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Skinny Rules: The home stretch: Rules 16-20!

Oh no!  I didn’t really follow them or complete my challenge!  The last four rules are:

16.  Banish High Salt foods

17. Eat your vegetables

18. Go to Bed Hungry

19. Sleep right

20. Plan one splurge meal a week.

So, I guess I followed 20! Except I had more than just 1 splurge meal this week.  I was very frustrated overall this week because even though I DID follow the rules for the beginning of the week, I didn’t see any changes on the scale.  I finally lost 1 (1!) pound by friday, and was stoked.  Then came Saturday, with 4 hours of studying plus 6 hours of class. The ladies wanted to get “one drink” which turned into 3 and dinner! And I don’t know if I’ve told you, but my body HATES ALCOHOL.  Even though I don’t.  I’m talking, hangover from 1 glass of wine.  No matter how much water I drink.  So, imagine me after staying up way too late (sorry rule 19), having 3 strong ass (well they better be strong for 12 $) drinks at a shee shee whiskey bar, and having class from 8-7 on sunday! Not a pretty sight.  

One interesting development:  When I have a hangover, I usually crave a BREAKFAST BURRITO.  Then Pizza or In N Out and lots of sleeping and getting fatter and feeling sicker.  But, this weekend my body actually craved healthy food! For lunch on Sun I had an egg white smoked salmon scramble with fruit, too much pita and hummus.  Dinner was fries (whoops) and pasta (whoops) with veggies and shrimp.  But not the usual fast food grease fest!  Thinking about it made me feel super gross. So maybe the skinny rules have helped my body discriminate what makes it feel good and what makes it feel bad, even if my STUPID MIND is way behind!

Then, today I was so full and not even hungry.  Smoothie for breakfast with one veggie sausage, then chicken salad (oh yeah I have RECIPES to post!)  Work was LOOONG and STRESSFUL and I had to pick up a 120 lb screaming child (girl) off the ground like 5 times while she pulled my hair. Awesome.  Met a friend for some tea and ended up grabbing Chipotle for dinner because I couldn’t stand the thought of cooking 😦 So, eating out binge continues.  

What did I learn from Bob Harper’s Skinny Rules?

  • whole grains are delicious, filling, and way better for you than anything bleached and processed. You should eat some.
  • Sugar is bad, bad, bad.  It’s in everything but you don’t want it.  
  • Coffee tastes good with almond milk!
  • Kelp noodles are the bomb.  6 calories per serving? I’ll have 12.
  • Veggies are my best friend.  Second is fruits (in the morning)
  • Soup is delicious, quick, healthy, and fills you up!
  • I don’t have to slave over the stove for hours every night to have a healthy home cooked meal.
  • My boyfriend will still love me if I don’t make him delicious cheesy food every night.
  • My boyfriend doesn’t really like to eat what I like, and that’s ok.
  • I’m a “don’t” person, not a “Can’t” person. (as in, I DON”T eat that food, not I CAN’T)
  • If I DO eat that food, that’s my choice and I have to deal with that. But I won’t be mad or hate myself, I will just move on.
  • My stomach can feel when I am full.
  • My body can tell when I am eating healthy.
  • Drinking makes me fat. And sick. I shouldn’t do it, even if all my pretty cool amazing friends are peer pressuring me!  (well, maybe one but THAT’s IT!) (This isn’t really from Bob Harper, this is more what my body’s been trying to tell me since High School!)

So, there’s probably a lot more nutrition facts I learned too.  But I feel these are some really important things that following (mostly) the skinny rules for 20 days has taught me.  And I plan to continue.  I may not be the biggest or fastest loser, but I am a loser!  And I can’t let anything get in my way.  I actually crave healthy food now, so I need to keep it that way.  Thanks Bob Harper!  


Not amazing results, probably because I didn’t work out and I didn’t follow all of them all the time. But I wanted a lifestyle change, not a diet.  And I’ve lost 20 lbs in a month before just to gain back 25.  So if I lost 7 over 3 weeks and I can keep going down, I will be a happier, healthier person. 



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Skinny Rules Challenge: Rule 11, 12, 13!

Well it’s officially been 2 weeks since I started my challenge.  Have I religiously followed all the rules since starting?  Not really.  I slipped up the last few days and it’s getting harder for me to be excited about eating vegetables and chicken.  I have, though, been making healthier choices, eating smaller portions, and making sure I have healthy food on hand.  So all in all, I’d say I’m doing a pretty darn good job!  Being a dorky behavior analyst, I made myself a checklist to see if I’m following my rules.  I think it will help me stay on track even after my “challenge” is done.  And now, drumroll please…


I haven’t been exercising, which is a bummer.  I’ve been kind of sick, stressed from school, and back to working over 30 hours a week.  But, I feel better today and will start working that back into my schedule.  I probably won’t be able to do 5 days a week of an hour which is what I would like.  But the more, the better!  I haven’t worked out since vacation, so that’s gonna be tough!

Anyways, think how many pounds I would’ve lost if I had been working out?

And I’m not starving, and I don’t feel deprived.  I do feel a little bored so I think the next two weeks are going to be a challenge for me to mix it up while staying on track.

So, thursday was Rule 11: No More White Potatoes!

English: organic cultivated Russet Burbank potato

English: organic cultivated Russet Burbank potato (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Apparently, these cause more weight gain than bacon or soda.  They are delicious little carb bombs that have basically no nutrients or fiber, and should be avoided.  Especially since when we cook them, we usually deep fry them or cover them with butter and sour cream and cheese.  I actually don’t eat too many potatoes, they take too long to cook! If I do, I usually roast them in the oven with carrots, onions and olive oil.  I don’t think it will be too hard for me to avoid these suckers, because I never eat them anyways.  Except in the form of french fries, which are out anyways.  I did eat a few at lunch with the girls last weekend, oops!  Bob Harper says you can eat sweet potatoes, yams, or other colored potatoes (have you tried purple!)  but only in small quantities and for lunch.  (Stupid Rule 7 is my nemesis: No carbs after lunch!)

Yesterday was rule 12: Make one day a week meatless (VEGAN)

Mr. Bean and his family

Mr. Bean and his family (Photo credit: he_boden)

Yes, by meatless Mr. Harper means vegan.  No animal proteins?  No eggs, dairy, anything?  Yikes.  I definitely did NOT follow that rule yesterday, I had yogurt and chicken for lunch and dinner!  I forgot to look at my rule before heading out the door.  By the time I did, it was way too late!  So, tomorrow will be my vegan day, because I’m already planning to go out to a vegan lunch with my sister.  I think this rule will take more planning than most of the other rules.  How to stay full off veggies, fruit and grains alone?  Bob Harper suggests beans and nuts.  I think I can definitely do meatless.  Vegan? We shall see. If I can, then it will be even better for me!

Today is rule 13: Get rid of fast foods and fried foods

Deep-fried onion rings arranged in a line on a...

Deep-fried onion rings arranged in a line on a platter with ketchup, as served by Ford’s Filling Station at 9531 Culver Boulevard in Culver City, California, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, duh.  I think this rule is pretty self explanatory.  It goes along with the whole “no bad fats, added sugars, potatoes” etc. rules so far.  You CANNOT eat fast food and be healthy! Bottom line! The hardest part about this for me will be IN n Out!  I love In n Out!  But I definitely eat it way too much and always feel gross after.  At least I stopped getting the animal style fries, right? Those things are probably the worst thing you could ever order of all time!  I did have some fried calamari on my “splurge” meal last weekend, but that’s why it’s a splurge!

Ok this post is ridiculously long because I had so many rules to cover.  I realize I left out rules 9 & 10, but that’s ok.  If you are curious, they are: Get your portion size right, and No More added sweeteners!  Like, any.  I think I’m doing ok with both of those because I’ve been eating mostly homemade stuff and checking the labels on everything else.

Upcoming Rules: Eat a real Breakfast and Make your own food! (I got those:))

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What would skinny people do?

Ok guys, Skinny Rules challenge is on hold for 2 days because I have class all weekend in DT L.A. which equals long days, a lot of stress, and a lot of eating out.  Not on hold like “hey I’m gonna go back to eating whatever I like” but on hold like “hey, let’s keep it real and just maintain in this moment of utter chaos.”  I definitely have been following Skinny Rule # 6 which was to eat an apple and berries every day.  That one was easy.  It’s # 7 I’m scared of and generally avoiding, which is “no carbs after lunch”!  Mentally I’m just not prepared to make that commitment today, so I’m waiting til Monday.

On the plus side, I lost 4 lbs this week!  Just from following rules 1-6! Not bad, considering I didn’t work out and I was sick. Usually that makes me feel like eating CHEESE AND BREAD, USUALLY SMOTHERED IN SOME KIND OF SAUCE.

The surprising thing for me about eating healthier and cutting out refined grains and sugars is, it’s not that hard (ok I know I’m only on day 6).  I haven’t had any major cravings and I feel full and satisfied after every meal/snack.  Seriously! Me of the night time munchies!  The worst thing I’ve eaten all week is too many whole wheat crackers with spinach and kale dip!

But today was hard.  Hard emotionally.  I guess this is where my relationship with food comes to light and I have to learn some new replacement behaviors.  I ate 3 bites of a friend’s crepe at lunch and 1/2 hour later, broke out in hives! Hives!  Can cutting out processed food change my body that quickly?

Crepes Ooh La La

Crepes Ooh La La (Photo credit: Premshree Pillai)

Not to mention the giant red itchy bumps on my hands/legs, I had a long day at school and even longer one tomorrow.  I came home and my boyfriend was working/hanging out with his sister drinking beers.  I was hungry and needed to eat before going into munch mode. I ate left over soup and 1/2 wheat pita with 1/2 piece of cheese.  I wanted to hang out and watch tv but I had to do homework.  They went to go get a pizza (pepperoni and olive!) with garlic bread.

Saying no to the food wasn’t that hard.  I could eat it if I wanted to but do I need any more hives plus a stomach ache? not really.  But I feel tired, lonely, left out and abandoned.  The ritual of eating delicious comforting unhealthy fattening food with people you love runs deep in my 1/2 filipina veins.  I am sad I haven’t really eaten any meals with my boy this week because our schedules are so different, and our meals are too.  I wish I had a partner who would go on this journey with me, but it’s unfair of me to force that on him.  Especially when he’s making so many positive changes in his own life right now.  Now I feel even worse because I took all my feelings, stress and anxiety out on him and was mean to the one person who I wish would comfort me in my moment of sadness.  I know it will take some time to get used to our new routines.  I know the more healthy food I cook and eat, he will see how much it changes me and start to feel the change in himself.  It just feels a little lonely right now.

Normally I would eat an extra slice of pizza/whatever I could find if I was feeling this way.  What do skinny people do when they are sad and lonely and feeling like they need a little something to perk them up? (please don’t tell me go for a run even if it’s true.)  And by skinny I don’t mean thin but healthy, happy people who have learned to balance their lives and their bodies.  Because that’s who I want to be.

The ocean always makes me feel better!

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“How Diets Work”, and why they never do

“How diets work” by Jenna Marbles

 Jenna Marbles is pretty hilarious.  Although she’s blonde, pretty and skinny, making her my ultimate nemesis (not really!), her sharp wit more than makes up for it.  Even though her comedy is acerbic and sarcastic, I can’t help feel that really, deep down, the things she says hit some layer of truth.

Take her video, above, on “how diets work”.  She starts out the day feeling good, strong, trying to convince herself how great and filling her salad is.  She’s hungry for a little snack, so grabs a few nuts (healthy!).  Ok, just a few more.  This devolves into a true feeding frenzy ending with her ordering six cheeseburgers from McDonald’s and a “caesar salad to balance it out”.

I identify with this day in the life of a dieter.  Every morning, I start out fairly healthy with a smoothie and a piece of wheat toast or english muffin.  Lunch is usually a home made sandwich, or left overs.  I snack on trail mix, granola bars, apples or yogurt.  Somehow, after work, when I get home, it all goes wrong.  My day of careful planning goes downhill rapidly.  Usually it starts with a small snack to tide me over to dinner.  Which turns into a bigger snack the longer waiting for dinner takes.  If I make dinner, I taste as I go.  If we go grab something, I eat the whole portion.  After dinner, it’s more snacks or dessert.  I mean, I’m not ordering 6 cheeseburgers (usually!) but the shame Marbles expresses in her video–“hold the cheeseburger still so they won’t see it!  I hate myself so much right now!”  is very real.

A pair of In-N-Out cheeseburgers.

A pair of In-N-Out cheeseburgers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As an overeater, I daily go through this cycle of “today’s the day” bright eyed mornings, usually ending with a shameful, disappointing evening.  Going to bed, I always resolve “tomorrow’s going to be better.  I’ll be different tomorrow”.

Slowly I’m coming to the realization that, no, tomorrow is not going to be different.  Not if I do nothing to change my behavior and the cycle that I’m in.  I enjoy food way too much to be able to restrict myself in the true sense of a “diet”.  Diets never work because delicious food now is a more powerful reinforcer than the “bikini body” or “perfect tummy” you could have in like, 12 months of hardcore diet and exercise.  What’s interesting to me is that when I do overeat, I usually feel shameful and sick soon after.  The next morning I feel bloated and yucky until I work out.  Apparently, these punishers are not strong enough for me to not eat those french fries or a huge portion of noodles.

Ok, so I can’t make food less reinforcing.  But I can start to pair not overeating with more reinforcers.  I can tell you guys about it, and my boyfriend, and hope to receive some praise (social positive reinforcement!) I can really listen to how my body feels, and rewarding myself when my body feels good.

Farmers' Market

Farmers’ Market (Photo credit: NatalieMaynor)

I’m so over dieting.  It leads to feeding frenzies and tearful cupcakes being shoved in your mouth (not my mouth, but Jenna’s!)  I’m in it to win it, meaning I need to start valuing food that makes my body feel good. And exercising not because I have to, but because it heals and strengthens my body and soul.  I will need help. It will be hard.  But today, I will stop dieting forever!  Tomorrow won’t be different, but small changes add up to big deals.


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