Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What am I doing wrong?

This post if for those of you that think you are doing everything right, but are not losing the me! LOL

Why Aren't You Losing Weight?


Even when you feel like you're doing everything right, certain behaviors can still get in the way of weight loss.

Weight loss is not a simple matter. To succeed, you must change the behaviors that are getting in your way. There are small changes you can incorporate into your daily routine that can help you develop healthier habits and achieve your weight loss goals.

1. Skipping Breakfast

Running late for work again? Before you bolt out the door on nothing but a cup of coffee, be aware that skipping breakfast can be bad news for weight loss. Chances are, you're going to feel hungry later, and that may be when you have less access to healthy food and are more likely to reach for a doughnut.

Antidote: Keep something on hand that you can eat on the run, such as fruit, yogurt or fat-free cereal bars.

2. Feasting on Family Favorites

When your kids or spouse have a favorite family meal, it's hard to ban it from your menu list. Family favorites, such as lasagna, are often high in fat and calories.

Antidote: Serve yourself a smaller serving of the main meal and a large serving of vegetables or salad. It's also a good idea to try to find a lower-fat version of the family favorite.

3. Social Overeating
Eating whatever you wanted at a restaurant was OK in the days when people ate out only a few times a year. But these days we dine out every week, if not every day.

Antidote: Search the menu for meals cooked using low-fat methods, such as grilling or stir-frying, and ask for sauces and dressings on the side. That way you can control how much you have.

4. Not Counting Every Bite
A few potato chips while you open the mail. Just a few cookies while you help the kids with their homework. When we snack, we tend to be standing up or have our attention focused on another task. This can lead to thinking the calories "don't count." Unfortunately, they do.

Antidote: Set ground rules, such as "I don't eat in the car or while I'm watching television." And always, keep track of everything you eat during the day. Knowing you'll have to write it down will make you think twice about having that one bite.

5. Expecting Too Much Too Soon
After several months of dedication you're down in the dumps—you feel the scale has barely moved. Expecting too much weight loss too soon is an extremely common blunder. A healthy rate of weight loss is up to two pounds a week. But many people aim for more than that, then feel like failures and give up when they don't reach that unrealistically high goal.

Antidote: Make "slow and steady" your mantra. If you really don't believe that one to two pounds lost amounts to much, lift two pounds of butter the next time you're at the supermarket. You'll realize how well you're doing.

Jenn's weight-loss goals

Hello everyone! I'm just going straight to the point....I need to lose at least 30 pounds to be at a healthy/happy weight! :0) I would LOVE to lose 40 pounds, but we're going with 30 right now. My birthday is the end of my FIRST goal is to lose 5 pounds by then. It is a little conservative, but I don't want to make a huge goal before I know what exercise & eating program will work the best for me. So there you have it! Who else wants to make a goal with me????? :0)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Welcome to the blog! :0)

Hello everyone! I don’t know about you, but when I have a difficult goal to attain, such as weight-loss, I like as much help as I can get! So I thought instead of taking this journey alone as I have so many times before, I thought I would set up this blog for all my friends & family to be able to share their weight-loss journey also. This blog is intended for people to who want to lose one pound or 300 pounds……for everyone to post their successes/failures, weight-loss tips, recipes, motivations, set-backs, & most of all…HUMOR! Whining is allowed too! :) It is NOT intended for bragging……that does not help or motivate anyone! So if you already look like super-model, this blog is NOT for you! Just kidding…sortof! :0)

I can’t wait to hear from you! If you would like to join me in contributing to this blog, please send me a personal message on Facebook or e-mail me with your e-mail address & I will add you to the list of contributors. You can post as much or as little as you’d like….daily, weekly or monthly…whatever you want! I love to post stuff, so I will probably be posting a few times a week. If you want to read the blog & not contribute, then become a “follower” & enjoy the posts. :0)