“Your Story”, our Friday Series, is following Ty, a 26-year-old guy who just finished week #3 of his 20-week health makeover.
Ty is focusing on health improvements rather than “going on a diet” or counting every calorie he ingests. “Healthy Weight – it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle!” –per The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Ty had some breakthroughs last week, like going out for a spaghetti lunch and saving half for dinner. In the past he would have eaten the entire serving at lunch, plus a new dinner. Portion control – Well done Ty!
He exercised 5 days and has now added strength training to his routine. Exercise energizes him and he looks forward to his time at the gym.
Ty now eats healthful food throughout the day. He makes time for breakfast and lunch.
Ty didn’t lose any weight last week, mostly because of big calorie consumption at a friend’s birthday party, an evening meal, and a Super Bowl party. Despite very healthful eating throughout the week, he took in an extra 6000 calories in indulgences overall. That cost him 2 pounds.
For Ty’s consideration:
Working extra hard at the gym can’t burn off major calories.
- Exercise burns in the hundreds of calories. Extra eating easily reaches into the thousands.
- The next time Ty knows he has a big social week coming up, he can plan ahead and choose how to get maximum calorie pleasure for himself. Perhaps go for it at one party and go easy at the other.
Why Ty’s lifestyle changes and subsequent weight loss are so important:
- At 26 he is still immortal. His body hasn’t exacted any payback yet.
- However Ty sets himself up now is determining his quality of life going forward. At 50 he will be living what he decides today.
YOU next year Principle
Portion Control When Eating Out – Request a take-out container with your meal. Put half of your meal into the container. Voila! A ready-made meal for later when you’re hungry again. Now tuck into the food on your plate and enjoy! You’ll leave the restaurant both satisfied and slim.
My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people there.