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Getting all of the Pieces working

I have been struggling with trying to lose weight for several years.  Activity has never been hard for me, I enjoy athletics and sports and getting outside and doing things.  For me it was always getting the nutrition part in sync with the activity and making it work in a way that I could live with the rest of my life.    For me it feels like I am finally getting all the pieces in place where they need to be.

First, let me talk about the activity a little bit.   As I have said before I like training for things, so that helps keep me motivated.   Besides having that race goal I have found a few small changes that I am making to my routine.

  • First off I am trying to get more overall steps in every day reaching for at least 10,000 steps.   Why this surprised me I do not know, but with working from home in a job in IT, most days I didn’t get more than 2000-3000 steps in unless I went for a run.  There were days when I didn’t leave the house and didn’t even get 2000 steps in!   WOAH!   Making that small change has helped me feel better overall.
  • Second, I am getting at least one good weight session in with a personal Trainer every week.    I think adding weights to my routine is a very good thing, and I would like to try and get this bumped up to 2 times per week at least.  I am still working on that.  Training takes a lot of time, so I need to figure out how to work another session of weights in to my busy schedule.

Now for the nutrition part of things.    I have tried a lot of different diets, and methods, and had yet to find one that seemed to work well for me.    I tried Weight Watchers and lost weight for a while, looking back I see that it taught me bad habits.  On the points system I could eat what I wanted as long as I stayed under a certain number of points, but it wasn’t necessarily nutritious.   I had some success with the Mayo Clinic Diet for a while as well.  With that one I was always hungry because the calories were too restricted for me, and I wasn’t getting enough dairy/protein.    I also tried counting macros for a while trying to balance the carbs/proteins/fats at certain percentages of my daily calorie intake.   All of these are fine plans and they will work for some people, but they were not for me.   They were not maintainable for me in the long run.

What I am doing currently, and seems to be working for me so far is as follows.

  • First, I am eating 4-6 smaller meals per day instead of 2-3 big ones.   I eat every 2-3 hours throughout the day to keep my metabolism going.
  • Second… I am eating a bigger breakfast and smaller dinner.   More carbs at breakfast, and less at dinner.   I am getting at least 1200 calories in before I even get to dinner time.
  • Third, I have been taking a visual approach to what is on my plate at each meal.   I am using the visual of the  My Plate picture (http://www.choosemyplate.gov/) .  For my major meals, I try and make my plate look as close to this picture as I can. Half my plate is fruit and veggies, one fourth protein, one fourth grains, and a dairy item.   Having this picture in my head at each meal is helping me eat more well balanced.  For my snacks, I try and get a protein and a fruit or vegetable in.

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So far I haven’t had to remove anything from my diet.  I still have a glass of wine, or a piece of cake, or slice of pizza..but not as often.    Greasy foods don’t really appeal to me as much as they used to.    I will continue to make this a habit for me so I will continue to be successful, and have a healthy lifestyle for years to come.

It has been working for me, I have lost 8 lbs (FINALLY) after several years of up and down.  And I will continue to lose as long as I keep going and keep my positive attitude.  I feel like I have finally found something that works for me and all of the pieces are in place for me to be successful.

My new mantra is “I am TOTALLY doing this!”

The Do Nothing Day

It has been a month since I have written a blog post!   People think that once summer is over the hectic evenings and weekends slow down.   Not in my life!  I am not sure when the last slow down I had was.  I am very overscheduled!

 

I knew my summer was going to be busy, so this past spring I decided to implement a “Do nothing day” on my calendar once a month starting in June.  That was  the best idea I had for the summer!   One weekend day each month I blocked off my calendar as a “do nothing” day.   I could not schedule anything that day.    I never actually did “nothing” on those days, but they were days reserved for me to relax and do what I wanted to do.   Sometimes it was work on stuff around the house, sometimes it was sitting back and reading a book all day, sometimes it was going for a long bike ride.  When summer was over, I liked those days so much, I decided I needed to keep them on the calendar!

 

If you have a lot of stuff going on, and you always seem to be busy, I highly recommend the “Do Nothing Day” to keep yourself sane!

Welcome to my blog!

Hello and welcome to my new blog!!

I was reluctant to start a blog because at first I really didn’t know what I would write about.   After thinking about it for a long time, I realised I have a lot of things to share.  I had started blogging about my cycling training and exercise through another website and realized that in addition I can share things such as recipies, scrapbooking tips, and many more things as well!

Stay tuned for more intersting posts!