As the saying goes, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. What would that step be in my weight loss story? I couldn’t focus on losing 50 pounds or 100 pounds, but just on taking that first step. I dreaded the thought of me running on a tread mill at a public gym. Heck, I dreaded the thought of even running. So I was relieved when my doctor said we could start by focusing on my diet. At least for now.
The goal was to create healthy meal plans for weight loss that were designed just for me. My doctor explained how the right nutrition and dietary requirements are different for every person, because we all have different body types. That made sense I guess. I’m sure I don’t have the same dietary requirements as an NFL linebacker (though my husband might dare to question that). By developing a diet plan to burn fat designed just for my body type, we could accelerate the fat loss process. Which was exactly what I wanted to do!
I loved to cook, and was always finding new recipes on the Food Network, but I didn’t really know anything about making healthy meals plans for weight loss. It had just never been an issue. My husband had the metabolism of Michael Phelps, so I never had to worry about how much butter or oil I added, or about choosing low fat foods. He was like a dog. Whatever I put in his bowl, he devoured, and the feedback was always, “That was amazing, honey!” Combined with any series of belches of course.
I guess my weight was kind of sacrificed in the process. So if I was going to learn how to cook healthier meals, I would need some help! Food had always been my weakness, but the problem was that my genetics didn’t help my cause. I had more overweight family members than I could count on one hand! So if I was going to do this, I wasn’t interested in some 30 day Hollywood diet. I needed a lifestyle overhaul, a long-term plan that would keep the pounds off for good and give me a true weight loss story. A whole new way of looking at food and cooking. But where could I find such a thing?
To me being skinny seemed like it was all about starving yourself and eating lettuce all week. I didn’t mind celery, dipped in blue-cheese dressing that is, and with a side of honey garlic wings. Carrots were OK, glazed in butter and brown sugar. Apples? Sweet, green-apple pie, yes ma’am. Potatoes? Chili cheese fries! Corn? Slow baked shepherd’s pie! Man, this was gonna be harder than I thought! Would I ever have my own weight loss story?
That was the way I felt fourteen months ago. Losing weight and overcoming my food cravings seemed like an insurmountable obstacle. Read on to see how I finally did it. Without even going on a diet!