Monday, May 24, 2010

Blog #100! What I've learned...

It feels like such a milestone to reach my 100th blog! Now if only I could have lost a pound for every blog.... Ok fine, that's a little extreme :)

What have I learned from 100 blogs? That losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle is hard work. That there are no quick fixes and it is a lifetime journey. On the upside- it's possible! Anyone can lose weight and change their lives. All it takes is commitment to yourself and the choice to live consciously and make health a priority. The following ideas may be simple, but they have made me a much healthier, happier person than I was 100 blogs ago.

"Rules To Live By"
  •  Diets don't work. Lifestyles do.
  • Any food is OK if you only have it once in a while.
  • Eating out basically doubles calorie count in food compared to preparing it at home.  
  • Food journaling WORKS.  
  • Calorie Counting is not fun, but it gets easier. 
  • Use failure as a motivator, not as an excuse to give up. 
  • Weigh yourself once a week. More can get obsessive, less and you can let weight gain go unnoticed. 
  • Never let yourself feel "starving". 
  • Reward yourself for successes with non-food incentives. 
  • Surround yourselves with supportive friends and family and share your goals with them.
  • Eat breakfast every day. No excuses.
  • Food should make you feel good.  Pay attention to how you feel after you eat. 
  • Eat whole foods.  Meaning the original form they come in. The less processing the better.
  • Snacks are critical. 
  • Invest in yourself. Have a good pair of running shoes. It's worth shopping around to find the right fit.
  • Preparation, both mentally and physically is THE MOST important part of staying on track. 
  • It's not a good workout unless you sweat a lot. 
  • Be supportive of other people's weight loss goals. Don't compare yourself to others.
  • Don't drink soda or juice with calories.  Artificial sweeteners aren't good either. 
  • If you fall "off the wagon" - get back on.
  • Do it for you. 
 Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. -Henry David Thomas
Who knows what I'll know after my next 100! Stay tuned....

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