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Need for snacks

Saturday, May 25, 2013

I think this expereince can help others.
The year I turned 40 I gained a lot of weight while still running 5-60km per week and I had not changed my eating habits. My blood pressure also went up and for the first time in my life (my blood pressure has always been on the lower side) I had several readings above 140/80mmHg. I think it was changing hormone levels, which made my body need less food.
I reduced my food to 1600kcal per day but still on 3 meals a day and increased my exercise (mainly running). but for several months I did not loose any weight, i did however maintain and my blood pressure got back into the normal range.
Then I started reading up - that is also when I came across SP and joined - and realized I need to do several things:
1. take my snacks seriously and bring them from home to ensure they are healthy choices. By spreading out your claories to 5-6 meals a day and taking a snack every 2-3 hours, I felt less hungry, had less cravings. Also snacks are the best time to get in those fruits. At work they laugh at me because of the apples & bananas I bring almost daily, but I have seen some taking up the habit.....
2. change up my exercise. I went from mainly running, to do 2-3 runs a week, go to the gym twice a week doing a combo of cardio & ST and then went swimming whenever I got a chance.

This worked very well and suddenly the pounds came off I lost 10kg that time. Meanwhile I have regained most of that, due to sickness, injury and further hormonal changes. I also lost focus for a while.
Now that I am focussing again I have lost 2kg. and know I will loose more.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DDOORN 5/27/2013 8:52AM

    Kudos to mixing up your workouts and bringing your freggies to work! I'm always carting my main snack staples to work: apples, broccoli, baby carrots, bell peppers and tomatoes... :-)


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STEPHLOKI 5/27/2013 1:54AM

    thanks for all your comments. Let's keep snacking! emoticon m emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COOP9002 5/25/2013 12:16PM

    Sounds like a good idea. Let us know how it goes for you on your wellness journey.

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NATPLUMMER 5/25/2013 10:48AM


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LOVINGAFRICA 5/25/2013 7:43AM

    I know that you will too. You have proven so many times that when you put your head down and focus, you are capable of reaching your goals.
So GO STEPH. Just do it.

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KITT52 5/25/2013 6:44AM

    eating what I call mini meals 6-7 times a day is what helped me loose 210 pounds...I still eat that way and my DH tells people I am always eating, and have manged to loose weight start eating and loose weight...of course you have to watch calories. I also plan my meals....I have kept the weight off for almost years now and still going

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OWL_20 5/25/2013 5:54AM

    I like your idea of eating the small meals thru the day to break things up and the snack ideas, too. Your good habits are rubbing off on your co-workers emoticon !

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INCREDIBLYME 5/25/2013 5:30AM

    I have had similar experiences- hormones- can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em, but they sure keep life interesting. My work lunches / snacks are the easiest time for me to get those fruits and veggies in too (I keep a placemat in my drawer and line up my banana, apple, berries and nuts on my desk) - as well, I fill my 24 oz water bottle before my shift and on each break. add in my planned meals and life is good

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