New Year, New You

December 29, 2007

My mom shared with me an article from this month’s O Magazine on making changes in our lives. Although I haven’t had the chance to read the article, she said it stresses that sheer willpower is not how we make change. The article reports research from the book Change or Die: The Three Keys to Change at Work and in Life by Alan Deutschman.

Deutschman’s research found that, surprisingly, many people would rather die than make changes in their lives.

Here’s a quote from the article that my mom typed up. I find this quote particularly meaningful because I had so many role models throughout my own weight loss, both friends and strangers, who impacted me more than they will ever know.

“What he {Deutschman} found is that people get unstuck not through willpower but through a relationship with a person or a group who shows them the way. Not just any relationship will do. It has to be an emotional relationship with someone who inspires hope and belief, who makes you say, If she can do it, I can, too.”


-O Magazine, January 2008

As a health, food and weight loss blog author, my greatest hope is that I can pass on just a little inspiration to those of you committed to make positive changes in your lives.

Happy New Year 2008!

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1 Becca December 29, 2007 at 4:18 pm

Good point!

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2 Lauren December 29, 2007 at 5:56 pm

You've certainly inspired me! Thanks for all your hard work, Kath! :)

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3 Sara December 29, 2007 at 6:37 pm

I must say that you have absolutely inspired me Kath! I've only been reading for a few weeks but I am definitely addicted and love knowing that I can count on you for great new recipes and ideas, and to answer my questions.

Thanks and Happy New Year!

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4 Casey December 29, 2007 at 6:43 pm

After being a faithful reader of the Eat Like Me, I came across your blog a few days ago and proceeded to read months and months of archives.

As a college student, eating healthy is a much bigger priority (or goal, rather) than dropping pounds, but with the new year, you've really inspired me to get in gear! I'll be visiting often for ideas and perhaps even a few questions.

Thank you for putting so much time into such a beneficial blog!

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5 Danielle December 29, 2007 at 9:34 pm

You ARE an inspiration Kath… 'nuff said :)

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6 Trish December 30, 2007 at 3:30 am

You are my inspiration! If you can do it, I can do it – I just need your help?

Thank you for all the work you put into this blog. I have learned so much and I really appreciate it. It is so helpful to have daily examples to see and someone to go to with questions.

Speaking of questions….I just signed up with CalorieKing and I can not find where you enter your own recipes. What tab is it under? I want to be able to do what you did the other night when you figure out how many calories per gram was in your soup.

Thanks for all your help.

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7 Trish December 30, 2007 at 3:31 am

You are my inspiration! If you can do it, I can do it – I just need your help:)

Thank you for all the work you put into this blog. I have learned so much and I really appreciate it. It is so helpful to have daily examples to see and someone to go to with questions.

Speaking of questions….I just signed up with CalorieKing and I can not find where you enter your own recipes. What tab is it under? I want to be able to do what you did the other night when you figure out how many calories per gram was in your soup.

Thanks for all your help.

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8 Trish December 30, 2007 at 3:35 am

Sorry – When I clicked submit it kept saying error so I kept trying. Now they all just showed up.

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9 Ana December 30, 2007 at 5:52 am

hey! i haven't commented before, but i love your blog ^_^! i just recently stumbled upon it through eatlikeme (just like Casey). i have struggled w/my weight for years, which is pretty sad since i'm only 18! and definitely love your down-to-earth recordings and notes! i, like yourself, managed to lose 30lbs in about a year, and was keeping it off for another half a year, but ever since high school started again in fall, i have seen a gradual increase in my weight. i have put on almost 7lbs! and am not a happy camper! i struggle w/desserts too. i don't crave them alot, but when i do, and i give in, it usually turns into an all-night binge (i'm sure that is what has led to my recent weight gain). i want to lose the weight healthily and (if possible!) happily, and have truly been inspired by your unique recipes and food scale! i have always had a problem judging calories and portions, but your hints and "how to's" about food measurement has opened new doors to me, and food i would normally shy away from i can now enjoy! i do have one quick question (heehee^_^), i am 18, 5"6 in height, and weigh 137lbs. i know it's unfair to expect you to answer this, but i was wondering if maybe you could give me a ballpark as to how many calories i should be sticking to in order to drop those 7lbs? i noticed that you do total calories and net calories, so (if it's not too much trouble!) could you maybe give me some hints as to what i should shoot for? i don't have much time to hit the gym these days (can work in 30 minutes elliptical and some weights and stretches) sorry, i know this is a more complex question than you would normally be answering! but thank you, thank you for your wonderful blog!! i think you will make a wonderful dietition, RD, and wish you the best of luck!

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10 Karen December 30, 2007 at 6:49 am

Hi Kath – You and your husband are such a cute, wholesome team…loved the sweet potato fries video. I can't wait to see what interesting path you will take once you earn your R.D. I admire that you made the brave decision to follow your passion, even though the educational journey will be long. As you found with your weight loss, the really worthwhile things in life require patience and hard work. Thanks for this truly unique and practical blog. All the best for a happy, healthy New Year!

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11 Trish December 30, 2007 at 8:30 am

You are my inspiration! If you can do it, I can do it – I just need your help?

Thank you for all the work you put into this blog. I have learned so much and I really appreciate it. It is so helpful to have daily examples to see and someone to go to with questions.

Speaking of questions….I just signed up with CalorieKing and I can not find where you enter your own recipes. What tab is it under? I want to be able to do what you did the other night when you figure out how many calories per gram was in your soup.

Thanks for all your help.

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12 Kath December 30, 2007 at 10:12 am

Thanks everyone!

Trish, did you figure your CK recipes out?? In the food diary you just save the ingredients as a meal…

Ana,

I'll send you an email later this afternoon or tomorrow (your email is on your comment email just to me)

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13 Kim January 1, 2008 at 10:58 am

hello. your blog is inspiring. we are the same height. I'm at your starting weight. May I ask how many calories you consumed at start of your weightloss and what your workout routine was. Thank you. I want to lose 30 lbs.

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14 Kath January 1, 2008 at 11:20 am

Kim,

I ate a NET calories of about 1350. That means whatever I burned through exercise I added to my net: eg. burned 300, ate 1650, burned 500 ate 1850. When I got to about 125 I lowered the net to 1226.

As for workouts, I worked out for about an hour a day doing a combo of elliptical, stairmaster, spinning classes twice a week, kickboxing class and weight lifting about 15 minute a day alternating upper and lower body. I generally took off exercise once every 7-10 days.

While exercise is an important part, I found the healthier I ate (more fruits veggies and less processed anything) the faster the weight came off. Or maybe it was just the more processed things were the slower it came off!

Hope that helps – good luck!

Kath

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