Piggy’s little Blog

Don’t lie to youself you are fat.

Living is a gift.

 Living is a gift. No matter what god you pray to, or what scientific theory  you believe of how us humans came to be; life is a gift, but more importantly it is a privilege.

 

Life is a gift that most of us take for granted. We go about our normal lives, our  day-to-day lives and yet most of us have no regard of what a privilege life is. We don’t realize how amazing it is, how much of a gift it is to see others that we love live their lives.

 

It is only when something happens to us that challenges this notion of life that makes us appreciate how privileged we are to be living, and to be surrounded by others doing the same simple thing, Living their lives.

 

Death is something that no one talks about, and something that no one truly respects. The notion of Death is something that lives somewhere buried in our subconscious, it is something that don’t want to think about. Death takes life away, it essentially takes this gift away. I have had many people in my 26 years of living  pass away, I have had to deal with Death, face that part of our existence head on. My own mortality has been tested a few times, I have come close to death, come close to that final frontier, that final step to our existence. I will tell you this, it was far more easier being faced with death myself than to watch others I love come close to it, or die themselves.

 

Our gift of life was given to us long ago, as our bipedal human legs stretched across that African Savannah about 2 million years ago. The gift of life is something that we all take for granted. We do not realize just how fast that gift can be taken away, how in one single moment it can be taken from the grips of our hands, and how fast it can be taken from the people that we love.

 

We are in the end blind. We are blind not only to our own mortality but the mortality of people around us. Even with all of our knowledge that our society has obtained throughout our evolutionary history, and even with fantastic medical breakthroughs that we hold in our hands, we and people around us  cannot stop Death.

 

To this I say Live your life. Live if not only for yourself but for the people who love you. Don’t take meaningless chances with your life; respect the gift that you have been given. We should all be holding our lives in our hand as if we were holding fine 18th century china. We need to cherish not only our own lives but the lives of people around you. Don’t argue with people over pointless things, don’t start arguments that are meaningless. Don’t ever leave your loved ones without letting them know that you love them, and how much they mean to you.

 

I now more then ever appreciate the gift that was given to me long ago. I appreciate life. I appreciate the joy that it brings.  I am gifted with this appreciation in the same way that I was gifted with my own life.

 

Oink, Oink My friends…..

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March 26, 2009 Posted by | Motivation, Plateaus, Success, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quotes that have and still inspire me.

I have had a little bit of writers block lately, I have had trouble with what I should  write about on this blog so I figured the best way to get it “unblocked” was to go back to the beginning, go back to where my inspiration comes from, my favourite quotes…………

 

“The Miracle isn’t that I finished, The miracle is that I had the courage to start”

 

                         -There is so much truth in this quote. Starting anything is the hardest part, finishing

                           Is the easiest.

 

 

“Jealousy works the opposite way you want it to”

 

                          -This is true, being jealous only feeds the negative person that lies within you, the person

                            That you want to get rid of.

 

 

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” –Plato

 

                           -Plato, can’t argue with the man.

 

 

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” –Plato

 

 

“Your body is your only vessel, fuel it wisely.”

 

 

 

 I have a few ideas for next week, Iam sure that I will have alot to say by then….

 

Oink, Oink my friends…….

March 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ghosts of a Previous life.

No matter how I try. No matter how far I get away from my previous negative lifestyle, I am forced on a daily basis to face Ghosts of my previous life. They exist in many forms, come to me when I don’t expect them but they are there, haunting me, taunting me, trying to pull me back towards them, back towards my previous fat life.

 

I am not perfect. There has been many things that I have done in my life that I have not been proud of, people I have hurt for no reason other than to make myself feel superior, better, people who I made fun of who were fatter than I was all in an attempt to mask my own fatness. When I look back on my life before now, at that sad girl that turned into a women somewhere along the way, it makes me sad, but most of all it scares the shit out of me. I am scared that one day, somewhere in the future I will go back to binge eating, and gaining weight. I am scared that for whatever reason that I will go back to the previous Piggy and that I will find myself back to being that fat kid in school, or that person that laughs at everything, the person that makes fun of herself before others can. I guess this is normal. I guess it is a normal feeling to have.

 

Every temptation that I give into I feel guilt, as if I have done something wrong. Every workout that I miss I feel like I have failed, fearful because I have reached a healthy weight now and maybe I will get too comfortable, stop working out and gain it all back.

 

I fear the 21km that I am going to run in May. The Half Marathon that I will attempt again. I am scared, actually no horrified that when I again reach that 13km mark I will get injured like in my past runs, and that I will fail to reach my goal. I fear that more than anything else right now. The ghosts of previous runs, previous failures are consuming my mind.

 

The ghost of no self-worth enjoys scaring me now and then, recently more than ever. I don’t even know what size I am, I am constantly buying larger clothes so  I don’t know how to shop for my body. Even when I do find clothes that fit, and know they look good, my insecurities about my stomach area rears it’s ugly head. I am forced to face that ghost, the past insecure me. I don’t like her, I hate her, but she is sometimes still there, she still exists.

 

 

I could tell you that these ghosts are “Nothing” but that would be a lie, that would not be the truth. They are something, and I hate to be the one to break it to you but they will follow you throughout your whole life. They will. They still follow me. They always will.

 

Now don’t think that I am this little helpless person still because I am not. I am the most confident in myself, the way that I look, everything in my life. I am for the first time in my 26 years of living on this  little planet happy, truly happy. I am in a great place right now, but sometimes these thoughts, these insecurities, these ghosts haunt me, I have no control over them or where they choose to rear there heads.

 

I can tell you this though. These ghosts of your past, these memories, these insecurities are actually a good thing. You can count on them to be your constant reminder of what you use to be. They are the only thing that will keep you in check. They are your fat reminder, essentially your fat alarm clock, they are necessary to make sure that you do not fall into your past life. Painful as they are, they are the things that push you forward and make sure that you do not fall back.

 

Oink, Oink my friends……

 

Original post found at: https://jbingham82.wordpress.com

 

March 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Deny yourself the battle to win the war.

“The true nature of a man is determined in the battle between his conscious and subconscious mind, and that the evil that exists in your subconscious mind is sometimes too strong to resist. The only way to win is to deny it battle.”

This quote sums up weight loss. There is nothing that I could say; nothing that I could write  could sum up your impending battle with weight as well as this quote can. You right now, at this moment in your life are going through the same processes as people who battle drug, mental and other addictions. You are no different. Your battle is no different.

That quote is the only truth that I can offer you right now. You will face a great many battles in your journey and each one will take you further away from your current negative lifestyle. You will have to battle negative people, you will have to distance yourself from a previous comfortable lifestyle, you will essentially have to let go of the previous you. More importantly  though, you will have to find a new you, to move forward you must change yourself and your image in which you see  yourself, not only on the outside but on the inside as well.

I can’t tell you how, I can’t tell you when, I can only tell you that you must. In order to move forward you must change the old you, you must change the way you think about you.

The old piggy.

I was my greatest barrier to losing weight, I didn’t realize it then but looking back I do realize it now. The reason why I had failed so many times was because of myself, I can blame no one else for this. My mind was my greatest barrier, until I decided that I would no longer allow it to consume me.  Throughout my life I would  over think everything. I would constantly care about what people thought about me. I would  consume myself with caring how other people viewed me. I allowed myself, my mind to battle itself. I  and no one else allowed the battle to happen, I essentially fired the first shot. If I had not cared what other people thought, my journey through weight loss would have been easier. I consumed myself with over thinking and over analyzing  what negative people thought about me, I would not want to work out in public because I would think people would be saying “why is that fatty working out”, I would not want to go shopping because I would be fearful of the glares that other people would give me as I stepped out of the change room with all of my fat showing.  I would think every moment of every day of my fat life that I was not good enough, that I was sub-standard because of my fat. In reality these negative people didn’t care, this battle that I chose to fight with them was all in my mind. It was a process that I chose to under go, a battle that I chose to fight, until one day I refused to care what  other people another thought about me. I refused the battle, turned around and walked away.

    

     Piggys Advice

     My advice comes from someone who has been where you are. My words come from someone who has battled my mind my whole life. If you deny yourself the battle, if you place this energy towards something else, something positive you will win your own war. You will be denying yourself a battle that is in the end pointless to fight. There are no winners in the battle of the mind. There is no good outcome. Just stop caring what other people think of you, stop caring what others want you to be. Consume yourself with positive thoughts; force your mind to focus on the good things, the positive things. The more positive you are the more, the bitterness that you choose to let go of, the more you will prevail.

 

     This blog is an example of how I deny my mind this battle. I piss people off on a daily basis with this blog, for whatever reason some people find my bluntness, my honesty sometimes offense. Perhaps it is because I am slapping them in the face with a reality that they did not want to face. Or perhaps they are offended with me because I am saying things that people never say, I am calling them out on their crap. This blog  is a direct reflection of how I no longer care what people think. I no longer care if people will get offended, it makes me laugh, makes me smile that I am capable of evoking that much emotion out of someone. Now don’t get me wrong there were causalities along the way, there were friends that I have “lost” because they couldn’t deal with the new me. I could have fought for them, made this blog a little bit nicer so that everyone would be happy, so that I would be liked. But to do this would give in to a battle that I promised myself long ago I wouldn’t fight.

Here’s the key my pudgy friends…………..

The more you battle, the more you let the thoughts of others consume you and your mind; the more of yourself you will loose, and the harder it will be to find the true you, the awesome you, the real you.

 

Oink, Oink my friends….

 

 

Original entry found at:  https://jbingham82.wordpress.com

 

March 11, 2009 Posted by | Motivation, Success, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The need to look great in my “Birthday Suit”

 

I want to look good naked.

 

What?!?!?!?

 

What did you just say?!?!??!!?

 

Yup.

 

I- WANT- TO- LOOK- GOOD- NAKED.

 

      When I started my weight loss journey I wanted to get healthier, then when I was taken off my heart, blood pressure, and cholesterol medication then after that I wanted to get fitter and to be able to run a Half marathon properly. Now, at the end of my journey I just want one simple thing, to look good naked. When I say naked I mean  but-ass, birthday suit, “I feel a draft” NAKED.

 

     Now I am not saying that I want to have abs of steal, or even buns that would crush a rock, just that I want to stand in front of my mirror in my bedroom and say “Yup, I would DO me.” I don’t know why all of a sudden I want this, I am in a great relationship where I am respected and appreciated regardless of my size or shape, but I just want to do this for me.

 

My problem area

 

        Now everyone has there problem area, or as I like to call them “wobbly bits” that they hate. Some people hate their ass, while others think they have army tanks for thighs. For me it has, is, and always will be my stomach. All the women in my family tend to carry their weight in their stomachs, and although I have lost a substantial amount of weight and inches around my waist (12inches/ 1 foot has shrunk around my waist) I am still a little bit self-conscious about this area of my body. This is where ALL of my last 15 pounds live, I am fine with every other part of my body except for this one; my stomach, my flabby, fat, stomach.

     Let’s face facts; you can’t hate the way that your whole body looks. THERE IS PARTS OF YOUR BODY YOU DO LIKE. You need to find these parts, embrace these parts before you can fix your problem area. You must realize that some of you is fat, but that some other parts of you are great. For example, I have a great rack, (large boobs) and an (so I have been told) nice ass. I know this, so I don’t feel like I am a complete ugly fatty. Even though I have made major strides in self-confidence  with the “I am awesome attitude” I do realize that certain people don’t think this way about themselves and I respect that. But you need to find it, you need to take a good look at yourself and find the things that you like.

          

What you see VS. What is reality.

 

  Many people suffer from “body warping” meaning that they are one thing, and yet they see another. For example, my stomach. Every shirt that I wear I see it even though it is not as noticeable in all of them. I see my stomach larger than it actually is, I see myself larger than I actually am. To get over this I recommend that you do this;  Get out a washable marker, and stand against a white door. Stand there naked or in tight clothes and get someone to draw your ACTUAL outline on the door. Step back and take a look at it. Take a look at what you actually are, then draw with another color marker what you would like to fix  essentially draw  your new shape, draw your goal. You will be amazed how big or small you actually are. Just like you faced the numbers on the scale face this, accept this, and then move on.

 

 

I WANT TO STOP HIDING.

 

Yes, let those words ring out my friends. I don’t know about you but this piggy wants to stop hiding. I want to stop hiding behind baggy clothes, I want to stop hiding behind jackets. In the end I want to stand in front of my mirror and look good, actually no, GREAT naked. I want to look at myself, at every curve, every mark, every inch of me and feel great. This is by far the hardest part of my journey. It is the most frustrating part. I am lucky, I have surrounded myself with people who want to see me be achieve my best, I have essentially surrounded myself with people who are  pushing me towards this new goal.

 

Oink, Oink my friends…………..

 

March 9, 2009 Posted by | Motivation, Success, weight loss | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When a mile takes an hour.

 I am privileged to know a girl , actually a women, about 40ish. She is un-like most people, she is a genuinely  kind person. Like most people her age, she has  children who has recently left her nest. She was left with herself,  an apartment, and a dog. She however, was and still continues to be, an inspiration to myself and anyone else who will read this.

 

Her story:

               She was a fellow fatty, like me but a bit heavier, she was bubbly on the outside and hurting on the inside. Like most fat people she was great at hiding her sorrow, she buried it within the fat. Then one day, about 2 years ago I noticed that she was getting a little bit smaller. Then months after that she had shrunk more, until one day she was about half her original size. She had over come a negative lifestyle and had embraced a positive one. She did not diet. She did not follow any “fad” exercise regime. She just simply moved her pudgy body, until it was no more.

               Her physical changes were great, she was looking better and because of this (or so I could only assume) her attitude changed. The laughter that was generated from her, the smiles that now consumed the majority part of her face was real. Don’t ask me how I know this, Don’t ask me what the difference in her was but I can only tell you that she WAS now different, she was now better, she was now real.

              I am a person that talks and talks and talks and talks (thus the blog) and one day while chatting with this friend, I told her about the Half marathon that I was training for, we began talking about it.  I filled her in, how great it was to stand with my fellow runners and walkers and do what only a select few people can do. I told her about that crazy part of society that pushes their bodies to the limits all for a t-shirt and a metal at the end. I also shared with her that indescribable feeling of crossing the finish line, the sense of accomplishment you are given at the end, your real reward for running or walking the 21 km. She then looked at me “Piggy, I couldn’t run it” I then looked at back at her “ Then walk it” She then got excited, I could see it,  a fire was now lit underneath her, she now had a goal to work towards.

 

       She now walks to work, with arm weights in her back pack and every time I see her leave work, she is leaving with a smile. A smile that was generated for herself by herself. She is doing what most people don’t do, she has what most people don’t have, she is her own gift, she is her own accomplishment.

 

     She plans to walk the 21km and wants to complete it in 3 hours, but to her I say this…..Even if One mile takes you an hour to complete, even if you crawl across that finish line on May 3rd , no matter where life takes you or what new goals you set for yourself,  you will always be 21km  ahead of everyone else.

 

    

 

Oink, Oink my friends……..

 

 

March 7, 2009 Posted by | Motivation, Success | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Mirror, Mirror On the wall…..

Mirrors.

Love them.

Hate them.

In any case they are everywhere. They are in the store window, when the sun hits it just right. They are in a calm lake that your eyes fall upon. Or they are simply just a thing that hangs in your bedroom, or bathroom. And no, Mirrors do not lie.

In any case they are everywhere. Everywhere you look, you are forced to look back at yourself. For some people they love it. These people, lets call them “the Lookers” come in all shapes and sizes. They are not just your tall, blond-haired nightmare- these people love what looks back at them.You know who they are, they are the people that want to make sure that every strand of hair is in it’s perfect place, make sure every eye lash is perfectly seperated. They want to see themselves because they are happy with the image that the mirror produces. They are happy with their own reflection.

Most of us however, hate mirrors. Most of us are envious of The lookers, and wish for that level of self-confidence.

For whatever reason, thin people, chubby people, most people just hate their refection. And when I say hate, I truly mean HATE-lets call these people, “The wishers”. These people look in the mirror or a reflection of themselves and wish that certain things were different. They wish their noses were smaller, ass a little less wide, whatever they wish, they wish it – and then look away from the reflection in discust.

I myself for most of my life was a wisher. I was part of the majority of society that hated what looked back at them, the wishers were my brothers and sisters. I wished that someone would just replace my body with a thinner more fit body. Wishing about something however I have now realized is only part of the battle. “Fait” has alot to do, you must give her a hand now and then. So my wishing friends, go on, wish. But wish for something that is attainable for yourself. Don’t wish to be something you know you could never be. Make the wish realistic.

Mirrors are not the enemy. Although many of us think that they are. Mirrors give us a glimpse of what we are, but more importantly they give us the motivation to become something that we want to be.

 

Oink, Oink my friends………..

March 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Building your own support system.

Losing weight is going to be one of the toughest things you will have to do in your life time.

It is a struggle of the mind, and body, and although you need to do it for yourself, and by yourself, you also need some type of support system to help you over come the various hurtles that you will face during this new time in your life.

Your Friends.

                             – We have already talked about how to, and what to do with Negative friends so I wont go in depth here about them. Just realize that your friends in every capacity are part of your support system. Most good  friends can read your face and tell if you are just a  little bit down. They are the people at the finish line of a race you have decided to run they essentially support you and your weight loss goals. Make sure that you have good friends. Make sure that they truley support you and your new lifestyle. They are the biggest part of any support system, and unlike your family you get to choose who you are friends with so choose wisley my friends, choose wisley.

 

Your Family.

                             -Families come like us they come in all shapes and sizes. Some are quite large, while others are very small. Either way your family is a very large part of your support system. This piggy has a great family, a mom who understands my weight loss struggle because she has had to go through it, A step-dad that does not put “junk” food into the house anymore because he knows it will tempt me too much, and a Sister who has always supported me in everything that I have done. I am basically lucky, and I realize  for whatever reason some people are not as lucky as I am, they lack that closeness with their family. You will need them though, so it’s time to get over whatever issues are keeping them at a distance from you and accept them back into you lives. Some of you may have children of various ages. They need to realize that just as they have leaned on you for the duration of their lives, you will find times in which you will now have to lean on them. If they live with you just remember that not only are you changing your own life, you are essentially changeing theirs. They must realize that no longer will there be late night runs to the local fast food joint, no longer will there be  a high amount of junk food in the house, they will have to realize that the old you is gone. The new you is here to stay, and that they, just like you, must embrace these postivie lifestyle changes for good, because they, like you  are not going away.

Your “Siggnificant Other”

                              -Your Husband, Wife, Boyfriend, Girlfriend, and Fiannces will all play A MAJOR ROLE in your weight loss success. I have heard so many excuses from wives, they say that their husbands are “allready thin so he can eat whatever he wants, when he wants it, so  I still buy him ‘his’ foods.” Let me knock some sense into that fat head of yours, being thin does not equal healthy. Some of these wives will do most of the grocery shopping (yes, I am being stero-typical right now), and will buy great foods for themselves, but will also buy junk food for their husbands. Ummmmm ?????????????????????? Are you kidding me? If you do this, you will fail. YOU WILL FAIL. The problem here is not that your husband dosen’t care, the problem here is that you don’t communicate with each other.  You have probably not told your husband or wife what it is that you are doing, what this means to you, they married you so therefore they love you, hell they even love the fat you. Communication is the key people. If you are not married and have a boyfriend or girlfriend make sure that they are aware of your struggles and how they can help you. In the end your siggnificant other should understand, respect, but most of all support you through your weight loss journey.

 

In the end you are changing yourself, so therefore your friends, family, and siggnificant others must change with you or at the very least respect the changes you want to make.

 

Oink, Oink my friends……….

March 5, 2009 Posted by | Success | , , , | Leave a comment

When your train starts sliding off it’s track.

No matter how dedicated you are, no matter how good you are at working out, you will at some point fall off your weight loss train track.

IT WILL HAPPEN.

Here are the most common ways that your train will find it self De-Railed

The novility  wears off.

             – Your first few weeks of your weight loss journey are great! You will feel charged up and energized, you basically feel invisible! You nail all of your work outs, in the  first few weeks you are eating fabulous and are saying no to any and every temptation that comes your way. Then the novelty wears off. You body starts to get sore. Moving is now harder because you have essentially sent your body into a state of shock.  Cravings come back, and it gets harder and harder to say no to those tasty temptations. Then you start slowly giving in. You start only working out half the time you use to, and you start eating more and more of the crap you shouldn’t. You have essentially lost the motivation, and your switch has turned off.  This is the number one reason why diets don’t work and will never work. If you find yourself sliding down this slippery slope, start over, start marking or graphing  your weight loss, inches lost, work out time. Give yourself some type of motivation to keep going. This little piggy made a weight loss graph which I posted on my wall and it gave me the motivation that my mind needed to go forward. You need to find it, your motivation. Find something that will work for you,  but most of all remember that you are doing this for yourself, and no one else can do it for you.

You Loose your fat ass and then become “Comfortable”

                    – You are fat. Therefore you WILL ALWAYS BE FAT. That fat, chubby, former you is hiding underneath the new you, just waiting to come back out. You have to keep reminding yourself that being fat is an addiction, and like all addictions it never truly goes away. This is happening to this little piggy now. I am almost done losing the weight, I have about 15lbs to go until I reach my goal, I however have become “Comfortable”. Meaning, I know I have lost enough weight that I know I look better, I know that I have gotten myself healthier, I feel great  but my work out routines have been slacking lately. I have just realized this is recent weeks, I have neglected to make time for my workouts, I have not shown them any “love.” When you find yourself here, try getting out an old picture of yourself, look at it, stare at it, and remember that if you do not re-jump start your weight loss (or weight maintenance) rountiene, you will find yourself right back to being a fatty. You will become fat again. You will fail. So don’t. Just don’t, I have started training for a half marathon, which is forcing me to run a given number of KM every week, so now I can’t fall off track. Find yourself a goal, they usually work wonders.

Sad times.

                        – Some people are emotional eaters. They eat more when they are either really happy or very sad. I am one of those rare people who eat more when I am happy, and eat less when my life gets stressful. Most people however emotinally eat, they eat when things in their life goes a little bit sour because food, just like drugs, and ciggerates offer an instant pleasure. I know this girl, lets call her “Katie” she and her boyfriend are having troubles, and by troubles I mean that HE is a complete douche bag and should be strung up by his non-existant balls, because he has cheated on her. She started her weight loss journey about the same time as I did and she lost about the same amount of weight. But now, she has lost all motivation, even though she was  not fat anymore, due of this betrayl she feels fat, ulgy and not worthy of anyone or anything, including her workouts. Now she is coming around and realizing her boyfriends douche baggy behaviour, but she still feels horrible about herself and has began to eat more, and exersize less. She has gained in two mouths almost 75% of the weight she lost. She feels like a failure. I was talking to her via MSN, when I finally said …”Get over it, jesus christ, get over it.” I don’t know why but those words propelled her into a new weight loss journey. She is back on track. Now I am not saying to just get over it, but put your frustration  into something efficent. For example, if you have lost a loved one and find yourself emotionally eating, why not sign yourself up for a 5km or 10km run to honor them. If your boyfriend or spouse leaves you, then make yourself feel great by looking better. The more you focus on the positive the more you will forget about the negative.

 

Your train will slide off it’s track. It will happen, and when it does you have a choice. A simple choice. You and only YOU can make it.

You have to choose; if  you are going to lay down and die or if you are going to stand up and fight.

Choose wisely my fellow fatties.

 

Oink, Oink my friends…….

March 4, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Nutrition, and why it’s like a credit card.

Nutrition is probably the number one hurtle that we all have to overcome when trying to lose weight. Mainly because we don’t realize just how much calories we should be eating, and we don’t understand (or in most cases just don’t care) just how many calories we are shovling in our fat faces.

Start reading, Nutrition Lables

If you live in Canada or the US you can turn over any food that you buy and see just how much fat, and calories are in a  given food. You will have a set amount of calories that you are suposto take in on a given day. To find this out it is best to either talk to your doctor or consult the internet, this number usually goes by your height, your current weight, and the amount of weight you want to lose. Let me make one thing perfectly clear. Don’t let “Counting calories” consume your every day to day life. Just be aware of what it is that you are putting into your body.  Basically what I am saying here is don’t be an ignorant fatty. Don’t be that person who says they are changing their life but does not want to put in the actual effort.

Food Scales, a.k.a. The devil

Most people when they embark on a weight loss journey will buy a food scale. These little devices were and still are the worst thing that has ever happened to the modern day fatty. Don’t measure your food, feed your body what it needs when it needs it. If you start measuring your food, weighing your food, you will get sick of it  and you will eventually eat more, and more often. You will develop that “Fuck it” attitude towards food and you will find yourself in the exact same place that you are now.

Hidden Calories

So instead of measuring your foods, just be aware of how many hidden calories are in certain foods. Salads are the worst for hidden calories, if you like me, love those creamy salad dressings then you will be shocked at how many calories are in just one tablespoon, for most of them it’s almost 100 with 5 or 6 grams of fat. Basically any sauce that you find yourself putting on your foods, take a look at how much calories and how little actual nutrition is in it.

Cut the Salt

Now salt has no calories, it is however the number one condiment that we use on a daily basis. Salt does not actually make you “gain” weight but it makes your body retain water. Also, when you are consuming too much salt you are esentially “burning” off your taste buds, so you need more and more and then more salt. If you are like this piggy and lovvvvvve salt then try buying half salt, it’s a little bit more expensive but will cut your daily sodium intake by almost half without actually giving up the salt. And no you can’t taste the difference.

Water, Water, Water….

We all know that the 8 glasses a day rule is bullshit. I hate it. Never liked it. Just drink more water. Water flushes out your system, helps in the reduction of temporary water weight gain, helps with better skin etc. etc….the list goes on of the benifits of water. Water though has one more important role in your weight loss journey. It should replace those high calorie juices, pops etc….. Don’t drink your calories, Eat them.

Why 100 Calorie Snacks can be dangerous.

When you make that first stop to the grocery store you will be on the look out for low fat foods, but especially low fat snack foods and these things are great. Low fat popcorn is a great way to curb your carb cravings. However, there has been a new fad in weight loss that has taken hold and which is now gaining ground especially in these past few years. The 100 calorie snack. You buy a box of 5 or 6 packages of 100 calorie something,  chips, candy, cookies etc…. Now don’t get me wrong these things are great, it’s a good way to get control over your portion sizes and to satisify a craving. They however can be very, very, very, very dangerous. Because they are “only 100 calorie” some people (including this piggy) would have 5 or 6 a day. So that’s 5oo or 600 wasted calories, so just be careful in how many of these snacks you during your day

Shop the Permiter.

When you are in a grocery store, all of the good foods tend to be along the permiter of the store. Veggies, Dairy etc…. So start there. Don’t go right into the middle, fill up your shopping cart with the good stuff first. Take this rule with you; that top part of the shopping cart, the place where parents place their bratty children, let that be your guide to how many “bad” things that you will alow in your house. Once it is full, that is it. No more “junk”.

Your Nutrition Budget

You can view Nutrition the same way you view and use your credit card. On a credit card you are given a limit, go over that limit or not pay your bill on time and you are charged intrest. Now with your calories you are given a certain amount daily, just the same as your limit on your credit card, if you go over that limit by a substational amount then that “Debt” or “Intrest” turns into pounds on the scale. It’s simple. Eat more, Gain more.

You are not dumb,  so stop pretending to be.

Work within your limits. You know what is good for you, and what isn’t. You know that a fast food meal isn’t probably the best one for your new weight loss goals. You know that chips, dips, and all that great stuff is bad for you, and is most likely going to set you back couple of pounds. You already know all of this. You already know everything you need to know about nutrition, you always have, you have just chosen to ignore it, and that is why you are now fat.

Coffee, and coffee houses.

Coffee has become more of a social activity than anything else these days. We meet up with friends for coffee, but temptations will find us there. Those nice little coffee cakes, and the high calorie drinks also will find you there. If you go to Starbucks try having your coffee with non-fat milk, sugar free surup…a.k.a….the skinny latte. These have about 100 calories in each grande cup. Make sure that when you are drinking regular coffee that you put little or no coffee cream in it, and try replacing a sugar with a sugar subsititue (splenda etc…). Coffee has no calories in it, it is only what you put in it that makes it high calorie.

Nutrition is the biggest part of your weight loss battle. You can exersise until you are blue in the face, but if you feed your body loads of calories your physical activity will mean nothing.

 

Oink, Oink, My friends…….

March 3, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment