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Inspired to Change


Saturday, February 09, 2013

I just watched "How to Be Slim" on youtube. It was interesting and informative. I've always been interested in the actual science of weight loss. I guess it gave more reasons as to why I should concentrate on changing my diet and focus even less on appearance. I am already inspired to try healthy recipes. I am pleased with myself because I stayed within calorie range for today, and had 14 cups of water.
I took a break from the gym today, but I took a walk. I'm just feeling more optimistic about this as a whole.
I think about how much weight I actually have left to lose, and it's not unrealistic to think that I could reach my goal weight within this year. If I work really hard, I really can, and that makes me all the more excited to get there. I'm a little nervous about the transition I'll eventually have to make between weight loss and maintenance, but I'll worry about it more when I get there.

Even though I stayed within my calorie range today, a lot of it was processed crap. The only thing I had that had any real nutritional value was the oatmeal and peanut butter I had this morning, and the dried cherries I had for a snack. The rest was a box of pasta roni, and an entire package of idahoan packaged mashed potatoes-both of which I had the entire container to myself. I also had 6 caramel cubes. It's amazing because listing it, it's not a lot of food, but it was really high in calories. In total, I only had about 7 cups of food for the entire day, but it was really calorie-laden, and I did find myself hungry, but I ended up fighting off the hunger, and drinking water instead which kind of helped, but even right now, I could totally eat some of those chips sitting on the counter, or some more caramel candies. I just REALLY. DON'T. WANT. TO. OVEREAT.

My goal for tomorrow is to eat a healthy egg and veggie scramble with a little bit of cheese. I do want to be healthy. I think the hardest part is getting back to eating healthy foods. It's difficult to break away from the addictive junk food, and the fact that it's really much more convenient to boil some water, milk and butter, and toss in a packet rather than cutting, mixing, chopping, and cooking. I guess I'm guilty of being a little lazy in the kitchen.
I did well today, but tomorrow will be better. I have literally 64 pounds to lose until I reach my goal. I can do this.
Yesterday, I exercised on the stationary bike for 30 minutes, but I did 30 second increments of really hard pedaling at max resistance-totaling to 10 minutes out of the 30. It hurt like hell when I got the last 10 seconds of each rep, but I reminded myself that losing weight required getting out of my comfort zone, and I was going to feel really good after I finished-and I did! After, I did 30 minutes on this strider/elliptical thing. It was pretty awesome, and I ended up burning about 900 calories between the two machines. I ended up lifting some weights too.
I think another thing that's making me feel more optimistic is the fact that I know I have an appointment with a counselor, and when I was seeing one before, I was quite successful. That, and the weather has been beautiful.

Another important thing I need to do is just keep taking this one day at a time. I know I'm optimistic about it now, but I know that there have been days when I just don't "feel it", and I know that there will be more days like that to come in spite of the fact that I have so little left to lose. I want to finally be able to say that I've finished something I've started. I haven't been able to say that about many things. I've got this.
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ASHPATCH11 2/11/2013 10:17AM

    just keep pushing you are doing the right thing and counting calories is key! I found it helped when i fosuced 4-6 veggies a day and 2 fruits i added them to my calorier counter adn anything i eat was in addtion to. veggies are easy to sneak in omletes in the monring! swimming is great! you are doing it!!
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RUNNERRACHEL 2/9/2013 12:38PM

    You did well and you're planning to do even better. You stayed in your range and now you can focus on adding more nutrients to your diet. That video on YouTube sounds interesting. I struggle with being lazy when it comes to cooking. I wish I had a personal chef who could whip up healthy meals for me sometimes! But if I prepare by buying the ingredients I like and want to cook and once I start making something I will enjoy myself while adding the ingredients. Recently, I got a really simple salad idea from my brother. Romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes and onions. I mix in olive oil and pomegranate white wine vinegar. It's simple but I love it and it adds greens to a meal. I also find frozen veggies are really easy to prepare. Crock pot recipes can be easy, too. Not too many ingredients and not a lot of labor to make. Just throw in ingredients early in the day and it is ready later in the day, close to dinner time.

You are really on the right track. You have the right attitude. You are taking steps in the right direction, reflecting, taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Keep up the good work! I know you can reach your goal.

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PINKEUROGIRL 2/9/2013 2:34AM

    Keep planning and tracking and you will get there!

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WEARINGTHIN 2/9/2013 1:51AM

    Keep swimmin'. Planning your day's food out ahead of time might be very helpful. You mentioned what you're having for breakfast, but knowing what you'll eat for the rest of the day, and having the foods readily available could lead to better success. I don't know. We all have our own styles. I think if we just keep pluggin', we'll learn what works best for us. Best wishes to you, Glenn

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SPSPSP1 2/9/2013 1:38AM

    Looks like you're on the right track! Regarding food, I suggest doing taste tests to find healthy foods that you actually like and are easy to make like different brands of whole wheat or spelt pasta instead of regular pasta, whole grain cereals and bread that are high in fiber, etc. I promise that there really are delicious, nutritious, AND easy to prepare (or ready made) foods out there. Just be willing to explore. I wish you the best!

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