Are You Committed?
Monday, August 30, 2010
There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in something, you do it only when it's convenient . When you're committed to something you accept no excuses, only results." Quote from, Ken Blachard.
This made me wonder how many people are really committed to getting healthy and being fit.?
Not long ago there was a poll here at Spark.
Which diet dilemma do you struggle with?
There were six questions and the one that I thought would polled the highest actually polled the least.
1. Fail on weekends........26%
2. Make exercise excuses...27%
3. Eating nutrient poor calories....13%
4. Starve during the day, over eat in evening....14%
5. Going off plan for special occasion....15%
6. NONE....I've transitioned from dieting to a healthy lifestyle....5 %
Why are just a few people able to make the change.? Is it not convenient to eat healthy all the time? Why are so many having a hard time in their choices? I choose #6. I don't diet, I eat healthy.
Why does the draw of some foods make people revert back to old habits.
The last time I looked there's no monetary gain in eating. There's no prize. No trophy. In fact the fantastic food taste only lasts for a moment. It's in then it sits around and it's out. What's the satisfaction? That moment of a salty or sugary taste that registers in our brain. Like a drug the food transmit a feeling of euphoria, and that in turns makes us want more, and that is the habit of over eating . Of eating non healthy foods.
The habit of turning to food to over come any crisis. We eat when unhappy. We eat when we are happy., we celebrate with food.
Food is given to children as a treat. How many times as a mother have you said I'll give you a cookie or candy bar if you're good. I hate to say I used to do that.
I had a test done the other day and they had a basket of individual wrapped mini candy bars to give out as a reward for under going the test. Since when did people have to be bribed to do something.? We need rewards, or treats?
I remember when suckers used to be given out at dentist offices, till they said that doesn't look too good. So started to give toothbrushes. Like Yeah,!!
When one embarks on living a healthy lifestyle it's full time. There's no days off. Just because you're off work on the weekends, doesn't mean you have to or should eat junk or make bad food choices. Healthy eating is 7 days a week.
When choosing your food, it would be foolish to eat all your 1500 calories in candy or pizza. No, you have to plan ahead and eat balanced meals. If you can't figure out balanced meals, they can do it on the food tracker. Just put in your calories and it's all done. Just follow the plan. I like to plan my own, I can be more flexible. It doesn't take long and I know ahead what I am eating each day. If I go out I plan that ahead and eat according to what fits in to my calories for the day. Restaurant menu's can be checked on line.
Starving during the day only to over eat at night is foolish. Of course you will scarf down anything if your starving hungry. So eat during the day, take your lunch, take snacks, plan ahead.
Eating on special occasion, that can be done without over eating. Small portions, you can taste everything, and still be within your calories or close to it.
One doesn't have to have large portions to enjoy a food. I know it can be done, I do it all the time. I have ribs, cake, pie, drinks, just watch the portions.
I know that to get to the obese stage that many of us are in, it took a while.
We had problems, depression, emotional, medical problems, and we liked to eat.
We had reason that we could not lose weight.
Mine was depression, bad back, bad knees, could hardly walk. Had a thyroid condition, and individuals with autoimmune thryoiditis have a harder time losing weight after hormone levels are normalized. Even to this day the Doctor is having a hard time adjusting my thyroid meds..
But the main problem I gained and failed to lose was I loved to eat. I loved to cook and liked my cooking and ate and ate.
I loved to go out to dinner, the buffet lines were wonderful. The ones in Vegas the best. Oh, I had health excuses but I also couldn't give up food.
It wasn't till what I call bottoming out, that I woke up to the fact that I had to change my life. If I didn't there would be no life.
The doctor told me that I had probably two years to live. I was hardly living at the moment. But I didn't want to die. I was only 67 years old. My mother is 85 and fit not a pound over weight and going strong.
I had reached my bottom, I had only one option, lose weight. Regain my health..
I think for different reasons people that bottom out are more committed to succeed. And it is usually a health reason and doing it for the family. Live to see the children grow up or grand children. Many times it's a do or die situation..
We're not talking a few vanity pounds. This is super obese , morbidly obese.
if it were only a few pounds , one could diet that off and hope to learn not to regain so as not to yo-yo diet the same pounds .
To succeed you need to find that inner strength, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.
Think positive, face each day with the positive attitude, that you are in charge, no one dictates what you can or can't do. And you defiantly don't listen to food calling out your name. It's not your friend. You'll only feel remorse if you give in to the bad habits. Stay busy, time passes quicker, occupy your mind.
Each day that passes the the body adjusts to the new food, less food, adjusts to the exercise, you start to see results. You get a complement, that feels good. You feel different about yourself. Before you know it you are on your way to a fit and healthy life.
I do want to mention that exercise plays big part in how much we lose , how fast we lose, and how healthy out body becomes. But regardless of your health if the doctor has approved it, there are exercises for everyone.
Here's some that I thought were interesting. These are exercises = activities and the calories they burn.
1. . 1 hr running=4 hrs yoga.....900 calories
2. 1 hr rollerblade= 4 hr bowling...900 calories
3. 1 hr swim laps= 1 hr, 45 min. water aerobics.....511 calories
4. 1 hr elliptical= 4 hr Frisbee.....800 calories
5. 1 hr jogging= 2 hr tai chi....584 calories
6. 1 hr rowing=1 hr 45 min. walk ( 3 miles hr.)....511 calories
7. 1 hr backpack hiking=1 hr 40 min. sex....511 calories.
Any of those look good??
And if you want to burn 200 calories here's some activities that do that.
1. Shop, try on at least 18 outfits.
2. Grocery shop for 30 minutes.
3. Rearrange furniture
4. Wash car
5. Yard work , 25 minutes
6. Play scrabble, 2 hours
7. Bowling , 1 hour
8. Give a massage, 45 minute one.
Exercise,what ever you do , the more muscle you have continues to burn calories even after you have stopped. You even burn calories while sleeping. That cool!!
"Don't let life discourage you. Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was." Richard Evans.
I am enjoying a few day with a visiting mate from Miami. She's been through her own battle with weight, in the last 4 years has lost 160 pounds. Went from a size 24 to a 2. She's only 5 ft . and weight 105 pounds. Looks great.
We have been out to eat. We split everything, but the drinks. One appetizer, one salad, one entrée, no desert.
She will be here till Wednesday. So we will gossip and catch up on old times.
Peace and Love, Tisha