Sep 3, 2012

A Labor Day Hot Mess Update

It's Labor Day and I have the day off from work, but that doesn't mean I'm taking a break from a Hot Mess Monday update! 

Original weight:  142.5
Last week's weight:  134.2
This week's weight:

Loss from last week: 0.6 lbs
Overall loss:  8.9 lbs

Biggest challenge this week:  Exercising.  I've been eating really healthy, budgeting my calories and being a really good kid when it comes to passing up fast food and french fries.  But I don't exercise.  Probably because I've never been an exercise person.  I don't really know how to do it.  I pinned a few ideas for simple, mommy-fied exercises that I think are possible.  I know that the weight is going to stop falling off at some point because there's only so far a healthy diet can take me.  I've got to WORK to get the fat to come off.

What worked this week:
1.  Better lunches.  Instead of throwing a ham sandwich with mustard in a bag and calling it lunch, I've found better, more exciting options.  Whenever I go to the grocery, I cut my vegetables up as soon as I get home and put them in tupperware containers in the fridge.  That way, when I'm making my sandwiches or salads or sides, I can easily throw them in.  Normally, I'd be in a hurry in the morning, want some green peppers on my salad, but decide it would take too long to get it out of the fridge, cut it up, put it back in the fridge, so I'd just leave it out.  I highly recommend doing this extra step when you get home from the grocery.  It's easier to eat healthy when veggies and fruit are within easy reach. 

2.  Better snacks.  I struggled with snacking when I was at work.  My go-to snack was always chips.  Greasy, not filling, but fulfilled a salty craving I would have.  I've found something better.
I'm OBSESSED with these things.  I've only tried the crackers and cheese together, but I'm thinking of all the sundried tomatoes!  Best part?  Only 105 calories for 9 crackers and one wedge of cheese. 

Not much else to report.  I'm just taking it day by day, eating healthier....and hopefully beginning to exercise soon.  Till next Monday.....


Laura said...

Way to go Devan - it's awesome that you're making the progress. :)

In the past several months my husband and I have done an overhaul for our health - both with fitness and nutrition. I have never been an "exercise person" either so that is also my most difficult part. I'll eat healthy food any day, but being active as the hardest part (probably like you, I would feel much more comfortable giving a speech to 500+ FFA members than to run sprints or some other fitness activity). I wanted to share that I have made great strides through getting help at the gym - sure it costs more and it's not something we will choose to afford forever, however having someone teach me how to work out has made a huge difference. It was a big hurdle for me mentally, but I'm so glad I made the leap.

I would also like to recommend that you incorporate lean proteins into your diet. I've never been much of a carnivore, however now I realize what a difference that lean proteins do for my body - they help balance other foods (even fruits and veggies have carbs that need to be balanced so our blood sugars don't spike), proteins keep me fuller longer, and they help build my muscle mass. I'm not trying to be a body builder at all, so don't get the wrong idea. However, increasing in strength has given me a higher metabolism, which lets our bodies burn fat even when we're not working out.

Hope this helps! I'm certainly no expert, but since I'm new to the fitness arena, I thought I would try to share some encouragement and tips that have helped me.

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