Archive | August 2014

The Scale – Use it Wisely

The scale is my guide and my disciplinarian although at times it may feel like my worst enemy! There are mixed reviews as to how often you should weigh yourself. Some say daily, some say weekly, some even say the numbers on the scale are irrelevant as long as you are healthy and in good shape. I believe you have to choose which of these works best for you.

I am partial to two of the above options. I am a daily-weigh-in kinda girl, but it’s not to see what the actual number is, it’s to see if there is movement in the right direction. If it says 125 today and it was 135 two months ago, I am happy. If it says 185 and I was 215 four months ago, then I am happy. It’s all about the progress. People get very hung up on the NUMBER they are trying to reach. This can be discouraging as we are not all built to be the “ideal weight” set out by some mathematical equation we read in the latest women’s magazine. When you get close to your goal, and you are eating right and exercising regularly, there will almost inevitably be a major slowdown in the weight loss. Your shape will usually continue to change but the numbers don’t necessarily. This is when trouble starts. People tend to give up and slowly go back to old habits, or they tend to go to the extremes of dieting which will only result in illness.

I always use the scale as a guide. If I lose a little – great, if I gain a little I will be aware of it and it won’t let it go any further. It gives me the opportunity to assess and adjust my current plan and continue to work toward healthy goals. How I feel physically and how I feel when I look in the mirror are the best guides to my “ideal weight”.

Trying New Ideas

It’s been a much better week.  I think I may be getting back into some sort of routine, both with my food choices and with my mini workout plan.

I am trying what I call the Many Mini Meals plan, where I have several small healthy meals and snacks throughout the day.  I am not convinced that this is the long term plan that is going to take me to my goal, but it is a way to get into choosing healthy foods and never feeling deprived.  Eventually, even if I remove a couple of the little snacks I might be able to continue to choose more appropriate foods and eat at regular meal times.  The benefit of the mini meals is that the insulin levels in my body stay constant and my metabolism doesn’t feel the need to store food, as it knows there will be more coming soon.  That way it can process and dispose of the unwanted fats and toxins leaving me only with the fuel I need.

I saw an infomercial for an eating plan called Food Lovers that made a lot of sense to me.  It puts specific foods together that work with one another to make your metabolism work for you.  The concept made sense and it claims you can eat any food you want.  I realize that doesn’t mean I can eat 8 slices of pizza, or burgers and fries every night, but the idea that I can incorporate these types foods into my very real, on the go, crazy busy routine without feeling like I have messed things up, is an idea I think I am willing to try. I plan to do a little more leg work on the plan itself and the people who have tried it, but it has definite potential. In the meantime, I will focus on what I have been doing and I may add a few more stretches (maybe a little bit of yoga) and some low impact cardio to my workouts.

I hope everyone is having a successful time with your personal goals. If you haven’t started yet, but you are ready to give it a try, good luck and remember that we all understand how difficult it is. Just take the first step and build a little more each day.

Keep up the good work!