Thursday, August 02, 2012
At some point, you have to make the decision, what do you want? Would you like to eat or would you like to sacrifice to be at a reasonable weight?
There are many advantages to taking off the weight. For me:
Less Pressure on my Knees and back
A Positive, confident outlook
A sense of well-being
One less reason for judgement
Starting a Family
Ridding myself of past traumatic issues
Coping with People who try to sabotage better
Having a healthy relationship with food
Wearing smaller clothes, fitting into anything upon entering a store
The desire to eat is only temporary and the results in the end are nothing I desire. I desire to eat for Nutrition instead of emotions, leading me to feel well and be capable of anything for fitness. I must keep control over eating because if I see myself out of the last 51.8 .bs of 153, I will be on a maintenance plan and a decent amount of food.
Remembering why you are doing the journey is important and can keep you focused.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
My weight loss from 2005-2007 was the largest weight loss I had ever experienced and the most strict. I was asked by a doctor to go to either Weight Watchers or L.A. Weight Loss to try to lose weight. My doctor was concerned because I was at my heighest weight ever 348 lbs.
Without a doubt, I was not going to Weight Watchers because I had family that used the program and I didn't like how you could eat junk all day if you stayed within points. I believe that you can have foods that are in high in fat and starch but not as your whole Nutrition plan.
I arrived at L.A. Weight Loss to find a young, plump woman who spoke to me about the program and I was signed up. As I took the tour of the small office, I was pointed to the entire set of walls filled with success stories from the program. Being the go-getter I am, I vowed to be up on that wall.
As I stood in front of everybody in the office in the front, I was weighed on the scale. My heart sunk as I saw the highest number ever, 348 lbs. I was relieved to be at a Weight Loss Center because I knew they could help me from all the successes I could see there.
In 2 years I dropped 187 lbs and 75 inches and I learned a great deal of knowledge and how to eat. It wasn't until I had lost 125 lbs that I joined a gym. Since the program was so strict, I felt like a needed a lot of time before I made other changes in my life. I spent 3 years working out at a gym at 8 hrs a week and I learned a great deal from fellow gym members, a personal trainer and just my own experience.
One guy that I became workout buddies with told me that the first day he saw me in the gym he thought: "There is an 80% chance that lady will never come back." He saw me struggling and made that assumption but he came to know ME and that I am a fighter!
Unfortunately, I didn't maintain all of the weight loss or my gym habits. I went back to school part time while working a full time job and my old issues undealt with came back to haunt me.
For the L.A. Weight Loss Program I had 3 or 4 drops in Nutrition level to complete my 187 lb loss. From 2009 to the present, I have down 3 drops in Nutrition but my fitness was started from day 1. My exercise has waned in the last few weeks due to physical issues from exercise. All I am taking walks and starting strength training again.
My Nutrition has differed greatly on the current journey because I have plateaued and had to drop down on my Nutrition at different #'s this time. I am following the numbers L.A. Weight Loss used the first time but it didn't work this time around. I have had to be flexible and went I get into a long plateau I know I have to drop my Nutrition level. I experimented with upping the exercise but that didn't pan out.
Another thing that differs in my current journey is my clothes size aka muscle tone. In high school I was 205 lbs and a size 18. I am 211 right now and a size 14. My weight at 159 from my first journey lead me to a size 10. I am hoping to get even lower in size this time around.
I am finding that if Nutrition doesn't bring the weight down then I have to change fitness. If fitness doesn't bring my weight down, then I have to lower my Nutrition level. I am running the show and I am so happy that I do not have to follow a strict program because I am much happier. Although my weight loss is taking longer, I look better in muscle tone and I am happy!
Monday, July 30, 2012
The human body is a system that is very complicated, understanding how it functions and what it needs is a never ending quest. It has not evolved well over time, the same principles apply to health. With exercise and nutrition, we can be well.
The exact science of a combination of nutrition and fitness can be attained in so many ways but the basic principles remain. We must burn more calories than we take in to maintain a healthy weight.
With muscle weighing more than fat, we must be careful how much exercise we do if we are regularly checking the scale for weight loss. Life is a balance in every aspect, exercise, nutrition, work, play....Nutrition is a science and eating too little or too much will not bring results. We have to have some knowledge from scientific people who work in the field of Nutrition.
We have to consistently put in place exercise and proper nutrition in order to be well and see results.
After 4 months in a plateau and losing over 100 lbs, I knew I had to commit to the lowest level of Nutrition to finish the last 50 or so pounds of my weight loss. I have started the change for a 2nd time since May and it is working. There is only 1 difference between my last plan and this one, a starch. The slight change is making huge changes in losing fat, aka the number on the scale. I lost 3.2 lbs in 2 days with change! I am replacing the starch with vegetables and chai tea. I can't tell you how excited I am to be moving toward the goal weight!
We cannot go through a significant amount of weight loss without making changes. As we hit plateaus, we must make changes to get out of them. No matter how small the change, it makes a huge difference. Whether it is a change in Nutrition or a change in fitness, we must change. Tricking the body can be very simple if we just have the courage to sacrifice a little. It is not easy but it is doable!
Saturday, July 28, 2012
4 Months ago I reached 208.0, the lowest in 2 1/2 years with my husband and a total of 105 lbs lost. Since that time I have been in a plateau, crossing the same numbers all the way up to 220 one time when I was sick with inflamed joints from a virus I got at School.
I cannot begin to tell you the sorrow in being stuck in this plateau as I have made a tremendous effort in challenging myself physically and trying to keep my Nutrition at a minimum.
I added on Zumba toning sticks to my hour classes, I started Aqua Zumba, I completed a 7K Spartan Race with 15 obstacles, I walked 5 miles/8K from my house for the 1st time, I got a new bike and started riding for the 1st time in 15 years.
I have faced many health obstacles in the 4 months, I had the flu consecutively 4 times, a virus, infection in my gums from a root canal, a urinary tract infection that spread to my kidneys too.
I spent 22 weeks for the first 2 levels of a Government French program which I completed successfully. I will be going back August 29-November 7th for the final session. This poses a great challenge to my health efforts because I rise at 6:20 am and usually go to bed by midnight. It makes for a long day in which it is difficult to eat light.
I tried to stay on the lowest Nutrition level of my program during the last session of class but I just couldn't do it. I felt so hungry but I am trying to make that change now while I am on vacation and hope to keep it until I see myself to my goal weight of 160 lbs.
It takes a tremendous amount of courage for this last 50 or so lbs in a 153 lb journey to health. I am dedicating myself to stick with a plan to finally get out of the 4 month plateau I have endured. I am determined to fight for my plan to have a family. I want so bad to have my first child and this 50 lbs is the only thing standing in my way!
Have the courage to do what it takes to fulfill your dreams!
Devise a plan and stick to it because it is worth it!
Cheer me on please, I need support!!!!
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