Well, I have now officially been on my “Quest to be My Best” for one month. I can honestly say this first month has been very frustrating for me. First of all I got into the habit of stepping on the scale each morning, not sure why I started that unless it was to anticipate what the day ahead might look like. I am finding this is a problem because I set myself up for the whole day based on what the scale says. If the scale shows I lost a few pounds, I think well maybe I can go a little easy on myself today day and not be as strict. If the scale shows I went up a few pounds I then become paranoid for tomorrow’s weigh in and focus a little harder on what I am eating. Looking back on this I am probably setting myself up for failure. The logical part of me wants to wait and only step on the scale on Saturday but then the other part of me gets nervous and feels like maybe I am just going to waste a whole week and not lose any weight.
Given this love/ hate relationship with the scale I made a point of measuring myself. I knew this was a good idea but had forgotten to do it because I was so focused on the scale numbers. I am happy to report I have lost several inches! This has been helpful in keeping my mood on the right path.
I have heard some people say “I eat to live, not live to eat”. I know that this is a life changing journey and it is not something that will occur overnight. I need to change the way I look at food and this will be a lifelong challenge. I also realize I really do not want to live my life focusing so much energy on thinking about what I have eaten or am planning on eating. There are so many times I will watch others and think to myself why is it they can just walk away from the food without a second thought. Why do I always find a way to justify my overeating? I can honestly say there have been times I have thought to myself “I paid a lot for this food and I need to get my money’s worth”. I truly believe every one of us has a crutch in our lives and mine happens to be food.
Ok, so my weight loss was not what I expected as I had visions in my head that the scale would show a huge weight loss already. So needless to say I was a little disappointed. I did however take my own advice from my last blog and remembered my “determination”. I decided that instead of fretting on the one pound loss, I should take a look at what I did and try to change at least one thing for the better. I did go back and look at my eating and where things stacked up as far as protein, water intake, etc. This is the nice thing with using MyFitnessPal it breaks all of this down for you.
After reviewing my week I noticed my protein intake was not as high as it should have been and my sodium intake was well over the limit. The sodium intake seemed a little strange because I do not use salt at the table, however after analyzing some of my food choices I realized they were packed with sodium. This tells me I need to revamp what my food choices are and try to eat a lot less packaged foods. I also need to attempt to get more fresh vegetables and “Live” foods in my diet.
One of the products I was introduced to was Ezekiel bread.
What is Ezekiel bread you ask? Ezekiel bread is different for several reasons. It is a complete protein which means it contains all of the nine essentials amino acids. These nine essentials amino acids are not made by the body so they MUST come from our food and supplements.
Most types of bread contain added sugar, Ezekiel bread contains none. It is also made from organic, sprouted whole grains. The sprouting process changes the nutrient composition of the grains significantly. In contrast to most commercial breads, which consist primarily of refined wheat or pulverized whole wheat, Ezekiel bread contains several different types of grains and legumes. Some studies show that sprouting grains increases their content of the amino acids.
Along with trying this new bread I have tried to increase my protein intake during the day. Experts will say it is best to eat a good breakfast to get your metabolism revved up for the day. Not being a huge fan of eating first thing in the morning I have opted to drink a protein shake. I personally use Shaklee Life Shakes. The shakes I use contain leucine which is an amino acid that the body cannot produce. Leucine helps preserve lean muscle mass making it easier to lose the fat, something which is very important when attempting to get healthy and lose weight.
If anyone is wondering how you determine the amount of protein you need, here is a quick tool. Take your weight x .63 = your needed grams of daily protein. So, for example if you weigh 100 pounds x .63 you would need 63 grams of protein a day. According to a Tuft's University study they found that out of 21,500 people, not ONE met their protein needed for daily optimal health. With this information in hand I guess it means I have to plan some different meals.
I also looked at the amount of water I was drinking and found that I needed to increase that too. The funny thing is to determine how much water I need is really easy. You just take your body weight and divide it in half. That gives you the number of ounces of water you should drink to stay hydrated. If you want to figure out how many glasses of water this is. Simply divide that number by 8. For example a 100 pound person would need 50 ounces. 50 divided by 8 = 6.25 glasses of water.
Just a little informational fact for anyone who drinks pop, did you know it takes 32 ounces of water to neutralize the acidic effect of one 12 ounce can of pop. Wow, that equals 2 GALLONS of water. I think I will skip the pop since I have enough water to drink just with my weight.
Well this sure was a lot of information for one week, so here’s to next week and another ‘LOSS’ on the scale. Oh, I almost forgot this week I lost 2 pounds!!!
Good luck everyone and remember Drink Your Water!
Well, here we are. The third week of my blog and I am sure many of you are thinking “Ok, so tell us how much have you lost so far”.
Just so you know I am happy to report I have lost 1 pound. While I feel good about losing some weight, I have found it is not easy to find the time to focus on this goal. Being a full time nurse and mother finding time for me to exercise is a little challenging.
Most experts will say it is best to get up and do your exercising in the morning. Apparently it is a great way to start your day out on the right path. In an attempt to do just that I have been getting up a half an hour earlier each morning in order to get some steps. This sounds great but I have to be honest I am not the most motivated first thing in the morning. At first I was doing 15 minutes on the elliptical but looking at the wall in front of me got a little boring a few days into that routine. So on to a plan B. I remembered my sister-in-law telling me she would walk around her house in order to get her steps in. I figured I would give this a try. Luckily for me I can walk a circle in my upstairs so this is what I do now. I am able to get about 3000 steps in during my “morning walk”. This will certainly come in handy during those cold winter months in Minnesota.
I am also happy to report I have been feeling pretty motivated these past couple weeks. I will however admit there have been a few days I have thought to myself “I don’t know if I can keep this up until next August”. Then the new blog comes out and I read the comments everyone has written and they help me get right back on track. I guess we never know how even just a few kind words can affect someone.
This past weekend I had the honor and privilege of watching my daughter run in her first marathon. It was such a proud moment to watch her run past that finish line. (Yes, I shed a few tears of joy too.) At mile 20 she sent me a text stating “I feel like I am going to die!”, and I remember thinking to myself I don’t know if she will finish this race. I know I had pride in her for even attempting such a feat. As I sent posts to update everyone throughout the marathon, I kept thinking where do they find the motivation to keep going? My cousin then posted “She’ll push through it she’s got determination”. This was exactly what she did! She used that determination to achieve her goal of completing a marathon.
Determination is what I will need to keep me going when my mind is saying I don’t want to get out of bed and exercise. Determination is what will help me to stay motivated and cross that finish line in August.
So when I am not “in the mood” to get out of bed early and walk I will remember seeing all of those runners push through the pain in order to cross that finish line and achieve what they set out to do. On their “Quest to be their Best!”
Here I am at my highest weight ever. This picture is not very clear but it gives you the idea of how unhealthy I have become.
While you might be curious as to what I weighed at this point…I am not quite ready to tell you just yet but I will say I have a LOT to lose.
I have gotten to the point I am just functioning in my life. I get up go to work, come home, and think about how many hours I have until I have to do it all over again. I am so tired and sore all I can think about is crawling in my bed or sitting in my recliner for the evening. I never have energy to keep up with my children anymore. One day my son asked me “what was wrong?” and I said, “I don’t feel good today, I am tired” His reply was, “you’re always tired.” I realized he was right, I am always tired and have no energy to get things done. It made me realize I needed to get myself healthy not just for my family but for myself. I knew I needed to find that person that was hidden under all the weight again. The person that had confidence in herself and was able to accomplish anything she set out to do.
Ok, so you have decided to take on this journey once again of getting healthy, how do you plan on doing it?
My first step was to figure out how I could keep better track of my food intake and exercise (or lack of). A friend introduced me to Myfitnesspal.com which allows me to enter my weight and where I would like to be. It will then calculate the amount of calories I should be eating each day in order to achieve the goal I have set for myself. I have found it can be daunting to go and enter my food intake for every meal but figured it would be the only way to see how much I was actually putting in my mouth. My children were so nice to buy be a fit bit to keep track of my steps each day. The recommended daily amount is 10,000 steps. (Wow have I got a long way to go, but as they say baby steps).
Now that I feel I am ready to start it seems overwhelming to me. I know my past history is I will be all on board in the beginning and then start to falter off. A bad day would make me think there is no point in continuing so I might as well keep eating since I messed up already. I want this time to be different. I know for myself in order to succeed I need to see some victories along the way, not just the big one at the end. So I have decided to break my weight loss goal into phases. This way I will not get overwhelmed and think I will never make it to the end. My goal is not to be at the weight the “charts” say I should be but to be where I feel healthy and active again. This will be different for everyone.
I am committing myself to lose 80 pounds by next August 2016. My first goal is to focus on losing 40 pounds. The average, healthy weight loss per week is 1-2 pounds therefore I have made a goal to lose 8 pounds per month. If it is more that is even better. But knowing there will be ups and downs I feel this is realistic for me. Knowing the scale is not always my best friend I have decided to also measure myself once a month. Even though the scale may not be showing progress does not mean the inches are not coming off. The plan is to weigh myself weekly and measure once a month. The measurements include neck, arm, chest, stomach, abdomen, hips, thigh, and calf. The weekly weigh in will be every Saturday morning.
So stay tuned for my next blog where I will let you know how much weight I have lost including any inches.
So stay tuned until next week :) Here’s to good health.
That is what is going through my head at this very moment as I try to figure out what a blog is. When I was first approached about writing a blog of my weight loss journey I thought to myself “are you crazy ? Who is going to want to hear your story of trying to lose weight once again”? You are the queen of dieting.
It is true, I have tried MANY diets and of course nothing has worked as you can see…
I have always found one reason or another to not stick with it. Whether it is the cost or that bag of Oreo’s calling my name. I am sure there are those who are thinking right now “what make’s you an expert on weight loss, especially when you have failed all the other diets you have tried?” Along with all these thoughts I am also telling myself there is no way you are going to write about your struggles to lose weight and get healthy. What if you gain, what will people say then???
The other more positive side of me is saying “Yes you can write this blog and use it to gain strength on this journey to better health. No you are not an expert on the subject, but you know what it is to be overweight and how that makes you feel. You know how it feels to need to lose a LARGE amount of weight and how scared you are to let others in on this journey.”
Well, I have decided to listen to my more positive side and write a blog for all to read. My goal with this weekly blog is to help myself stay focused and motivated on my journey to health. Hopefully some of you reading this will also find their strength and motivation to keep going. I am not going to call it a “diet” as it is so much more than that for me. It is a reclaiming of myself, a journey to find the me I feel has disappeared.
During the posts I will share my accomplishments and challenges along with recipes or tips that I have found worked for me. I would also encourage others to please leave comments about what they have found worked for them or just words of encouragement for everyone to use.
Along the way I hope my words may help others on their journey to health. So everyone climb aboard and we travel down this path to good health together.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
I am forty-seven years old and overweight. Food is where I find comfort - happy or sad…it does not matter. What I really want is to learn how to use my own strength and confidence to handle situations, not food! I have decided to make a commitment, a commitment to being healthy! Join me in this journey to good health, as I blog about my successes and struggles along the way. Each week I will share with you my ups and downs, recipes, healthy lifestyle tips, workout ideas and more. Join me on my “Quest to be the Best.”