Saturday, March 08, 2014
Recently and finally after all these years, the idea has sink into me what it need to stay fit and healthy. The key to that is a balance. The balance of healthy eating and exercise. Also the best trick I've learned is drinking lots and lots of Water. These healthy habits has helped my health journey big time!
I am happy to say, now I'm in my happy weight. And plan to keeping my happy weight this time. I've been yo-yoing my weight almost all my life. Even when I started major weight loss journey 2 years ago, that I finally decided and said to myself "enough is enough, let's do it !!" But sometime, even when you made a strong determination, life get in the way of your effort of doing right things. I've learned it is very hard to steady keep losing weight and/or maintain the weight. Recently, I've joined "at goal maintenance, transition to maintenance team"and I've been watching how they are keeping their healthy weight.
It seems, it's not easy. They are really committing to be healthy and keep doing daily exercise and eating healthy everyday, just like when they were working hard for losing weight. With my personal experience and what I learned from others, keeping and maintaining weight seems harder then when you are losing weight. It's more like committing to keeping healthy life style. Not like keep repeating typical fad diet one after another.
This is why I must practice balance of healthy eating and moderation of some of my favorite foods for avoidance of deprivation into binge eating.
I've reached my so called goal weight(??) November of last year. I've lost total weight of 65 lbs. I was feeling good about myself and my achievement. But not completely satisfy and wanted to keep going and was still searching for my ideal weight to be.
Since then I've gained back about 13 lbs.and lost-7= 6 lbs. as of today. After the gain I thought, I like my weight on last November at 110.( which was the lowest weight since I started my journey.) would be the good goal weight. I wish I could keep that weight and never gained any. But all the holiday's wonderful meals, sugary treats got in my way. And now I am struggling to get back on that weight. I even wonder if I ever will get back there? Then I have second thought. For the number's sake I like better for the smaller number. However, I remember last November, that I've noticed lose skin here and there especially in my behind. I didn't like the looks and feels of it. I've started doing lots of squats and butt lifting exercise. Hoping these exercise will help some. Lol)))
It is a disappointing situation. But same time, I need to realize I can not be looking and expect to have a perfect body like a fashion model or the firm and fit body when I was in my teen. I have to learned to like my new body. I should strive for progress not perfection. and be Happy and appreciate what I have right now.
The fact is, I really like and prefer the body now then two years ago which I was 60+some pounds heavier at obese BMI of 32. So after all the consideration, I've decided to change my ideal new goal weight to be some where 115 lbs. (+Plus,-minus 5 lbs.) I'm 5.2 tall, so that will give me a healthy BMI of 21. I feel finally I've made right decision.
I really need to learn control myself and to able to eat moderation. So far I haven't master the skill yet. I am working on it. Thank Universe and my protective soul. Eating healthy, mostly plant based-whole foods and daily exercise are turning into my healthy habits. But for me, stopping emotional and boredom eating are really the hardest skill to master. To prevent dancing circle or go for three step and two back. I shall try harder to master the skills. I believe in me, that I will get better at keeping my happy weight and maintenance.
**Thank you spark friends for your support through out my journey. And thanks again for taking the time to read this blog and an extra thank you for who's taking the time to comment, and/or emoticon on this blog. Any inputs are welcome. Have a wonderful weekend.
Monday, February 24, 2014
"Power house fig, almond, sunflower kale salad"
Intro, I create this salad for my healthy treat. It is a bit sweeter side but has lots of protein from nuts and seeds and sweet flavor from figs and date. I love this kale salad. It's yummy!!
* 5-7 cup chopped Kale (hard stem removed)
* 1 cup finely shredded carrot.
* 3-4 organic dry fig.
* 3-4 whole date.
* 1/4 cup sunflower seeds.
* 1/4 cup sliced almond.
* 2-3 Tbsp Walden farm sugar free pancake syrup.
* pinch of Himalayan salt or Lemon juice (for salt free option.)
Washed and chopped kale in to large bowl. Add himalayan salt or lemon juice. Massage kale few min and set a side. Chop and mince fig and/or date to very tiny pieces. And add sunflower seeds, sliced almond Sugar-free pancake syrup to the kale and mix well. For the better marinade, keep kale salad in the fridge at least few hour before serving. Enjoy!
Note: all the ingredients are swappable to some other similar ingredients. Also for the calorie saver, you can adjust amounts of nuts, dry fruits, and syrup for your needs. It's all up to your imagination to create a healthy indulgence salad.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
My Last weight in was last Saturday and I normally weigh in only once a week, every Saturday. But since I've started no sugar challenge this Monday and resumed my healthy eating and exercise. I was feeling great for physically and emotionally. And I wanted to see how am I doing weight wise. So I got on my scale yesterday morning for mid week report. And I am thrill to report that I've lost 5 solid pounds since last Saturday. I am Amazed in the result. It was only my day 3 of on truck, but something must be working!
The truth is, I've gained 13 lbs. From my lowest weight which was last November of 2013. (Total weight loss of 65 pounds from the day I started my weight loss journey.) I became so far in this health journey and I am proud of it. However, right before the Thanksgiving holidays, I had a very disappointed life time event and I just let myself go. I ate whatever in front of me and whenever the time I wanted. Although, I never stopped exercise.
But we all must know...
That "you can't out exercise a bad diet." You know it and I knew it too. And I was at my goal weight too, but never realized that I was, until I gained back those weight. 13 pounds heavier, I feel difference in how I feel and my looks. I now know exactly, what I shoot for in my goal weight. Before this I couldn't determined what is the right goal weight for me. So this weight gain experience was not complete waste. Bad news was the gain but good news is also the gain, "of the experience." That's why, I don't feel bad about it so much.
Maybe it was necessary experience for me. Life is a lesson. Lots of lessons, good ones and bad ones...I learned hard way. :) But I will never give up. Keep trying until you get it. To my goal weight I've got few more lbs. to go, but I am so glad that I'm back on the right truck in my own wagon moving forward.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Today is my of "No Sugar"challenge or I could said "No Sugar" streak.
I had my last bite of an Oat meal cookie last night at 10:30 pm and that's it.
I decided that was enough of Sugar for me for while ( hopefully....No! definitely! :)
The reasons that I need to stay away from sugar are...
* I can't control how much I eat sugar ( especially sweet treats baked goods )
* I hate the feeling of the sugar crush and
* The mood swing and
* The acne in my face, especially acne in my neck area... that really bothers me.
to just name few reasons. But main big reason is..." I've started to gaining weight back." If I don't stop it now, I will completely lose control and I feel like Sugar will eat me up my health and beauty. I look back in my weight loss journey, I worked too hard for that to happen!! Ok, Thanksgiving is over, Xmas is over, New Years holidays are over, finally the Valentine is over!! No more excuse!! It's time to get back on the healthy wagon!!
Sugar has been always my weakness in my life. Especially, when I have stress or some life time events. But now is the time I really have to tell my self that... (May not for everybody) but sugar for me is really bad. "I can't handle the poisonous of Sugar". And I can not rely on the sugar to make me feel good or comfort myself. I need to find some other source for comfort or treats. The healthy way... Like Exercise. I am writing this blog to make sure that I am understand the effects of Sugar for me. In my experience, I know that...One good choice such as not have sugar will lead me to another healthy choice = healthy me = happy me :)
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