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I realized I've been cheating

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I'm back on SP after a few months away while I was on deadline, and I gained back about ten pounds. I got Vibram FiveFinger shoes because I've been reading that it helps people with flat feet because it helps strengthen the tendons and ligaments in the foot. So far, the Vibrams feel great but I've had to break into them very slowly, and that's frustrating when I used to go out for hour long runs. Now, 30 minutes is painful because I'm still getting used to the minimal shoes and changing my gait.

In getting back into my exercise after months of being busy and then also being sick several times in March and April, I've started to realize that part of the weight gain is not that I'm not exercising enough, it's that I've never learned to eat properly.

During the time I was training for my first marathon, I cheated. I relied on the exercise to keep me fit and help me lose weight, but I didn't try harder to train myself into recognizing proper food portions and to eat more protein and less carbs. Now that I was forced into inactivity by my bouts of illness, I gained tons of weight back quickly because I didn't have good eating habits.

I am still breaking into the Vibram FiveFingers so I'm supplementing my running with the exercise bike, but I am also, this time, focusing more on training myself to eat properly. I know I've always sucked at eating enough protein, so I'm making more of an effort in my food choices. I'm drinking more milk, even though so many articles say milk is bad because of the fat and carbs, but I think that will help because there are so many other sources of protein that I don't care for (like fish and chicken breast and pork). I already eat a lot of beans, but not as much dairy, so I'm increasing my yogurt and milk intake to see if that helps with my protein count at the end of the day.

It's helpful for me to have lunch with friends who tend to eat smaller portions so I can learn from them. I had lunch with a friend today and did just that--watched her eating and mimicked her portions of foods.

Tonight I'm making clam chowder, but with lowfat milk instead of cream and using olive oil instead of butter. I think it'll turn out well.
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    Blue42down, that's a really good point. I'll keep track of how I do on my tracker. My natural eating habits tend to be low in fat, too, but also high in carbs and low in protein.

    AuntieAnne, I heard that, too, but then other articles I've read say dairy is bad, so I'm not sure what to believe.

    cmrand, nice to see you again! Let's hope this time I can stay on track and finally get to my goal weight!
    2033 days ago
    Welcome back. I've been doing a little back sliding myself and gained about 7 pounds from the goal weight I'd reached.
    2033 days ago
    I've heard a lot lately that three servings of dairy a day is actually good for weight loss. Cottage cheese is another great source of protein. Peanut butter is also good and the fat is healthy fat. I start my day with a protein shake made with skim milk and fruit thrown in.
    2034 days ago
    Very well done recognizing an area you need to work on!

    Rather than relying on articles to tell you whether milk fits into your meals well, tracking gives a much more accurate picture. I actually find that my natural eating habits are rather low in fat and the amount I get from 1% or 2% milk has never driven me over. I rarely get too many carbs either, so even chocolate or strawberry milk as my post-workout snack has been fine.

    2035 days ago
    Thanks so much, Dawn!!!
    2035 days ago
    emoticon Keep it up and you are on your way to success! Really weight loss is a two part journey, eating right and exercise, but you don't have to do it all every day! You can take it slow and take baby steps until you get back into the swing of things! WE are here for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2035 days ago
    Thanks a bunch, Janet!
    2035 days ago
    You have not given up on yourself. You now know you are the only one that can make it happen for you.

    You have the power to succeed or fail.

    You have chosen to succeed.

    Few baby steps complete a long journey

    Writing is progress!!!

    Janet- emoticon
    2035 days ago
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