Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Past Couple Of Days..

Hello My Beautiful Friends
Since convention is over we are finally slowing down at work and I had few minutes for a post. Soo, where have I been this week you're wondering? Well, I attempted to workout on Monday, but I can't really even consider it a workout. 
On Saturday I was rushing to leave the house and kind of ran over the vacuum. I instantly felt crazy amounts of pain on my right ankle and since I had to leave I didn't really give it much thought. So fast-forward to Monday. I had every intention on working out, but all the jumping around was not making my ankle any better. I tried my best and I did finish it, but by the end I thought my foot was falling off. Instead of going through it all over again yesterday, I decided to let my ankle rest. Today I feel much better and will attempt it again. 
So, since I have kind of slacking on my workout I stepped up my game diet wise. I have been eating a lot healthier this week and also supplementing with Shakeology. I must say though, the shakes are sooo good I have been feeling a little guilty drinking it. LOL, crazy to think it is actually my healthiest meal of the day even when I am eating at my best. I have been trying not to weigh myself, but since last time I've lost a little over 2lbs. Not much, but it makes me feel GREAT! LOL. 
In eating healthier, I've been doing a little research in what are the best foods to eat when trying to lose weight. Being that I am not and have never been the best healthy eater, I need all the knowledge I can get. I also wanted to share with everyone some of the "rules" I have been living by lately. 
When I started my journey to a healthier me, I did some research on what would be some easy tips to follow to help me reach my goals.
Here are 25 tips I have been following and have been successful with. 
1. Set a realistic weight-loss goal. Most experts recommend aiming for half a pound to 2 pounds a week.

2. Keep track. Dieters who keep track of everything they eat lose twice as much weight as those who don't, research shows.

3. Motivate yourself. Get a pair of jeans or pants that are too tight and hang them in the kitchen instead of the closet to keep you inspired.

4. Get help from family and friends. Dieters who have support from a partner at home lose more weight than those who don't, studies show.

5. Move it to lose it. Research shows that people who do physical activities such as walking or biking for two to four hours a week during weight-loss efforts lose an extra 3 to 5 pounds over a year.

6. Pay attention to portions. A 3-ounce portion of meat, poultry or fish is about the size of the palm of your hand or a deck of cards; 1 teaspoon of butter or margarine, a standard postage stamp; a cup of cold cereal, berries or popcorn, a baseball; 4-inch pancake or waffle, the diameter of a CD.

7. Clean out your pantry and refrigerator. Get rid of the foods that sabotage your weight loss.

8. Create "a dinner deck." This would include 10 favorite quick and healthful dinners written on index cards. Each card should list the ingredients for the recipe on one side and directions for making it on the other.

9. Avoid hunger. Eat regular meals and snacks. Make sure you have some protein foods such as yogurt, tuna, beans or chicken for most meals. Some research suggests that protein helps you feel full longer.

10. Keep produce on hand. Place a bowl of vegetables such as broccoli, snap peas, cucumbers or carrot sticks in the refrigerator. You can eat them as a snack or when preparing meals to take the edge off your hunger.

11. Stock up on "impulse fruits." Keep things like grapes, small apples, small bananas and pears around the house. These foods are easy to eat without having to do much cutting and slicing.

12. Make some stealth changes. That will get everyone in the family eating healthier. Buy low-fat 1% or skim milk, low-fat cream cheese and reduced-fat cheese instead of the full-fat versions. Use them in recipes to cut the fat and calories.

13. Cut out liquid calories. Eliminate soda and sugary drinks such as sweetened iced tea, sports drinks and alcoholic beverages. Liven up the taste of water by adding lemon, lime, cucumber or mint. Choose skim and 1% milk.

14. Practice the "Rule of One." When it comes to high-calorie foods, you won't go wrong if you allow one small treat a day. That might be one cookie or a fun-sized candy bar.

15. Pace, don't race. Force yourself to eat more slowly and savor each bite.

16. Hydrate before meals. Drinking 16 ounces, or two glasses, of water before meals may help you eat less.

17. Downsize plates, bowls, glasses, silverware. Using smaller versions of your serving ware will help you eat less food naturally.

18. Adopt the motto "after 8 is too late" for snacks after dinner.

19. Buy a pedometer. Health experts recommend taking at least 10,000 steps a day, which is roughly 4 to 5 miles, depending on your stride length.

20. Treat yourself occasionally. If your chocolate craving is getting to you, try diet hot-chocolate packets. If you need a treat, go out for it or buy small prepackaged portions of ice cream bars. If you love chocolate, consider keeping bite-size pieces in the freezer.

21. Dine at a table. Eat from a plate while seated at a table. Don't eat while driving, lounging on the couch or standing at the fridge.

22. Dine out without pigging out. Figure out what you are going to eat in advance. Get salad dressing on the side. Restaurants usually put about one-quarter cup (4 tablespoons) of dressing on a salad, which are often too many calories. Best to stick with 1 to 2 tablespoons. Dip your fork into the dressing and then into the salad.

23. Get plenty of sleep. Scientists have found that sleep deprivation increases levels of a hunger hormone and decreases levels of a hormone that makes you feel full. The effects may lead to overeating and weight gain.

24. Weigh yourself regularly. That's what successful dieters and those who manage to maintain weight loss do. Some step on the scales once a week. Others do so daily.

25. Reward yourself. When you meet your incremental weight loss goals, say losing 5 pounds, treat yourself to something — but not food. Buy a CD or DVD you've been wanting or go out to a movie with a friend. (If you know me, you know I go shopping. LOL)

Later on I will be posting about how my exercise went tonight. I would love to know any of the tips you have that work for you.

..Because pictures make everything more fun, here is a picture of my favorite breakfast this morning. :D

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