What I Learned

Sunday, September 16, 2012

It has been since Tuesday/Wednesday (I can't remember really well) when I started Sparkpeople. I've decided to weigh in on Sundays, because it is the easiest day to weigh myself. Today, it showed that I have lost 5 lbs! Now the factors that are included in this is that I have had the pre-monthly special most women get every month and the loss of water weight. However, I am still proud! But there are many things that I have also learned.


Dieting (or lifestyle changes, whichever you prefer), is not about having to cut something out of your diet because it is bad for you. Every piece of food has something wrong with it, there are some that are better than others. Anyway, we do not have to cut out carbs or sugar or what have you, but find other pleasing ways to include those in our daily diet. Changing your lifestyle is an adventure, so make it an adventure by trying something new. For example, every time I go to the grocery store now, I pick up one new thing from the natural foods section to try out. Last time it was granola with chocolate bits (gotta get that chocolate habit in), this week it is granola with triple berries in it because I am going to start making my own yogurt (this granola was suggested by my boyfriend to put in my yogurt. It had to be comical seeing us talking about granola for like five minutes trying to figure out what kind I should buy). I also picked up an individual container of Silk to try and see the difference between this and regular milk (Nutritional value against Meijer 2% milk, Silk has 2 grams less protein, less carbs, but 1 gram of fiber whereas Meijer milk does not. Taste: I have yet to try). I picked up a box of cinnamon Kashi cereal to try in the mornings too.


You have those days where you're just like, screw this, I don't want to exercise. Try being me. I exercise on my grandmother's stepmaster but use it as a treadmill (I haven't figured out how to get the step thingy going) and she has it placed with a LazyBoy recliner behind it. It's so easy to just go, treadmill or chair, and the chair wins over. I would move it but there's limited space so I just suck up and deal with it and know it'll be behind me still when I get off the treadmill. ANYWAY, off topic, I also have a busy schedule. See below for an example.

Mondays, Wednesdays
7:00 am: Get up, eat breakfast, take shower, get ready
8:00: Run out door
9:00: Classes starts
1:20: Classes end
2:00: Get home
2:30: Leave again to go to work
3:00: Work starts
11:00: Get off work, crash

So, needless to say, those two days I'm up running like a chicken with my head cut off until 11 at night. Not fun. But, I know I can be ready in fifty minutes. So, if I get up at 7 and jump on the treadmill, I can have ten minutes of cardio or use one of Sparkpeople's strength training to get some strength in. I also walk to all my classes, and that's usually around 15-20 minutes of walking. So if you can still get in ten minutes of exercise, you're still doing great! If you can do more, that's even better! Because with our hectic schedules, any exercise is good exercise. You also feel better knowing you did ten minutes than fretting because you did none.


It's great to go hardcore with lifestyle changes, but there are days when you just have to say, "Sorry, not today..." That was my day yesterday. I didn't track anything! Now, for some, this is not good because it does not get them in the habit. However, for me, I have found a day off is good. It gives me a chance to be bad within reason. I watch my portions and I listen to my body tell me when it is hungry and when it is full. Yesterday, we went to a diner and I got a chicken club. Best chicken club ever, I think. The chicken was seasoned. Even my boyfriend liked it, after he scraped the mayo off. But I let myself have a chili dog too, just to see if I liked it. We both agreed the chicken club was better. Is it the healthiest thing in the world? No, it has bacon and mayo on it. But I'll definitely be getting that rather than chili dogs there. I also had a small chocolate chip cookie dough blizzard from Dairy Queen, but I could only finish half of it. I would have rather had something with fruit in it. We were supposed to be getting fast food yesterday for dinner because I was craving it (dang monthly) but after grocery shopping, we decided to whip up something in the toaster oven instead. French bread pizzas. One is 410 calories, meaning 2 is 820 calories! Wow, that is A TON! That is literally half of my daily caloric intake. HOWEVER, look at it from the perspective of fast food: 1 large french fry from McDonald's and 10 chicken nuggets from Wendy's and I definitely would have topped those two french bread pizzas. It's about knowing what you want more, and having that instead. I'm glad I had the ice cream, I wanted that more than the fast food. And look, I still lost 5 lbs this week!

#4: Shopping with someone can be a hassle, or a real treat

Now, let me just say, I do talk about my boyfriend A LOT. Like, a lot a lot in my blogs. We've been together for five months next week (which is surprising, it feels like it was just the 2nd month), we don't live together, but he helps me A TON. These are more my journals for me to flip back through, but if they help others, I'm more than happy to share. My boyfriend is all about saving money whenever we can. I am learning from him about how to know if it is a good deal or not going cost vs. quantity. Also, he helps me decide between two things. We both compare two different foods to see which is better before deciding. He helps me stick with buying store brand rather than buying name brand when they taste exactly the same. I have also gotten him buying better stuff for him to eat too. So, in a way, we help each other, and play around in the store too, making the trip that much better.

So yeah, at the end of the week, I have lost 5 lbs, found more things that I like to eat, and am fitting in exercise wherever I can. I hope you are doing the same and are enjoying your sparkpeople experience! Toodles!

My Goals For This Week:
Lose one pound
Exercise at least ten minutes a day
Go second week without fast food
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    First let me congratulate you on the 5 lb loss! I love this blog, you certainly are thinking about this weight loss journey in a very healthy way. You are right on the money when it comes to looking at food. If I told myself I could never have pasta or chocolate again because they are "bad" foods, I'd never last long. It's all about moderation and portion control. Same with exercise, 10 minutes is awesome and way better than sitting on the couch or recliner eating a bag of chips and a soda for breakfast.

    Your boyfriend sounds like a great guy and a super fit for you and your life. I love how you are helping each other out.

    Oh, I love how you are trying new things every time you hit the store, the Weekly Challenge team has a challenge this week about doing just that...give it a look and let the team know what you've been trying. Keep up the great work, I have no doubt you will reach all your goals!
    2009 days ago
    Congrats on getting parts of your life in order.
    2010 days ago
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