So I'll tell you what my best weapon has been in the war on fat. It's not counting calories, eating vegetables or exercising regularly. Those things are super important, don't get me wrong. But the best thing I ever did for myself is to let go of guilt and panic. I'm not always good at doing that but I focus really hard on it! I've gained 5 pounds this summer due to lack of exercise and just being lazy and eating bad. It's my fault, I know it is. But I also am NOT beating myself up over it, I don't feel one bit of guilt over it and I KNOW I can get back on track and keep going to my goal. I won't let myself panic when the scale goes up a pound or two nor will I tell myself "that's it! you are never eating cake again!" If I binge on 3000 calories one day then oh well. If I skip a work out one day then I just get it done the next day. It's done and over with so what is useful about beating myself up and getting all depressed? I'll tell ya NOTHING is useful about that. You can not win every battle, you just can't. So accept that you're occasionally going to have a mini binge, or a mega binge! And move on. I'm sure I've posted blogs about this topic before, but it's worth repeating because in my opinion it's the single most important thing I've done for my health. Allowed me to lose 30 pounds (35 before I gained 5 back! LOL!) and keep that 30 pounds off for over a year now. I stopped getting depressed when the weight didn't come off fast enough or I didn't reach a certain "goal" by a certain major event date. It never did me any good to get all depressed about my weight loss. And many times over getting all depressed and feeling defeated led me right back to where I started. And starting over from the beginning REALLY sucks! So do yourself a favor and be kind to yourself. Show yourself some love. Try to focus on what you did right instead of what you did wrong. And when you have a bad day put it behind you as fast as you can and keep on going because you WILL reach your goal! It just takes time and patience.
After a slightly depressing day yesterday I made a decision to change! I'm struggling with the last few pounds here and after trying on my swim suit yesterday, and looking exactly the same as I did last year, I'm finally going to take action on some things I've been wanting to do anyways!
First up I need heavier weights! And since I really don't think joining a gym is an option for me, since I wasted all my previous memberships, I plan to start saving for the adjustable dumbbells I've been wanting and buy them before I had planned. Originally they were going to be a gift to myself for reaching my final goal. Now they are going to be a tool for reaching my final goal!
Next up I'm cleaning up my diet. I got the "Eat Clean Diet" book for Christmas and had read about half of it till last night. I finished reading it last night, made notes on some recipes and meals that sounded good and have made some other notes and lists to help me for reference till I get the hang of it. Bu-buy processed crap! Honestly I don't do too too bad right now. But I could do a whole lot better! I already plan everything I eat the day before and pack up my food to take to work and schedule snack times etc. So really my big change will be in the food I'm actually packing. Well some of it. I don't plan to be as strict as they tell you to be in the book though. They say you can splurge "once in a while." And really I need several per week. Chocolate, kettle corn popcorn , a McDonald's ice cream cone here and there and of course my splurge meal each week that is usually pizza! I'm hoping that cleaning up my diet will also help me increase my protein intake to help build some muscle.
If these two things don't help me reach my fitness goals then I don't know what will!?
Gloomy, cold and rainy. As my friend puts it my "Aunt Flo" is about to arrive for her monthly visit. And I feel exhausted! Probably partially from the above listed items. It's days like these that are the toughest. I want to pig out on comfort food. I keep saying "I could take just one week off and get back to it." And honestly I've done that many many times over the past 2 1/2 years and I DO in fact get back to it, and usually with only one or two extra pounds. But I try my hardest not to give in to that temptation for some stupid hormones and gloomy weather. Family crisis, now that's a reason to take a week off! So the best I can do is get some rest and think about those size 10's that I'm on the verge of and have been dying to get into. Think of how badly I want to get rid of this stupid muffin top before tank top season and how these saddlebags ain't gonna remove themselves without a fight! Things will be better by the weekend and next month I will face yet another battle, but for now I'm strong and staying my course. It's not easy but no one ever said it would be right!!!?
I think we all face this dilemma. And even more so with the weather warming up. BBQ's, party's, picnics, etc. etc. I find myself not wanting to go to most of these functions for fear I'll go crazy on the food and alcohol. I usually give myself one splurge per week but find that the social invitations are much more than once per week! I just don't think I can have 1 or 2 pieces of pizza and skip dessert 4 times a week while watching everyone else chow down. This week it's Cinco de Mayo (husbands work function), 2 mothers days that will likely involve food, and taking the kid to a dance at the zoo. No doubt there will be others. I try to go ahead and eat before I go. But sometimes there isn't time for me to eat and I also feel like a party pooper if I get there and don't eat anything. Plus sometimes I've already paid for the food with my ticket price! I'm just whining and wondering how everyone else handles this stuff? I feel like I lose no matter what I try to do????
So I've been on the search for a GOOD (and preferably vegan) protein bar forever. I love some of the south beach bars because they are soft and chewy and have 15 grams of protein. But they contain animal products. So after doing a search I found that Clif Builders bars are in fact VEGAN and contain a whopping 20 grams of protein per bar.
Well I figured they'd be your typical "crispy" stuff inside the chocolate exterior. That stuff is ok I guess but I much prefer a soft chewy bar. Well I went and bought 2 flavors to try and had my first one today. Peanut Butter party in my mouth! WOW! While it does have that "crispy" stuff, there is a layer of nougaty stuff on top of that and all covered in chocolate that tastes like candy. I almost feel guilty eating it! At 270 calories they are kind of high in calories but they are HUGE and could easily be split in half for a couple of small snacks. My average meal size is about 300 calories (5 times a day) so it works out perfect for me. I just thought I would pass this review on to anyone on the search for a good all natural protein bar. I have yet to try the chocolate flavor but if it's as good as the peanut butter I'm pretty darned excited! I've heard the cookies n cream is pretty good too. I'll have to find me some of those!!!!!!!!!!!!