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Eating Your Way To the New Year?

Holiday-Food-PresentationIt seems that from the first of November through the early part of January I give myself “permission” to eat whatever I want! The first weekend in November I go away with a group of girlfriends, then a week or so later is my birthday, then Thanksgiving, holiday banquet, husband’s birthday, Christmas parties, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, conference for work…and “suddenly” I am 10 pounds heavier! How does this happen each year?

And when I finally take a break around the middle of January, I promise myself (No resolutions–they never work!)  that I will eliminate sugar, stop drinking soda and get in shape.  I have also learned after doing this for more years than I can remember, I can’t do it alone.  That’s where UniqueU Weight Loss comes in.

This year, before the November first event, I pledged that I would stick to my  daily routine of good food choices and not load up on everything that I see, smell or pass by on the street. Why is it that we do this to ourselves? The good doctors and nurses at UniqueU say that loosing weight is as much as our mental attitude as our physical changes in what we consume. I know I certainly “gift” myself things that I would never eat any other time of the year. Cookies, desserts, new recipes to  “share” and lots more. But virtually, all the healthy choices are still available. Someone always brings fresh veggies and fruits to the party; others bring low-calorie desserts or sugar-free items for those who are dieting. Somehow my permission-to-eat over rules the logic in my brain that says “don’t do it, you’ll regret it later” and of course I always do regret it.

Not this time, not this year, not this season am I going to regrettably enter the New Year up on the scale. I have learned that substituting fresh veggies, drinking an herbal tea with sugar-free, non-dairy cream is just as delightful as a piece of cake or several cookies.  Do I ever give in? You bet I do! Not for long and most often I can eat one or two bites, and still get the enjoyment I need.

Let’s face it, food is a part of our lives. Unfortunately, I learned long ago that I don’t “eat to live” I “Live to eat!” and that is the problem. A mind-change is necessary to get where I am and with the help of UniqueU, my New Year will be a happier and healthier one than last year! Won’t you join me?

Don't get too comfortable!

Okay, so having been on this diet since mid-February, one thing that I have come to realize is that I can get too comfortable! I am familiar with how many calories I can eat, what foods are okay and even how much I need to exercise. The problem is that I can quickly become “too comfortable” with what I am doing. It is so easy to say, “well I actually have 150 calories left so I can eat…..(whatever I want and believe to be under my calorie goal).  That’s not a good thing. After being so good for so long, last week I went in to learn that I had gained…only the second time (first time on vacation). It was only 3/4 pound, but those pounds quickly ad up and then its 1 1/2 pounds, then three, then six,  then OMJ I am back to square one.

This week I had to refocus on my goal. I  put it in front of me, made a determined effort to “stick to it!”  The prize is worth the effort.  We all know that with any goal, there are ups and downs and dieting and wellness are certainly no exception. I have a mini-chalkboard on my desk that my daughter made for me and I change the message weekly. This week it says, “Choose to be GREAT!”  All of our life is made of choices. We choose to work hard; we choose to have a great attitude despite our circumstances; we choose to be kind to someone we really don’t want to be kind to; we choose what we do with our spare time; and we choose what we eat, drink and splurge on.  I put splurge in a separate category since many times it doesn’t involve real food–just junk!

Today I weighed in and lost another 1-1/2 pounds for the week! Steady wins the race! My other motto is–The turtle always wins!

Have a great week and don’t get comfortable!

Zip Lines in Maui

Okay, so when I started this diet way back in mid-February, we were planning a trip to Maui for our anniversary. One of the things on my “bucket list” was to go zip lining.  I have never been zip lining, mind you, but I have seen pictures and videos and I love high places. So I was determined that I would do it in Maui. However, I refused to go if I had to worry about what my backside would look like zipping over people’s heads! My dieting success was a factor in my final zip line determination.

There were six of us on this amazing trip and after losing close to 30 pounds, I was determined to go regardless–I was in too deep to back out.  It was of the most fun things I have ever done!  The zip lines were up on a mountain side in Maui, close to where the road to Hana begins. The course was seven lines, or seven different places to go. They started easy and short, then the climbing began. There is no way I would have been able to make the climbs straight up the sides of trees or on rope ladders had I still been 30 pounds heavier! At one point we were 90 feet in the air on the platform, and we had to climb a swinging bridge ladder, a straight up the tree ladder and a rope ladder with wooden rungs to get there. But what a ride!

IMG_0091 In fact, I enjoyed it so much I have decided to contact all the zip lines in the area and volunteer to test their lines and write a blog about them! It was delightful and I would never have done it, and probably not been able to do it, had I not started on the UniqueU Weight Loss program in February.

The rest of the trip was amazing and two weeks on Maui for anyone is something special. I had determined not to worry about my diet, enjoy the moment and not “pig out.” I can’t say that I abided by that rule completely, as I enjoyed ice cream (my downfall) several times. We went to dinner and I sampled the various local dishes as well as desserts when I wanted. The condo was filled with snacks  which I also enjoyed.

When I returned to UniqueU last week, I had imagined that I probably gained between five and eight pounds. But much to my delight, when I stepped on the scale I was amazed to learn I gained less than a pound! In fact, I gained only 1/4 pound in the two weeks.  Now some would say that was not a win, as I spent two weeks and lost nothing, but I would have to rebut them and say I might not have lost, but what I gained was immeasurable!

I am back in gear now and will keep you posted on my success!  If you have something in your life you really want to do but your weight is keeping you from it, don’t give up–UniqueU Weight Loss program is the best program I have ever done and one that is both successful and “do-able.”  Call them today and start your own bucket list!

Weight Loss Tips for the 12 Days of Christmas- Tip #12

UniqueU Presents Weight Loss Tips for the 12 Days of Christmas

The holiday season can take a toll on a weight loss program.  To get us back on track, UniqueU offers a twist on the celebrated 12 Days of Christmas.  In actuality, the Christian tradition of the 12 Days of Christmas begins on December 26.  The final day of celebration is on January 6, the Epiphany, when the wise men arrived bearing gifts.  One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is a healthy lifestyle.  UniqueU wants to support you on this journey.  In these days following Christmas, let’s get back on track with these 12 tips.  Even if you aren’t currently in the program, these 12 Tips will have you feeling more energized and in control. 

( UniqueU’s medical weight loss program utilizes a safe, effective formula that gives us the tools to lose weight and keep it off.  It’s not a fad.  The program is medically-based and proven.  We all know that cutting calories and being more active should equal weight loss. The reality is that many of us need help shifting our metabolism and burning excess body fat.  With UniqueU, we lose weight safely – fat loss not muscle – while we are changing habits.) 

Tip 12 – The Epiphany

It’s January 6, the twelfth day of Christmas, the Christian Epiphany festival.   On this day of celebration, we hope that UniqueU’s preceding  11 Tips of Christmas have given you insight into what helps you lose weight.   Perhaps, you may even have experienced your own weight loss epiphany. 

Merriam Webster defines epiphany as an “illuminating discovery, realization or disclosure”.  Maybe your illuminating discovery is that you like automating your eating and having only three or four food choices at meal time.  Or maybe it’s that when you food log with your sister, you don’t eat as much in the afternoon.  Or maybe, just maybe, you’ve come to the realization that you really do like spinach.

Whatever the case may be, weight loss techniques aren’t one-size fits all.  Take a moment to review our 12 Tips of Christmas and find one, two or several of them to embolden your journey. 

  1. Shift Into Over Drive with Exercise
  2. Don’t Be Resistant to Resistance Training
  3. Automate Our Eating
  4. What’s Up with Our Willpower?
  5. What’s Wrong with Resolutions?
  6. Thumbs Up for Food Logs
  7. The Small Plate Club
  8. Inflammation Fighting Foods
  9. Creating Healthy Habits – Inventory Control
  10. Creating Healthy Habits – Prepare to Prep
  11. Creating Healthy Habits – Tempt the Taste Buds
  12. The Epiphany – What tools work for you?

Begin your baby steps to a lighter, healthier you.  Happy New Year from UniqueU Medical Loss and Wellness.

Weight Loss Tips for the 12 Days of Christmas- Tip #11

UniqueU Presents Weight Loss Tips for the 12 Days of Christmas

The holiday season can take a toll on a weight loss program.  To get us back on track, UniqueU offers a twist on the celebrated 12 Days of Christmas.  In actuality, the Christian tradition of the 12 Days of Christmas begins on December 26.  The final day of celebration is on January 6, the Epiphany, when the wise men arrived bearing gifts.  One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is a healthy lifestyle.  UniqueU wants to support you on this journey.  In these days following Christmas, let’s get back on track with these 12 tips.  Even if you aren’t currently in the program, these 12 Tips will have you feeling more energized and in control. 

( UniqueU’s medical weight loss program utilizes a safe, effective formula that gives us the tools to lose weight and keep it off.  It’s not a fad.  The program is medically-based and proven.  We all know that cutting calories and being more active should equal weight loss. The reality is that many of us need help shifting our metabolism and burning excess body fat.  With UniqueU, we lose weight safely – fat loss not muscle – while we are changing habits.) 

Tip 11 – Baby Steps for Creating Healthy Habits – Tempt the Taste Buds

A great step to healthy eating and a cornerstone of losing weight is to minimize the use of high saturated fats and salts.  Waving “so long” to butter, doesn’t mean our food will lack taste.  Try these Tempt the Taste Buds tips to add adventure to our nutrition:

  • Olé for Olive Oil – Olive Oil is a great source of monounsaturated fats, antioxidants and phytonutrients.  Equally important, it is delicious.  Use it to sauté veggies, add flavor to brown rice, in lieu of salad dressing and more.  Sesame oil is also a good option.
  • Spice It Up – Adding even a teaspoon of herbs like basil, cilantro, turmeric, garlic and more add flavor and nutrition to your food without much in the way of calories.  Add it to veggies, meats and whole grains.
  • Sow Some Seeds – Don’t forget the seeds when adding flavor and nutrition to everyday foods like green beans, yogurt, salad, chicken breast – just about anything.  Experiment with seeds to find which you like best, such as sesame, sunflower, fennel, and cumin. 
  • Nature’s Candy – Dried fruit, used sparingly, can be a phenomenal weight loss tool.  It provides a big punch of natural sweetness by eating only a small amount.  Use it to flavor yogurt, oatmeal, or as a snack with some nuts.

No need to have a fancy recipe to use these tasty tips.  Just add a bit to whatever you are cooking, or put some in at the end.  Good for you food can taste good, too!

Next Up:  Tip 12 – The Epiphany

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