As I’ve been losing weight (now 18 pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight), I’ve found one simple but helpful strategy to continuing to see smaller numbers on the scale each week.
Don’t eat late at night!
All my life, I’ve been a night eater. When I was in High School, I rarely went to bed without my nightly bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. As a busy mom, eating at night felt like the only time I had to myself and my own food. I munched mindlessly as I talked with my husband, surfed the net, or watched a movie. I wasn’t moving anything but my mouth, so I wasn’t burning many of the calories I was taking in during those late hours.
I will admit, I am a night owl, and when you stay up several hours past suppertime, you tend to get hungry. When I was in college, I chose to sleep through meals and hungry times in order to lose weight before my wedding. It worked, but that isn’t exactly healthy or feasible these days.
However, I have found that if I refrain from eating too close to bedtime, I see significant results in weight loss! The biology of it is simple: a body sitting idle during evening hours simply cannot burn calories efficiently. I’ve heard it for years, but never chose to take it to heart and act accordingly. Now that my heart has changed in how I view food, I don’t feel that pull to eat late at night anymore. Praise the Lord!
At the weight I am right now, everything in my closet fits. Think about that for a second…
I was obviously squeezing into clothes that were too tight for me. And while I could lose my motivation for losing weight since eventually it is going to mean an entirely new wardrobe (which costs money), I know this is not where I want to land. I have more to go. How much more? I’m not sure.
I have 2 more pounds to my next BIG goal. Currently, I am at a weight I have not seen in over 5 years. And I have no intentions of going back.
I don’t fear gaining weight because I don’t see food the way I once did. Which is why I don’t need the late night binges, away from the watchful eyes of my children. Food doesn’t mean that much to me. I’m not hungry.
Did you hear that? I’m not hungry!
Now, THAT is progress!
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