No. I'm not talking about a diet that you go on for a short period of time, lose some weight and then gain it back. I am talking about your regular diet. The food you eat on a regular basis. Yeah, that stuff. The potato chips and dip, the third helpings of your favorite thing. Yes, those things.
I have been hearing this more and more often as I have been reading and researching for this year's contest.
Exercise is good, do not get me wrong. It is not only good, but also necessary, but no matter how hard you workout, no matter how many hours you spend sweating, you can not out do a bad diet. In the end (usually literally) you will have abs of steel locked under a belly that is oversized.
The first thing that has to change is what we eat. Our way of thinking about food has to change and we need to start putting the right foods in.
Think of it like this... Food is fuel. If you put bad fuel into your car, how does your it run? Not very well. The engine might be choppy and irregular. If you put sugar in your gas tank, your car may not run at all! Our bodies are similar. If we put bad "fuel" into them, they are not going to run right. They will not be at peak performance. And sugar, well, that is a whole other story! (Here I am referring to refined or processed sugars, not those you ingest naturally in fruit and other whole foods.)
I am trying a new thing this year, I will write more about it later. In the meantime, just know that my commitment to losing weight and being healthy is at an all-time high. I really am trying to be this year's "Big loser!" (Don't worry, I can't win, but I sure can try for the title!) Also, know that my commitment to you is here. If you are looking for someone to encourage you and support you as you work through becoming healthier, contact me through the newspaper and I will be there for you!
Until tomorrow, be good to yourself and to others!