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Diet on Vacation

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Dieting on vacation? Say whaatt? That question came up in my mind so many times while we were on vacation. I had only been on the new meal and training plan for a week before our week long vacation. For me and my husband, vacation means unlimited opportunities to eat tasty food that’s bad for us. I think we only once attempted to eat healthy and exercise while on vacation so I knew this would be hard.

I kept telling myself that even thought it’s healthy food that doesn’t mean it has to taste bad. We can make it taste good I’m sure. We did a good job I think. We had a lean steak one night and some scallops another night so we tried to mix it up with foods we don’t normally eat. On the physical side we went walking each day for thirty minutes. There are HUGE hills out at our little house in the country where we stayed for the week so each time we came back inside sweaty and exhausted. YAY on the physical part of the plan!

I do have to be honest. One night, I think it was Thursday night, I didn’t want to cook food. I’m on vacation right?? I need a break. So we went down the road and got Subway sandwiches. It could have been worse. I could have told my husband, Hey let’s go get Mexican, and we would be trucking on down the road to get my fix of melty cheese. I had the Teriyaki Chicken sandwich with the sweet onion dressing. Not too bad. I felt guilty because carbs are not on the diet for dinner. No one tell Roger please. OK, so I also had a beer. I can’t beat myself up too bad. On a week long vacation that was my one slip up so I’ll take this as a win.

My follow up with Roger went well. I spoke to him the first of the week. The plan going forward is to merge my strength training and cardio into one morning session. I get home late many times and tasks and chores vary, so trying to get in cardio at night just isn’t working. He recommended eating half a banana before working out and eating my carbs right after which is a piece of toast. The banana will give me what I need for the strength training and then while I’m doing the cardio this will burn fat. I’m excited to see how this works out. It’s a lot to get through before I even get to my pressure cooker of a job each morning. It will be challenging but I want to make it happen.

So far I’ve been doing this for I guess four weeks now? I don’t know if I’ve lost weight really. I hadn’t weighed myself until Thursday. I have a base line now to start with. I do know that I feel healthier, some of my clothes fit better, and I have more energy. The best part is that I feel very positive about the future. I have a plan to get healthy and to get back on my bike. Roger is such a blessing. He is super supportive and I no longer feel like I have to try to figure out all of this on my own.

Last week, just in case you noticed there is a week long gap in my writing, I had to get a tooth pulled and what I call the molly bolt for a dental implant screwed into my jaw. I wasn’t feeling very good and had to focus on somehow getting through the work week with that kind of pain. But I’m back now and it will be the first full week that I don’t have to deal with a stomach bug or mouth pain. I can fully devote myself to the plan.

We are heading out to see  the movie Deadpool 2 so it’s time to go. Remember to add some fun into your life to make all of the hard work worth while!

Until next week,

Eat Well and Prosper!

Kind of gross, but surprisingly close to what is screwed into my jaw right now.

 

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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I’m running a little late on posting my goals of the week. We went to go see the Avengers movie on Sunday and also got caught up getting prepared for the week. Great movie. Not saying anymore. I don’t do spoilers. YAY!

Last week I spent a week in a training center and one of the people in the class was a success story with doing the Keto diet. He showed us pictures and showed great will power with the food that was provided. I thought about him quite a bit. He believed in the plan because it had and still is paying off for him, but I don’t do fad diets. Actually that plan was created in the 1920s, but still. Anyway, it got me thinking. Doing it my way hasn’t provided the results I’ve desired, so maybe going at it alone just doesn’t work. So my solution is going to show up in my goals for the week below so stay tuned.

Goal 1– Work out 5 days a week- I’ve been pretty successful doing 4 days a week and I believe I can do this. I’m on level 2 of the Daily Burn True Beginners course, and its hard, but I can feel my legs and core getting stronger which I like.

Goal 2– Check into seeing a dietitian- I found a dietitian/ trainer that’s near by and scheduled a 15 minute phone consultation for Wednesday at 3pm CST. I’m excited to see how this goes. I hired a dietitian a long time ago, but that has been ages. If the phone consult goes well I’m going to go forward with the initial visit that gets me a tailored meal and workout plan and support afterwards.

Goal 3– Eat a veggie snack- I’m super stubborn and not letting this slide. I still don’t have an answer but I’m working on it.

Quick and simple this week. I can’t wait to share with you how the dietitian meeting turned out so make sure to tune in next week.

Until then, Eat Well and Prosper!

Casting Stones

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Casting stones is something we all do to some extent whether we want to be honest with ourselves or not.

“Look at that person smoking. Just put it down and stop. That’s all it takes.”

“Man, getting a flat so soon? I’d just quit.”

These are things that have been said to me. It’s been more than a decade since I’ve smoked, and the second comment was made when my bicycle had a flat just one mile into an eighty mile ride. That one was rough. People kept passing by snickering and pointing and making horrible comments. I finished that ride but their comments were demoralizing and really hurt.

And even though I know how comments like that can hurt, I’ve caught myself doing it too. I’ve found though, that if you turn the comment back on yourself, you may find things out about yourself that needs fixing. For example, the most common place for me to cast stones is while watching the show My 600 Pound Life. Sure, they can’t hear me so what’s the harm right? Uh… no. I can hear me. I’ve found myself saying things like, “Why are you eating that? Don’t you know you are killing yourself?” For this person it may be true. The doc is always telling them that they don’t have much longer to live if they stay at this weight, but couldn’t this apply to anyone of any weight? Not just someone who is 600 pounds? I mean, how many useful calories are there in a pint of ice cream? And don’t say, “Hey, there’s milk in there.”

Ever since that revelation dawned on me I’ve turned the question back on myself when I’m eating badly. “Why are you eating that? Don’t you know you are killing yourself?” I’ve noticed that it reminds me of something back when I used to smoke cigarettes. I remember going to bed and asking myself, “Why did I smoke so many cigarettes today? I feel horrible. Why do I keep doing this?” And then then next morning the first thing on my mind was getting outside so that I could smoke a cigarette. It makes no sense. Smoking is an addiction and you can get caught in a logical loop that gets you nowhere when you try to solve the question. Addictions aren’t logical. Recently I’ve started asking myself at night why I ate like I did that day and that reminded me of my smoking days.

Maybe this is the way to battle my love of food. Treat it like my smoking addiction. The idea alone tires me out. It’s a hard road full of mental arguments. For me, quitting smoking was 20% physical addiction and 80% mental addiction. I had to figure out what made me want to smoke and decide what I could do in place of smoking. I smoked because I was bored, it was time to smoke (work breaks), I was angry or frustrated, I was driving, I deserved it as a reward, and of course the popular one, after sex. With smoking I replaced the cigarette with a drink of water and imagined that the drink of water was cleansing my body. With each drink I was getting healthier. Hey, it worked.

So what are my triggers to eat? And what can I do in place of eating? I’m going to work on listing these out this week and post them along with my plan next week. I’m also going to do some research as well. I’ve realized that even though I’m not 600 pounds, that I too am killing myself with food and that I have a long road of mental re-programming, but it feels good to have a plan that seems to click for me.

If you catch yourself casting stones this week, try turning it back around, and see if you learn something about yourself. How can you use that to improve?

Until then…

Eat Well and Prosper!

 

 

Thin Wisdom

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The wisdom of a healthy man is invaluable. You don’t take advice on losing weight from a fat person. I don’t remember where I read that but it stuck with me.  Kind of tough love, but true. I’ve had to catch myself a few times when trying to give advice because I still don’t have it figured out. I’m still overweight. But my boss can give it.

When it’s just me in the office, and the guys are somewhere else, my boss will sometimes strike up some small talk. I’m not good at small talking with bosses but I had always wondered how we went from being heavy to slim in eight months, so I asked. Why not? I’ll give this small talk thing a try.

He told me that he has always struggled with his weight and has a sugar addiction problem that he has to keep in check. One day – oh I can’t remember if it was his friend or brother- got him into running and he fell in love with it, and as a result, he shed a bunch of the weight the first six months. After that he started reading and learning and applied what he’d learned to his life. He gave me some pointers and one saying that I don’t think I’ll forget anytime soon which I’ll include at the end.

Food for him is a six ounce piece of meat -varied between chicken and pork- steamed vegetables and a cup of grains like brown rice or quinoa. That’s it. Simple. He also eats lots of proteins because he is now working on gaining muscle.

On getting started working out he said don’t do three or four twenty minutes workouts a week, do something every day. Do ten minutes of something you like every single day. This works to make it a habit, and if you like doing it, then you will keep doing it. Over time add more minutes to it.

My favorite thing he said was, “You can’t run away from what you eat.” This part of the conversation went on for a bit, but it came down to this; if you eat badly it WILL catch up with you no matter how much you work out.  I thought that was a pretty cool saying since his choice in workouts is running.

So there you have it. Words of wisdom from a healthy man. It was a good conversation. I may choose to engage in more small talk with my boss. It’s good advice from a man who knows.