Sunday, March 03, 2013
Feel free to refer to me as "Captain Obvious" after reading this...
Starting on January 1st of this year I decided to track every single part of my journey. From my moods and habits to food and exercise. Even being accountable with noting failures and success. Here are a couple of trends that understandably have been there for most of my adult life and have me going up...then down - and back up!
Its hard to fool other people but fooling yourself is like taking candy from a baby. "This isn't that bad to eat", "I'll go to the gym tomorrow" "The 1st, or Monday, or the 1st falling ON a Monday - is the best time to get back on the saddle." We can be our own worst enemy.
Half -A**ing it
We checked off "went to gym" but in reality we went through the motions like a lazy sloth. Not going to cut it. Go hard or go home...
This one really gets abused and you have to be careful in how and why you incorporate these into your "new way". If I have been sober for 2 weeks why would I celebrate with champagne? Food addiction falls along those lines, I believe. It's different for everyone though and some will say its okay to have a pizza and beer type of meal on the weekend as long as you go right back to food sobriety. But CAN you go right back or does that lead to a binge? For Joe Brown, it has not worked yet trying to mix in unhealthy days with healthy ones. Moderation for ME needs to be simplified down to a meal, rather than a whole day.
In February I planned my meals in advance for 2 weeks - low fat, low sugar, high protein - and lost 10lbs. Then stopped and started winging it and gained the 10lbs right back. Enough said.
Throwing In The Towel
How many times have you been excited about a healthy eating week and then on Tuesday you slip and have the office pizza at lunch? What happens then? If you are like me you say "Oh well, I blew it. Have to start next Monday and do it right..." WRONG. That's how we take 6 months to lose 5lbs. Have to get back on the horse instantly every time you fall off.
Let me give you a sample day of eating:
Meal 1 - Oatmeal, Banana, 2 Eggs
Meal 2 - Handful of Almonds
Meal 3 - Can of Tuna, Carrots
Meal 4 - 8oz Greek Yogurt, Apple
Meal 5 - Brown Rice, Chicken Breast, Broccoli
Meal 6- 0.5 Cup Lowfat Cottage Cheese, Strawberries
1500 calories with 139 grams of protein! Are you kidding me?? That's a lot of food for the tummy and I know from doing this that you are full and have no hunger pains before bed because of all the protein. Oh, and by the way, do a variance of this meal for 2 weeks and you will lose 10lbs