As the new year rolled in I began to think about resolutions and what did I need to do for myself in the next year. I also went to the mailbox and opened a box containing the book Never Say Diet by Chantel Hobbs. What timing? In the year prior to moving to Arrow Heights I had lost nearly 50 lbs of weight. In the year that I have spent working at Arrow Heights I have gained all of that weight back. Was it the staff’s initial love for Ron’s Chili Burgers? Could it have been the frequent lunch meetings? Was it the 10-12 hours I spend on a computer each day? Lack of exercise? One glass of water a day? It was all of these reasons and more. I am frequently hearing the words of my former roommate Nick Frary in my ear like a ghost, “Jeremy…do you know what you are doing to your body?” Nick is a personal trainer and I was dumb for not spending more time in his office. Now he is two hours away and I will have to teach these things to myself.
Welcome Chantel Hobbs to my life. Never Say Diet is full of tips that helped her lose more than 200 pounds. Chantel has gone from being 350 pounds to losing 200 pounds and becoming a personal trainer and certified spinning instructor. The book was divided into headings entitled “Decide,” “Act,” and “Live.” Here are some things I have started doing since reading the book:
- Wake up earlier in the morning
- Eat breakfast
- Drink 4 Liters of water a day
- Start a food journal
- Buy healthier foods
- Eat more fruit
- Walk more and begin to jog when possible
- Eat smaller portion sizes
Some of these are small steps, but I am taking action none the less. One of the quotes that stuck out from the book was in response to the question, “Isn’t healthy food expensive?” Her answer was, “Doctors visits are expensive. Lipitor Prescriptions are expensive. Natural foods like eggs, apples, greens and oatmeal are cheap.” I could relate to this since I had very recently gotten my Lipitor prescription refilled.
The publisher sent me an extra copy of the book to give away to one of my readers. I will randomly pick a winner from someone who writes a posts about their goals this year that links back to this post. Leave a link to your post in the comments on this post and you will be registered for a chance at the book.
I look forward to reading your goals.