Getting Healthy, Part VI

Posted by jamirhowerton on May 31, 2011 – 8:44 pm

Tuesday, May 31, 2011:

Cleveland Browns fans, welcome back to my Getting Healthy with the Browns blog.

Memorial Day weekend was tough for me because you’ve got to have good, All-American brownies and vanilla ice cream. As far as the hot dogs, hamburgers, things of that nature, I was able to kind of plan out my meals, which our chef, Monica Horn, gave strict advice on and that was really good. We made our salads, chicken sausages, chicken breasts, very lean sirloin steaks that were only six ounces, so the portion control was great. What got me were the desserts. I had some, but just had to keep it in moderation.

I was able to at least work out and I ran over the weekend. The heat was great, so I got a chance to sweat some pounds off. I also got a chance to walk nine holes and play some golf.

Shedding six to eight pounds has really put me back on course. Now, it’s just mentally breaking through to see how I would look lighter. I just don’t want to look unhealthy. You feel good; you feel alive and know you needed to get that winter weight off of you. That’s basically been the big thing. For the most part, it was understanding what I was eating, what I was putting into my food and I think that has given me a lot of confidence. I know what 1,500 calories looks like and know what you’re supposed to be eating, the portions of the meat to be the size of the palm of your hand. To have that knowledge, that has given me the strength to know that if I go out, let me box up half this meal and eat half of it now.

When you start working out and you shed a few pounds, you start to see the difference, you realize how much work you put into attaining some goals and you become really competitive at corn hole. I’ve never played it, but you just become competitive at everything, so it was kind of cool.

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