Tuesday, March 17, 2009

An apple a day keeps the doctor away???

Maybe. But I'm not convinced. :( I have been trying to eat healthier the past week or so and I have to be honest. I am pretty dang miserable. Apples certainly don't taste like chips, chocolate, bread or anything yummy for that matter. And if I eat one more orange I think I might just turn in to one.

I know, I know... My body will adjust and I will start to appreciate all the fruits and veggies for their natural flavors... but for right now I just want carbs and sweets dang it!!!!

My biggest challenge is getting back in to exercising. When we decided to move here from Maryland I was walking for 30 mins a day and doing cardio and weights for another hour every day and I was in much better shape and felt amazing. I don't know WHY I don't have the motivation here. I think it has something to do with going in to an office every day... ok, really I am probably just lazy... but regardless, IT NEEDS TO CHANGE! For some reason I am just SOOOOOOOO unmotivated right now and the pounds are just creeping on.

So give me your tips ladies. What do you do to motivate yourselves? How do you resist snacking? Or what are your favorite low calorie yummy snacks? How do you work exercise in to your day and what do you do to make it fun? Helllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllp :)

12 comments:

Higleys said...

I used to go to they gym or work out first thing in the morning. That gave me more energy and then I had the added incentive of not wanting to undo my hard work by eating junk. Also water seems to be a key for me. My friend says the extra fruity flavor gum helps a sweet fix. I like to mix a teaspoon of jam in a 1/2 cup of cottage cheese it is low cal, low carb and high protein. Jenna & I used to eat raw broccoli with salsa as a dip. Good luck.

Karen said...

The only thing that works for me is to work out before work or right after work. Once I walk in the door, it is really hard to get motivated. I agree with Kristen that once you have worked out for the day, you are more motivated to eat healthy foods. I do think that all of your favorites are fine in moderation, especially when you are getting alot of excercise. I've never had any luck with restrictive dieting, just sensible eating. All easier said than done of course!

Tammy said...

I am going to second what both Kristen and Karen said..( I love the cottage cheese and jam) and I have never had success with completely restricting myself..if I want it, then I get it (after chugging 16 ounces of water first) ...I do sort of a rewards system..I walk two miles a day (on the treadmill with an incline) and will not allow myself to eat breakfast until after I do it (thats a pretty big motivator) it also means getting up early, or squeezing it in between bus pickups..what I want to add is fasting...fasting once a month not only helps spiritually, but it resets your body...you begin to crave good stuff again...also, you can find many substitutes when those inevitable cravings do hit...try the 10 calorie gelatin snacks ( pack of 12 at Super Walmart for 2.50 or grocery store) mix them with your fruit and top it with whip cream...(fat free of course) keep chocoalte chips handy for chocolate cravings...a handful of those should take care of it...and water, water water...force yourself to drink before meals...food journals work well also...once you see what you eat, and compare it to what you should be eating, you can almost create a "budget" for yourself...i.e if you ate really well all week, you can let loose a bit on the weekends hope this helps and good luck!!

*~Petra~* said...

Oooh. I am liking the feedback. The morning thing is out for me unfortunately as I am already up at 5 to be to work at 6. There is no way I can get up any earlier. :( But Karen, I think you are right. If I am gonna be successful, I have to do it RIGHT when I get home. That is probably why I was successful back East. I ALWAYS did it as soon as I woke up before I started working. Keep it coming ladies!

Denise said...

Well, I have always liked the Atkins diet. Once I got used to it I could do it forever and never missed the carbs. It made me lose weight fast. Now, however, I have been put on a diabetic diet for the rest of my pregnancy. So I guess what keeps me motivated is having a healthy baby. That won't work for you, but maybe you can make a list of all of the reasons you want to be around for your kids. When I worked at Jenny Craig we gave people an exchange list. If you have a list that says have two starches, one fruit and one milk for lunch and then have a list of lots of items that fit into each category you will feel like you have more to choose from. Just google your calorie level and food exchange list. I also love apples or bananas with peanut butter. And don't eat anything made with white flour. Only whole wheat, it is more filling and better for you. For me, the best record I had with exercising was with my friend who met me at the corner every day. We would walk or run early before the hubbys went to work. I hated that girl as I woke up at six am, but I never wanted to call her house that early to cancel and we always had a great time once we got started. We barely knew each other when we started and then ended up great friends.

couplabz said...

Don't ask me, I'm as anxious as you to read the replies!

R Clan said...

The year I lost 40 pounds between Sammy and Tayden I did The Firm workout in the morning and went walking in the afternoon when the weather was good. I would push Sammy around or both Braxton and Sammy if they were both home. I watched my portions. No crazy diets or anything it was all about portion control. No seconds for me. I did allow myself sweets too but it didn't get out of control. Once the weather is nice again I will be walking a heck of a lot more in the afternoon and or evening. You know I do The Firm every morning. Anyway, just call me up and I can throw my walking clothes on in seconds. I will definitely be there. :) We have the best hills in our neighborhood. You just wait. ;)

Henich Family said...

You need to come walking with me and Kris...it's a good time. We burn off more just from the laughing! ;)

I LOVE food way too much and it is my downfall. Ask Tor...I am good for 2 days and then I am done! Just make sure you do weights, that helps you burn more. Oh and as the biggest loser would say...Get some Extra gum to chew when you have a craving.

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Joni said...

ok, I've been waiting for something new on your blog because I don't have any good working out tips because I don't but I should. You are probably so busy with the move, good luck!

We are the Mayletts said...

I heard if you eat oyesters with peanut butter....j.k.
Long time no blog...I was glad to catch up with you! I too would like to get more in shape...wanna race??
I loved Deanna's play by the way. Too dang cute.
Love ya
Candace (a very sporadic and limited blogger)

Joyce said...

Petra, just read this post. How are you doing on the changes in your diet? Try the 80/20 rule: strict 80% of the time, relaxed 20% of the time. This applies to exercise as well as diet. Truth is, once you quit the junk food and eat the whole foods, if you eat junk food again it tastes awful - but HOOKS YOU RIGHT BACK IN!! That's because fat, sugar and salt are all such necessary components of our diets that they connect with the pleasure center of the brain almost instantly and you become re-addicted. Keep up the good work and remember: 80/20 works!