• Fifth in my series, The Year of Trying to Improve My Health.  Yesterday I took responsibility (again) for my health and started counting calories. I had been eating the food that’s good for me…steamed carrots, steamed broccoli, and such. I cut out the extras and probably cut my calorie intake by half.

    Then I allowed myself some extras…like French fries from McDonald’s or a milkshake from Braum’s. After my holiday eating rampage, I had to weigh in again. I had to look at my goals and my methods and see what was working for me.

    My method for weight loss had been Peggy’s Common Sense Diet. But I had to admit that wasn’t exactly working for me because…well…I wasn’t using any common sense. My Common Sense Diet is based on some knowledge of nutrition, some knowledge of food preparation, and some knowledge of how weight loss works all mashed together. (Mmmm, mashed makes me think of mashed potatoes, which kind of makes me hungry.)

    My lack of common sense caused a weight gain of five pounds. So, I’m back to the beginning; I regained the three pounds I was so proud of losing and topped it off with an extra two. In addition to the weight I regained, I’ve also regained my common sense. Prior to yesterday, I’d been very casual about calories. I looked at them, yes. But looking at calories and restricting calories to a certain number are two very different things.

    I started restricting my calories yesterday. It’s too soon to tell if it’s working or not. I am more aware of the food I take in. I am adding up calories, measuring portions, and counting the servings of essential food that I eat. My calorie goal is between 1200 and 1500 calories daily. That’s plenty of calories to sustain my energy and still lose weight. It is the amount of calories recommended for safe weight loss.

    I can wipe out my daily calorie allotment in one meal with a hamburger, fries, and a medium shake. Or I can eat sensibly and have three meals and a snack.

    It’s not fun. But nothing is fun all of the time. Having a health crisis would be even less fun.

    by: Peggy Browning

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    Article by: Peggy Browning

    Peggy Browning is a freelance writer and author. Peggy is the author of The View Through My Rose-Colored Bifocals, Square Peg's Words of Wisdom, and Heart & Soul Food: Tales of Food, Friends, and Family. Peggy's first novel is The Big 5-0. The Big 5-0 is the first book in the Adventures of Matilda Mason series, which follows the age 50+ heroine as she makes her way to being an investigative journalist...solving crimes as she goes and grows. The second book of the series, Waltzing Matilda, will be released August 1, 2015. All Peggy's books are available at amazon.com. Follow Peggy on her blog, Peg's Wonderful World, at http://peggybrowning.com.

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    1. Jane Carroll says:


      I’m with you on the common sense diet…I don’t seem to have any either… but I’m joining you in eating healthier for my body’s sake this year. Let’s hope the pounds get disgusted and move far, far away.

    2. paula says:

      In addition to all you are already doing, spend a few minutes every day appreciating all your body does for you. It’s awesome!

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