Tuesday, August 14, 2012
When I was completing my 1st major weight loss from 2005- 2007, in which I dropped 187 lbs and 75 inches, I had a childhood friend who found out about what I was doing. I didn't know that she knew what I was doing because she was finding out from a long time friend of mine.
I went into the L.A. Weight Loss Center like any other day to weigh in and get counseled and they informed me I would get a reward for referring a friend. I was stumped for days trying to figure out who went into this Center and gave a referral saying that I inspired her. When I discovered it was a childhood friend, I was so tickled pink to have made a difference in someone's life. In my book, if you can inspire somebody by what you do, you have contributed back for the inspiration you once found. I fully believe it is important to help others as you have found success.
The childhood friend ended up dropping out of the program and gave up. She was on Weight Watchers for some time and never succeeded at that either. The problem here is that programs work but it is people who don't. The woman has the desire to get healthy but she doesn't want to follow through with the hard work to get there.
The woman gave birth to a beautiful daughter about 1 year ago and she is the light of her life. She sees me over the last 2 years and 9 months in the healthy battle again and she was motivated but never followed through. She asked me 2 times for the Nutrition plan and for motivation to exercise. She could never gather the courage to do anything for her health even though I tried to tell her she is a role model for her daughter and that is every reason to get healthy.
A few weeks ago I saw that she started running and she had that amazing feeling of accomplishment. I follow her closely to see if she is continuing and much to my chagrin, she is! She is running 6 miles and has started running hills. From the couch to running 6 miles, she is on fire. She is one of those people who lacks the confidence to put herself in a vulnerable position and she is very quiet until she succeeds. I sit back quietly and like her running statuses. I am rooting for her because she can do this and she is discovering that.
I once was in a state of depression in 8th grade because of my weight and people teasing me. I never knew that one day I would find the strength to lose triple digits and be an inspiration to countless coworkers, friends and family. I have gone through a major weight loss to put it back on and I am in the fight again with triple digits lost. This time I am stronger and I am working on the issues that lead me back in the first place.
Do you know you have it in you to be powerful beyond measure? Seek that power and I can assure you it is there!
Thursday, August 09, 2012
In 32 years, I have spent 4 1/2 years in 2 separate journeys to health and the ONLY thing I have come to conclude as a solution to terminating emotional eating is EXERCISE!
I can't say that exercise was ever something I really wanted to do but I did enjoy sports during my schools years.
While I lived with my parents for 18 years, I became accustomed to sitting at home watching tv while eating junk and drinking lots of soda. Everybody was lazy and I don't think a single adult in the house ever had a gym membership.
For my first weight loss from 2005-2007, I dropped 187 lbs and I didn't start going to a gym until I had lost 125 lbs. I felt uncomfortable, had a lack of knowledge about how to work out and I was embarrassed to be as heavy as I was.
The fighter in me took me through 3 years of working out at the gym and I saw myself to 160 lbs for the first time in my adult life. Unfortunately, I was not encouraged to stay with that lifestyle change and I fell back into not working out.
In 2009, the first thing I did when I met my husband was show him pictures of what I accomplished before and he took me to the gym for a membership. I stuck with that membership and eventually moved on to other fitness activities. I had found a Zumba instructor at that gym that branched out on her own. I found Social Dancing in the new town I moved to. I played badminton with my husband that I so enjoyed growing up. I swam in the pool every night with my husband.
In 2012, I have 104 lbs off and I am craving for physical activity. I feel so great during and after intense working out. I also feel great to have somebody with me to do activities. My husband and I are very active and I feel much better emotionally about just doing the workouts.
Even when I am in pain or tired, exercise rids me of pain and gives me energy.
I would rather exercise than sit around and eat, those days are long gone! I turn to exercise when I want to eat because I know I am just bored.
Our bodies are meant to be flexed, stretched, challenged, etc.
Get up and GO!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Three things really push me over the edge to want to eat emotionally. One is being overtired, two is being in a lot of pain and three is feeling a lack of support and betrayal.
I try to sleep, exercise or watch a movie when I am in pain or too tired. My husband also tries to comfort me when I am in this state to avoid me binging. Since I have been with my husband I have gotten away from the lack of support and betrayal done by my family.
When you are already feeling awful, it is not easy to resist binging on food but it can be done. I used to be so emotionally weak that I would damage myself in that fashion. I just didn't care about myself and I wasn't using any strength to resist. My vision of reality was not present because I was in so much pain.
Since meeting my husband, I am living a very nice life. Although I have a lot of responsibility, I am pampered.
I feel very happy to have a support when I am in weak moments, for that I am getting emotionally stronger. I am able to say no to food and offers from family.
When I used to slip up and eat when I felt tired, in pain or feeling a lack of support, I used to continue to eat the rest of the day or two maybe. The quicker you turn your bad behavior around, the better it will be for your health. If you slip up, don't continue to eat because of it. It is so hard to lose weight that you shouldn't add insult to injury.
We all make mistakes, there will be weak moments, but the quicker we pull away to healthy living and reality, the better.
We have to try to occupy ourselves with something other than food in those weak moments.
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
I started out life surrounded by people who thought being overweight was ok.
Although I was fed relentlessly and that was my family's joy, their words were piercing and painful. My father called me "pork chop" and at various times in my life had told his friends I had to lose weight.
There is a very contradicting message being sent by the very people who act like overweight is ok. Eating whatever you want and not exercising is supposed to be fine but when you look like a beached whale after, the teasing starts.
I never felt "ok" being overweight because of the barrage of insults coming at me from a very young age. In 3rd grade I weighed 130 lbs and my classmates teased me non-stop. I have felt like less of a person for the majority of my life and the immediate family are the ones telling me not to lose too much or I have gone too far when I am at 208 lbs! It is a huge demon to battle when you have to seek out someone else to support you in being healthy because your own family is caught in disorderly thinking and bad behavior.
This is the man with me, my husband, my savior! My husband is the ONLY person I can count on to have some orderly thinking about health. Although he doesn't know much about eating properly, he is good at fitness and supporting me in my Nutrition efforts and emotional issues with family. He tries to keep my thinking straight when I get around my family and they want to feed and be lazy.
It is weird to me that among a society of people with Hollywood slims as the ideal, overweight could be ok in people's minds. It seems that those people have it in their mind that overweight is not how we should look but it is ok in their minds to eat endlessly and not exercise.
My husband and I are doing so much to have a healthy lifestyle and avoiding people who are not on the path is crucial for us. We go to visit my family occasionally but it is so difficult to stay on track and bounce back from their disorderly lives.
Some people can't stand to see you be more successful than they are in being healthy because they are too weak to put in the work. They don't challenge themselves or make any effort. Therefore they try to stifle your efforts.
I am not going to let other people live my life, they did that for so many years, in the last 3 years I have spent in a different country away from those people, I have found peace. Minimizing my time for visits has really made a difference and it is a lifelong struggle.
I don't care if somebody thinks overweight is ok, it is not for ME!
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Our body has a need for a certain amount of every type of food and some of those can be produced by it if not eaten, others won't be produced if not eaten.
Protein is of utmost importance to the body because it works with the muscles and fuels your energy. If you don't eat the required protein, your body will be at a loss because it doesn't have the capability to make it.
Starches and fats are produced by the body, the body is really good at taking starch and breaking it into fat to store, that is why we really must stick to eating only the necessary amount of starch and fat.
A variety of foods are necessary for the body and that keeps the body processing things so that we can see change. We should have starches, fats, vegetables, protein, dairy and fruits every day to complete our Nutrition.
The glycemic index is a measure of the amount of natural sugars in fruit. Grapefruit, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries are examples of the lowest glycemic index fruits. On the medium level is apples and oranges. The highest glycemic index fruits are bananas, grapes and watermelon. We should eat mostly on the low glycemic levels for fruits.
Lately I have had full satisfaction with eating what my body needs. I have stuck to that level of food and variety to feel well. Any issues I had, I did not use to food to solve them. I exercised to get my mind off thinking about food or from being bored.
We must be satisfied with the necessary food to fuel our bodies, otherwise we won't be healthy.
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