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Are you as addicted to Pinterest as I am?! I absolutely love going on there to dream, to be inspired, to learn, and to grow. And, okay, to waste a ton of time. I find so many interesting ideas from Pinterest everyday, and I just wanted to share some of it with you guys on a weekly basis. Hence Pinterest Perspectives.

I actually pinned this to Pinterest myself, although I saw it on the FB page of 24 Hour Fitness.

It really says it all, and it’s a great reminder for each day.  This week I’ve been making fabulous choices, and the scale is reflecting it.  I know that if I’m on my game, I will see results.  There’s power in making good choices and in shaping my results.

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Are you as addicted to Pinterest as I am?! I absolutely love going on there to dream, to be inspired, to learn, and to grow. And, okay, to waste a ton of time. I find so many interesting ideas from Pinterest everyday, and I just wanted to share some of it with you guys on a weekly basis. Hence Pinterest Perspectives.


This quote from Thoreau is one of my favorites.  It’s especially apropos as I strive to reach the mini goal weight quest.  In order to have the life that I’ve always wanted, I need to live that way now.   Because it’s not as if something magical is going to happen and some switch will turn on suddenly.  It happens gradually, with small changes and little choices every single day.

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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Happy Tuesday, Everyone!

As I went to Scale Junkie‘s blog to check in on the Healthy You Challenge, I was struck by she’d written:

My goal for this week is to NOT dwell on the past, but to live in the present, while being mindful of future needs.

Not dwelling, living in the here and now, and keeping the future in mind is exactly what I’ve been thinking about for a couple of days now.  Specifically in terms of my eating program.

I’ve been doing fantastic on the high protein/low carb plan (Premier Nutrition shakes and bars + Lean and Green dinner) during the week, but on the weekends I’m struggling. This past weekend I stayed within my calorie goals, but I ate lots of junk. Too many carbs, too much processed food, or just food that doesn’t have a lot of nutritional value. (TOM was here).  It’s like I see the weekend as a free-for-all, and it has to stop. It’s like a mini yo-yo diet every single week, and while some might say it’s good because it keeps my body guessing, it’s not worth the mental anguish of seeing the scale go back and forth.

The simple solution would be to eat the way I do during the week all the time. I’d be sure to lose weight, a fact that MyFitnessPal confirmed on Monday night after I’d entered in my daily totals food, water, and exercise:

(I should mention that I burned 600 calories on the elliptical at the gym and then 183 more taking Sofi for a walk, which is more than a normal weekday).

Which means that I’d be 5 lbs from my pre-op goal weight by October 17th.  It’s SOOOOO tempting for me to just stick with the bars/shakes/lean & green every day until I get to that weight. I’m really torn about what to do.

  1. On the one hand, I know that it would be difficult to have any sort of a social life if I stuck to the b/s/lg every single day (although I could go out for the lean and green meal).  Eating so restrictively might also send me into binge mode, which would set me back. Then again, knowing that it’s only for 5-6 more weeks would really keep me going.
  2. On the other hand, I can’t keep going down during the week (while I’m strict) and up on the weekend (while I’m indulging)every week, otherwise I’m just spinning my wheels.
  3. Maybe there’s a third option that would still get me to the goal fairly quickly.  Maybe I can forget the 1200/1500 weekend days and just follow Phase 2 of SBD on the weekends.  By which I mean, eating plenty of healthy, whole foods, and eating grains, but limiting them to one meal a day.

I have to be honest, a HUGE part of me is just leaning to #1.  Since I am an all or nothing type of person, the b/s/lg works for me.  I know what I can have and what I can’t have.  And I can stick to it pretty well.  It’s when I start eating more carby grains that I get into trouble – eating carbs makes me want to eat more carbs.  So true!

Give my situation and my goal, what would you do – #1, #2, or #3?

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I knew this morning that as much as I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best, it just wasn’t going to be pretty on the scale. I did my best with exercise during the week, but since the doctor told me to stick to low/no impact workouts, I had to cut the classes out completely. And as many calories as I burn swimming, it’s not the same as when I am sweating and pushing myself in Zumba or Turbo Kick, etc. (I will say that the rest has helped and my back isn’t hurt at all, so it does make me think that I need to make sure that for every “hardcore” class I take I spend the next day doing something lighter).  And then I made a poor choice on Monday night, and the rest, as they say, is history.

20110727-081535.jpg Which means I gained 2.8 pounds this week, for a total loss of 17 pounds.  The only good thing about that photo is that I got a pedicure on Friday, so my toes look nice.  🙂

I’m not going to focus on the negative here, because that really doesn’t do any good.  What I am going to say is that I gained weight because of choices I made, pure and simple.  And if I want to get the weight off and qualify for the VSG surgery, it’s going to happen based on choices I make, as well.  So instead of grabbing for something that satisfies a short term craving, I have to take a minute and remind myself what I’m doing all of this for.  Otherwise it’s going to be an endless up and down roller  coaster that I’ve been on countless times in the past.  And instead of riding the weight loss journey roller coaster, I want to lose enough weight that I can go on an actual roller coaster someday soon.

In general I make good food choices because I try not to keep tempting treats in the house (the No Pudge Brownies were an anomaly that will not return to my cupboards).  I have learned so much about myself in this past year and I know that I don’t want to completely deny myself those kinds of foods, but I also know that I can’t have them in bulk in the house.  So if I want a cupcake/brownie/cookie, I’m going to have it when I’m in a social setting, but not buy them in large quantities.  I’m going to try to be more European in that mindset – buy a delicious delicacy from the bakery and bring home a single size serving and enjoy it to the fullest, but know that when it’s gone, it’s gone.  That way, I’m truly indulging but I’m also not setting myself up for failure by going overboard.

As I mentioned yesterday, when I’m working out and giving it my all in that area, it definitely carries over into my food choices. So here’s my workout plan for the remainder of the week, through the weekend:

Wednesday: swimming
Thursday: Spinning (6pm) (attempting again to take my first-ever class)****
Friday: Swimming, Zumba (6pm)
Saturday: Long bike ride
Sunday: Walking (around San Fran, with my sister)

That’s my plan and I’m going to stick to it.  You can follow me on Twitter to catch my tweets about exercises (or just read them in the sidebar of this blog).

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It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. ~J.K. Rowling

As the picture shows, life is all about choices. Two paths in a wood, two roads diverging, two ways to go…the easiest choice is not always the best.  And the best is definitely not the easiest.  In my weight loss journey, I’ve made plenty of poor choices, but it is how I have chosen to persevere that shows what I am all about and what I am made of.  I will always choose to keep going.  I don’t know how to quit.

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Over the last week I’ve taken a bit of a break from my normal t.v. viewing (other than the shows I consider essential, like Biggest Loser, Lost, and Grey’s) and have been spending quite a bit of my night watching weight loss videos on YouTube.  I wrote a few weeks ago about my discovery of this entire weight loss community on YouTube that is as inspiring as all of the weight loss blogs I read.  Sometimes it’s nice to just sit in front of a screen and watch people share their successes and setbacks and visually see their progress.

One of the vloggers that I find really informative and motivating is Shanti aka Antishay.  She lives in Seattle and at 23 is one of the most mature and wise young women I’ve ever “met.”  After being overweight her entire adult life, she decided to start making videos in May 2008 to give her weight loss journey some accountability.  She’s also said that she loves the “worldwide WW meeting-like community” that she’s found on YouTube.  Her weight loss method is counting calories, working out, and more recently she has decided to stick to a diet free from all processed food.  She has lost over 40 pounds.  I find her to be intelligent, insightful, and energetic.

The video I’m posting here is one that I found truly inspiring and I thought I’d share it with all of you because she makes some excellent points. I’d recommend taking the 10 minutes to watch the entire video because she has a great way of explaining her points.

A few of the key things I gleaned from the video are:

  • Live in the present.  She mentions that you need to let go of the past because you can’t change it.  And while making plans for the future is great, until you are actually DOING the things on the plan, you’re not really taking action.  This really spoke to me because I am a huge planner, but not always the best in following through on the “doing” part.
  • Forgive yourself.  Lisa had a great post about this same thing the other day, and I found it to be so true.  We are only human and we do make mistakes, have setbacks, and let ourselves down, but it’s how you move on from those things that really show who you are and how you want to live your life.
  • Realize that incremental choices got you to be overweight and small changes are what will help you lose weight.  This goes along with the concept of baby steps.  You take one positive step which leads you to have success, and then you take another, and another, and before you know it, you’ve transformed your lifestyle, your mentality, and your body.

This video came at the perfect time for me, and I really enjoyed watching it.  I hope you get something positive out of it, as well.

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What a week!

While this week has been really fun for me socially, it has been murder on my diet.  I pretty much went completely off the fast every day this last week.  It was one party or another.  One “last lunch before summer” or another.  One surprise party or another.  One bar hop or another.  

Which is not to say that I regret it, because I don’t.  Last week was my last week of school, a weekend of celebrations and goodbyes, and I wouldn’t have done anything any differently.  I’m glad I was able to give myself a break and have a good time with family and friends.  

Today, however, I’m back “on the wagon” and hoping to make some sort of a dent in my weight loss.  I’m not expecting much.  I just hope I don’t gain too much.  But I’m not too worried, because I know that now that I’m back on track, I’ll be dropping the weight quickly enough.  

Taking it easy last week might’ve been just what I needed, mentally.

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