Big Belly: Big Heart
Monday, May 04, 2009
Yes, I know that this title is a REAL eye opener in more ways than one. I’m guilty of taking the title from a blog I read, but this entry is definitely my own.
As many of you know, I’m constantly struggling with my weight. I’ve blogged about my weight loss goals in the past (and even on my personal blog at blogspot.com) and I’ve started exercising more.
I’ve learned to watch what I eat and I even joined sparkpeople.com which is a lot like Weight Watchers, with a few different changes in each program.
I’ve been great at eating healthy, as I’ve learned to eat grits. I make them with water and usually scramble some egg whites in a frying pan using Pam in place of butter. I’ve learned to eat oatmeal by adding apples, blueberries, strawberries or even a banana.
Every day I aim at eating at least a cup of blueberries, as they are good for the immune system and help improve our memories. I’m BIG on Cranberry juice and drinking a glass of whole milk after every workout.
I even get my workouts by way of wii sports, wii fitness, the treadmill, Fit TV, You Tube, or even exercise videos. I’m one of those people who will set the timer and may be do ten minutes of tennis, 40 minutes of boxing or 25 minutes of strength training. (I even noticed that when I work out, I usually have a higher self esteem and feel great about my self.
Well, as HARD as it is for me to loose weight, I know that running has proven to be successful to. I know that keeping the junk food out of the house has big a deal to me. By that I live with two people and one of them is a junk food king, and the other person practically lives off of fish and rice. The junk food king (for lack of saying this person’s name) is also an emotional eater and can go through a bag of chips in one sitting.
Now I’ve been great at no cookies, cake, candy, cup cakes or donuts for quite some time. I do 200 crunches and sit ups a day and when I don’t eat sweats my weight goes down drastically.
On top of that I can’t stand eating red meat since it’s the way I grew up. Sure, I’ll have a hamburger every now and then but it’s very rare for meat to eat red meat. Usually I have fish, lobster, crabs, shrimp, tuna, rice, veggies, and chicken or stir fry veggies for a meal.
Sometimes I even feel that I have to eat what person A or person B makes for a meal because I don’t want food to go to waste, or to make them feel bad about me not eating there cooking. In addition, there cooking is loaded up on sauces and condiments.
On a personal note, I have to admit that when I stick to the Sparkpeople diet plans here, the weight goes down a lot too. Yet again, I feel that by not eating what they make that I’m cheating them, any suggestions??? I know it’s a crazy blog too.
Oh, speaking about dieting, on Wednesday night of last week I stopped at T.J. Maxx to do some window shopping and try on clothing. I figured that after loosing 5 pounds last week that I was going to try on several dresses as a motivational strategy to see if I fit in fitted clothing too.
Well, 6 out of the 10 dresses I tried on in the junior’s department fit and the ones I tried on in the women’s department were way too long: I was practically tripping over them as I walked in them.
I looked GREAT in them too, yet I REALLY need to work on losing weight in the tummy area, but the fact that I’m making progress on my weight loss goals by not giving in to temptation, unless to you frozen yogurt counts as junk food, proves that anything is possible with the right motivation and will power.