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That’s me right this very second and I’m at warp speed. Sunday is Little Bean’s 2nd birthday, I have family coming in a few hours, my house is a disaster, I just started a pot of sauce (I have to feed everyone!) and I didn’t order the cake yet!
That being said, I felt the need to post really quick as it always helps me refocus. Plus, I’m on hold with Register.com to mange some domain names, and this is a great way to kill time in a proactive way instead of reading Reddit or something. ;)
Anyway, The first thing I wanted to share were a few Ask Roni questions I answered on Facebook this week. These were all submitted questions that I would normally answer in a video, more on that in a minute!
Deep breath for this one…
“I HAVE TRIED EVERY DIET AROUND; THE LAST ON WAS JENNY CRAIG AND I LOST 23 POUNDS BUT I DIDN’T LIKE THE PROCESSED FOODS. IT TAKES ME FOREVER TO LOSE WEIGHT AND RIGHT NOW I WANT LOSE 15+ LBS WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST!!!??????
First, let’s calm down. I can literally feel your anxiousness. I’m imagining you tight-fisted and screaming this at the top of your lungs.
A diet plan that provides all the food for you is probably wonderful in the short term but a disaster in the long run, as you may be discovering. If you really want to lose 15 lbs, I’d suggest finding a calorie goal based on your height and current weight (I’ve been using the suggestions from MyFitnessPal.com and they are working for me) and starting a food journal. Try to incorporate as many fruits and veggies in your diet as possible. Focus on lean meats, beans, and other whole foods. Weigh yourself consistently to measure your progress but not too much where it makes you neurotic. Finally, start to move more. That doesn’t mean you need to run out and join a gym. Take walks, park far away, seek out stairwells instead of elevators, etc, etc, etc.
It make take some time, but isn’t that a small investment for reaching your goal?
If you really have tried every diet around, then you know what you should and should not be eating. It’s time to buckle down and stop reliving the diet cycle. Here are my thoughts on the concept of stateless dieting that may help…. http://ronisweigh.com/2008/10/3-steps-to-a-healthier-you-step-2-stateless-dieting.html
It is possible to break the cycle you’re in. I only know because I did it. Good luck Carol.
No and no….
“Did you use White Bean Extract during your weight loss? How about Green Coffee Bean? Another Dr. Oz suggestion for helping increase the metabolism. Congrats on your weight loss journey and success! I look forward to hearing from you. -Pat”
Honestly, I never heard of white bean extract or green coffee bean. For as much as I like Dr. Oz, I am NOT a fan of his supplement approach as cure-alls (at least that how he comes across to me now.)
The only thing I “used” for my weight loss was consciously eating less (food journaling in some form) and moving more. I don’t want to make it sound easy and I don’t want to come across as condescending, but I don’t think you are going to find the answer to weight loss in an extract.
I used to…
“Do you think WW is the best way to go when beginning your weight loss journey?
It’s no secret I was a HUGE Weight Watchers fangirl for some time. I really felt as if they equipped me with simple tools to be successful. However, in fear of sounding like an old fart, I’m not as a big fan of PointsPlus. I go into more in this post… http://ronisweigh.com/2010/12/more-on-the-new-weight-watchers-pointplus-plan-a-response.html
But in short, it’s not because I think their plan is bogus — I just think they lost the one big thing that set them apart FOR ME: ease of use.
When I attempted the new plan after baby I was overwhelmed and frustrated that PointsPlus wasn’t as intuitive as the old Flex plan. There’s seemed to be something missing, something “off” for me. I could no longer estimate easily, there was no easy slider to carry around, and recipe calculations seemed confusing.
Now I know many people who love the new direction and have had much success. It comes down to is you. No plan will work unless you are ready and willing to make lasting changes. Weight Watchers does have a great support system and lots of tools to help you be successful, but I don’t recommend it as passionately as I did before.
Simple is the way to go….
“I’m a student and I have gained a lot of weight since being in university. :( How could I go about starting the weight loss process? I really don’t know where to start when it comes to healthy eating.
Sometimes we get all caught up in a specific plan that involves so many variables that we set ourselves up to fail. Simple is the way to go. Let’s focus on only two changes I think can set you down the right path:
- Look at what you are eating now and make small adjustments to portion and quality of food. Try to eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible. They should be your go-to snacks. Stick with lean proteins and bulk up meals with double vegetables and skip or reduce the starch (noodles, rice, potatoes, etc.) Don’t make anything off limits but focus on making better choices overall.
- Move more. It’s that simple! No need for crazy workouts or gym fees. Go for a walk, take the stairs, look for opportunities to have fun physically by getting involved in sports or social activities that get you out and about.
These are the exact two things I focused on when I started 8 years ago. There’s no need to wake up and think you are going to be perfect from this day forth. Every choice counts. Start small. Start simple. Start now.
“Did you find it hard to start running? What advice do you have for a beginner and do you think any type of gear is essential? Thanks! :)
Hi Bridget. I’m not going to lie, I felt it not only extremely difficult, but I never thought I’d be able to run a mile without stopping to walk. Then I thought I wouldn’t be able to do 3, then 6, then 10. A half and a full marathon were just plain insanity.
I didn’t start with a particular plan (although I think C25K is great!) I just put one leg in front of the other and pushed myself. Setting distance goals is the way to go. Don’t get down on yourself for stopping to walk, just keep making forward progression. If you do it regularly (3+ times a week) you will start to surprise yourself. Don’t try to run too fast. Find a pace you can maintain without getting too winded. It may feel like you’re trotting, but that’s OK. Again, it’s about the forward progression not the speed.
As for equipment, I really think the only thing you need is a good pair of running sneaks. I started just running in my old sneaks and after a few weeks decided it was time to invest in a good pair of shoes. As for clothing, wear what you are comfortable in. My favorite running outfit is an old pair of yoga capris and a tank top (when it’s warm.) You don’t need much else, which is one of the reasons I love it so much.
Good luck and keep moving!
I plan on answering more questions on Facebook as well getting back to Ask Roni videos, which brings me to my next announcement about YouTube! I recorded a new video for my new channel layout. Click here to check it out! I’m going to really try and embrace videos again here and on GreenLiteBites. I miss them.
Other than that, I posted posted tons of stuff this week including…
- My Certosa-Inspired Cabbage Salad and Cheesy Smashed Cauliflower on GreenLiteBites. Two new ideas I’m really loving right now.
- On TheUnWorldlyTravelers, I took a trip down memory lane and posted beach photos from the last 10 years of Seaside Heights, NJ.
- And on FitBloggin’, I’m taking votes on this years FitBloggin’ swag. It looks like the stripe is winning by a landslide!
OK, got to run. Busy, fun weekend ahead! I’ll “see” you Sunday!
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