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There are some basic daily tricks to help you reach your goal as quickly as possible while staying health.  Here are the ones I try to follow every day!

– DRINK AS MUCH WATER AS POSSIBLE!!! It’s the best way to flush dangerous toxins out of your system, and it’s very important to stay hydrated 24/7- especially when dieting or exercising regularly.  It’s also difficult for the body to differentiate hunger from thirst.

-Stick to the serving size or under!  When snacking, it’s really easy to go overboard if you aren’t think about the quantity of food you are eating, especially if you are eating it directly out of the container it came in.  It’s best to set aside the exact amount you want to eat, and stick with that.

-Snack on healthy food all day long.  When you do this, it’s much easier to turn down any junk food that might pop up at any given moment.

-Walk as much as possible!  Don’t take short cuts and always take the stairs.  This is one of the easiest ways to burn calories without really exerting much effort.

-Take multivitamins.  They replenish the vitamins you use up throughout the day, and give you an extra boost of energy when you feel a little fatigued.

Over the passed few weeks, I have catapulted myself deeper into a sad little hole of unhealthy eating and excuses not to exercises.  Portion control has been thrown out the window, and the other night I had an attack of binge eating.  It was very scary, and felt awful.  I’ve gained back weight and I feel terrible and unhealthy.  I keep telling myself that today will be a good day, but I haven’t been following through.  I need something to help get me back into action, before I fall back into old patterns permanently.  Solution? Raw vegan diet.  I’ve heard a lot of things about how great it is, but I haven’t actually considered it until now.  http://www.vegansociety.com/lifestyle/nutrition/raw-food-diets.aspx

The raw vegan diet eliminates cooked and animal products.  Cooking food causes the release of toxins and chemicals that can be toxic to the body.  It also removes essential nutrients from the food, taking out major benefits.  The chemical reaction of applying heat to the food also changes the composition and takes out enzymes that help your digestive system digest what you eat.  You’re digestive system has to produce more enzymes which causes stress on your body.  Avoiding animal products is also very beneficial, not only to your body but to the planet.  Here’s a link to see the inhumane and cruel treatment of animals in the food industry: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/default.aspx

This diet is a great way to rid your system of harmful toxin build up do to long term animal product and chemical intake.It’s been proven to cause weight loss, heal cancer, improve energy levels and more.  I am starting my raw vegan diet tomorrow, and I am very excited but also nervous.  I really hope I can stick with it.

If anyone has any advice, I’d really appreciate it!

 

Monday of last week I weighed 148.8, and Monday of this week I weighed 147.2.  Overall, I am relatively pleased with myself.  I kept up my work out routine and I generally ate pretty healthy.  But I did not do as well over the weekend as I know I could have.  I help bake and worked for a bake sale for an organization called Children of Rwanda, and I admit I was not very strict with myself.  I was surrounded by cookies, brownies and cinnamon rolls (which means my conscience goes out the window) and I had a little bit here and a little bit there and in the end it added up to a lot a bit.  Other than that though, I am pretty proud of myself.  I know this week will be better because I know I am capable of better!  I am excited to see how things go.  I really need to drink more water though.  I have CA Standardized Testing this week and my permit test.  I have not been on top of it so far, but the week is young!

Exercise.  It’s one of the most hated and avoided things in the world, and is also a vital part of staying healthy.  Of course we know we are supposed to involve a good amount of physical activity in our lives, but remember that everyone has a limit.  It’s important to pay attention to the signs that your body is sending you, because it can be all too easy to ignore pain or exhaustion and work yourself too hard.  This is NOT healthy.  Your body needs time to recover.  If you push yourself too hard too often, it really does more bad than good.  One reason is that when you use your muscles, they break down.  When they aren’t in use, they are recovering from the break down by producing more muscle cells than you originally had before.  If you continually use your muscles too often, they won’t have time to rebuild themselves.  This will cause you to feel achy and fatigued.  You are depriving yourself body of oxygen!  It’s ideal to have one or two designated days a week to recover.

Personally, I have difficulty if I don’t exercise any day.  I feel antsy and even guilty at times.  A great remedy for this is walking.  Walking is a great way to burn off energy and to get outside!  Enjoy life!!!

Here are some of my personal goals that I  hope to reach by the first day of my summer vacation 6/8/12, 7 whole weeks

  1. Weigh 140lbs. (lose 9 pounds)
  2. Run 3 miles without stopping
  3. Do 15 perfect push ups

Throughout this blog, I will be setting goals and creating new ones when old ones are reached.  Setting goals is very important to me.  It’s a great way to track progress over long periods of time, and knowing specifically what you want actually makes it much more achievable.  Shoot for the moon!  Set short term goals and long term goals.  Share your goals with your friends, family and other people that support you in all aspects of your life.  Having moral support is often very helpful when things get rough.

But make sure your goals are realistic.  Be sure to differentiate between short term goals, and long term goals.  A couple months ago, I set a goal to lose ten pounds in a month.  As you can imagine, this ended in disaster.  I got obsessive about every bite I took, and went against my own beliefs that calorie counting is unhealthy.  I ate too little and pushed myself too hard when I exercised.  After three weeks of this, I had lost little to no weight.  I had an emotional crash and spent a night watching unpopular Disney movies from the late 90’s, eating junk food and crying alone.  I don’t regret this, because it really helped me learn about my own limits and what my body and my mind are capable of.  Extremes are never healthy!  Also remember that not reaching a goal by the time you set is totally okay.  Give yourself plenty of wiggle room. Never plan on reaching long term goals by the exact date, because this often leads to disappointment, which leads to guilt, which lead to feelings of inadequacy, which lead to hopelessness, which leads to giving up.  NEVER GIVE UP!  Even if you spent months pushing yourself harder than you ever have, if you don’t reach your goal right away, you are still that much closer.

I know that I can reach my weight goal because I have gotten very close before.  I went all the way down from 153lbs., to 144lbs.   I celebrated by spending the next couple of weeks making excuses not to exercise, eating too much and gaining it back.  Luckily I didn’t gain it all back, so I am lower than when I originally started.  But let this be a lesson that food should never be a reward.  It’s a bad habit to get into because you’ll always end up closer to where you started than to your goal.  It’s a deadly cycle!

I will continue to give updates on my progress, and what I’m doing to reach my goals throughout the blog!  Stay tuned.

This is a picture of me, making a weird face while indulging in a sour dough clam chowder bowl in San Francisco.                                         Oh, regrets!