Inspirational Blog

Check out this girls’ blog!  Very inspirational.  :)  

http://ronisweigh.com/pages/progression-photos

This gal went from 225 (she’s 5’9 though) to 146.4 (below her goal weight) in 32 weeks!  In 42 weeks she was down to 138!

It can be done.  It has been done.  It will be done again.  Will it be done by me?  Depends on how bad I want it, doesn’t it.  

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Never Give Up!

I have not been living a very healthy lifestyle and have the numbers to prove it! The scales do NOT lie. I’ve been discouraged about my gain but not enough to do anything about it until yesterday when I got on the scales. Enough is enough. I’m ready to do this again. And again and again. Forever. I just need to get up quicker next time. I’m drawing the line at a healthy BMI this time. May God grant me the strength to reach a healthy weight and to stay there! Hope this video inspires us to do great things in 2014!

Long time forgotten are dreams that just fell by the way . . .

Not really.  I have been weighing regularly.  I need to update the progress page.

The truth is I just fell back into my old habits and the scales now read 151!  Again!  A far cry from 134.8 I weighed in February!  If I get serious and go back to what I was doing when I was at my lowest, I’ll go back to my lowest.  Not rocket science.  Move more.  Eat less!  No reason to be depressed or get discouraged or give up.  Just got to GET UP!  My portion sizes have grown.  I’ve stopped exercising and I’m eating too many carbs and junk.  I was thinking, if I could only get a jump start to encourage myself and see some real loss then maybe I would be back on track.  For real this time!  I came across this article where the author states, “I can show any human adult on earth how to lose 5 lbs in one day.”  It was all poo – literally.  The author states that “160lb woman can lose 3.2lbs to 4.8lbs in one single bowel movement.”

I really love this:

It’s not about weight. It’s about size. It’s about routines. It’s about good habits.

If you focus on habits and ignore all the other noise, size reduction occurs, energy increases and your self-confidence goes through the roof. This is lifestyle change.

I need to go back to being a little hungry all day long until my stomach has shrunk and I can relearn how to eat and not over-eat.  Baby steps.  Baby bites.  Slow down!  Relax.  Exercise.  Plenty of water and sleep!  I can do this!!

I can lose 15 lbs in 3 months, right?  It’s only 5 a month.  During the holiday season.  :)

I found this on the internet:

I am your height [5'1.5"], female, and lost a stone (from 140 to 126) in two months very easily without counting calories, though I did monitor my carb levels and kept them below 70g a day. I just gave up grains, potatoes, legumes and alcohol totally, and replaced them with meat, fish, salad, veg, and nuts. Interestingly, I also found myself eating a lot of strawberries and cream, sometimes even for breakfast. 

When I scroll back, at the time, I was averaging somewhere around 1300 to 1600 calories a day, with some 1700 to 2000 expended (but this is very rough, so do not take it as gospel). I didn’t do any specific exercise apart from a regular walk 40 mins each day with a longer one at weekends (audio-books, music or language course on my i-pod), and housework.

It was not hard and, aside from the first week (carb flu), I didn’t get hungry.

Yes, IF I want it, I CAN do it!  Just not without effort.

Tragedy and Triumph

I’ve been through so much these past few years and it finally came to a climax on  January 30, 2013.  As a result, my weight has been all over the place!  At the start of the year we were recovering from the flu so I wasn’t eating much.  Then I  started eating compulsively and couldn’t stop myself and I gained 7  pounds.  Then tragedy hit and I lost 10 pounds in a week.  Then in February I gained 2 of those pounds back.  So far in March I gained yet 3 more pounds.

I’m still down about 14 pounds from where I was a year ago so that is success!  I’ve lost (well, lost and regained tons but not talking about that!) about 18.5 lbs since I started this blog!  Even through all the ups and downs I have kept off some of it and that is progress!  I am borderline “normal” – by some charts I am normal, some I need to lose about 7 pounds.

I would like to weigh 125.  I think that would be a good weight for me.   So that’s about 14 pounds.  I could totally do that by summer.  I really don’t feel too fat right now.  But I live in a land where most of the population is overweight so of course I look fine to most people.  I never exercise and I know I need to be exercising daily!  I know that would help me maintain a healthy weight.  With all the stress and tragedy in my life I don’t want the added stress of fat on my body.   

Time to Sprint!

We are nearing the end of the year!  Now is NOT the time to quit or slow down or have the “maintain mentality” that it’s ok if I just stay like this, it’s the holiday season spirit!  NO.  Time to kick it up and finish strong!  STAY postitive!  You have worked to hard to go back, even one pound!  Going forward insures you don’t go back.  Time to increase exercise. 

And that is my pep talk to myself!  I just feel like the goal is so far away.  Depending on what chart I read, I’m supposed to be between 138 and 132.  I weighed 140.5 this morning.  How bad do I want this?!  What am I willing to do?  Do I make a healthy choice or unhealthy?  The results are weight loss/maintain or gain. 

I did take a 30 minute walk before breakfast but not being very healthy in my eating!  I’m keeping a food journal today to keep myself accountable!

Breakfast – 2 glasses of water
                 1/2 Burrito Bowl (leftover from BOOrito celebration at Chipotle yesterday.
                 Chocolate cupcake with lots of orange frosting
                 Banana
                 cafe con leche, only a little bit of milk in my coffee. 

WOW!  That is a lot of calories!

Whatever.  Too embarrassed to do a food journal!!!  I had chocolate Halloween candy, hot cocoa, ham, pizza, yogurt.  It was ugly.

And that is the brutal honest truth!  Ha!  And you know what?  It didn’t bring me any happiness.  No closer to my goal.  Not satisfying either – despite what the candy bar slogans say.  They LIE.  I want to be motivated.  I am scared.  I think I’m afraid of reaching my goal.  It’s weird.  But true.  I have to figure out how to get over that phenomenon.

I just read the perfect quote!!!

“Being Fat is Hard. Losing Weight is Hard. Maintenance is Hard. Choose Your Hard.”

Reminds me of “Life is hard.  It’s harder if you’re fat.”

I need to find some real inspiration!  I’ve been trying to pump myself up but it’s not working! 

 

. . . To Be Continued . . .
                

The R.O.U.S. of Weight Loss

Buttercup: We’ll never succeed. We may as well die here.

Westley: No, no. We have already succeeded. I mean, what are the three terrors of the Fire Swamp? One, the flame spurt – no problem. There’s a popping sound preceding each; we can avoid that. Two, the lightning sand, which you were clever enough to discover what that looks like, so in the future we can avoid that too.

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This came to my mind when I was thinking about my own journey through my personal “Fire Swamp” or “Fit Struggle” – same thing.

And we know that they even beat the ROUS and in the end they lived happily ever after.

I mustn’t think like the princess and give up hope, but like Westley!

I have already succeeded. I mean, what are the three terrors of the Fit Struggle? One, the weight spurts – no problem. There’s a popping sound preceding each (and accompanying flying buttons); I can avoid that by daily weigh-ins.  When we see a pound weight gain (that isn’t due to water weight or time of the month weight gain) then I just increase activity and cut back on the calorie intake until the pound goes away.

Two, the lightning sand, which being interpreted is “White Poison” in the form of white refined flour, white refined sugar and white refined salt.  So, in the future I can avoid that too.

Lastly, the  R.O.U.S  – Rations of Unusual Size combined with inactivity is a no-brainer: Eat less, move more!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKs0oEIVOck

Not rocket science!  :)  I will be so proud of myself if I can end the year at 137.5 – my lowest point in 2012.  If I maintain my current weight until January 1st, I’ll still be 21 pounds down from January 1st of this year.  And I’m now less than I’ve been in 15 (or so) years!  Yeah!  I would really, really, like to be 133 – down 30 pounds.

Have fun stormin’ da castle!

Weight Loss War

If you have ten, or twenty, or thirty, or one hundred pounds to lose, it is self-defeating to try to lose that amount in any given time. However, anyone can lose one pound or two. Once done, you simply repeat the steps you took to win that small (but significant) battle, and you’re on your way to winning the war!http://www.boxingscene.com/weight-loss/37248.php

People who struggle with weight call weight loss a battle, but we really know it’s a WAR.  And in any war, in order to win, you must stay in the fight.   A war isn’t just one battle fought and won.  It is staying in the war – battle after battle until the war is won!  Some wars last a month others go on for years.  Don’t worry about the end, just fight a good fight today.   When we fall down, we can’t stay down.  We must get up and fight again if we want to win.  We can’t give up if we are to be successful.

When Oprah, the queen of weight loss and weight gain and regain and “reloss” asked herself after a regain, “How did I let this happen again?”  The answer was plain – It happened slowly.

Therefore, once the war is over, we must remember the battles fough and vow to keep our defenses strong.  Once we quit weighing and watching the enemy – he sneaks back up on us.   And he will overcome if we let our guard down.  Remember the a la Mode” !  Too much sugar and junk is what started this war in the first place!

We have to remind ourselves we are in this battle everyday.

Keeping the Weight Off Tips:

SET GOALS
Set goals for yourself and find concrete solutions to get there. ~ http://www.meizitang-botanicalslimminggel.com/blog/uncategorized/fresh-tips-for-winning-the-weight-loss-war/

CHEW MORE
“A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that obese individuals had a higher ingestion rate and a lower number of chews when eating compared to their lean counterparts.” ~ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristin-kirkpatrick-ms-rd-ld/maintaining-weight-loss_b_942701.html

HAVE A POSITIVE FOCUS
If you don’t think you can… you can’t. Don’t let mental self-limitations based on past mistakes deter you from what you want most. Living a naturally thin life free of weight loss worries. Ninety percent of weight loss is in the head. Ten percent is everything else. ~ http://www.invisibleweightloss.com/naturally-thin-3.html

CHANGE UNHEALTHY HABITS
Eliminate or reduce the levels of sugar, fat and salt in your diet. These three ingredients cause changes in the brain that will work against your ability to be successful in changing your unhealthy eating lifestyle to a healthy one. Do not minimize the role of addiction and habits in your eating behaviors. Unhealthy eating habits, such as lack of portion control, must be eliminated or minimized and replaced with healthy repetitive actions. ~ http://calorielab.com/news/2011/07/11/looking-for-answers-in-the-weight-loss-battle/

EAT A VARIETY
Eat a variety of foods to get all the nutrients you need. ~

http://women.webmd.com/guide/keeping-weight-off

EXERCISE – aerobic exercise
The setpoint theory of weight loss is based on the idea that to lose weight, we must lower the body’s setpoint. And the most effective way to lower the setpoint is through simple exercise.

It is also critical that you get some exercise at least five days a week. Research indicates that three days a week yields a considerable aerobic effect.

~ https://www.lds.org/ensign/1984/08/the-weight-loss-battle-helping-your-body-win?lang=eng

Why a person who’s lost weight can’t eat as much as a person who hasn’t lost weight (although they weigh the same).  Good news is that exercise can make up the difference! – http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/10/31/141794801/losing-weight-a-battle-against-fat-and-biology

EAT LESS
Legit studies backed by the National Institutes of Health show that you can achieve long-term weight loss only by reducing your calorie intake and increasing your physical activity. No more truthful equation was ever written. Many studies have shown that you can lose about a pound a week by eating 500 fewer calories a day, eventually resulting in weight loss of 15 percent of your total body weight.  ~ http://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/break-through-weight-loss-plateaus?cat=11093

STAY IN IT TO WIN IT!

 

 

 

OCTOBER

Sadly, I’m back up to the weight I was in APRIL!  Seriously?  It’s like all those months of hard work have been erased and now I have to start over.  But, I can.  I did it once and I can do it again.  And again.  I can NEVER give up. 

AUGUST I was doing pretty well.  Mostly around 140.  Then September I was maintaining.  Although that was not my goal, I still kept off the weight I’d lost this year.

I stopped walking around August and got a sit down job.  Not good.  The stress drove me to food.  Not good.  Now here we are mid October and back with May’s numbers.

I want to be back in the 130′s at the end of this month.  Today (October 16, 2012) I am back at 142.5 so it’s doable!  Right?

If I made it a goal to lose ONLY 2 lbs each week until the end of the year – that’s like 11 weeks.  Wow, that would be too cool!  I want to get back to 137.5 – my lowest weight (on my old scale).  Yep.  That’s it!  My goal for October is to be 137.5 by October 31.  Then I won’t feel like I’ve lost all those months.  That is 5 lbs.  If I can be 140 on Oct 21 and 138 on the 28th and then 137.5 on the 31st, I’ll have met my goal! 

It’s not rocket science.  I just have to quit eating late at night, drink more water, – or  just “Lay back, take a sip of tea, mow a little grass; and then if you get tired, take you a little nap.”
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That’s what I always say, Jack!

August Goals

Wow how can it be that it is August already!  “Harvest is past, summer is ended, And we are not saved.”  Or, er, I have not reached my goal!  Ugh!  I’ve spent the entire year on a diet and still haven’t even reached the goal I set in May to be 138.  Today I’m 139.

Maybe the heat will help me sweat it off!  :)  I really want to be in the 120 range but it just feels so far away right now.  I’m under a tremendous amount of stress right now so that is not helpful.

I’d really like to be about 135 by Sept 1.

July’s Goal

Yesterday I tried to run a mile.  I made it to the end of the drive.  OK, to the end of the stop sign – but that wasn’t too far from the end of the drive.  I walked/jogged the mile.  Which was actually a little over a mile.  A little, I’m saying.  Nonetheless, I felt totally out of shape when I was done.  I really didn’t lose anything last month.  But, I didn’t gain either.  Oh, well.  I still have the same goals.  I just have to have a new game plan! 

I need to exercise much more!  May attempt the mile again. 

I WILL be below 138 by months end!  Not sure how but I’m determined!