I am so desperate, I don't mind the diet at all but I have sucha long road ahead of me it is difficult to the end. I do not have any skinny pics of me for inspiration, there never was a skinny me, I ahve no idea what that would look like. NOw after I had my son all my abdominal fat has headed south...aggghh!
I workout a lot but I feel so depserate I just wanna cry.[/quote:a687e8b76d]
I lost a lost a lot of weight and have successfully kept it off eating this way, about 100 lb, from size 22-24 to 6-8. When I began, I didn't have a goal weight in mind, nor did I give a lot of thought to the huge amount of weight I needed to lose. I was mostly focused on staying healthy. I approached it from the standpoint that I wanted to be healthier. When I lost the weight almost 10 yrs ago, my dad had just died (of Alzheimer's) and I think subconsciously I was facing my own mortality. I focused on the insulin lowering and heart healthy aspects of this type of eating/lifestyle plan and the pounds began to drop easily. I lost about 50 the first year and 50 the second year.
Take your weight loss one little step at a time. Focus on insulin lowering. If you choose your Zone meals with insulin lowering tactics in mind, you'll lose the weight. As you begin the Zone think of thechanges you make as permanent changes.[/color:a687e8b76d] [color=green:a687e8b76d] [b:a687e8b76d]Make the plan fit you rather than making you fit into the plan.[/b:a687e8b76d] [/color:a687e8b76d] [color=darkred:a687e8b76d]The Zone has the flexibility to do this.
When I say focus on insulin lowering, I mean read and reread the Zone books and info to understand exactly how diet and lifestyle effects insulin levels. This will give you insight into how your habits are influencing your insulin levels. Find ways to incorporate insulin lowering tactics into your diet and lifestlye to make the most of what the Zone has to offer. Here are some exapmles. Keep fruits to a minimum (2 or 3 blocks a day or less). Make sure to always have enough fat (best to err on the side of a little too much rather than too little). Drink a lot of water. Don't skip or skimp on meals/snacks. Do some type of exercise daily (even a simple brisk walk will suffice).
The book "TheTop 100 Zone Foods" has lots of interesting info. It also includes info about the insulin lowering properties of specific foods. Did you know that sprinkling cinnamon on your applesause or oatmeal will actually give better insulin control?
Most importantly, you don't have to eat a particular food just because "it's good for you". Choose to eat only the Zone favorable foods you really like. Make meals fun and enjoyable. Get creative. Being creative doesn't mean you have to cook if you're not into cooking. Two nights ago dinner at our house was very creative, and delicious (to us anyway!)...no cooking involved. We simply looked through the fridge to use up leftovers and came up with a delicious meal sized salad of mixed baby greens, sardines, chick peas, pine nuts, fresh grated parmesan, and Asian pear. The dressing was oilve oil, fig infused balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard mixed together with a fork.
I advise to seriously consider making family meals zoned, rather than you eating differrently from the rest of the family. It makes things a lot easier and you won't feel singled out and deprived. That's the way I did it at my house. Besides, once you experience the benefits of eating this way, you'll probably have a lot of second thoughts about serving meals of pasta, bread, and potatoes to your son, while you sit next to him at the dinner table eating healthy Zoned meals. I don't mean you have to become the "Zone police" for the rest for the family, but as you drop unfavorable foods and add insulin lowering selections to your meals, why not simplify your life by doing the same for the rest of the family!
I didn't have any skinny pics of me either, but maybe it was better that way. You'll be so surprised when you see the "you" that's been hiding under all that stored fat! From experience, I can tell you how different it feels to be at 140 lb (BTW, I'm 5/71/2 ") as compared to 240 lb. I'd describe it as feeling light and strong. You're always comfortable, not feeling constricted by your clothing. Your body's just there, but not always getting in your way. It's great!
I wish you all the best. If you have any questions, I'd be glad to help. [/color:a687e8b76d]