Bite Size Buddha

November 30, 2010

Got Diet?

Filed under: Introduction — bitesizebuddha @ 6:37 am
I think about dieting as much as any other woman, approximately 99% of the time. Several questions arise: when to start, what to do, how to do it etc? Some say always start on a Monday, since its the beginning of the week and you’re more likely to stick to it throughout the week. Others say there’s no such thing as dieting since the mere meaning of the word suggests restriction of some sort of food that is vital for our existence. I think dieting does exists, just in different variations: to some its a lifestyle, to others its weight loss, and to others its fat loss and muscle gain. Now lets say you want to start a diet…I’ve compiled a list of things I do to prepare before I start my diet. Here is what I do:

1. Keep a thinspiration album. Always helpful to look through pictures of celebrity, artists, maybe even family members that you aspire to look like. Keep them on your phone constantly, so if you get a craving you can look through the list and stay focus on your diet.

2. Make an exercise playlist. You’ll want to feel motivated when you work out with some of your favorite music.

3. Measure, weight, and examine your body before you start the diet so you can monitor your progress and results. I usually write down my initial weight, my BMI, my measurements in inches with a tape measure and I take picture from 2 angles; front and side. As the weeks progress you’ll be excited to see how far you’ve come.

4. Keep a diet journal, either online, on your microsoft word etc and write down everything in #3 from above. Also you might want to establish a final goal weight and write weekly goals on your journal (every 2 to 3 weeks). So if your diet is 6 weeks long then you’ll write down your initial goal weight #1 for the first 2 weeks, then initial goal weight #2 the 4th week and so on.

5. On your diet journal you might want to keep track of all the calories you’ve consumed. I use loseit.com to track my progress, write down each food item I’ve eaten or drank throughout the day and also the exercises I’ve done.

6. Research different types of diets and see what works for your lifestyle. Stick to it if you’re seeing results within two weeks or ditch if its not working out for you if you find you’re breaking the diet more than twice a week.

7. Lastly, what I have found that helps me stick to my diet is investing in some sort of material, for example, new sneakers, a calorie counter watch, new workout clothes, a blender for protein shakes, diet supplements etc. Believe it or not, the product you buy actually works as a booster for your diet. Every time you see it, you’ll associate it with dieting and it acts a positive reinforcement to help you stay focus on your diet.

Hopefully all of my suggestions works for you guys. I’m starting a new diet tomorrow that I haven’t tried yet. We’ll see how it goes. I will keep you guys posted. 

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October 27, 2010

Bite Size Buddha

Filed under: Introduction — bitesizebuddha @ 1:52 am

I would like to start off this blog with a little anecdote. When I was in high school I was taking a class in which we were learning about different religions. I grew a fascination for practically every religion we were studying, but I decided to pick Buddhism to present for my class project. I researched for countless of hours and my curiousity increased exponentially with every tick of the clock. The branch of buddhism which I was instantly drawn to is called Theravada. I’m going to try to explain their philosophy as accurately and concisely as possible (courtesy of Wikipedia). The Theravada’s philosophy has Four Noble Truths:

1. Suffering: Due to attachments to worldly things, due to change etc.

2. Cause of Suffering: Cravings which leads to attachments and bondage.

3. Cessation of Suffering: Elimination of the cause (craving) eliminates the result (suffering) through detachment.

4. Pathway to Freedom from Suffering: With the right concentration, right actions and right dedication one can ultimately reach Nirvana, a state of pure bliss.

One can relate these Four Noble Truths to any aspect of one’s life, such as romantic relationships, professional development, or monetary obsessions, but what I associate it with is my relationship with food. Bite Size Buddha is a blog thats going to consist of observations of not only my relationship with food, but also of my family members, my friends and people I may come across with on my journey. Also, I will conduct a mini sociological study using my self as guinea pig, in which I will employ different diet techniques and show the most efficient and effectives ones to use. I hope that you guys follow on my quest through these Four Noble Truths and employ them in your lives as well. 🙂

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