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Slim for LIfe On the Go Points

Here are the points for when you are not at home.

Three Points

  • Fill up your tank
  • Stay away from the buffet
  • Choose wisely
  • Sample small portions
  • Sidestep it
  • Swap sides
  • Avoid danger
  • Be multiculturally selective
  • Keep a private stash
  • Have a plan
  • Pack it in
  • Be action packed

Two Points

  • Be a gracious guest
  • Lighten up
  • Pick your battles
  • Don’t forget to dry off
  • get it to go
  • be generous
  • take a pass
  • pat it down
  • Gear up
  • Choose the least of all evils
  • Be demanding

One Point

  • Water back
  • Be creative
  • Be competitive

Total points for chapter 4: 61

Number of tips I am incorporating: 26

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Slim for Life At Home Points

 

Three Points

  • The center will increase your center
  • Don’t shop while you’re hungry
  • Be wholesome
  • Serve it up
  • Keep it short and simple
  • Check: one, two three
  • Say it loud
  • Get out your decoder ring
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it’s BS
  • Be salt savvy
  • Be sugar savvy
  • Get your fiber
  • Break the rules
  • Swap it out
  • Slip a disc
  • Check your scripts

Two Points

  • Be like Santa
  • Go solo (I don’t have kids…)
  • Go low
  • Make a clean cut
  • Dry off
  • Keep it firm

One Point

  • Cart it around
  • Don’t cut corners
  • Judge food by it’s cover
  • Exhaust the cashier
  • Add to your recipe deck
  • If you build it, you will do it

Total points for chapter 3: 66

Total number of tips I am incorporating: 28

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Slim for Life Moving Points

Now it’s time to add points for exercise.  These are pretty easy, and I expect my points to be pretty high because I am following Jillian’s Body Revolution program, which incorporates a lot of these principles.  Lucky Me…

Three Points

  • Remodel your muscles
  • Stay in motion
  • Put it together
  • Push it good
  • Get down

Two Points

  • Split it up and take a load off
  • Second time’s a charm
  • Angle it
  • Pump it up
  • Speed it up
  • Double down
  • Give yourself leverage
  • Twist and shout
  • Get up
  • Become unstable
  • Switch it up

One Point

  • Dress for the part
  • Do a 5 minute warm up

Total points for chapter 2: 39

Total number of tips I am incorporating: 18

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Slim for Life Eating Points

I have been reading Jillian Michael’s new book Slim for Life.  So far, I really like it.  It is broken down into chapters, such as “Eating” and “Moving.”  In each chapter she gives pieces of advice to fast track weight loss.  Each piece of advice is given a set of points, and at the end there are recommendations based on your total.  I am going to use my blog to track the advice that I get points for since the book is on my nook and I cannot exactly check it off.

Three Points

  • Living in the red
  • Get the lowdown
  • Clear out the kitchen cabinets
  • Switch to “slim-size” portions
  • Discriminate – Don’t Eliminate
  • Don’t skip
  • Fill ‘er up

Two Points

  • Bag it
  • Land, sea, or tree
  • Forget about fat free
  • Follow the four-by-four rule
  • Snack smart
  • Follow the 80/20 rule
  • Don’t drink your calories

One Point

  • Tap it – bottled vs. tap water

Total points for chapter 1: 36

Total number of tips I’m incorporating: 15

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Fifty Shades of Grey and other steamy reads

I have to confess, I have an obsession with romantic books such as 50 Shades of Grey, Bared to You, and Release Me.  All of these books involve a couple with emotionally troubled pasts that prevent them from having relationships, until they meet each other.  Additionally, there are some pretty steamy sex scenes.  As much as I am embarrassed to admit it, I love these books.  Albeit not for the sex scenes.

I don’t know what it is that attracts me to these books, because I can acknowledge that 50 Shades was not the best written series ever. Also, I never used to enjoy romances.  I have always been a murder mystery/psychological thriller kind of girl.  For whatever reason, I am attracted to the damage that holds these people together.  What kind of damage does it take to need that kind of control/give up control.  When I read these books, I often think to myself, I want that even though I know I already have that (well, minus the bazillionaire part).  Granted I do not have a dom/sub or BDSM relationship, I do have someone that will give up everything for me and my safety.

I have often tried to figure out what my obsession is with these books.  I think it is the emotional damage the characters have been through.  It could be because I am a mental health counselor or because I have gone through similar obstacles (hence why I am a mental health counselor). I also fall into a bit of a “funk” when I read these books.  I get so completely wrapped up in the story.  It is weird, and I wish it did not have such a hold over me.  However, I cannot help but get wrapped up in their relationships and the way they make it work despite the obstacles, even though the method may be a bit racy.

These are my “guilty pleasures,” my way to relax and unwind after a stressful week.  They also keep me from eating my stress; I just get wrapped up in their story instead.  I am grateful for the distraction and the ability to get consumed in someone else’s story for a little while in order to forget my own or escape from stress for a little while.

Personal

Nonmoving updates

I haven’t seen the scale move in so long.  I am starting to become really annoyed, because I am really good about working out and have been trying really hard to eat the right foods.  I know what they say about try…you either do it or you don’t.  I find I am falling back into old patterns more often than I would like, but for the most part I am staying on track.  I do not eat out as much and I only cook healthy food.  Even with all of the work, the scale is not moving.

I have learned that I really stink at keeping track of my food intake.  This is really upsetting to me because I used to be really disciplined with myfitnesspal.  When I say “really disciplined,” I mean I did it for a few weeks straight.  I think this week has been really emotional for me, personally and professionally.  I know there was a day when I ate three pieces of cake.  Oh my goodness was I ashamed of myself.  It really was a low moment.  I am planning to start blogging more about my emotions.  I think this is a big piece of the problem.  I will think to myself “you know, I should blog about this,” and I always end up reading or viggling instead.  I really do plan to blog about my personal issues in upcoming posts.  Be on the lookout for them.  Now, back to some basics about my food journaling.

I am pretty decent about logging my breakfast and lunch.  It really is dinner that is the problem.  Also, I find that I am really under my calorie intake a lot.  I know that is a horrible problem to have, but it could be a problem nonetheless.  What happens is I will be really under my calories during the week because I cook at home, bring lunch to work…esentially I don’t eat out, and I do not (usually) keep junk food in my house.  The super bowl was the exception to this rule, and I ended up eating three pieces of cake I did not really enjoy…but I digress.  During the weekend, I find myself eating more calories than I probably should, at least that is my guess because I rarely keep track of my calories.

Also, I think I am a little grumpy about the calorie journal on the Jillian Michaels website, which I think I am slightly disappointed because I love Jillian Michaels.  I am disappointed mainly because I think it is difficult to find foods.  You have to search by brand then name and so on.  If you do not search it correctly, it has difficulty finding the food (even if it is in the database).  I much prefer My Fitness Pal.  Their database is extensive and easy to search.  I also like the recipie builder so I can calculate the calories using the ingredients I actually purchase as opposed to relying on the nutritional informaiton given.

After all of this talk, I need a plan of action.  After all, what good is complaining if I am not going to do anything about it.  I plan to create a schedule in order to get myself into a routine of blogging and logging my food while still creating time to do the things I love (or the things I have to do).  After all, I can calculate calories and watch The Biggest Loser, right?  Also, I need to start wearing my Bodymedia all of the time.  It has been a week since I have worn it.  I know the more I wear it the more accurate it will become when I cannot wear it.

In effort to end on a positive note, I have been noticing a difference in my body.  I can see the line in my calves when I flex them, and I am starting to develop noticible muscle on my arms (especially when I flex).  I was like a kid in a candy store when I noticed it, and I was so excited to show my better half.  It is nice to see that my exercise is paying off in some way.  Now if I can just get rid of this fat, I would be fantastic.  I know this is a marathon, not a sprint…but it would still be nice to know I am getting rid of some of that fat.