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Starting Weight:  212
Current Weight: 205
Total Loss: -7 lbs.

So amping up the exercise is paying off. I also haven’t been “watching” what I eat so much as just keeping the portions right and keeping my calories down. This makes for a much happier me. Strict diets are not the way to go anyway. I’m not eating junk food, but I am allowing myself to eat what I want; sort of. I just pay closer attention to how good or bad something is for my body, then I keep the portions and calories in check. It’s a much easier method then trying to do these different diets that never work for the long-term, and they certainly do not make me happy.

Moving around more is key of course, and I have definitely been doing a lot of that. It feels good all around, but it’s also helping with the weight loss as well.

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In my opinion, one of the hardest obstacles to any healthy diet program is outside influences.  They come in all forms;  that snack machine that stares you down each time you enter your office break room, the fast food place that is so conveniently located on your route home from work when you haven’t eaten in hours and you’re starving, or it can simply be the “impulse buy” section at the grocery store that is loaded with nothing but sugar and carbs.  For me, it’s my neighbor.

Bless his heart — he’s a pastor at a local church that runs a food bank — and when they have leftover food he brings it to us – his neighbors.  Some of the food is healthy, but the other half is not.  I am so thankful for this food.  He has saved me so much money in food bills that if I had to count, it would probably knock me out of my chair.  The only downside is the cakes, pies, donuts, and other super delicious, and super-bad-for-me items.    So the key, for me, is to get rid of everything that is not diet-friendly as quickly as possible. 

I have a small network of families who I share this food with, so I email them and they come pick it up.  On the days they can’t pick up right away, this junk food calls my name like a foghorn, “SHAAAAANNNNNOOOONNNNN, I’M IN HEEERREEEEEE…. YOU KNOW YOU WANT ME!”  It takes every last bit of self-restraint not to go dive into each and every one of the awful treats and gorge myself until my eyes pop out, especially when it’s PMS time!  UGH.

I haven’t found a tried and true method of avoiding the “cave”, but I try different things each time.  Sometimes I will picture myself when I was thin, and that will be enough to keep me away.  Other times I will think about how hard it is to walk now with the added weight, and that will be enough to piss me off and make me hate the naughty food.  Then there are those few times, like when I have PMS and a major case of the “fu*k-its”, that I say hell with it and have no will power to control myself.  It’s those times I am trying so hard to work on, and find a button to press that will keep me away.  Those buttons are hard to find when you’re craving sugar and salt and you’re cranky and just don’t care.  “I’ll stay fat, I’ve been fat this long, who gives a crap if I stay fat another day!  I don’t have a boyfriend anyway so who’s going to notice besides me?”  — And it’s that kind of thinking that is why I am still overweight.

Even though I might be the only one who notices when I eat the wrong foods, I am not the only one who notices I am overweight.  Besides, I am the one who counts anyway, and even if I truly was the only one who cared or noticed, that is enough.  If I know, that’s what matters, and aren’t I doing this for myself anyway?  Yes, I am.

Still, it is so hard to hold back at that crucial moment when I’m full-blown PMS, and I’m craving chocolate cake, and my kind-hearted neighbor shows up with a box full of it.  I just have to keep repeating things like “mind over matter” and “nothing tastes as good as thin feels”.

I guess there is no miracle cure, or one way to avoid the cravings and hold back, but I sure wish there was.

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I’ve  been reading all about artificial sweeteners and how terrible they are for you.  One article actually said that artificial sweeteners still cause a spike in your blood sugar, with a crash afterward, and can trigger our bodies to store fat!  And that’s mild in comparison to the laundry list of other side effects, one of which includes cancer!   Sheesh!  So, no more diet sodas and artificial sweeteners for me.  I have found some sweet substitutes for sugar, and yesterday tried one that I really love;  Agave Nectar.

Agave Nectar absorbs very slowly into the blood stream, causing a minimal increase in blood sugar.  It comes from the Agave plant, the same plant used to make tequila (my favorite)!   It has the same consistency as honey, and actually tastes similar with a flavor closer to actual sugar.   The only drawback to Agave nectar is there are 60 calories in a tablespoon, but on the flip side, you only need a small amount to achieve a very sweet taste.  I use it in my coffee and tea,  and could probably find many more uses later on.  I had thought I would need to go to a health food store to find it, but I was very pleased to find it at my local grocery store, and it’s 100% organic. 

The other sweetener I’ve been researching, and have yet to try, is Stevia.  This comes from the Stevia herb, and is supposed to be very sweet in very small amounts.  It is non-caloric so that makes it desirable for those who are watching their weight!  I am going to give this a try next and will let you know what I find.  Like anything, I have found some negative things about Stevia, but so far none that are any worse or even come close to the bad side effects of artificial sweeteners!

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Here is a great article from WebMD that explains why we have such cravings and the best way to combat them:

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/is-pms-sabotaging-your-diet

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  • 2 Cups Chopped Romaine Lettuce
  • 1.5 ozs. Cooked Chicken Breast – Cubed
  • 1 oz. Sliced Portobello Mushrooms
  • 1 Hard Boiled Egg – chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Sunflower Kernels
  • Sprinkle of fresh grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. Lite Raspberry Walnut Dressing

Approx. 350 Calories and SOOO delicious!

This was my lunch today along with a big mug of fresh brewed Chamomile tea.  I already feel better.

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I started a new meal plan today, and after reading a bunch of bad stuff about artificial sweeteners, I am avoiding them like the plague.  Apparently, some of the artificial sweeteners out there can actually trigger your body to store fat.  Considering my love of diet soda, it’s time for that to go.  I’ll be replacing my favorite coffee cream with half and half and agave nectar or stevia. 

I’m also going the natural, cave man route.  It’s the way to go no matter what your diet plan.  Everything I eat will be natural foods that come from what we could hunt, pick, or gather.  No more processed foods, refined sugars and flours, etc.  Just all natural, raw, and whole foods.  This type of diet plan helps maintain a more steady blood-sugar level, avoiding spikes and crashes that cause cravings and depressed moods.  Eating at least every three hours to maintain a safe blood-sugar level, while keeping your metabolism burning, is also key. 

My approach will be no added sugars, no artificial anything (especially sweeteners), and no added salt.  Keep it simple and pure.  Oh, and water, water, and more water!

So far so good today.  I’ve done 15 minutes on my exercise bike with plans to get on it again for at least another 15 minutes.  I will be doing some walking today and a little strength training also.

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Weigh-in is tomorrow, eek!

I do feel like I’ve thinned out a bit;  it’s probably all that water weight subsiding finally. 

I am very frustrated with everything today.  I guess it’s just one of those days.  Maybe I just need to get out of the house and go to the park, but I am having a  hard time getting motivated to do anything but sit and stew.  I should not allow myself to do that, but some days I just can’t help myself.

It is days like today that cardio would be a good healer, it’s just getting the motivation to do so.  Perhaps I will add some rockin’ tunes to my mp3 player and get on my exercise bike and just sweat it all out.  Now, how do I get the motivation to get there?  Hmm…

Update: 4:07 P.M.

So I put on some good old-fashioned rock and roll and started cleaning.  When in doubt, rock and roll, right?  Well, it worked.  I am no longer feeling so frustrated, I got some cleaning done, and now I can plan the rest of my evening and get even more done instead of sitting here festering and trying to figure out how to get out of my funk.

I am actually excited for my weigh-in tomorrow.  I am feeling a lot less bloated and puffy and I sure hope the scale proves me right!

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