Tuesday Update and #Tuesdaytip

August 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

Welcome to Tuesday!!

I noticed the hashtag #tuesdaytip going around twitter so I thought I would share one of the most helpful tips I’ve ever been given on the weight loss journey.  When I first started out at 417 pounds, my brother gave me this basic rule to live by and it has literally been the most important thing along the way for me regarding any exercise plan.

 

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And how true this is??

Once my mind figures out that I’m about to make it do something uncomfortable it starts to resist.

Our minds are absolutely famous for working against us at times.!!!

I, personally, am absolutely BRILLIANT at making all kinds of excuses for why I should not exercise.

It’s cold (or hot) outside

There isn’t enough time

I’m not feeling well

I can do it later

I’m too stiff

I won’t accomplish enough because I’m tired

I can always do it later

I already worked out yesterday

I need to give myself a break

I am awesome at self-sabotage.  I’m also really good at lying to myself.

It’s almost as if someone else lives inside of me and she is great at outsmarting me!!

She is a great debater and very psychologically astute!!!

  She knows just what to say to get me to lose all resolve to exercise or eat right.

But she does have ONE weakness and it’s this…..

She’s not too sharp in the morning before she’s had her first cup of coffee.

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In the morning, she’s  slow on the uptake.

She doesn’t make a lot of good comebacks when she just rolls out of bed.

So that is the time to strike!!  Before she can resist and come  up with reasons to go against me.

Exercising in the morning for me means planning the night before.  Putting my shoes and clothes out in advance directly by the bed.

It means setting the alarm, rolling out of bed, throwing my shoes on and going for a walk

Sometimes it means rolling out of bed and pressing play on the exercise video.

But it always means moving from the bed to exercise before my mind has a chance to say NO.

EVEN if I’m still rubbing my eyes and half asleep.

EVEN if I’m moving a little slow and feel disoriented because my brain hasn’t woken up

AT LEAST I’M MOVING

So for me, working out in the morning is the secret weapon.  Before my brain figures out what is going on!

 

 

One other tip I’d like to share today.  I got this long years ago from a message board for low carbers.

These are a version of a pancake.  They are almost no carb/very low carb.  The only two ingredients are cream cheese and eggs.  I don’t measure it exactly.  I just put cream cheese in a bowl and microwave it so it will get soft.  I would guess it is about 2 oz of cream cheese mixed with 2 eggs.  In the pan, they come out to be the consistency of a crepe.  If you eat them with sugar free syrup (a small amount) then this is a great way to fill that desire for something sweet without sending yourself backwards.   You can also warm up sugar free jelly in the microwave so that it is pourable and use that in lieu of syrup.

Here’s one I made the other day.

 

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I hope you are all doing well!!  Happy Tuesday!

 

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Christine August 19, 2014 at 9:54 pm

HA! Those are all of my excuses and I even have more of them to not exercise.
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Natalie August 19, 2014 at 11:43 pm

That “pancake” looks very pretty! I have two completely different kinds of cream cheese in my fridge right now though so I’m not sure which kind you mean. The tangy sort (what we have as Philadelphia cream cheese) which has that slight yoghurt tartness, which I use to make cheesecake and chocolate frosting out of? Or the mellow kind I drizzle over nachos? (I know, I shouldn’t have any of those things).
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Holly from 300 Pounds Down August 20, 2014 at 12:24 am

I think I mean the Philadelphia cream cheese. I actually eat cream cheese (minus the bagels) a lot because it is really low carb!

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Natalie August 20, 2014 at 8:59 am

But surely all cheese has negligible carbohydrate?

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down August 20, 2014 at 10:37 am

Pretty much everything has some carbs in it. But cream cheese is one of those things that doesn’t have as many carbs as other things. I use it inside of rolled up ham. Cheese in general is pretty low carb. The bread is the real problem!

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LHA August 20, 2014 at 4:42 am

The pancake looks great! I will have to try it.

For those who are struggling to get back on track after getting way off, I have a suggestion that usually works for me. When I am really overeating and just completely not able to get it under control I don’t try to go back to a strict eating plan right away. It is too daunting to undertake and I just feel overwhelmed at even thinking about it. Instead, I take a few days and start cutting down gradually. If I have been eating a lot of sugar and carbs, I just try to reduce the amount of those things I am eating each day. I also try to reduce the amount of any type of food that I eat little by little. I have more success in getting off of a bad eating jag by following this plan than any other. I guess that is my #Tuesdaytip!

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