Weight Loss People can be Nuts…. I’m not Though.

I lost 10 lbs! It’s magic! No… not really.  And I’m not going to talk your ear off about it because that is what 100 million other people on the internet are doing these days.  

My work was doing a “Biggest Loser” competition and I decided to join just for fun.  At the beginning I did want to lose about 20 lbs to get to my goal weight! I wasn’t overweight but I was in the high normal section of the BMI chart, so I thought it would be nice to be comfortably in the  middle/lower end of it.  

Some of the people that I work with tried diets like the Paleo diet.  And while I know some people have marvelous success on such diets, I feel that the majority of humans just can’t sustain something crazy like that.  Instead, I started talking walks on my lunch hour and logging everything I eat.  

I started by going to the nutrition calculator on Webmd.com.  Check it out, because it’s awesome.  It makes losing weight seem like a math problem, which honestly it is.  Every time you hit a new milestone, you can calculate your new calorie and exercise goals.  It tells you when you will reach your goal if you stick to the plan.  

I have the daily goals that Web MD told me about sitting on a little post it on my desk so that I can look at them once in a while, but I don’t obsess about them.  Ultimately, I realized, I just feel way better (not guilty about what I eat, my stomach doesn’t hurt as much…) when I eat healthy unprocessed foods in the right quantities.

I told myself it is like learning how to eat like an adult.  That made me feel good about it too.  It’s not a diet – It’s adult eating.  I just got my first full time job, and sometimes I still feel like I should be in college.  Eating “like an adult” helped.  It’s a win win.

In the past, I have been really into working out “fitspo” style.  Crazy gym work outs, intense cardio and lifting.  But for this diet I decided just to walk, and take the occasional run.  Walking is great because I could easily fit it into my lifestyle since I’m away at work for almost 11 hours a day.  

10 Reasons Why Walking is Great Exercise:

1. It’s easy to get started.

2. It’s free.

3. You can do it even when you’re tired, and it may wake you up a bit.

4. You get to spend quality time outdoors (weather cooperating that is)

5. You get to explore your neighborhood.

6. It boosts your mood.

7. It feels good to your joints and muscles

8.  You get vitamin D from the sun.

9. You get to jam out to your favorite music.

10. It clears your head.

 

Take a walk  this week and let me know how it goes!!

Dealing with Our Faults

I can be an over eater.  It doesn’t define me but some days it does.  I think compulsive overeating is one of the least talked about eating disorders that people go through.   It’s a lot like bingeing but you don’t necessarily have to purge, or even have to binge in any major or intense way.

It’s a pretty depressing subject, so I won’t dwell on it.  I have my disorder pretty well under control lately.  The worst times for me are when I’m tried, stressed out, or have an unusual schedule, but there are ways to manage the problem and even beat it and that’s what I’m going to talk about in today’s post.

If you’re dealing with serious compulsive overeating please get help from a professional.  I am not a professional; I am writing about the issue because I know what seems to work in my own life.  I have a few tips for things to do when you feel a binge coming on.  I lost ten pounds by watching what I eat, taking daily walks, and following some of these tips.  These tips can work for you if you’re dieting and trying to keep your  mind off eating for a few hours, if you’re thinking about contacting your ex for the 100th time, or if you’re just plain bored.  Try them out next time you’re having a low moment.

20 Things to Do When You’re Bored/Stressed/Tired/Emotionally Unstable:

1. Pick up your book and read it carefully.  Get engrossed in it.

2. Go grab a book on tape and curl up with a blanket while listening to it.

3. Write in your diary about your feelings, or something totally unrelated.

4. Go for a walk.

5. Stretch your muscles.

6. Make a cup of tea.

7. Browse the news online or in a paper.

8. Skype or Facebook chat an old friend.

9.  Lay down and take a nap.

10. Watch an indie movie on Netflix.

11. Have a glass of water and a piece of gum.

12. Call your best friend, a family member, or your significant other.

13. Plan a fun weekend activity.

14. Look for books to read online.  A great website is goodreads.com.

15. Listen to new music on Spotify.

16. Dance around your room with the door shut and music blasting.

17.  Talk to yourself or whoever else is around (pets, stuffed animals, whatever!)

18. Get engrossed in work.

19. Get engrossed in TV.

20.  Send a relatively long Facebook message to an old friend.

Beautiful Moments

Me taking pride in a moment that I created after I got out of work.
Me taking pride in a moment that I created after I got out of work.

The other day, I was browsing through my Facebook news feed when I came across some self-promotion from one of my friends on a new YouTube video she made with her singing a cover song.  I used to sit next to her in chorus, so I felt compelled to watch the video.  She sang beautifully and looked beautiful and the whole thing was beautiful.  She was so confident and proud of the video that the encouraging comment I left her remained on the page without a response.  

So this got me thinking.  My initial response was that I wanted to make a youtube video.  I haven’t sung seriously in four years, and haven’t played the piano in just as long, so I ruled that out.  Maybe a vlog?  I hated being on camera, and am more of an audio person.  Make a podcast?  That was more like it, but I was still hesitant.  I didn’t have the proper tools to make a high quality podcast at my house, and I wasn’t even that interested in making one.  

After thinking about why this video sparked such ambition in me, I realized it was because this girl was able to create something so beautiful and package it up in a nice, neat entity.  It’s great for people to be able to create.  Period.  It doesn’t really  matter that much what it is that you’re creating as long as you feel like you are able to make your mark, and show your creation to at least a few people.  And the internet makes it even easier to be able to show a multitude of people in a short time.  

But, as the title states, what if you’re not an artist?  What if you don’t have the right equipment to record yourself singing, or to make a podcast, or you try to draw a tree and it comes out looking like a dog?  This doesn’t mean you’re not a creative person.  I am a terrible artist, and the fact that I didn’t have the equipment to make a podcast or a video wasn’t something that I wanted to let stop me from being creative.  What about creating moments for yourself?  We all have to live in this world, which can be really truly beautiful.  Why not work to create the most perfect situations when you can?  

So play some music in the car, read your book in the sunshine, paint your nails, bake cookies and bring them to work for no reason, lay in bed with five blankets.  Take pictures of how much beauty you’re creating in your own life and the lives around you so that you can have a little collection of all your beautiful moments.  You will have created something real and tangible.  

Post your beautiful moment pictures in the comments below!