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Entry on Jan 10 2010 00:53
|wow it's been a long time since I posted.
Entry on May 26 2009 04:40
Entry on Apr 24 2009 12:44
|Tired of counting
Entry on Apr 20 2009 21:35
|change your way of thinking
Entry on Apr 19 2009 22:40
So I started thinking the other day about my past weight trends and the rate in which my weight comes on and drops off. I was trying to figure out why it seems so easy to gain weight and so hard to lose it. It's the same math right? You burn 3500 calories more then you eat to lose a pound and eat 3500 calories more then you burn to gain one. Why does it seem so fast going one way and not the other?
As I was thinking about it, I realized that when I'm not actively working to lose weight, I don't go completely all out eating bad food and doing no activity - and the weight doesn't just fall on me in one day. It just seems fast because I'm not paying attention to it. My life just moves on as normal, and every day I find myself making not-so-great choices with the mindset that that one little decision won't make that big of a deal. Having pizza one night for dinner is fine, right? Eating that piece of cake in the afternoon won't really make a difference. Etc, etc. And before you know it, those little not-that-bad decisions add up, and a year goes by without thinking about it, and lo and behold.....10, 20, 30, 50 lbs added to the scale.
On the other hand, when I'm trying to lose weight, it's all I think about. I make one decision to eat a salad for lunch, and weigh myself the next day expecting a difference. I feel like I'm doing so well and behaving myself constantly and the weight should just be melting off. Then of course I hit a plateau and now I'm losing nothing at all and I just don't feel like it's worth it, and I start thinking.....well I'm not losing anyway, eating that chocolate bar isn't so bad, right? And so it begins again.
And so, armed with this new knowledge, I've decided to try to apply the same mindset that normally causes me to gain weight to try to better my lifestyle. This isn't about losing pounds (although obviously I'm hoping that will be a bonus effect) but is about making those tiny decisions every day that add up without even noticing to a healthier body.
Here are my baby steps. As I achieve them, I'll add more, so that I never have a huge goal in mind to work towards. Each goal I add will be just a bit more then the last so I never feel overwhelmed and/or daunted.
If anyone has any suggestions for some good and/or fun goals to work on, let me know! :)
Go to the gym once
Go a full day at work without taking the elevator - I actually do this every day now so I'm taking this off my goal list. :)
Buy a salad for lunch instead of the usual pizza or pasta - Mar 9, 2010
Go a whole day without drinking any Coke Zero (or any pop) - Jan 11, 2010
Go one week without buying any fast food for dinner - Jan 19, 2010
Do 100 sit-ups (any type) at one time
Make a full well-balanced meal from scratch without using anything packaged
Spend one evening at home after work with no more then 30min on the computer
Go one month without weighing myself - Mar 1, 2010
Just once leave food on my plate when I'm legitimately satisfied instead of eating it just cuz it's there - Mar 6, 2010 / Mar 7, 2010 / Mar 9, 2010
Stretch for 10 min every day for a week
I can't think of any more right now but I'll keep updating this as I check things off my list or think of anything else to add.
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