Did you know they say the average American gains 5 pounds over the holidays? I was right on track with that estimate until I turned the corner on the morning of Christmas Eve. Anybody want to join me in a super-simple, free, no measure, low-carb/low-sugar diet this year? I test-drove this easy plan for the past week and found that it worked for me. I lost a tad and never felt hungry. Interested?
Want to know what would be considered a “healthy normal” weight for you? The easiest chart I found for estimating healthy weight is from Rush University Medical Center, and I’ve included the link and their chart below, just in case you’re wondering. I was happily relieved to find that they are very generous in their parameters, but even so, I’m still overweight! 😦
Here’s my proposal. Anybody who wants to join me in an on-line weight loss encouragement program can check in here each week on Wednesday. We don’t have to say how much we weigh, we can just say how much we want to lose, how much we’ve lost that week, and how much we’ve lost since we began…and that doesn’t have to mean we’re promising to lose all we need to lose. It’s just our personal goal for this year. I would like to lose 23 pounds, and so I’m committing to keeping my diet plan for an entire year (until next Christmas Eve) or until that goal is reached, although I’d really like to weigh even less and may keep going for the entire year unless I ever have the happy problem of being too thin (which wouldn’t probably happen in 100 years unless I become ill). So, when I check in next week, it might look like: 23/.05/22.5…that’s if I lose 1/2 a pound a week, which I’m hoping to do.
Want to join? I’ll try to write some encouraging tip or recipe each week, but I’m also hoping that anybody who joins, knows (or learns) something helpful, and has the time might add info for the rest of us. Just your “23/.05/22.5” or whatever each week is fine, but if you find a great recipe, want to discuss a problem, solution, or strategy, or whatever, any comment would be helpful for the rest of us, and we can encourage each other as we go.
What do you think? It’s simple: We can have all the fruits, veggies, dairy (minus ice cream) and protein sources we want, but we just give up sweets and starchy foods. You might want to tailor your plan to suit who you are, and over time, I suspect we might need to become a bit harder on ourselves to lose the last few pounds. For example, I imagine that the day may come when I have to make a conscious effort to reduce portion size, although this past week I lost fine without even worrying about it. Also, I’m not saying “NO sugar,” because I’m allowing myself honey for coffee or tea, and I’m not saying “NO starch,” because if I’m somewhere and they serve me a pasta dish with meat as the main entreé, I don’t want to be without food or make my hostess uncomfortable. Also, you may only want to commit to a trial of 1-2-3 weeks or months before saying you’ll commit to working at it until you reach whatever weight goal you set for yourself.
But I, for one, am tired of being overweight, and so I’m asking the Lord to help me do what I know is good for me: be disciplined in my eating so that I fall within the range of “healthy normal.” What do you think?
“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3).
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|4′ 11″||94 to 119 lbs.||124 to 143 lbs.||148 to 193 lbs.|
|5′||97 to 123 lbs.||128 to 148 lbs.||153 to 199 lbs.|
|5′ 1″||100 to 127 lbs.||132 to 153 lbs.||158 to 206 lbs.|
|5′ 2″||104 to 131 lbs.||136 to 158 lbs.||164 to 213 lbs.|
|5′ 3″||107 to 135 lbs.||141 to 163 lbs.||169 to 220 lbs.|
|5′ 4″||110 to 140 lbs.||145 to 169 lbs.||174 to 227 lbs.|
|5′ 5″||114 to 144 lbs.||150 to 174 lbs.||180 to 234 lbs.|
|5′ 6″||118 to 148 lbs.||155 to 179 lbs.||186 to 241 lbs.|
|5′ 7″||121 to 153 lbs.||159 to 185 lbs.||191 to 249 lbs.|
|5′ 8″||125 to 158 lbs.||164 to 190 lbs.||197 to 256 lbs.|
|5′ 9″||128 to 162 lbs.||169 to 196 lbs.||203 to 263 lbs.|
|5′ 10″||132 to 167 lbs.||174 to 202 lbs.||209 to 271 lbs.|
|5′ 11″||136 to 172 lbs.||179 to 208 lbs.||215 to 279 lbs.|
|6′||140 to 177 lbs.||184 to 213 lbs.||221 to 287 lbs.|
|6′ 1″||144 to 182 lbs.||189 to 219 lbs.||227 to 295 lbs.|
|6′ 2″||148 to 186 lbs.||194 to 225 lbs.||233 to 303 lbs.|
|6′ 3″||152 to 192 lbs.||200 to 232 lbs.||240 to 311 lbs.|
|6′ 4″||156 to 197 lbs.||205 to 238 lbs.||246 to 320 lbs.|
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