Downsizing Body Fat

copyright Kai UL
My son took this picture of me, and I didn’t recognize the person in it.

The photo is me at an unrecognizable weight. It’s a total embarrassment to me that I let myself slip so far into poor self-esteem, unhappiness, and over-eating to compensate. I don’t know what I weight, but I’m sure I topped 200 pounds. This is where my weight loss journey began in 2008.

This year, I woke up and realized that the extra weight needed to come off now. The other option was to die. It might seem dramatic, but my mom died at 56 from cancer. I’ll be 55 this year. I’m too young to die! I have a son that’s still in school and a disabled husband, who both depend on me.

Added to this, my dad dropped dead from a massive heart attack at 72. There are possible health issues in my family. In addition to this, there is obesity, addiction, and depression issues. In the extended family, there is stroke, heart disease, Alzheimer, alcoholism, drug addictions, and cancer.

So, the solution is to lose body fat, eat right, and increase fitness. Many of the risk factors for these diseases include sugar intake, unhealthy fat intake, excessive weight, and lack of fitness. Changing these things contributes to weight loss, and decrease in body fat. Exercise is the biggest contributor to losing body fat.

Our society breaks it down to Cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, and weight. Each of these things are important, but there is more to it. Many of our ailments can be changed through the food we consume.

What to downsize your body’s fat stores? Then, you need to change your food intake and add exercise.

You already eat healthy? Then, decrease the amount of food eaten during meals, and try 4-6 small meals a day. This helps maintain your blood sugar levels throughout the day, and helps with the need to binge eat.

Cannot exercise? Exercise is moving your body more. It could be walking further to the grocery store. Or, getting up from your desk at work. Or, stretching more often. Or, taking a walk in the park (with or without your family). Or. . .I think you get the picture.

One thing that helps me is to count daily steps. I put an app on my phone (Pacer). I have the free version, and just track my steps. It gives me a picture of what I am doing, which allows me to make appropriate changes in my daily activities.

Challenge to Those Who Accept. . .Think of 3 ways to increase your body’s movement throughout the day. Then, implement them into your life.

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

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I am a published professional artist/photographer and writer. I received my Bachlors of Art degree from the University of Washington in English Composition. My background in Art and Photography stems from my youth, and various intensive workshops through the years.

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