Well, my Thanksgiving vacation is coming to an end. This is a good chance to look back at the successes and slip-up I’ve made so I can take note of them.Tracking success helps me take a look at what went well so I can implement them in similar situations down the road. The same goes for failures. If I know why I slipped up, I can be sure not to repeat that same mistake.
For success, I was very good at not going back for seconds as well as not going crazy with the 12 different pies we had. I’m very proud of myself for not losing control and stuffing my face with all the food that was surrounding me. I also worked out 3 of the 5 days I was out of town.
For failures, I consumed too much alcohol. I never got fall down drunk, but consumption of alcohol stifles almost all weight loss efforts. If I could go back a week and do it all over, I would cut out some of the drinking.
I did gain a few pounds over the holiday weekend, which I knew would happen. I am glad that I kept it to only a few pounds and didn’t fall completely off the wagon.
Christmas time, mixed with trying to lose weight will be interesting
When we make dinner at home, which is 90% of the time, we know exactly how many calories we are consuming for dinner. Same goes for bringing my lunch to work. I know the nutritional value of everything I am eating. This becomes almost impossible when you eat out. When I look back at my food log, I notice that I kill my caloric budget when I go out to eat at a restaurant that I haven’t been too before or haven’t visited in a while. Therefore, I have now made a habit out of looking online for the restaurants nutritional value of the menu before visiting. That allows me to be fully equipped with the knowledge I need to make the correct decisions when ordering.
But what if we go out on a whim or I decide to join co-workers for lunch? In the past, my big plan would go by the wayside and I would eat whatever I felt like. Killing my caloric budget for the day and taking me off track. What I have resorted to is to not order carb-loaded meals at restaurants. This has proven to be a very handy little trick. A diet hack so to speak. If I don’t have the knowledge of the menu beforehand, I order low carb. By nature, carbs have a high caloric value due to fat density. Just by reducing carbs, you are lowering calories. This isn’t to say that you should go with a low carb diet, its simply an easy way to eat less calories.
In summary, learn the menu before you go. If you are unable to do so, order something on the menu that is low-carb. Your caloric budget will appreciate it and you won’t have any feelings of guilt when you leave the restaurant.
I’ve been thinking about something for a while that has been bothering me; the weight loss world has a steadfast focus on people that have an extraordinary amount of weight to lose. I’m talking about people who have 100+ pounds to lose. Those people need the attention and focus.
But there is a huge portion of our population that needs weight loss attention too. People that need to lose anywhere between 20-100 pounds. These are people that rate as obese on the BMI scale. These people want to lose weight and get into a healthy lifestyle, but every time they turn to the internet or TV, all they see are people with over 100 pounds to lose getting all the help. There are serious health issues associated with the people that need to only lose 20-100 pounds; diabetes, gout and sleep apnea are just a few issues they face. They are issues that can be remedied by losing 30, 40, 50 pounds. Yet, almost every blogger and advice giver online has 100+ pounds to shed. The population I am talking about don’t easily relate to the trials and tribulations of those needing to lose that much weight.
Please don’t misunderstand. I have an exponential amount of respect for those that need to lose over 100+ and are taking steps to lose that weight. I have no idea if Tony has ever read one of my posts or if he even agrees with my thoughts, motivation etc. I have an unbelievable amount of respect for him and what he has accomplished. He has lost over 200 pounds and has kept it off. His posts and vlogs are truly motivating and thought provoking. But he can’t relate to me and I can’t really relate to him. Actually, he and I have much more in common now are we are roughly the same weight and are striving to get more healthy. But the fact is that when I started my journey, I had only about 50-70 pounds to lose and he had 220 or so. The fundamentals are the same for losing weight (eat less and move more), but mentally we were in completely different stages. Believe me when I tell you that even at 60 pounds overweight, I got the same stares and ridicule that he mentions he received when he was 420 pounds.
There isn’t a lot of good advice, focus and attention to the group of people that I am talking about. All of the information out there is for the extreme weight loss or the extreme fit. I, among others, am stuck in the middle. I need and want a resource dedicated to people like me who are on the cusp of being in a healthy weight range but still needs a good amount of work to get there.
Television shows are the same way. Take The Biggest Loser for example. Every contestant of every season needs to lose at least 100 pounds. No one has ever been on the show that needs to lose only 60 pounds. I understand that the ratings may not be there, but I think there is an extraordinary amount of people that need to lose weight, just not 100+ pounds.
Why is this? This is something I have been thinking about for a long time and I can’t seem to rationalize or justify this. The only course of action that I can think of is to become a resource for people who need to lose 20-100 pounds.
Disclaimer – I am not knocking bloggers or anyone that has more than 100+ to lose. They have been very motivating and inspiring to me. I am a long time subscriber to all of their blogs and continue to read what they publish. They are amazing people who are fighting the good fight and are doing something to get healthy.
I just wish there were more resources for people like me.
I’ve been under the weather a bit for the last few days and really haven’t had the motivation or energy to get to the gym. I did go once this week and I had no desire to be there. My workout suffered because of that. So I’ve taken the last few days to rest and get rid of this cold but I was worried that my weight loss would suffer from not being in the gym. In the last three months, I have made it to the gym 4-6 days of the week.
The rest has proven valuable. I’ve had a chance to shake this cold as well as let my body catch a breather from working out. Not only did my weight loss not suffer, but I have lost weight while resting. I haven’t lost much, but a noticeable amount for not working out.
After taking some time to browse around the internet, reading fitness articles, it seems that rest is as important as exercising. This is not new, and something that I already knew, but I thought sufficient rest was 1 or 2 days per week. However, it seems most experts agree that about a weeks rest every month of working out is what it takes for your body to adequately rest and be ready for more punishment. This is something that I think is very important, but overlooked. When I first started reading weight loss blogs and fitness articles, everything said “stay active, workout, exercise…”. Nothing I read suggested that I rest for a week. Resting is what got me overweight in the first place.
My new plan is to rest for a week every four weeks. This seems counter-intuitive, but I think it will do the body good. I have a strong desire to get into the gym and get back to my workout, but I know I need to resist the urge and just rest. I am anxious to see how my body will react to the rest once I get back into the gym. I have a feeling that I will attack my workouts with reckless abandon and that my body will shed more fat than ever!
Blogging is not just blogging anymore. Most blogs are being created and contributed to for the purposes of making money. Many people have dreams to quit their day job once they make enough money from their blog. Maybe they are selling an eBook they created or maybe they have enough traffic to make money from advertising.
This blog is not meant to make money. There are no advertisements. There are no eBooks to be sold. This blog was created for the sole purpose of keeping myself accountable. If my thoughts and observations, as well as my tribulations are being recorded for the world to see, I know that I am accountable and will need to update if I fall off the wagon or have a bad eating day.
I do hope that this blog helps others as they embark on a weight loss journey, and I do hope that people are reading this and know that they can lose weight if they just get after it. I hope the people read this and know that they don’t have to lose weight on their own but have someone they can turn to when the going gets tough…but, if no one reads my blog I know that I am holding myself accountable. And in the end, that is what will help me succeed and get to my goal weight.
Lying to myself and having no responsibility is the reason I got to be overweight. That all stopped when I started this blog. I am brutally honest with myself, while doing so hurts at times, will only help in the long run. Sure, I could hold myself accountable without the use of a blog, but having a living journal helps me look back at what I’ve been through and may provide hints at how to avoid certain pitfalls in the future. When people ask me what I’ve been doing to lose weight, the first words out of my mouth are “being honest with myself.”
Losing weight isn’t easy. Especially when you have a slight addiction to eating. Meeting other bloggers who have a shared passio for losing weight and getting healthy is a great asset. Many people have already traveled down the path that I am on. I lean on them for advice and information and to understand what I may face in the future. This blog is to hold myself accountable, but hopefully it will help others who are just starting out on their journey.
I’ve been asked numerous times why I write, and now my reason is on paper. Its out there for the world to see. I am holding myself accountable for the food I eat and the actions I take.