Today was a great day. Not only did my boyfriend confess he has noticed I lost weight (8 pounds to be exact), he is joining me in my weight loss journey! When I first started my diet, he was not supportive. He said “You won’t stick with it.” and thought it was stupid. I was nice to hear that I proved him wrong. He was so inspired by my weight loss he is joining a gym tomorrow and is getting me a pass too. He did have a great idea to motivate us. We each picked one goal outfit (mine was from two years ago). We are going to hang it in our rooms and try them on every now and then. This way we can really see our progress!
I also went out tonight for a friends bday! I only had one low calorie mixed drink and I danced for at least an hour. I didn’t get drunk but I still had fun. I realized dancing is a great form of exercise!
Starting out my fourth week I have lost 10 pounds. I started to exercise this past week. Diet can only get you so far, now I am running. Hopefully it will get me to my goal! I have noticed I need to buy groceries more often, but when I thought about it $50 a week is a lot less compared to eating out all the time.
So far I haven’t been missing my old eating habits, but it has been easier to eat alone. When I eat with others I am tempted to eat what they are eating. My top temptation spots:
1. going out (everyone always wants food around 3 am)
So last night was a pretty ruff night for me. Someone, who at one time I considered a close friend, insinuated I was fat to my face. He was making light of my weight in front a group of our friends. I know that this person made this comment to be vindictive and it really hurt my feelings.
But after sleeping on it, I realized this will be more motivation! Not because I feel bad about my weight, but because I will prove him wrong. I know positive motivation is essential to any diet, but changing negative comments in to results is the BEST MOTIVATION THERE IS!
Great news I have been on my 1300 calorie diet and I have lost 5 POUNDS. So now I am at 165 and 25 pounds away from my goal weight. This weekend I went out to eat several times. This was hard for me because most restaurants do not cater to dieter’s needs. One restaurant I went to I asked for hard boiled eggs and the waitress said they didn’t have it on the menu and then suggested a chicken salad (with breaded chicken, bacon, and surprise hard boiled eggs!!!).
Here is a list of my favorite diet friendly restaurants
As promised I will discuss drinking and dieting. As college students we tend to participate in social activity, that tends to involve alcohol. The trick is to drink in moderation. If you are going out every night of the week, this whole diet thing will not work!!
Here is a list of common drinks calorie count (this really put things in perspective for me!)
Today was a little hectic, I was very busy with classes and internships.Today I had to eat on the go. While dieting this can be where people resort to fast food. I knew I was going to have a very busy day so I prepared my lunch, and dinner ahead of time. I made:
Turkey Sandwich: 3 oz turkey, lettuce, tomato, onion, no dressing. a cup of low fat yogurt and an apple. (all of which I ate in my car)
and for dinner
I quickly threw together quesadilla: two 6 in wheat tortilla shells, 1/4 cup cheese, 2 tbsp pico de gallo, and a orange.
Both of these meals were quick and could eaten while driving, not that I am recommending it ;)
Still have a lot of things to do tonight, joys of being a college student!
next time (I promise) I will discuss drinking while dieting
So today I must confess I cheated on my diet. My boyfriend made me dinner for Valentine’s day and it was pot roast. I made myself a big plate and found out it was close to 600 calories! To make matters worst he also gave me candy. I will allow myself to have candy on my diet, but in moderation.
Even though today was a slight set back, I will still continue with my 1400 calorie diet. I have been eating three 400 calorie meals and two 100 calorie snacks.
Before this diet my pitfall was large meals. I would not snack and would eat two very very very large meals. That was so unhealthy! Snacks not only help boost your energy level, but they also keep you from overeating at meals.
Here is a list of my top three favorite 100 calorie snacks:
2 rice cakes (I know everyone thinks they are gross but they really fill you up and I actually like the caramel flavor)
1/2 cup of light yogurt and 4 strawberries
kettle corn (they sell 100 packs and you do get a lot of popcorn for the calories!)
I am now officially starting week two of my diet… and honestly it hasn’t been that bad. I am still eating foods I like but just watching my portions/calories. So far so good… I have lost 2 pounds (now 168) and have more energy! I eat three meals and two snacks. As promised I would share my easy and inexpensive meal ideas:
Meals 400 calories or under
2 hard boiled eggs, 2 slices of whole wheat toast, 1 tsp. margarine, 1/2 cup oj
1 cup oatmeal 1 tbsp brown sugar, 1/2 cup skim milk
1 whole wheat English Muffin, one scrambled egg, one slice of low fat cheese, 1 cup of light yogurt, 1 cup strawberries
1 cup of cereal, 1 cup of skim milk, 1/2 banana, one slice of whole wheat toast, 1 tsp margarine
1 cup of pineapple chunks, 1 whole wheat bagel with 1 tsp peanut butter
2 cups of vegetable soup, and 1 apple
3 oz turkey, sandwich thins (like bread but only 100 calories love them!!!), 1/2 cup of vegetable soup, orange
3 oz chicken, 1 cup green beans, 1 cup light yogurt, apple
3 oz of chicken, one hard boiled egg, 2 tbsp low fat cheese, along with lettuce (and veggies of your choice)
3oz chicken, 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes, 1 cup broccoli
3 oz chicken, 1/2 cup marinara, 1/2 pasta (wheat, Seriously could not taste the difference between wheat and white pasta!!!), 1 cup green beans
2 whole wheat 6 inch tortillas, 1/4 cup low fat cheese, two tbsp salsa
3 oz chicken, 1/2 cup brown rice, 1 cup pea pods, 2 tsp teriyaki sauce
Most of these recipes you can mix and match. For example chicken can be substituted with fish (I don’t care for fish so I stick with turkey or chicken).
next time I will share my healthy snacks and shed some light my old eating habits!
My name is Jessica and I am a senior at the University Wisconsin-Whitewater. Last week I bought a scale and when I stepped on it I was not happy. So now I am doing something about it! I am going on a diet and increasing my physical activity. This is a challenge for a college student because lets face it we don’t have a lot of time and we are poor!
I am hoping this blog will not only motivate myself to stick with my diet, but to motivate others to change their lifestyles.
So here we go right now I am 5’8” and I weigh 170 pounds. My goal weight is 145 pounds.
The first thing I did was research online for the be dieting tips.
I stumbled upon Livestrong.com and found tools to calculated my daily calorie intake (I plan on losing 2 pounds a week). My plan recommends 1400 calories a day. This site also has a tool that tracks your meal’s calories. You just type in what you ate and it subtracts it from your daily calorie count (it even includes restaurant foods, like subway!)
This site will also track your physical activity. You are encourage to record your progress on a online diary.
To find low calorie meals I searched on the livestrong site. I also found a lot of ideas on Pinterest in their fitness section. (Be sure to follow me on Pinterest: Jessica Palombi and see what I found)
Stay tuned for my next blog about buy inexpensive healthy food on a college budget!