Thursday, June 3, 2010

Finally Ready To Change

   For months now, I have been dealing with a constant internal struggle on how best to deal with my weight. I have read countless articles on the smartest, fastest, and easiest ways to get rid of the unwanted pounds. After a very long thought process(I am a guy after all and sometimes it takes me a little longer to try and figure things out), I have come to realize that there isn't any one perfect way to lose weight other than just getting up off your ass and doing something about it. In the next 6 months, I am going to attempt to lose 50 pounds by walking everyday and eating healthier meals. The walking is going to be the easy part, because for some strange reason, I like to sweat. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment, so the more I sweat while walking, the better I feel about my routine. Eating healthier really isn't going to be a huge problem either. I believe I am a good enough cook that I can make anything taste good. For me, the biggest hurtle is going to be portioning. There really is no guide to follow to know exactly how much is just enough or too much, so I have come up with a solution to my portioning problem, and that is to cook for an entire month using recipes from the Weight Watchers All-Time Favorites. There are over 200 recipes from the Weight Watchers Test Kitchens in this cookbook, so I am sure to not have any repeat meals for the month.

   I have also made a decision to not eat any red meat until I reach my goal. So starting tomorrow, Friday June 4th, 2010, the only meat that will be consumed in my house will be Chicken or Fish. There are 31 recipes in this book devoted to our feathery friends and I intend on using every single one of them. There are also like 15 or so fish recipes that I fully intend on using as well. Dinner is the main meal that I prepare in this household because Breakfast and Lunch have always been a fend for yourself kind of thing. So what am I going to do about those two meals? I have decided that I will primarily be eating Oatmeal with fresh berries, or some kind of fruit smoothie for breakfast and salads for lunch.

   Now that I have a plan pretty much set in stone all I have to do is follow it. It shouldn't be hard just as long as I stick to my guns. I am going to use this blog as my daily journal, so I and others can see my progress. Who knows, maybe someone else will benefit from my daily rantings about how much I sweat when I walk, or how mundane it can be to eat only fish and poultry until you shed off a small teenage girls worth of weight. Whatever the case may be, all I really want from all this is to be physically fit so I can feel better about the way I look and feel. To those of you that decided to follow along, fasten your seat belts because it is going to be a wild ride.


  1. 1) To my knowledge red meat isn't bad for you, so long as you eat it sparingly.
    2) Fruit smoothies are good so long as you don't use powders (sodium from preservatives) or add milk (fat). Just stick to ice, fresh fruit and vegetables.
    3) Portioning is based on your metabolism. Your metabolism is affected by your testosterone levels. You might want to have a sit down with a doctor if you haven't already. Might give you a leg up on the situation.
    4) Don't look at eating fish and poultry mundane. That's the mentality that keeps people overweight. Think of eating fish and poultry as extremely conscious, and balanced. Try changing your attitude on the things you eat. Gluttony is the problem with most overweight people (and most people in general). Calling things 'need' when they are clearly a want is damning for any endeavor.
    5) I think I have post-blogged enough...

  2. I understand that eating red meat isn't bad for you, I have just decided to get rid of it for until I lose the first 50 pounds. Who knows, I may not miss it at all. I love fish and chicken, and they are a little more versatile when it comes to cooking than red meat is, or at least that is my experience with them. I have also pondering trying tofu as a source of protein from time to time. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, shared a recipe that his wife makes for him using Tofu, and I have to say, it looked rather inviting.

  3. I saw your post over on Spark People. I have lost a ton of weight by cutting out red meat. All I eat is broiled or baked skinless chicken breast, broiled baked or steamed fish and shrimp, and tofu prepared how I like it and lots of beans and lentils for protein. I also cut out cheese and bread. I love the way I am eating, I feel great. Good luck! From SandyJas at Spark People.