Nutrition makes a difference
Thursday, June 16, 2011
I've been exercising and counting calories for seemed like forever. I even hired a personal trainer 2.5 months ago. But I would fluctuate with the same 1-2 pounds. And the inches just weren't moving (at one point, it seemed like the inches would move from one part of my body to the other part of my body). But I just wasn't making progress. Then I started reading a book that was recommended by another Sparker that provided easy to follow guidelines for nutrition - 2 eggs, 1 cup of oatmeal, 2 pieces of fruit, 3 veggies, green tea, protein shakes, and vitamins - EVERY DAY. How simple is that? Plus, watch out for foods with more than10 grams of sugar. And just in the past week, my weight hasn't been fluctuating and I've maintained a 2 pound weight loss. I am totally excited and motivated. In the past, I would stay within my calorie range, but I wasn't taking my vitamins or protein shakes and I wasn't eating high quality foods. Many of the foods that I was eating were high in sugar (especially the ones that were labled low fat). I was really losing motivation to continue.
What you eat really does make a difference. I don't eat nearly as many frozen meals as I used to (I used to eat them daily for lunch). Now, I make sure that my lunch hour meal is filled with as many veggies as possible. I've reduced my sugar drastically by actually looking more at the sugar content than the calorie content. And I'm going to go to my local Farmer's Market for the first time on Saturday. I can buy 14 pieces of fruit and a variety of vegetable to last me one week. I can even get free range eggs.
I have always heard that we should eat organic but I always thought that it was too expensive and too hard. The truth is that it isn't all that expensive and it is easier than you may think.
The next phase is to start replacing as many items as I can with Organic/less processed foods. And the book gives a list of which foods you want to concentrate one. And the recipes that she provides are easy to make and can be done on a regular person's budget.
So I'm really excited about the progress made so far. And I'm looking forward to the lifestyle change that I'm making.