- I post thoughts, comments, food, exercise, and calories daily
- I read your thoughts and comments and try to reply frequently
- I weigh in on Monday morning's and post the results (be they good or bad)
- I take a photo on the 14th of each month to show progress
- I accept weekly challenges that are feasible and compliment my diet plan/goals
- My daily caloric intake goal is 1,600 or less (subject to change with progress)
- My daily caloric burn goal is 300 or more (subject to change with progress)
- I permit myself 1 "caveman" day per month to avoid plateau
- I acknowledge mistakes but don't beat myself up over them or let them discourage me
- I count calories using caloriecount.com and verify my numbers on livestrong.com (created by Lance Armstrong ... perhaps you've heard of him?)
- I spend my hour lunch break working out and add the shake weight or wii at night as a supplement
- I measure my food whenever possible, will tell you when I don't measure/count something, and am prepared to do that for the rest of my life to stay healthy ... just like my dad measures his diabetes medication.
- I have made big changes in my eating habits and will continue to work on them; this is a process not a marathon
- I am working toward a new lifestyle not a crash diet that will lose it quick and gain it back quicker
- From the date of this post I am giving myself NINETEEN MONTHS to accomplish my goals
- I will not eliminate the occasional fast food meal from my diet because it is not practical, realistic, or sustainable. I work full time, go to college full time, am writing a book, learning to speak Italian, and am now adding exercise to my daily to-do list so in addition to not liking to cook, sometimes I just don't have time.
- Calories in - Calories out = weight loss. It's scientifically proven. I acknowledge the nutritional importance of healthier foods but they are not strictly required for weight loss. It's all about the calories.
- I try new things, I tell you what I think of them, realistically, and if it doesn't work I try something else.
- Any form of movement burns calories and beats sitting on the couch watching TV. I embrace the alternatives because killing myself on a treadmill every chance I get is not realistic for me.
- Caloric burn is based on weight, the more you weigh the more calories you burn walking a mile or climbing a flight of stairs. It's like wearing 100 lb weights strapped to your back ... everything is harder and takes more effort when you're obese.
- Different diets work for different people. I've tried dozens of them over the years that haven't worked for me but have worked for other people I know. Dieting is like religion - to each their own.
- Yes I have mentioned the Twinkie diet, I am NOT, however, advocating or supporting it. It was an experiment conducted by a professional in nutrition to prove a point. That is ALL! I do not suggest that anyone actually try it as a method for losing weight.
- I don't sleep well due to medical problems unrelated to my weight, therefore, my morning coffee is necessary. It's healthier than the 4 cokes a day I used to drink and it is a good source of fiber. I do not use sugar or sweetener in my coffee, if I did I would tell you.
- I don't actually like fruit, at all, just ask my mom who pops in here from time to time. So every time you see that I've eaten a piece ... it is a major accomplishment of personal will-power.
- I hate to cook. Hate it. There is not a domestic bone in my body. I cook out of necessity on occasion or get a wild hair for it ... but don't be surprised that it doesn't happen often.
- I live with a saboteur trying very hard to tempt me and support me at the same time. I think he's confused and I'm doing my very best but it's not always easy to resist "Temptation" ... as you all know.
- I don't have a lot of money and, in my area, whole foods and raw foods cost twice as much as processed so, for me, dieting is a balancing act.
- I firmly believe that my hunger signals are misaligned. If they weren't, I wouldn't be fat, therefore I don't listen to them usually.
- I have already succeeded! I will not forget that!
- I will continue to succeed and push myself to try new things and grow throughout this process!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Articles of Faith
Part mission statement, part disclaimer, part allaying some myths: if you are new to my blog the information below will help you get caught up and avoid confusion or me having to repeat myself. :)
Posted by Lady Muse at 8:19 PM