Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Disaster averted: keeping up healthy habits

I will not lie, changing bad habits and replacing them with new ones is not an easy task.  It takes a lot of will power, and tons of planning.  I had a near disaster yesterday on my journey to being healthier and losing weight. I woke up later than I wanted too, hit the snooze button one too many times, and as a result did not have time to make breakfast or prepare lunch.  I filled up my Nalgene bottle (at least I remembered to grab the water bottle) and ran out the door.

I was immediately hungry.  Damn!

Okay, I had a few options running through my head 1. go back to a bad habit just this once and swing by McDonald's for a mocha frappe, 2 egg McMuffins, and a hasbrown 2. don't eat anything 3. stop at Sunoco and see what I can throw together.

McDonal's sounded damn tempting, but I started to feel some disappointment in myself.  Already Anthony? You want to eat that crap so soon after starting?

No, I did not want that.

My stomach was growling and I immediately knew that not eating was not an option.  Sunoco it is.

Before I go further, I will say that a gas station is not the ideal place to go looking for a quality breakfast, but with some will power to get past the tastee kakes, donuts, and candy bars, you can make it work.

I went to the cooler and grabbed a huge bottle of water and then looked for the aisle where I could find some protein;  there, a pack of almonds and a bag of beef jerky (the plain kind, not the crap filled with sugars etc).

Was it an ideal breakfast?  Not by a long shot, but it was healthier than the alternative.

Okay, breakfast disaster dodged, now what about lunch?  I didn't pack anything.  I only saw clients until 1pm that day so I decided that I could wait until I got back home at 2 to grab some lunch, which meant driving past multiple fast food places on my journey and making sure I did not pull into the drive-thru.

Those damn drive-thru's make it so easy to get greasy burgers and fries

I made it home unscathed and grabbed some chicken and veggies for lunch.  Another disaster averted!!!

Lesson learned!

So I did take away a few valuable lessons and hopefully they will help all of you as well.

  1. Prepare!  It is much easier to make healthier choices if you are prepared to do so.  Wake up a little earlier so you can make breakfast.  Prepare breakfast the night before (such as making hard boiled eggs that you can grab).  The same applies for lunch; make a healthy one the night before and grab it from the fridge in the morning.
  2. Do not let yourself go hungry.  It is much easier to stave off the donuts and fast food fare if you are not hungry.
  3. Keep a healthy snack on hand such as almonds or veggies.  This will be instrumental in helping with number 2.
It isn't easy, but nothing worth having is ever easy.  Unless you are the son of a highly influential politician, nothing will be handed to you, and no one cares more about your goals than you do.  In the same regard, no one can make you accomplish your goals, you have to find the motivation, find people that will support you and hold you accountable, and then go after those goals like you life depends upon it, because if you are like me, your life does depend on it.

A quick update before I end this post.  I weigh myself frequently throughout the week so I can gauge how I am doing and make adjustments accordingly.  This works in the beginning for me, because I can lose weight quickly at this stage, but later on this will not help much.

So, this morning I stepped on the scale and I weighed 4 pounds less!  Hell yes!  How is that for some motivation?  My official weigh in day is Monday (or maybe Sunday morning) so I will give an official pounds lost and new weight at that point.

I am also adding some body weight exercises and interval training exercises to my routine.  I have found some that work effectively and do not take a whole lot of time, which is great because I do not have a lot of time.

A great resource for "leveling up your life", whether it is for weight loss, or you want to get stronger, faster, or better, and a website that has been giving me some motivation and kick ass work outs and recipes is Nerd Fitness.  You should definitely check out all of the nerdy, healthy goodness.

Until next time.


  1. Congrats Anthony on taking control of your health and your life! I've gone through my own fair share of periods of extreme health/fitness but always lost track once school started or something else had me busy. So I'm totally with you on the difficulty in keeping healthy especially in the beginning.

    Just know that as time goes on it does get easier and as long as you stick to it you'll definitely see results!

    These are some things that I did whenever I would start up on my health kicks that always worked or were just damn helpful.
    - Keep a food journal. This is invaluable because it's amazing how much little things can snowball into being an insane amount of calories for one day!
    - Measure everything! This was probably the most tedious but it really does work once you get used to it. Our portion sizes in this country are insane!
    - Water, water, water!!!
    - Don't do the whole I can't have this dance because the more you limit yourself the more you'll want it. If you want the chocolate or pizza or whatever, have it, then adjust accordingly.
    - Watch out for the salt! It's amazing how much water weight you lose when you try to just get in the recommended portions!!

    I don't know what exactly you do for workouts but some easy at home ones I did were the AE Sports Active for the Wii. It was fun but also really kicks your ass, but you definitely see results and you can skip exercises if you have problem areas like knees/ankles, etc. Once you get more in shape I definitely recommend the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. That stuff will kill you but for an at home video workout it does the trick!

    Anyways I'm sure you know a lot of this stuff already but good luck!! I'm anxious to read about your journey!!

  2. Keep up the good work Anthony.
    As Heather said writing and weighing help a lot. Being in control of what you are eating follows over into so many areas of your life. Onward...........


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