It’s Been A While…Some More Sympathy and Support :)

So, it’s been a while.  I started this journey months before my birthday, after it seemed like our bills were under control and my youngest was sleeping through the night…so I thought.  Recently, we’ve had some surprises with our finances (like our house supposedly under foreclosure…) and Sam decided that sleeping through the night was just fun for a couple weeks and has been back to being awake at random hours. 

The only thing that did happen as planned was my birthday- I got older. 🙂  But even that wasn’t entirely as planned- my oldest ended up screaming in pain that evening, almost went to the ER but fell asleep with her Daddy singing to her instead.  I opened my presents with just my four year-old in attendance.  And I didn’t mention the ants!  Our house has been over run!  They are in our cereal boxes, our dishwasher, our shower, our vents, our beds- it’s unreal!  Ironically, the birthday cake my son chose for me had big plastic ants all over it. 🙂

So, exercise time has been minimal and for me one poor choice often leads to another.  Also, I’ve had at least one if not two picture sessions a week which means I’m definitely working part-time and not entirely used to that.  I’m having to relearn how to balance or juggle it all.

In otherwords, I’m sympathizing with all of you who feel there isn’t time or energy to exercise.  As someone who enjoys exercising, if there isn’t a lot of time and I’m exhausted, it still doesn’t happen.  Today is the first day in weeks I woke up and did pilates because I crashed in my bed (actually beside it at first because it was covered in laundry) then crawled into bed and didn’t get out until morning since Hubby got up for baby.  I feel like a new woman!

So, with that little bit of hope and rest I’m sharing some more of that list I started to share months ago. 🙂  My number one is wear a sports bra all day- I hate them, but I’m that much more ready to do some real cardio at any minute I can catch it.  The following ideas are from http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/training-day/201206/61-easy-ways-lose-weight  Again, I will highlight my faves, but feel free to comment on yours or share some more!

21. Watch your portions. Avoid the buffet line and never supersize. Instead make sure you’re following what the nutrition label recommends for a serving.
22. Switch to calorie-free drinks. All calories count, whether they’re liquid or solid. So unless it’s low-fat milk, opt for tea or water. Or something I was introduced to in the Netherlands — large bunches of mint, lemon and hot water.
23. Weigh yourself. Studies show daily weigh-ins help enhance weight loss efforts. Don’t live and die by the number. And of course a scale doesn’t decipher between fat and lean body mass, but it can still be of benefit to keep things “in check.”
24. Eat whole eggs. Daily. A study published a couple years ago showed that those who ate whole eggs versus a bagel for breakfast ate less at the next meal. A similar study showed eating whole eggs increases HDL (good) cholesterol.
25. Eat breakfast. A review published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that those who eat breakfast are more successful with long-term weight maintenance. Other research has shown the same for weight loss. Grab hardboiled eggs, scrambled eggs, Greek yogurt, a piece of fruit and handful of nuts, or make a smoothie. It doesn’t have to be fancy.
26. Eat the bulk of your meals in the A.M. Then eat progressively less throughout the day. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition showed that eating most of your calories earlier in the day positively influences weight changes.
27. To burn more calories, stay upright. This means not sitting in front of a computer, TV, phone, etc., all day. Stand and you’ll burn more and be more productive. This could even save your life. Discover Why Your Office Chair is Killing You.
28. Use the stairs. That’s right: Skip the escalator and elevator. This won’t make or break success, but every little bit helps. So get in all the movement you can.
29. Eat low-energy, dense foods. These are foods that are high in water and lower in calories, such as fruit, veggies, soups, and salads. Studies at Penn State University have showed that the inclusion of these foods helps individuals eat less total calories overall.
30. Don’t grocery shop hungry. If you do, you’ll buy everything in the aisle — instead of sticking to your list. And most of the time, the foods you buy when hungry will be the kinds that sabotage your weight loss efforts.
31. Replace side dishes with steamed veggies. Restaurants will often allow you to substitute the fries or chips with steamed veggies. All you have to do is ask.
32. Bake, don’t fry.
33. Use the fat-burner in your backyard: Your grill. (And make sure you have a copy of Grill This, Not That! — the extraordinary guide to grilling that can help you lose 10, 20, 30 or more pounds.)
34. Order dressing on the side. But here’s the bigger secret: Dip your fork in dressing, and then in the salad. This saves a ton more dressing than if one was to order it on the side, and the pour the entire cup on the salad anyway. Fewer calories equal less weight.
35. In the airport: Carry your luggage, don’t roll it. Again, not a deal breaker in terms of success — just another way to increase energy expenditure.
36. Skip the “Venti lattes” and opt for plain coffee. (Or better yet, tea.) Those extra large “designer” coffees can pack a belly-inflating 500 or more calories per serving!
37. Embrace oats. Plain rolled oats will help fill you up more than the high sugar breakfast counterparts. Moreover, one serving provides a lot less calories than the sugar coated alternatives.

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38. Fidget. A study published in the journal Science showed that those who fidgeted more often — for example, changed their posture frequently — weighed less than those who didn’t. This extra movement was termed NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis).
39. Laugh often. A study presented at the European Congress on Obesity found those who laughed hard for approximately 10 to 15 minutes each day burned an additional 10 to 40 calories/day. Multiply that by 365 and those calories can add up!

40. Leave something on your plate at the end of the meal. Every little bit counts.
41. When out to eat, split a meal. The portions are usually big enough to feed a family.
42. Skip dessert.
43. Don’t socialize around the food tables at parties. You’re more
likely to munch mindlessly, even though you may not be hungry.
44. Don’t eat your kid’s leftovers. Every little bit of food adds up, including what we call “BLTs” (bites, licks and tastes). SERIOUSLY! 🙂
45. Keep chips, dips, and other high fat junk foods out of the house. It’s not about willpower; it’s about being realistic.
46. If you have a dog, take him for a walk. It’s better for both him and you than just letting him out the back. (Bonus: He’ll love you even more!)
47. If you don’t have a pet, offer to walk a neighbor’s dog. Make friends; lose weight.
48. Use smaller plates and bowls. There will be less room for you to fill up and it makes less food seems like more.
49. Skip buffets. It’s a foregone conclusion: If you don’t, you’ll feel like you have to get your money’s worth and overeat. For more instant weight-loss secrets – delivered to your inbox every daysign up for the FREE Eat This, Not That! newsletter.
50. Slow down. It takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes for your stomach to sense it’s full. If you wolf down your food like a starving dog, you’ll likely out-eat your hunger.
51. Decrease your food intake by 100 calories per day. Theoretically this translates to losing nearly one pound per month (1 lb = 3,500 calories) — with hardly any effort.

52. Buy a pedometer and accumulate at least 10,000 steps each day.
53. When possible, walk or bike to do your errands.
54. Don’t buy in bulk. The more that is there, the more that you’ll eat.
55. Plan ahead. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
56. Keep some healthy snacks — like nuts — in your glove compartment so you’re prepared at all times.
57. Take before pictures.
58. Get new friends. If your friends prefer pizza, wings, nachos and beer on a regular basis, find one’s who are like-minded and want to be healthy. Research has suggested that friends enhance (or can hurt) success.
59. Put yourself first. Many people (women in particular) put everyone else ahead of themselves and let their health fall by the side.
60. Remember: It’s not all or nothing. If you fall off the bandwagon, jump right back on. Don’t let yourself continue to fall until all progress has been lost.
61. Wake up early to exercise. You’re more likely to get it done if you don’t wait until after work.
Looking for more than simple lifestyle tweaks? Discover the doctor-approved eating and fat-loss guide in Dr. Travis Stork’s best-selling book, The Lean-Belly Prescription.
Chris Mohr, Ph.D., R.D., is a registered dietitian and nutrition consultant, and the owner of MohrResults.com.

It’s kind of funny.  I love and use a lot of these ideas, which is probably why I’ve lost 25 pounds.  I know that I’m not at my “goal weight” of 140, but I also recognize that I am healthier so there’s not as much pressure to really work hard at making healthy choices.  But I NEED TO!  Would you drive your car around on empty? No way!  And when I don’t make healthy choices I have less energy.  So back to taking care of my family by taking care of me.  I will let you know how that goes with ants, waking babies, part-time working and whatever else surprises us in the near future. 🙂  Love, Eva