August 11, 2007

and i feel fat

i can't remember the last time i worked out. i'm not proud of it, but it's the truth. and i haven't exactly been eating healthy lately either. i keep telling myself that once i'm done w/ grad school (late february), i'm going to join a gym and start eating healthy. i make excuses for myself and say that i'm too busy w/ the house, work, and grad school to eat healthy and exercise. but i've been feeling really fat lately and i'm kind of sick of it. i only weight 130 lbs, which is not huge, but i don't have muscle definition like i used to, and i'm short so 130 lbs for me is a lot more than it would be for someone who's taller than 5'3". plus i'm a little freaked out about getting jello arms...

so i just printed my 7 day free pass to 24 hour fitness. it's about a mile away from our new house, and they have lots of stuff to offer, including aerobics, pilates, yoga, and biking classes. i'm going to go tomorrow and check it out, and if i like it i'd like to get a monthly membership (it's $19/month). we had a workout facility at our former apartment, however, i didn't go there very often b/c once i got home from work or school i just wanted to relax, not walk down to the fitness center and work out. it's like it's a mind game- i think if i go to the gym either first thing in the morning, or right after work (without stopping at home), i might actually get there.

the other battle- food. oh how i love food. fast food, desserts, anything that is totally unhealthy- i LOVE it. unfortunately, my body doesn't love it back. the only time in my life that i successfully dieted was the summer after my freshman year of college. i wanted to get rid of the unsightly freshman 15. i learned about the weight watchers points program from a girl who lived on my floor. she had used it the previous year and lost over 100 lbs. i was amazed, and decided to give it a try. i went to the weight watchers store and bought their points values books, i didn't join b/c i couldn't afford it and didn't want to go to the meetings, but she basically told me how many points i could eat. i was able to eat 20 points a day, with 35 flex points per week. the books tell you point values for food, including food from restaurants, or you can look up point values online if you know the calories, fat, and dietary fiber of the food. basically points work like this- most fruits are 1, veggies are 0, water, plain coffee, plain tea, diet drinks are all 0 points, and everything else you have to look up or figure out. a subway turkey sandwich w/ no cheese, mayo, or oil, would be 5 points. a special k bar is 2 points, etc. i got down to about 120 lbs, and because i was playing tennis almost every day, my body was looking really good too. and my pants were literally falling off. unfortunately, when i went back to school in the fall i gave up and gained most of the weight back.

anyway, the beauty of the points program is that you can eat anything you want. example- you can eat a mcdonalds big mac (15 points) and small fries (5 points), but you can pretty much just eat broccoli (0 points) for the rest of the day. so if you have cravings you can eat what you want, but you will pay the price. in the long run, you will decide to eat what will make you more full instead of what tastes good and greasy. another perk of the points program is the flex points- if you know you're going out to a yummy restaurant with your friends one night, you can save up all your flex points for that week and use them all that night and eat whatever you want. and if you exercise you can eat 3 more points each day.

here's a weight watchers points calculator if you're interested:

so anyway, starting monday i am going to try counting points again, and i'm going to check out the gym. i'll post again next weekend to let everyone know how it goes.

Posted by JenMagenta at August 11, 2007 7:26 PM

i read men's health and there was an article talking about how keeping a simple food journal of what you eat is as effective as a detailed one (i.e. someone writing down "ate like a fatty at mcdonalds for lunch" vs. "ate 2113 calories at mcdonalds. 400 from fat. 0 g fiber. blah blah blah")

or you could just train for a marathon. its about 100 calories per mile (more or less depending on the person, i'm a little bigger than you, so it'd be a bit more). i eat a ton, and keep losing weight... well except the last couple weeks. havent been running much cuz of strep and a chest cold, but yeah. marathon training. do it. come home from a 15 mile run, eat an extra two or three meals.

Posted by: holler at August 12, 2007 8:01 AM

thanks for the idea, but running is not for me. even in high school when i was "in shape", i was literally behind the fat kids when we did the 12 minute run. i'm slow, i get cramps, i can't breathe, etc. i don't enjoy it at all.

Posted by: jen at August 12, 2007 2:12 PM

I had been feeling pretty out of shape recently and I went no-carb last week for one day and it pretty much killed me. It made me feel sick, but more than that it just made me feel bad about myself because I felt fat and like a failure, and all I could do was think about bread. Anyway, I decided to just try to eat a little healthier and work out when I can, and I've also decided that I'm okay with being a size 6 instead of a size 2.

Posted by: Julia at August 12, 2007 4:45 PM

Cave man diet (or paleo diet)! I'm gonna throw out that turtle pie thingy in the freezer.

PS - my sunscreen has trans-fat

Posted by: JOn at August 12, 2007 6:09 PM
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