Something a little different...

My blog posts are going to take a little different turn for a while. Let me give you the scoop. I am 45 years old, and I am struggling a little with weight gain. I've always been a pretty small person and haven't had to worry much what I ate. I'm also a pretty healthy eater overall, and I have exercised to try to keep the weight gain away. But, to no avail. For those of you who know me personally or who have read my blog for a while, you know that when I turned 40, I began running, and even ran a half-marathon. The sad thing was that during my whole running phase, I continued to gain weight even though I did not change eating habits. It got to be depressing. I've been stuck at 145 pounds (I'm 5'2") for a few months now, and can't get the weight to budge. I weigh more now than I did when I was pregnant with my son. I know that for some people, they look at me and think my weight is fine, but we all have different bodies, and mine is not where I would like it to be. I don't share these numbers with you to be judged. I'm simply documenting my journey and sharing in case it helps someone else.

My friend Paula that I teach with mentioned that she was having the same issue, and she even went to her doctor about it. Her doctor suggested that she try the Fast Metabolism Diet (a book by Haylie Pomroy). Here is a quick video overview. Take it for what it is.

Paula and her husband decided to do it together, and they have had some success. I'm not a big "diet" person, though I have done Weight Watchers twice in my life (but the weight didn't stay off, and I was always hungry and obsessed with counting calories). But, I'm desperate at this point. I don't need to lose tons of weight, but I need to shed some to feel good for myself. So, I mentioned it to Eric, my husband, and he was on board. He has actually gained 10 pounds in the last year and would like to take off a little weight. Again, for anyone who knows Eric, most think he is a beanpole, but he knows what is best for him, and at our age, neither of us want to put on unneeded extra pounds. We just want to be healthy and feel good about ourselves. So, we decided we would give Fast Metabolism a try together.

I have a couple of friends and my mom who are wanting try along with us, so I decided to share our journey on the blog. So, you will see my meal plans for the diet and I will try to share any recipes I use to make it a little easier for others who are planning. The planning and preparation of meals is the most time consuming part of this diet. You get to eat a lot of good food, but because you can only have certain foods on certain days, you really have to plan ahead. If you decide to try this "diet", be ready to give up wheat, corn, dairy, sugar and caffeine. The dairy and sugar parts are going to be the hardest for me.

Well, that's the start of my story. We'll see how it goes. It's at least worth a try for a few weeks. :)


Anonymous said...

I understand your dilemma, I am 60+ but with the same issues. Looking forward to your blog and the info you are providing. Maybe this will work for me as well!