Gobble Gobble..Stop Worrying!!! How to Enjoy Your Thanksgiving

Keep Calm and GOBBLE On copy Sorry for being quiet but my graduate courses are killing me! Not only is the semester coming to a close but I am also trying to prepare for my thesis that starts next semester! AH!! Good thing Thanksgiving is this week! Now I have been getting some emails lately about what I should tell you all to do for Thanksgiving. How about enjoy it? 

 I know, the average person will consume over 4,500 on Thanksgiving. That is a lot! BUT..one day will not ruin your life style. People are always asking me, “What do you do?” or “What did you do last year?” My Mom cooked the meal and we ate! Yes, we do things a little differently such as fat free gravy or more veggies but last year I still ate turkey, mash potatoes and pie. I still also consumed some adult beverages as well. The idea of one day should not stress you out. You should enjoy the day with your family and then the next day go back to normal. People have high anxiety of the holidays but I think one day is not bad. I always complain about the summer because there are more BBQ and events. Thanksgiving is only one day. ENJOY IT!

 If you wish for some advice then here is what I will say:

1.) Do not pile things onto your plate.

2.) Do not drown your food in gravy or butter

3.) Try to plan your plate accordingly. You should have more veggies on your plate and some protein/crabs.

4.) If you wish to go for seconds..Pick two/three things you loved and eat them. Why make a whole plate again? If you loved that turkey then have some more. If you loved Grandmom’s corn bread then go ahead. Do not pile everything on again.

5.) Drink water. If you wish to have adult beverages that is fine but drink water during the meal. Also, coffee or tea is great if offered.

6.) Small piece of dessert. Do not do seconds.

8.) Try to work out before your big meal. I know I am going to the gym before dinner and you should too!

9.) Still eat before dinner. You do not want to go starving. It will make you eat more.

10.) Eat slowly. Take small bites. It will fill you up faster.

Enjoy the day!!! Just enjoy being with your family and be happy to even be alive. One day will not ruin everything. Get back on track on Friday. I promise it will be okay!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!!

-Jackie

 

 

Helpful Tips and Secrets

So I have been rather quiet lately. I have been busy with work and graduate courses and it is getting on my nerves. I decided to take a break and write a helpful post on things I did back when I was 232 lbs. It seems so long ago but I was there.

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The picture above was me the day before I started Weight Watchers. I was 232 lbs..the heaviest I had ever been. I felt unmotivated and very unhealthy. I had no confidence in myself with anything. My Mom started to do Weight Watchers while I was away at school and I decided enough was enough! I was going to get healthy. I changed so many things about my life style that I can not believe what I used to do.

 1.)  P a life style plan that worked for you.

I picked Weight Watchers for a couple of reasons. The main reason was due to my Mom being on it. She went to meetings and had the online function. Since I was a poor graduate student I did what we do best and steal things off of her. She was more then happy for me to do this though. She made healthy dinners and she told me how much point value things were. I love Weight Watchers because I feel like I can still eat what I want but I learned how to be smart about it.

2.) Learn About Portion Sizes

My main problem was portion sizes. I was actually eating pretty good stuff but I was eating TOO much of it. I am ashamed to say I used to eat 3 BIG bowls of cereal in one sitting. I could eat a steak the size of my plate. I could even eat slices of bread..YES, just bread. I was eating too much.

When I learned what portion control was I learned that this is what you are supposed to eat. Yes, it was hard at first because my body was tricking me I was still hungry. I fought back and tricked my body. I used smaller bowls and plates. If it looked like a lot of food then I felt I was eating a lot..but in reality I was eating the correct portion size.

3.) Be Active

You do not have to do the crazy work outs I do now. I did not start out that way. I used to only work out 15 minutes when I started. Sometimes I could not do an easy task such as jumping. Find something you like to do. If you love to walk then go for a walk. Start off slow but start to increase the speed or distance over time. It is your body. You do not need a personal trainer and you do not need to do crazy work outs…but you should be active. The saying is that ABS are made in the kitchen and not in the gym. This is true to a degree but you are not going to lose a lot of weight if you just sit around all day. It will soon catch up with you.

4.) Cut the Junk/Fast Food

This one seems hard to express to people. I hear stories where people go out to eat more then four times a week. I feel like my Mom was always good with cooking our meals while growing up. Going out to eat should be a TREAT. Eating out should not be because it is something easy..I hate when people tell me that the fast food joint was around and it was easy. I hate it because I used to do it! That stuff is garbage and it is not healthy for you at all. If you want to have it then it should be once a week.

Now..I know you think I am crazy and how did I get over this? I stopped going. I stopped going to those fast food places. I would just drive by. I know this seems hard but really it was not. If I did not go I did not crave it and if I did not crave it I did not want it. Soon when I would eat at these places I started to feel sick after eating it. Since I felt sick I did not want it even more. Why would you want to eat something that made you sick? Do not go! Why would you wait in line for something to eat? Eating should be for sitting down and put on a nice plate..Not in a brown paper bag. You might as well eat the damn bag because you will get more fiber from it.

I hope I did not lose you yet but here are things I did to get rid of the junk food. I started packing my own lunches. If I spent the time packing a nice lunch then I did not want to go out and buy something.

Also, I did the big one and I started to add up what I was spending on fast food. It was ridiculous! Yes, you may get something off the $ menu or that Muffin and Coffee is only $5..but add it up. How much do you spend in a year, month, week and day? You could use this money for something else! I felt as if I was eating my money and that was not a good feeling to me.

Now I found some healthier places such as SubWay, Salad Works, Panera Bread and my favorite Muscle Maker and they seem a little more managable when eating out. I still suggest to consider eating out to be a treat though. Do not think it is for being easy! You are not cheap and easy..your food should not be!

5.) Cut Out Drinking…Not All The Way Though

Since I was coming out of college you can only imagine how much I was drinking. Drinking in college usually starts on Thirsty Thursday..and goes until Sunday night because you need a stress reliever for writing that paper due in the morning. I am not saying stop drinking but try to cut it down.

When I used to live on my own or go to bars I used to make mix drinks. Mix drinks are the worse. You are basically sipping calories. Also those mix drinks in bars are awful because they are nothing but sugar and they do not even get you buzzed. Drinking a beer is not better for you but it sure does cut the calories out. Also, do not binge drink. It is not cute when you are out of college. No one wants to be around someone who drank 8 beers in one sitting. Enjoying a drink once in a while is not a bad thing.

6.) Be Prepared for Parties

Parties are so evil. It is a way to get people together to stuff their face. What I did and still do is I try to work out before a party. Get some kind of physical activity in that day because you may not do anything active at the party. If it is a party with active things to do I suggest doing them. If there is a pool or some kind of sport then have fun doing so!

If you are going to sit around and chat..I suggest not sitting. Stand. If you sit then you get too comfy and want to munch on the bowl of chips right in front of you. If you are standing you are not near the food on the table. Also, do not socialize near the food or alcohol. Stay away from it. It is okay to indulge at parties but try to make better choices and not be a pig about it.

7.) Do NOT give into peer pressure

What used to drive me crazy were the people who thought I was not “living” or “enjoying” myself. I still get people today telling me that I do not seem to have fun with my life. Food should not be considered, “FUN!” Fun is around to help you live. Food should not be a hobby. Do not crumble into people who pressure you to eat. Do not fall for people who say things like, “It is just a cookie” or “You have to eat sometime.” These people do not understand that you have a food addiction problem. I will NEVER understand this. If you were getting over drugs or alcohol would a family member or friend offer you that? (Maybe if they are awful people) but usually the answer is no.  I know my friends would never do this but when it comes to food I feel as if I am being pressured to eat. I AM ADDICTED TO FOOD! It is not just a cookie..because I can not stop with one cookie.

Think of it that way because I feel like this could help one out. You have an addiction to food. Talk to your friends or co-workers too. If you tell them it bothers you they usually do listen. If not..then maybe it is time to cut ties from certain people. You need to think about you.

 

Well, I am done for now. I have other tips and ideas but I am too tired to type anymore..LOL! So I hope this was helpful. Let  me know what you want to read. Ask me questions! I am here for you. You can leave a comment or click on the contact section. I am willing to listen and help anyone out. This should not be done alone. If you need motivation I am here for you. Give me feedback people!! I know people are reading..I see the numbers. Let me know you are alive! =D I would love to hear from you!

 

-Jackie

Weight Loss Goals for the Future

 

 

Lately I have been on a blog kick this week. Maybe it is because I do not want to work on my graduate homework. Working on an investigation and revision does not sound fun to me.

Anyway I was thinking about weight loss goals. I know I have a weight loss bucket list but that list is for fun exciting things. If you want to see my bucket list then you can click HERE to view it. This list is going to be more simple things I can focus on rather then the big picture. Lets face it people…here if my confession on why I have been struggling with losing weight the last couple of months!

 

1.) Stop Snacking

  Lately I have been guilty for snacking. I feel this is my major problem with not losing weight right now. In the past when I was 232 lbs..I would snack on things that were considered a meal like bowls of cereal, bread and fast food. Now I snack on what we consider snacks..like pretzels and chocolates but not in the right portion size. I am actually guilty for eating way too much and then switching to another snack. Also, my other problem is peanut butter. I am addicted to peanut butter now. Love it…and can not get enough of it.  I love to take pretzels and dip it right into the jar. So bad! I noticed since September I have been consuming too much peanut butter. I would have PB + J four times out of the week. This is not bad but maybe for my body..this is not good. So I plan to cut that out.

2.) Stop Going Out to Eat…If I Do Make Better Choices

I complained about this in a past post about not knowing what to do for date nights. Going out to eat has gotten better by cutting it down but I still go out time to time. Maybe instead of banning going out to eat all together..I need to make better choices. Maybe if I am getting a hamburger I do not need to order that high sugary cocktail along with it. Maybe I should be ordering fish rather then the ruben.  I just need to go back to my ways when I first started. I need to make better choices! I need to stop picking the unhealthy option. I know..YOU NEED TO LIVE..but you people do not understand..I keep thinking this all the time so when I NEED TO LIVE moment happens..it is more then once or twice a week. Sometimes more then one day. I need to be smarter with what I put in my body.

 

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3. Track My Food Better

If you are not aware, I am on Weight Watchers. I am a food tracker. I write everything down. Well, the summer made me REALLY relaxed about that. During the summer I broke the habit of writing everything down because BBQs made it hard to track. Now that summer is over I need to go back to writing everything down. I feel like I have done a great job this week but I still could improve.

4. Focus on Me and Stop Listening to Others

Lately I have noticed people are not as encouraging as they once were when I started my weight loss journey. This is to be expected because my weight loss journey is old news. I have also noticed two things lately.

1.) People keep telling me I need to stop losing weight or stop working out as much. They tell me I am so skinny already that I do not need to keep going. Thank you very much society for telling me I am not fat but according the the BMI records I am still considered over weight. I am 5’1 and I weigh 152 lbs. I am still over weight. I want to be able to go into any doctors office and not be told I am over weight. This is a goal of mine. This is my body and I will do what I please. I am in a safe state of mind that I know the difference between weight loss and anorexia.  Thank you for your concerns but 152 lbs is no where near anorexia.

2.) If I am not eating people seem to FREAK out. Just because I am not eating does not mean I am starving myself. I am only allowed 26 Weight Watcher points a day. Yes..they have the plus points and the exercise points but I try not to use them during the week day. Also, on Thursdays before my weigh in I stay away from lots of carbs and sweets. If I am not eating a cup cake or having a beer it does not mean I am depriving myself. I do treat myself and I do have fun. I am a food addict people! You would not give heroin to a heroin addict would you? I need to stop letting this bother me.

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5.) Change Up My Work Out

Your body gets bored of doing the same work outs. You should really try changing it every six weeks. I have been guilty for keeping the same work outs. This week I did try new work outs. I went onto my ON DEMAND and did some pretty cool work outs. Kick Boxing/Boxing is a lot of fun. I am thinking of joining a new gym where they offer classes and a personal trainer. I think a personal trainer could really kick my ass but in a great way.

6.) Work on Abs

I have been through a lot with this weight loss journey. My confidence of my appearance as been at a new high. My only problem is I hate my stomach. We all hate something right? I can say I hate it.  My goal is to work on my abs more. I seem to be so afraid of ab work outs because I hate that area so much. Well, if I ignore that area then nothing is going to be done about it. My goal is to wear a two piece bathing suit that will show my stomach next year for the summer. In order for this to happen I need to stop being scared of my stomach and do something about it!

48564522a638bad707c68bfae05cfcc6 Those are my goals. I had a lot of time to think about this. I really feel confident that these changes will help me those 20 lbs. 20 lbs more means I am considered a normal weight. This is my goal. I love myself though. I have come a long weigh from being 232 lbs and I am proud of myself. I just can not give up with what my true goal is. I will get there. My goal is to lose 10 lbs before the end of the year. I know to some they think 10 lbs is nothing..but if I lost 10 then I would be at a 90 lbs lost overall and that is a huge number! I have to take this weight loss journey a day at a day. It did not take one day to gain all this weight.

-Jackie