My sister, mom and a few friends have formed a healthy living/weight loss support group. We meet Fridays at noon for 30 to 45 minutes to share, connect and support one another in our journey toward a happy, healthy, balanced life.
It's turning out to be more informative, helpful and fun than I imagined.
Here are tips & hints that were shared this week...
Tips & Hints from My Weekly Weight Loss Support Meeting
My mom kicked things off by sharing this quote...
"There is no one who became rich because he worked on a holiday and no one who became fat because he broke a fast." - Ethiopian proverb
Intermittent Fasting. Speaking of breaking a fast, Christine shared how much success she is having from implementing what she learned in Brad Pilon's Eat Stop Eat book and watching Dr. Jason Fung's Video about intermittent fasting. She has lost 4 pounds and is feeling more energized and less foggy headed.
I'm so excited to learn of others' positive experiences with skipping breakfast on occasion.
Benefits of Pairing Up for Weight Loss. My sister, Brenda, shared ideas from a Woman's Day article which explored the positive benefits of pairing up with friends, family, colleagues on the weight loss journey and noted the power of weekly meetings.
We have been holding our weekly meetings for about a month and I'm already feeling the benefits.
I've always considered my WW meeting 30 minutes of sanity in an out of control food world. This meeting is very much the same. It's nourishment for the mind and soul which helps me reinforce making better choices.
For example I left the meeting and headed to lunch with my Mom, where it was natural and easy to choose the sesame ginger grilled chicken salad - a much better option than the burger & fries.
"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak." - Hans Hofmann
Coupons & Weight Loss. Brenda also referenced the discovery of one of the women in the article who had successfully lost weight. A former extreme couponer, she had discovered that most of her coupon purchases were for highly processed, unhealthy foods. She gave up coupons, ate healthier, lost weight and saved money!
Have you ever noticed that most coupons are for "unnecessary foods?" I read somewhere that the more money spent on a food's marketing/advertising the less healthy it is.
Consider the foods that are often offered at coupon discount.
Do you ever see coupons for "healthy" like bananas or broccoli? For the WW zero points foods - lean proteins, plain greek nonfat yogurt, fresh fruits and vegetables, tofu, eggs, beans?
More often you'll find coupons for sweets, snacks, highly processed convenience items so be selective. If you use coupons, use them with care.
Are you being tricked into buying something that you don't really need—that will be a temptation once it's in your cupboard—rather than a necessary item that will contribute to the happy, healthy, balanced life you crave?
Online Grocery Shopping. Christine shared her positive experience using online shopping at her favorite grocery store. She has discovered it helps her save time and money and avoid impulse purchases of tempting foods that sabotage her weight loss efforts.
My mom talked about how much she is learning from Target 100: The World's Simplest Weight Loss Program.
We have decided that for now we would just read the book at our own pace and share any insights at our weekly meetings.
A self-confessed carboholic, she is working to follow author, Liz Josefsberg's, suggestion to keep carbs to 100g or less a day. She also appreciates Liz's guidance on the need to craft a plan that is individual to you and your particular needs and challenges.
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