Saturday, August 24, 2013
I've had very little time to spend here, and have instead been working with food/exercise I know works. I've been able to maintain my weight, which is at least a start. I've been trying to make sure I'm eating the less calorie-tastic foods at work, and cutting the bread at home so I can worry less about the bagels I eat at the bakery.
But the most helpful thing I've been doing is instead of spending an hour online every day logging my food and activity, I've been actually going out and wandering around. I make myself go to a different store every day, to buy the non-perishable nescessities of life. Garbage bags here, paper towels there, cat food two cans at a time. It's making my grocery store trips cost less, and my money actually last LONGER because I'm picking things up on sale, at the lowest price, after walking to three different stores to scope the sales out. Replacing internet time with aimless wandering seems to be a step in the right direction.
And I've spent a lot of time just reading over the words of encouragement from the community here. It's so great to know that even though y'all don't know me from Adam, there's a lot of people here who understand what it's like to be stuck in a diet/exercise rut. Your kind words help, more than you even know.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
I've been doing EVERYTHING right. I've been controling portions, limiting condiments, swapping carbs for fruits and veggies, and staying active. What I don't get, then, is how I'm STILL gaining weight. I started taking a multi vitamin, and if that doesn't help, I'm going to have to get doctors involved. I've gone from 200 lbs to 215 since January, and can't let myself go any farther without more serious health risks arising. (I already have asthma and regular back-pain, both of which get worse this side of 200lbs.)
I just don't know what to do, because I'm used to doctors telling me nothing new when advising weight loss, and nutrition specialists are NOT a part of my insurance's idea of covered health care providers. But at this point, I'm literally ONE pound away from having my BMI rank me obese, and I've been fighting to go the other way since before the year started. At this point, it looks like there is more than just my eating and exercise habits at play here. I'm so filled with frustration over this, and just don't know what's left to do.
Saturday, April 06, 2013
I've been feeling a lot more energetic lately, and getting more exercise in without feeling like I'm stressing to fit it in. A trick that works quite well for me: I buy my non-perishables in a monthly shopping trip, and walk to the store every two or three days for ingredients for my cooking. The meat and veggies are always fresher, I waste less food, and it even makes it easier to manage my money! (I get tips from work, really bad tips, but it adds up to $20 every few days.) I only shop once on my bank account each month, and it's a lot less than I normally would when I'd try to buy all my food for the whole week or more. I don't drive, so I still end up walking home with more weight than the first half of the walk, but when It comes time to stock up on the rice, frozen veggies, and all that other stuff that keeps so long, I'm a lot better able to carry everything. For those of you who walk for your groceries, give it a try this spring. Once you get used to splitting your list into the "Buy for the month" and the "Buy for the few days" categories, It makes cooking easier, food fresher, and the kitchen less cluttered, all of which are wonderful fits in my life. Also, I forgot the Pita I was supposed to get, so now I get to take a SECOND walk. (Okay, I'm not actually happy about that, but can't change what you done done wrong.)
Friday, April 05, 2013
...and no gains or losses. But then again, I've been working 12+ hours a lot of days (It's not a money thing, I can't say no to family in need.) and I know my sleep has been all over the place. But the weather is finally getting to the nice range, and the extra work is coming to an end, and I finally get the time I need to refocus on finding my spark. Now that I'm not doing the second job as much, I can cut back on the calories, which will be a relief since trying to eat more meant I was trying to eat more bagel type foods (Stupid real job.) Now I have the time to cook my own meals again, and take real food leftovers to work, I should be in much better shape to kick myself in the butt and get to it.
Sunday, March 03, 2013
So, For the last six months or so I've been diligently watching what I eat. I stopped counting calories when I chose the foods, instead opting for the so called high-density options (You know, more vitamins and minerals, less sugars, that sort of thing.) I've not been starving myself, often times taking in more than 100% of nearly every nutrient I'm tracking and at the same time, at the end of the day, never exceeding 1500 calories. I started at 190 six months ago, and even with the healthy eating, I've been gaining weight. Couldn't figure out what was going on. Even upped the cardio I do at home, and that only made me gain more. Finally, I got on my own behind hard enough to buy a pedometer and wear it EVERY day. Turns out, between working at the bagelry and not owning a car, I clock between 20 and 30 thousand steps per day, that number rising as high as 50K when I have a bakery shift followed by a cleaning shift. A week ago, I started eating twice as much when I'm at work, or an extra meal on my days off, and added an extra side to my other meals, or else two extra snacks in the day for each side dish skipped, AND FINALLY LOST THREE POUNDS at my weekly weigh in!
Turns out, I needed the best diet in the world: ADD 5-7 hundred calories, and exchange cardio for strength training.
I NEVER would have realized without the pedometer. NEVER.
But seriously, If I would have done the math a few months ago, I could be so much farther along my progress bar. Also, If I would have noticed that the calorie range on this page was for a sedentary job, not a on-the-go job, that would have made me buy the pedometer a lot sooner. And best of all, it wasn't winter weight, like I kept telling myself.
I'm determined to get myself a Fibbit now, because if a simple step counter could show me things I couldn't see on my own, I'm curious to see what ELSE I'm missing right in front of my face.
And so, kids, the moral of the story is this: If the results you are seeing are not what you expect, find ways to quantify ALL the variables. I know math is hard: so go shopping! Find the toys that can give you real values where before you were only guessing (pedometer, measuring tape, pulse monitor, stopwatch, whatever you're guessing about!) because sometimes, when the math is done, the answer is the OPPOSITE of what you expect!
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