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Some new strategies

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I feel that summers are always the worst for me to try and lose weight. Why? Because I have wayyy too much free time, and I fill it up with snacking all day when I'm bored.

So while part of me wishes it was still summer and I could still lay around doing nothing all day (ok, most of me emoticon) the other part of me is glad that school has started. Because I have a set time that I can get up every morning, a set time for me to go to bed, a set time for breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, and dessert. What's also nice about school, is it helps me make sure to keep my water intake at a sufficient level.

I carry around a water bottle that holds about 3 cups in it. My goal is to finish an entire water bottle before lunch, fill it up at lunch, and then finish another one before school is out for the day. Then when I get home I switch to another water bottle which I need to drink an entire one of before I can even think about having an adult beverage. It really works!

So, the title of this blog is 'new strategies', because there are some changes to my life I want to implement now that I have a more concrete schedule every day.

1) Eat all meals at the table. No TV is allowed, and the only computer use allowed is for some music playing. The only exception I will make to this is if I want to sit out on my porch on a nice fall day (which I hope those will be coming soon!)

Here is my current set up. For dinner I even light a candle for myself (not really for breakfast or lunch). I get to look right out my window and watch the birds. It really helps me focus on what I'm eating and if I really want those last few bites or not (usually I get distracted by the TV and eat everything whether I need it or not).

2) When at the table, hand write in a journal what I'm eating, before I eat it. Mark down a hunger level before you eat (1-10) and a hunger level after finishing the meal. Write down any reactions to the meal.

3) Plan out meals beforehand, as much as possible. I would like to try to even put them in my tracker the day before, and possibly even get up to planning out the whole week in advance. Right now I'm only up to being about 1 or 2 meals ahead, but the more I do this, the more I'll get the hang of it. This will allow me to be accountable for what I'm putting in, and allow for me to plan for less or more calories per meal, as needed.

4) Upping my daily calorie intake. I was going at 1200-1450 ish each day. However, after evaluating my current half marathon training plan (I am exercising at a hard effort for at least 30-45 minutes a day, plus 15-20 minutes of strength training 3x week, and my long runs 1x week getting up to 2+ hours of running) I am increasing it to 1400-1600. I fear I haven't been fueling up enough to sufficiently train for this race. Hopefully this will help.

I am really hoping these things will help. I've done the sitting down at the table thing before, and when I've done it I've always lost weight, but then I just get lazy and sit in front of the TV again. So I really want to stick with it this time.

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