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Under Construction

Thursday, February 21, 2013

So lately I've been browsing along on the back-roads of the internet, searching for tips to stay on track in this journey to leading a healthier life. I had a lot of progress the first few months that I decided to make changes-- but now I'm stagnating. Maybe it's that plateau that we always hear about? I think I must be on a big one. Like the size of Texas, or something.

My weight has been bouncing around, from 122lbs to 127lbs. But I actually haven't made any great progress in my weight loss since November...
And that is unacceptable!

I'm in the process of making some changes in my plan. Not the way I usually go about it, which is throwing in like 50 new things at once and not sticking with any of them out of overwhelming frustration. No. This time it's going to be like an experiment. One variable at a time.

These are the areas that are "under construction" right now:

1. Strength Training -- new plan in the works, lots of research going on here that will hopefully align me with my numero uno goal of dropping body fat %

2. Appetite Control & Nutrition plan -- I have been like, insanely hungry lately, beyond reason! To the point where I know it's not physical hunger, but coming from other sources (i.e. anxiety), so now I'm looking at ways to help control this hunger beast.

As I decide on new methods that I want to incorporate in "the plan," I'm going to add them in one at a time so I can truly gauge the effectiveness. Also, I'm going to try the new thing (whatever it may be) for at least a week before adding in another new thing. Give myself a chance to incorporate it into the routine, let it sink in and become more of a habit.

Like right now, for example, I've decided I'm not going to eat anything past 7:00pm. I know that to the body, a calorie is a calorie no matter what time of day you ingest it. That's not the reason I'm doing this. It's more for appetite control. Usually I munch and munch all the live-long day, from morning to night, which causes me to really rack up the calories. So that's one reason. Then there's the fact that it makes me plan my dinner more (preparing something nutritious and filling is key) so that hunger doesn't strike again before bed-time. Also, there's the benefit of the digestion process already being well underway by the time I do go to bed. So far I'm on day 3 of implementing this, and I have to say it's going pretty well. I still was over my calorie range on the first day, but yesterday was right on target. I'll check back in on this next week and see where I'm at.

Overall, I just have to keep reminding myself that this is it. I'm in it for the long-haul. There is no quick fix. These habits that I'm forming now will either make my goals, or break them!

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  • MEMEQ2
    Sounds like a good plan to me. emoticon
    1822 days ago
    Thanks for the support chickies! Imelda, I've been so inspired by your blogging about intermittent fasting and keeping a nightly fast of at least 12 hours, that I decided to try it out too! The funny thing is, I thought I would wake up in the morning totally RAVENOUS, but guess what? I'm not! The body is pretty amazing really in the way it regulates itself. I think there are so many innate controls and factors that are built into us (hormonal feedback systems, etc.), and over time we have just crowded them out and confused them with the "modern lifestyle!" That's my next part of the plan... cutting out processed sugar for 30 days and limiting my fruit intake as well. I realized that I'm sometimes eating like, 8 servings of fruit a day, and even though it's natural sugar, it's still way too many carbs from sugar for my weight loss/body fat reduction goals.

    And the best part about it all, I have this new excitement and energy... I can't wait to see where things go from here! emoticon
    1822 days ago
    Awesome blog. I had a couple thoughts. Firstly, I absolutely believe ST will help you kick the scale and see some results. Secondly, with all that cardio you do girl, it's no wonder you are hungry! This is often a problem for me. I work out and work out, then try to have a salad for dinner. After several days my body yells FEED ME! So make sure you are filling up with some solid proteins and fats, I like the no eating after 7pm. And finally, I LOVE browsing the internet for motivational pictures, quotes, recipes, tips, etc. I'm actually do it right now! emoticon
    1822 days ago
  • IRP1114
    That is a great way to look at this. Keep adding healthy habits that stick! Awesome. And I really like what you picked first! Keeping a nightly fast of 12 hours by making sure I eat my dinner early and not eating later has worked very well for me! You sleep better too and you start to notice how much more filling food is when you actually let your stomach be empty.
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    1822 days ago
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