Weight loss is all about the food?

fitbitI have been wearing my Fitbit consistently over the past week and one thing has really jumped out at me as I look at my statistics.

If you look at the two screenshots above you can see that no matter if I have an terrible day or a kick-butt day, I saw only 90 calorie difference in the calories burned!

How crazy is that!  I had some idea that food had far more impact than exercise on weight loss but seeing in black and white (or teal and orange) like this is mind boggling.

As I started researching I came across this great article by Dick Talens where he explains this phenomenon.  Here are a couple of tidbits which I found interesting:

Most of the calories we spend in a day we do so without even getting out of bed:wlbed

Here he says spend more time in the kitchen prepping your food and cooking and, whatever you do, make sure you can sustain it.wlquote

I enjoyed these tips because they encourage us to be practical.

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Obviously the gym and exercise are supremely important to HEALTH so I enjoyed this:

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The Fitbit is definitely getting me up and walking and taking the stairs.  So I think for now I will just ignore the calorie bit, what do you think?

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My 50th Post – Wednesday Weigh In and Nerdist Wisdom

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It’s my 50th post y’all!

I haven’t been active for the past two weeks and I’m happy to be getting back to the blog.  I was feeling pretty blue and when I started writing again it really picked up my spirits.

I’m a big fan of Chris Hardwick.  He is the host of Nerdist and @Midnight and what I like best about him is how open he is about his emotional growth.  It makes me happy to hear him talk about his struggles in a light-hearted and funny way.  You can really hear the pain he was in and the hard work he’s done to get where he is today.

I was reading his book recently and he has a section on how important it is to have laser-like focus when reaching for your goals.  It got me thinking about my own lack of focus sometimes.  I get easily distracted by so many things because they are easier to do than work toward my goals.  Then frustration follows and I realize that my attention is just in too many different places and try to bring myself back to the major goals.

In some ways I feel like, well maybe that’s just how my journey is supposed to go.  But then I saw this:

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This one really made me think.  I battle a little bit with the word “goals” but I think the point is there.  All of these distractions exist and it’s so easy to fall into this trap of surfing the web or looking at all the various social media outlets rather than focusing my attention on something that is harder than that, even though it will ultimately bring me more happiness and satisfaction.

Which brings me back to writing this blog and honoring a promise to myself to keep coming back every day to share my thoughts here.

As far as my Wednesday Weigh-In updates, here they are:

  • I haven’t been listening to my body nearly as much as I want to and the food I’ve been putting in is hit or miss.  I want to get back on track here.
  • We got an elliptical and I’ve worked out twice!  Amazing how out of shape I am right now.  I am also gearing back up with stair climbing and wearing the fitbit.  My two week break pretty much extended to almost everything.
  • I haven’t been doing my EFT but I am getting back to that as well.
  • My weight has been steady, maybe up a tiny bit.
  • I got my health assessment done at work and everything was good except for my weight and BMI.  Working out, eating well, taking care of myself, eating more healthy fats, those are on my plan of action.

I’m happy to be back!

Wednesday Weigh In – Ebb and Flow

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I have noticed that life goes through an ebb and flow.  What matters to me today, won’t necessarily matter as much to me in a year.  What seems desperate today, won’t be a big deal tomorrow.  Sometimes that’s good, my worries lessen with time.  Sometimes not so good because my desire to backpack around Europe, once so exciting, now just seems like work.

The moment must be seized when the desire is there.  Otherwise, the desire fades without the experience to fulfill it.

I have a few big regrets that have now come to this fate. Not applying to be part of Sister Cities, not applying to more colleges farther away, not backpacking around Europe in college, not doing an interesting internship when I was young, not traveling more or going back for a masters before having kids.

There were many reasons I didn’t do the things listed above, there is no denying that.  But now that I know better, I would like to do better.  I’d like to seize my moments.  Carpe Diem, right?

Have you found the same thing in your life?  I’d love to hear.

Needless to say, I have been thinking about this a lot in the last few days since the news about Robin Williams has come out.  I really just can’t stop thinking about him.  I know there is something we are all going to learn from this tragedy.

The good news is that sometimes the desire is just in hibernation and, after a period of years, comes back in full force.  I am starting to see that happen to me.  I can feel the desires to travel and find meaningful, fun, work!  If nothing else then to show my kids that life is fun and worth living and a big adventure!

Anyway, that’s really all.  Just a reminder to myself that we want to strike while the moment is hot, get while the gettin’ is good.  I have my bucket list almost complete and will post on a new page so I can revisit every month and give myself a kick in the behind if I get off track.

FOOD AND STUFF

As far as my weight loss, I have maintained!  I was actually happy and proud when I learned that.  I have been wearing my fitbit and trying to stay active every day.

One big development is that an elliptical machine has been ordered.  I have been anxious to start exercising again and just can’t seem to find the time during the day.  Between sleeping and working and taking care of kids, I haven’t been able to squish it in.  With the elliptical I can make it part of my nighttime routine.

More to follow!

PS I know I am posting my Wednesday Weigh In on Thursday but sometimes that’s how it goes 🙂

Hope you have a hilarious weekend!

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Doesn’t this comedy festival look amazing?  Some of my favorite comics will be there like Amy Schumer, Louis CK, Aziz Ansari and Jim Gaffigan.  Guys, why aren’t you coming to Phoenix?

We have a swim date planned with an old friend and her family and plan to get the house in order.  What are you up to this weekend?

PS Yesterday I climbed 32 flights of stairs and had 16 active minutes…woohoo!

Wednesday Weigh In

The Numbers

This week has been a success!  It helps that the scale shows a 7lb loss from last Wed. although I can’t help but feel it’s deceptive.  That being said, I’m going to choose to trust that I’m doing the right things and keep on doing them!

  • Food intake has been under control, filled with mostly protein and healthy-ish carbs.
  • Hunger has been top of mind, I’ve been using it to tell me when to eat, revolutionary, I know!
  • Fitbit has been motivating me to take the stairs, get up and walk, brave the heat and go outside.  Below is a snapshot of my week.

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Areas of improvement

  • Eat more veggies!  I am setting a goal of eating at least one veggie, even if it’s a single baby carrot, at every meal.
  • Exercise!  I want to find some way to build it in to my day.  I’d love to see my active minutes go up.  I have a pathetic 22 minutes for the week, 6 minutes as a daily average.

The Emotional Side

So this is the real challenge.  I am an emotional eater and have been trying to practice normal eating for some time now.  I’d like to take this weekly post to check in on how I am doing with this side of the weight loss challenge.

As a family we’ve been going through a lot of change (new jobs, new house, new city, new schools) and it’s been overwhelming.  My emotions have been on a roller coaster. Some days I feel like “hey, this is going great, we made the right choice!” and some days I think “I wish we were back in New Orleans where life was simpler and we had our routine”.

Some days I just want to cry!

So I’ve been trying to stay with my emotions, let them float over me without judgement.  I let myself cry, I take a walk, and sometimes I fall back on old habits and eat Cheetos!

It’s hard to quantify how I am doing on this particular challenge.  But I’m going to try:

  • One post on my normal eating forum
  • Let myself cry once when I was too overwhelmed
  • Read a blog and part of an ebook on normal eating
  • Worked on my blog every day!
  • Tried once to meditate and quiet my mind when it was going in circles
  • Exercised one night when I felt I needed it