Thursday, January 6, 2011

It's all about the food!

Last night I jumped back on the exercise train and did about 40 minutes of the Kinect Your Shape fitness game.  I chose the Personal Trainer portion of the program and stuck with the "beginner" section.  I made it through three rounds (doing the first two rounds twice).  Once again, my legs felt like rubber bands when I was finished.  Determined to get through Round 4, I strapped up and hit the Start button.  And that's where it stopped.  Clearly I need to work on my balancing skills, because the exercise just about put me on the ground!  I did wake up this morning with a nice kink in my back, but I do plan to exercise tonight, Lord willing and the creek don't rise (thanks to my Papa for that phrase). 

On another topic, we all know that a really important element of trying to live a healthier lifestyle involves proper food selection.  This is a HUGE issue for me, because I really can't think of any food that I don't like (except my mom's hamloaf, BARF!).  But more importantly, I find my blood sugar taking a serious dive around 10:00 a.m. and again around 3:00 p.m.  I am one of those people who gets the shakes when I don't eat enough.  I have tried to choose snacks that I know will provide me a protein boost and that also sustain my appetite until lunch or dinner.  Maybe I'm doing this part wrong?  Maybe my issue is that I don't eat enough? 

As I am a beginner in this process, I am open to any and all advice that you have concerning snacking tips!


  1. Terri, I have found that a lot of people who are gung ho on losing weight and exercising aren't eating enough- which then means they won't lose the weight! You have to feed your body, especially when you are exercising more. It is all about calories-- if you deficit your body more than 1000 calories in a day than what you are used to consuming, your body will go into starvation mode, holding on to everything it has. Which sucks when you want to make big changes. But from a metabolic standpoint, you have to make gradual changes to your diet. Eat a lot, but make those choices healthy and you will see the results. Pay special attention to fiber-- getting those whole grains in- and you will feel full, not take that dip, and hopefully that will help you. Have you checked out the Flat Belly diet? Pretty interesting stuff. (I was introduced to that one this summer while interning at Personally Fit) Sorry this was such a long comment, hopefully some of this has helped!! ;) Keep up the great work!

  2. Hi
    there are a lot of reat snacks to eat that I recently found- a lean protein snack combined with a fruit is what I have been choosing.
    I recently read something that I thought was a great tidbit. This girl wrote that if you are feeling hungry, ask yourself -are you hungry enough to eat an apple and if you are, then eat an apple and if not, then you are not truly hungry! She wrote that she is usually NOT hungry.
    Personally, I think it is best to plan out your meals and snacks early so when the time comes, you just eat what you brought.
    A morning snack can be yogurt with nuts, a cheese stick and apple and/or hard boiled egg with a fruit.
    I have this magazine that I'll check out some ideas and post later. Great ideas

  3. Terri, what are you eating for breakfast and lunch and what kinds of snacks are you eating? You may just need to make some adjustments. Also, I can't stress enough counting calories at least for the first month. You won't know where you stand and you won't understand how to modify it the right way if you aren't aware of what you are eating now. I guarantee that you will learn a ton by tracking your calories and it will help you have a ton of power to eliminate some of the bad foods. It will also help you figure out strategies to get to still eat some junky things here and there so that you don't feel like you are on a diet.

  4. It is a great idea to track what you are eating... and a great way to do that is on It has an awesome program that tracks what you eat and gives you a detailed report on how much of just about every nutrient you ate. We had to track three days in Nutrition class and it was very informative. Keep track for three days and then input- it will let you know right away if you are eating enough. ;) Hope that helps!

  5. I received several recommendations on calorie counting sites. I am going to try the one you gave me and go from there. It sounds awesome!


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