Before: 326lbs / Sept. 2013: 243lbs. and counting! =D
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Change Your Mind, Change Your Life!
My name is Alethea and I am so happy I came upon this site years ago! I joined back in May 2009 and had an amazing start, but I lost focus a few months in and I regained the little bit of weight that I did lose. Over the years I was sporadically active, one moment gung ho, then the next, a no show. I kept asking myself "What GIVES?! Why is this weight not FLYING off? Like, today already??" Little did I know that that was not the most important factor in this journey. ...
My name is Alethea and I am so happy I came upon this site years ago! I joined back in May 2009 and had an amazing start, but I lost focus a few months in and I regained the little bit of weight that I did lose. Over the years I was sporadically active, one moment gung ho, then the next, a no show. I kept asking myself "What GIVES?! Why is this weight not FLYING off? Like, today already??" Little did I know that that was not the most important factor in this journey.
While I was away, for these past 2-3 years, I got bigger. Not only did I get bigger, I got even more dissatisfied with life itself. They always say that some people are their own worst critic, but I would take it further than that. Not only did I criticize, I mentally beat up, kicked around, then yelled at myself while I was down for not following the numerous plans, workouts, etc. that I tried. Even though none of this was happening out loud/physically, the effects were just the same. Not wanting to go out...depression...lack of interest in life...no self worth..no self esteem...you get the idea.
Then, amidst all of the reading/studying/analyzing that I continuously do on just about every topic imaginable, I began to shift my mental focus from any and everything related to life, to my self. "Jackpot", I thought. "THIS is where I was going wrong." How could I NOT clear out the (mental) attic before getting settled into a new home (body)? Honey, when I turned on that light bulb and looked around there was so much that needed discarding. So, I tried going to a therapist...but for some reason it felt off. Like it was just a job to them, and not a very interesting one at that. So instead of looking at a disinterested expression for an hour and still feeling like I wasn't getting anywhere, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I began treating my mind like a subject at school, and the more I dug up and studied about my inner self, the more I was able to release and come to terms with regarding my childhood, failed relationships, guilt, faults, fears, doubts, shames, etc. The work was hard, I'm sorry, excruciating, and honestly I didn't think I would make it through...but I did. I did because I took it one step at a time and released things my own way. I have finally found my true self, my clarity and my purpose in this life...to help others get out of the mental prison that I was in, so that we all may blossom and come into who we were truly meant to be. =)
Luckily, I kept up with everything that has helped me (I'm such an information hoarder..lol), and even created a bunch of exercises of my own (not physical, mental) to help others who are ready and willing to do the inner work that so many of us neglect. I am here to help, teach, love and guide everyone I come into contact with back to the peace we were all born with, and with things the way they are in the world today, I feel there is no better time than now to make things right!
I love to motivate and be motivated so buddies are welcome, the more the merrier! LET'S GO!!!
I've updated the right side of this page to make it current, and I will every time something changes. When I get things organized and ready, I will provide the link to my new YouTube channel dedicated to teaching introspection, self-love and sufficiency, enhancing natural beauty on a frugal budget, and much more. I hope to see you there! Feel free to also add me on Facebook, the link is also on the right. Until we meet again!
PEAK WEIGHT: 326 lbs.
*NOTE* These goals are tentative. My body will do as it pleases, I just have to listen to it. When goals are met, I will provide the date next to it, as well as the treat for meeting it! =)
1st: 235 lbs. [down 91 lbs.]
2nd: 200 lbs. [down 126 lbs. ]
3rd: 180 lbs. [down 146 lbs.]
4th: *FINAL* 165 lbs. [down 161 lbs.]
| current weight: 243.2
Member Since: 5/9/2009
Fitness Minutes: 14,914
I want to get down to my pre-baby weight, gain cardiovascular strength and endurance, create good eating habits, and deal with my emotions effectively, without turning to food. I also want to help others do the same.
I am focusing on eating only when I'm hungry, and not just to put something in my mouth. I drink mostly water, but I sometimes enjoy tea sweetened with Truvia, or my favorite, Sweet Leaf tea, especially peach!
Supplements I take:
*EPO: 1/ meal
*flax oil pills: 2-3/ meal
*CLA pills: 1-2/day