newtopia Update

On Friday, I had my first consultation with my Newtopia “coach”, Rikki, who went through the Newtopia plan with me and made sure I understood it.

Really, the experience was eye-opening.  Reach my ideal weight, which is about 10 pounds less than I currently am, I have to follow a certain diet.  It includes eating way more fruit and vegetables, and so few servings of grains.  After Rikki went through acceptable and not acceptable servings of fruits, vegetables, meats, and grains, I realized why it’s been difficult for me to lose the few pounds that I’ve put on.  It’s bad enough that I have a sweet tooth, but I also eat way too many servings of grains throughout the day.  I start my day with a bowl of cereal (which is allowed), and then continue to eat bread at lunch and of course, for dinner.  Add a cookie or two throughout the day and I’ve gone over the amount of carbs I should be taking in.

So I have to cut those out of my diet for the most part.

I also realize that I don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables so I have to start eating those some more.  Today, I started my day with a salad instead of the regular bowl of cereal so that I could save my “grain” serving for something more special.

Rikki also introduced me to my workout plan, which for now is doing 30 minutes of cardio a day.  I haven’t been working out at all, and having the goal made me get up first thing this morning, and jump on the treadmill for a workout.

Besides the coaching that I get from Rikki, the best part of the program is the technology.

I have to wear a pedometer on my shoe while I work out.  The pedometer sends its data to my computer, which in turn keeps track of how much activity I’m really doing.  It’s great because it forces me to really track how much activity I do, and I can’t cheat because all the data shows up on the computer.

The other piece of technology I’m using is an online food journal through Newtopia.  The thing is, Rikki can see my journal, and not only can she make recommendations for me about what I’m eating, but she can also see when I’m eating things that I should be.  This is so helpful: knowing that someone is counting calories with you means that you’re less likely to “cheat” and eat whatever you want.  Of course, cynics would say that you could report dishonestly, but then what would the point of joining newtopia be?  At the end of the day, I realize that I”m doing this for me: and if I cheat, then I’m the only one I’m letting down, so may as well be honest with it and give it a good shot.

It’s only been a day, but already I feel as if newtopia is helping me learn about my habits.  I eat more junk food than I think, and not enough fruits and vegetables.  I have also gotten so lazy with the exercise and need to get back into it.  This is coming from someone who used to work out every single day!

I had said in my last post that Newtopia is based on genetics, and that’s the only piece of the puzzle that I’m missing: I haven’t gotten my genetic results yet, and I’m really interested to see how they’ll impact my program even more.

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