Last week I wrote about my running and walking plans for this year. And then, the very next day, I skipped my run because it was freezing cold (literally), my bed was warm, and I just didn't want to get up and go outside. So yeah, you might want to take what I have to say with a grain of salt. But let's talk about dieting plans because I am the expert (HAHAHAHA) and in that post, I promised to reveal all of my magical dieting secrets.
Secret Number 1: There is no magic pill, no special way of eating, no particular form of exercise that will make you lose weight. But you already knew that, right? I know, I know, I wish it wasn't the case - life would be much easier otherwise.
Secret Number 2: You just have to work at it. Maybe not every day, but most of the days. Eat a little less, move a little more. It adds up to a smaller body.
Secret Number 3: You don't have to exercise, but it sure helps with not only speeding up the process, but also with motivation regarding living your new, healthier lifestyle; especially if, as I was, you're coming from a place of eating whatever you wanted and not moving a muscle unnecessarily (ahhh, the good old days...I miss them?).
Magical dieting secrets aside, I do have a plan for this year, which boils down to a simple sentence: Make better choices.
That's it - no obvious calorie counting (although I can't help but do it
most of the time, as it's just an ingrained thing after all these
years), no macros, no IIFYM (which I recently found out is different
from plain old counting macros), no cutting out specific food groups
like carbs or sugar, no excessive exercise.
I'm going to make better choices, kind of like how a parent would when feeding a child. My lackadaisical "eh, it'll all work out" way of eating that I've done lately is not doing me any favors, and I don't run enough to counterbalance all of the non-nutritional treats I've allowed myself over the last year - yes, YEAR...it's been one hell of a fun ride, and I've enjoyed all of the bonus eating that came with my trips, but it's time to act like an adult and eat my vegetables. And fruit. And I don't need dessert all that often. I could go on, but you get my drift.
The coasting is over; this is my year of better choices.