Recently I told you about my challenge to take 30% of my weight off. I have found that what works best for me is to transition in slowly. Therefore, since that time I have:
- Stopped eating fast food completely.
- Given up caffeine and especially Coca Cola.
- Began eating Gluten Free (this isn’t a weight issue, it’s a digestive one.)
It’s been slow going and I’ve been frustrated with myself that I am not doing more. I have been told that it takes 21 days to form a habit and I’ve thought that it was best to establish some good habits before diving in to make them even better.
I was also recently selected to participate and utilize the 80Bites diet plan.
From the 80Bites website:
When you eat too much food (whether it’s carrots or cookies), your stomach stretches. A stretched stomach requires more food to feel full, resulting in more overeating.
The bottom line: once the body is out of balance, it fights and resists your good efforts. The old diet formula actually works against your body’s chemistry. But if the system is normalized, your body will naturally shed those extra pounds
80Bites offers a new solution: with work with your digestive hormones to create lasting weight loss.The program is based on the way people ate before dieting became an obsession. By working with your body rather than against it, you’ll repair your broken digestive system in just 3 months.
80Bites is a 12 week plan that is separated into 4 themes. Those themes are Quantity, Frequency, Quality and Balance. This week I am focusing on quantity. I have found two things to be true about my eating habits. One is not a surprise, the other is more of an enlightenment.
1. I eat way too much! DUH right? I am overweight to the tune of about 75lbs, clearly I over eat. I try to make healthy eating choices but even when I do that, I eat too much.
2. I am not a conscious eater. By that I mean that I just dump food on my plate, sit down in front of the tv (unless the kids are here, then I try to eat with them at the table) and eat. I usually finish what is on my plate regardless of what my body is telling me. I also snack, a lot. And when I do this, I’m not paying attention. I just eat. I was watching tv the other night and having rice chips with hummus. I wasn’t paying attention and before I knew it, the entire bag of (it’s not a huge bag, mind you but more than 1 serving) was gone.
I am working on being more conscious about what I choose and in the past two days, I have been doing a much better job.
Recently, (as in last night) I decided that I wanted to add something to my leap list (which will be published on 2/29). I have decided that I want to run a 5K before I am 40. That gives me 2 1/2 years to get this fat, lazy, obese body up off the couch and into the freakishly weird world of runners. I once said (as in last month) that I would never run unless I was running towards someone or running away from someone but I’m finding myself now wonder if I can do it.
With that in mind, I woke up this morning and hit the door running, sorta. I utilized the gym at my apartment complex (small but adequate for my needs) for the first time. I wanted to walk for 30 minutes, which I did but I also added in a minute of running. It’s not a lot, I know but I have to start somewhere, right?
I don’t know if I’ll ever actually run a 5K, seems ridiculous for me to do it but even if I work at it until I’m 40 but can’t finish, I still win!
What have you done today that takes care of your body?
PS. I weighed myself. While you don’t get the actual number, I was grossed out
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