Thursday, July 10, 2014
Urban dictionary defines it as "An epiphany in which one realizes the truth of a matter."
After years of running from the truth of the matter, it has finally dawned on me: I need to eat a low-calorie diet. Pretty much every day. For the rest of my life.
You may think I've known or thought this all along. After all I have been on Spark for years, lost tons of weight, surely I did this by eating fewer calories!
Yes, I have eaten fewer calories. But I always do this with a gimmick of some kind. It isn't cutting calories, it's being vegan, or low-carb, or paleo. Not that there is anything wrong with any of those styles of eating. I've enjoyed and had success with all of them. But what they all share is the removal of one or more food groups which results in calorie restriction.
I loathe the idea of calorie restriction. It just seems so -- RESTRICTIVE! So instead of facing facts -- I eat too much, most of the time -- I have sought "the perfect diet." The one that will enable me to keep eating too much most of the time but miraculously still lose weight.
I've had some success with this. Particularly, with a very low carb diet, you can eat a large volume of food without eating a large volume of calories. But, even though it helps me lose weight in the short term, it does not help me with my essential problem which is that I EAT TOO MUCH, MOST OF THE TIME. That is the issue. Fix that, fix the weight problem.
So, I'm currently working on maintaining a low-calorie diet. Specifically, I am trying to eat no more than 1278 calories per day. It is comprised mostly of good healthy fruits, vegetables, lean proteins. But I am not really eating large quantities of these foods. Three meals, 1 or two snacks. Modest amounts, weighed out on the scale.
If I am going to truly lose weight -- and maintain that loss -- I have to finally change, not just the food I eat, but the QUANTITY in which I eat it.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
I have an incredibly tiny streak going right now -- 3 days of proper nutrition.
I love streaking. And I love rewards. But when rewards are tied to weight loss, you can go along time without getting one. That sort of defeats the purpose of rewards -- to celebrate your victories along the way.
My three days feels pretty significant -- four more and I'll have a whole week! Here's the pink grapefruit fragrance and soap I picked out today to mark my success.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
I've been eating about 1200 calories a day
I've been drinking 8+ glasses of water a day
I've attended Zumba twice
I need to make larger batches of food so I'm not cooking all the time
I need to invest more time in meal planning
My foot hurts (but it hasn't stopped me from working out)
This week, I'm going to devote some time to figuring out how I can make my weekend a successful one. I have the following events planned:
Meeting up with my family for my niece's play, followed by dinner
"Drinks" with friends (I'm AF right now so no drinks for me!)
Regarding my family, we've already selected the restaurant so I will check the menu and see if there is anything I can order. If not, I may skip out on the "dinner" portion of the event.
Regarding "drinks" with my friends, I think if I stick to water/club soda/diet coke, I should be fine. I will tell them what I'm doing -- hopefully, there will be no judgment (there is always judgment!!).
On Saturday and Sunday, I don't have social outings planned so I will simply stick to the food I've prepared at home and continue with the trends outlined above.
I'm going to spend more time thinking about this through out the week. Weekends and social situations are my Achilles heel! In order to "beat thing thing" once and for all, I will need to conquer them. I'm willing to do the hard part which is saying "no" to lots of things. I know moderation works for a lot of people but for me, it requires such constant vigilance that I don't know if I'm ready for it just now.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
NSVís I am looking forward to:
1) No longer feeling pain in my foot (this is a huge motivator right now!)
2) Fitting comfortably into my new school boy blazer
3) Fitting comfortably in my dark blue jean jacket
4) Fitting comfortably into my suits
5) Feeling greater energy
6) Feeling the mood boost
I can't wait to start getting some of the under my belt!
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
I'm ready for this! I am excited to lose weight! I can't wait to be healthy!
Two big changes: As I may have mentioned, we're in escrow on our new house. The new house is back in the East Bay where we were living so happily for two years before we had to move for my new job. The move, as I'm sure you've heard me say, was disastrous -- I never got into a good rhythm, never made any friends or developed a real community. We knew we were going back, it's just been a matter of time -- and now the time is here!
We take possession of the new house on 7/16. Then we're having some renovations done and moving in on the 26th. I'm out of here!
I know it will be another transition but I also see great potential for it to be a great, positive transition.
1) I get to go back to my old fitness studio which I LOVED. Like 8-10 classes a week loved. So that is already MAJOR.
2) We can go back to our old CSA!
3) I can walk to BART for my commute!
Basically, I can rebuild my healthy life structure. I honestly cannot WAIT for that because I have definitely been "existing" rather than really "living" -- can't wait to regain my zest for life (it's already happening!).
What's more, I had a bit of a wake-up call this weekend. My sister took this sweet photo of my niece and I cuddling at the jazz fest this weekend. I want to love the photo because it captures such a sweet moment between my niece and I but yeesh:
I've been telling myself that I'm still in control because I am still in Onederland but FACTS:
1) In this photo I look exhausted -- not just from a day at the fair, but from a lack of proper nutrition and hydration, poor diet, less exercise, basically I look unhealthy.
2) I don't want to rip on myself too badly (it never helps) but I had finally, FINALLY gotten to a place where I didn't hate my arms. Urghh.
3) I actually also think I look pretty old, which I usually don't! Again, not taking great care of myself. This time last year, I looked 25 (I'm 31)!
Anyway, between the new condo (!!!! I'm gonna be a homeowner, guys!!) and the new wake-up call photo, I'm more motivated than I have been in a year. I want to change for the better NOW, take those healthy changes with me to my new home and immediately set-up a great, fool proof (haha) system of weight loss success and successful maintenance. And just be happy!!
Here are my immediate goals:
1) Calories ~ 1250
2) Zumba on all days it is offered (Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday -- contrast with my old studio that offers multiple cardio dance classes 7 days a week)
3) Eat Clean/Paleo (no packaged items, fruit, vegetables, lean meats, eggs and nuts)
4) Blog more!
Between now, and my move, I want to focus on these goals.
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