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In a moderate mindset

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Moderation, man. It feels so good. I was so crazy last year. Strict diets, crazy fitness plans, sore muscles, aching knees, and just an overall feeling of fatigue. I hope I don't ever return to that.

What's working:

1. Tracking everything. No "off limits" foods, and no guilt about not eating "healthy".

- This is especially great for me right now, because we are still in the process of moving. I've packed most of my pots and pans up at this point, so we have been eating a lot of convenience foods and takeout. Normally I'd say "to hell with tracking" but I've really been sticking with it even though it's been more difficult. I've eaten takeout pizza a LOT this week. And it was really good, and I tracked it, and I've lost 2 lbs this week, so all's good!

2. Creating an exercise habit.

-This week, I'm just starting, so goal #1 is putting my workout clothes on after work. Goa l #2 is going outside for a 15 minute walk or walk/run at 8 pm after I get the baby to sleep. 15 minutes. That's it. I'm going to try to keep this up for a few more weeks, and possibly add more minutes later on. No stressed muscles, no achy knees, just fitting exercise into my day in a way that's easy. And this is mostly mental for me. I go walk during the time I'd normally sit, watch TV, and snack. Creating this new habit will keep me from eating all evening.

3. Weigh once per week.

- No daily weigh-ins, no obsessing, no sneak peeks, no craziness! It's a bit of a let-down when you don't lose, but it's better than checking daily and restricting your calories a ton when you realize you haven't lost any weight in two days. Yep, that's how crazy I was for a while there.

I am searching for sustainable, consistent habits that will lead to health, happiness, and hopefully weight loss.

I hope you all keep the crazy at bay and don't go overboard with your New Year's resolutions! Ask yourself, "Is what I'm doing sustainable? Will I be able to continue eating and working out this way for months or even years?" If the answer is no, you may want to rethink your methods. I've been there too many times. And I've also done it in a way that was sustainable. (Lost 70 total, keep losing/regaining another 20).

I hope this is the year I can get to 100 pounds lost!

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  • COLUMBINE2
    Great plan! And I think you identified the biggest problem...sitting & watching TV & mindless eating. When I do that, I don't have a clue that I've even eaten anything....just hand to mouth, hand to mouth....and then fury on the scale! "How did THAT happen?"

    A habit of exercise. A habit of fitness. A habit of living healthy. Great goals!

    Keep up the great plan!
    2179 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7875431
    Love this! Thank you ;-)
    2183 days ago
  • HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE
    You've made some awesome goals, and I have no doubt you'll make it!
    2191 days ago
  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    MusicallyMinded, this is a very good blog! I'm so impressed with what you've done! I know how hectic moving and other big changes can be--all that stuff is just always an excuse for me to eat exactly what I want when I want it, and whenever I let myself do THAT, my productivity goes WAY down because I'm groggy and irritable. So I admire you for maintaining a disciplined program in spite of being out of your usual routine. I'm especially impressed that you track the take-out pizza. I always find that hard to do--hard to figure out HOW to track it (by weight, size, and what's exactly on it?) and hard to be honest with myself when doing so. But I think the simple act of tracking helps me feel more control and stay aware of my goal, and that's helpful, even if I don't always stay on track.

    And all this is a roundabout way of saying GOOD JOB!
    2191 days ago
  • CARRILU
    This is FANTASTIC progress. Moderation is a peaceful place. After years of all the crazy stuff, it it the only thing that works well for me too. I eat pizza, burgers, tacos and iced coffee weekly and yes. I get lots of fiber and more than my daily 5 fruits and veggies a day. It's when I do the deprivation/binge routine that I am in biiiiiiiig trouble. Good on ya girl knowing what feels right is huge progress! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2191 days ago
  • AAAACK
    Awesome balanced approach! I love it. And, you know, if you can't get outside for a 15 minute walk, you could put headphones on, your fave workout songs, and dance! Or just walk up and down your stairs in your house. Or if no stairs, just walk from the living room to the kitchen to the bedrooms, best if you have an indoor loop, but easy enough without it. I've used that as my go-to for a couple of years now since it's very hard for me to find time that I can actually leave my house without my son (who used to complain every step of a walk - not exactly a positive exercise atmosphere). So it always felt like an awesome cheat to just walk in the house, and like I'd won some sort of silly victory. Speaking of which, I'm about to go hit my elliptical machine (bought it from a neighbor last year, but still do my indoor walks, too).
    Enjoy your new home!
    2191 days ago
  • ANIE84
    Also trying not to obsess. Especially with the scale thing. emoticon
    2191 days ago
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