My great love is Richardson’s Dairy chocolate frozen yogurt. So I decided that instead of feeling guilty when I indulged in a yogurt cone, I would actually find out the nutritional profile of frozen yogurt. What I found was that a small 8 oz. cone has 280 calories and 80 calories from fat. That doesn’t seem too bad to have once in awhile for a special treat.
If I hadn’t found such a great personal trainer, I think I would be still fumbling around in the dark feeling frustrated that I wasn’t making any progress. Instead, now I have the knowledge that I need to continue losing weight and getting fit. It is totally liberating to know that I have changed and can keep on improving day by day. I was able to apply the principles you taught me.
My month away in Vermont I took for personal reasons was very intense with almost no personal time to do anything. I took a few walks but that was all I could manage in terms of exercise, sad to say. However the diet was very good and I actually managed to lose weight. Even though my exercise program has been compromised by being away, what you taught me about diet has been invaluable. I realize now that I do exercise when I am home and that when I go on retreat or teach even though I want to exercise, there just isn't time or space available to do it. So I do the best I can to get back to where I was strengthwise when I am home.
Every day I had to attend a meeting after lunch where people brought chocolate (all kinds of the best chocolate imaginable!) but I decided at the beginning that I wouldn't eat any chocolate snacks and I didn't! It is the first time that I was able to not get hooked (I am a choc-o-holic). I think my success had to do with planning ahead (eating enough protein) and anticipating being faced with the challenge. I was happy to have protein bars, some peanuts and ginger in my room as a backup snack. It is a real victory knowing that I can make healthy choices and not be stuck in old patterns. Thank you for your help in this. Learning about calories, portions, and protein has been invaluable.
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