Living life, making choices

When I started to lose weight at the end of 2006 I received support. Once the pounds started to fall off and be noticeable compliments poured in.

But as the healthy journey continued and continues to this day things change.

People aren’t as likely to support my journey to maintaining my healthy lifestyle.

I don’t expect cheerleaders. But I also don’t expect negative comments, food pushers, judgment, etc.

As my journey continues I learn to focus on myself and my path. My judgment of others is quite limited. And frankly, I have enough to worry about myself that I don’t care about someone else’s portions or if they decide to have dessert or not.

We are adults and make our own choices, good, bad, healthy, unhealthy …

What I ask of my friends, loved ones and really everyone: Please mind your own business. If I decide to not have dessert or bread or whatever, what’s it to you? If you want to have dessert or bread or whatever, feel free.

We only live life once. And I do love to eat and drink. But I also love to be and feel healthy. And let’s be honest, in vanity I like … Continue reading

Getting back to healthy lifestyle feels good

Last Monday I put myself back on plan.

Back to my healthy lifestyle of regular exercise, eating better and tracking food/exercise.

And I have to say I feel so much better maintaining a healthy lifestyle than that month that I just went nuts. I felt tired and just crappy.

I still feel tired and crappy, but in a different way. Does that make any sense?

Last week was probably one of the toughest weeks to start back on the healthy plan AND try to lose weight.

Even though I have had many challenges this past week: two lunches out; dinner out; drinks one night, which turned into a light dinner; home cooked meal by an amazing friend; cruddy and busy week at work I still managed to get my regular exercise in and keep my calories in check.

AND the best part was I lost weight. I am back on track to get to my goal weight again.

As I have said before: If you have the tools and knowledge and you want to lose weight you will. If you don’t want to lose weight you won’t. I know it doesn’t seem that simple at times but really it is.

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Accountability=successful weight loss

At one point over the summer I realized I needed accountability with my food and drink intake. Even though I worked out almost every day I wasn’t monitoring my food intake and I wasn’t losing weight even though I wanted to get back to my goal weight.

I needed accountability with food tracking.

In the middle of June I rejoined Weight Watchers (just online) and started tracking my food again. I have had some downs–weeks where I wasn’t tracking or just didn’t want to track, weekends where I decided to be “off plan.”

At Week 2 I had to unexpectedly go to Tucson because my 90-year-old grandpa was going to have surgery. I decided because I knew I would likely be busy for the week that I would not worry about my caloric intake for that week.

Luckily all went well with my grandpa and his surgery. I spent a lot of time at the hospital. But I also was able to spend time with both of my parents, which included some eating out–drinking, Mexican food and other delicious stuff.

I recently hit my goal weight. I decided to lose 2 more pounds, which gives me a little wiggle room.

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Why is there such a need to define size?

Recently a plus-size model was featured on the front of People magazine with the quote: “I’m proud of my size.”

Robyn Lawley is 6’2″ and is a Size 12.

Wikipedia features Robyn in a photo and mentions her throughout the plus-size model article. Also mentioned is: Synonymous and interchangeable with plus-size model is “full-figured model,” “extended-sizes model,” and “outsize model.”

Where do I begin? First, a woman who is at least 6 feet tall and a Size 12 is considered plus size? Wow! Then I was definitely a fatso years ago before I lost my 30+ pounds at 5’3″.

Second, I find the term plus size offensive. The other terms mentioned above I find even worse than plus size.

Why is there a need to define someone who has excess weight, curves, a big butt, thicker thighs, is tall, isn’t super skinny? We don’t call thin models a super-skinny model. They are just models.

In October of 2006 I was at my highest weight ever. I didn’t feel good about myself. I hated shopping and buying clothes because I had to try them on and nothing ever looked good. I wasn’t obese but could definitely be healthier with … Continue reading

Go Fit Girl! va a la Ciudad de México

According to Google Translate the headline above says: Go Fit Girl! goes to Mexico City.

Almost two months ago I made the decision to rejoin Weight Watchers.

I needed accountability with my food intake. And I am proud to say with my food tracking and really paying attention to what I put in my mouth I am on track to hit my goal weight (again) soon.

There are times I let myself go “off plan,” like when my mom was in town. I didn’t go too crazy. But I did enjoy my food and drink. Now I didn’t lose weight that week, but I also didn’t gain either.

When I go on vacation I like to eat and drink whatever I want. So in Mexico City I will be doing just that. And then a week later when I get home, I will get back on plan and lose my last few pounds.

I likely won’t be posting much while on vacation. If you want to know what I am up to over the week check out my personal Facebook page. We are staying with friends and will have wi-fi so I will be status updating or uploading photos … Continue reading

Tips on forming good, healthy habits

A friend recently asked me if I had any tips on how to eat healthier. She may regret that she asked.

Just a reminder to my readers … I am not a doctor, nutritionist or personal trainer. This post and all of my posts are based on personal experience and my own research.

So here we go:

It takes time to break old habits and form new good habits.

Drink lots of water. I try to drink at least 64 oz. of water a day. Yes, you will pee a lot. But that’s the point. You are cleansing yourself.

I recommend keeping a food journal. My weight loss and healthy eating is most successful when I am tracking my food. I am not saying you have to join Weight Watchers. Though if you are asking for advice on losing weight I would definitely recommend WW. Regardless the food journal keeps you honest, accountable and makes you aware of what you are putting in your mouth.

Always eat breakfast. Eat something that will keep you full and satisfied. High protein and fiber foods keep you feeling full longer. My regular breakfasts are: oatmeal with fruit; Kashi cereal; Sara Lee Delightful bread … Continue reading

Skinny doesn’t mean healthy

I used to be considered skinny. I hate that term. To me it has a negative connotation.

According to Merriam-Webster, skinny means lacking sufficient flesh, very thin, emaciated; lacking usual or desirable bulk, quantity, qualities or significance.

But it seems like so many of us strive to be skinny. Why is that? Why do we think this looks better than this?

So here is the skinny on skinny …

A skinny person can have a high metabolism. So they think they can eat anything they want and they won’t gain weight. (That used to be me. I could eat or drink pretty much whatever I wanted and not gain weight.) But that doesn’t mean that skinny person is healthy.

Have you heard the term skinny fat? Skinny fat means a person looks thin but has a high body fat percentage. That can be dangerous.

Someone who ingests a lot of fat and calories and carbohydrates can have health issues. Someone who eats too much fat can be at risk for heart disease. Too many carbs can contribute to conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, according to Livestrong.

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Power of the protein

As I have been focusing on healthy eating (and losing a little weight) I have also been focusing on making sure I get protein into my diet, thanks to my friend Gail.

Gail has asked me, where’s your protein when I post something on Facebook that I am eating. So this got me thinking more about protein and adjusting my diet to make sure I am eating it daily.

So, of course, I had do some research and share what I find with my readers.

Protein, which contains important nutrients, keeps you feeling fuller. This is definitely something important when you are trying to lose weight or maintain your weight.

I recently started back on Weight Watchers. The way the points are calculated have changed. Protein is now a factor in calculating Points Plus. (Calories are out and carbohydrates are in. Fiber and Fat are still factors.)

This WebMD article states: A study, reported in the Journal of Nutrition, showed that a high-protein diet combined with exercise enhanced weight and fat loss and improved blood fat levels.

Protein is a macronutrient that is essential for maintaining the healthy function of all of your organ systems, and ensuring that your diet includes adequate protein intake … Continue reading

Recommitting to Weight Watchers

I am committed to eating healthy as I wrote about recently. But I have to admit I am having a hard time with the accountability.

Weight Watchers helped me lose my 30 pounds years ago. So I have decided to utilize the expertise of them once again. I don’t have time to go to meetings (or I guess I am not willing to make the time). I think the support meetings are important. But for now I really need to track my food and receive a little knowledge once again on making better choices.

When I attended meetings before I attended Weight Watchers at work, which was great. Easy to make meetings and having a lot in common with the other members of the group made me successful.

Today I signed up for Weight Watchers online. The program has changed since I last tracked my food. So I am taking the time to learn the program and how the points differ from what I knew and practiced for many years.

Some of you may think I look fine. That I don’t need to lose weight. But I actually am about 5-6 pounds over my original goal weight. And … Continue reading

Committed to eating healthy

I am having a food intervention with myself.

I am coming along great with the exercise. I exercise 6-7 times a week and I vary it with yoga, spin, weights, abs and body conditioning.

When I was working on losing my 30 pounds about five years ago the first 20 pounds I lost without any exercise. I lost 20 pounds by portion control and making better food choices. The last 10 pounds lost was a combination of my “diet” and exercise.

Many things that I have learned over the years I continue to practice. Such as dressing on the side; Splenda instead of sugar; at least eight servings of water a day; fruits and vegetables make healthy and filling snacks …

I feel like I am not fully committed to my healthy lifestyle. I need to be fully committed, not partially committed. I know how to lose weight. I know how to maintain my weight. I know how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. There is some will power involved. And I just don’t always practice will power.

Planning meals and regular grocery shopping are a big part of maintaining my healthy eating. I don’t enjoy cooking and wouldn’t say I … Continue reading