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It’s simple, right?

Hello, friends!  How is your week going so far?  It’s cold and blustery here and the S-word is in the forecast for tomorrow night and Friday morning.  I just want to eat all of the food and hibernate for the next few months, but instead I’ve been dragging my ass out of bed in the morning and working out because I know it’s good for my winter blues.  It’s hard, though, I’m not going to lie.

I saw this post on Instagram the other day, and it really hit home with me:

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Credit:  Wendy Solganik

I’ve spent the last couple of months giving myself challenges, experimenting with what works and what doesn’t work to help me stay at a healthy weight and feel good, both physically and emotionally.  I gave up alcohol for 30 days, which went well, and then I tried intermittent fasting, which didn’t go so well.

If you’ve ever researched the best way to lose weight, you know about all of the conflicting information out there.  How do you know what to do?  It’s super frustrating!  Trust me, I know!  When I started gaining weight, I did tons of research!  Turns out, I was eating too many carbs.  POTATOES ARE SO BAD FOR YOU.  Oh wait, you can lose weight eating nothing BUT potatoes.  But I needed more protein!  Hmmm….maybe not.  My metabolism had slowed down because I stopped running, but cardio is bad for you and you should lift weights instead!

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I’ll admit:  for a while I just surrendered and said “Fuck it” and just did what I wanted, which led to more weight gain.

So that’s when I decided to try doing my 30-day experiments.  The main goal of these experiments is to figure out what works for me.  It’s been very enlightening.

Look, I’m no expert, but I’ve done enough research to know that there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  What’s important is to figure out what works for me, what is sustainable for me, and what keeps me fit and healthy.  And what works for me may not necessarily work for others.

I’m still trying to decide what my next 30-day experiment will be.  We are going on vacation next week right before the Thanksgiving holiday, so I may just take a hiatus from my challenges until after we get back.  The timing will be perfect, as it will be the holiday season.  It will give me a bit more time to decide what I want to do.  I have a few ideas bouncing around in my head right now, but haven’t come up with a clear plan yet.

How about you?  Do you get frustrated with all of the conflicting info out there or do you feel like you have it figured out?

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “It’s simple, right?

  1. Have it figured out? Bwahaha! Yeah, right. And even when you DO figure it out, things change.

    Keto is the darling right now. But personally, I like my carbs, feel it’s too restrictive, and that eating shouldn’t really be that hard. People certainly do lose weight on it.

    It’s not simple, but in some ways it is. For me it often comes down to sugar.

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    1. I’d never survive without carbs! But I do know people who do well on keto. Keto and IF seem to be the popular ways of eating right now. Until something new comes along that will have everyone excited, right? I’m waiting for the wine diet to become popular. LOL 🙂
      Seriously, though, it boils down to things in moderation and just figuring out what things work for you in moderation more than others. You may be able to have some sugar, while others may not. I personally could do without sugar, but I crave salty snacks and have a hard time having chips or anything like that in moderation, so I just try to avoid as much as possible. But I can eat one small piece of chocolate and call it good.

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  2. OMG! That Instagram post was so funny! My sentiments exactly! My hubby is all about Keto and swears by it. However, we went hiking over Labor Day and he got lightheaded. I had a feeling it was because he wasn’t eating carbs! I gave him all my dried fruit and half of my oatmeal and he was so much better the 2nd day. I don’t think Keto is necessarily bad. He still eat lots of veggies. I just think his body needed some good ole’ carbs for all that hiking.

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