Oh shit, it’s been a week!

D: I didn’t even realize that I haven’t been posting. My bad, guys!

Last week was a lot of fun. We worked really, really hard. I ended up gaining a pound, but I am not worried about it at all. My body is probably back to the lose/gain every other week thing it had been doing. That’s fine with me, really. I feel more fit, I see my body fat percentage going down finally, and I can see myself getting thinner. That’s all that matters.

Last Thursday, Chris played hooky, and we went and did stuff together. Randomly walking around downtown, had a date (ate some amazing Chinese food), walked around a mall that we hadn’t actually been in yet, then went slightly grocery shopping. Not fully, but we needed some things to hold us over until tomorrow. As we were walking to the store, we went past an Old Navy. Chris and I had been talking about getting me some better fitting clothing, so we went in to see what they had. I wasn’t even expecting to be able to find something that will fit me, but we did. I fit their XXL, and possibly their XL stuff. That is super exciting for me. I cannot remember the last time I was able to properly fit in XXL anything with pants! I remember GETTING fat, in 2007, when I went to buy normal fitting things at Walmart and I couldn’t fit a 20 or 22 or 24 anymore. Were my clothes really that stretchy? Was I that deluded? How did I get so bad? I did not try anything on in Old Navy, but we will be doing that next week when we go to buy me some clothes! I am stupid excited about that.

My mom came to visit Friday through Sunday for our Aunt Pat’s 40th wedding anniversary party on Saturday. I absolutely love my cousins, and being able to spend so much time with family was just so relaxing. The downside to get togethers like that is the food. I controlled myself (but didn’t track…sure I went over). Had a little of every appetizer there that wasn’t fried (to be fair, I don’t think any were), ate grilled chicken with my dinner, along with a salad and homemade bread (and one piece of tri tip, so yummy), and then I had some trifle that was there. The trifle was evil. Super evil. SO GOOD. Super evil. I had it 3 times over the last 2 days. Alcohol was consumed on Saturday (3 beers, 2 bourbon lemonades). A cookie and a lemon cupcake were also acquired. Sugar sugar sugar. Woke up with the WORST sugar hangover ever today, and Chris and I just couldn’t make it to the gym. We are for sure working out 4 days this week, though. Upping our cardio by 10 minutes to help the process. Definitely not eating any extra sugar (outside of a couple pieces of bread, and complex carbs of oatmeal and cream of wheat, no extra sugar in those…) for at least 3 days. It was so bad, and I can feel myself slipping. Sugar is a dangerous drug when you have too much of it. So bad, so bad. :|

My cousin has a vegetable garden in his backyard that I am going to go ravage today. Going to get fresh lettuce, spinach, and sugar snap peas before they leave for a while to the beach. Got some garlic scapes from him yesterday, too! Going to make a dip with that. We have left over beer, queso, (had) grilled chicken, and stuff to MAKE more queso (lol). Seriously, this weekend was so awesome.

Have to say, though, that not cussing for a while when around children is just odd for me. ;)

Pictures from this weekend will be on my Facebook, as well as hopefully some video of my cousin Alicia singing.

Let’s talk about food.

I have lots of friends that are trying to lose weight. Most everyone I know wishes that they could lose some form of weight.

I have lots of friends that are attempting to lose weight in the worst possible way ever.

This has been aggravating me. The main reason why anyone gains weight is because of the way they eat. Not because they’re inactive or because they indulge every once in a while. How you eat determines how you will lose weight.

For instance, a McDonald’s bacon burger with no bun and no cheese is 420 calories. You can make a bun-less burger at home for less than the price of that (once you figure out the cost of an individual burger from a set of meat and seasonings) and about a quarter of the calories. And it will taste about 10 times better! Can even add a bun and cheese on that and it still be less than 420 calories. A healthy “breakfast bar” is around 230 calories (depending on the type you get). You can have oatmeal or Cream of Wheat for almost half the calories, and be fuller for longer. Exercising and then having a treat is good, but not if it’s half of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Giant Egg. That’s 440 calories right there, and 50 carbs of almost pure sugar.

Tracking what I eat has taught me a lot of things. The main thing is that convenience and horrible food choices go hand in hand. It was not easy getting to where I am now, and even I slip up and have shitty days, or sometimes weeks. But when you are trying to lose weight, I don’t get how you can’t realize what you’re doing is HURTING your progress. It took me a long time to get to this point, though.

I don’t eat healthy 100% of the time. I do crave chocolate and sugar. Instead of having the entirety of something, I have half of it, or even a quarter of it. You have to consciously make these decisions. If you want to make yourself better, don’t start with exercising first. Start with how you eat first. Change things slowly over time instead of all at once. Track everything you eat so you know exactly what is going into you. Don’t make blind decisions at a restaurant and assume that the salad is healthy (most of the time, it’s just as bad as the horrible shit on the menu). Look at everything, calculate everything, make sure you know what you are putting in your body. This has been proven time and time again that it’s the sure-fire way to lose weight. And try to eat less box things. I know it’s harder to do on a budget, but it’s still doable, even if you have to buy frozen veggies and fruit. If you don’t make dinner that often, make one meal at home from scratch. Going from that for a couple weeks to box dinners (which we did once) was shocking, because you really just don’t realize the amount of seasoning and sodium that goes into those box dinners to just cover up cardboard. Going from fresh meals to fast food will show you that you prefer to season your own meals and cook everything YOUR way.

Fads don’t work long term. What you need to be doing is a lifestyle change, not a short-term adjustment. I am not dieting, I am changing the way I eat. Exercising and then not eating the proper foods after is just going to hurt you in the long run. Eating foods that you think are healthier when they really aren’t is hurting you. Change how you eat first, then focus on exercising.

 

(Side note and edit: Alcohol really is your worst enemy. Calories and empty carbs. When tracking your food, remember to track your alcohol, too.)