Thursday, August 02, 2012
The health journey is one of strength, resisting temptation, self-control, courage, facing our fears, realizing reality, learning and many other challenging things. For some we experience things in the realm of Nutrition and Fitness we never knew before and others are seasoned veterans that have fallen into bad habits due to their issues.
We must be prepared, mentally, physically and spiritually to endure the journey. We are all WORTH the effort and we all have it in us to be successful. We must challenge ourselves to sacrifice a little of what we would like for things are better for us!
Our journey starts in the mind, we desire a better life and better looking body. With fitness, we develop good muscle tone and with Nutrition we eliminate the fat by eating calories to lose weight. We must first dream of improving and develop the motivation and courage to follow through. As we prepare our mind, the body must follow through with action.
A food scale, a measuring cup and spoons and counting food are tools of the trade for success. A weight scale and exercises are other things that aid us in the journey and are essential. We must know what we are doing and how to do it.
Being prepared for meals and unexpected happenings requires being organized. Having cut up vegetables and portioned fruit helps. Also never going to the grocery store hungry is a great idea, otherwise everything looks good to us and we will buy out the store!
Being prepared for exercise is also a great thing, having clothes prepared to work out and the activity planned for some great exercise.
Success is NO accident, it is the result of preparation, dedication and actions for follow through of dreams, plans etc.
Being prepared and aware of actions becomes habit over time aka a lifestyle change!
Are you prepared? You CAN do it!!!
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!
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