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Diet or Lifestyle

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Diet or lifestyle? That is the question. A couple of weeks ago I attended some training, and one of the guys in the class was a Keto diet success story. He wasn’t a pusher of the diet, thank goodness, but when asked about how he lost the weight he promptly pulled out before and after pictures and talked highly about the diet. I’ve never subscribed to the popular diet plans, mostly because of the issue where you do see results for a while, but then once you stop eating that way you gain back the weight plus more. I did do some research on the diet and found out that it actually had been introduced back in the 1920s, way before the Atkins diet came out. I guess now it’s coming back, like old fashion styles do.

During my research I found many people who this diet into a lifestyle change. Sighs… I just don’t understand how it’s sustainable, but I can’t say much because I haven’t tried it. Wanting to get back into cycling, and having “bonked” before- this is what happens when you deplete energy that comes from carbs and get dizzy and damn near pass out- I don’t think this is the right fit for me due to the lack of carbs in the diet. What I do know is that whatever I’ve been trying to do all these years, all on my own, reading books and researching how to lose weight, isn’t working for me. So what have I decided to do about it? Diet or lifestyle? I’ve decided to hire a dietitian/trainer to help me on my change in lifestyle journey.

His name is Roger Adams, and in future posts I will refer to him as simply Roger, mostly due to the fact that I can never spell dietitian correctly. He not only does nutrition training he also does physical training as well, so I’m really happy about that. There’s so much more about him on his website eatrightfitness

We had our initial 15 minute consultation, which I felt went great, and our first meeting is this Tuesday afternoon. I’m so excited to meet him and see where we go from here. I’ve already filled out a questionnaire that asked some challenging questions such as list three short term goals along with dates that you want to accomplish. Next week I’ll be sharing with you how it goes and explain what the next chapter in my life will look like. I’ve already told my friends and work peeps and they are anxious to see what progress I can make. A lot of things in my life will change, and I’m going to face many challenges. For instance right now. It’s Mother’s Day and my mom- in-law wants fried chicken, so I’m searching the internet to see if there’s some healthy options out there.  This means I’ll be inconveniencing those around me to eat the healthy things I need to eat.

Regardless of what’s to come, I’m ready for this and anxious to get started. For all the mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day. You are shaping what the future will look like through your kids. Hold them close and love them.

Check in next week to see how my meeting with Roger went.

Until then, Eat Well and Prosper!

 

Goals of the Week

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This week is going to present some interesting challenges for me. I’ll be attending some technical training this week at a training facility. I typically take my plastic re-usable Starbucks cup filled with my homemade decaf coffee, but at a training center I won’t have a way to clean it out and store it. I’m also not sure how eating lunch is going to work, so the first day I won’t bring lunch and venture out for lunch near by. I noticed there’s a Jason’s Deli in the area and I’ve scoped out some things I can eat that keeps me in my calorie range. After that I’ll figure out the rest of the week’s food. I also won’t be able to go walking and in order to keep up with working out I’ll have to get up earlier because my travel time to get there is adding 30 minutes to my normal one hour one way.

Goal 1- Keep Drinking Decaf Coffee- I may have to test my lack of an addiction to caffeine this week and just drink bottled water since I won’t be able to take my plastic coffee cup with me. This will be an interesting one. Normally the only coffee provided at these training centers is caffeinated. Maybe I should bring my own decaf hot tea.

Goal 2– Resist eating sugar- In my past experience with training centers they usually provide snacks that include donuts and other sugary treats. I’m going to have to try to resist eating them. I’l probably come up with some portable snack ideas that I can slip into my laptop bag. I haven’t figured out what these will be yet but I’ll come up with a plan

Goal 3- Keep working out at least 4 times a day- I’m getting pretty good at this. Last week I finally saw the first positive effects of this when I weighed in and lost 1.8 pounds this past week. Score!

Goal 4– Eat a veggie snack a day- My goodness…what to do with this one? I’m keeping it on here because I need to find a solution. I think I’ll do some research on finding a vegetable juice that I can keep down. It’s just so gross.  I’m sure there are others out there in my situation so perhaps consulting the all knowing Google will provide some answers.

Check in next week to see how I did!