Close To My Target Weight

I think this year is going to be the year that I get back in shape.  If you remember my post from before where I mentioned that I got interested in running because of my cousin, you’ll that it’s already a pretty big part of my life.  But even though I run regularly now and I am able to run a few miles without stopping, I could still stand to lose a few pounds.

I know that diet has a lot to do with it.  What’s that saying, “abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym”?  I do think I need to take a look at my diet and probably make some changes and get rid of a few things altogether… like processed food.  I have been reading recently about the harmful effects of nitrites (and nitrates), and as soon as I started reading the labels, I found they were in just about everything I ate.  Meat from the deli?  Yup.  Sausage?  Yes.  Frozen dinners?  You know it.  Even ham has nitrates and it, which sucks, because ham is delicious, and for a while there I was making ham and eggs for breakfast every day, but I probably shouldn’t do that anymore.  Well, technically not all ham has nitrates in it; I have seem some “preservative free” styles at the store, but they’re quite expensive.

I wonder if I should also use any supplements that are designed to promote weight loss and/or curb your appetite, like green coffee bean extract.  I figure a little extra boost couldn’t help, right?  I think the problem some people have is because they try to rely on the supplement (whatever it may be) rather than actually using it as its name suggests it should be used: as a supplement.  Weight loss drugs aren’t designed to cause you to lose weight on their own; they’re designed to help you lose weight in addition to proper diet and exercise.

Alright, enough ranting.  Back to talking about food.  Although I’m not proud to admit it, there was a period in my life where I didn’t really eat many vegetables or fruits.  I never really ordered salads because they’re always expensive (have you ever noticed that?), and I pretty much just ate frozen pizza or some other frozen meal every night.  Either that or fast food, because it’s fast and I didn’t have to cook anything.  But even recently I’m finding that I kind of enjoy cooking, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to make myself some healthier food and keep away from all the processed stuff as I work toward my target weight.