Movement. It is something you don’t think about until it becomes difficult for you. Several thing contributed to my ever increasing stiffness and lack of mobility. From past car accident injuries and subsequent surgery, the pandemic, the hurricane, to clinical depression, so many things contributed to the stiffening of Kathy. But, if I’m going to be honest here, I have to admit that the main cause is LAZINESS. I just didn’t want to move and I didn’t care.
Fast forward to now. I have decided that I’m tired of being 56 and walking like an 86-year-old. I’m tired of eating foods that taste good but make me feel horrible. So, for the first time in my life, I really WANT to eat healthy and exercise.
One of my goals is to reduce the amount of empty calories I eat. After our last tasty indulgences at Norman Love Chocolate on December 31, 2022, I have stopped eating candy and adding sugar to my coffee/tea. I don’t miss it! Yesterday, while at work, I reached into my desk drawer where I used to keep my tea candies. I thought they were all gone but I found one. I absentmindedly opened it and put it in my mouth. As soon as I tasted it, I said “OH NO” and spit it out. It was only 15 calories but I knew that if I ate it I would go back to candy and sugar. I really made myself proud.
I’m not following any specific diet plan. I am using the CICO method. That is calories in/calories out. If I eat less calories than I expend, I will lose weight. I learned a lot about this from The Chris Terrell Podcast. You can learn more about Chris at www.christerrellcoaching.com.
Today I increased both my caloric output as well as my step count. I’m feeling pretty good.
Do you have any “go-to” websites, books, recipes that you are using on your health journey? Please share in the comments.
Thanks for reading!