Group Hug – Gaining Motivation from Fighting the Fat Together

I am drawn to the group sites:

There is something about seeing other people’s blogs and sharing tips and stories that helps motivate me to stick to a healthy diet.

Today I just joined the 30 day challenge on the ‘hood.

Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans

Even though I’ve been at this (weight watching) for a while, I still am very much just putting a baby toe in the water to figure out how much I really want to share.  Like the photos.  Not sure about them yet.  Or the numbers.  Not really comfortable with that yet.

But I love when other people have the courage to share because it gives me the motivation I’m seeking.  Craving actually.  So I join the group and try to find a comfortable way to participate.

Maybe it’s the UN comfortable part that makes it motivating?

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More Diet Motivation: New Obesity Stats Released from Center of Disease Control

Here’s another good reason to focus on having a healthy diet and staying motivated.

It seems like the rest of the country has done the same thing that I’ve done… gained weight from sitting behind a computer so much!

The latest national statistics on obesity just released from the Center of Disease Control show America is growing more obese.  All but one state has a 20% or more obese population and 9 of the states have a population that is more than 30% obese.

This  map of how America has grown more obese each year since 1985 is a frightening trend.  In just 25 years, we’ve really put on the pounds. Can anyone say a pound a year? Or two pounds a year?

What does it mean to be obese?  How fat is considered obesity? It is defined by having a BMI Body Mass Index of more than 30 points.  Normal is defined as 20 to 25.  Anyone who is 25 to 30 is just overweight.

Here is a handy obesity chart to see where you fair.

Some of the Medical Complications associated with obesity are  diseases like

  • arthritis
  • cancer
  • gallstones
  • gout
  • sleep apnea and snoring
  • heart disease
  • stroke

I find this motivating from a fear standpoint.

Low Fat versus Low Carb. Results About the Same.

A two year study about the different dieting styles… low fat versus low carb found that there isn’t really much difference between the two, although it looked like low carb was slightly better for the heart. More of the good cholesterol grew with the group that did low carb diet.

I know that by following a low fat diet, I have trouble getting enough protein. I also know that doing a low carb diet only lasts so long with me and then I absolutely crave bread and noodles. So for me, doing something that I can maintain for the long, long term is more important.

Businessweek reports that “The results were similar, no matter which diet they were on.” The big news isn’t that shocking however: losing the weight isn’t as difficult as keeping it off.!

Howard Sesso, assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, said this suggests the kind of diet that a person adopts may be less important than his or her ability to stick to it.

That is the focus of this blog. How to KEEP motivated to keeping the weight off.

Do you mix it up?
Combine your dieting with exercise?
Have favorite meals that you reward yourselft with?

I have favorite breakfasts: eggbeaters with a ww bagel. Pam in the skillet. No fat Kraft cheese and Promise margerine.

Busy Weekend = Not So Healthy Diet

I find the less planning I do, the more spontaneous the time, the less likely I make the best choices.  If I have a plan, sometimes I don’t stick to it exactly, but if I have a plan to start, things go much better.

I’m starting out this week better.  Went grocery shopping last night and have healthy food for this week.  I know it will help my motivation.  All the breakfasts and lunches are planned.  Check number two.  Now, get the dinners and snacks undercontrol and I’ve got a great week ahead.

Busy Weekend = Not So Healthy Diet

I find the less planning I do, the more spontaneous the time, the less likely I make the best choices. If I have a plan, sometimes I don’t stick to it exactly, but if I have a plan to start, things go much better.

I’m starting out this week better. Went grocery shopping last night and have healthy food for this week. I know it will help my motivation. All the breakfasts and lunches are planned. Check number two. Now, get the dinners and snacks undercontrol and I’ve got a great week ahead.

Back on Track with the Healthy Focus

Last night I was able to get back on track.  After a big breakfast of egg beaters and bagel with cheese, a light lunch of progresso soup (wow it tasted salty this time) and a fiber bar, I was able to finish the day with 2 boca burgers on skinny arnold’s with a big tomato and no fat cheese. 

And now I’m good to go this morning.  Back in the groove. Back on track. Back in the saddle. 

Having a “good” day makes it easy to get back on the horse.  Ha ha.