Sunday, August 14, 2011
This is a progress picture taken today to compare to the one from earlier this summer. Excuse the scarf and mismatch bikini. LOL.
So in the past few months, I have graduated from medical school. Started working 80 hour work weeks as a doctor, had little time to get most stuff done, but tried on a consistent basis to exercise as much as I could AND eat healthier.
Things I've learned in my limited free time over the past few months:
1. Sleep is important. I feel better when I get sleep EVERY night. And some nights I have to work 10 pm - 2 pm so I don't sleep much those nights. But, every night I CAN get sleep, I NEED to make a conscious effort to do so.
2. This weight loss thing is MORE about eating healthy than exercising 2 hours a day. - My time is limited. Luckily I actually ENJOY exercise and look forward to it, but I have this sinking suspicion that I will reach my goals MUCH faster if I eat healthy foods in moderation and exercise when I can. vs. eating fast food daily and then exercising like a manic and losing out on sleep because I need to burn off the extra cals.
3. Being positive is the only way to maintain sanity. - Lets see, I'm a Psychiatrist... so my personal mental health is VERY important to me and I plan to do my best to protect it. So that means, I choose to be positive, eliminate unnecessary stress and keep my life as simple as possible for as long as possible.
4. My life has GREATLY improved since I removed the negative people in my life. - As bad as I felt for having to eliminate some people and things, my life is MUCH BETTER for it. Daily arguing is not good for your health- mentally or physically. I look better, feel better, am happier, and actually enjoy life more now that I've made some changes.
5. Being single is better than being unhappily attached. -enough said.
6. When I trust God, he works it out. - He always has, and I trust he always will
7. I have to make PLANS and have something to look forward to in order to be successful AND feel like I am focused. - Goals make getting up each day a little easier. Therefore, I need to spend more time thinking about what I want from this life... and then go about getting it.
8. This journey is about SELF-LOVE: I have said it before and will say it again, until you learn to LOVE yourself I don't think you can be successful. No matter how far you've let yourself go, you've GOT to find something you can love about yourself or you will not continue to be successful. Lose weight because you deserve to have the freedom to live life how you want to live it. Just make sure you are loving yourself along the way. Buy nice clothes, get pedicures, wear makeup (if that's something that makes you feel good about yourself), whatever you do STOP WAITING UNTIL YOU REACH YOUR GOALS TO LIVE!!!!!! You never know how much life you have left, why not enjoy it while it's yours to enjoy. You won't get these days back.
And on that note, I've got plenty to do today before it is time for bed. I try to go to a new park every weekend and get at least ONE outdoor workout per week. On my agenda today is prayer, cleaning, a little shopping, an outdoor workout, writing, some reading, and sleep. LOL We'll see how much I get done.
P.s. I did not proof read this and I'm rushing. Hope you enjoy the blog. Later!
Friday, July 08, 2011
~*~ We are half way through 2011 and I want to SEE results come NEW YEAR! Join me~*~
July is here and in full affect. We are one week in 7/8/11 So we have about 3 weeks to get going and reach our goals! I have lost 3 pounds so far this month and remembered that we have not Set our monthly challenge yet.
How about a JULY challenge to lose 5 pounds in the remaining THREE weeks of JULY! And the challenge is called on the road to FREEDOM because each step we take in a positive direction is bringing us that much closer to our ultimate goal. And I'm not sure about you, but my ULTIMATE goal is to be free of the pain of not being completely satisfied with my body and knowing that I could do something about it if I just stay focused. So if anyone is interested, sign up here (in the message board of GMIH) and lets just focus on the next few weeks to get a little closer to our ultimate goal.
Here are the guidelines:
1. Drink 6 glasses of water a day. (count them. So when you check in you can say you did it)
2. Eat 3 fruits/veggies a day. - may I suggest one with each meal, if that would help you stay focused and remember?
3. Do something active everyday. Doesn't have to be much; one trip around the block in your neighborhood, one extra flight of stairs, 20 punches or push ups before bed. whatever. Just do something active DAILY.
4. Do 30 mins of planned exercise at least THREE days a week for the next THREE weeks.
5. At the end of each day, write what you did correctly AND give yourself a compliment.
There we go, 5 steps to lose hopefully 5 pounds by the end of JULY.
If you don't make it there completely, that's fine. But remember, on the road to FREEDOM every step/every pound counts. (even losing 3 lbs a month would leave you 18 lbs lighter by the end of the year.... and 18 POUNDS is a big deal.)
Ok team, you've been challenged. Now, MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Oh and all those who participate and/or reach the 3 pound goal get a GOODIE!!!!!!
Friday, June 24, 2011
Im back from my cruise, still looking AND feeling good. :-) I ate the things I wanted but in moderation... and don't think I had a real dessert the entire time. I didn't gain too much weight (what I did gain was likely from salt retention... but a week and lots of water will show my true weight) and did SOMETHING active every day! Stairs, running on the track, walking miles in the cities :-) So I'm happy and feeling free.
I start work next week, so I will get back to my regular rotation pretty soon so I can continue the weight loss.
I HAVE INTERNET NOW!!! WOOHOOO
Hope you all had a great week!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
OK, so I'm gonna be quick.
I am actually sorting clothes and beginning my packing to move journey. I'll start with my INTERESTING RESULTS... I found my weight loss journal/scrapbook in an attempt to take my measurements and make sure I had a STRONG reference point for this journey.
I found the measurements from a YEAR AGO. They are as such, I have gained 8 lbs since then. BUT I have a total of MINUS 0.5 inches. So, I'm thinking though I gained weight overall some of it must be muscle. ALSO, and :::warning TMI, men, close your eyes/ears LOL::: my bust has grown THREE SOLID inches. What in the WORLD is happening. [NO birth control and NO pregnancy.... just big boobs all of a sudden] lol. And everywhere else lost inches or at least some centimeters. :-D
Bust in 2010: 36 inches
rib cage below bust 31 inches (2010) .
Bust in 2011:39 INCHES!?!?!?!? [ i triple checked]
rib cage below bust: STILL 31 inches
Went from 34C----34 D that's tight.
Now I know that was TMI... but I wanted to explain because I that means if I hadn't had the breast growth I would have had a higher net loss of inches.
Either way, for a year of turmoil and stress... the NET + 8 lbs and -.5 inch isn't that bad. and I'm happy to know where I am so I can go where I'm headed with a CLEAR PLAN.
My closet clean out plan. I'm currently wearing size 10 pants, size 8 dresses, medium/large shirts. I used to be in size 8 pants.
So I'm keeping 10 size 8 pants and 4 size 6's. That means I will be giving away almost 30 pairs of jeans. OR MORE. But I think of how more useful they will be ON someone's body versus in a bin in my closet. and I'm NOT taking all this baggage to my new house.
Any tips for where to take the clothes? I'm going to give a lot away to charity but I have a LOT to get rid of... and a little money before a move never hurts... IDEAS!?
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