Saturday, April 19, 2014
Well, I am down 4.2# since Monday or Tuesday. So it definitely was processed foods and perhaps Advil. So good lesson learned. Either avoid processed foods as much as possible, or be prepared for the consequences!
I am also experiencing a freedom with my decision to make this plan fit me. I am so happy to be concentrating on "healthy" instead of "diet". Healthy is a better sounding word anyway. And I can still accomplish my goal of healthy even if I don't drop pounds that particular week!
I am now in the process of deciding which things I want to work on first, second, etc. I think tracking every bite, every day and getting enough hydration will be my first two. I am going to work on those for 3 or 4 weeks. Then when I feel they are second nature, I will pick another one or two to work on.
I have also been thinking about rewards. For consistency, not pounds lost. This has been such a boost to my motivation. Not the rewards per say, but to know I am succeeding when I am consistent! Wow! What a discovery!
I hope this in some way helps some of you. I have been struggling for so very long to find my motivation and reason why I am doing this. I hope I am consistent and do not fall off the wagon too often. Or if I do, I hope I jump up and get right back on.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Well, I learned one very valuable thing from last week. Processed foods are not my friends! I was going along smoothly, losing weight, and all of a sudden the scales went the other direction. So that's why the food log, right? Sure enough, processed lunch meats and probably too much cheese. That discouraged me. And I did fall off the wagon and ate too much of everything for a couple of days. Then I said to myself, "I thought last week was a learning week. Look at the tracker and see what it says." Sure enough. The gains were the days following all that sodium, preservatives, and who knows what else.
I did take away a couple of good habits from the week though. I am drinking way more water. I have even traded in my morning coffee for water. And I have tracked food. And I added in some exercise and stretching.
So now, I feel good and am headed the right direction again. I expect too much from myself at times. I want perfection!!! I guess it is a work in progress. I'll figure it out one of these days!!
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Today is only day 3 and I am still so excited! I realize I am in the "honeymoon" phase, but I have high hopes of this being the time that I really do it! I know I won't lose weight every week, and I am trying to tell myself that it is ok. Even if I don't lose I am still living a healthy lifestyle. That is more important than anything.
And I absolutely refuse to put food into either "good" or "bad" categories. I know some foods I have to be careful with. And I have to exercise moderation. But that is ok. There is always tomorrow and I can have more then, if I want it.
I even felt like doing a little bit more on the exercise bike last night. So I did. I am only competing with myself. If I feel like I can do more, I will add a few more minutes.
I was pleasantly surprised that last evening after doing my stretches and exercises, my sore muscles felt better. And I have been relaxing in between exercises. So when I go to bed, I am relaxed and ready to sleep. This is helping many areas of my life.
Before I felt ashamed of myself if I only rode my bike 5 minutes and did 3 sets of 5 exercises. But why??? I dont' need to do this to add points to a team. I am doing this for me. When I finally got that thru my head, it seemed so much easier and actually doable!
And I was thinking about my calorie range. I do well on at least 1500 calories a day. I kept thinking I really need to only do 1200. But I was hungry. And that led to snacking and cheating. Why was I not feeding my body when I was hungry? And why was I hungry? I live on a farm. Some days I do very hard work. What was I trying to do to myself anyway?
So I decided to listen to my body and figure out what works for me. When that quits working, it will be time to re-evaluate and find something that will work.
Life is difficult enough without me being mean to myself! So I want to treat myself well and get as healthy as possible!
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
When one of my teams asked if we had any success in March, I had to say yes. Even though I have been off track with both nutrition and exercise. I had an "awakening" or "aha" moment on Sunday, March 30.
I have been trying to find a quick, easy solution in "diet" books or online programs. unfortunately there is none! And I have been trying to conform to all of their "rules". some work well for me and some do not work and others are impossible. so, what to do?
Ok, first thing, dispense with all those rules that I cannot follow anyway. I decided to strive for a healthy lifestyle. Yes, I do follow a food plan. My calorie range is about 1500 per day. Give or take. And I try to have for breakfast: one protein, 3 carbs, and 1 fat. For lunch: 2 protein, 2 veggies, 4 carbs, 2 fat. And for supper (dinner): 4 protein, 2 veggies, 3 carbs, and 2 fat. I count milk and fruit in my carbs. As well as the usual starches. So far this is working well. And I do allow myself a treat or snack, if I need or want it.
And for the exercise. I am starting small and building up. That way it is doable and manageable. If I truly do not feel like exercising, then I will do a very light exercise But I have to honestly be sore and stiff. Not just use it as an excuse.
I was sabotaging myself by trying to do a lot of challenges. I was making it impossible for myself to keep up. I know alot of people do these challenges and it is a tremendous help to them. I have heard the testimonies and seen the numbers. But it was defeating the purpose for me. I was not able to keep up and it was tearing down my spirit and morale. So I have set doable goals for myself. And just living as healthy as possible is the first and foremost goal!
And just for the record, I am still doing challenges. But they are smaller, more achievable challenges. This is only day 2, but I feel good about what I have discovered and what I am doing.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
This is my 12-week plan for success.
What can I do to succeed?
1. Settle on what healthy plan I can live with. And hopefully enjoy doing.
2. Plan, plan, plan. How many meals and snacks per day? Plan the menu.
3. Make a schedule allowing time for exercise. Realize that all that weed eating and lifting boards, etc is exercise!!!
4. Take advantage of slow cooker and pressure cooker.
5. Have snacks available. Cleaned veggies, fruit, etc.
6. Plan for treats that I like and enjoy.
The above is the outline. This is what I came up with after I thought about it for awhile.
1. The plan~~~a simplified calorie counting system that I have used before. It is easy and it works. Allows me to eat any food. It is healthy. There is no quick fix. So I need to quit looking for the "magic" solution.
2. Plan~~3 meals and 2 snacks. Allow for 12 points per day, which equals 1200 calories plus free fruits and veggies.
Breakfast 3 points
Lunch 3 points
snack 1 point
Supper 3 points
snack 1-2 points
My actual calorie range is between 1200 and 1500. So this will allow me some leeway.
3. Exercise first thing in the morning. Or do yoga and/or stretching before bed.
4. Use slow cooker and pressure cooker. Make as many of my own foods as possible. Try new recipes. Enjoy cookbooks and online recipes.
5. Prep veggies for snacks. Have cheese or something protein on hand to go with the snack.
6. Allow treats. Utilize activity points. Treat myself well!
Now for the rewards!! These are for daily activities, not weight loss. Glenna, did you hear that??? NOT for weight loss!! OK. I need to reward consistency and participation. Give up the idea that if I lose ok, I did good. If I gain, oh, no, I am wrong, wrong, wrong.
Pre challenge week: a book to read just for fun. No diet stuff!! Just relax and enjoy.
This is a list to choose from for the next 12 weeks.
1. cook book perhaps ice cream recipes
2. exercise dvde
3. craft item
5. new ink pens
7. water bottle
8. journal for my thoughts
9. new walking shoes
10. new bras
11. keifer culture (try something new)
12. a pretty do dad for the yard or porch
Ok, now I have a plan in place! I was thinking about it today. Even if I do not rack up lots of points or lose lots of pounds, I can still get 100% participation. I can do something right!!!
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