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August Weight Loss Challenge Week 2: Use Whole Grains!

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Join us as we aim to lose a pound a week in August! This week's goal is to switch to whole grains! www.nogettingoffthistrain.com

In case you’re just joining us, last week I issued a challenge to aim to lose 4 pounds this month by making small changes in your lifestyle! Last week’s challenge was to stop drinking soda. How did you do? I did forget once and drink a diet soda, but besides that, it’s been nothing but water, and lots of it! I also lost… wait for it… 1.6 pounds last week! Yay!!

Weight loss last week: 1.6 pounds
Weight loss since 8/7: 1.6 pounds

I logged everything in MyFitnessPal except last Saturday (which you can read about below). I did pretty good with having lots of low calorie sides to go with my meals and add extra nutrition! I’ve found that with my new eating habits, I need to eat little snacks throughout the day so I’m not starving for the next meal. Morning, afternoon, and evening, so I’ve had to get creative with what I can eat!

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I’ve been paying more attention to my Fitbit this week, too! On average, I had been hitting maybe 6-7,000 steps per day. I decided I wanted every bar on my dashboard to be green every day, so I really amped up my walking! It definitely helps that Allison loves being outside now, thanks to my in-laws bringing over a toy slide that’s been used by the other grandchildren. I’ve been marching around the backyard while she plays; is that considered cheating? 😉 Nah. I’m getting in my exercise and that’s all that matters, right?

I’ve also decided to save up for a Fitbit Charge! My Fitbit Flex is great, but I’ve decided I want something with a heart monitor to better calculate my calories burned. It’s around $150, but I’ve challenged myself to pay for it using nothing but Swagbucks gift cards! I’m working like a dog trying to earn enough, haha. I should have it in a few months!

This week’s challenge is to start using whole grains instead! Instead of white bread, buy whole wheat bread. Instead of white rice, buy brown rice. Instead of regular pasta, buy whole wheat pasta! The simple explanation is that it’s healthier. Whole grains contain more fiber, which helps you feel more full. It also helps digest the sugars more slowly. (Source) I don’t know about you, but when I eat a carb-heavy meal, I basically go into a food coma afterwards. I’ve found that using whole wheat/grain items doesn’t make me feel that way!

Another thing I want to talk about is counting calories. Some swear by counting calories, that it’s the only way to lose weight! Others say that as long as you eat clean and watch your portion control, you’ll shed weight quickly. I can’t tell you what to do one way or the other; I just know that I, personally, will not lose weight unless I have a system, and that system is using MyFitnessPal to track what I eat. I have horrible portion control AND self-control, especially when it comes to social events or eating out, so knowing how many calories I have left in the day really helps to keep my eating habits in check. It also encourages me to eat more vegetables because holy cow: One cup of steamed broccoli is only 30 calories! Pair that up with some brown rice and some sort of protein, and I’ve got a huge, filling meal that’s still healthy!

I will say this, because it will inevitably happen: It IS okay if you mess up! It’s totally okay to eat a piece of cake with lunch. But if you feel guilty about it, don’t just give up the rest of the day! The best thing you can do is just keep on track and do better tomorrow. This past Saturday I was at a leadership training for MOPS, and oh man, were there goodies. I had some coffee, a mini muffin, coffee cake, lunch, a square of chocolate, and a piece of cake. I had full intentions of tracking it all, but we were in a basement and my phone battery pretty much died right away so I decided to just give up tracking. Of course, and I knew this would happen, I felt guilty right after eating that cake, haha. However, I just went through the rest of the day, made healthier choices for dinner, and just left that day un-tracked on MyFitnessPal. So days like this will happen! Just don’t let it ruin the rest of your day.

So here are this week’s goals:

  • Stop soda if you want to continue this! If you noticed a difference this past week, stick to drinking water.
  • Replace all “white” food with whole grains: Whole wheat bread, brown rice, whole wheat pasta.
  • Track calories (Only if you think it will work for you!)

How did you do last week? Let us know below! Also post your MyFitnessPal or Fitbit profiles if you want to add new friends!

(Disclaimer: Please consult your healthcare physician before changing your diet/exercise habits if you have any medical issues! I am not a professional; just a mom trying to live a healthier lifestyle.)

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Emily

Friday 14th of August 2015

You're doing such a great job! Some of my favorite whole grains are gluten-free oats and quinoa! I also love subbing grains for other high-fiber, lower GI foods like legumes and veggies! I make a mean cauliflower crust pizza :D (recipe here: http://lifeinspandex.com/low-carb-crispy-cauliflower-crust-pizza-recipe/)

As far as counting calories, you gotta just find what works for you. I love how you view "slip-ups." Whoever said food isn't supposed to be enjoyed and just used as "fuel" has obviously never had a decadent piece of dark chocolate or a perfect glass of wine. These are all things I believe CAN be part of a healthy diet and aid in weight loss. Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise!

If you have any other questions regarding health or fitness, don't hesitate to ask! I'm a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor and I'm here for you. Keep it up girl!

Jaime

Monday 17th of August 2015

I so appreciate this! I love knowing we have a strong community of people out here willing to help others. =) I'm going to start following you to get advice!

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