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You Too, Can Protect Yourself Against Fraud

This past Saturday I went to my Uncle Bob’s house for a Halloween party. It was great being able to visit with everyone and catch up on how things are going. I received compliments from everyone about the amount of weight I had lost, which is great but at the same time makes me feel like a fraud.

I have a confession to make. Since we went to Vegas, my eating hasn’t been the best. I’ve been working out consistently (for the most part) 4-5 days a week, but my eating has been out of control. I’ve been eating sugar…and more sugar…and more sugar. My allergist said I wasn’t allergic to wheat, so I’ve been eating bread products galore too. Which…those items turn into sugar in the system, therefore I’m craving sugar constantly.

So, while I truly appreciate their compliments I know I have been slacking lately and no one should be looking to what I do as a way to get healthy. The sad part is, it really hasn’t pushed me to get it back under control either. Yes, I’m doing better now than I was. However, I’m still sneaking sugar when I shouldn’t be.

Can’t be that bad? I’ve consumed Grasshopper Cookies, Magnum Ice Creams (yes more than one), a Milky Way, Peanut M&Ms, mini Snickers and 3 Musketeers, donuts, cupcakes, Lindt Chocolate Balls, Peppermint Giradeli Squares, Laffy Taffy, cherry pie and a pumpkin muffin all in the past month. I’m sure I’ve probably missed some items too. Granted, in the past I may have eaten all of those in 2 days…so spreading it out over a month is somewhat of an improvement but still bad!

“The Holidays are coming up anyway, don’t worry about it until the first of January.” While I would have whole-heartedly agreed with this in the past, now I’m thinking this is just a damaging way for me to think. What this does, for me, is say “It’s ok to eat like a pig! Bring on the desserts!” and worry about the weight loss later. I don’t want to put on 10-20 more pounds before January 1 and have to start all over. That being said, I need to pull myself together! I’m not going to be overly strict, but I am going to continue being aware of how much I’m eating and what that is doing to my body. I was trying to cut all refined sugar from my diet for 30 days, but I failed after day 3. This time of the year, asking myself to not eat any refined sugar is like telling an alcoholic not to drink and asking him/her to hold your glass of wine. Not.very.smart.

Sugar is not our friend people. It has been linked to chronic inflammation and insulin resistance (metabolic syndrome) which in return has been linked to diabetes, obesity, autoimmune disorders, Alzheimer’s, and many other chronic diseases. It is also a leading culprit in aging, wrinkles, splotchy skin, acne, etc.

Now…who’s going to give me that kick?!

One other positive note, my Uncle Brad said he and my Aunt Sherri have been trying to work out/run so they can do 5K’s like I’ve been doing! NSV!!

Time Warp!

It’s just a jump to the left….

Hello My Lovelies! I’m so sorry I haven’t been around for the past month. Apparently, I’ve had my head in the clouds and have just lost all sense of time. How have things been going for y’all?

On the weight loss front, I’m still hanging around 188lbs. That’s probably because my eating hasn’t been the greatest. My exercise has been outstanding, if I do say so myself. Check this out, BAM:

My eating on the other hand, yeah…not so much. I have been struggling with getting my eating back under control after vacation and learning that I’m allergic to rice and lemons. Who’s allergic to rice and lemons?! Sigh…that’s alright though. I’ll keep pushing through! 😀 Seriously though, a month of not eating well (now, I didn’t go all hog wild either) is quite enough.

I am encouraged by the fact that I didn’t really gain any weight during my month long binge. Maybe one day I will be able to maintain my weight without logging everything I eat!

Let’s look at the self-improvement areas now. I mentioned that I am trying to better myself (better worker, wife, family member, all around human) and have made a list of virtues I want to uphold. Unfortunately, I’ve not been doing very good at keeping these in mind as I fly off the handle because someone doesn’t know how to drive. That being said, I need to read this list every morning until I have them emblazoned on my frontal lobe. I recently took FranklinCovey’s 5 Choices web conference and learned some interesting tidbits that may help me with this.

By working through the 5 Choices each day when looking at tasks, we can create a culture in the work place where we focus on the important, not just the urgent. This can also be beneficial in our personal life as well. For example, is one of your roles that of a “Spouse”? By identifying the role statement (e.g. As a Spouse, I will foster a closer relationship with my Husband through quality one-on-one time together) and creating actionable goals (e.g. Schedule 52 date nights this year) we can create a clear road map for being productive in that role/relationship. Once you’ve identified the actionable items, book them on your calendar and follow through.

Every decision of the day should run through the 5 Choices in order to continue the desired culture/environment. To learn more about this process, FranklinCovey offers the 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity as an online web conference that lasts 1 day. It consists of three 90 minute sessions with an hour long break in between. You will be expected to participate in the group discussions and/or chat boxes. They will provide you with the tools, but it is up to you to follow through.

So, I am going to attempt to put the 5 Choices stuff in place this month and see if it makes any difference in my life. Not only will I be using this at work (which it is mainly about) but in my every day personal life. I need to take more time to connect with my friends and family. Life isn’t only about getting a paycheck!

Oh, and HAPPY FALL!! I’m so excited to have some cooler weather this morning. It was actually a little crisp and made me want to roll in the leaves except it was dewy and dark and who knows what else I would have been rolling in. O_O

Weekend Trials…

Happy Monday!! Ok, so I’m not really happy it’s Monday but fake it ’til ya feel it, right?!

I mentioned in a previous post that I was considering allowing myself to have 1 cheat day a month but I was concerned that by indulging the one day I’d be tempted to keep on indulging. Well, I was tempted to keep indulging but I was successful in resisting!

My Saturday started off pretty good with my morning run. I met up with my cousin, Kelly, and her husband, Mark. We were just going to do a 4 mile route that was marked out for us. There is a group that gets together and marks the trails with white spray paint so you know which way to go. Kelly and Mark hadn’t been running since November (their 1/2 marathon) so they were just going to run/walk the route. I, on the other hand, wanted to see if I could run the whole thing.  

I was feeling pretty strong. My breathing was doing pretty good (I think it’s getting better thanks to the Serrapeptase but it’s still early) and my legs were pumping! It was only about 60 degrees and windy so the temperature was perfect. After I hit the 2 mile mark, I expected to be tired and ready to walk since that seems to be wall. However, I just kept on trucking! I made what I thought was the last turn back to the park when things started looking a little odd. I was on a golf course. I looked back to see if I took a wrong turn but the trail only went one way. I passed a few people that gave me looks. After a while I decided I needed to get off the course fast, but all I could see were fences for what seemed like miles. Surely there was a road that would meet up, but nope…not that I saw. Then I saw the top of the country club and decided I’d hit the street from there and find my way back to the park. At this point I was 3.5 miles in to my run. I stopped running so I wouldn’t get yelled at and hoped I could just blend in and get out as quiet as a ninja.

Yeah…not happening. Apparently, there was some sort of shindig going on at the club house and there were 100’s of people there. These were people lving in the million dollar homes I’ve been running by. They didn’t take too kindly to me being on their course! The Golf Course Bouncer stopped me before I could get to the club house and told me running wasn’t allowed. I explained that I didn’t do it intentionally and that I must have taken a wrong turn somewhere. He asked what street I was looking for and when I told him he pointed to the woods and said I could hit it through there.

Ummm…ok, so you want me to go fighting through all that bramble? I asked him politely how I was supposed ot get through that and he explained that there was a slight trail next to the house and the woods that I could take. He even escorted me to the opening to ensure I left. Needless to say I was highly embarrassed. At the same time, I was proud to have run 3.5 miles and could have kept going. Plus, some of the hills on the course were a lot of fun to run on!

I started walking next to the house and when I came around the front there was a mother with her two kids (about 5 and 7). No one else was outside….no…just the people whose house I’m sneaking through the yard! She jumped because I scared the tar out of her. I apologized as I kept walking. I found the street and the park. Come to find out, I missed the spray paint arrow telling me to turn again because it was on the opposite side of where most people run/walk and right at an intersection where you’re looking for cars…no wonder I missed it!

All in all, I added about a half mile to my run and I finished at the same time Kelly and Mark did. It was pretty funny after the fact. Mark thought it was especially funny because he’s the one that normally gets lost!

After all of that excitement I started my cheat/splurge day by going to Chick-fil-a and getting a spicy chicken sandwich with waffle fries….yummm. Afterward, I went to Office Max to find some things when I started feeling rather sour. I left the store and went to sit in my car for a bit. My heart was thumping and I felt rather weak and worn out. It wasn’t food poisoning but I have no doubt it was all of the carbs that I hadn’t had in almost two months. I fell asleep in my car for a bit and when I woke up I was feeling better even though I had a slight headache.

For dinner the hubbins and I went to an Italian restaurant where I had a spicy Penne dish and a Ceasar Salad. It was quite delicious! I only ate half of my meal because I just wasn’t that hungry. I also had a couple of glasses of white wine. That night we went to a friends house where I had some chips and dip and shot the breeze until after midnight. Now, I only had 3 glasses of wine the entire night.

That night I slept like crap and Sunday morning I swear I had a carb hangover. I just felt bleh all over and didn’t feel like doing much of anything. The bad thing was, when Mike and I went out to dinner Sunday night even though I had felt bad from all the junk the day before I still wanted to order a cheeseburger. Thankfully, I resisted and got back on my diet. Those processed carbs are evil!

How Many Calories to Eat?

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been quite diligent about tracking my food so I know how many calories I’m eating and when to stop for the day. However, for the past year I’ve been eating about 1200-1500 on a normal basis and not losing weight. Granted, I had some bad days but not enough to offset what weight loss I should have had. This lead me to doing some reading/research. I came across material on the BMR, Basal Metabolic Rate, (and the RMR, Resting Metabolic Rate, which is very closely related). Sure, I had heard of BMR before but I didn’t put much thought in to how to incorporate that in to my lifestyle. Apparently, when a person is resting comfortably their body is burning a crapton of calories just to live. All that breathing, thinking, and heart pumping takes a lot more fuel than I had ever given them credit.

 

What does this have to do with anything? I used the BMR calculator and found out my BMR was 1690 and here I was eating 1200-1500 on most nights. No wonder my body was holding on to my fat. It thought I wasn’t ever going to feed it enough again! Now, keep in mind the BMR and RMR is while at REST….that means no exercise or activity is considered here. In order to take calorie burn based on BMR and activity level just multiply the BMR by:

 

Sedentary: 1.2 (little or no exercise and a desk job)

Lightly Active: 1.375 (light exercise or sports 1-3 days a week)

Moderately Active: 1.55 (moderate exercise or sports 3-5 days a week)

Very Active: 1.725 (hard exercise or sports 6-7 days a week)

Extremely Active: 1.9 (hard daily exercise or sports and a physical job)

(source)

 

I fall in the Moderately Active category which means my calorie burn is around 2620 a day (on average). I’ve decided to try to eat up to my BMR (1690) each day while eating some of my calories I burned exercising on heavily active days. By eating 1690 and my body burning about 2620, that’s almost a 1000 calorie difference! I was afraid if I ate more then I’d just gain wait instead of lose but according my research, I should kick my body back in to using up my fat stores instead of holding on for dear life.

 

(source)

Of course, as you age your BMR lowers and yo yo dieting causes the BMR to drop some as well. With that in mind, it’s important to keep adjusting caloric intake for each year that goes by and any large weight loss. This is my first week trying to eat my BMR, so we’ll see what Friday’s weigh in brings!

 

What strategies do you use to overcome a plateau?

Date Night

Mike and I had an impromptu date night tonight on the way home from work. This week I stuck to my diet closely, then I went and blew it tonight in one meal.

We stopped at Iguana Joe’s where I had Chicken Queso Flameado with tortillas. It was yummmmmy!! However, right now I’m having some serious food guilt. It’s no wonder I can’t get below 200lbs. That’s ok, I won’t allow this one meal get me down. Back to eating healthy starting tonight.