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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Making Changes Stick

The low-carb lifestyle is something that was previously quite a challenge for my family and me. Such a drastic change to avoid convenient filler items like bread and pasta. The restrictions alone seem to be complicated enough for a first-timer trying to get into a better body. After many ventures of eating low-carb for extended periods of time, it is pretty much just how we eat. It's not a struggle to come up with some food ideas, or to figure out my nutritional needs for the day. It gets easier; much easier. Over time we crave carbs less, and crave healthy fats and protein more! Even on my days or weekends off I still try to eat lots of vegetables and healthy foods.

The reason so many people end up failing at dieting is because they are simply trying to diet, lose the weight, and go back to the way they were eating before. It's no surprise that if they do lose weight initially, they tend to regain it back - and sometimes end up even worse than before. The important thing to realize is that some changes will need to be permanent. There is a reason you are trying to diet, and that's because your normal routine isn't working out.

Part of this is weeding through the misinformation out there. And there is a lot of it. On top of that, there are those who seem to be dead set on discouraging you. "It's just one slice of pizza!" or "You can work out tomorrow!" "You look good how you are!" Or anything along those lines. They might mean well but it is absolutely not helpful.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

It Never Stops!

Life______________________________________________

Each time I finally make it back here to post I am amazed at how long it has been since my last. Two months?! Holy cow!

Nathan is at an age where he is just absorbing and learning and going and going constantly. He is learning things like how to march and stretch from seeing us do p90x videos. He is learning words. My favorite thing is hugs though. Recently he's hugging everything - including countertops and windowsills! Hilarious. He will flop down onto a kitty and hug him until the kitty escapes.

It's so fascinating to watch him explore. To see the world anew through his eyes is really amazing. And often times hilarious. While I took a shower today he discovered the toilet paper, and picked tiny little flakes of it off and scattered them about. He must have learned that one from the cats.

Right now I am trying to get as much set up and accomplished as possible before I start going to school full time again. A relief to not worry about passing those A+ exams (expensive set of tests, they were), but I am still keeping busy!

Diet_____________________________________________

As far as our low-carb/keto diet, we are cycling through rounds of it at this point. We were doing p90x and eating reasonably, but switched to keto for the month of May. My progress in the low-carb diet is slowing down to a crawl, but this is to be expected at this point since I am within 20-30 pounds of my goal weight. I can never tell.

The p90x routine is fantastic. I've managed to get through the most of it despite being injury-prone and I have a pretty weak knee. The important thing is compromises! I could do full-on 90-degree lunges and get maybe 5 before my right knee gets injured, or I can do 25 half-lunges and still get my heart rate up and a decent workout. I think many people see this workout as a huge struggle. And it is, truly. You just do what you can, and keep doing it. Push yourself to improve, but not to the point of injury. Keep logs of the reps you do so that you can see the improvements in strength - the appearances will take longer to show. And take measurements! And pictures! All of these will help when the scale and the mirror are out to get you.