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Math is motivating? Who knew?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

As the holiday season is upon us, along with all the random Christmas goodies I find myself eating even though I donít like baked goods, I thought Iíd search for some help resisting this year. (If Iím going to be bad and eat too much, I should at least save it for something I really, truly enjoy, like turkey and stuffing!) So naturally, I turned to math! (Sad side-effect of the profession...) There are 52 weeks/year, so even at the modest pace of 2lbs/week, I can lose half of me and reach beyond my goal in a year! And there may or may not be a spreadsheet calculating various points/dates during the year too... Everyone just whips out excel for all their everyday planning right????

Two pounds a week doesnít sound so daunting, I can handle that...

So armed with that, I somehow managed to resist the fresh out of the oven cinnamon buns in the cafeteria and stuck with the English muffin and peanut butter Iíd planed to get. Weíll see how long this works! But hey, if it can keep me half reigned-in over Christmas that a good step in the right direction.

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SILVAS7 12/17/2014 10:32AM

  Thank you for the humorous approach to weight loss using your mad math skills !I like the weigh you think .Stay strong and courageous as people throw things your direction.I know I have many in my life that say it's only one it won't hurt you . For me yes that one tends to multiply . So I will do the math . Thanks again.

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Taking a look at a weekend of eating:

Monday, December 08, 2014

Well the ďwhatĒ wasnít so bad (I even opted out of having a beer with dinner last night), but based on this bloated feeling Iím suffering from Monday morning, Iím going to guess the ďhow muchĒ might have been more than I think... Iím especially confused because I know I was bad Friday night & Saturday, but I thought I did well yesterday, so why do I feel like crap today? Shouldnít my body punish me for the bad horrible things I do to it?

All well, cíest la vie, and now itís time to move. Iíll give my poor body a nice healthy lunch and gym break and hopefully we can come up with some sort of truce for the week.


Time to get serious!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Iíve said this a thousand times before; I just hope maybe this time something clicks and sticks...

I have a ton of shallow reasons coming up this year that should help motivate me, at least 3 weddings, one of which I need to wear a bridesmaid dress and look not horrible in pictures (sheís convinced the one size fits all infinity dress will work for all of us so I guess Iíll need to drop to a size where sheís right), plus Iím working towards a dance competition at the end of the year, read I need to wear something flashy and a have people judge how I move my body, so anything to make it slimmer, healthier, and more fit has to make that a less terrifying/embarrassing experience, right?

I was really successful for about a year, probably 5 years ago now; I measured everything, tracked it all, got some exercise in every day, and lost about 30lbs relatively easily. But then I hit a plateau, and my efforts to be more focused with meal planning combined with work and studying just burnt me out and started to wing-it. Then I moved back home to save money, and many of those meal planning skills Iíve tried to revive without success just donít seem compatible with cooking for my parents as well. I can make the healthier food, but dividing the whole pot into x equal servings BEFORE eating doesnít work that well... At times when Iím feeling lazy and donít plan dinners, things are worse since my mom tends to ďbe full from lunchĒ and not think about dinner, so we get something gross, late, and unsatisfying, causing me to then snack to make up for a horrible dinner.

So, hereís the big eating challenges I need to fix
1. Find some middle ground for portion measuring that works for the whole house
2. Studying = boring = mindless snacking = bad
3. Find a plan for those days when I just donít have the time/effort to cook

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ICEDEMETER 12/4/2014 4:14PM

    I have found that the easiest way for me to keep track of my own portions when I'm feeding a houseful is using the kitchen scale. I keep a post-it note with the weights of all of my pots, pans, and casserole dishes on a cupboard door so that I can just weigh an entire dish once I've finished cooking it, subtract the weight of the container, and then do a quick calculation of what "my serving" should weigh.

For example --- I made a massive stir-fry, and figured that it should be 6 servings when I put it in the Recipe Tracker. When it was done cooking, I put the full pan on the scale and it came out to 3300g. The pan alone weighs 900g, so the stir-fry in total was 2400g, and each of the 6 "servings" would be 400g. When I serve myself, I weigh the portion I took, and can enter it in the tracker as any portion of a serving (so, if I only took 300g, then I can track it as 0.75 servings).

I'm apparently physically incapable of ever cooking "just enough", so always have leftovers --- having the recipe in the tracker and knowing the weight of a "serving" means that I can very easily track how much I eat of it at the next meal (and it doesn't matter how much anyone else has eaten of it).

I don't know if this method would work for you, but it's something that makes my life easier!

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SRWYLIE 12/4/2014 12:54PM

    Great post! Knowing your weak spots is 90% of the battle! Keep it up!

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New Resolve

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I just got back from I wonderfully relaxing week in the warm... Unfortunately it also came with a terrible reality check as a tried to sausage myself into summer clothes, avoided the beach since no one wants to see that in a bathing suit and saw pictures of myself and realized just how round Iíve become. I knew my weight had been creeping up slightly instead of going down like I wanted it to the past few months, but I guess I hadnít realized it was quite as horrible as it is.

So Iíve come home with new resolve to actually make changes this time, I just hope it lasts longer than the sunburn does...


Losing faith in math and the laws of science...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I think Iím losing faith in the whole mathematical concept of calories in less than calories out = loss. I weighed myself today, and somehow Iím up 5lbs in 2 days!!!! How did this happen?? Iíve been so good over those days, exercised lots, packed my lunches, the only thing I ate that was bad was a pop last night, but considering how horrible Iíve been some weeks when I lose weight, it doesnít make sense. I think my body may be broken; can I trade it in for a new one that rewards my hard work?

Iím trying to focus on the good things, like the improvement I felt in my ab class yesterday, but that hard to do while sitting in clothes that have decided to feel tight again wondering what else I need to change...

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KNYAGENYA 7/24/2013 12:38PM

    I know how you feel. I track my food, make good choices and exercise and only seem to lose ounces at a time. We need to keep at it though.

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MTN_KITTEN 7/24/2013 11:14AM

    When you find a place to turn in old, wrinkled, bagging, broken bodies ... please, please, let me know :) I have one that needs to be recycled.

I just started SP (yesterday) and have made a promise to myself that I will wait an entire week before I weigh myself.

Keep your fingers crossed for me and I will do the same for you.

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