loss on the KS Facebook page, and now I’m excited to be able to share some real food weight loss success stories from KS readers who stepped up to the plate and told me their tale. They are awesome.
Your Ideal Weight
I’m sure there are myriad weight calculators and formulas out there to help you determine your ideal weight, BMI, muscle tone and width of your pinky finger.
Frankly, I’m not going to look them up. (Feel free to speak with Dr. Google if you need numbers.)
I quite like the measuring stick mentioned by one reader in a comment on Facebook: Do your pants fit?
Obviously that doesn’t count if you bought new pants, but I think ideal weight is something you can peg within a few pounds just by guessing, if you’re honest with yourself.
Are you at your pre-baby weight? Do you feel comfortable in jeans? Can you go for a walk without getting totally out of breath? Has the number on the scale (if you have a scale) been generally holding steady or moving in an upward direction the past five years? Ten years?
If you’ve got a few pounds or more that you’d like to see hitting the pavement instead of your middle, let’s make a goal today.
(This is “part B,” by the way.)
Your mission, if you’re in this group, is to set a weight loss goal for yourself, something you think you can reach by a deadline you choose – a month, the end of summer, the end of the year.
Don’t shoot for more than a pound a week, since slow weight loss is healthier anyway, and you want to set reasonable goals. Better to blow your numbers out of the water than to get discouraged because you’re not making it.
Write it down. Type it out. Use permanent marker. Put it in your phone. Stick it to your fridge. Stick it to your kid’s forehead.
Whatever you need to do to remember your goal, do it now.
(No, not when you finish reading. Now. Unless you’re nursing a baby. Then you should just read and enjoy and set a lazy, hazy goal for when said baby is 9 months old or older – nine months to put the weight on, nine months to take it off.)
Just get used to the idea that you’re making weight loss goals when it’s not even trendy and the store ads aren’t chock full of exercise equipment and quick fix weight loss chemicals…it’s May, not January, for Heaven’s sake! But any time is a good time for getting a little healthier, and I’m guessing most of us have either a little something to lose or some improvement that could be made in our fitness or dietary habits.
SUMMARY of posts in this series:
- Introduction: Can Real Food Help you Lose Weight?
- 5 Keys to Weight Loss with Real Food
- What About Social Eating?
- Review of Weightless: Making Peace with your Body by Kate Wicker
- High Protein Snacks for After a Workout (or during pregnancy or for people who want to think better)
- 2 NEW Quinoa Bar Recipes:
- Integrating Exercise into Normal Life
- The Complementarity of Men and Women as Applied to Exercise and Nutrition
- What Does it Take to Lower Triglycerides by 75%?
- Series Summary: Is there really an end?
See all of the series on real food weight loss HERE.
Many thanks to puuikibeach for the photo for the real food weight loss image there.