Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I stopped at the mall the other day to run in and get my favorite hairspray. I always walk through one particular store and the swimsuits caught my eye. Every year I dread wearing a bathing suit. Typically, I procastinate and by the time I'm shopping for one they're all picked over.
So I grabbed a few I liked and headed over to the dressing room. I was so happy with the one I chose and delighted that it was a size 14. It's like a skirt and halter so I don't feel overly exposed and I'm not a bit self conscious. I think it's figure flattering too and even though I have a ways to go, I don't feel fat in it.
Here's the reveal: TA-DA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My stepdaughter has a pool and I told her I'd be over more often this summer to swim with the grandkids....more exercise, wooowhooo!!!!!
PLUS, while I was in the shopping mood, I looked at the athletic wear and got some pants and a top to wear at Zumba class. I've been wearing baggy capri sweats and oversize tee shirts. You should have heard the fuss when I walked in wearing the new duds!!!!
Again, I know I have a long way to go to look half as good as some of the hot little mommasitas that are in my class. But I'm getting there......
Here's me hamming it up with my sexy moves, lol:
Even a little bit of progress is motivating me to ramp it up. Hopefully, I'm moving further away from Jim Carey and a tad closer to a Zumba goddess, LOL!!!
Friday, February 24, 2012
I have been reluctant to blog lately because frankly Iíve been guilty in the past of just offering up words on what I INTEND to do. It all sounded good but I was having a little trouble with the follow through.
Now that Iím on a roll, Iíve decided to blog about my journey. Itís for me Ė to document my progress and motivate myself Ė but if I can inspire even one other person along the way, Iíd love that.
First is the diet I chose. My diet is a lifestyle change, but Iím not afraid to call it what it really is: a diet that I will be on for the rest of my life. That doesnít scare me anymore because Iím now living in objective reality (the way things are) instead of subjective reality (the way Iíd like things to be; i.e., delusional thinking that I can handle certain foods that continally cause me to be fat). I learned that from my mental toughness diet coach, Steve Siebert. But more about him later. The diet I chose is The 17 Day Diet. Iíve read about many different diets and tried many. The truth is, they ALL work; theyíve all worked for someone. The best diet is the one you stick with. The difference is your mental attitude.
I read the book, highlighted important parts, typed up an easy-to-use summary. I did that in one evening because I was ready. I started the diet on a Saturday (2/11) because I was ready. The readiness is probably the most important step. The decision to do what it takes, and the attitude of ďIím sick of feeling this way, and Iím not going to take it anymoreĒ.
I have followed the diet 100%. I am on Day 14 of the first cycle and am down 9.8 lbs. Donít get concerned Ė this is not a crash diet. This is a very healthy diet developed by a General Practice Doctor. The first 17 day cycle is a cleansing cycle and very restrictive. What Iím eating is very low in sodium and Iím drinking lemon water, 3 cups green tea, and 7-10 additional cups of water. Iím losing a lot of fluid, which is a good thing because it helps lower blood pressure. Iím purging my system of sugar and toxins. I'm eating lots of "cleansing" vegetables, 2 fruits a day, and lots of lean protein, plus 2 probiotics a day. I start cycle 2 on 2/28 and Iíll talk about that when I get there. The most important thing is 100% compliance. Not 80% compliance or even 99% compliance. Iím really serious about succeeding and the only way Iím going to succeed is to suck it up, get tough, and do what Iíve committed to do.
As soon as I decided on my diet, I decided on my weight loss goal. I picked 150 lbs. Itís over at the higher end of the weight charts for my height, but itís an aggressive goal because the last time I weighed 150 lbs. was when I was in the 8th grade (which was also the first time I went on a diet). I probably could have set it higher because I start to feel really good at 175, but I am no longer going to settle for less than what Iím capable of. So 150 it is, and my focus is like a laser beam on achieving this number. My coach reminds me every day to think about how Iím going to look and how itís going to feel once Iíve reached my natural weight. That is whatís necessary to keep fueling my motivation so that I can be tough.
So, just who is this coach? You can have him as a coach too if you go to www.fatloser.com. If you sign up (for free) youíll get a short video from him every day for 21 days. You have to be willing to hear the truth in a very blunt fashion. I want that. I no longer want to live in self-delusion because that has kept me fat. I really like his bluntness because itís all said for a purpose. It all makes perfect sense to me and Iím realizing why Iíve failed in the past. I have to face up to the fact that there are certain foods I will NEVER be able to have again. The truth hurts sometimes, but living in a fantasy-world where I think I can flirt with temptation and win ends up hurting me worse. Instead of looking at the foods that will never again pass my lips, why not look at all the foods I happen to enjoy that will keep me feeling great and looking good?
Iím not gonna lie, these past 14 days have been a major rollercoaster ride. It has swung between days that are tolerable, to days that I feel edgy, grumpy, and want to scream, to days that I feel terrific and have more energy than I know what to do with. The steady daily weight loss has helped me power through all these feelings. It will slow down on the next 2 cycles, but itís been like the rocket booster on the shuttle, catapulting me into space where Iíll be able to continue to travel at a slower but consistent speed. My daily dose of diet coach is also a huge factor in keeping me tough and determined to not let anything interfere with where I want to be.
So I start cycle 2 next Tuesday, 2/28. That happens to be my sisterís birthday (those of you who donít know, my sister passed away last October after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer). Itís my tribute to Janet that I will succeed at this. I know she wants that for me. She doesnít want me to go through what she did. Obesity kills. Those foods are not worth my life.
Iím pumped and feeling pretty unstoppable right now. All I have to do is keep my thoughts on my mission. Thatís all it takes. Keep the eyes on the prizeófocus ahead, visualize success, and donít look down. It takes a lot of inner strength to lose a bunch of weight and even more to keep it off. I am building more and more of it as I go along.
My diet coach talks about starting out like a locomotive train, chugging along in the distance...you can barely be seen or heard....then, all of a sudden there you are, roaring down the track and into the station.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
A couple of weeks ago I ranted about Zumba being too hard since January 1. Two days later I came down with a horrific cold that lasted about 10 days. I went back to Zumba last night and, to my delight, had no trouble at all keeping up. Looking back, I think I may have possibly been coming down with the cold on those two days when I was having trouble doing the Zumba routines. My lack of energy was my body telling me to slow down because it needed the energy to fight the cold. I marvel at my body's ability to self heal. Sometimes I just need to stop and appreciate how hard it works to keep everything running normally. It truly is a miracle. Last night I felt really good and love Zumba again.
Last week when I was sick I was bothered by my voracious appetite. I wasn't able to get any exercise, so found myself spending the entire day on the computer, puttering around and watching a lot of TV shows. I thought about food a lot and ate non-stop. Now that I feel better, I'm back to enjoying my walking and no longer feel the need to eat every 30 minutes. It seems as though my appetite was my body's way of asking for more nutrients to help it heal. Sadly, what I gave it was just more food...lower quality food. That's why it kept asking for more.
With my winter cold behind me, I'm back to my commitment to drop these extra pounds that are taxing my body. While I was sick I also dusted off my Mayo Clinic Diet book. I have the Maylo Clinic food journal also. You don't track calories; it's more of an exchange program. Looking at that plan, it's clear to me that my portions and overall food consumption have been WAY overboard. For 1400 calories, you are allowed unlimited veggies (minimum of 4); unlimited fruit (minimum of 4); 5 carb servings; 4 protein/dairy servings; 3 fat servings; and up to 75 calories/day of sweets. The book defines what constitutes a serving. It's balanced, but minimal - basically 3 squares and one snack.
I'm just using the Mayo plan as a guideline to steer me back into eating in moderation. A while back, I was reading something that said the stomach is the size of a fist. That impressed me, because when I look at my fist, it's not all that big. Stuffing all that extra food into this poor little organ is abusive! Overconsuption of food overworks the entire digestive system!!
We have a lot of organs that do their part with whatever is given to them. Just think how much better you can feel when giving them food with the highest in nutrients and in moderate amounts.
When I sit down to eat anything, I'll first look at my fist and remind myself to consume quality, not quantity of food. My body wants nourishing food and it wants to move regularly. That's the least I can do after all it's done for me over the past 60 years.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Sometimes I think I take myself way too seriously. I'm not sure how I got so intense, but that doesn't really matter. I don't need to analyze it, or figure out anything that happened during my formative years for that matter, because whatever happened in the past is gone and we are in control of who we are today....which means we can change anything we don't like.
Of course, we have to acknowledge and own our perceived shortcomings before we can change them. If we don't like it, change it. We have to want to change in order to change. Sometimes we don't want to change but feel pressured by what others think and get caught up on how we should be. I say, accept me warts and all or keep on walking.
With the things I do want to change, I find that I'm most successful if I make it fun. We have a tendency to instinctively move away from what's unpleasant and move towards pleasure. It's a lot easier to sit down to a healthy meal that's tasty and looks appealing than to eat something bland and dull. Using colors in food, spices, unique textures and the right mixture of savory, sweet, crunchy, creamy, etc. makes food fun and eating pleasurable. Contrary to what you'd think, I feel that if eating is pleasurable, it stands to reason we would eat less of it because we would feel satisfied sooner. I know that if I eat something low in calories and it's not what I really want; I'II continue to eat, searching for that satisfaction.
When things are going the way I'd like, it's tempting to get into a "woe is me" arttitude and sink into the negative thinking of hopelessness. It doesn't feel good to be there. What needs to be done is the exact opposite. Laugh at your shortcomings and love yourself anyway. Tell yourself that yeah, you goofed up but that doesn't mean you won't do better the next time. Embrace your imperfections and find a way to make it work despite them.
Last Monday night I watched the TV special celebrating Betty White's 90th birthday. I marvel at her. I remember reading that she eats hot dogs and junk food. Maybe it's good genes, but I think a lot of it has to do with her sense of humor. She's not been without tragedies in her life. I'm sure the death of her husband Allan Ludden was difficult. Laughter really is the best medicine and she is the queen of laughter. At 90 years old she's still working, still mentally sharp as a pistol, and looks fantastic. Another example is George Burns. He lived to be 100 and he smoked cigars. HIs most famous quote is, "If I knew I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself."
My sister had a way of looking on the bright side of things. She had a great sense of humor. She was loved by many people because she was just so much fun to be around. There was no drama with her. Her smile and the twinkle in her eyes just made you feel good. Since she's passed, I often feel a nudging to do something that I wouldn't ordinarily do. I find myself having a different perspective on things. I know Janet is watching over me and inspiring me every day. And right now she's telling me, "don't worry, be happy; smile and laugh; enjoy life because life is precious and short; be good to yourself and love you as I loved you". She is the number one person who loved me despite my imperfections; in fact, it was my imperfections she loved the most.
This just might make you laugh:
Check your shampoo bottle label.
I don't know WHY I didn't figure this out sooner.
It's the shampoo I use in the shower!
When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body and
(duh!) printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning:
FOR EXTRA VOLUME AND BODY ---
No wonder I have been gaining weight!
Well! I have gotten rid of that shampoo and I am going to start using
Dawn dish washing liquid instead.
Their label reads,
DISSOLVES FAT THAT IS OTHERWISE DIFFICULT TO REMOVE.
If I don't answer the phone, I'll be in the shower!
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