Wednesday, July 09, 2014
So I have been attempting to really get started with my weight loss for almost a month now without much success. Granted I have started a new 6AM-7:30PM 6 days/week job and this has been a real hindrance to my weight loss attempts. The last time I lost weight it was a lot easier because I had time to plan and cook meals. Now when I get home at the end of the day. cooking is the last thing I want to do. In general, I am good with breakfast and lunch at the hospital I work at. Typically I have egg whites & salsa for breakfast and salad with chicken breast for lunch. Dinner is my pitfall. I find myself grabbing unhealthy food from the hospital cafeteria (pasta, pizza, etc) or getting fast food on the way home.
I decided maybe making a problem and solution list will help me figure out the way to get this in motion:
1. Problem: Too tired to stay focused on diet/ record calories
Solution: Will do my best to have good sleep hygiene (at least 8 hours per night)
2. Problem: No time to cook healthy meals for dinner
Solution: Will use my free weekend day to cook meals ahead of time and then freeze/refrigerator to reheat later in the week
3. Problem: Too disinterested when I get home to record calories
Solution: Have mini-goals throughout the day (adding fruit to lunch, eating a healthy snack when hungry, etc) that make me proud of my progress and want to record my accomplishments
4. Problem: No time to exercise
Solution: Since I have no time for formal exercise except for on my day off, I will try to find ways to add exercise to my day at work. I work in an 8-floor hospital, so taking the stairs will be my primary goal.
5. Problem: Good motivation at the beginning of the day, and then NONE by the end
Solution: I will keep pictures of my dream wedding dress in my bag, so when I feel weak I can look at that and remember my goal and motivation for making good choices.
I feel better now that I have some solutions to my problems. Hopefully, I can stick with this :-)
Thursday, June 12, 2014
So this was basically my face when I stood on the scale for the first time in months:
... only way less cute of course!
I didn't have any questions about how I got to this place. Months of being lazy in my last few peaceful moments of my 4th year of medical school, plus poor eating habits, plus a vacation to India, plus lots of celebration after graduation led to pound after pound of gain. This is the heaviest I have weighed BY FAR in my entire life. The number 200 is no longer a distant number and is way too close to my weight on the scale. I am starting my new job as a Pediatric Intern and I need to start prioritizing my health again, just as I do for my patients. Additionally, I got engaged in March, so now I have a deadline goal. I always work better under pressure! Two years ago Spark People helped me to lose 25 pounds and I felt great. Now that I weigh 20 whole pounds heavier than my heaviest weight at that time I am back to Spark People to lose it again. In total my goal is to lose 40-50 pounds over the next 6ish months. What will be my giant reward at the end of those six months you ask? No not the wedding quite yet, but almost as good, picking out THE DRESS! I hope that this motivation will keep me going :-)
Come on motivation!
Sunday, March 24, 2013
This week is my Spring break week off of medical school! Woo hoo! It is going to be so much fun to have some free time out of the hospital, but I know it will mean a lot of challenges as far as my weight loss efforts go. My parents do not live far away from me, so I have already been spending a lot of time at their house. This means going out to eat on Friday nights and a lot of delicious, but not necessarily low-calorie, home cooked meals on the other nights. I do pretty well when these challenges come around only once a week (I typically visit my parents every Friday evening), but this week may be slightly more difficult since I will be exposed to all these temptations more frequently.
Additionally, my boyfriend and I have a trip planned to beautiful Sedona for Tuesday & Wednesday.
We will be visiting slide rock for most of the day Tuesday:
I have a healthy picnic lunch planned for the two of us to eat by the water and then I am sure we will burn off quite a few calories while hiking around. Our "hotel" is actually a cute little collection of mini-cabins that overlook the Sedona red rock. I have heard from friends that there is a terrific restaurant not to far that you can walk to, so we will probably end up there for dinner.
I definitely want to be able to enjoy myself this week! And since my greatest problem in the past has not been losing weight, but actually maintaining weight loss once I get to my goal, I am going to look at this week as practice for maintenance. I don't want to have the stress of the scale looming over me. That way when I get to my next weigh in I will not be disappointed if I have not lost weight. So here's to practicing maintenance and enjoying my time off. I will go back to my weight loss journey come next Monday when work starts up again.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
I have never been a big fan of exercise. I find controlling my calories way, way, way easier than fitting in exercise. I hate being out of breath, sweaty and in pain. Plus the time just never seems to fit in my schedule. I have tried running, but I don't feel that "floating on clouds" thing that everyone else seems to and instead of being able to let me mind drift like I have heard about all my brain is thinking is "please stop running!!!" I have tried other exercises like bike riding which is by far better than running, but I live in a downtown area and fear the traffic. My apartment complex has a gym with an elliptical which is not bad, but I get bored of the one view scenery. The closest I have come to really looking forward to exercise is when I was in college and was enrolled in a TurboKick class. It was fun to be in a group and you were held accountable to finish the work-out that you started! Plus, the exercises kept changing, so I never had the burn out feeling in my muscles like I do with running. The downside now is that in college it was free, but now it would cost quite a bit to be able to attend on of those classes. Sooo with all that said, in the end I have gone through a lot of my weight loss journey without any scheduled exercise other than occasional walks in the evening and the jogging I do around the hospital all day at work. Surprisingly I have still been able to lose weight which I feel really fortunate about. Today I tried something new, because even after all the exercises I have tried I am determined to find something I love. The thing I tried? Yoga! It is not a cardio exercise, but it is a step in the right direction to helping me love exercise. I like that you work many muscle groups to hold challenging poses that flow from one to the next. With yoga I can get my mind to that reflecting place that some people get with running. Today I went through a series of poses at sunset which was a nice way to say goodbye to the day. I won't lie, a lot of moves were above my level currently, but I modified them to my ability.
Some day I hope to be able to do this (many many many some days from now):
Peacock Feather Pose
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