Tonight I'm skipping my usual format because I want to thank my good blogger friend Lisa for presenting me the "Sugar Doll' award. She awarded it to me for being a guy who has lost weight without giving up any of the food I enjoy. As those of you who follow my blog know, that's the most important component of my weight loss journey. I think it's the only way I can make it work long term, as opposed to "diets" I've inevitably abandoned in the past when I grew tired of being so restrictive about the kinds of food I let myself eat and having to keep close counts on calories, fats, etc. My "common sense" approach consists of just a few things: eat only when I'm actually hungry, have whatever I want but in sensible portions that don't leave me feeling stuffed, cut back on sweets and high sodium stuff but don't try to eliminate them, drink plenty of water, and try to get in enough daily exercise to average 10,000 steps a day on my pedometer. I've been able to stick to these things without feeling hungry, have lost 20+ lbs since New Years, and also have felt a lot better and more energetic. It's not a perfect method and I think some of the long plateaus I've hit are a result of eating some hi fat/hi cal food, but I think this is going to be my approach for life as long as I continue to gradually progress towards my goal weight without letting it run my life.
Thank you again Lisa! I really enjoy your blog and I know many others respect what you do as well. This award means a lot coming from you. And now I pass the Sugar Doll award to:
Tammy for losing 100+ lbs, sticking to the reminder of her journey no matter how hard it gets, and being very open and honest about the entire experience.
Enz for always offers great ideas to me and others and keeping a positive attitude through all the ups and downs and her own journey.
266 for losing weight EVERY week since August 2009. Just amazing!
Cactus Freek for her sticking to her journey despite all kinds of chaos in her life.
Journey Beyond Survival for consistently being supportive to me and others and for passing along great information all the time.
Good night y'all!