Monday, February 20, 2017

Why Even Try?





The above question, tweeted by Ramit Sethi,  requires more than a simple answer of "willpower" or "eat less and move more." While having willpower and eating less while moving more are helpful, these things alone cannot make the weight permanently disappear.

While I have no idea why Oprah has been unable to lose weight and keep it off (though I suspect it relates to losing focus on why she is doing it), I do know exactly what I need to do to lose weight and get healthy. I am not an expert in weight-loss for the masses, but I am an expert on what works for me:

1. I track everything I eat with the app myfitnesspal. Some of you may feel tracking calories is too burdensome, but it is the same concept as when you decide to get your finances under control - you have to name every dollar.  In the case of weight-loss, I have to name every calorie.

2. I also use myfitnesspal to track my daily(ish) exercise. This app has been very instrumental to getting me on track and keeping me there.  It tracks the number of calories consumed and the number of calories burned.

3. In December I registered for a 5K race for the first Saturday of March. This gives me a goal to work toward and a reason to get out and run. I know I will have to walk part of this 5K, but I am working toward the goal and will be registering for another 5K for April or May.

4. In my seeking to make better and healthier food choices, I find I am actually spending less money on food than I was previously! This is due to the fact that we are eating out less frequently, we are eating less meat and we are eating much smaller (read "normal") portions.

5. I have nearly completely removed sugar from my diet. Since both of my parents were diabetic, I felt this to be a prudent decision. Also, for me, sugar is like a drug - once I allow myself a small bite I end up craving more and more of it.  That being the case, it is just easier for me to forego sugar all together.

6. I constantly remind myself of the long-term goal: living a full and active life. When I am tempted by a piece of German Chocolate cake I ask myself, "will this piece of cake bring you happiness? Will it help you lead a full and active life?" Sometimes, if I just cannot say no, I will eat only the last bite. That way, even if I want more, there is no more for me to eat.

7. Implementing these changes in my life has also led to my husband and me getting our finances in order by giving, saving, and paying off debt. This could (and may be in the future) be a whole other blog posting.

Have you tried to lose weight in the past? Were you successful? What have you found that works for you? Leave a message in the comments and/or email me at teresa@teresastabletalk.com.  Thanks for dropping by!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Pantry Poker




Would you want to have to make a meal right now made solely out of what you currently have stocked in your pantry and refrigerator? Could you?

The above picture is of the lunch I made today for my husband and myself, made entirely out of what I already had on hand. It consists of pasta, black beans, corn, onion, garlic, tomatoes, and chipotles and cost approximately $2.26. That actually is kind of on the expensive side of things, but the pasta is a specialty pasta from the local farmer's market and was far and away the most expensive part of lunch. I could have just as easily used a box of pasta purchased from my local grocery store at 1/4 the cost, but I do try to support local merchants when I can.

While I do not always cook lunch for myself (and/or my husband), I do try to keep a well-stocked pantry which will allow me to throw something together when I need to.

Are you interested in learning how to supply your pantry? Would you like to be able to "throw together" a meal with ingredients you already have on hand? Are you interested in gaining control over your food budget? Would you like to lose weight?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, please email me at: teresameccles@gmail.com for more information.