Tuesday, August 28, 2012
I really don’t like being as heavy as I am, and yet I simply don’t apply the principles I know to be the key to changing things for me. I’m constantly in a state of self-discovery, and analysis of habits and have reached some conclusions.
I need accountability, but haven’t been dedicated to it. My father, who has weighed over 350 for most of my adult life, has lost 40 pounds over the last year. He has heart issues and lung capacity issues that when combined with his back pain doesn’t permit him to stand for more than 10 minutes at a time, much less do any exercise. If he can lose weight, just by cutting back, then I certainly can when I have all these tools available to me, and I'm essentially fit.
So, definitive plan, committed to goals, and a blog to put it all “out there” wherein will lie my accountability.
Because of family commitments, this week will start on Wednesday. A decent day starts with a decent bedtime, so my nighttime routine must conclude with lights out by 10:00.
Week 1 Daily Schedule:
- 8:30pm, Screens and TVs off
- 10:00pm, Lights out
- 6:45am, Wake up
- 7:00am, Personal devotion and morning snack
- 7:30am, Workout
- 8:30am, Shower
- 9:00am, Kids up
- 9:30am, Breakfast
- 12:30, Lunch
- 3:00, Snack
- 6:00, Dinner
- 8:00, Snack (if desired)
15-20 oz. (one water bottle worth) every three hours
Morning Snack: yogurt and granola (200 cal.)
Breakfast: oatmeal and fruit – or – veggie omelet
Lunch: green salad with some kind of protein on top (chicken, tuna, etc.)
Snack: veggies and humus – or – fruit and popcorn
Dinner: grilled lean meat, salad, and vegetables – or – soup and whole grain dinner roll
Evening Snack: fruit and popcorn – or - yogurt
Monday, July 16, 2012
I've been able to step up the exercise and that feels great. I need to up the strength training, but one step at a time.
My biggest problem is food.
I have developed some very bad habits. I eat when I'm bored. I eat when I'm stuck on a problem. I eat when I'm tired. The list goes on.
I have discovered however that when I stick to healthy foods, I feel so much better, and the rest of the excuses don't have as much place in my life.
The question I have to ask myself is... Do I really want this?
I got into the habit of justifying a candy bar or a mini donut pack every time I went shopping 'because I deserve it'. Lately, when I look at them as I go by in the store, I've started asking myself if I really want it instead of just buying it. If I truly stop and analyze, the answer is always no. There are so many things I eat because they taste good, but even within minutes, I don't feel good anymore. My head feels heavy, or I start to get a bit of a headache, or my stomach gets uncomfortable. I know these things aren't good for me.
So I'm learning to ask, Do I really want this? Because what I really want is to be healthy, and happy with my size.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I once heard about a concept called a diet gorilla. I think it came from the word guerilla, but either the person changed it to be funny or didn't know that was the original. Either one works, but somehow, having a real gorilla (or someone in a really good gorilla suit) following me around to ensure I stick to my diet sounds like it could be really helpful.
Picture this... You're working at your desk, and get kind of stuck. You know what you need. Just a little snack. So you get up and head to the vending machines. The gorilla follows you, gets in your way, and hands you some carrots and hummus instead.
I need that kind of help. My children went for donuts today. Not only did I buy one for myself, but I ate TWO. Where was my gorilla when I needed him? He could have steered me away, and handed me my water bottle with fresh crushed ice and 22 oz. of tasty clear water. Later, when working on a dumb little project at home, I ran out of time, and cooked DiGiorno pizza for the kids. I ate more than they did. My diet gorilla could have taken my plate from me and thrown it on the floor. Not that I want to clean up a mess, but that is how I picture my diet gorilla behaving.
I've read so many books on dieting, believe most of them, and find myself at my heaviest once again. I eat for every reason in the book(s): boredom, procrastination, frustration, loneliness, fatigue, etc. etc. Now we can add habit to the list.
I'd like my diet gorilla to get my kids out of bed for me so I can go for a run in the mornings. He could wake me up, fix me a protein shake and shove me out the door with my MP3 player in hand. When I got back, my kids would all be ready for breakfast, which I wouldn't mind fixing, but the hardest job of getting them moving in the morning would be taken care of, giving me time for that run. Ooh. And my diet gorilla could map out a good run for me that suits my current abilities.
The more I think about it, the more I like the idea. If anyone knows where I could go to hire a diet gorilla, please let me know. And also keep in mind that I can't afford the like of Jillian from TBL.
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