Jan. 9, 2020

The 80-20 Lifestyle

The 80-20 Lifestyle

I started the year at 225.3 and after losing a few pounds, I'm back to 225. It's frustrating. I was doing good, but by skipping a few days and not really paying attention to my calories, and not exercising they came right back. The other thing that is...

I started the year at 225.3 and after losing a few pounds, I'm back to 225. It's frustrating. I was doing good, but by skipping a few days and not really paying attention to my calories, and not exercising they came right back.

The other thing that is killing me is a lack of sleep. My ears ring all the time and have for years, but for some reason, it's starting to affect my sleep. When I set an alarm to get up an exercise it takes an Olympic effort to get out of bed.

It seems unfair that I can work for two weeks straight and lose two lbs, and stop for two days and gain it all back. The reason it seems unfair is because it is. You know what else it is? Reality. We have to find a way to deal with it.

LOSING WEIGHT IS HARD BUT THESE MAKE IT EASIER

STOP DRINKING YOUR CALORIES

I started finding myself drinking the occasional coke, hot chocolate, etc. If you can stop drinking calories, you will be amazed at how that will boost your efforts.

STAND INSTEAD OF SIT

Standing desks have come down in price (they use to be around $1000 and now some are under $100 with electric desks coming in around $300).

According to Jillian Michaels standing burns 1.5 the number of calories. If sitting burns sixty calories, standing burns ninety. 

AVOID CHEAT DAYS

The idea is to have a sustainable life. We try to be good Monday through Friday and then on the weekend we indulge and when we do WE GO ALL IN and erase all the work we did during the week. 

BUT ITS SO HARD TO BE GOOD 100% of the TIME

If we can be good 80% of the time we will make progress. You want a hamburger? Fine. Have a hamburger but skip the fries and the coke. You can have both. 

You want 80% of the calories you consume in a day to be better view calories. The Noom app does this. There are green foods (eat as much as you like), Yellow Foods (Be cautious), and Red Foods (WARNING!). You want to avoid the Red foods, and keep the yellow food in check. You are looking for balance. 

By using the 80/20 rule you are not depriving yourself 100%. Sure there will be things you have to postpone, but the ability to enjoy one item can take some of the dread of dieting, and the same of dieting, and make you feel a bit normal. 

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