One Moment At A Time

Over the last two years I have neglected my health. The reasons don’t really matter, because there are as many reasons for not eating healthy as there are overweight people. But the truth is, I’m heavier than I should be, and certainly heavier than I want to be. I’ve decided it’s time to do something about it. What does that mean? It means changing the way I eat and what I eat. It also means getting more exercise. Sounds like a lot of fun, right? Right. Fun. That’s what I’m telling myself. It’ll be fun.

We hear a lot about diets. Every once in awhile a new diet will emerge, lot’s of people try it and then it fades away. Some are successful, some are not. What makes a diet successful is a combination of two things. The diet actually has to be beneficial, and the dieter has to be determined to lose weight. The first part is easy. You find a diet that’s going to work. The second part is where it all falls down. The determination to lose weight is hard to maintain. Yes, we want to lose weight, but we get lazy or the desire to eat unhealthy becomes too great, or we make up excuses as to why we have to eat that big cheeseburger today. Any number of things get in the way of our success. The best way for you to lose weight may not be the best way for me. So I’ve devised a plan. Will it work? Who knows, but I’ll keep you informed as I go about it.

A few weeks ago I started “The Tea Blog” page here on The Window. I quickly discovered that no matter how much I like tea, there’s only so much you can write about it. So I’m going to change The Tea Blog into a Health blog. There I’ll chronicle my journey as I try to loose weight. I’m going to use a mindfulness approach to loosing weight. The long term goal is to lose weight, but I’m not going to worry about that. I’m going to look at this one moment at a time. The question is then, what is happening right now? How much protein am I taking in each time I eat? How many calories? How well am I doing right now? I hope you’ll find this interesting and helpful. Part of the problem of starting a diet is that we have these big dreams of eating and exercising well and losing a bunch of weight but the momentum of keeping that dream alive starts to slow down. Thinking about the whole thing gets to be too much. So, one moment at a time. I’m not dieting so much as I’m only going to have about 300 calories for this meal right now. That’s all I’m going to do. I’ll worry about the next meal when it’s time. We’ll see how that goes.

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