Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Yesterday was my first low-carb day (the program alternates low carb and "high carb" days). It was pretty difficult, but I didn't get too cranky. "High carb" is much easier. I think high carb is a misnomer, though. I'd call it a balanced, healthy diet. The carbs referred to are complex, so still no sugar. I'm finding it surprisingly easy to go without sugar...it's the bread I missed on low carb day.
I exercised yesterday and today.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
So it's day 1 of a new effort, once again. I came across "Choose to Lose" by Chris Powell yesterday and bought it. I don't normally go for gimmicky diets (I really believe in a balanced healthy diet, in moderation, and some exercise, also in moderation...) but he said enough things that I thought made sense that I'm willing to give the program a fair trial. To be honest, I think it might be a motivation for me, and that will be its true value. This does seem to be a balanced, healthy diet, despite the "carb cycling" (used to trick your body into not adapting to your new way of eating, and therefore continue to lose weight). There's just one thing...if it makes my moods crazy, I'm out. I have three kids at home, and I need to be my sweet self at least most of the time. But I'm quite hopeful this will work.
So here goes... I reset my tracker with my current weight and goal weight and time. I'm hoping to lose 36 lb in four months.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
My little sister (she's 12) wants to lose weight, too. We've started helping each other. I have oodles of diet and exercise information stored in my brain, but need motivation to actually do it. She has motivation, but isn't quite sure how.
So, I'm the coach, and that's keeping me going, too.
Here's today's email to her: (This is our third email. Her first assignment was to keep track of everything she ate for three days, and weigh and measure herself.)
I know I said I'd wait till I heard from you, but I think I don't need to. (I still want that information from you, but we can start without it.) Our first habit is drinking water, but I think we can work on two habits at once, don't you?
Our second habit will be to eat a balanced meal at supper time. Here's what we'll do:
1. Instead of using a supper plate, we'll use a slightly smaller plate (one of the plates you use at lunch).
2. Imagine the plate is divided into quarters.
3. On one quarter, you put your meat. On the second quarter, put your starch (potatoes, rice, pasta, bread, whatever). On the third and fourth quarters, put your vegetables. (salad, raw, or cooked, it doesn't matter)
5. If you're still hungry, do it all over again until you're full.
6. Take your plate, fork, and knife to the kitchen and come back and sit down. That way you won't take more just because it tastes good. If you need something to do to distract yourself, you can always drink more water.
This is sometimes called the "bikini diet". :o) (The meat and potatoes are the top of the bikini, the vegetables are the bottom.)
Keys: The vegetables will fill you up without adding a lot of calories. Using a smaller plate makes it look like you have more on it. Yes, you can have second, third, and fourth helpings if you wish, but every time you do, make sure to use the same proportions of vegetables to protein and starches, and also make sure to pay attention to if you're full or not. It can take some practice to stop when you're full. You do want to be full, because it's counter-productive to be snacking half an hour later.
I haven't mentioned dessert. You guys don't eat dessert all that often, anyways, so I don't think it's a big deal. Just save room for it when you're having it, and take half as much as you would normally take. Eat it slowly and enjoy every bite :o). That's it.
Weekends can be a challenge. If you have a bread meal for supper, still try to do the same thing. For example, one slice of bread, cheese or peanut butter or meat for the protein, and salad or a piece of fruit. No matter what you have, try to have some protein (cheese, meat, peanut butter, yogurt, eggs), some good carbohydrates (bread, rice, pasta, potatoes), and twice as much vegetables (or fruit, can be raw or cooked or salad).
You may notice that your stomach doesn't feel that great after a couple days of this, and your bowel movements change. It's just your body getting used to a different way of eating. It will pass quickly and you'll feel normal again.
For your notebook:
You don't have to write down everything that you eat anymore. That was just to figure out how you are eating and how you can change. If you found it really helpful, you can continue, of course. I'm not, because it takes a lot of time that I don't have.
Instead, each day, put down the date.
Habit 1: Keep track how many cups of water you've drunk.
Habit 2: Keep track of what you ate for supper. (If you don't have time, just put a checkmark to say that you did eat the "bikini diet".)
I'm doing this too, you know! I was 180 this morning. Not cool. But it can only go down from there :o). We'll do these two habits for a couple of weeks before adding a third habit, OK?
Monday, November 12, 2012
I started exercising last week (baby is 2 months old). I've found I just don't have time right now to track calories and haunt SparkPeople. Three preschool kids keep me pretty busy. My boys love to watch me exercise, though :o). I use Kinect for Xbox. I've done about 5 sessions so far, burning about 100 calories each time (according to the YourShape counter). I can tell I'm getting stronger already! Not losing weight yet, but muscle looks better than fat, and I'm hoping to notice a difference in my waistline before long.
Monday, September 03, 2012
I just finished logging my calories today. Now you know I have no intention of dieting at this stage (establishing nursing...nursing 2 at once). But the total astounded me. Over 4700 calories today, just eating when I felt hungry. Oink.
It just doesn't seem right somehow. Maybe I made some mistake. I will track for several days (maybe a couple of weeks) before I make changes in my diet, as it's important my babies aren't short-changed.
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