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Diet Chili

When I lost my weight, one thing that helped was making sure I meal planned. This is very boring, but much easier if you just plan on eating the same food over and over again. One dish that was very, very helpful was what I dubbed Diet Chili. It was cribbed wholesale from an Abs Diet cookbook. I ate this for lunch every day for about a month. It was a huge help!

Basically, you take a pound of ground turkey – get the lean stuff, because you drain it either way – and fry it up. To this I added a can of diced tomatoes and drained cans of sodium free beans and corn. I mixed up the beans each time – sometimes kidney, pinto, or whatever. Then I used an envelope of chili mix from the supermarket, added some water to the whole mess and usually some ground flax.

Voila.

On occasion, I would add some diced chipotles or similar, but nothing none vegetable. The whole pot made 4-5 servings for the week. Very high in fiber, protein, low in fat, virtually no sugar. It was filling and tasted good. If I was feeling a little bored, I’d eat it with corn chips (not too many).

Anyway, one key to really dropping weight is being intentional about what you eat. This was what I fixed first (and adding the walking). I didn’t sweat exercise or any of that – I didn’t even count calories right away. I just started to be intentional about my meals and it was HUGE.

Weight For It

What’s happened the past several months has been a small lifestyle shift. I’ve been a heavy dude for the past several years. There have been fits and starts with jogging and such. About 2-3 years ago I said the heck with it. That I was going to be fine with my body and live my life as is. Which was a good first step, in retrospect.

Let’s not bury the lede – I’ve lost over 40 pounds since July, and they are slowly coming off. I’ve trained up to a 5k. It’s been great. Really great.

Aside from feeling better about how I look, there are other strengths. Once I dropped a few pounds I could feel it – I felt lighter. Lightness makes it easier to move, which makes it easier to lose more. There’s a cycle there. More energy in general has been available. More disgustingly, my bowel movements have been better. More regular, and cleaner.

So, you know, that’s cool.

I didn’t do any fancy tricks or diets or anything like that. It wasn’t even that strong of a feeling. My mental shift came around 278, when I realized how close to 280 I was. 250 had been hard enough, 275 had me feeling low, but that was a final straw.

I started very simply with walking and food tracking. The Food Tracking via My Fitness Pal was key. It was strict for the first few months (I don’t do it as much now) but it kept me very mindful of what I was eating, and also how much. This helped end the snacking – the evening binging at the fridge I’d been doing.

Walking was big as well – making sure I was moving. I did buy a FitBit and I have been strict as can be to hit 10,000 steps a day. There have been a few, but it’s been especially good since I bumped it up to 12,000. And that was really it.

Limiting my calorie intake. Making sure I was walking a lot.

If I’d done nothing else, I still think I’d be on my way down. However, once I dropped and felt better, I started the couch to 5k program and recently finished a 5k race. It was a struggle. I had to fight for some of those practice runs, had to run late in the evening. There were days I had to get up very early. But I did it – and I’m lucky that I could.

But it all came down to putting in the time, and tracking my food. No tricks, no weird diet beverages. Just straight discipline.

It also wasn’t only about losing weight – it is about being fit overall. I’ve still got more fitness to go, but this was a big mind shift.

Anyway, that’s it for today.