Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

I have run a constant battle most of my life to keep my weight in a reasonable range. As a child my brothers and my dad always called me “chubby.” I gained 60 pounds when I gave birth to my son. Eventually I lost that extra weight. Still I was not technically over-weight, just “chubby.” I learned my lesson when I was pregnant with my daughter and gained the recommended amount of weight. Thank heavens!

When I quit smoking, I gained 40 pounds. By this time I was in my thirties. Tired of being heavy, I joined Weight Watchers with a friend. For me, the combination of keeping a food journal and checking my weight on a scale a few times a week, has made all the difference. I lost all the weight and have kept it off until recently. During the past two years, I quit journaling and gained back 15 pounds. Back to Weight Watchers I went. I’m happy to say I’ve lost that weight.

I know this sounds like a lot of work, and maybe too much focus on “dieting” and food. I don’t see it that way. I see it as a lifestyle choice. It keeps me feeling good about myself, how I look, and most of all how good my body feels when I eat well. No aches and pains. I can put on the clothes in my closet and button my pants!

However, my biggest tip for maintaining a healthy weight is to EXERCISE. I don’t mean to shout, but even during these past two years that I put some weight back on, I continued to exercise.  My best advice is to keep it fun. Walk with a friend, join a gym (I love the gym :)), take a pilates class, buy some exercise DVDs. Just shake it up and you won’t get bored.

If you have tips that you would like to share, I would love to hear them. I’m always looking for great ideas that keep maintaining a healthy lifestyle fun and rewarding.


2 Responses to “Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle”

  1. Foodie McBody Says:

    I just re-joined WW today after a hiatus of several years. I had mixed feelings. SO much work! but it does work if you do what they tell you. I was chagrined to find that I now have 2 points less per day than the last time I joined.. because of AGE. Bleah!

  2. krimkus Says:

    I think any healthy eating plan that includes lots of fruits, veggies, lean meats and whole grains will help you lose or maintain a healthy weight. The bottom line is you have to expend more calories than you’re eating. I have kept up my exercise, but I was obviously eating more than I was exercising off. I like WW because it makes it easy to count calories, but also because most of the lower point foods are the foods that are good for me. It encourages me to eat healthy. But what I like even more is it makes allowances for foods you love. I am a blue cheese and crusty bread fanatic, and I can’t resist good french fries.

    Here are two websites that provide WW points for their recipes as well. I’m just getting started, but I plan to continue calculating WW points as I add more recipes.

    Good luck, I know you’ll do well!

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