Tuesday, July 30, 2013
It's that time again to post the photos. This month feels like I had hardly any progress. can see some differences but not a lot like before. I have been so busy with work and visiting family that it has taken away from my workouts that I would like to do. I only did cardio this month instead of my resistance and weight training. I feel disappointed that I didn't give it all I had...but am pleased that I continued to go to the gym.
I have exactly 80 days until our vacation and I would still like to be out of the 300's by then . I know that will be a lot of work and may not be something I can reach but it is one of my biggest goals. I feel like if I can get out of the 300's I will have the confidence and the strength to keep moving forward and reach my goals. I feel stronger every day and know I will get there.
Here's to another beautiful and healthy day!
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
So I lost complete motivation for the past 5 days. I ate out everyday, didn't workout, didn't really get much needed sleep and was just in a funk. I hyper-extended one of my knees during a workout last week and have been trying to let it heal. However, during my healing time I just let go. I know I should have been more strict and followed my regular routine while not working out but it was hard. Since I starting this I had been diligent about not eating out and making fresh food at home, it was great. Then when I got hurt, I decided it was better to pick up dinner to stay off my leg. Dinner was good, I had missed the simplicity of just picking something up.
Then next several days all I could think about was going out again. Now, there is only one place near my home that has stuff that I can physically eat because of allergies and we went there every day for the past 5 days. I didn't think anything about it until one girl recognized us and had mentioned that we must really like the food. I was so embarrassed! I don't want to be known as a regular unless its the gym.
Last night I talked to my husband and had asked for him to help motivate me to get back on track and to my surprise he said he couldn't help. I was so upset. What happened to us doing this together? He said he can't motivate me. He can support me and listen but the motivation has to come from me, the same for him. I was upset by this response. I woke up this morning and thought about it some and realized that he was right. I started this with my own motivation to get better and healthier. He didn't motivate me then, I did. I was the one who decided to take charge and change things. I just had to find my motivation again.
I like to look at before and after pictures for motivation and the internet has plenty. I know I'm not the only one doing this journey but with the amount of weight I have to lose, I do feel alone. I know there's no reason to on here, but I do. Its stressful, scary , hard and well worth it. It's not a matter of if I will reach my goals, but when. And the when is holding me back. I want it so badly to be completed, to have reached my goals and to move forward.
My husband mentioned that even when I reach my goals that I won't be done. I will have to learn to eat to maintain and there is nothing to say that I wont ever gain weight again for whatever reason. So I shouldn't be hanging on the "done" part of this journey. He's right, even if I don't want to admit it. I will have to do this for the rest of my life. Its a LIFEstyle change....for life. I cant just be done.
I know I don't want to give up, I don't want to move backwards, so I'm starting fresh today. I will go to the gym and workout even when I don't feel like it. I will eat healthier and make wise decisions. I will allow myself to forgive my mistakes, deal with them and move forward. I will not compromise my goals for a few minutes of food bliss. My actions will be the evidence of my desires. I will reach my goals and no one will doubt me, my character or strength. I will do this everyday and I will win!
Here is to another beautiful day and a step into the right direction.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
So recently there was a Woman's World magazine issue that featured Dr. Oz ,on the front it had a caption about the only crash diet that doctor Oz approved of. I found it intriguing that it was on the cover of the magazine at my local health food store. I stood there a while thinking that I wasn't going to pick it up and read it. I was making progress and doing it the healthy way. I didn't need my head filled with inappropriate suggestions to lose weight quickly. I continued to read the cover and it stated that you could lose up to 24 pounds a week.
What!? No way!
I gave in and threw it on the pile with my groceries. I kind of felt stupid as the women who scanned it laughed. She said " Wouldn't it be great if we could all lose that much in a week?" I smiled but felt embarrassed. Really, was I going to fall for this again? Every year I find some crash diet that says it will help me lose lots of weight and most times I put it all back on if not more in such a short period of time, never accomplishing what I wanting while starving myself or having very unhealthy diet. I started second guessing my purchase. The whole ride home I fought with myself about reading it.
Upon getting home, I put all the groceries away and took my magazine to the couch, trying to read it without my husband reading the cover. I didn't want him to think I had gone crazy or fallen back into the same pattern I always do. As I read the article I was pleasantly surprised. It really didn't seem to be about some crazy crash diet like it stated on the front. It was more about a lifestyle change. Stop eating processed foods and eat more plant based foods. Now this concept is not a new one. "Eating plant based is healthier" is really common sense. It is amazing that we have to be reminded so much of this and not many make the change.
Now I already had had a pretty plant based diet being vegan. However, there was a chart that showed how much of each food you should eat. Greens and other vegetables like tomatoes and peppers being the all you can eat category. Fruit, nuts and starchy vegetables and whole grains were in the next category( more of a couple times a week category) and then meat and fats and sugars at the end from minimal to none a week category. Now being a vegan, its very easy to get into a habit of eating more grains and starches as you no longer eat animal products. I didn't really eat starches due to allergies but I was eating more rice, so I switched it up and decided I would try to do it based off the chart.
Not a surprise, but when you have a chart that explains it better, its amazing how easy it become to follow. I started this Monday of this week and in the last 3 days I have lost 7.4 pounds( as of my weigh in this morning). I eat as much as I want all day long. Its actually encourage to eat more to lose more. I don't count calories. I'm not joking or trying to trick you or pull your leg. I am trying to share a little change that has made a difference really quickly. I don't feel deprived, I have a lot of energy and I'm excited every day to see the number on the scale. If you are having issue with losing I would look up the chart or get the magazine and just try it for a week. You don't have to be vegan for this to work. I am vegan for health reasons and preference. I just wanted to share something that has worked for me and I know that it might help others.
Here is to another beautiful day and a step in the right direction :)
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