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Jumpstarting the more nutritious habits


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

This morning, I got up and fixed my spinach and strawberry smoothie and two slices of turkey bacon for breakfast. At work, I'm drinking a cup of coffee with cream and sugar. For lunch, I packed a flatbread sandwich with spinach leaves, turkey and guacamole, baby carrots and hummus, and watermelon slices. For dinner I plan to have a leftover chicken breast and a salad, plus a skinny cow for dessert. I am snacking on pistachio nuts, a habit I attained from doing the South Beach diet two years ago.

This evening, I will go to the gym. If I leave work in time, I'll drop in on a group exercise class, maybe cycling, step aerobics or zumba. If not, I will do 15 minutes on the treadmill, 20 minutes on the elliptical and 10 minutes on the stationary bicycle. Then, I'll go home, shower, chill and get ready for another day.

For me, planning is critical. I'm the most disorganized, unfocused person, so it's a victory if I know exactly what I'm going to do each day. Plus, the thought of eating the food I've planned doesn't fill me with dread. I happen to LIKE the foods I'm eating and would eat them whether I'm on SP or not. I think that's critical to staying on program. Also, being willing to try new stuff like my spinach and strawberry smoothie. And finding ways to include your favorite foods in your plan. For example, I love guacamole. By using it as a condiment on my sandwich, I get the taste I love but the calories are controlled. Adding spinach leaves to my sandwich gives me an extra kick of vegetables and I'm not sacrificing taste.

There are also some compromises I refuse to make. I don't like black coffee and I'm trying to reduce my intake of artificial sweeteners. I also don't like fat-free cheese or salad dressings. I just count the calories. Each of us will have our own ways of making this work, these are mine.

I had set a goal to drop 20 lbs by August 31st. I have 16 lbs to go, so it's all good. Even better, I have no idea how much I weigh right now because I put the scale away until June 9th.

Onward and downward.
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ADRIENALINE 5/23/2012 2:42PM

    I really like the way the way you think. I lose some control because I have a family to think about but I can plan bkfst and lunch for myself and just that and my additional fitness efforts have made me successful. A much better way of determining if you are losing weight is to pay more attention to how your clothes fit rather than to worry about what the scale says.

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BUTTAPECANB 5/23/2012 12:00PM

    I really wish I could toss my scale. Im addicted to still trying to find out whether what im doing works. After coming off my TOM, im hoping this friday will give me atleast a pound. Im trying to not get discouraged but lets hope for the best.

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BUTTAPECANB 5/23/2012 10:52AM

    I really wish I could toss my scale. Im addicted to still trying to find out whether what im doing works. After coming off my TOM, im hoping this friday will give me atleast a pound. Im trying to not get discouraged but lets hope for the best.

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