Sunday, August 19, 2007
I'm not going to try to take credit for this idea...I actually think I first read about it in Dr. Phil's weightloss book a few years ago. But it makes so much sense, and I'm living it now, so I want to write about it.
Everybody knows you need a weight management program that fits into your life long-term. You can't constantly be in a battle between what you SHOULD do and what you WANT to do. You have to find a way to merge the two so that you can peacefully live your life and be healthy!
When I was first losing my weight at the beginning of '07, I was having a willpower battle. Every day was a victory if I could beat my hunger and stick to my 1,200-1,300 calorie plan. Sure, by nighttime I was so hungry and cranky that I couldn't do anything but whine, but another day, another battle won. I thought that was necessary in order to lose weight. (Back then, even if you had told me I could eat 1,500 calories a day and lose weight, I probably wouldn't have wanted to, because I wanted to lose the weight FAST. Why I placed more importance on speed than on feeling good, I'm not sure.)
I am now in my eighth month of my SparkPeople lifestyle, and I think I have now adapted in a way that I no longer need "willpower" to stick to my program. My program is just my life. A HUGE part of that is eating the right amount. I don't have to worry about getting too hungry because that doesn't ever happen at 1,500 calories/day. I don't have to worry about huge hunger-related mood or energy swings. I don't have to anxiously stop eating before I want to so I'll have something to eat later on. (And on the flipside, I don't have to deal with having eaten all my food by early afternoon and having to starve the rest of the day.) When you are doing what works for your body physiologically, it makes things work psychologically too. I don't need willpower to do these things that work perfectly for me biologically.
There are other ways I've eliminated the need for willpower. Every morning I already have a specific plan for exactly what I'll eat that day, so I never am caught having to make a choice at the moment hunger hits. I'm not sure if this is the answer for everybody, but it is the answer for me. Food that isn't on my plan just simply isn't an option and I don't play mind games asking myself whether I should or should not eat it. I just know I'm not going to.
Exercise kind of works the same way. It's just part of my daily life now, so there's no debating whether I should or should not. Also, with my heart rate monitor and increased fitness level, I can do exercise that works me hard but feels good because it's not TOO hard. It's not a battle between needing to complete my workout versus being in physical pain. It (usually) feels good so I WANT to be doing it.
I wish I could help everyone who wants or needs to lose weight to discover the lifestyle choices that help them be able to lose the weight comfortably and healthfully. I bet a lot of people have no idea it's possible.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
It has now officially been two weeks since I started eating 1,500 calories a day (actually it's usually closer to 1,480). I started two weeks ago weighing 140.6. After one week I weighed 140.8 (but my weight had done this funky jump up thing for the very second day, so it was almost like a loss). Now, after two weeks, I weigh 137.8 today! Yup, down 3 lb in one week! I guess to REALLY be sure I have to go one more week to break the tie (right now, 1 point for maintain and 1 point for lose).
I feel really good about this - it kind of feels like I've discovered the secret to easy, healthy weightloss.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
I'm blogging about my lunch so that I can remember how yummy it was and make it again! In my quest to check out new and exciting fruits and vegetables, I came across a frozen bag of organic mixed mushrooms. (They also had shiitake which I will have to try, too!) I fried up the mushrooms with a chopped onion, chopped frozen broccoli, 1 tsp. olive oil, and a filet of salmon I had previously baked. Sprinkled on Italian seasoning and served over whole wheat penne. YUM! Gourmet meal! :) Before SP, I NEVER EVER would have believed that I could eat like this and weigh under 140. WOW. :)
Friday, August 17, 2007
135 west to 126 North to 27 South to 135 east. 1 hour, 18 minutes, 35 seconds. 16.05 miles. Approx. 12.25 mph, 4.9 minutes per mile. Fun factor OFF THE CHARTS!!! :) :) :)
Friday, August 17, 2007
This morning I weighed myself three times...139.4, 138.8, 138.4. I lost a pound in a half hour, heehee! (@Jess')
So I'm almost positive that 1,500 calories is going to work for me.
Tried on 4s and 6s at H&M yesterday. Some 4s fit very snugly, others didn't fit at all. 6s fit but some seemed a bit snug. I have nothing against trying on 8s, I just couldn't find what I wanted in an 8. One skirt in a 6 fit me well and I almost bought it, but decided I didn't really "need" it.
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