Thursday, October 23, 2008

Weight Not, Want Not...

This week's TIART topic over at Runner's Lounge is: Weight

Logically, I know the number on the scale really doesn't matter. So why do I still step on that darn thing? It's as if the scale has a strange hold on me, almost like an addiction. I have to know that number! It is a sick relationship. I think the scale is my friend, but it only disappoints me...but there is the occasion that it doesn't! I have realized that this is a problem for me. So over the past several months I have been trying not to weigh myself everyday. I am down to about once a month (old habits die hard). I figure as long as I feel good and my clothes are still fitting properly, I am probably doing ok.

There are a few things that I do to keep my weight in check:
1.  Eat 6 small meals a day.   It is important to get a good balance of protein and carbs to keep hunger at bay and to keep your metabolism working.  
2.  Drink lots of water. 
3.  A good night's sleep.
4.  Exercise. Cardio & strength training. The more muscle you have the more fat your body can  burn.
5.  Things I can't live without: 
*Protein Powder~  I like Optimal Nutrition (Dbl Rich Chocolate) & 
           BSN Syntha-6 (Strawberry or Chocolate)
*Fish Oil 

I have always thought it was calories in & calories out, but it really is much more than that. You have to eat to fuel your body. When you eat good foods and you are properly hydrated, your body will work the way it should, like a fine tuned machine. 


Run Mommy said...

So true..

Janice said...

I have a love hate relationship with the scale... I love it when the numbers go down and hate it when they go up... =)

tfh said...

Great tips! I am all about the fish oil and small meals. I will have to check out those protein powders.

Blyfinn said...

#3 is sooo elusive with two kids under the age for three in the home. I try though. I still struggle with the whole many small meals a day thing. Work and other things throughout the day make it so hard. Very good tips!

Marci said...

This are some good reminders for me. I need to get better at fueling my body.

RunnerMom said...

I think my machine could use a "tune up," so I may try some of your suggestions.

I weigh myself at least once a week. It's a habit I'm not sure I can break!