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Monday, August 30, 2010

Weight loss and exercise

I haven't talked about my weight loss goals in a while. I guess I just didn't know whether or not it was appropriate for me to share those goals in a public forum like this. After some thinking, I'd decided to share my action plan with you. (I'd love to hear your feedback as well.)

-I'd like to lose at a healthy pace while NOT counting calories. Counting calories becomes troublesome for me. I am just not a numbers person.

-To combat this one of my friends suggested journaling what I eat daily. She said not to write down calorie counts but to write down whether it was a protein, whole-grain, dairy, fruit or veggie serving. Eventually I'll work with a nutritionist on this. Ideally my goal is to cut back on portions.

-As you know, Andy and I attended a few food truck and beer festivals (which have yet to be blogged) I think we did a decent job at keeping our portions down. I'm pretty proud of that!

-Since I can't run yet, I am planning on getting my cardio in via Jillian Michaels Shred DVDs. (I own a ton of workout DVDs so I'll change it up. She has a kickboxing one that I love.)

-I'm working on yoga and weight-lifting as well. I love both. I think my body really responds to any kind of strength training. I do all of my yoga via DVDs since my schedule is too weird for taking classes.

In short, I'm hoping that journaling and increasing my exercise will help. I don't want to give myself a goal of X amount of pounds in X amount of time because that has NEVER worked for me. I want to be healthy and strong, not skinny. I don't want to talk about my weight loss obsessively or hate myself for eating ice cream. Hopefully this plan will work for me. We'll see.

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At August 30, 2010 at 8:51 AM , Blogger Heather said...

I think your philosophy and outlook on this is great!
I agree with counting cals - it's too time consuming and can get obsessive for me....

At August 30, 2010 at 8:52 AM , Anonymous Kara @ Kara's Marathon said...

Have you ever read "Intuitive Eating"? It sounds like that's what you are going for -- listening to your body and what it wants, instead of counting calories/points. Geneen Roth's books are great for that too.

Good luck! :D

At August 30, 2010 at 9:17 AM , Anonymous Andrea (Off Her Cork) said...

"I'd like to lose at a healthy pace while NOT counting calories. Counting calories becomes troublesome for me. I am just not a numbers person."
Oh I'm so glad to see you saying this! I think calorie counting can lead to trouble. Portion sizes, getting in a good amount of fruit and veggies servings are what's important. You can do it girlie. :D

At August 30, 2010 at 9:33 AM , Blogger One Healthy Apple said...

Hey Amanda- I totally relate to this. I counted calories for many years and then I just stopped. It was too much for me and now I try to pack in as many good foods as possible while paying attention to my hunger levels. If you stop and listen, which is really hard to do...eventually we can trust our bodies.

I think you have a great plan and also want to note that running is not always the best- everything else you are doing is GREAT for your body.

At August 30, 2010 at 9:36 AM , Anonymous kalin said...

I always try for eating a lot of fruits and veggies-I've found so long as I focus on that everything else ends up decently balanced. I can't count calories. Not my thing.

At August 30, 2010 at 11:37 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think your plan sounds good! I think writing stuff down is a good plan because at the end of the day you can look back and see if maybe you need to add more fruit and veggie servings, or add another protein.

I like how you say that you don't want to be skinny, but healthy - perfect attitude!

At August 30, 2010 at 11:55 AM , Anonymous Ameena said...

The minute I stopped obsessing about calories was the day I stopped gaining weight. I think this is a fantastic plan!

I just "liked" your Facebook page. :)

At August 30, 2010 at 12:02 PM , Anonymous emily (a nutritionist eats) said...

I think your plan sounds great and very well-balanced. Keep us posted!
I think that journaling can be very helpful - it definitely makes you think about those little samples or bites that can really add up!

At August 30, 2010 at 12:50 PM , Blogger Janetha said...

i love hearing about weight goals on blogs, so thanks for sharing. i am sure your steady-wins-the-race plan will be great for you! best of luck.

At August 30, 2010 at 1:11 PM , Blogger Erica said...

A great and healthy plan for weight loss. I love it. It is totally hard to keep in control at food festivals- y'all did great. HOpe you have a nice week

At August 30, 2010 at 2:21 PM , Anonymous Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' said...

I always wonder if I should talk about weight loss on my blog, too-- but you know what? I love hearing about how others lose weight (at least, in a healthy way!) so I figure others might want to hear about it, too! I just try not to be obsessive about it, since it is a process when you do it the healthy way!

I'm all about NOT counting calories! I did that back in college, and I drove myself nuts! I think it's all about finding what works for you. Personally, I find that eating properly combined meals full of whole, unprocessed foods keeps me happy and satisfied. I also need to eat sweets every single day--> if I don't, I start to feel restricted! So I've found "safe" treats, like dark chocolate and raw puddings, that keep me happy in that department. Also, I love using scales to monitor my progress on a weekly basis, but NOT on a daily basis... too much can change on a daily basis and that would drive me crazy, too!

Sounds like you've got a good exercise plan, too! I love Jillian's DVDs!

You can do it! :D

At August 30, 2010 at 4:03 PM , Anonymous homecookedem said...

LOVE your plan!! You are aiming for health, not numbers and that my friend is PERFECT!! :) So proud of you!! :)

At August 30, 2010 at 5:02 PM , Blogger lynn @ the actors diet said...

sounds like a plan, stan!
i became a fan!
all of this rhymes!!!

(i have a fan page too)

At August 30, 2010 at 5:10 PM , Anonymous ashleigh said...

Hey girl, great plan. I am working on a get a fit plan right now too. I think journaling what you eat without calorie counts is a good idea. I have tried to count calories multiple times this summer, but I keep giving up. I like to know how much I can and should eat, but it's really annoying.
Anyways, good luck girl! We will reach our goals eventually!

At August 30, 2010 at 5:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never thought about journaling with what I ate instead of the actual numbers. I am really diggin that idea.

I need to get on the ball with my weight loss goals, I will keep them in my head for a wk then happy hour will come and they are soon swept away.

At August 30, 2010 at 8:38 PM , Anonymous sophia said...

I'm already a fan. A huge fan.

And I wish you all the best in your goals! I think it's super wise of you NOT to count calories, though I think it's also wise NOT to jot down everything you eat, at least not for more than a couple weeks or so. If by the end of 2 weeks you still need to jot them down, then you know they aren't even helping you at all.

That said, looking forward to seeing you soon!

At August 31, 2010 at 11:22 PM , Anonymous eden said...

Im sorry I missed this post, I was uber busy, so im catching up on the blog reading....anyhow, i like your goals. I like that your not wanting to lose weight for the wrong reasons.I usually roll my eyes when someone tells me they want to lose weight cause I spent a majority of my life trying to gain. but they are very similar battles. anyhow, i know a fabulous dietitian if you need a reference.

At September 2, 2010 at 12:12 PM , Blogger Sarah @ See Sarah Eat said...

I think you have a great plan! One thing I did for a while when I was just "maintaining" was I used the My Pyramid tracker ( and that helped put things in categories so I'd know what I'd eaten everyday. It also adds up nutrients so if you are curious as to whether your getting enough calcium (for example) it will tell you.

I also respond well to strength training in terms of body shape and weight loss. Good luck, but I don't think you need it -- a good plan and a positive attitude is all you need :)


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