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.