exercise and social eating – Veronica’s Blog#3

I had profound thoughts and words yesterday but today they are lost. I tallied up my minutes for last week of exercise and it was 800 minutes! I don’t think I can keep that up but I surely can do 60 minutes a day. That’s why I’m losing weight and feeling so good. Exercise and personal effort: the drug that money can’t buy. Now to plan for Thanksgiving and not eat crazy. Our culture is geared towards gluttony. It’s expected. That is the mindset. That’s why it is so difficult to change not only your lifestyle but your mind set. Especially if you used to be an emotional eater, a reward eater, a blind in the front of the TV calorie snacker, or a social eater.

Tough stuff. I changed and so can you. this last week in the “I CAN Prevent Diabetes” class we learned how to tip the scale to lose pounds. It is common sense: eat less, lose weight. Eat more, gain weight. But to lose one pound a week you have to cut out 500 calories a day, 2-3 pounds you have to cut out 700-1000 calories. The important thing to remember is to never go under 1200 calories a day or else your body starts to burn muscle instead of fat. It’s turned into a game (sort of) for me especially when I work out on the machines. How many calories can I burn in a half hour? 200, 300, 350- amount of effort expended than more calories burned. In the classes I know I burn calories but don’t have that visual number staring at me.

The one thing that scared me about sharing my thoughts and experiences throughout my journey with this program is when my weight plateaus or when I gain a pound or two. But that’s reality. It’s not failure. Back to choices or circumstances beyond your control.

Nobody can force you to put high fat and high caloric foods in your mouth. It’s your choice. You still are in the driver’s seat. It makes me think of that rock star that said “nothing tastes as good as being think feels” that’s why this preventative program has been so good for me. It is educational and sensible weight loss. It is also a supportive environment where we talk and give hope, advice, and what has worked for us to each other.

I have tried other programs and this one seems to be the one for me for healthy and successful weight loss. There is no judgment, no paper clips, just support and encouraging words when you make some choices in food that may not be the best for you. the food diary is the most important tool for me. You HAVE to be honest about what you eat and what you exercise in order to succeed. And I am succeeding. Well, I’ve rambled on long enough for today. Make slow, steady changes and you too will succeed.

Live Well, Live Strong, become fit! – Veronica



Posted on February 8, 2012, in Faculty & Staff, I Can Prevent Diabetes, Physical, Seven Dimensions of Wellness, UND Work Well. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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