Once upon a time I told you about the best piece of advice I had ever received with regards to weight loss: “Take what you need and leave the rest”. It’s so easy in this world of information to become overwhelmed.
There is so much information out there now where sometimes just the bulk of it all can leave us re-thinking the whole do we even want to try and get healthy and looking for the “easy button”. The thing is with being Type 2 Diabetic, we already have an easy button, our blood glucose meter. Once we learn what works with us and what works against us, we just say no to the blood sugar spiky foods.
Among the really important things I learned in my journey, is this eye opener: “You can’t out exercise a bad diet”. See, weight loss is not really a half and half of diet and exercise, the general equation handed out when one is told they need to lose weight. Really, it’s more like 80/20%. Don’t worry, the 80% is THE DIET PART, or since diet can be a bad word let me re-phrase that, the stuff we eat.
You don’t believe me? See for yourself. Google calories burned in walking, maybe you’ll find the same link I did that says 1 hour 118 calories. Then google calories in a cheeseburger, maybe you’ll find the same link I did and come up with 459. Makes one think that the cheeseburger really isn’t worth a 4 hour walk, and really, really there is no such thing as a calorie (to your body). Why yes, I am going to share that link every single chance I get thank you very much.
When beginning a journey of change, start with what you can control, the food you eat. If you are like I was, unable to exercise in the beginning, don’t sweat it. It’s going to be ok, baby steps, remember? Eating foods that keep one’s meter happy also keeps one’s blood sugar happy, which has this crazy awesome little side effect of weight loss. Lose a little weight, feel a little better, have a little energy, do a little exercise…