Sunday, April 15, 2012
So I've been trying to eat fruit every night at work (on the night shift again) and tonight I also wanted to eat my yogurt. So I was thinking, well I'll try it as a dip, if that doesn't work then I'll eat it separately. Well to my surprise it does go well together. The fruit is a mix of cantaloupe, honey dew, grapes, and pineapple from Wal-mart (the seasonal blend). And the yogurt is Oikos French Vanilla. It kind of tastes like the Cream Cheese Fruit Dip, but a little different. So I looked up a random brand of the cream cheese dip and for 2 tbsp (30 g), it is 80 calories. Oikos French Vanilla has 120 calories for 150 g. So you can eat five times as much for nearly a quarter of the calories. I think that's a bargain. I probably won't have it all that often but it's nice to know of a good alternative for when I want the cream cheese dip (which I only ever have at parties). I mean...when are you ever going to only eat 2 tbsp of cream cheese in one sitting? That stuff can be it's own food group, it's so amazing!!!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Well I've been doing some looking into it and I'm going to start a new approach tomorrow. I'm still trying to get more water in during the day so I bought a 28oz water bottle for at work. Hopefully that will encourage me to drink even more. I've also started to drink more at night.
Tomorrow I'm going to get back into doing my strength training which has fallen by the wayside lately with how busy I've been. But also another major change I'm going to try to make is my food. Since I've been struggling with losing weight but have been working out a lot, I can only assume that it has to do with my food choices...which doesn't surprise me. So starting tomorrow I'm going to start the Slim-fast plan and see how that works out. I'm actually pretty excited about it.
Hopefully I'll have good news soon.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I know I haven't posted in a while but that doesn't mean that I haven't been every bit as active as before. I did kind of hit a desparation point yesterday because I see my co-workers who are all on their own diet/fitness programs and they are successful where as I'm doing mine and not losing anything...and I mean nothing. I weigh myself once a week and the number doesn't drop, I've checked my measurements and there hasn't been a change in those either. I don't know what is going on. But I do feel better, if not in my actual body, at least in my head. It's like I believe I'm making improvements in my health so that is fueling me.
So far these are my changes. I have stopped eating junk snacks except for on Sunday. I have a candy jar of chocolate on my counter that has a note on it. The note says "Do not eat unless it's Sunday. Otherwise you can live without it." And I've kept to that. Also I am drinking about 3-4 cups of water a day at work. At night I'll still drink one Coke Zero with dinner, other wise it's water. I am attempting to my cardio everyday (95% of the time I do it, except on Sunday which is my relax day). At the gym I'm working on the treadmill, that has become my latest and greatest toy. I'm trying to work up to being able to do 1.5 miles in 20 minutes. Currently I'm at about 1.45 miles in 30 minutes. Also I have pretty much switched most of my normal seasonings for Mrs. Dash No Sodium seasonings to try and cut down on my salt...and therefore water retention.
When I hit that point of desperation yesterday I decided that I'm going though the motions of the cardio but I'm not really pushing myself, I'm slacking off because I don't want to be wasting the time. In hindsight this is stupid to me because whether I'm just going through the motions or actually pushing myself...I'm still using the same amount of time, WHY NOT MAKE IT COUNT? Because of this I kept striving yesterday, instead of the 10 minutes I intended to do when started out, I got to 10 minutes and said nope, I'll do 15. When I gt to 15 I said I can go another 5. So I ended up doing 20 minutes. I know I could have and probably should have gone longer but I didn't. Also I joined the SparkPeople 28-day Workout Bootcamp. I finished day 6 of is yesterday...yay today I'll be able to mark off that I finished WEEK 1. It is actually really easy to do. If you are interested, it's on my page under my groups. By the time I was done yesterday, I was literally pouring sweat on everything. It was so gross yet so satisfying at the same time. And I plan on doing it again today.
So where am I at right now? I'm still struggling with my portion sizes, but only at dinner. I've got breakfast and lunch down to a healthy portion (I pretty much eat the same thing everyday, which is working for me), I have made several healthy changes that are not hard to stick too, seeing my co-workers have success with me not having any gives me the drive to do better, and I'm constantly trying to find ways to shake it up and find a new strategy. Most importantly, I feel good about my accomplishments. Good luck all.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Well, last week wasn't the greatest as far as watching what I ate and working out. Thursday I spent the evening cleaning, Friday I had a girls day, so that meant tracking food was out, and Saturday we had a really severe thunderstorm which knocked power out for a few hours. But despite all of this, I still managed to drop two pounds. I'm pretty excited about that.
Yesterday I did my shopping for the next two weeks and was hoping that I made good decisions, but I think now that some of them could have been better. I also was not looking forward to going to the gym today, I tend to want to make excuses. But I did go and it turned out to be a good thing. I met a guy at the gym who was very inspiring. I've been having trouble getting motivated to use the stair master because it's brutal, but he was on it when I got there and when he got off I asked him how long he used it. He used it for a whole half hour, goodness. I'm only trying to get up to 15 minutes. He told me that when he first started using it he was exactly where I am, but he kept pushing and the pounds started falling off.
This is giving me motivation to keep pushing. But I did pretty bad today, I did five minutes the first time I used it (with several stops). But when I got on it the second time I only went a little over 1 minute. I could have and should have done better but I just quit...I need to push.
Also, the guy I met in the gym...I told him about SparkPeople, so maybe he'll join and get some use out of this site as well.
Monday, February 13, 2012
So I've decided that Sunday's are special days. They are the day when I won't be working out, a day when I won't count or keep track of my calories, and the day I weigh in. It will be a day for me to just sit back and not worry about losing weight. Now I do want to lose it, but I'm not going to stress myself out over it to the point where I can't enjoy food any more.
That being said, I did weigh in yesterday, which was my first weigh in after my first rigorous week of working out. I was disappointed to find out that I had gained 4 pounds...after I had done everything right. I was talking to a friend who had been in the situation of losing weight before and she said that gaining weight at the beginning is typical, that most often you will gain a few pounds from water weight and muscle, but after that then if you stick with it you should start seeing a decrease pretty soon and kind of quick. She said she usually gains about 5-6 pounds. So I think this is making me even more determined to succeed.
My confusion comes in at this, so I put in my goal for cardio minutes each day, but noticed I wasn't reaching that, so I shortened that number which also shortened my number of calories to burn and to intake. Well, then I start doing Taebo and for the number of minutes I'm burning way more calories than they suggest. So according to their calculator, I'm burning too many calories for the amount I'm eating, but I'm finally getting into a groove with eating this amount. I'm not sure what I want to do because I feel really good after doing the Taebo workout.
I'm going to keep going!
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