Overweight Outdoorsman – Fighting The URGE

It has been a long time, at least a month or two, since I last felt the urge to splurge on food.  Yesterday, for whatever reason, I wanted to stuff pizza and lasagna into my mouth.  My body was craving heavy carbs I guess.

I fought the urge and ate about two cups of popcorn as a treat.  I mentioned in an earlier post I love popcorn and still eat it once a week or more often if I go to the movies.

For the most part my urges have been few and far between the last three or four months now.  My eating habits have changed, and my body knows it.  So it does’t bother me much with cravings for the old junk food I used to eat.  Eating 4-6 small meals throughout the day helps with combating cravings.  Drinking more water helps too.

A few weeks ago I went out to lunch with my mother at a Chinese food buffet.  I didn’t think I ate that much, but it was more than I usually eat, and my body was feeling it.  I felt incredibly lethargic after that meal and I didn’t like it.  I don’t want to feel like that, and I never realized that I was doing that to my body as often as I was back when I was larger.

You Want To Lose Weight, Start Now!

Check out my about me/overweight outdoorsman page.  When I went on my diet back in December 2018 I weighed 325lbs buck naked after a haircut and a morning constitution.  I’m down about sixty pounds now seven months later.  I need to get an updated picture of myself posted so people can see the difference.

I’m still loosing about a pound per week, sometimes less.  My diet change worked and my body is burning up some of the fat I have stored up – slower now than before, but still working.

I am not a doctor, so if you want to start losing weight you should really check with whomever you see medically first.  And if you don’t have a doctor then find one at the nearest clinic.  Make sure they ‘approve’ you to take on a weight loss regimen.  Depending on your situation they may suggest you go about doing it a specific way.

What Worked For Me To Lose Weight

If you want to lose some weight then let me tell you how I went about doing it.  Here are some basic steps:

  1. Stop eating fast food.  Just stop eating that crap.  That alone will make a big difference.  Try to eat a little healthier and cut back a little on your portion sizes.
  2. Stop drinking sugar based liquids… soda-pop is a big one.  If you need to drink soda, learn to drink Coke Zero or Diet Mt Dew.  I never knew how much I loved drinking water until I cut out soda.  Water quenches your thirst way more than anything else.  And it helps flush out your system helping you lose weight.
  3. Get up off the sofa, stop watching so much TV, stop spending as much time playing video games – go far a walk.  Just walk.  Walking 20 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day, along with #1 and #2 above will have you losing weight in no time.

Do those three things for two weeks.  Just two weeks… and you should notice a difference.  The trick is to not replace those things you cut out with other bad choices.

I’m going to be honest with you; when you start doing this it will be tough.  You are going to want to sneak in a fast food meal, or whatever comfort food it is you like… fighting that urge is going to be hard.  But if you can get past two weeks it will get easier.  You need to have a positive mindset and keep reminding yourself why you are wanting to lose weight.  Focus and stay at it.

Three or four months down the road when you are thinner and feeling better you are going to wonder why you never started sooner.  You’ll be doing more things, things you wanted to do but wouldn’t or couldn’t – like getting outside and enjoying the outdoors; camping, canoe tripping, hiking…..



TD is the owner and publisher of TD All Outdoors. He has been enjoying the outdoors since since he was a child. Over the years he has spent as much time as he can solo wilderness canoe tripping, overlanding, hiking, fishing, bushcrafting, hunting, hammock camping, and more. Aside from this blog, he also own his own coffee brand, www.folklore-coffee.com.

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