Friday, November 16, 2012
Well I have been working on this challenge for 10 days now and I have earned 21 dollars.
I have been using pom poms to signify one dollar each and I put them in a big ol' cookie jar, it is really fun and motivational. I have three "dollars" available to earn everyday:
1 for drinking 8 glasses of water
1 for exercising
1 for eating within my calorie limit
I average 2 a day, since I am usually not successful at all 3, but some days I am! I have been checking my reports here and I see real progress! My calories have steadily decreased and are more steady, rather then peaking and falling all the time.
I still have a long way to go towards the 100 balls (dollars) but 21 is a start! Really looking forward to that fitbit!
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
I have decided that I would really like to have a Fitbit One but don't want to just go out and buy something that I may not use very often. So I decided to make a project out of it and use the Fitbit as a reward.
The plan is to use a jar with the picture of the Fitbit on it, and for everytime I drink 8 glasses of water, stay within my calorie limit, or exercise I put 1 dollar in my jar. I might use pompoms, with the 3 different colours, one for each type of success and that way I dont have to take out coins.
That gives me the potential for 3 dollars a day, the fitbit is 100 dollars (plus shipping)- 100/3, the means if I earned the whole 3 everyday it would take 33 days. I dont think it is realistic to think I will succeed everyday so it could take up to 2 months..
I think I will make my goal to get it by the new year (Jan.1st)!
Exciting! I will keep you all posted on how I do.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
I have tried to change my lifestyle to be more healthy for many years- probably about 10
and I am only 23.. I am only now becoming familiar with the patterns that keep developing and
the reasons my progress stops. I go into funks, that I dont get out of for at least a year!!
I don't really notice, I have difficulty starting but I make progress with tracking my calories,
changing my eating habits, and creating new habits - like a better sleeping pattern, and creating time for exercise. I feel really proud of myself, and although it is challenging I make head way because I am putting all of my energy and commitment into these changes!
Then I start feeling annoyed and stressed about the changes, it gets harder and harder to
keep going and maybe I "cheat" a little. Like having some unhealthy snacks, eating empty or unbalanced calories instead of a healthy meal, really going crazy on the weekends with baking and most of all skipping workouts.
At first there is some excuse, like I am really tired, or I am in a bad mood (angry, sad depressed etc), "everyone needs a day of rest" or my partner will see me work out, or it is cold or rainy outside, or I am too busy today. And the worst is when I am sick for a few days. It is so easy to let my calories go sky high, and drop my exercise routine all together after a few days of not following any plan.
Then before I know it I stop thinking of my plan and carry on not even remembering my goals.
That's why I love that quote "A year from now you'll wish you had of started today". It is so true!
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I am using the main principle in the No S "diet" to keep myself on track. It is very straight forward and I look at it as a daily exercise in moderation.
Each weekday there are no:
Except you can look forward to having S's sometimes on S days-
Saturday, Sunday and special days (holidays, sick days)
I have been successful for two days so far. Although I am not following it exactly. If I get really hungry I will eat a piece of fruit and veggies, which he doesn't recommend, but I think is a good way to eat more fibre.
The system is all about concreting healthy habits of moderation and eliminating excess so that treats are treats again and you can bring more balance into your diet without making a judgment call on everything you eat. It doesn't deprive you because on the weekend you can treat yourself, and you are more likely to stick to it because it has no "forbidden" or complicated rules. The best think is there are no guilty pleasures, no "good foods" or "bad foods", just foods.
It works with exercise and it builds a foundation for you to learn about your eating choices and portion control since you know how much you need to eat in order to stay full until your next meal (without overdoing it and feeling sick). After a week of cleaner eating you're less likely to bulk up on the S's since you may notice they have an adverse effect when you overeat them. Besides you spend more time deciding what you would like to have most on the weekend and enjoy it more since you earned it and you doing overindulge in it all the time.
In this way I hope to enjoy food more (not deprive myself completely) and obsess over it less. And lose weight at a moderate pace. Using this diet may mean I will lose weight at a slow pace but I don't mind, since I am more likely to stick to it and maintain my changes over time.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
The last time I wrote here was in 2009. Somethings have changed since then in my life. I graduated uni, went on a 2 month trip to Europe which I just finished, and moved to Quebec, where I am now moving into a new place and trying to find a job, figure out services etc.
Before the move I had ups and downs in NS, times where my fiancé and I were frequenting the gym and spending time outdoors. I even completed 3 spin classes while there before moving here.
On my trip to Europe I defiantly splurged and ate whatever I wanted, which is why I went, to eat new cuisine, so I dont regret that. Especially since I was doing lots of exercise on the trip, I felt great anyway. Now I am back home, and havent gotten into the healthy habits I desire like going to the gym or running around my block.
Last I checked (3months ago) I was 145lbs, I havent checked what weight I am at now.
What I am struggling with at this point in my life is a lack of follow through with exercise and also pretty powerful sugar addictions. My dilemma is that I really enjoy cooking and baking comfort foods , and I dont want to stop making them or enjoying them completely. And I dont think I should have to. So I need to come up with some sort of sensible eating plan where I am not controlled by food but havent totally deprived myself from it either.
I hope that when I get settled in a bit more here in the next week or two I will become accustomed to healthy habits and learn about the fitness opportunities that I can afford here.
My best options are usually fitness courses, but all of them seem to have already started so I will have to look into it. I would like to start spinning again for example. I also plan to get my clothes sorted out and unpacked so that I can get outside and exercise, hopefully with my fiancé in the near-by park.
Starting today I am going to start tracking my calories, just to see how much I am on average over eating, and I am not going to tell my fiancé because he hates it when I do this.
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