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A "Come to Jesus" Moment

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.

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GORIANA 7/11/2014 3:45PM

    Good luck.

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NELLJONES 7/11/2014 8:04AM

    In the end, it is, indeed, about calorie restriction. I have to limit myself to about 1200 cals a day to maintain my weight (I am 5'4" and very small boned), so the question is "How glorious can I make those 1200 calories?" There is always tomorrow for more food, I don't have to eat it all now.

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RENATARUNS 7/11/2014 8:03AM

    Yes! I feel like you are getting it, good job. Even though I was never a dieter, I didn't think I could restrict calories either without constantly resenting it, until health issues seemed to give me no choice. But once I did accept it, it was almost easy, truly it was.

Like another poster said, you may be able to go a bit higher than that if you can work in enough exercise. (I only did walking most of the time, myself, but at an hour a day on average still burned enough to increase calories by ~ 300 a day.) You can still get a lot of volume without compromising calorie goals, and in a healthy way, by increasing veggies a lot. (Lots of posters on the forum who love to feel full swear by this.) And you can completely expect that once you reach your goal weight, you'll be able to slowly increase calories by some small amount until you reach maintenance. Who knows how much until you do it, but you'll probably get something back.

The thing you'll find out is that in the end it hardly matters. The body adjusts; the hard part is all in the head.

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    Yeah, I have had and have forgotten that thought many, many times. I find though because of my current activity level and current weight I can eat quite a few healthy calories and still lose weight. But alas, I will never be able to eat the amount of calories that I did if I want to lose or maintain my weight loss for the rest of my life. The

PS. I've had that 'come to the chip bag' moment many, many times as well. lol

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PATTISTAMPS 7/10/2014 1:24PM

    I know you are petite, so that might be your calorie limit. But I have found that exercise allows me to eat more calories and so I do not feel deprived or like I am on a diet. I connected my nutrition tracker and fitness tracker together, and now when I work out, it increase my calorie range for the day. It is still BELOW maintenance. And therefore, I continue to (slowly) lose weight. You might want to look at this... I've only done it a couple of weeks ago, but it is working for me... And we all know - whatever works for you is the right thing. So if it isn't for you, it's ok.. won't hurt my feelings. Just an idea...

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Small streak, small reward

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.

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JADED_CHICK19 7/9/2014 8:02PM

    I love this! It's a great idea to reward yourself no matter how small the reason! Great job!

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Mid-Week Check-In

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.

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TEMPEST272002 7/9/2014 4:03PM

    Great job identifying places that might pose a challenge for you & coming up with a plan to deal with it. For batch cooking, one of my favourite recipes is spinach and cheese stuffed meatloaf - . I bulk it up by adding diced zucchini, mushrooms, carrots, celery etc. I divide the recipe into 12 balls and cook them in a muffin tin. 2 = 1 serving at dinner, 1 is great for a snack. Freezes well.

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UNICORN212 7/9/2014 3:48PM

    You can always order something that looks like a "drink" that does not contain alcohol. A sparkling water with a twist of lime looks a lot like a vodka tonic....and contains few calories. And I am sure the restaurant can manage an acceptable salad and/or some grilled chicken. You can do this!

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WIFE48 7/9/2014 3:16PM

    Sounds like a good plan. emoticon

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NSV's I am looking forward to

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!

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PATTISTAMPS 7/9/2014 2:20PM

    Just read both of your blogs! I am thrilled for you moving back, and also for your motivation! I think the photo looks good - but not like your profile picture. You ARE so going to do this!!!

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LEAHOBI 7/9/2014 12:56PM

    You can do it :)

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LAILATN 7/9/2014 12:03PM

    I like the list!


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JADED_CHICK19 7/9/2014 11:59AM

    You totally got this! Keep on truckin!

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TEMPEST272002 7/9/2014 11:47AM

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FIT4MEIN2013 7/9/2014 11:22AM

    NSVs are best! emoticon

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FITWITHIN 7/9/2014 11:19AM

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REGINAROLLINS 7/9/2014 11:09AM

  Everyone should do this list just to keep positive-no bummer comments allowed

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144AUTUMN 7/9/2014 11:08AM

  YOU can do it!!!!

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Ready, Freddy?

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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    Yeah, I had a picture wake-up call when I thought the 15lbs regained didn't show. Boy was I wrong. LOL Uggg

Stick to what you know works, and you'll be where you want to be- healthier and happier soon!

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LAILATN 7/9/2014 12:02PM

    I'm so glad you're getting to go back to where you feel at home and comfortable. That's wonderful news.

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NELLJONES 7/9/2014 7:21AM

    Some people thrive on new places and situations, some of us love Home. You're going Home!

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KIPSTER52 7/8/2014 5:38PM

    You go girll emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 7/8/2014 5:30PM

    The stress of a bad situation doesn't help with the healthy lifestyle. Congratulations on buying your new home & for being able to move back to a place you love.

I love the sweet moment captured between you and your niece. I understand about your emotional reaction to seeing yourself in photo. It's like you know you want to focus on the moment & not the weight... but seeing weight gain makes us feel so many negative emotions & it's hard to push through that to really focus on the the moment. Our feelings about weight interfering with our happiness.

Time to rebuild that healthy lifestyle.

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