Emotional Eating

This summer has been tough on the diet. In the summer, all routines are out the window – no bedtime, no wake up time, no meal time, no structure at all. Like most of us, I am not successful in that environment.

AND, I’m an all or nothing kind of girl. I’m either full in or falling flat on my face. When I cheat, it turns into eating every single food I’ve craved for the last 6 weeks.  When I’m following the diet, I am being praised at office visits, because my success is above average.  I can’t seem to live in that “everything in moderation” world.

It’s destroying me.  I am so disappointed in myself when I crash and burn.  I am ashamed, miserable, and a hypocrite in the eyes of my children (from my perspective, of course). My successes don’t outweigh the failures (pun intended). I have yoyo-ed for so long – 15+ years; I’m tired of it.

What has to happen for me to stop? I’ve hit rock bottom before.  I don’t want to go there again. I am getting older, and my health becomes more and more important (and harder to correct).  I’m now old enough to know I’m actually NOT invincible – a theory which plagued my youth (and caused many unnecessary, bad choices on my part).

I believe the bottom line is… I am self-destructive. It is a learned behavior I acquired when I was 14 as a coping strategy.  It has never worked for me – quite the opposite really. Yet, it is still my “go to” subconsciously.

I need to find a solution “in the moment” of weakness. I need to find my own inner strength that I admire in so many of you. It’s time.

Taco Tuesday Spiced Up!

Since eating so many tacos piled with cheese has helped me increase my weight, I need a replacement (food or activity – anything really) every, single week.  My entire family loves Taco Tuesday, so I can either be depressed and deprived every Tuesday until this weight is gone, or celebrate Taco Tuesday in a different way!


This weeks’s celebration:

You could buy the pre-made packages of spices for your tacos.  Or, you can mix a jar of your own.  I do love this recipe from wellnessmama.com – it makes enough for several months of taco (beef or chicken) goodness!  Add as much as you like to cooked meat and, simmer for 5 minutes. If you want it a little hotter, add a little more chili powder.

Mix ingredients together:

1/4 cup Chili Powder

1/4 cup Cumin Powder

1 tablespoon Garlic Powder

2 tablespoons Onion Powder

1 teaspoon Oregano Leaf

1 teaspoon Paprika

1 tablespoon Sea Salt

1 teaspoon Ground Pepper

Score for this week’s Taco Tuesday:

9 out of 10

It’s a Package Deal

I watched an Ideal Protein video that described weight loss as a package deal. That clicked for me.

When you buy service from a cable provider, you get certain channels. You don't get to pick and choose. When you are looking for a mate, you may look for certain characteristics, but they are a package deal as well. They come with a set of characteristics- good and "bad", desired and not. You don't get to pick and choose.

Weight loss is also a package deal. You can choose the bad, crappy foods you've always eaten and get the body you've always had. Or, you can choose the healthy body package – with all the food and exercise that comes with it.

It's just that simple. Do you want the fat body package or the healthy body package?

Try to remember what package you are choosing in those moments of little will power.

Have a great day, and choose well, my friends!

TACO Tuesday…

Since eating so many tacos piled with cheese has helped me increase my weight, I need a replacement (food or activity – anything really) every, single week.  My entire family loves Taco Tuesday, so I can either be depressed and deprived every Tuesday until this weight is gone, or celebrate Taco Tuesday in a different way!


This weeks’s celebration:

My family is out of town – so this girl isn’t eating any of it!  Instead, I’m going to do a TACO workout... that’s Totally Awesome CardiO.  I’ll be drenched in sweat and super proud of my accomplishment! You, too, can have a ¡fabuloso TACO Tuesday! Join me.

Score for this week’s Taco Tuesday:

10 out of 10

Your Favorite Workout Songs

I always need new inspiration to keep me energized during workouts, and music usually does the trick.  Since variety is the spice of life, I need you to share your FAVORITE workout song in the comments below.   Please, help a girl mix it up a bit!

Here are my current Top 10 Favorite Workout Songs:

10. All I Do Is Win (feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & Rick Ross) – DJ Khaled

9. Believer – Imagine Dragons

8. Try – Colbie Caillat

7. Shouting Grounds – Crowder

6. The River – Jordan Feliz

5. Flashdance…What a Feeling – Irene Cara

4. Footloose – Kenny Loggins

3. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

2. Rise – Katy Perry

1. Hall of Fame (feat. will.i.am) – The Script

 

Now, share your FAVORITE WORKOUT SONG! TIA

-AC

 

 

It’s Taco Tuesday – Cauliflower Rice!

Since eating so many tacos piled with cheese has helped me increase my weight, I need a replacement (food or activity – anything really) every, single week.  My entire family loves Taco Tuesday, so I can either be depressed and deprived every Tuesday until this weight is gone, or celebrate Taco Tuesday in a different way!

This weeks’s celebration:

Cauliflower Rice

This one is fabulous! You can make your own cauliflower rice with your food processor, or you can buy it prepackaged.  For Taco Tuesday, I bought the prepackaged kind – original flavor, then added my taco spices to it.  I like eating cauliflower, but it is a pain for me to chop it up all the time.  The rice texture gives me something I’m missing out on with the grain rice but not those pesky calories.  This stuff is amazing and simple.

Score for this week’s Taco Tuesday:

10 out of 10

It’s Taco Tuesday – Mango Margarita!

Since eating so many tacos piled with cheese has helped me increase my weight, I need a replacement (food or activity – anything really) every, single week.  My entire family loves Taco Tuesday, so I can either be depressed and deprived every Tuesday until this weight is gone, or celebrate Taco Tuesday in a different way!

This weeks’s celebration:

Mock Mango Margarita

Mmmmm. I’m going to mix my mango/peach protein packet with some ice, water, and maybe some spinach for a few added nutrients.  So simple and the perfect solution for my sweet tooth today.  No tequila, no sugary sweet margarita mixer, no glass rimmed with colored sugar… but, a great attitude with an icy cold drink.  After all, life’s a celebration.  So, cheers to you and my magnificent mock mango margarita, aka smoothie!

Score for this week’s Taco Tuesday:

8 out of 10

It’s a Journey – Not a Destination 

Part of losing weight is gaining the mindset to keep it off – you know, that eating healthy stuff and exercising stuff. I have major cravings once in a while (as all dieters do) – some show improvement in my mindset. Some don’t. Here are my top 10 cravings. Don’t judge.

10. Carrots

9. Potatoes – Mashed, Fried, or Roasted

8. Trail Mix

7. Chicken Noodle Soup – or any soup really

6. Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (and lots of Parmesan Cheese)

5. Corn on the Cob

4. Queso and Chips

3. Popcorn – microwave or movie

2. Frosting Covered Sugar Cookies

1. Pizza, Pizza, and Pizza with Cheese, Cheese, and Cheese

Progress from 6 months ago? Definitely. Guarantee that I won’t just gain the weight back? Not so much.  I’m still a work in progress. If awareness is 1/2 the battle, I’m 60% on my way to success!

Weight Loss Study

I participated in a study last week on weight loss.  I figured, why not? Get paid to lose weight? I’m in.  (The results varied among all the participants.  I think some got placebos.  I definitely did not.)

So, drum roll, please…. I lost 15 pounds in one week doing nothing but eating, watching TV, playing on my phone, and sleeping!  Sounds too good to be true, right? I was shocked when the week was done.

Again, this was an experimental study.  I had to sign lots of forms with all of the risks, etc.  But, the way I lost the weight was so cool! I had to go into the clinic several weeks before the study began to get all of my body measurements.  Then, on the first day, they had these suits that were tailor-made for each of us. It looked like a wetsuit, really.  But, it had all of these wires and electrodes attached to it.  When everyone was suited up, we all looked like we were on the set of the movie, Tron. I wish I could have taken a picture of us!

The doctor explained that we would often feel like we were working out but were instructed to stay seated – you know, fast heart rate, a lot of sweating – but all while I was sitting still!  It was amazing! I burned 9,000 calories per day according to my data (over what my intake calories were).  I will admit, it was harder the day I ate pizza for the entire day.  My heart was working hard to stay ahead of the calories I was taking in.  But, the other days were a piece of cake (pun intended!).

I won’t bore you with the science of it all (not sure I understand it anyway)- but, they were in control of my heart rate, my breathing, my fluid intake, and other details while I was in control of eating and sleeping (which got much easier after the first night).

The only side effect I have seen so far is that my skin is a bit loose.  But, they promise it will tighten up on its own after a few months.  The suit was supposed to help with that part, but they still have some work to do.  (I guess that’s why they called it “experimental”!) I hope the doctors get this suit approved by the powers that be soon, so I can lose a lot more weight with no effort!

Ladies and gentlemen, start thinking about how to accessorize a wetsuit.  They will be all the rage!

Run, Attie, Run

I did it! I ran one mile today and did NOT die!  That is so encouraging, and I am hopeful that I won’t be too sore tomorrow, so I can do it again.

The first 1/2 of the mile was difficult.  My body was not in rhythm with my breathing.  Everything was awkward. But, by the half way mark, my body and mind found their pace and I actually enjoyed my run (albeit for 12 minutes).  I add that check to the win column!

Bonus… after I got home, my 11 year old son, David, wanted to go for our 4 mile bike ride I had promised him.  So, after a lot of water and protein, we headed out in the 99 degree heat and met our goal! It was awesome.

If we had only added a little pool time, I could have called today a triathlon.  Maybe tomorrow.