Wednesday, February 08, 2012
I didn't give up while I was gone, but I did just coast along. Made all the usual excuses, too busy, etc.
On the positive side, my daughter and I have joined Curves. I have been totally unsuccesful in getting her to do any exercise with me at home, she doesn't even like to go for a walk. (She has physical and mental challenges) But she LOVES ZUMBA - so finally some exercise that she really loves and wants to do! Wow - what a break through. I am thrilled to see her exercising and smiling at the same time!
I like doing the circuit, but find it a little monotonous. So if she is doing Zumba class at the same time I do the circuit, I try to get into the music as a distraction. But the machines definitely work some muscles that haven't been worked for a long time. And it is easy to start out with, moving along in difficulty as you progress. So it is a positive start for us, and we are signed up for a year so we will definitely be committed to that time period - for cost reasons if nothing else
My weight is up 4 lbs but I know that will change, so not focusing on the weight, more on the nutrition and exercise because I know those are areas where we need to make life-long changes.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Down 4.2 lbs and am very grateful to be below my lowest previous weight since starting SP.
Am sick of beans but will continue on for a while. Don't plan to do long-term because it restricts you from eating fruits except on your treat day. And summer fruits will be coming soon!
But have re-discovered that for me low carbs are the piece of the puzzle that makes me lose weight. Have always known I am a carb-aholic and can see by trying this method that when I add fruits back into my diet will have to keep a close count on my carb counts.
If you've been stuck on a plateau for a while and want to try something else to see if you can get your body ticking again, I'd recommend giving it a try. My previous blog gives an outline of the plan.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
I picked up a magazine the other day that talked about the 4-hour diet and gave an outline of it, and a few sample menus. The author claims you can lose 24 lbs in 30 days, with one day off a week as a cheat day to eat whatever you want. He says the cheat day resets your metabolism. He claims proteins create a short-term metabolism boost of 20% to digest.
On the 4-hour diet, you eat every 4 hours and you must eat primarily protein, but the difference is that you must also add some type of legumes to every meal. You can eat as much as you want to feel satisfied. Legumes are a slow-release carb and they also have a type of fiber that stimulaes fat burning. help prevent absorption of fats, and have other healthy properties. They also prevent hunger for most people. (May need beano before each meal if legumes cause you gas)
Yesterday, I started this at breakfast and had no eggs in the house for protein, so ate a piece of leftover meatloaf, a cup of chili, and some green beans. A very unusual breakfast but I was determined to get started because my weight loss has really slowed down and the scale has been going up and down and has me really frustrated.
Here's a list of items that were included in the mag article -you can also get the book if interested, author Tim Ferris. I am giving it a shot for a week to see if I can handle legumes daily and if it will help give me a boost in getting my weight loss going again. I can definitely say there is NO HUNGER (but I still am fighting the urge to reach for my fav food group - Carbs).
Proteins: egg whites, sliced ham, bacon, beef, turkey, chicken, seafood, cottage cheese
Legumes: chili beans, black beans, garbanzos, baked beans (low sugar), lentils - fast to cook and easy to season
Vegetables - any low starch veggies - salads, green beans, broccoli, green peppers, etc
Fats: Guacamole, Olive Oil
There is probably a lot more to this but for now I am just starting on the basics. There is also a 4 Hour Diet Spark Team so you could ask questions there.
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