Since this blog started out as a way for me to document my weight loss journey, and then it kind of drifted away into let'stalkabouttvandmydogandPinterestandmyweekendandavoidweightlossbecauseI'mstillfat, I've decided that Wednesdays I will try to at least touch base about weight loss and working out and dieting and whatever may seem interesting that week, but it will always relate to my progress.
Sound good? Okay.
This week, since I happened to have gone grocery shopping yesterday, I thought I would talk about some of my dietary rules that have helped me stay on track this time around.
Do stock up on fruits and veggies.
I've learned that fruit can be an easy, healthy way to curb that sweet tooth, especially in the summer when I'm craving ice cream. And veggies can give you a lot of nutrients with barely any calories. If you season them right, they can be BOMB.
Don't include carbs and starches with every meal.
This is a tough one for me. I've always been one of those people that makes dinner immediately thinking of meat and pasta or rice. But even though your body does need carbs, eating them at night is really heavy, and when you go to bed you aren't utilizing them the way your body needs them.
Do drink water. ALL DAY LONG.
I have my one cup of coffee in the morning (just regular coffee from my keurig, with french vanilla creamer), but then it's water for the rest of the day. Your body wants it. And it has no sugar or calories.
Don't booze it up all the time.
I'm a BIG fan of Mike's Harder Lemonade. You know, the 16 ouncers with 8% alcohol content? Be still my heart.
The calorie count? 390 a piece!
I'm trying to stick to 1400-1600 calories a day. So if I'm indulging in two of those (MAYBE 3, if I'm feeling hardcore) I'm using up at least half my calories for the day.
Not to mention the fact that alcohol doesn't really make it easy to get up and work out the next day.
Do find a workout partner.
Whether it's a boyfriend/girlfriend, a sibling, or just a friend, it's SO much easier when you have someone else helping to push you. They don't have to be there with you every day, but it's a nice way to keep a routine and have someone to remind you that you can do it.
Don't blame anybody else.
If you do have a friend who you are working out with or dieting with and they fall off the wagon, don't take that as your cue to do the same and use the excuse "well SHE stopped working out, so I didn't have anybody to workout with anymore". It's great to have someone else, but it's ultimately your own deal. Same goes for dieting. Chad and I are NOT on the same page as far as food requests. And it's really freaking hard sometimes. Last night after we hit up Safeway, Chad wanted to go to Jack in the Box to redeem our free Jumbo Jacks from the Seahawks getting 3 sacks at the game we went to, and you have NO idea how hard it was for me to sit there and watch him eat those two burgers and not get some egg rolls and a sourdough Jack. But I did it. Because i didn't want to have to make myself feel like crap later.
Anyways kids, that's it for now. Just a few of my Dos and Don'ts I've acquired lately.