Thursday, May 27, 2010
If you've been on SparkPeople for awhile and you are exercising regularly, somewhere along the line you probably do some "walking." After all, walking is proclaimed to be the easiest, best, most affordable, and all-around good-for-you exercise there is. Whether heavy or thin, walking will build up muscles, tone you up, burn up calories -- the sky is the limit.
Have you ever read any of the blogs where a person has lost 100 pounds simply by WALKING! I mean, really! No gym fees, get yourself a pair of tennis shoes and away you go! And I noticed something at twilight as I was taking my dog for her (our) walk; it gets easier and easier. OK, and I know that means I need to push it up a bit, walk faster, go farther -- something to put a little effort into my daily walk. My dog may have short legs, but she really knows how to move her butt, and you know what -- that means I've got to move mine too!
Thank God for Dogs!
Monday, May 24, 2010
On one hand I want to eat healthy, exercise and be the best I can be! But on the other hand, sometimes I get sick and tired of making the right choices and doing my exercises; I look at myself and my life and I have to wonder who would notice if I just ate everything in sight, and layed around watching TV.
You know when those days roll around, it was either because the weather wasn't just right (maybe cold and rainy) or maybe the scale was up instead of down; it could have been something as simple as just plain being tired. Just because you had 8 hours of sleep doesn't mean you can't wake up tired. You could have been restless, awake off and on, or maybe there is something on your mind.
How do you get through days like that without wrecking your whole week? I have found that if you track the food you plan on eating, you will probably start off OK, and if you flub up a little later in the day at least it won't be a complete disaster. And DO NOT (yes! in caps) DO NOT let one day rule your life! So you had a bad day -- we all do, so take it in stride, do the best you can and start over fresh in the morning.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
I have always been overly confident in my ability to "know what was going on -- no guidelines needed for me!" well, as smug as that sounds, I had my "ah ha" moment this morning when I stepped on the scale and saw yet another drop of 0.6 making my total loss close to 2.5 pounds! It showed me that what I 'thought' I was eating wasn't true at all, I obviously HAD to be consuming more calories than I thought -- because I was gaining weight. I read about an experiment, tracking your food by planning out your menu's ahead of time, allowing a certain amount of calories for each meal, and coming up with a pre-planned total amount of calories for the day! I was skeptical.....I don't mind admitting it; after all, I was sure I wasn't overeating!
Day one of my Plan gave me an 0.8 pound drop, Day two was even better with a full pound -- then it stayed the same for a couple of days going neither up nor down. Today was another drop of 0.6 so who can blame me for being ecstatic!
My advice to anyone who is a yo-yo all over the place, or putting on a few pounds is to get back on the Nutrition Tracker! You may be eating more than you think so plan it out, and if it's not on your menu for the day, then DON'T put it in your mouth. No! Not even if it's just 40 or 50 calories!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
In one of the Spark Articles I recently read it tells about a plan and it appealed to me; after all, what I was doing certainly wasn't showing any great results! Yesterday was my first day and I love the results! Basically here is how it works:
1. Use your low-end calorie allowance for how many calories you can consume. As my range is 1200-1550, that put me at 1200 calories for the day.
2. Divide your calories up between breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack (opt)
3. Plan your menu ahead of time to keep you on track. You can do one day at a time or the entire week. I do it only a day at a time, entering all my food on the tracker, that way I can add, delete -- whatever it takes to get it to come out right and there may be days that I'm just a bit low or high in one category or the other but my calorie count with be very, very close to 1200.
4. Last rule: No eating or drinking 2 hours before bedtime (this helps so you do not have to run to the bathroom all the time too) lol
It also advised not weighing in for the entire week. I can't abide by that rule as I feel absolutely LOST if I can't do my morning weigh-in. And guess what! After just one day of doing this I lost .8 -- way to go, baby!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Have you ever noticed that when you gain weight by indulging at a favorite restaurant you usually put on a pound, sometimes even more! But then on the other hand, when you are working hard to take that gain back off it seems to come off in .2's and .4's. Slow but sure!
I don't know why a person's body seems to have the tendency to put the weight on so quickly and is so reluctant to let it go again. It's kind of like it ADORES fat and once it gets ahold of it, it doesn't want to let it go!
If anyone out there knows how to make this "release" happen sooner and in a smoother fashion, let me know. Otherwise it's just drink water, eat right and be sure to get in some exercise.
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