Friday, April 06, 2012
Well, this has been a challenging week. For the first time in 10+ years, I have been unemployed since last Wednesday. I have applied for about 10 positions, and have my first interview today in an hour. I am excited and nervous. I realize all things happen for a reason, and I pray that one way or another this "change' in my life will be for the positive.
The real reason for this post is the excitement that I have not let this "setback" upset my weight loss rhythm. I lost 1.5 pounds last week, and dropped a significant amount this week (4.5 pounds). I think the big loss this week has to do with the body-shocking of increased exercise and a slight increase in whole grains.
If anyone happens to read this, if you could please pray for me in my job search I would really appreciate it. :)
Friday, March 23, 2012
This week, I will be interested to see if I made much progress with the scale and body fat. I was slightly more relaxed with my diet because of my birthday, but overall I know I ate healthier than I would have in the past.
Last night, I walked/ran on the treadmill for 35 minutes. 10 straight minutes of that was jogging. I have not jogged for 10 straight minutes in a long time. I wasn't a great "distance" runner even when I was in athletic shape for competitive soccer. Needless to say, 10 straight minutes is an accomplishment for me.
Monday, March 12, 2012
I have been doing my own combination of the 4 Hour Body and the Eat to Live diet for about 2 months now. In those 2 months, I have lost 31 pounds. I have no plan to stop this diet, because (A) I am never "starving", (B) The vast majority of the weight I am losing is fat, and (C) I get one day a week to eat anything I want.
Is it hard to follow every day? If I said "no", I would be lying. I have to plan out what I am going to eat in advance of each meal, which can be a challenge. I have to get up 15 minutes early every morning, so I have time to cook my eggs and bacon. I have to say "no" to a lot of the things that my friends/family/co-workers are happily indulging in.
I feel better than I have in more than 10 years. I ran/walked 2 miles in under 30 minutes for the first time in probably 20 years last weekend. I ate donuts, a cheeseburger, and enchiladas with chips and salsa on Saturday (cheat day). For the first time in my adult life, I am having to budget for new SMALLER clothing. Did I mention I feel great? I really don't feel like I am depriving myself for the most part.
Many friends and family members are asking me "what are you doing?", because they see how dramatically fast I am losing weight. I am glad to tell them. I sincerely believe this is a diet plan I can follow until I get to my long term goal weight and then follow it 4-5 days a week instead of 6 to maintain - or maybe only add whole grains back in...that's not so bad.
To me it all boils down to: Do you really want to lose the weight or do you just want everyone to "think" you are trying really hard to lose weight, but secretly you cheat here and there when no one is looking? I think giving this diet a full week (without cheating other than cheat day), and following it to the letter, anyone can get a jump start on their weight loss. Isn't that the BEST motivation? Progress? It certainly is to me! :)
I got tired of being the "fat guy" in the group. Am I still heavy? Yep. But not nearly as heavy as I was (I've lost approximately one 4th grader). I still have about a 3-4 year old left to lose. :) But I now know I can go places I couldn't go before, do things I couldn't do (I re-floored my Mom's kitchen yesterday), and don't always run from my reflection.
To me, passing on the office donuts, pizza, birthday cakes, mashed potatoes, and barbecue is NOTHING compared to the results I am getting. I am SO grateful for this website. It gives me a chance to vent about frustrations, celebrate small victories, and meet new people who are fighting the same fights I am. Thank you Sparkpeople! And thank you to all of my friends on here and fellow "teammates" on the Spark Teams for all of your support! I wish nothing but success for all of us in our journey, and if there is anything I can do to help - don't hesitate to ask!
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
About how I have altered my life since joining SparkPeople. I thought it was good enough to add as a blog so I can remember (in case I ever get off track).
I have completely altered my diet. I now eat more white fish, vegetables, beans, chicken, and shrimp. I eat virtually NO white carbs, and drink only water and coffee (occasionally grapefruit juice). I now exercise at least 5 days per week (3 cardio/2 strength training), track my caloric intake and nutrients, take a multi-vitamin, and see my doctor on a more regular basis. I am now off of cholesterol meds, BP is great, I sleep better, and weight is down 70+ pounds (29 in the last 2 months). I have reduced my body fat percentage by 20 points and am just single digits away from "normal". I have lost 9" in my waist alone, so I am starting to get my old "V" shape back, and I can actually jog for more than 5 minutes without passing out.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I see that number, and it is still hard to comprehend. First of all, how I managed to get as heavy as I was to begin with. However, when I think of the last "almost" 2 years....and the weight loss roller coaster I have been on, I have to brag a little at that number. To ANYONE out there who has lost ANY weight, I am proud of you! It IS hard. But the results in the long run are truly worth it.
Many of "us" had/have forgotten what it feels like to be somewhat normal sized - at a weight when you no longer have to worry if a booth at a restaurant will be too small, or feel self-conscious that you are crowding the person next to you at a ball game. To finally be getting back to that point makes me want to work even harder. I still have between 30 and 35 pounds of fat to lose. I plan on gaining more muscle in the process, so I think my overall weight loss will end up around 95-100 pounds. I feel better than I have felt in a lonnnnnng time. I probably sound like a broken record lately, but I just can't get over the difference. I actually caught myself flexing in the mirror the other day. LOL!
I guess my point is, in my opinion - the struggle and effort are definitely worth it if you can persevere and reach one small goal at a time. If anyone happens to read this, don't let yourself get down when you slip. We are human. Pick yourself up and get ready to hit that next downhill slope on this roller coaster ride. As long as we can make this roller coaster a gradual walk "down the stairs" instead of consistently up...even if there are enough hills involved to make it look more like the "Interval Training" setting on a treadmill...you and I will be successful.
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