Wednesday, February 02, 2011
That's right..I have almost lost 20lbs (at this point it's 19 to be exact!) and it's working. I'm NOT dieting...I have decided to make the conscious effort to make it a Lifestyle Change....I'm done just giving into eating the same meals I used to make my kids (I say used to b/c now even for them I'm making better selections for them...though neither of them are overweight in any sense of the word, I just want them to eat great, healthy food)
For Christmas, "Santa" brought a Wii for the family with tons of games (and wii fit and jillian michaels fitness ultimatum included for mommy!) and I'll tell you...they WORK!! When eating the RIGHT number of calories and especially choosing foods that keep me full, AND with using the Wii (I'm doing it about 3 to 4 times a week) and with walking the dog 2 times a day AND with taking the kids to and from school everyday I'm seeing results!
I did have a pretty easy head start. At the beginning of December I became very sick (chills, aches, swollen throat etc..) that ended up turning into me having a mouth FULL of canker sores for almost 10 days...so I was living on chicken broth and protein drinks....I immediately dropped about 5 to 8 lbs...but when you get better and don't change the eating habits, I gained some to almost all of it back...following month it happened again on New Year's Eve (MINUS the cankers thank goodness!) turned out I had a strep infection for over a month! YUCK.
But it gave me the perfect incentive to keep going...once I was well enough to use the Wii...the weight has been dropping at about 1.5 to 2 lbs per week!!
I have become very faithful with my nutrition log and making sure to adjust the caloric intake to my weight loss!
To determine your "ideal" caloric intake for easy (and I mean easy) weight loss here is the calculations:
Take your weight, multiply it by 15 (this is the max # of calories to maintain that current weight) and then subtract 500 calories if you would like to lose up to 1lb per week, OR subtract 1000 if you would like to lost 1.5 to 2 lbs per week!
This is what MY calculations look like:
184 x 15 = 2760 - 1000 = 1760 (this is the MAX # of cals I can/should have per day to see weight loss)...of course if I happen to go above the caloric intake I also make sure to schedule my cardio and weight training sessions to "burn" calories as well.
I have been using the Recipe section to gather my favs, and ones with ingredients that I regularly have in the house. I think if it's too hard and if I have to go out of my way to have specific items in the house, then it's something that won't work. I'm a busy person and I need something that I'll be able to sustain once I have reached my goal weight. (see i didn't use the word "if" because I know I WILL reach my goal weight) It's all about perspective and I let myself have chocolate (my weakness)...I try to only have one "starch" per day/sometimes 2 depending (I have eliminated high starchy carbs and processed items, sticking to whole grain and using veggies as a starch source)
The other night my parents were over for dinner (and to take the kids skating) I decided to make pasta/garlic bread etc...it was quick and easy. I knew I would want some garlic bread but then didnt' want to have pasta...my resolve was that I had a spagetti squash in the pantry and I had that instead of the pasta with my meat sauce, which then allowed me to have one amazing slice of garlic bread! Crisis averted and good eating day stayed in check!
When it comes down to it...if you want to eat something...check out the caloric intake (as well as carbs and fat and protein)...and then decide is it worth giving up food that your body needs, or can you "work it off" in a workout?