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?

Family Meals – Sitting together

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I’ve noticed that the kids really don’t want to sit down to dinner with us.  Many times my hubby and I eat alone at a boring table without any ceremony, my daughter sits in her high chair for a little while and then wants OUT, and my son wants to sit in front of the TV and eat (which REALLY worries me).

I had an idea that we should bring in a low table and some firm pillows and eat Japanese style on the floor!  I am excited to try this concept and see how the kids react.  I would love for us to be able to eat in peace, no TV, and the kids could walk around and get up and down as they please.

We’re always trying to get the kids to do like we do, when maybe we can find harmony if we meet them at their level.  I’ll report back and let you know how it goes!

 

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!

Restaurant-Worthy Meal!

I had had three Tilapia filets in my freezer for a few months and this weekend I decided we were making them!

I am not what most people (including my husband) consider a cook but I gave this recipe a shot and it was seriously restaurant-worthy.  I followed the instructions and then the suggestions made by “TAYLOR” in the Most Helpful Positive Review section.

This is the internet working at it’s best.  It came out so well that my husband and I cleaned our plates.  I like fish pretty well but he is not a fan.  And my one-year-old daughter ate it!

One of my goals is to get 14 meals we truly love and this one’s going on the list!

Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture but I’m sure it wouldn’t have done it justice.  The picture above is from the recipe page (why is it so hard to take a good picture of food?).

I’m just proud of the fact that I cooked it in the first place.  Yum!