In my last healthy living post I told you my weigh-in goal this week was to break 178, which I did not achieve. My weight last week was 179.2 and this week I registered 179.0. I am not surprised as I indulged a bit, but nothing over the top. So this week I am extra committed to eating healthy enough to reach my goal of 178.
First, I want to refresh your memory about my plan. I focus on a few simple keys that have brought success in the past and are delivering success today:
- Monitor my daily caloric intake using my Lose It app.
- Exercise daily by walking the dog
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat plenty of healthy snacks between meals (i.e. low fat cottage cheese, fresh fruits, nuts, low fat yogart, chips and salsa, etc.)
- Mix in veggies as much as possible
- Eat lots of lean meats (turkey, chicken)
- Weekly weigh-in to track success
- I read the following mantra several times per day:
My desire is to lose 20 pounds (165 lbs.) by April 30, 2016. To reach my goal I will sacrifice eating sweets, junk food, fatty foods and sodas. I will also sacrifice my time twice per day and commit to walking around my neighborhood. I will eat 1800-1900 calories per day, consisting of 3 meals and 3 snacks and will strictly limit my night time snacking. I will track my caloric intake each time I eat with my LoseIt app. I know that if I execute this plan and consume fewer calories than I burn that my body will do its job and burn fat. I will commit to this plan no matter how bad the junk food cravings get nor what other people say; I will persevere!
Okay so here’s the deal…this past week I did a few things that kept me from my goal. One,
I ate too many peanut butter sandwiches. Peanut butter is my downfall and I am not ashamed to admit it! My favorite is Peter Pan creamy, but I will not discriminate if presented with other varieties. They will all find a place in my belly! lol
Secondly, I ate way too many breads. I don’t mind bread as long as it is in moderation, which was not the case last week. Also, if you look at the rules I follow for eating healthy, I don’t get too involved with watching carbs or limiting them. I use common sense and monitor them with my Lose It app and if I see I am eating a lot of bread or carbs I will cut back a little, but I am not watching my intake constantly. Low carb is great for people in dire situations or those that need to lose weight for surgery, etc., but for day-to-day living, carbs are necessary and taste good.
Thirdly, I didn’t eat enough veggies. Evelina and I try to cook at home, but she was sick most of last week therefore, I was left to fend for myself; hence the overeating of the PB sandwiches! This coming week we are planning meals that have more veggies and I will also eat a few more fruits.
And, lastly, I didn’t eat enough in general. There were mornings when I didn’t eat breakfast (huge no no) and didn’t eat healthy snacks throughout the day. My usual plan is to eat 3 meals each day and 3-5 small snacks. My snacks are cottage cheese, yogart, nuts, fruit, celery, etc. I didn’t do a good job of doing this last week so this week snacks will be a priority.
As I stated above, my goal for next Monday will be to have eaten healthy enough to weigh-in under 178. If I am a good boy then this will be an easy goal to reach.
As far as physical activity goes, I walked the dog per my usual routine, but wouldn’t consider it exercise. It was cold here last week and the walks were fast and furious! The weather is supposed to warm up quite a bit so Evelina and I plan to go to the park for walks. I will admit that the MS is causing some issues lately. My hips and hands are receiving the brunt of the assault, which makes life extra tough. But I will not be deterred nor will I allow myself to use MS as an excuse! I will still force myself to go walk even though it hurts because in the long run my body will benefit more from burning off fat than it will from sitting around and doing nothing. No excuses ever!
I get a lot of excuses from people and as I have talked about before, I tend to be less compassionate with people that are excuse makers. I know what I go through each day to try and cope and I make no excuses. I didn’t reach my goal last week because I did not follow my plan. Shame on me. I am responsible for my actions and I own my failure. Too many people use excuses and it just bothers me so much, especially when the person isn’t aware that they are excuse users!
My challenge for all of us is to own your failures, own your life and own your actions; and be aware of the impact that your actions have on your life. Take personal responsibility
and realize you have control over your actions which help to form and shape your future. I read sad stories about bad things happening to people and that sucks. But sometimes we put ourselves directly in the path of possible bad outcomes. For instance, I read a story of a young girl that was held up at gun point at an ATM and robbed and beaten. It was a heartbreaking story and I felt terrible for the girl. Then I read that she was robbed at 3:30 am in a shady part of town and the police suspect she was getting money to buy drugs. The latter facts in no way warrant her being beaten and robbed. But this young woman must take a look at her actions and determine if it was a smart choice to be out alone at 3:30 am withdrawing cash at an ATM in a bad part of town. See my point?
Many years ago, a Charlotte man was killed in a hit and run accident. He was on a bicycle riding in rush hour traffic. It was a horrible story and accident resulting in 2 young children and a young wife left to fend for themselves. I see cyclist riding at peak traffic times around the Charlotte area and I wonder if this is the wisest decision. Or should we use a bit more common sense and pick a less busy time to get our exercise? I am not implying that this man was asking to be killed by riding in traffic, I am simply saying that our actions must be evaluated and we must be cautious in what we choose to do. And we must be aware of the possible ramifications of our actions.
When I read stories like those above I am reminded of the old adage: knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is knowing it doesn’t belong in a fruit salad. Anywho, I am going to leave that thought right there for now.
The skinny of the situation is that we all commit to actions that have a direct impact on the path our lives take and we should be careful to plan those actions and not leave events up to happenstance.
I will follow up next Tuesday again with my healthy living update and hopefully will have better news!