Saturday, January 29, 2011

Food Journal and Exercise Too.

Starting this next week I'm going to use this blog to keep track of food and exercise. I've read that it can help maintain the focus for weight loss and a healthier life style.

I've started drinking Slim Fast pretty regularly. It really isn't the Slim Fast diet, which is only 1000 calories a day (that's ridiculously low!). I use it as a supplement. I've noticed that I don't eat as often as I should through the day. It gets to be too much sometimes to worry about making something to eat along with everything else going on.

I got rid of easy prep foods last year at the New Year. Jason wasn't pleased. It took some time to get used to for both of us.

There are days when I get out of bed, get dressed and head out the door. Those days are pretty frequent actually. I wouldn't grab anything to eat, just a bottle of water that I may or may not drink. The Slim Fast is easy to grab (I'm using the cans, I get a big 30 pack of them at Sam's) and I can drink it while I'm waiting.

I am also eating a lot of the Special K snack bars. I like them. I found some that aren't chocolate, which was a task to do. They are good for a quick snack, especially when I know I should eat, but I just don't feel like it.

I'll weigh myself on Monday and use that as my start. I don't know how often I'll check it.

I was thinking today that I love to be comfortable. However, I'm very unlikely to change if I'm always comfortable, so maybe a little discomfort is the way to go. Especially in my clothing choices. I have plenty of clothes. I have gotten very lax in how I dress, preferring to always be in very loose yoga pants and t-shirts. My favorite bras are the ones where the wires have come out. I think comfort has transitioned into lazy. If a shirt is even a little bit snug I toss it for one that isn't. It limits what I am willing to wear.

I want to eat more veggies and fruits. I need to get them into my daily diet. I'm hoping by keeping track of what I'm eating every day I can see places to fit them in.

Exercise right now is yoga, 20 minutes of it, once in a blue moon. I want to change that to 3-4 times a week. And not just yoga, but I'll work my way to that. I need to be moving more. I think yoga with it's emphasis on stretching and strengthening will be a good foundation to work from.

I don't have a definite end number in mind. I feel that I'll know when I get there. I do know it's somewhere in the 100 pounds to lose range. Maybe a little more, maybe a little less. I know I want my weight to start with a 1.

I've heard that a person should make small goals and when they reach them, get a treat or reward of some kind. I have no idea what a good reward would be, let alone a good small goal. Do I set it on a time limit? Or just an amount lost? What if I'm exercising and doing the right stuff and I'm not losing but my clothes are fitting better? How does that fit in?

I know I can't judge this entire journey by a number on the scale. It has to be more than that. It has to be about how I'm feeling about myself, my confidence, my sense of self worth, my sexiness. Yes, I consider my sexiness a factor. The number going down on the scale is only a part of it. My ultimate goal is all around healthiness, not skinniness.

I'll post starting pictures on Monday. They were taken a little while ago, but I look the same, I weigh the same, so they'll work. I'm thinking every 3 months posting new ones. Hopefully there will be a progressive difference.