The Way I Lost 23 Lbs In 3 Several weeks
I am a business writer after all. The problem with business is that we are often working so hard and are so focused that we often lose track of the important things in our life. Our families, our sidelines or hobbies, and our health. Health is an important feedback loop because the more we neglect it, the more it impacts our business, and the more we neglect it. It is important to pay attention to our health regardless of what else is going on in our life. If we need an hour or two a day to take care of ourselves, do it.
Often taking care of our health is a positive feedback loop. It gets us away from our daily wallow and often provides us with new ideas worth exploring. It could be potentially the most productive time in our day.
Balance is also an important concept. We need time daily for mind, body, and spirit. So along with working hard, working on our health, we also need a little time to build our spirit and motivation. Not the kind of motivation that keeps us charging up the hill against all odds, just motivation to keep positive about life and the people around us.
So now how did I lose the weight? Very unimpressive really. I have been tracking my calories with myfitnesspal and noticed I was higher than desired on carbs but lower on fat and protein. So I added fat, especially omega-3 fats, and do two protein shakes daily. I also tried to keep my calories below 1500 a day, and treat every new day fresh without worrying about the previous day. Diet is only one part though.
We recently moved to Arizona and we have been taking advantage of the mountain parks to hike a couple hours a day. It has been very pleasant and the winter has been nice for hiking. The weather is beginning to get warmer now, but we are still walking 12,000+ steps 3-4 times a week. My wife and I use step trackers to make sure we get them in.
No crazy workouts. No gym memberships. Just simple diet and exercise.
I do notice on days we do not walk that my weight will tick up, so I depend on both diet and exercise to keep the needle moving down on the scale. But again, I do not starve myself or do crazy physical things (yet). I do feel better and my doctor is seriously encouraged.
How about you, have you been able to lose weight?