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My 100th Post! 100 Things I Have Learned

>> Sunday, May 16, 2010

This is my 100th post! Lick the screen and taste this yummy cupcake!! I have decided to list 100 things that I have learned in the last 2 years and 2 months that have helped me along the way.  Granted, I need to remember some of these things myself. These are in no particular order.  THANK YOU readers, followers, friends, enemies, frienemies, everyone who passes and reads this little ol' blog. I love you guys and you are truly more than any blogger could ask for!  Enjoy!
  1. Drink water!  I have to drink at least 2 liters a day
  2. If you do not like plain water, add: ginger, lemon, lime, watermelon, cucumber, mint, whatever will get you drinking 
  3. Do cardio!  Anything to get your heart rate up. Take a class, vacuum, garden, WHATEVER!
  4. Lift weights, yes, cardio will take the weight off but weights will give you the sexy shape
  5. Pack your lunch the night before, you will save money and you will not be tempted to eat crap
  6. Eat smaller meals often, aim for 6 meals a day
  7. Eat slowly, put your fork down between bits
  8. Sit down when you eat, you tend to eat slower when you do this
  9. Plan your meals on Sunday for the week, try to make left overs so you can have them for lunches
  10. The fewer ingredients an item has the better it is for you
  11. Never eat until you are stuffed, stop when you feel satisfied
  12. Eat fruits and veggies,the more colourful the better, you plate should be half veggies
  13. Pack your gym bag the night before, make sure your ipod/MP3 is charged
  14. Plan what days you will go to the gym in advance, write them down in your agenda/Blackberry, make it like an appointment
  15. Eat small portions: meat the size your hand/deck of cards, veggies two hands
  16. Try to eat on schedule, every 3 hours or so to keep your metabolism fired up
  17. Get sleep, if you are not getting 6-8 hours try and go to bed earlier
  18. Talk to someone about what you are doing (even if it is only God)
  19. Don't give up
  20. Set reasonable, timely goals, instead of,"I want to lose 40 pounds" say, " I want to lost 5 pounds by May 30"
  21. Change your exercise routine every few weeks (you body gets bored)
  22. Read about others who have done what you are trying to do.
  23. Indulge when necessary, but get right back on track
  24. You cannot spot exercise, you have to work the whole body
  25. You will not get big and bulky like a guy from lifting weights (you don't have the testosterone levels)
  26. When doing cardio change up the pace, ex: 30 sec. at your max, 1 min at a reg. speed
  27. Chew sugar free gum
  28. Protein! Fish, beef,soy, chicken. Should definitely be in your diet
  29. Try a new activity once in a while,Zumba, Spinning, Bootcamp, you never know you may fall in love!
  30. Update your ipod once a month
  31. Buy yourself something when you reach your goal that is NOT food (a new bag is always nice)
  32. To build your butt do squats, deadlifts, lunges, leg extensions and leg curls
  33. Replace your shoes once a year
  34. Cut the salad dressing, use balsamic vinegar and olive oil or lemon/lime
  35. Limit soft drinks, if not phase them out to none.
  36. Cut down on alcohol, if you must have a drink stick to vodka and cranberry or orange juice
  37. Diets do not last, life changes do
  39. Tofu can taste good
  40. Take Vitamin D
  41. Go brown!  Brown rice, pasta and flour
  42. Take a multivitamin
  43. At a restaurant order an appetizer as a meal
  44. Have either a drink OR a dessert, not both
  45. Having something that is not the best food choice? Eat HALF of what you would have
  46. Drink green tea
  47. Avoid fast food, if you can't order a salad or the healthiest thing on the menu
  48. Snack on nuts (unsalted)
  49.  Get a Foreman Grill (or something like it)
  50. Cut down on sugar/salt
  51. If you are going to eat chocolate have it dark 65% or more
  52. Teach others in your family about healthy habits
  53. Losing weight can decrease chances of heart problems, diabetes and certain cancers
  54. Can't go to the gym? Get a video (I recommend Jillian Micheal's 30 Day Shred)
  55. Travel for work?  Pack a jump rope and/or a resistant band, so you can work on the road/vacation
  56. Write down everything you put in your mouth
  57. Keep track of your weight and your measurements
  58. Try to reduce stressors that you can control
  59. Focus when you work out, try to minimize talking with others
  60. Make non weight related goals ex: be able to do 10 push ups
  61. Reduce the number of times you go out to eat
  62. Order your salad dressing on the side
  63. If you don't feel like going to the gym GO,even if you do 3 sit ups that's better than 0
  64. You will have HATERS!  Don't let them get you down. 
  65. Give yourself a pat on the back every once in awhile.
  66. Read magazines such as Oxygen, to get helpful info to help you
  67. Black Eyed Peas, Rhianna, Lady Gaga, Pink and Britney are great to work out to
  68. There is nothing that you cannot do
  69. Fell of the wagon?  Ended up in a ditch?  GET BACK ON!
  70. You are doing this for you
  71. No one can do this for you but you!
  72. You will not loss 50 pounds in a month (if you do congrats)
  73. 1-2 pounds is normal to lose in a week
  74. Slow and steady wins the race
  75. You do NOT have to eat all the food on your plate.  It does not matter what Mama told you about the starving children in Africa
  76. If you have plateaued, change up your routine, more reps, more weight, shorter rests, different order
  77. Take a rest when you see fit
  78. Take care of yourself, no one can do it for you.
  79. Weight loss is 80% what you eat, 10 % exercise and 10% genetics
  80. Yes, you do have to work your abs (even if they are hidden aka flabs)
  81. You can say "No" to certain foods and second helpings
  82. Haters --> You're working out again? You--->  Yup, want to join me?
  83. The best way to deal with a compliment is "Thank You"
  84. Low fat yogurt makes a great snack
  85. Starches are NOT my friend
  86. People assume you are sick if you have lost alot of weight
  87. Just because your bigger does not mean you eat chips and cookies all day long
  88. Carpe Diem ---- Seize the Day, tomorrow may never come
  89. You burn 50 calories a day for each pound of muscle you have, 5 pounds of muscle = 250 calories
  90. Don't skip breakfast, even if you only have a fruit, you have to eat something!
  91. Eliminating 100 calories per day can cut you 10 pounds in a  year
  92. When you are hungry drink water, thirst is often mistaken for hunger.
  93. Don't eat out of the bag, take a small bit in a separate container
  94. Picture yourself lean, strong and sexy, if you have an old picture of you at a good size look at it for inspiration
  95. Surround yourself with positive message and images
  96. Shop smart, do not keep junk at home, then you will not be tempted to eat it in times of weakness
  97. Losing weight gives you confidence
  98. Take a walk at lunch
  99. Read this blog (haha!)
  100. Be true to yourself!  In my heart even thought I get down on myself, I know that I can do this, I have come so far!  Thank you and looking forward to the next 100 posts!


Lindsay May 16, 2010 at 12:28 AM  

AWESOME post!!! You have learned a TON of things, thanks for sharing.

God's Favorite Shoes! May 16, 2010 at 1:37 PM  

This is an awesome list! I needed to read some of this! Happy 100th! And you've lost 55 lbs already???!! Dayum!!! That's awesome!

Desperately Seeking Thin May 16, 2010 at 8:35 PM  

I love your 100 list!! A lot of this stuff I've learned over the past year myself. Keep up the great work. If you're looking for a challenge to get you back on track I'm doing one starting the 24 if you want to hop over to my page and check it out.


Desperately Seeking Thin May 16, 2010 at 9:06 PM  

Thanks for joining the challenge, just read over the rules and we'll be ready to roll a week from tomorrow! Good luck and thanks again!


LeeLee May 17, 2010 at 7:40 AM  

Congratulations on your 100th post!!!
This list is Fantastic! A great way to refresh my memory on key points to weight loss!

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