Recently people have been asking me what kind of weight loss system I am on. I'm glad they have noticed. Usually I just get the gentle pat on the stomach and hear, "Eating too much fried chicken, are you?" So it's nice to know that people also notice when the waistline is becoming more concave than convex. (Go look it up) I have actually gone down almost 4 inches in my waist and my face is not nearly so round as it used to be. It's bad when folks ask if you are Charlie Brown all grown up.
How much weight have I lost? I don't know. I try to stay as far away from scales as Clark Kent stays from kryptonite. To me weight is irrelevant. It's how you feel that's important and I feel much better. My clothes don't fit well anymore and that's alright with me. I am having to get both shirts and pants in smaller sizes. I am even able to buy fitted shirts again. I could wear them before as long as I didn't want to breathe. Unlike most men, I actually like to buy clothes. It probably stems from my early adult experience of managing department stores. I have prepared displays for everything from men's dress shirts to women's intimate apparel. (Don't even go there in your mind)
So back to the question people are asking, "How have you lost the weight?" Well, I didn't join a club or a group. Organizations that help you lose weight are fine if you need the support. It's just not something I need. I need a goal and my goal is to feel better and look better. So here goes; I eat only lean protein (grilled or baked chicken and fish as well as grilled red meat), no sweetened drinks (Splenda is great), no fried foods (they make baked chips now that are also good), lots of fruits and veggies, whole grain breads, and finally I allow myself one dessert a week. That's it. And pay more attention to how your clothes feel than stepping on the scales everyday. Scales can be motivating when their turning left, but when they take a right turn it's like a blow to the mid-section. Don't put yourself through such agony. They sell clothes in inches not pounds!
I have a belief that balance is a great thing in every part of our lives. When we get out of balance we suffer mentally, physically and spiritually. I was out of balance in my eating. Because of my busy schedule (and I know I'm not alone in that respect) I tend to get fast food. Fast food is mostly bad food. (Read fried here) I have discovered that Mickey D's has some great salads and even a decent fruit and yogurt parfait. Wendy's has some great salads and a great grilled chicken sandwich with honey mustard and wheat bread. Subway is great if you leave off the cheese and mayo. (The meatball sub goes without saying as a forbidden food) Arby's has a great turkey sandwich and Zaxby's blackened bleau (sp?) salad is great just lay off the bread.
God does not want us to starve. Eat regularly and eat plenty as long as it is not full of fat or sugars. I have actually eaten more and more often as I have been taking off the inches. Remember, the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit for every Christ follower. It's important we take care of His dwelling place.
Casting a thinner shadow,