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What I've learned so far... Tips, Lessons 2013

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Hey guys,

I'm taking some time to briefly write down what I've learn so far this year and what I think will help me reach my goals. This may be helpful to you, but it may not. Either way, I am going to try to document my journey so I can have a set of guidelines to follow.

1. I have got to MAKE time to eat healthy. For me, this includes going to the grocery store at least once a week. I don't like grocery shopping and I work so much I generally grab food to go at least 4-5x/week. I choose healthier foods sometimes but still.
-Solution: Pick a day for grocery shopping. Make a list of foods I can eat regularly, memorize the list and get a routine going.
- Once a week sit down and think of a "menu"
- I cook really well, I just am so busy in residency that I may have to Batch cook twice a week and add side items on the in between days


2. If I have healthy foods, I WILL EAT THEM. If given a choice I always eat healthier foods like fruit/veggies. For instance if I am at a breakfast and there are fried things, donuts, bagels, fruits, eggs, etc. I will likely eat the fruit and lighter items. But, if I'm home and nothing is available I will go to the fastfood joint and get something quick.
- when I go grocery shopping, buy healthy foods.
- have them available, so the choice is easier

3. I love working out. This has always been the case. I will try to workout 3 mornings a week so I can get extra energy and feel "accomplished" before the day starts. I workout pretty much every day, sick or not. I take breaks when I need to but try to stay active.
- I am wearing a Fitbit pedometer to push myself on the days I don't want to do an official workout.
- This is a strength of mine. :)


4. I have GOT to get sleep at night. About once a week I have to work a full 24 hour shift. That means I get no sleep. That is non-negotiable. But, on the other nights I can go to bed at a decent time and then I'll feel well rested and can get up and exercise.

5. If I plan my meals ahead of time AND pack a lunch, I will better be able to control my diet. I have a hard time sticking to my meal plans. I do not have an issue with OVEREATING , I very rarely eat more than half of my meal especially if I go out. But I recently learned in November/Dec that I have several hormonal issues that are going to make it more difficult for me to lose weight. Therefore, I can't keep eating how I used to AND I need to be proactive about it.

6. Before I eat, I have to think. I do not want to go through this year working on my goals EVERY DAY and never get there. So while I can return to eating foods that are not entirely healthy as a treat or occasionally, I do need to limit these things now. I used to be addicted to french fries, I am not anymore. But, I do not have to eat french fries EVERY time I get a craving... I know what they taste like. They will taste the same. And, if I am planning my meals and I really want them I can put them in the meal plan for the next day.

7. I need to eat every 3-4 hours. When I did this consistently last time I tried to lose weight, it worked! I felt better. My body gets hungry on schedule anyway so I may as well do what it wants. :)

8. Drink water. I don't enjoy sodas juices etc. I have them occasionally but always opt for the lower/diet version. I usually stick to water. Working on drinking unsweet tea and coffee with less sugar.

I may keep my sugared coffee in the morning and use splenda if I drink another cup later in the day.

:)
OK, that's all I have so far. I am working on losing the next 5 lbs. :) Hope you all are doing well. Have you learned anything new that works for you?
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LBRAUN5 8/12/2013 12:03PM

  A lot of great ideas and good reminders for all of us. Thanks for sharing! Hope you lost that 5 pounds and are moving along well on your journey.

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SUPERSYLPH 7/18/2013 11:47AM

    I get hungry every 3-4 hours also.

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VBA2009 6/12/2013 1:23PM

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ELAINE725 3/7/2013 3:52PM

    Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 2/16/2013 1:33AM

    Great blog thanks for sharing

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DOTTY7267 2/15/2013 9:56AM

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EFFRAYECHILDE 2/4/2013 9:00AM

    emoticon I also have to eat every 3 to 4 hours or else start feeling sick and weak.

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HYATTI1 1/30/2013 5:50PM

    Nice plan....looks like you put a lot of thought into it. I think if you stick to it you will do fine. I wish you luck and good health.

Joanna

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TMCK-40 1/25/2013 4:30PM

  This is great! Awesome keep blogging

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EMILYDOODLE 1/24/2013 8:43PM

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FIRECOM 1/24/2013 3:56PM

    Words to live by and I thank you for sharing.

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1954MARG 1/24/2013 8:33AM

  Thanks.

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MYRNA929 1/23/2013 11:08AM

    Good for you!!!! Keep it up

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NLYR20 1/22/2013 10:21AM

  emoticon Great List.

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KJDINSC 1/22/2013 9:22AM

    You've got a tough schedule, but you've also got a plan! Keep it up and good luck!

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KARENLEIGH32 1/21/2013 3:24PM

    Good tips! I need to follow them as well.

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JEANETTESTING 1/21/2013 12:45PM

    Thank you for sharing your tips. Gives me something to think about!

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MISSYMOOSE71 1/21/2013 9:27AM

    Great tips for everyone! Thanks for sharing!

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WILSONWR 1/21/2013 8:37AM

    Great ideas - thanks for sharing!

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NEWTINK 1/21/2013 12:06AM

    You are a very wise lady ... application is the necessity of this battle .. just follow through and you will get there ... emoticon

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TLGRNT 1/20/2013 5:14PM

  Great blog, very informative.

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LSIG14 1/20/2013 4:25PM

  Great do-able goals. I need to make myself go grocery shopping too. I do love to cook but hate shopping so much that I often eat out because there's nothing in the house to eat! Thanks for sharing!

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REMEMBER2BME 1/20/2013 4:00PM

    Great blog. Thank you.

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FRABBIT 1/20/2013 1:50PM

  Good ideas!

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BSLMKH1954 1/20/2013 12:14PM

    Thank you for the great Ideas. Planning meals would make it easier to eat healthy and lose weight so I need to do that myself. emoticon

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TEACHEROF4TH 1/20/2013 12:07PM

    Awesome! Thank you!

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TPETRIE 1/20/2013 11:50AM

  Thanks for sharing.

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    Love this! Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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REENIE131 1/19/2013 10:32PM

    Great plan!

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JOYFULSONG45 1/19/2013 10:15PM

    It sounds like you have an excellent plan. I know you can do it!

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ANGIELEWIS023 1/19/2013 10:08PM

  Sounds like you have a great plan!

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J2740LOU 1/19/2013 9:34PM

    Great Blog! Great advice! You have really learned a lot and put it into action! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNAPPEAS 1/19/2013 9:04PM

    Great plan.

Coffee and tea without sugar is a goal I'd like to achieve ,too.For a while i used artificial sweetners but i thought to myself that perhaps my body doesn't know how to process these chemicals .So,decided to try to decrease the amount of real sugar .

Thanks for the motivation. emoticon

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THEIS58 1/19/2013 7:57PM

    GREAT POST

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FIRECOM 1/19/2013 7:37PM

    Eating the right foods is not as large a problem as getting in the fitness minutes. I appreciate your comments and I will take them into my program. Thank you.

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MELAFYAIYAI 1/19/2013 3:48PM

    Many people (myself included) set new goals for the year, but I love the way you did it (at least partly) in response to things you have learned in the past year. Need to consider doing that myself ...

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JAI_COVEY 1/19/2013 12:18PM

    Very inspiring! I'm working on my goals as well. Trust me, I have a hard time remembering to pack a lunch and snacks. I definitely know that feeling. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 1/19/2013 11:30AM

    I think your next 5 will be gone in a flash with these goals!! Awesome! Love your background pic too!! This is encouraging - if you can do this during residency, anyone can do it!! :-) Thanks!

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SUSIEMT 1/19/2013 10:48AM

    Good job! Keep it up!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 1/19/2013 10:03AM

    Very insightful! Thanks!!



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