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6 Weeks in

Friday, March 01, 2013

So, I'm almost six weeks in and down 20 pounds. That feels good, but I won't say it has always been easy; I plateaued for about 2 weeks and I was going insane. One thing that was VERY difficult was to actually ADD calories to each day. I am working out intensely 5-6 days a week and my body was holding on to the fat because I was not eating enough. One thing that is so cool about doing this the right way is the absence of guilt and shame. I am just paying attention to my body and following its cues. Don't get me wrong, I am still tracking EVERYTHING that goes into my mouth, but I am doing it with the understanding that I deserve it, not some sort of punishment. I am gradually eating more nutritiously and the fog of binge eating has lifted. One of the best things I do for myself is to not allow comfort in the gym; by that I mean I don't stay to one routine. I can feel my muscles getting stronger and my mind getting clearer. Even though I get impatient because the weight comes off slower when I do it the right way, I know that the behaviors I need to keep it off are slowly being integrated into my life; and that peace of mind is worth any frustrations I may have!

  


No Matter What

Saturday, February 02, 2013

I will not use food as a substitute for working through stress or problems. My past is filled with that pattern and I won't have it anymore. Looking back I cannot believe how often I let that happen, and it didn't even have to be a major source of stress. I would let anything knock me off my square; and when it happened, I would be off to the races with junk food. Now I do several things to stop myself from Oreo's and drive through's.
1. I Write like a mad man in a Journal
2. I eliminate the thing that is stressing me (WOW, who would've thought that worked?)
3. I TRACK ALL MY FOOD! It's actually therapeutic for me, and it shows me how many calories are in EVERYTHING.
4. As much as I can, I PLAN what I am going to eat.
5. I try new recipes. My daughter loves to cook with me.
6. I keep my day (and life) SIMPLE AND FOCUSED. (that's hard to do as a single dad)
7. I use that stress to workout until I am too tired to be mad.
These are the things that are critical to my success. I really hope someone or lots of someones read this and try them; I promise it will really, really, yes I mean REALLY help them. Good luck to all, you are in the right place!


  
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WILLEYDEBORAH 2/26/2013 11:47AM

    Thanks for sharing. I also have similar goals. A lot of our weight loss occurs through us retraining our stinking thinking. Once you train the brain to think thin everything else just seems to fall into place.

I just recently started my journey in January and I am determined to get my weight off once and for all. Probably the biggest thing that I have learned is that if you fall it is important to get right back up and keep on going.

Good luck on meeting your goals.

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It's My Time

Sunday, January 20, 2013

I went through a divorce in 2006, fought and won equal custody of my children. At 33 years of age, I quit a sales job and decided to attend college for the first time. I graduated Michigan State University with High honors and began Graduate school last fall. During this time I have had several knee surgeries and allowed the weight to pile on. I have spent several years being dad, student, and a thousand other roles. I will continue to in some of these roles, but I am now ultra focused on my health! I will do whatever it takes to reach and maintain my fitness goals. I have come to realize I cannot be a great father without the energy to be involved. I also want to find the right woman and remarry, but that won't happen until I am satisfied with myself. So I commit to work toward these goals and put health first!!!

  
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WILLEYDEBORAH 2/26/2013 11:50AM

    Congrats on your accomplishments. Every little thing we do to better ourselves is a step in the right direction.

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ABUFFKIN 1/31/2013 3:59PM

    Kudos to you for doing whatever it takes to get your life together!! Best of luck to you!!! emoticon

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