Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Sorry this is so long; it's been 3 months and I really needed to get thoughts out of my head.
In April our financial situation worsened to a point that the internet was turned off for a month. Without my support system here and the internet to listen to my radio show as I work out I got completely off track.
Then no one noticed the 25lbs I lost and it made me feel completely defeated. I was really dieting for health reasons more than appearance and knew it was dumb to be bothered but I was trying so hard and the lack of recognition got into my head more than I expected and I gave up exercise completely plus relaxed heavily on my diet. The only thing I kept up is my water, which I'm grateful for. Small victory. It's been over a year since I slacked off with the water.
Since then I've felt as if I fell off the wagon and I've been chasing it trying to get back on. A nagging feeling in the back of my mind to get back on track. I don't know how much I've gained because I'm afraid to look but I must have gained a little back. Pants are still loose though so that's good.
Now that things are a little better and my depression is on an up turn I'm ready to get back into this full time. This time my approach is to pinpoint my problems and work on those, rather than thinking the same thing /should/ work for everyone.
While I still don't believe in pills or extreme diet plans I'm coming to realize that everyone has different health needs, and maybe my problem is that I'm not meeting my needs.
I was getting fitter but stopped losing weight after a month or two, and even gained some back as I always do. I know for certain from past doctor visits I have thyroid issues, so I'm thinking I need to work on a specialized thyroid diet. Without insurance I can't rely on dieticians or medication but I'm hoping a holistic approach will help. Anything has to be better than doing nothing, right?
This month my plan is:
Cut out processed food as much as possible.
Stop eating processed bread unless it's an extremely special occasion, and only eat bread I bake sparingly.
Cut back on other carbs such as brown rice or pasta, but I'll just eat controlled portions of those.
My reasoning for cutting the carbs is not specifically to be on a low carb diet, but because I eat way, way too much bread and any processed bread is a bad idea anyway. it's easier for me to go all or nothing rather than just having a little. At a restaurant or a party I could control myself, but if I eat it at home I'll eventually sneak more and more.
After I can tackle that I want to cut out most of my sugar intake except for raw honey. I did this before, but went back to a regime of one soda per day after a month or so of that dreaded wagon fall. Just glad it isn't a 6 pack a day as It used to be.
My biggest issue is living with people who absolutely do not want to diet. They want to live on tv dinners, instant potatoes, and hamburger helper, or deli sandwiches. I try to get them to eat other things but I rarely have luck. They do like vegetables and such... as long as its paired with processed ick.
It'll probably have to start cooking two dinners and have an iron will, plus learn how to make it work on a budget without farmers markets and stuff in the area, it isn't economical for us to buy twice as much food, my healthy food and their... not so healthy food. I'm pretty positive I can make it work though. It'll be a long process and I just have to remember not to get discouraged by issues I can't control.
As for exercise I'm not sure what to do. It's been 3 months so I may have to start over.. again. I have resistance bands which I was fairly unschooled on how to use before so I can try those.
My exercise ideas for this month are hula hooping, walking/ running if I can, and strength training videos. My emphasis is on the strength training more so than the cardio right now. I read a few articles that said people who focused more on strength training actually lost more than those who focused on cardio. So I plan to do about 30 minutes of cardio such as walking and At least 30 minutes of strength, with the hula hooping as my extra fun thing, Cardio Monday - Friday and Strength Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Before I gave up my exercise time had crept up to an hour or more of cardio 5 days a week and 40 minutes of strength 3 days a week. I think I did better with my weight when I actually did less. Could have been getting burned out a little too. Oops. That was my major goal last time, not to get to get overwhelmed and burn out.
Phew that was a mouth full. That's everything.. I think. If you stuck though this thank you so much. lol
If anyone has any suggestions or comments I'd love to hear them. Health/exercise feels a little like stumbling through the dark with a tiny flashlight at this point so any help is appreciated.
Lets make July awesome!