QUESTIONS ? & Things I have learned along the way.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Just a quick note tonight. I don't drink alcohol very often, but I do like to drink 4 or 5 Twisted Teas when watching my Boston Bruins playoffs. I am sad to announce that I am giving this up.
At most, maybe I will have 1 but that's it. 200 calories a pop !!! They are loaded with sugar. I really do enjoy them and will miss my game night beverages :(
Way too many calories. 800 calories if I drink 4 of them !! They are really blowing my calorie counts for the day so I will be stopping that ritual on game night.
I planned on making 2 trips to the gym today but only made one of them during the morning. I was planning on going a second time, when my girlfriend got back from taking her dad to the hospital for a pre-surgery appointment. The Boston traffic was really bad and by the time she got home at 6pm, it was time to make dinner and watch the game. I burned 500 calories this morning but that won't even cover the 4 Twisted Teas I had. I will make that double trip tomorrow for sure.
OK, so now that i'm typing away, this is not just a quick note anymore lol
I seem to be a little weak in my eating lately. I had a great first month weigh in ( -22 lbs. )
But this month at times, I have been eating more at night. I watched Dr. Oz today and he had a guest on that was talking about diet & food/exercise. They were saying that people who get a lot of protein & fiber in the morning tend to eat less & have less cravings at night. Every morning I get plenty of protein but my diet is real low in fiber. I have some great oatmeal type hot cereal that I am going to start eating in the morning. This will be a little test to see if what they said was true. I will post a blog after about a week and let you all know how it went.
My normal breakfast has been a protein powder shake with almond milk (yummy) &
1 egg on an English muffin with either cheese/ketchup or a veggie sausage patty. I guess I will be replacing the egg muffin with some oatmeal w/ blueberries or a banana.
So this has, and will be a learning experience for me ( & all of us ) Learning new ways to eat, times to eat and what to eat. I will get this down to a science. It should not take me too long to get this all down. I assume we are all different and have different needs. Here are some of the things I have learned so for in the last 7 weeks :
1. I was blown away by the thought of drinking all that water when I started !! Now I easily drink 8 cups a day and on days when I make 2 trips to the gym, it's more like 12/13 a day.
2. I have much better eating/calorie days when I eat the 3 basic meals with a small 100-150 calorie snack in between, and after dinner. I think that has to do with keeping blood sugar from falling with a steady stream of food. I am usually eating something every 2-2 1/2 hours. something like this - 8am - breakfast, 11am -snack , 1pm - lunch , 3pm - snack , 6pm dinner & a snack around 8 or 9pm It seems like a lot of food. A lot of these snack are low-cal : light cheese stick 60 cal , rice cake 50 cal , Greek yogurt 100 cal ect.... I also tend to eat less at my main meal time when I eat like this.
3. I have been getting rid of my sugar habit. I never realized it, but the sugar crash is REAL !! I was having a sugary snack at night for a desert and realized that an hour later, I was craving more sugary food, and craving it BAD!! I have even stopped drinking coffee in the morning because I like mine with extra cream & extra,extra,extra sugar. I figured my morning coffee to be around 200 calories !!! Way to much for a drink
4. Working out CAN make me feel good (even though sometimes sore) One thing I have noticed for me is - If I workout at the "fat burning range" heart rate around 117 for my age, I do not feel as good after the workout as I do when I workout in the "cardio workout" range of 135. BONUS *** I burn calories faster and feel better/energized after. I wonder if anybody else has noticed this ?????????
5. There are a lot of good tasting healthy options that always sounded to healthy to be good. Some of my favorites are - Morningstar farms veggie nuggets(fake chicken) and their veggie sausage patty , Lean Cuisine Pizza's , Merideth Farms Char-Grilled veggie burgers , almond milk , Miracle Whip Light , and my favorite dinner is a 3 ingredient Salmon recipe I created ( salmon, low sodium soy sauce & mustard powder mmmm this salmon is awesome !!
6. Getting to the gym & working out for the first 10-15 minutes is the hardest part of working out. I know that once I drag myself there and have been working out for 10-15 minutes the " I really don't want to do this" feeling goes away and I am always glad & proud of myself for going. Sometimes when I don't feel like going, I just tell myself that I will just go & do 15 minutes on the bike/treadmill. I have NEVER once left after those 15 minutes. That 15 turns into 40,50,60 minutes and more.
7. I have to be the strong one in my relationship. I workout with my girlfriend Brittney who I love very much. I realized after a couple of weeks going to the gym, that if I said " I don't feel like going to the gym today " she would quickly agree with no resistance. Some days I really needed her to give my a kick in the butt and tell me " let's go " I now know that that won't happen. I have taken it upon myself to be the strong one. No matter how bad I may want to skip a workout, I don't say anything but " I'm ready, let's go" She never asks to skip the gym, but will easily agree not to go. I am OK with this situation, it's not a big deal at all.
8. Sometimes, I really hate to read other peoples blogs. I like to read them and offer support to those who ask/need it. I hope this does not make me a bad Sparker, but sometimes I notice the same people, over & over & over again. It starts to get me a little down to see these same people struggling with the same thing 5 times a week for weeks in a row. I know in my head/heart that these are the people who need our help the most. I just start to wonder about their commitment to getting healthy and start to feel like I have given all the advice/support that I can. I feel bad/sad for these people. Does anybody else ever feel this way and are willing to admit it ????? Please tell me I am not the only one and that I am not a terrible Spark person.
That's all I have for now. Sorry if I babbled on too much.
PLEASE respond to anything I have posted here. I think we should all make a blog list like this. It would be very interesting & helpful to see what others have learned in their journey to health.
I hope you are all well & making healthy choices