10 Point Plan on Losing Weight

October 3, 2006 at 7:45 pm (weight-loss)

4 Pounds Down–Only 39 To Go!! I started a diet just last–actually a new lifestyle–four days ago and I’ve already lost 4 pounds and I feel great too! It’s my own cocktail of many different diets and it seems to be working for me. I’m combining it with an exercise plan too, of course, to acheive maximum health benefits and to speed my weight loss.

Here are the key elements in my new lifestyle:

  1. Food diary: I keep a diary of all the food I eat and all beverages I consume each day. This helps keep me aware of the amount of food I eat and the quality of that food. I track my total calorie, fat, fiber, carbs, protein, sugar and vitamin intake as well.
  2. Portion control: And it’s not only the type of food or drink, but the quantity. If I am not sure if the portion I’ve put on my plate is a cup or 1/2 cup, I’ll measure it.
  3. Read the nutrition information: I read the nutrition label on the packaging for any thing I am thinking about eating. If something is high fat, has too much sugar or carbs, I look for a better food choice.
  4. Eat every 2 to 3 hours: I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, but I also intersperse that with snacks. I make my meals small and my snacks smaller. An example of a snack is 28 almonds and a cup of green tea. I avoid getting really hungry because getting in that kind of state can lead me to binge or to pull into the nearest fast food place.
  5. Use green tea, hot or cold, to curb my appetite.
  6. Avoid fast food unless you have read the nutritional information on the food item and know it to healthy.
  7. Share a meal at a restaurant. Restaurants often have huge portions and the foold is high in fat and sugar. If nutrional information is not available, look for what looks like the best choice, and possibly exercise more the next day.
  8. Exercise–you just can’t deny that exercise is vital to keeping your body healthy. It also allows you to eat a little more than you would if you were sedentary. The biggest obstacle I had here was fitting it into my schedule during the work week. Some weeks are just busier than others. I decided to go to bed an hour earlier, so I can get up an hour earlier and start my day off with some yoga. After work, I like to walk on hilly terrain and I plan on working up to jogging more often.
  9. Attitude–I had to make up my mind that I really wanted to commit to this new lifestyle. That I would endure hunger pains and sore muscles and abstain from fulfilling my every chocolate-covered fantasy. If I really want a sweet, I can get a diet jello pudding, or one square of super-dark chocolate and just let it melt in my mouth slowly. The key is to savor it. But, always keeping my self on track. When I think of what would happen if I continued on my old ways–diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and just the whole misery of being fat–it quickly snaps me back in line.
  10. Release on my emotions regularly: I become aware of how I am feeling and don’t try to suppress, but just let it be, then I decide if I can let go of that feeling, and if I can, when? I recognize that holding on to anger and sadness and other negative emotions is unhealthy. I also look at what part of these emotions are motivated by a need to control, a need for approval, or in wanting security. I learned this technique from “The Sedona Method.”

So, there’s my plan. What’s yours?


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Food Addictions

October 3, 2006 at 10:01 am (weight-loss)

This morning I happened upon an article that claims that scientists have shown that some people can be addicted to food–read about it here: http://www.ecanadanow.com/science/health/2006/10/02/for-some-people-food-is-like-a-drug/

This goes along with what I’ve been feeling about food being an addiction for me. I use it when I’m anxious, sad, or bored. I get powerful cravings for certain foods and hunger pains even an hour after I ate.

I think that if I am going to be successful in losing weight, I need to treat this as seriously as an addiction to drugs or alcohol. There’s no denying that being overweight is harmful to one’s health in the long-run–it can make you more susceptible to diabetes, heart disease, and stroke And it causes increased wear and tear on your knee joints, which can mean that one day you will need a knee replacement operation.

I’ve gone on diets before, but now I’ve decided to permanetly change my lifestyle. It doesn’t work to think “I’ll go on a diet and exercise until I lose the weight I need to, then I’ll be able to go back to eating how I did before.” You have to make the committment to take care of your health–to put that above satisfying your cravings.

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“Do you want to find the love of your life?

October 2, 2006 at 9:31 pm (Daily Inspiration, life)

Look in the mirror. ” This quote came from the daily angelbytes .

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I’m dumping my fat self

October 2, 2006 at 8:50 pm (Daily Routine-生活, Healthy Lifestyle, Uncategorized, weight-loss)

I am so tired of being fat. For the past six years, I’ve been overweight. It started out like it always does with a couple of extra pounds and a healthy dose of denial. As my girth increased, I made several half-hearted attempts to diet, but I was easily led astray by my cravings for carbs and fat. And when I gave in to a craving, I wouldn’t just have one scoop of ice cream, I’d fill up a bowl, top it with chocolate coating and sprinkles. Once I gave in to one craving, I decided the diet was a failure, felt guilty, then went back to my old ways.

When I wasn’t simply ignoring the problem, I was trying to convince others and myself that I had tried to lose weight, but that nothing worked for me–like I was some special case. My mother, who is also overweight, would back me up, “It’s impossible to lose weight once you’re past 40” she said, as if this was an irrevocable truth. But, oddly enough that statement helped me. Because I realized that it wasn’t true and that I had been buying into that lie myself.

With 66.3% of U.S. citizens over the age of 20 being presently overweight and another 32% obese, I am certainly not alone. And when my father was recently diagnosed with diabetes, I started to look a hard look at my weight problem. It was more than just wanting to look good, I wanted to be healthy. I knew it came down to do I want to continue on with my unhealthy eating and exercise habits even though they are harmful to my health? And if I cannot control my cravings for unhealthy food or too-large portions of foods I like, am I not like an addict or alcoholic?

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Please, if you want to kill yourself, get help–don’t go on a mad shooting spree in a school killing innocent school girls.

October 2, 2006 at 1:48 pm (Uncategorized)

I can’t believe it–another school shooting rampage–this time at an Amish school. The gunman, Charles Carl Roberts IV, 32, was seeking revenge for an incident that happened twenty years ago and targeted young girls, shooting them execution-style. It’s just disturbing to me for so many reasons. First, it sounds like some group of young girls, maybe 8-12 years of age, teased him or were cruel to him, so he takes his revenge on a completely different group of girls that had nothing to do with the original incident, except that they are young and female. Second, I don’t know why he had a grudge, but what he has done is far worse than anything that was done to him. Third, it was twenty years ago–get over it!! Kids can do or say things that are cruel at times and that they would never say when grown-up. Even if they would, it’s just words. And, this is third shooting incident recently and the second shooting to target young girls–does one violent, crazy act inspire others?

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Hello world!

September 28, 2006 at 4:33 pm (Daily Journal)

Anyone that’s dabbled in programming or scripting is familiar with the “Hello world” application. It’s always the title of your first script or it’s a message that it prints to the browser. Since I am new to blogging, I thought I would leave the default title intact for my first blog post, because, really, I am posting for all the world to see and I thought it might be nice and polite to say “hello” and introduce myself to the world.

Of course, the world is a really big place and at the same time it can be a small place, so the world and I are not totally unacquainted, yet I feel that there is so much to learn about it and it about me.

I am one of the “invisible people” — I work at a small company with just a handful of employees providing technical support for their software products over the phone and never really meet any of these people face-to-face. I am certainly not famous or well-known or even semi-well-known.

I am a loving parent to three teenage daughters, but as many parents of teen-agers find, I am not nearly as important to them as I once was, and they are so busy with their own lives, and are not particularly interested in mine. It’s been hard for me to let go and let them grow up at times. My eldest daughter is almost 19 and lives at home and I am working on let her take control of her own life.

I think I’m most visible to my two dogs–they love me and follow me around and are always up to go on a walk. Which is fine by me, as I enjoy the outdoors and am fortunate to live by many great nature trails that are dog-accessible. My dogs are both from the humane society and are mixed breeds. Tiger is a basset-boxer mix and is reddish brown with black tiger-like stripes on her back. She doesn’t look much like a basset or boxer. Kona is a red and is a malamute-red heeler mix. He’s a cute dog, but very “in-your-face” or rather he’s very “nose-in-the-butt.” He is kind of rude that way, but I think he’s got poor eyesight and it’s his way of identifying people.

I also have two cats, both males. I know I’m following some stereotype here–divorced lady with lots of animals (usually its just cats, but hey I improvised). I started off with just one cat, then got another cat to keep the first cat company. Then I decided to get a dog (Tiger) because I wanted that kind of relationship that dogs give–man’s best friend type stuff. But poor Tiger had separation anxiety issues that resulted in her destroying three sofas and a spa cover. I thought that another dog might keep her occupied and that perhaps a dog needs someone they can relate to–a dog-friend, so then came Kona. Tiger no longer chewed up couches once Kona was in the picture, because she really didn’t have time. As a pup, he constantly wanted to play with her and he wore her out. Even now as a 4 year old, he is still fairly high-energy. I think that’s due to his breed-mix–the high-energy of the cattle dog and the strength and endurance of the malamute.

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