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The 80-20 Rule is Right!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

So I was recently told (yesterday) that dieting is 80% diet/nutrition and 20% exercise. Well apparently that's correct. I have used a personal trainer for the past 6 months and have worked my butt off -- not literally unfortunately. Religiously I go 3 times a week to a boot-camp style workout and it is dreadfully hard. I see changes where my arms and legs have some muscle tone and even my shoulders. So that's the 20%.

Now for the 80%... I am a stress eater. Nearly all of my stress comes from my job and they keep the kitchen stocked with snacks, including LOTS of chocolate. In fact, they have my favorties. You know those little gold Hershey nuggets? And even Twizzlers! It's awful and I eat them like crazy. There are tons of potato chips and other awful things, but I go for the sweet over salty any day! Needless to say, I've gone off the deep end and I am addicted to sugar. It's ridiculous!

So I'm back on SparkPeople. I finally realize that exercise alone doesn't do it and I am living proof. Actually I've realized it now for several months and wasn't ready to stop with the sweets. Just think... If I had eaten sensibly these last few months, I would weigh a whole lot less! AND if I had been dieting, I likely would be at my goal.
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Well now I am going to try to do things the right way and not ignore the 80%. It just doesn't work. I guess the good news is that I know I'll get my exercise in each week; I just need to be diligent about logging my food and learn to say NO to chocolate and YES to something healthier. With the support of my Spark People, I know I can do it.

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BLUENOSE63 1/11/2013 6:36AM

  On the other hand, part of the process is portion control....you can have some of it as long as you don't exceed your calories for the day.

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MAUR88N 3/27/2012 2:36PM

  I feel for you. It must be torture having all that junk food around at work. You'd think they would want to keep the employees healthy and more productive with whole and healthy foods. Keep up your good work.

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