Sunday, December 30, 2012
I hired a personal trainer for 8 sessions starting in January, and I purchased a jump rope and a new wardrobe of workout clothes. I'm serious about this. I'm also looking for some sort of class that I would enjoy taking, but so far I don't really like anything but walking, so that will do for now. Happy New Year!!!
Sunday, December 30, 2012
I've been away for awhile, and I'm back again. While I was gone, I moved across the country and started a PhD program. I love my new life, and so far I don't regret it. Although I'm 8 pounds less than my heaviest weight, I decided to reset all of my trackers and start over again, mainly because I hadn't logged in since July, but also because I was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I cannot go on like this anymore. I feel like I'm in a great place in my life, and now my health is still an issue. Well, I'm not going to complain about it. I'm just going to fix it. There are many reasons why I became overweight in the first place, but I will not make excuses. I have the here and now, and I know that I have the power to determine my future health by losing weight and exercising. I just need to do it. And every time I tell myself I don't feel like it, I'll just remind myself that this weight isn't going to come off just by wishing. I'm not a stranger to hard work, so now it's time to make my health my number one priority...well, maybe number 2, behind school, but if I'm not healthy, I won't be my best for school either, so it needs to be number 1. From now on, it is.
Monday, July 09, 2012
Learning Experience: I found myself in a pickle yesterday when I was starving and went to McDonald's. My daughter was visiting, and we were out running around and enjoying each other's company. After eating all of it with a sweet tea to wash it all down, I physically felt run down and bloated for a few hours. It surprised me. I realized that fast food wasn't good for my body. It took me eating healthy for a while to realize this.
I've been eating muesli (either cooked with milk or in greek yogurt) for breakfast for about 2 weeks. I decided to change it up and eat honey nut cheerios. I grew up on cold cereal and milk every day for breakfast and I was feeling a bit nostalgic, and Cheerios are healthy, right? Big mistake. I was starving within the hour, and pretty much hungry all day. Again, I learned a valuable lesson about breakfast, which needs to be packed with protein, fiber, and nutrients.
I've stumbled upon the Primal Blueprint. It seems pretty logical, and seems to encompass all of the healthy advice I've been reading about. There are two viewpoints in this philosophy that concern me: carbs and exercise. It's been ingrained in me that good carbs is the way to go: whole grain, whole wheat, etc. But this says that all carbs should be avoided when trying to lose weight. He also says that strength training should make up the bulk of your workout, with periods of high intensity bursts of aerobic exercise, and that a moderate form of exercise should be done frequently. I'm not sure if I'm understanding it right. I need to do more research to see if this is sound, but the logic seems to be there. If any of you know anything about the Primal Blueprint, please comment. I'm adding a link to his blog. www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-bluep
Sunday, July 01, 2012
Yesterday was awesome! I actually stayed within my calorie limit, and met my goals for nutrients, except for fat (I went over), but it was 95% good fat. I went over because of my favorite Cherry Vanilla Dream trail mix. Only 1/4 cup has a boat load of fats because of the nuts. I'm not as concerned about the fats as I am about the carbs, and I did well with those. I'm trying to stick to the lower end of the recommendation, because of the type of body fat I have. Dr. Oz suggests that people with a big midsection should lower their carbs and and not their fat. Emphasis on LOWER. He's not talking about anything like Atkins. He insists that we still need carbs but they need to be good carbs and not as much. Also, my stomach didn't growl at all yesterday with the schedule. I had to adjust a little because I forgot to eat! I'm excited. I think this is my breakthrough.
Today I'm going to do the schedule again. I am also going to the gym later, or maybe I'll do some jump roping. I still have lots to do around the house, getting ready to move to Cali, and I'm feeling a little anxious about it. I know exercise will make me feel better, but I want to stay home so I don't put off getting things done. I have until the end of the month to have everything sold, moved, cleaned, etc. But I want to be ahead of the game. I put my living room and bedroom furniture up for sale on craigslist and the pennysaver. So far no hits. I also shared it with my friends on facebook. We'll see what happens.
I booked my flight. It was very strange making it a one-way ticket. This is really happening. I'm flying to the West Coast 2 days early so I can take in a few sites of San Francisco before I head to campus. I hate that I'll be alone, but I'm going to enjoy it. It's funny because I'm only considering hotels that have decent fitness centers lol. That's a first.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Reading another member's blog about the items in her refrigerator reminded me that I need to plan my meals. Not only do I need to plan my meals, but I need to deliberately plan when I'm going to eat them. I read somewhere that you should eat smaller meals, more often during the day, because it regulates your glucose levels, so I'm going to try that. I've tried this once before a few year ago, but it was very difficult to do while working. Now, I don't have that excuse. This is the schedule I'm going to try:
I'm not sure how well this will work for me, especially having a snack at 6 and nothing else for the day. Maybe I won't be hungry at night before I go to bed, especially with drinking water throughout the day. I'm also going to try to be in bed by 9pm. I really want to lose weight.
Right now I'm losing the battle of the bulge. But the war isn't over yet.
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