Give 3 or 4 reasons that diet and exercise have not been well executed in the past and how am I going to make it work this time.
1. I usually fail to prepare for the 3-4 days away at work each weekend. It is just easier to eat at the cafeteria each day but the selection is very limited and not always the healthiest. I am going to pack yogurt, fruit, nuts and breakfast and lunch selections (mini egg cups, tuna, boiled eggs, etc.) and plan to get the salad bar and/or soup from the cafeteria for dinner.
2. I always like to eat at night before going to bed. I will plan a late night snack to eat while reading or watching a movie before bed. I have tried in the past to "not eat after 7pm" but that just does not work. If I plan ahead for the snack and include it in the calorie allotment for the day maybe it will be okay.
3. It is very hard to exercise while away from home and working 12 hour days on my feet. Therefore all exercise is usually done Monday thru Thursday. On days that are not so busy then I will plan to take at least a 20 minute walk around the parking lot each day. If it is a busy weekend then I will just have to make up for it on the rest of the days.
Assignment #6 is about how I plan to cut the calories out of my diet. I will eat loads of salad (Ithankfully I really love salads) put my dressing on the side and dip my fork in every now and then, eat fruit for snacks, plan lunch and dinner on the weekend ahead and pack what I can. I work away from home on the weekends (Fri, Sat, and Sun) and stay out of town during that time so packing meals is a challenge for me. I also plan to drink a glass of water before each meal to help fill me up. I also save calories by covering chicken or pork chops with low fat sour cream and rolling in panko bread crumbs and baking. Crunchy without frying. Hopefully I will find many more ideas on Sparkpeople and from my teams.
I changed my goal to reflect the 5% weight loss by November 24 and changed my exercise goals as well. The exercise part is not correct, I don't think. I hope to burn more than that every week. We will see.
My trigger foods are just about anything crunchy and salty. I really enjoy potato chips and french fries. I don't know when enough is enough. I really "just want something" when I get tired or am just "down" for some reason. I really like to eat all of the wrong foods when someone (usually my husband) has commented on my weight and failure to lose some of my weight. I also really like to have a snack while I read before going to bed. It just seems like "me" time. It is definitely time to take control, not act like a child and make the commitment to lose this weight and put myself first.
I joined the 5% fall challenge and assignment #3 is to put in writing why you want to lose weight. I decided that was a good reason to post my first blog post! I am really tired of always saying I will start "seriously" losing weight tomorrow. I am tired of being tired. I am tired of not being comfortable in my clothes. I want to lose weight so that I will be healthier and feel better. I want to lose weight to be able to do a better job at work. I want to be able to move freely. I had a bilateral total knee replacement this past March (2012) and I want to lose weight so that these new knees will last the rest of my life. I want to lose weight so that my husband (of 32 years) will be proud to be seen with me. I want to lose weight so that I will be proud to be seen. I don't want to have to try to hide or find the pose that makes me look thinner every time someone pulls out a camera. I want to lose weight so that I will have more confidence. I know that I am an intelligent, strong, funny, kind woman with many things to offer, but I hold myself back because of the way that I look.
I want to be the best woman that God intended for me to be! With His help I will accomplish this goal!