Slow and Steady Wins the Race

I had seen the posted image in a check-out line a month or two ago and immediately thought “wow, do people really believe this?” How unhealthy and unreasonable. Although I believe people honestly don’t know some things and I wanted to share to open people’s eyes.

We live in a “now now now, go go go” society. I’m guilty of it, I want results immediately. I have zero patience. How did we get here? Technology? The ability to have instant gratification?

We can achieve this on the internet and some other ways but it rarely happens with losing weight. And often times if you lose weight fast, it’s very easy to rebound and fall into bad habits.

Think of the mentality “slow and steady wins the race.” There aren’t any shortcuts to weight loss. You have to be forgiving. It’s hard though, and while I’m not far from my goal, I struggle with this daily. I’ll do really well then take a “break” and get back.

Yo-yoing is definitely unhealthy and I really need to stop. I need to take my own advice, because I know what needs to be done. It’s just a matter of doing it.

Eat more vegetables and lean proteins, avoid processed foods when possible, keep the carb intake low, drink lots of water and exercise. It seems so simple but it’s not. How can it be easy when there are things like pasta, pizza, chicken wings, cookies, donuts, etc!?

“Slow and steady” is definitely what’s going to work as opposed to many of today’s fads. But some people really don’t know the fads, the pills, the juices, etc. don’t work.

If you ever do anything that makes you lose a significant amount of weight in a short amount of time you’re setting yourself up for failure. You’re probably depriving yourself of certain favorite foods completely and the diet becomes miserable. You set a deadline for yourself and once you have passed the deadline, it’s very easy to slip into old habits and regain the weight back. Sometimes even more.

The weight loss pills won’t work either. Many of them, such as Hydroxycut, have so much caffeine and your body freak out. I took them once and not too long after I started taking them I literally felt like my heart was going to beat out of my chest. That’s when I learned my lesson.

There is only one over-the-counter pill I knew of, Alli, that was FDA approved. However the side effects do not seem that pleasant at all.

In a search, I realized that there are two other FDA approved weight loss drugs, Belquiv and Qsymia. From a quick glance I believe both must be prescribed by a doctor (I could be wrong) and were for overweight and/or obese individuals. It was interesting to learn about them on the FDA’s website.  Pills are really only okay under a doctor’s supervision and with a weight loss plan the two of you have gone over together.

Either way, the main point is weight loss doesn’t come easy. It doesn’t come fast, and if it does, the likeliness of keeping it off is lower. Slow and steady wins the race. Search and search to find healthy foods you like. Don’t force yourself into exercise that’s tedious, find an activity that’s fun so you don’t dread workouts. You’ll get there!

Tips and Tricks For Weight Loss

As I find myself watching what I foods and drinks I consume thanks to being back on my Weight Watchers and joining a DietBet, here are some things I have learned over the years to help me get through it without starving. (If you’re looking for a good weight loss plan, I highly recommend Weight Watchers since it is so flexible).

  • Track everything and use a food scale to get exact measurements (sometimes it’s more or less than the serving size listed!)
  • Try a program! And by trying a program, don’t try one that’s going to set you up for failure.  Slow and steady wins the race. Studies after studies show people gain their weight back and more when they try fad diets. Try something manageable like Weight Watchers or My Fitness Pal. There are so many programs out there and each are best for different people–so talk to your doctor if you’re hitting a wall in your weight loss. ProTracker Plus recently tweeted me about their program, which is supposed to pretty much be Weight Watchers without the cost. I haven’t used it so I’m not sure how good it is. Hungry Girl also launched her own diet plan that focuses on large portion sizes. You can use something like DietBet to motivate you to reach your goal too.
  • Plan everything. When you know what you are going to do, it makes those moments of “Am I hungry?”go a little smoother.
  • Cut things in half to make seem like there is more
  • Use smaller plates and bowls to give the illusion of more
  • Find recipe swaps for favorite foods that can eat large portions of (for instance, there are over 200 calories in a cup of mashed potatoes, but just over 75 calories for a cup of mashed cauliflower or 60 to 100 calories in orange juice but these V8 diet juices have 10 calories)
  • For those recipes, use any websites like these to get recipes, you can eat big portions: Skinnytaste, LaaLoosh, Emily Bites, Hungry Girl, SkinnyMs., Simple Nourished Living, What’s Cooking in the BurbsRecipe Girl,  Slender Kitchen and Kalyn’s Kitchen
  • Hydrate hydrate hydrate (I still struggle with this)
  • If you use Weight Watchers, download the app and take it to the store with you to scan different items in the store to mix up your variety
  • I started adding Diet Sprite to my wine to make it seem like I have more, but I get the same affect
  • Exercise. I know, I know. I hate it too. Try to find something you like. I finally am somewhat okay with jogging now that I have a good route and blast music. Exercise doesn’t have to be so bad, do what works for you. Don’t like a gym? Use YouTube videos or go to your cable’s onDemand. Pinterest has a lot of ideas too. Also, you can purchase equipment for your place. If you don’t want to spend a lot, look into a second-hand equipment store. Bored? Try a class, you can find quite a few things on Groupon too.

I’m Taking a Chance to Lose Weight

I made a last minute decision tonight to join a DietBet. It’s almost May and I’m no where near my weight loss goals for the year.

With DietBet, you put a certain amount of money in a pot. You lose X amount of weight in X time and all winners get a cut of the pot.

For me, I have to lose four percent of my weight in one month. I think I’m more than capable I just have to put my mind to it and I thought the DietBet might be what I needed.

They have a third party review weigh in photos that are confidential–just to make sure no one cheats. It sounds scarier than it is to get started, but it’s all to make sure you’re legit.

If you’re in the same boat as me, check out DietBet. You can join a game or create your own.

My muscles hurt so good

Reality has set in.  I’m traveling in a month and need to finish getting myself in the shape I’d like to be in.  I’m to the point now where it’s just a lot of toning and defining.

I told my fiancé (it’s still taking me a while to get used to calling him that!) on Sunday I was getting myself together and not to let me snack on bad foods at night. I said no matter how much I wanted to, he shouldn’t let me.  Then on Monday I ate my healthy breakfast, healthy lunch then a decent dinner.  After dinner I went for a donut and he looked at me with the biggest smile and said, “You can’t eat that. You told me to tell you not to, so I’m telling you not to!”

And since, I’ve been doing okay.  Having someone to help keep you on track is a good thing.  I don’t mind that I have him over my shoulder.  I probably need it to stay motivated.

I’ve also been working out again too. 30 minutes per day.  Nothing major, 20 minutes of intense workouts (thank you Comcast onDemand) and then a quick 10 minute jog on the treadmill.  It’s nothing epic at all, but it’s better than nothing. I’ve been doing this since Monday and all of my muscles hurt.  But it’s a good hurt.  It’s a constant reminder of the good things.

The place where working out and eating healthy gets difficult is the weekend.  There’s more free time and temptation is to get into things you shouldn’t. Then also, when there are social events, it’s extremely hard.  Especially when people start to ask questions and even worse when people tell you you’re fine.

I’ll keep working though.  One month until a huge huge huge trip.  All of this hard work will be worth it.