Change of Diet

Francesca Silva

I’ve been on a health kick lately. It all started when I stepped on my bathroom scales a few weeks ago and stared down in horror at the reading – 115 lbs! Okay, maybe that doesn’t sound too bad but I’m just barely over 5’ tall (and that’s if I stretch my neck) and this is the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life. Even though I knew I had not only put on some weight but had also started to develop a tummy “pouch,” to actually see the evidence was shocking.

Something had to be done.

Now, I have to confess that I’m a “binger” – and I just love chips. Chips and I have a passionate relationship that goes way back to my teenage years. I can go through a medium-sized bag of chips in one sitting with no problem and in the past it never affected my weight. Now that I’m in my 50s, however, it’s not that simple. Apart from the weight gain and the unseemly pouch, I also have to be more diligent about keeping my cholesterol and blood pressure at reasonable levels.

I therefore decided (reluctantly) it was time to go “cold turkey” – that is, to give up chips completely and start eating more healthy meals. So over the past few weeks, I haven’t bought a single bag of chips and have increased our family’s consumption of fish, dou foo and vegetables, which is not only good for me but is also great for Mumsie and Hubby (who, by the way, is fine with the fish, dou foo and vegetables but absolutely refuses to give up his white rice).

Also, for those of you who have been reading my blogs (there must be somebody out there somewhere…), I’ve also discovered the joys of edamame, which I blogged about a few weeks ago. I was getting a little bored with just steaming them, however, when I was given a delicious new recipe by Andrea, who commented on my edamame blog ~ thanks Andrea!

The result? In just over three weeks, I’ve lost nine pounds! I feel great – my jeans fit so much better and I can get into clothes that have been sitting in my closet for ages, looking lost and forlorn. Okay, so I still have my new friend, “tummy pouch,” but I’m working on getting rid of it.

Now that I’m learning to balance my diet, it’s time to take the next step, which is to get myself back to yoga classes and the gym. Wish me luck…

[tags]weight scale, gaining weight, diet, edamame, losing weight, yoga class, healthy diet[/tags]

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