Want To Lose Weight? Take Control Of The Fridge

While in Texas, my hubby actually ate what I prepared for him - and then some - rather than eat out.

While in Texas, my hubby actually ate what I prepared for him – and then some – and not eat out.

Weight Watchers stresses taking charge of your environment – removing foods that get in the way of weight loss and replacing them with healthy options.

I took this advice to heart. It’s hard to make smart choices if I have a pantry loaded with cookies. Once I decided to go low carb, my refrigerator and pantry felt my wrath. You won’t find any of my trigger foods. No sweets, crackers, pastas or breads. I trashed anything that tempted me.

By taking charge of my fridge I was in control, not the food.

While flying home on Sunday, I admit I worried what my kitchen would look like when I got back. My husband was alone for one week. It isn’t uncommon for him to add some of his favorite food groups – namely pies and cookies – to my kitchen space.

Before I left, I stocked up on protein and veggies and instructed him to eat only what’s in the fridge. However, I knew that listening isn’t one of his strengths. When I got home Sunday, I fully expected to find soft, furry vegetables and lots of high-carb treats. Boy was I wrong. He ate what I stocked up on and then some.

He did me proud.

Controlling my space! Food prepping helps me in making healthy choices.

Controlling my space! Food prepping helps me in making healthy choices.

Come Monday morning I took charge of my kitchen again. After grocery shopping, I spent the day chopping up lots of veggies.

Looking at my fridge now, all the healthy foods are within sight and quick to dish out.

Later tonight we’ll fire up the grill. So this afternoon, I’ll prep chicken, pork and beef with rubs and marinades.

My fridge now. Tonight, we grill all on the 3rd shelf! Healthy choices have never been so easy!

My fridge now. Healthy choices have never been so easy!

Another advantage that comes with controlling my space? The prep time for meals is less than 5 minutes.


Will Power Is A Myth

I use to think I had no will power. I ballooned to 325 lbs. and I blamed it on a lack of will power. That’s BS. Will power is a myth. The key to my weight loss is the Tao of Dumbledore.

Let me explain.

“We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy,” so says Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. So I just applied this philosophy to my diet.

Pizza…I love it so. After working 15-hours and sitting in traffic for an hour, the last thing I wanted to do was cook a healthy dinner. So I’d order pizza. It was the easy choice. I’d eat 4-5 slices. I’d pack on the pounds and feel sluggish and ready for a nap after pizza. But hey, at least I didn’t have to cook.

I’ve decided to minimize pizza’s importance in my diet. Occasionally – and it’s rare – I’ll have pizza. Not the 4-5 slices I use to eat. Just a small slice with a large salad.  That’s not will power.  I just made a smart (i.e., the right) choice rather than taking the easy way out.

Some fundamental truths about my weight loss. I shed 75 lbs in 12 months by:

  • Going low carb
  • Exercising daily
  • Eliminating sugars and processed foods from diet
  • Drinking 8+ 8-oz glasses of water a day
  • Limiting my alcohol intake
  • Counting points and tracking my food
  • Stepping on a scale once a week

None of it is easy. In fact it’s damn hard. Trust me. Choosing a pizza over a salad is easy. Meeting friends at a bar and drinking ice tea – hard.

Last year the hardest decision I made was also one of the best. I made my health a priority.

Dumbledore would be pleased.