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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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WATERDIAMONDS 1/19/2013 8:02AM

    Yours is a well-thought-out plan and I congratulate you for having worked so hard to know yourself--and for having developed ideas to overcome your obstacles.

Great job!
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LEANMEAN2 1/19/2013 7:20AM

    Good! Thanks for sharing.

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LEANJEAN6 1/19/2013 6:32AM

    Yu are doing well! Great blog!!Lynda emoticon

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AMANDACOETZER 1/19/2013 6:03AM

    Thanks

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JSTETSER 1/19/2013 5:47AM

    Great ideas!
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ONELITTLEPILL 1/19/2013 4:26AM

    Wow- some amazing observations here! I love the positivity and the solution-based angle. I am going to do something like this for myself. Best of luck on reaching all your goals in 2013; I know you will do it!

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SPSPSP1 1/19/2013 12:50AM

    Wish you the best!

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BENTOGYRL 1/19/2013 12:49AM

    I think you will do great

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BANNERMAN 1/19/2013 12:47AM

  Thanks for a great motivating list.

Keep up the positive attitude.

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JERICHO1991 1/18/2013 11:35PM

    I liked the line "I know what they taste like". I need to apply that thinking to battle my cravings. Thanks.

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GINGERVISTA 1/18/2013 11:09PM

    Love your attitude! I like how you look at each 5#, rather than the total number. emoticon

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    emoticon Small Changes Mean Big Rewards emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BELDONDOG1 1/18/2013 11:02PM

    I have started to eat my largest meal, late morning or early morning. Eat like a prince in the morning and a pauper in the evening. So far, I have been losing, slowly, but losing.
You have some great ideas. I really need to work on your #7. Thanks for sharing!

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MANILUS 1/18/2013 10:55PM

    Sounds very doable, stick to it!

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SANDRAJOAN1958 1/18/2013 10:53PM

    Thanks for the tips. I am new to this so I appreciate the ideas. I also prefer healthy foods, especially fruits and veggies. As a teacher, I get paid once a month and the money never seems to stretch, so I end up eating healthy the first two weeks of every month. Your post really motivated me to plan better so I don't keep turning to fast food at the end of the month.
Pinterest has ideas for healthy lunches you can pack to take with you each day. I found some wonderful ideas there.

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LUVTOBOWL 1/18/2013 10:38PM

    Sounds like you have a great plan in place. I know you'll stick with it. emoticon

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REBBYREB99 1/18/2013 10:35PM

    You must be a doctor right? All I know that eating healthy and staying healthy is a lot harder for you because of all the hours you put in. You have awesome goals Gonabfit! It is inspirational to see that you enjoy working out. Way to go and please keep us informed how you are doing with your goals.

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ROCKYCPA 1/18/2013 10:11PM

    Good plan - thanks for sharing!

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TERMITEMOM 1/18/2013 10:03PM

    Super tips, thank you!

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LIVELYGIRL2 1/18/2013 9:56PM

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PORTIAWILLIS 1/18/2013 9:12PM

    Good luck with your progran. Looks like you have it under control

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    Great tips to keep us going!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANGELN325 1/18/2013 8:33PM

    Getting my sleep is important for me too. The other thing I'm working on is drinking more fluids so that I don't confuse thirst with hunger.

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Sounds like the PERFECT plan

Have a Wonderful Weekend !

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ASHPATCH11 1/18/2013 8:27PM

    love it!

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ANNESYLVIA 1/18/2013 8:17PM

    Great advice!

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JUNEAU2010 1/18/2013 8:03PM

    Great plan!

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SPRINGBABY80 1/18/2013 7:31PM

  emoticon doing great keep up the good work

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BESCATS 1/18/2013 7:11PM

    Sounds like you have your "what I need to do" well in hand. Now, just a matter of putting it all to work. It will be difficult at first, but you seem determined to take matters into your own hands, so YOU will do it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYOUS1917 1/18/2013 7:05PM

    Sounds really great...may I recommend Stevia as a sweetner?

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MARYJEANSL 1/18/2013 6:52PM

  It sounds like you have a really good plan. Spark on!

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  Thanks for sharing!!

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    Great Suggestions! Thanks for sharing.

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1935MARY 1/18/2013 5:51PM

    Good for you! Planning is the key. I need to do more of this . I hate going to the store too, not so much the shopping ,but carrying it in and putting it up. I will buy for a couple of days , you spend more money that way. I do pack a snack and lunch when I am working. Keep going , your plan is great and you will do it. Thanks for sharing your tips. I love learning things and the more I read the more I learn. Good Luck. emoticon

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LYNCHD05 1/18/2013 5:41PM

    good ideas.....thanks for sharing.

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AMANDA_NY 1/18/2013 5:04PM

  These are great lessons and tips! Planning is so important (and sleeping, too!) emoticon

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DRTAMM 1/18/2013 4:57PM

    Proud of you sis!!! You always motivate me and now others can see how great you do it too. :) Your fan base at my office is proud of you!!! Woohoo!!

Love you and I always learn from you!!! Learning from your little sister is something to be proud of!

Tamm

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PAULA3420 1/18/2013 4:51PM

    emoticon I KNOW YOU WILL be SUCCESSFUL. It is clear you have a good plan and it is achievable. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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