I write this, sitting on my side porch, contemplating whether or not to get a run in today. It’s a beautiful day for running and yet I’m still not sure if I want to try.
I’m also pondering that I could be almost 50% done with my weight loss goals. I can’t decide what the finish line will look like, so that makes it hard to determine how ‘done’ I am! One of the reasons making it hard to decide how done i am is that it’s hard to imagine what the finish line will look like, meaning what is healthy for me?
Last week I asked you guys for some feedback regarding this process to help me celebrate 50 pounds. Just as I pushed ‘post’ I thought, “Crap, what of I don’t reach 50 pounds this week?”
Shame is a powerful motivator!
I’m 51 pounds down today and feeling great!
So, here are some answers to your questions:
I think it was a sarcastic question, but I truly have become more mindful of my sleep. I’m anemic so my red blood cells aren’t as plentiful as they should be. If they’re having a hard time getting oxygen to my muscles, I feel tired! I cant imagine running and being sleep deprived. But if I am getting enough sleep, I generally feel pretty good. The bodybugg measures sleep for me. And this past week I did a pretty crappy job in getting to bed on time. So, I’m working on that!
Plateau’s just seem to happen. Either because I get lazy in measuring food portions, or there’s a celebration, or Aunt Flo’s visiting. There always seems to be something in the way. When I feel myself not making traction I get back to the basics of the journey: 90% food, 10% exercise. Controlling what I put into my body is the key.
Here’s a basic outline of what I do for each meal:
Lunch & Dinner
So you may be wondering, “So what does she eat?” Granola is my typical breakfast.
I make it every two weeks in a turkey roasting pan. I freeze half. I change the nuts, fruit, chocolate and flavoring a as I want. This is the first time I’ve put chocolate chips in, but I figured it would go well with the peanut butter flavoring! I’ve drastically lowered the oil and sugar from the original recipe. I’ll post this recipe soon!
And for lunch, I usually have a frozen meal from Lean Cuisine, Weight Watchers, etc.
On here, I pay attention to the calories, carbs, and protein. Carbs are the big deal for me. Once I started controlling them, I could tell how much better I was at losing weight.
This is actually a frozen yogurt snack. But I liked that it had Weight watchers points listed as well as the diet exchange information. A carb serving is 15 grams and each meal has 3 carb servings. So to have this as an afternoon snack, your lunch would need to have 30 or so carbs.
I usually struggle with getting enough protein. So at the recommendation of my nutritionist I’ve added edamame beans when needed. Typically they’re frozen. I nuke them and put a little black pepper and salt on them. Yummo!
Another protein tool is Yoplait’s Greek 100 calorie yogurt. It doesn’t have a ton of fat or carbs and its about $1-1.25 each.
And honestly if I can’t find either of those options I simply hit the vending machine for some beef jerky. We’re not talking Slim Jim’s people. Just plain ol’ protein. Your body doesn’t store protein, so if you’re hungry, look to see how much protein you had in your last meal. If you were low, often a few pieces of beef jerky cure my cravings and hunger. And if you eat too much you simple flush it away. ;D
Another thing I’ve learned is that calories gained from exercise don’t get used for extra food that day. When I first started I think I was using up the calories I’d just ran off to have a Dr Pepper or something. Now, I ignore them.
Here’s today’s myfitnesspal tracker and you can see that I’ve earned 242 calories today in exercise. Ummm, yeah right. Taking advantage of wouldn’t be smart.
As for motivation, I stay motivated through seeing results. Losing weight finally isn’t a mystery. It’s not some secret that ill never know because I don’t know the right people or have bought the right system. Once I saw the nutritionist, the pieces of the puzzle began to fall into place for me.
It. Was. Brilliant.
I think I would have lost weight for a while, but I don’t know that I would have understood how cheating impacts me. For instance, when I celebrate holidays or birthdays it’s not unusual for me to gain 1-3 pounds. I put on weight very easily.. When the famine comes, you’ll want my DNA in the mix. Weight’s easy for me to put on and incredibly hard to take off. Understanding that helps me rationalize that my choices will be seen instantly.
I know, I know. You’re going to scream when I tell you this, but I weigh every morning. I don’t care what “they” say, it works for me.
So since writing the above, I did take that run I was contemplating. Only 2.23 miles but I was really just proving to myself that I wouldn’t die if I did it. I didn’t die so on to be a productive member of society!
Be well and share this with your friends who might be struggling. Everyone can do this – it just takes some knowledge and faith! Best wishes and God Bless!