You know what I just recently realized? Hey, I can see my waist again! I’ll admit it seems a bit funny to say that. But, when you’re working towards better health, these are the triumphs that you celebrate and realize something you’re doing is actually working. And I did it by making only 1 change.
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Over the past several months I had been noticing my mid-section growing. The bloop hanging over the edges of you pants. The rolls when you sit. The, “I don’t fit into my summer shorts anymore!”
I’ll admit that I’m horrible at working out. When I’m into it, I’m in 100%, but the minute I fall out of the exercise routine, it’s gone. That has happened to me. I try to get on my elliptical machine, but I’m a Professional Procrastinator. More exercise will be my next goal to add to my schedule!
Back to the belly fat.
I’m naturally a petite person and only 5’1”. I’ve never carried too much weight, but as I’m getting older, the hormones and metabolism are definitely changing. Plus, I’m not eating as healthy as I should. I work a lot and over the past year I have been eating more on the unhealthy side. I grab the wrong things in the hospital cafeteria and do way too many take-out dinners. Life on the go scrambles your brain… you know how that is.
The main thing I’ve noticed is my increase in sugared drinks. I would get a soda or a sweet tea instead of choosing water. My day would be coffee with a lot of hazelnut creamer for breakfast and then a sweetened drink for lunch and dinner. Honestly, I would maybe drink 2 cups of water during the day. Really bad, I know.
So, what did I change that made me see my waist again?
It wasn’t exercise. I wish I could say I stomach crunched my way to awesome abs, but nope. And I certainly don’t have awesome abs yet, but maybe soon!
A little over a month ago I started drinking only water. And A LOT more than I ever drank in my life! I drink 60 – 80 ounces a day and stopped drinking the sugared drinks. Well, I confess I still drink my cup of coffee with hazelnut creamer. Can’t kick that one just yet.
The increase in water and decrease in my sugar intake has really made a difference in my waistline! The extra sugar in my diet was slowing packing on the pounds and inches in my mid-section.
It’s SUGAR people!
Sugar is the root of the weight gain in this country. Maybe even the increase in cancer, but I’m no doctor, so that’s another debate.
Soda, sweet tea, desserts, carbohydrates, and even alcohol… it all increases the insulin in our body. Insulin is our fat storage hormone, and high levels of it will tell our body to create the fat around our belly.
“More than any other food, sugar becomes responsible for hijacking your brain chemistry and your metabolism to create insulin resistance and all its repercussions.”
7 Ways to Permanently Banish Belly Fat by Dr. Mark Hyman.
The only change I made.
The ONLY change I’ve made in my life is that I’ve increased my water and stopped drinking sugared drinks. I really believe this has made the change that I see.
I see my waist again. I am less bloopy when I sit. I have less pudge over the edge of my pants. But I am a work in progress….
I encourage you to look at what you are eating and drinking each day if you’re frustrated with your weight. How much soda and alcohol are you consuming? Make a change. Choose less of that and more water. Let me know what works for you!
Water often for health and happiness. xx