I Have So Much Weight to Lose, Why Even Try?

I thought that would get your attention! When I started my journey to wellness, I thought, “Wow. I have so much weight to lose, how will I ever do this?” I then realized that it was most important for me to change my eating habits. I incorporated fresh veggies, fruit and healthy snacks. I saw results immediately, but not always at the scale. I felt better and more energized.

I thought that would get your attention! When I started my journey to wellness, I thought, “Wow. I have so much weight to lose, how will I ever do this?” I then realized that it was most important for me to change my eating habits. I incorporated fresh veggies, fruit and healthy snacks. I saw results immediately, but not always at the scale. I felt better and more energized. 

At times, we all look at the total amount of pounds that we want to lose and become overwhelmed and discouraged. When this happens, we can lose our focus and overeat or binge. What keeps me focused is looking at how much weight I have currently lost not how much weight I would like to lose. Be proud of yourself for losing 1, 5, or 10 pounds. Remind yourself that the weight you have lost is gone for good. When I become discouraged, I pick up a  heavy 5 pound bag of potatoes and imagine how even 5 pounds was making my body feel. The less weight on all of our joints, the more energized you feel. When you look at weight loss this way, it gives you a more positive attitude and makes you more successful.   


Remember that you’re on a journey to wellness and even though the amount of weight you lose is important, eating healthy and changing your eating habits should be your main focus. Try some new foods. Be creative with spices and experiment! Eat a variety of foods and keep things interesting. If you want to lose 5, 10 or 50 pounds, you can achieve your goal by focusing on eating healthy foods. Your body will love you for it!

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4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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