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The Biggest Loser

Saturday, September 20, 2014

My roommate and I love competitive reality tv shows and recently started watching the newest season of The Biggest Loser. I love the dynamic of having Dolvett, Jen, and Jessie as the main trainers now as I feel that all three try to tap into the emotional reason behind the contestants' weight gain. I really do believe that a good portion of the growing obesity epidemic is due to emotional turmoil sitting beneath the surface.

Eleven years ago my oldest brother, then 26, died of complications due to obesity. It was partially negligence on the side of the hospital but also negligence on our side as we never pushed him to face his inner demons and find some release or peace of any sort. We all just tolerated our own dysfunctional relationships and ignored the fact that every single person in our household was 50 or more pounds overweight. My brother at that time was around 500 pounds. When he passed away, many of us still remained in denial and blamed each other instead of coming together.

There's a contestant on the show named Rob. He's on the red team with Dolvett and also started the show a little under 500 pounds. He already had one foot in the grave essentially but has been doing some amazing work to make sure he lives to see the age of 30! I love cheering for him during the challenges because I feel like through him, I'm able to lend the support that I wish I had been able to lend to my brother at that time. Rob has already lost 45 pounds and I couldn't be prouder of him and the positive changes he's making in his life!

I wish that my brother had had the chance to make some positive changes in his life as well. Whenever I wake up, I give God thanks for another day of life. In four months, I'll be 27 and would have outlived my brother who to this day continues to inspire me. I was able to go from a 270 pound 15 year old to a 159 pound 24 year old. I'm currently 195 pounds but I'm working hard to get back to where I need to be because I want to live! I want to accomplish my goals and have a family. I want to be able to play with my children and my grandchildren. I want to climb mountains and do cartwheels and enjoy everything that God has given me. Onwards!

If you don't watch The Biggest Loser, its on on Thursday nights on NBC.

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MSPROVERBS31 9/20/2014 1:27PM

    I am blessed from your sharing. emoticon
I think that the wonders of how your brother motivates you today is far beyond what words could say.
emoticon Cheering on others and cheering on yourself is God's light through you to the world!

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-AMANDA79- 9/20/2014 11:05AM

    Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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Fighting My Inner Food Demon

Monday, December 09, 2013

I'm back!

Sadly the past year and a half has been a big roller-coaster ride for me in more ways than one and the stress and boredom led to my regaining the last 25 pounds that I lost and thought were gone for good. My work life is 99% sedentary and chances for a break are minimal so I've been lashing out at myself by snacking on high-caloric, high-carb foods and drinking a lot more alcohol than I usually do. In addition, I didn't work out for about two months during which time I packed on 10 pounds. I feel gross! My body feels fatigued and slower than it was. But all hope is not lost! Nelson Mandela said, "the impossible is only impossible until its done." I've marked this month as the beginning of my rejuvenation. I've been experimenting with gluten and find that I feel soooo much better when I limit the amount of grains that I eat on a weekly basis. Also, dairy (milk in particular) and alcohol put a damper on my energy levels.

I won't stop until I succeed and maintain!

Going forward:
I will workout out for at least 30 minutes six times per week.
I will strength train at least 3 times per week.
I will do a deep stretch once a week.
I will drink adequate amounts of water and go to bed on time.
I will limit my grain and dairy intake. (80/20 primal)
I will drink alcohol no more than twice per month.
I will reach out to others when my mind wants me to eat out of boredom or frustration.
I will have the body and the confidence that I want and it will be amazing!

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TAICHIDANCER 12/10/2013 5:00AM

    Glad you're back. emoticon

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BERRY4 12/10/2013 12:25AM

    You could write my blog! The same amount of weight added and other "stuff" that has been difficult to deal with.
You have the RIGHT plan & attitude.

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2013 Challenge Prep

Saturday, December 22, 2012

I started last week to prepare for what I want to achieve in 2013. I can't wait for the New Year or I'll keep procrastinating~

1. On my second go I will get back down to 155 then lose 5-10 more pounds and MAINTAIN it so I'm not losing the same weight over and over again
2. Continue to track calories on my phone with My Fitness Pal
3. Save money! No new clothes, shoes, makeup, or skin/hair care products~ I have so much already :-/
4. Pay off credit card and $2000 in student loans
5. Cook once or twice per week

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LOLGURL 1/3/2013 11:23AM

    Thank you for the encouragement; it means a lot to me!! :)

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KAYOTIC 12/24/2012 2:57PM

    Great goals! You can do it! And think about joining "At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance" now, there is a lot of great info there to help you with your first goal.

Best of luck to you!

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STEVIEBEE569 12/24/2012 7:03AM

    You can do it!

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REEBADABEEBOOS 12/22/2012 9:05PM

    emoticon You've got this!

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BOOKWORM2004 12/22/2012 8:42PM

    Awesome job on the self challenges!!

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End of April Measurements and Plans for May

Thursday, April 26, 2012

My arms are so much more toned after 10 days of the 30 Day Shred. There's less jiggle and more muscle overall so I'm happy with them.
L. Arm - 12"
R. Arm - 11.5"

Hahaha, I think all those chest flys helped to increase my bust line. I gained about 1.5". :)
Bust - 34.5"
Under Bust - 29.5"

Agh, my stomach must go. But that's what May is for!
Natural Waist - 29"
Stomach - 33.5"

I loss 0.5" off my hips and each thigh!! ^o^ All those terrible, terrible squats and lunges are paying off.
Hips/Butt - 42"
L. Thigh - 25"
R. Thigh - 25"
L. Calf - 16"
R. Calf - 16"

This was sort of a yo-yo month for me. It started off slow with a lot of binge eating so I ended up gaining 4.8 pounds in 2 weeks. Two weeks!! I was so grossed out but I kept drinking my water. Controling what went into my mouth and drinking as much water as possible helped me to shed 2.5 of those pounds. Then I started the 30 Day Shred and after 14 days I'm back down to 165, where I started at the beginning of the month. :) Regardless of the weight fluctuations, I'm happy to see that I lost some inches this month so it wasn't a total waste. There are 4 more days in the month... I'm going to try and lose one more pound for a net loss of 1.

May will be dedicated to Paleo. I want to try again and hopefully make it through the whole month this time. I will be doing a 90-95% Paleo diet with some carb cycling to keep my body guessing. I will finish levels 2 and 3 of the 30 Day Shred and then begin a new program. I hope by the end of May to be between 158 - 160 pounds. I will also be concentrating on my arms and stomach. I would like to lose an inch off of each upper arm by increasing lean muscle and decreasing fat. Hopefully my stomach will naturally flatten out due to my clean eating. I will also continue to drink at least 8 cups of water each day.

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ACCT1908 5/3/2012 3:05PM

    Don't you love SHRED? well I hate doing it but the results are amazing! I'm hoping to get some definition in my arms as well.

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After 18 Days of Paleo

Monday, March 05, 2012

So I only ended up doing my paleo challenge for 18 days but I felt so great once I was finished! Here are some pictures from the end of my challenge. emoticon

Front view, still working on a flat stomach, but progress!!

Side view #1.

I love my back!

Side view #2.


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