Secrets to Healthy Weight Loss

May 28, 2009

Okay, what was I just talking about a couple of days ago before BigSis had to throw in the Triple Chocolate Birthday Cake recipe?  Oh yeah, I was talking about trying to lose 5 pounds before Summer! :-(

Thanks for the recipe, BigSis, but there ain’t no way I’m going to have something that good in this house when I’m trying to lose weight and trying to get SirHoney to eat more fruits and veggies!

It’s so nice to be able to make something like that and take it to work to share with everyone. I know they all love it when you bring one of your homemade treats to work to share!

I bet this chick doesn’t eat cake!

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On second thought, she probably doesn't eat anything!

I want to share an interesting article that I just read in the June 2009 whole living body+soul magazine. The title of the article is “Secrets to Healthy Weight Loss.” After speaking with several weight loss experts, the writer of the article identifies the eight most common reasons people struggle with their weight.

Here are the 8 Biggest Obstacles:

  • Not enough exercise
  • The wrong foods
  • Mindless eating
  • Getting older
  • Poor portion control
  • Stress and fatigue
  • Goal plateau
  • Yo-yo dieting

So, you’re supposed to find the one that best describes your biggest obstacle and follow their strategies. If you fit into more than one category, you just combine the strategies to best address your needs.

I think that I fit into three of these categories. Those would be Getting Older, Stress, and Goal Plateau.  Within each category, there are three or four solutions on how to overcome these obstacles. They actually have some pretty good suggestions.

You can read the entire “Secrets to Healthy Weight Loss” article here on whole living. As always, we appreciate any comments or suggestions that you may have for us! If you’d rather see more awesome chocolate cake recipes instead of reading about weight loss problems, you just let me know and I’ll put BigSis right on it! :-)

~LilSis

10 Comments so far

  1. Posted by BigSis

    May 28, 20096:50 am

    Hey LilSis, I clicked over and read that article on body and soul magazine. It did have some good ideas. I have the same challenges as you, especially the age thing. I’m working out 8 to 10 times a week and feel like I’m barely maintaining. Back in the day, I could eat much more and work out much less and still be in pretty good shape. Darn hormones!!

  2. Posted by Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer

    May 28, 20093:09 pm

    Great post and as a someone who is now half her size in clothes I can tell you it is a daily battle and every meal is a choice and must be a conscious one. I work hard at maintaining every day but Food never tastes as good as thin feels!!!

  3. Posted by LilSis

    May 28, 20097:28 pm

    Hi Cathy,
    Thanks! There sure aren’t many people who can say that they are half the size they used to be. That’s an amazing accomplishment. I know that it is a daily battle and you’ve got to be very proud of yourself for maintaining your weight. I’ve always loved that quote, “Food never tastes as good as thin feels”.

  4. Posted by LilSis

    May 28, 20097:30 pm

    BigSis – Yeah, back in the day is right… let’s try to stay positive even though it is becoming VERY difficult!!!

  5. Posted by noble pig

    May 28, 20098:05 pm

    That was a great article with lots of suggestions! It’s so hard to diet and lose. I say, eat very close to the earth and it helps.

  6. Posted by Toni

    May 28, 200911:56 pm

    What if all eight are your biggest obstacles? Ha!! Oh my, but I’m in trouble. Actually it is probably the age thing, the stress/fatigue thing in a huge way, and not enough exercise (bad knees). I have lost 20+ pounds so far, but have a ways to go. BigSis’ cake recipe sounds like a recipe for sabotage! Thanks, LilSis, for your visit today and all the comments! So fun to see those. =)

  7. Posted by jennyonthespot

    May 29, 200912:33 am

    That picture of that gal with her finger in her belly button… I hate her. P.S…. I eat cake by the row. I even made a “Girls who eat cake by the row” group on Facebook. I am THAT passionate about cake. :)

  8. Posted by LilSis

    May 29, 20099:51 am

    Hi Noble Pig – You’re definitely right on that one. The more fruits and veggies the better!

  9. Posted by LilSis

    May 29, 20099:53 am

    Toni – Ha!! Yep, all eight would definitely be an issue, huh? I definitely this us women have a much harder time as we get older because of the hormonal aspect that men don’t have to deal with.

  10. Posted by LilSis

    May 29, 20099:56 am

    Hi Jenny – HaHa!! Yeah, I bet she hasn’t had any kids either! I’m just jealous because I wish my tummy looked like that.

    I don’t really eat any sweets, but staying away from pizza, Mexican food, or cheese and crackers is my problem!

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