Just recently I was asked, "Toni, so can you help me with the diet where you lose 30 pounds in 3 months?" To which I replied, "This isn't a magic, it's a lifestyle change." Often times we look for a quick and easy fix when it comes to weight loss. We want to wave a magic wand and ta-dah! It's all over - but not so. I've learned that, on this journey, what you put in is what you get out. I've looked on as family, friends and displayed their pedometers aiming for those 10,000 steps each day, but are still making food choices that may not necessarily fit into a plan for weight loss. And often times becoming discouraged when the desired weight loss is not acquired. The pedometer is a great reminder of how far you have gone, but once again it's not magic and it will not help the pounds fade away.
Throughout this journey I've learned that food and activity go hand in hand. There is no one without the other; this is a marriage. We've been taught that you eliminate the 5 food felons (simple sugars, syrup, saturated fat, trans fat, enriched flours and all flours other than 100% whole wheat) and you move those feet. These 2 things combined create results. You make it a lifestyle they become permanent results.
Please know that there will be times when you will eat 1 of the felons or days when you may not take 10,000 steps, but just pick yourself up and dust yourself off, and as Dr. Roizen would say, "at the next available left make an authorized YOU turn."
Throughout this journey what has worked for me is putting one foot in front of the other, monitoring what I put in my mouth and being accountable to someone for my actions.
As you go along this path remember to automate your meals but for those un-automated meals, fix something that you can enjoy. Just recently I fixed a dish that my husband loves. We call it Veggie Fried Rice. I mix the following and its super yummy!
2 cups of brown rice
1 large onion diced
1 large green pepper diced
1/2 bag of shredded carrots
2 scallions chopped
1 pack of mushrooms diced
I saute all the veggies in E.V.O.O., add a little salt and garlic powder to taste, and boil the brown rice until done. Once done, heat a large skillet and coat the pan with E.V.O.O., about 1 tablespoon, mix in all the rice and vegetables. Brown the 2, season to taste and there you go: Veggie Fried Rice. We serve it with salmon, grilled shrimp, baked chicken or any type of lean protein. I've even been known to toss in a can of black beans. I'm even able to feed it to my 2-year-old who loves rice, helping her get in her fair share of vegetables.
So remember...it's not magic and you get out what you put in. Do you have questions or just want to chat? If so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.