Sunday, February 5, 2012

on dieting : month 1

since it's superbowl sunday and i'm about to go munch on nachos for 3 hours, let's talk about diets! :) as i mentioned in my new year's resolution post, one of my goals this year is to lose weight and get healthier. my friend catherine is running a 'biggest loser' contest leading up to her wedding in august that comes with a large cash prize {we're talking almost 2k} and tons of motivation! just the mere thought of having to her email her dad {our moderator} my weight at the end of every month is terrifying enough to make me run to a treadmill when i'm feeling uninspired. ;)

my plan was such: instead of giving myself a huge number of pounds to lose overall, i'd take it monthly. i figured it was reasonable to lose 5 pounds per month by increasing my gym time and eating mindfully and healthily. that would put me at 40 pounds lost by the end of august - which sounds like a LOT, doesn't it? i would weigh less than i did as a freshman in high school, and while i have never ever been skinny, i was playing year-long sports with 3 hours of daily practice, and was in great shape. kind of a crazy thought.

well you guys, in january i lost 10 pounds! i was so shocked and thrilled by this result - especially since i had a 4-day vegas trip {hello beer, hello tequila} and a few weekends of indulgence {hello straw, hello american cupcake}. i thought a fun way to track this journey would be to talk each month about the winners and losers i'd tested in this dieting plan.

WINNERS:
green smoothies are everywhere right now, aren't they? i was obviously skeptical, but here is the best combo for a great-tasting smoothie: 1 banana, 2 handfuls of baby spinach, about half a cup of vanilla almond milk, half a cup of frozen berries, and ice. i promise, you cannot taste the spinach AT ALL, and you are loading your body up with so much goodness. it's also really filling, so i typically make this part of my dinner after i go to the gym in the evening.

fit day is an online diet/exercise tracker, and also an iphone app. each day i take a few minutes to log what i've eaten, and not only does it track your calories, it also shows you what your breakdown is in terms of protein, carbs, and fat. you can also log your exercise to see what kind of calorie balance you're ending your days with. i have been eating 1200-1500 calories per day and trying to exercise at least 4 days a week, burning 400 calories or more each time. my breakdown during the day is normally breakfast/300, lunch/550, dinner/500 {with an effort to stay away from carbs at dinner}. as weird as it sounds, this does keep you accountable, and i feel a little sense of pride when i can look back at a day and see a list of healthy foods that filled me up and gave me energy.

is it weird that someone else's blog is one of my main winners this month? i am 100% in love with can you stay for dinner, the memoirs and recipes of andie mitchell. andie lost 135 pounds {!} and she writes so beautifully on changing her attitude toward food and exercise. i have probably read her weight loss stories 10 times over the past month, and i leave feeling so inspired every time. her attitude is so rational, so moderate, and so empowering that i just can't get enough. plus her recipes are fantastic too!

runners up for my winners include: kashi go-lean rolls {190 calories of deliciousness and protein for mornings when real breakfast isn't an option}, hummus {my favorite indulgence that i fit into at least a meal per day} and watching the biggest loser.

speaking of LOSERS:

5am gym time: because i tend to have a lot going on in the evenings, i decided i could force myself out of bed to go to the gym before work. i apparently am just NOT a morning person, to the point where i would literally have to sleep in my sports bra and work out pants in order to have a CHANCE of getting myself out of bed. haha! i think i'll just scrap the torture in february.

avoiding eating out: in the first 2 weeks i was beyond paranoid about eating out. when i cook at home, i know exactly what is in my food and how many calories i'm consuming. in restaurants - who knows? i found myself not wanting to have dinner with friends, join my co-workers at lunches, etc. it was so lame, i'm shaking my head at myself now. i think i've found a good balance, which is basically like: go for salads, focus on healthy sauces {tomato > alfredo, duh right}, take half of it home, etc - and it's ok to have some chips & queso at tacolicious if i want it. ;)

so that's the summary for month 1 - hope you don't mind this change of pace from my normal posting. if you guys like this, i can keep it up for the next months. february is off to a good start!

10 comments:

the lovebirds said...

wow! CONGRATS on the ten pounds. that is awesome! good luck in February. This post was so beautifully written... I'm completely inspired now! We've been juicing over here, and love it too! Happy eating healthy! xoxo

Jess and Chris said...

Loved it. Bring on Monday. I've always been wary of calorie counting but maybe tracking will not make it seem so intense for me. I would love to hear more about the journey. I love the blog you mentioned too. She looks AMAZING!! Good luck, keep up the good work!

Julie C. said...

Get it gurlllllll. Haha

Katie said...

Whoohoo - you are my inspiration! I need to get on board with the weight loss and healthy living too...

kelly : pinetothepacific said...

you guys are wonderful, thanks for such happy, inspiring comments!!

Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola said...

Omigosh, you are doing so well! Congratulations on exceeding your goals while still maintaining a normal, balanced life! That is hard to do and a true accomplishment!

Simply Marilla said...

Congratulations, 10 pounds in a month is great and inspiring. I love Andie's blog too, she is amazing.

kelly : pinetothepacific said...

thanks emily and marilla!! :)

CECELIA said...

YOU GO GIRL!!!!! :)

Tracy Simmons said...

Yay, Yay, Yay Kel J!!! xoxo