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Day 4 and Determined!

Monday, May 17, 2010

After auditioning to be on the Biggest Loser TV show and not being chosen, I was really bummed. Bummed enough to gain another 6 lbs. After really looking at myself naked in a full length mirror, I decided that enough was enough. I could keep going the way I am going or decide to make a permanent change once and for all. I am sick of internally comparing my body to my friend's seemingly perfect bodies. The only person that can change my outward appearance is me. So now I am on Day 4 of the "new" me. I am loosely following the Biggest Loser book 30 Day Jumpstart, substituting recipes that I like when faced with a recipe that doesn't appeal to me (anything with mushrooms or lentils!!). I have owned a Wii console for over a yr and have only used it a handful of times but enjoyed it when it used it so I bought the Wii Fit. My goal is to log all my food and exercise in using SP. I would like to lose 2 lbs per week. Based on that goal, I will be down to my goal weight by August 11, 2011. This seems so far away but I will keep reminding myself that I didn't gain the weight quickly so I can't expect to lose it and keep it off permanently if I lose it quickly. I have decided not to join any of the challenges from SP because it is difficult to work a 12 hr shift, workout, sleep and post daily. And I don't want to dissappoint myself or my team members when I drop out due to my schedule. Fortunately, I have a best friend that will hold me accountable and supportive co workers that will do the same. One day at a time and it will quickly be Aug. 11, 2011 and I will be at 150 lbs......

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DESILU92 5/17/2010 11:02PM

    Thank you all for the support! I really appreciate it.

Cecelia--I will think about coming back to the 30 something's. Like I said in my blog, it is tough to keep up with the challenges with my cazy work schedule.

EvilKlown, Shipesta, and Mr. Under 300---Congrats on losing so much weight. It just goes to show that eating healthy and living right makes a positive difference. I am excited for the day when I can make such a great claim :)

Thanks again!!!

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    Making changes in your life is always hard. One thing I learned is that you cannot "diet" and be successful. It has to be a lifestyle change. I have lost 43 pounds and it is because of this mentality. You can do it!

Oh, and I have found the challenges are a great way to stay motivated. I am much more successful during them than I am between challenges. When you feel you are ready, it would be great to have you join us for one.

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MR_UNDER_300 5/17/2010 3:48PM

    You can do it, you found a great place for support. Let us know if you have questions. I felt like you do, but I am down 77lbs in 33 weeks. If I can do it, then so can you.

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SHIPESTA 5/17/2010 12:22PM

    You can definitely do this! I steadily have gained for the last 18 years - and it got to the point where I was disgusted with all time low for me mentally and physically - and in January I said "ENOUGH" and decided to get healthy! I'm proud to say I have lost 48 pounds in 4 1/2 months...and I'm consistently losing each week - 1 pound 2 pounds, some weeks a little more, some a little less, but EVERY week has been a loss because I have been faithful to the program and kept the cheating to a minimum and the exercise and hard work to a maximum. Set your mind and heart to it and I KNOW you can do this. I'll be right here beside you to help if you'd like!

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CRIT524 5/17/2010 11:29AM

    YOu can do it!! BLC 13 started today.....hint hint LOL

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EVILKLOWN 5/17/2010 6:24AM

    Looks like we started at about the same weight.

The day I started at Spark I used the nutrition tracker. I've used it every day since then. It works!! Good luck to you!

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OWLETT 5/17/2010 5:30AM

    Rejection is hard. We all get rejected for a lot of things, big and small. And although you went through a small setback, you can get back on the right track! Slow and steady wins the race :) good luck.

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WEek 1---Done :)

Saturday, March 07, 2009

My first week as a Biggest Loser is finally over. I started the week by walking 2 miles around my neighborhood. I brought my dog along so we made many potty stops. We were finished within 45 minutes and I did feel winded because the last stretch is uphill. Later that day, I met a friend for lunch and a movie. We ate at Cheesecake Factory. I ordered the weight management chicken platter, which by the way is excellent! I noticed that they offered a low carb cheesecake so I ordered that to eat at the movies. Little did I realize how many calories and fat grams were in the cheesecake. After seeing Slumdog Millionaire, I drove home and went to sleep.

Monday was a quiet day. I ate well and logged in my food. And I went to a water aerobics class offered by my gym.

Tuesday started with a morning water aerobics class. Lunch was at a cafe inside a local casino. I ate the white meat from a rotisserie chicken and got a salad and veggies for the sides. That evening was nutrition class. The nutritionist spoke about carbs, fiber, and fat. She even mentioned Spark People as a great website to log in food. Go SP!!! Most of the info provided was stuff I already knew from SP.

Wednesday was good eating and our team workout. We did circuit training. It started with 30 seconds of jumping jacks, then push ups, resistance band curls, weights, and use of a medicine ball. I was sweating and my arms were so sore by the end!

Thursday was different. I was hoping to work so I slept most of the day. I wasn't called in so went to orientation for my second job. After we finished, I went with a couple of c-workers to a sushi place. I called my BF beforehand to find out what was healthy since she and her family had been there numerous times. I ordered the teriyaki chicken dinner, which included 1 cup of rice, miso soup, and a salad with a honey mustard dressing. After dinner was over, I headed over to the gym and walked on the treadmill for 45 minutes. I attempted the elliptical prior to the treadmill but found that my thighs were burning too much from the previous night's workout.

Friday was more healthy eating. I crockpotted a mexican chicken stew which was super yummy. Then the trainer offered a last chance workout which I attended. We worked with machines, kickboxing bags, medicine ball and a strap thing. More push ups and jumping jacks were done.

THis morning, I woke up later than I had hoped so I brought my breakfast to eat after weigh in. I started at 266.0 and weighed in today at 261.4. I was excited that I had lost so much but was worried because others had lost more and had a higher percentage of weight loss. While waiting, I started to cry because I was worried about being kicked off the team. Even though we only meet up a couple of times a week for an hour, I feel bonded with my team and appreciate the thoughtful words and encouragement. Before our team workout, the trainer notified us that he decided to not eleminate nayone this week. However, next week 2 people from each team will be kicked off. The weight loss percentage will be cumulative between the 2 weeks.

So my goal is to step up my workouts and eat less calories. I am currently eating close to 1500 cals but feel that I could go down to 1350-1400 cals. It won't be too extreme and hopefully it will stimulate more weight loss. I enjoy going ot my water aerobics classes but am going to try other classes, such as Zumba and cardio kick boxing, to see if that helps.

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DESILU92 3/8/2009 3:02PM

    THanks so much Mystyne! I think that the possibility of getting eliminated from the contest drives me even more to succeed at getting healthy. The best thing is that I am finally doing this the right way. No diet pills or extreme food eating. I will definitely focus on being positive and moving closer to my goals.

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SWIMGIRL 3/8/2009 3:12AM

    Wow! You are doing such a great job! Try to focus on the positive changes you are making this next week & not on the possibility of getting eliminated.
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Yay!!!! I'm on the Team :)

Sunday, March 01, 2009

An e-mail came through back in early January from a gym notifying me of a contest called the Valley's Biggest Loser. It would last for 12 wks and the only requirement was to submit an application and $39. The application had questions such as why I shouldbe the BL and what I have tried in the past. I was at work so I jsut wrote from the heart. I didn't ask advice on how to make myself sound more marketable or anything. We had to pay $39 for entrance fees and another mission of the contest was to raise funds for a local non-profit group. I chose Michelle's Place, a breast cancer resource center. I had heard of the company from when I walked the 3 Day a few yrs ago. Unfortunately, I was unable to fundraise and was worried that this would affect my chances of making it as a contestant.

Fast forward to today: the choosing of the contestants. We were told that we could bring our supporters with us. So my mom agreed to go with me. I weighed in at 2pm as last names with A-L were at that time. The rest of the alphabet was scheduled at 3pm. I was weighed in and had my picture taken. I don't remember my weight (I'll have to ask so I can log it on to my page). Then we were told to leave and come back at 5pm sharp. My mom and I went shopping and ate lunch at Chili's. I had the guiltless grill chicken sandwich and broccoli platter, yummy by the way. We then went back to the site and found our seats. The head person made some announcements and thanked the sponsors. He then announced the 4 people that were guaranteed a spot due to high fundraising amts. At this point, I am shaking and worried because I didn't fundraise. If I was to be chosen, I would be on the green team due to the city I lived in. Other surrounding cities were placed on my team and the black team. The first person called was a gentleman sitting right behind me. He was picked for the green team. Then a female was chosen for the black team. Then I heard what I had been praying for "next for the green team, Desirae Allen". Holy moly, did they really call my name?? Yep, they did!!! I jumped up and ran down the aisles, like a person chosen for the Price is Right!!! 17 more people were called for the black team and 16 for the green team. After the team members were chosen, we were dismissed to visit the sponsor booths and get goodies. From a dental office, the chosen contestants were given a certificate for free teeth whitening. Woo hoo!!! Then we took group pics, pics of the teams next to each other and individual pics next to the BL sign.

I am so excited and honored to be a member of the 1st annual Valley's Biggest Loser. I will be using the SP nutrition and exercise tracker to monitor my info. I joined 24 fitness so will be utilizing their facilities for water aerobics and any other classes and machines will help me reach my goal. As a contestant, I will go to a weekly nutrition class and twice weekly workout. We weigh in on Saturdays and the person with the lowest percentage of weight lost will be eliminated. It is my goal not to be eliminated. The person with the greatest weight loss percentage at the end of the contest will win $10,000. So if being healthy and fitting into smaller clothes isn't a big enough reward, the money will keep me eating healthy and working out.

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DESILU92 3/2/2009 4:15PM

    Thanks for the well wishes Mystyne and Gambling Queen. I live in Temecula, CA (about 1 hr northeast of San Diego). It is being sponsored by a gym. They have raised over $12,000 between the 2 non-profit organizations. Being a part of this contest is a true motivator!!!

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SWIMGIRL 3/1/2009 1:43AM

    Wow! That is exciting news! Good Luck with the contest.
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    This is pretty exciting. Congratulations to you. What state is this happening in? Also, this is a wonderful fundraiser idea.

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Day 1....Again :(

Monday, January 19, 2009

Why do I always do this to myself? I become motivated by one source or another, i.e. seeing a friend lose weight, wanting to wear cute clothes. Then I go full force into weight loss. I eat healthy, exercise frequently and journal daily. Then one thing or another happens. A birthday party or a get together with a long lost friend or the holidays. I "forget" everything that I have done and the progress that I have made. And I eventually revert back to my old weight. I have been in the 250's too many times. It is TIME. Time to stop making excuses. Time to focus on my health. Time to stop worrying about what other people think. Time to realize that I need to do this for good. It's TIME.....

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CRIT524 1/22/2009 11:09AM

    you can do this. don't allow anything to derail you. it all boils down to you and your decisions. sounds easy but we all know it stinks. emoticon

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SEIZINGTODAY 1/20/2009 10:48AM

    I've totally done the same thing - many times over the years....this site is helping me with staying motivated though - you can totally do it! I'm finding just taking it one day at a time helps!!

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JAIME75035 1/19/2009 11:44PM


I was just like you said. Since I found this site, I feel like I can do it! Keep posting your thoughts and feelings. Get encouragement from others! You can do it!


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