Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Food For Thought

This is a post about Weight Management - if you are not interested in reading,
please go ahead and simply look at the photo of the cute little chipmunk
stuffing his little face to 'bulk up' for the winter
and then carry on to the next blog...  :)

Happy Wednesday!


In the spirit of other's resolutions of 'getting healthy'
and piggy backing on blog friend Betsy's (Joyful Reflections) post today
whose thoughts and experiences reflect mine including;
  • History of being able to lose weight but not keeping it off for any length of time
  • Starting a new life style change in April of 2011 (I didn't realize we started at the same time Betsy!)
  • Losing the weight slowly (statistically - the faster it comes off, the faster it comes back on); it took me 18 months to lose 67 lbs - basically a pound a week - I've been pretty much the same weight now for a year (the longest time for me EVER!)
  • Keeping a food journal (mine is by utilizing Weight Watchers On-line) every day (I spend no more than 2 minutes a day tracking since it's all electronic and it's on my computer, my ipad and my android phone) - I spend longer cleaning my teeth every day - LOVE MY TEETH! (3 years of braces and retainers will do that to a person...)
  • Tracking my daily steps (love my fitbit!)
  • Losing weight for yourself - your own health - not for anyone else

Now, I shall add my 2 cents (errr...Canada no longer has pennies...)
5 cents in about weight loss management and
what I did differently this time and what has helped me:
  • Take photos of yourself in your 'knickers' at your heaviest weight to refer back to when you feel the urge to give up (TIP: Hide the photos deep deep deep in your computer files so that NO ONE ever finds them!!! GAAAK!)
  • Talk to your Doctor and a nutritionalist about your health concerns and weight loss challenges - be open and honest with them - they are there to help!
  • Write down all your health problems that 'magically' disappear as you lose weight - sleep apnea, sore hips/knees, heart burn, tiredness, etc. - refer to them when you feel the urge to give up 
  • Find a good friend who is in the same 'healthy mind/healthy body zone' as you are (Hey Penny!!)
  • Don't deprive yourself of any food (except the really bad food you shouldn't be eating anyways) - I eat carbs breakfast, lunch and supper and I eat chocolate every day - oh yes I do!!  New favorite right now is Lindt individual squares - 3 chocolates = 2 WW pts!
  • Take photos of yourself in your 'knickers' as you reach each weight-loss milestone to refer back to when you feel the urge to give up - note how your 'knickers' get smaller and prettier (TIP: Hide the photos deep deep deep in your computer files so that NO ONE ever finds them!)
  • Find activities that you enjoy (I started with simply walking, then added Just Dance games for wii, bought a treadmill, and then you know I love me my weighted hula-hoop!)
  • Fill your ipod or mp3 player with 'get moving, feel good' music - update it often - when you walk or exercise, you keep going as you want to hear the next song!
  • Eat at least 2 snacks a day but usually 3 - LOTS of fruit - snacks with healthy, natural ingredients - one of my favorites is Kashi snack bars - (Mocha Almond bar? What?  More chocolate?  Yes please!! And only 3 WW pts!)  Never let yourself get hungry!
  • Take photos of yourself in your 'knickers' at your goal weight to refer back to when you feel the urge to give up - note how your 'knickers' are teeny tiny and super sexy (TIP: Don't hide these photos too deep in your computer files - let your husband use your computer once in awhile...)
  • Accept the fact that putting your health first is a DAILY CONSCIOUS CHOICE EVERY SINGLE DAY for the REST OF YOUR LIFE and REALIZE that YOU are WORTH IT!
Now, if you are done reading
please go ahead and look at the photo of the cute little chipmunk
stuffing his little face to 'bulk up' for the winter and remember that
WE ARE NOT CHIPMUNKS...there will be more food tomorrow.  :)

Happy Wednesday!


Sandra said...

two of these i totaly can attest to myself, it is important to eat the foods you like and not starve or deprive your self because it has to be a food plan for the rest of your life. i am a sugar addict. i lost 100 pounds back in 1980 and kept it off for 9 years. during those years i ate no sugar at all. my mother came for a visit and i had one ice cream cone, 2 years later i had gained 50 pounds. once the fat cells are there they come back much faster the next time. congrats on your loss, you look great. all my yo you weight loss since i was a teen, up and down up and down was never for any one else but for me, because i hated the way i looked and felt, but now at almost 70 i still hate myself but can't seem to do anything about it even though i know how.

Betsy Adams said...

LOVED it, Catherine… We certainly think the same way when it comes to eating healthy and exercising…

The hardest thing for me (well--there are several) is learning to eat anything I want --and not depriving myself, without wanting more and more of it… MODERATION is the key word when it comes to everything, for sure…

Thanks… I will mention your post in my next blog for those who are interested….


TexWisGirl said...

i agree w/ fast weight loss = fast weight regain. and i also totally agree with doing it for yourself, your own health, your own sense of well-being. i eat carbs, i splurge on chocolate or ice cream or pie. but i continue to MOVE as much as i can to keep the weight and blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. under control. no one else is going to do it for me.

Lisa Gordon said...

Loved this, Catherine, and congratulations on your perseverance!

Susan said...

What a great post! I'm a lifetime Weight Watcher, but the last 6 years, (menopause ya know) I've gained weight. I really want to be more fit and healthy, but for myself. I really don't care what anyone else thinks. Thanks Catherine, I needed the boost!

Brian said...

I will have to discuss this with my chippy friends this Spring.

Laurie said...

Great tips Catherine, I too am slowly losing weight. That's the best way. Love the little chipmunk, too cute!

Kerri Farley said...

These are great!! I really need to get back on track. I am a "stress" eater - and boy have I been stressed lately.
I'm going to check out he WW online and see how that looks.

bobbybegood1 said...

Excellent suggestions. You are so right about how the process of weight loss works. Taking it off fast, gaining it all back - plus some just as quick. That's my problem. Last August I was following a wonderful diet of "greens & beans." I felt wonderful. Gone were the body aches. I had optimum energy too. Everyone was saying how much weight I had lost. Then we had a party at my job. I wasn't going to go because I knew one look at the cake and I was going to just lose it. And I did! At first I tried to talk myself into saying I would have just one slice. I ended up eating 2 or 2 1/2 pieces. It's been downhill since. I must have put on about 15 pounds. I have high hopes for 2014. Great post. Cheers!!

Donna said...

this is a good post and to share what your secret was to losing and KEEPING the weight off. Sharing our successes and failures always helps others if only maybe one person even.

keep rockin to the good music!!

Tamago said...

Great weight management tips! I love the idea of taking photos at different stages. And I especially love not to hide the photo at goal weight deep in computer files. LOL!
I love Lindt chocolate, too! I especially love their white chocolate. Very yummy :-)

a-l-t-i said...

Хорошенький! Чудесное фото:)

Penny said...

Hey, I got mentioned! It is funny that I just sent you an email and included the weight issue in it. I have been hula hooping. One of the guys saw it the other day and asked about it. Happy Wednesday to you too!

Mary said...

Best post ever! And go you for keeping the weight off. You're right, of course, slow and steady wins the race! :). I need to remember that. And yes, chipmunk is super adorable, and no, i am not one! Lol

Anonymous said...

Those are wonderful tips! I've been struggling with digestive issues and have discovered a wheat sensitivity. Since nearly eliminating wheat completely from my diet I've started losing weight and it seems like my digestive track is functioning more smoothly. I've cut back a bit on sugar, but I eat pretty much what I want. I'll have to make use of some of your tips though!

Crafting Queen said...

Hope this year will be a positive one for you. Hopeing you get some sunshine soon. Hugs to you and Banjo.

S. Etole said...

Congratulations on this. I'm afraid I resemble the chipmunk a bit.

sharon said...

well I'm totally inspired again as I sit here and eat this chocolate bar. I need to exercise!

Nancy said...

Boy did I need your post today....I am on the same track but one idea I hadn't thought of was to take a picture at my highest and then refer when I am down in the dumps and want comfort food....You go girl....we can do this....maybe we should have a get together in the summer of the gals working on their wt.....

Carolynn Anctil said...

I LOVE This post! I want to rid myself of these 20+ pounds I've put on over the past 2 years. It doesn't matter how they got there, the point is, they are and I don't like it.

I've been doing some reading and a lot of the tips you give - photos in your knickers, food diary, snacking - are all up there as effective tools for weight loss.

It's interesting that you note health problems that disappear when you lose the weight. I've been having a lot of debilitating pain in my hips this past year...hadn't thought about weight being a factor.

Anyway, I wouldn't call it a resolution, as such. I am motivated to finally take my body back this year. Wish me luck!

Sylvia said...

Great post, Catherine, thanks for all the tips ... I already started eating healthier ... :-)
And what a cute little chipmunk !
Nice week,

Ann said...

I think you and Betsy need to come and be my weight loss coaches. :)

Linda R said...

Such great tips my friend.. I bought my hubby a fitbit for Christmas. He loves it. The only problem is he tells me we need to go walk another loop around the campground because he hasn't met his step yet.

Hats off to you for keeping the weight off.

Love the photo of your chipmunk...


BeadedTail said...

Great advice Catherine and thanks for all the tips! Not too sure about the knickers photos though! I know one day it'd be fun to look back on but for now, no way! I've been doing strength training again along with Zumba so hopefully I can be an after one day too!

Eileen said...

Great post Catherine, and very inspiring.

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SweetMarie said...

I couldn't agree more. :) The chipmunk is adorable. :)

SweetMarie said...

I couldn't agree more. :) The chipmunk is adorable. :)

The Geeks said...

Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
thank you :)

Linens and Royals said...

Is that chipmunk willing to share? I'm hungry. XX

Nancy Claeys said...

My son gave me a Fitbit for Christmas and I love it! Also discovered Lindt 90% Cocoa bars. :)

I changed my eating habits and started exercising back in June of 2013 and lost 40 pounds and have managed to keep it off.

Great post!

Penelope's Beehive said...

Just so ... thank you for the inspiring post Catherine, and for the photo of such a charming little fella!
Sending hugs ...

Pam said...

I've been thinking about getting a fitbit - do you really love yours?

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Catherine,
You are good at breaking it up into segments that you WILL do. So far you've done very well and yes, we are no chipmunks. They have to take what they can so they can curl up and sleep, hibernate for a while when the weather gets rough.
Good luck with 2014. I look forward to the spring and to using my weighted hula hoop real time. I'd just started, after I finally found one in Atlanta and than the surgery... Forget it than. But I'm healed enough to give it a try and I will.

Kamana said...

i started walking during the last week of december. its the first thing i do when i wake up. an hour of brisk walking with my husband. now we have been doing a bit of walking, a bit of jogging... and been doing it every day. it is a time i look forward to ... strangely enough. just having that time alone with my love is very good for me. of course the 2 kilos i have lost in the last three weeks helps to keep the motivation going too. good luck!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Hi Catherine,
Great tips here…I'll apply a few to my repertoire.
My favorite by far is the taking of a pic in your underthingys and then HIDING IT DEEP in your pc. LOL
Have a great day!

Art and Sand said...

Great tips - I too lost 40 pounds slowly over a 9 month period. My main solution, for ME, was to eliminate bread from my diet. I looked good and was proud of my weight loss, but the most important thing was that I FELT GREAT! I have always been a physically active person, but a back surgery the year prior to my new diet regimen kept me from doing much. I wasn't even allowed to walk on the beach - I could walk, but I didn't walk as long without the sea by by side.

I kept the weight off for 5 years and then gradually put bread back into my diet because I love bread. The one thing I did not listen to was my pants. My size 4 skinny jeans were uncomfortable, but my size 6 were still fine. Then the size 6 weren't comfortable. If I had just listened to my jeans, I would have dropped bread from my diet and not have put back on 20 pounds.

Last week, I put on my ski pants and they were not comfortable so with a ski trip just 3 weeks away, I knew something had to change. I went back to my healthier (for me) regimen and I have dropped a few pounds, the ski pants are comfortable and most important I FEEL BETTER.

So the tip I would add would be to listen to your clothes. They are telling you something.

I too love my weighted hula hoop!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Ha-ha! You always make me laugh! Love this post. I stopped eating meat almost 5 years ago, mostly for moral reasons. And in April I stopped having dairy, for moral and health reasons. I tell you, since giving up dairy, the weight has just dropped off and maintaining is so easy. Of course, I do make healthy choices all the time. I don't eat processed foods or junk. Only a few pieces of dark chocolate, like you. I definitely agree with eating small amounts throughout the day. When I feel hungry, I eat something, an apple, nuts, dried fruit. My only exercise is walking, though I wish I could master the hula hoop like you! :) I do need to tone my tummy and lift my butt -- walking doesn't do that. Someone posted on instagram the other day that the only way to lose weight is to eat 3 meals and 1 snack. Totally disagree! Anyone who tries that is bound to fail. Like you said, don't let yourself get hungry. When your blood sugar dips, you become ravenous and then will eat all the wrong things. Better to keep things on an even keel. And drink lots of water. :) Cheers to health and happiness, Tammy

Becca said...

Love this post Catherine! I really need to keep your list and get started! I feel like the chipmunk, but it's not cute. Lol

Kitties Blue said...

This post is just what I needed. Two Januarys ago, the hubby and I got Fitbits and started recording calories on Fitness Pal. I lost about 30 pounds (most of which I put on sitting on my ass for 5 1/2 months with a seriously busted up leg. I lost way more weight than I needed or intended to but felt great. Kept it off with no problem until two long, out of the country trips with tons of scrumptious food at the end of 2013. I am having trouble getting back with the program with this super cold winter. I am going to print your post and use it as my inspiration. Thank you so much, Janet

Katy Noelle said...

=) Oh, Cat!! I'm so happy for you and your hard earned healthy body!! =) I, too, have a wonderful health story to share soon! (although, this year, I have gained 20 pounds back... but... it's part of the story! and, um, it's all good! ;) )

Wishing you very well, indeed! =)



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