Archive for June, 2007

What makes you eat more

June 27, 2007

I haven’t had any time to post lately.  It has been crazy at work.

 I found this photo essay interesting from CNN\TIME.
What Makes You Eat More Food

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Late night snacking

June 18, 2007

I have been in a habit the last few years of eating a snack before bed every night.  This is my “treat” at the end of the day that I always look forward to.  I am pretty sure it is related to my emotional eating issues by thinking a deserve it after a long hard day. 

One of the first objectives in phase one of The Best Life Diet is to not eat anything within 2 hours of going to bed.  He acknowledges that a calorie is a calorie no matter what time of day it is eaten.  This is supposed to make you want to eat breakfast first thing in the morning to get your metabolism running right away.  Makes sense to me.  Last night, once I finished dinner at 6:30 I didn’t eat anything else. 

The problem?  I was extremely hungry when I got up.  I have a ton of things to do in my weekday morning routine:  Workout, shower and get myself ready for work, make sure the kiddos are up and dressed, get the girl’s breakfast, pack lunches for myself and the little one, unload the dishwasher if necessary, put a load of laundry in, and make sure all the bags are packed for the day.  Only after all this is finished do I allow myself to eat breakfast at home.  If I run out of time, I take my breakfast to-go. 

I usually don’t eat anything before my morning workouts since I basically crawl out of bed, put on my shoes and go outside.  If I decide to cut out late night snacking this will have to change.  I really don’t want to eat much right before I work out.  Maybe just half of a banana will be enough. 

Morning exercisers, what do you do?  Do you eat breakfast before your workouts?  What do you eat?

Weight update: 184

June 15, 2007

I haven’t weighed myself in over a month.  Mostly because my jeans were getting tight again and I knew it would depress me.  My pants were starting to fit almost normal again so I thought I would step on and face the music.  I was down to 184 which is actually a few lbs less than the last time I weighed in.  What a relief. 

According to Bob Green’s book The Best Life Diet, in the first phase (which I will talk about later) you should weigh yourself at the beginning and then not get back on the scale for at least 4 weeks.  This will prevent you from being discouraged when your weight fluctuates up and down during the first few weeks of the diet.   Sounds like a good plan to me.  I put my scale away and will now get back until July13th (if not later).  A part of me would like to go the whole summer, but I am not sure if I can make it that long. 

Emotional Eating

June 14, 2007

I have just started reading The Best Life by Bob Green.  I have only had time to read a few pages a night, so I am still reading the introduction.  However he talks about emotional eating in the introduction and a light bulb finally went off in my head. 

I never considered myself an emotional eater.  I am not a very emotional person and I never thought stress really affected me much.  However yesterday it finally came together for me.  I was extremely stressed out at work.  I have deadlines coming up at the end of the month and I am just getting further and further behind.    While sitting at my desk the following is going through my head:

Why is there no chocolate in my area of the office?
Is there any cookie dough in the fridge in the break room?
Maybe I should just get a Coke from the pop machine in back.
Do we have any dessert in the house for tonight?

My entire afternoon and evening is totally obsessed with these thoughts.   

According to the book, you are not going to lose weight until you figure out what is making you run to the refrigerator.  Take time to think about YOU.  When life gets busy we end up operating on auto-pilot and we don’t think about what we truly need in life.  We don’t think about our choices and challenges and end up taking the easy route.  Ask yourself these questions:

Why are you overweight? Don’t accept excuses (“I don’t have time” “I sit at a desk all day”) when you answer this question.  I personally have a million excuses why I am overweight so this question will be tough. 

Why do you want to lose weight. Try not to give appearance reasons (“I want to look good”).

Why have you not been able to maintain weight loss in the past?

I am going to give myself some time in the next few days to really search for answers.  I will post them here when I do.

How about you?  Answer the questions here or leave a link to your blog.  I think it is very motivating to hear others stories. 

Simple Granola

June 5, 2007

I made a very simple granola last night that was super-cheap. 

 3 cups oatmeal

1 cup Grape Nuts (purchased on sale of course)

Any kind of nuts (I didn’t use any nuts)

1/4 c water

3/4 c brown sugar

dash vanilla

dash salt

1 tsp cinnamon

In a large bowl combine the two cereals.  Mix water and brown sugar in a small microwavable save bowl.  Microwave on high 2-3 minutes until sugar is completely dissolved.  Stir in vanilla, salt and cinnamon.  Pour over the cereal mixture and stir to coat.  Spread on a foil-lined baking pan.  Cook at 275 for 40 minutes or until golden brown.  Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.  Serving size is 1/2 cup.

Optionally add dried fruits after mixture has cooled. 

DH ate it this morning mixed with yogurt.  I had mine with milk and half a banana.  YUM!

My favorite salad

June 4, 2007

Yes I am still alive – I just have been too busy at work to blog 🙂

Grape tomatoes are on sale at my local store this week so I picked up a container to make my favorite salad.

No real recipe here – I just throw everything in a bowl and mix.

Base ingredients I always add:
Grape tomatoes (halved if you prefer)
Cucumber – sliced and cut in fourths
Canned garbanzo beans – drained and rinsed
Feta cheese – I love the peppercorn flavored feta
Black olives – sliced or left whole
Bottled Greek vinaigrette dressing (or Italian – whatever I have on hand)

Other ingredients I occasionally add
Whole wheat pasta
celery
red/green bell peppers
Mix all together and let sit for at least an hour.  YUM!

I really love Mediterranean flavors – fresh tomatoes, olives, feta.  I think I could be really successful doing the Mediterranean Diet if I liked to eat seafood.