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Never Before, Never Again... But the Grand Total IS....!!!!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Ok. So my older sister has been quite stressed. And in that stress has put on some weight. It's always been hard to tell her when it happens because she takes things pretty hard, but she's noticed herself and finally has decided to do something about it.
Living in Kansas, as other Kansans might know about it, we started the Slim4Life diet. Now Bis (my sister) has done this before. Since it's a real diet center where it's on location and you have a coach, and instructions and materials like diet pills and all, it wasn't cheap. Weighing in was great for her, but she couldn't do the supplements; no one in our family can our body's and digestive systems are just too sensitive and ill to handle them - plus they aren't great for you anyway. However, since she did it once, we still had instructions for what was necessary to lose the weight. So, in order to help each other we decided to do it together. I forgot though why she hated doing it so much...
The first three days are what's called a meat cleanse. You are required to eat 3 POUNDS of meat (any meat (besides pork) but they HIGHLY suggest just beef, the more BEEF you eat the more you lose) and then as many green veggies as you want, as well as 80 oz of water, 1 egg if you want, half an orange for breakfast and another half before 6pm, and only 1/4 tsp of salt. Any seasonings you want on the meat as long as there is no salt and you can marinate the beef in fat free vinaigrette dressings if you want.
3 Pounds of meat? I can totally do that, Meat is delicious and eating three pounds before 6 pm will be... Not easy, but not something I can't handle. That's what you'd think right? WRONG.
Oh my goodness, these last few days were probably some of the hardest I have ever done. Who would have thought it could have been so hard!?! Meat... Meat... Meat... That's all. Green Veggies except peas. Very bland but refreshing after so much heavy food. And believe me, that orange? Yes it's extra food but my gosh, that little piece of fruit was my lifesaver these three days, it was all I looked forward to. I don't think I'm ever going to eat Beef again. Breakfast these three days consisted of Day 1: Half an arm roast, Day 2: Three Cubed Steaks, Day 3: 2 Hamburger Patties. Lunch was Day 1: 8 oz Ribeye, Day 2: 4 Hamburger Patties, Day 3: 2 lbs of Taco Meat. Dinner consisted of Day 1: 1 lb ground beef, Day 2: 1.5 lb Beef tips, Day 3: 12 oz tritrip steak
I almost died. I'm not even kidding you. All year I've been lucky to eat ONE meat a day. Let alone three times that much in one sitting.
The point of this three day kickstart is first to kickstart the metabolism. Stick nine pounds of dense beef in your system and your body has no choice but to start digesting and burning it faster. The second is to kick out the cravings. Slim4Life wants to make it easier to resist all of the fat foods at the start of your diet. So pumping you full of meat and 200-300 g of protein kills any desire to eat more, and the protein removes even the thought of going for a bag of chips or candy bar. Third it helps you to start the real diet much easier, because after three straight days of meat, you can do nothing but rejoice at the fact that you get 4 veggie servings, 3 fruit servings, 3 proteins, 1 meat and 1 fat a day. It's truly awesome haha.
Anyway. Moral of the story. I was severely nervous about this start. They guarantee you lose weight by these first three days. If you stick to it and don't cheat, you'll lose anywhere from 6-13 lbs, then you go on the real diet to keep it off and continue losing. I was terrified. Because knowing me and my body? Even if I did everything right I would be that ONE PERSON to actually like gain a couple lbs or something.
The diet ended last night.
Woke up this morning. Headed downstairs to stand on that dreadful little white box and read the numbers. And there it was.
I made sure the scale was adjusted to EXACTLY on zero, kept my head straight forward, closed my eyes, stepped on the box, centered myself, took a deep breath and...
7 POUNDS LOST!!!!!!!!!!!! It was a success!!!!!
Now onto the next couple weeks of dieting with my sister, and then weight maintenance to keep it off. Yes it was terrible. Yes the thought of doing it again is one of the worst ideas I could ever think of, but Yes, it worked, and Yes I am SO happy. And SO determined to keep it that way. Wish me luck on my endeavors! As my SparkPage heading explains, LET'S DO IT!!!

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MARYLAMOOGAN 6/5/2013 12:08AM

    Thanks everyone! And yes you eat three pounds of meat, VERY SPECIFICALLY beef, for three days. Fish, poultry also can be used but they really stress that the more beef you eat the more you'll lose. So you eat 3 lbs of beef a day, any kind of beef, any kind of seasonings on the beef so long as it has no salt in it, (Mrs. Dash seasonings are saltless) but that's just because you need to control the level of salt you eat which is only 1/4 tsp a day. So, 3 lbs of meat, 1/4 tsp of salt max. Also as many GREEN veggies as you'd like except for peas, and half an orange with breakfast, the other half an orange before 6pm. Fat free vinaigrette dressings are allowed, so for one dinner I marinated the steak in fat free italian vinaigrette and then pepper and onion and garlic powder and it was actually quite delicious. No eating anything after 6 pm except water. Last thing is 80oz of water a day MINIMUM. That's more than eight glasses like sparkpeople, but only 10 so it's not TOO terrible. But you have to drink that. Also, you may have two cups of either tea or coffee in the morning. Unfortunately I have a terrible digestive system, so I ended up having to take laxative tea in order to get my stomach to move all of the meat out of my system haha. But in the end. It DID work... Maintain a healthy diet afterward and you can keep it off!

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JOHGLO2011 5/31/2013 8:07PM

    Wow! That is ALOT of meat! I could not do that, but congrats on your weight loss! Best wishes to you!

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BIXASTARR 5/31/2013 4:39PM

    Holy! I couldn't do it. I think my heart would just revolt and stop pumping at about 2 lbs. 7 lbs lost though? That's awesome!!!! Good job!

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HISANGEL721 5/31/2013 4:11PM

    So, you eat 3 lbs of meat a day?

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No.... No no no no no..... I am such a failure

Friday, May 17, 2013

Never before. Never before in my life have I been this much. I'm not saying that I'm severely overweight. But look. I was supposed to be at 119 lbs by now. I was going from 130 to 110. I had gotten down to 124 at one point. And now look at me... I had to restart my goals. Because in a matter of three weeks. I gained 8 POUNDS.... I am going to cry. Now instead of having a fit and ready body by the beginning of summer, I'll be lucky if I get there by August 3rd.
I'm working out. I've been doing crossfit. But not the terrible heavy lifting kill yourself and get huge muscles crossfit. Just the bootcamp. A lot of pushups box jumps pull ups running you name it. Granted I've only done it a couple times, but I'm still doing it.
Look, I think this whole workout thing is actually blowing back up right into my face, as well as my stomach, thighs, butt and arms. Since I'm working out and in the mindset of working out, and since I'm now at home for the summer with any food I want in 5 feet of distance from me, I'm hungrier, and therefore am eating more. Much more apparently, than I should be eating. But I can't help it! Working out makes me hungry, and since I'm hungry and am in the mindset of "Oh, I've been working out! This isn't bad for me because I need the carbs/protein for my workout" I have as a result gained much more than what I was ever wanting. At the beginning of the year when I wasn't even trying to lose anything at all? I lost 10 pounds. Now? I've gained 10.
I'm going on a run... We'll see if I can try to kickstart this all back and I can lose some weight... Overall though at this point I'm just kind of devastated. Severely devastated in fact... Sigh... Wish me luck... Here we go again.

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MARYLAMOOGAN 5/19/2013 12:12AM

    Thanks everyone for the comments, advice, words of encouragement. I'm not going to give up and every bit of reminders and encouragement helps! I'm gonna take all of these words to heart an do my best to follow my goals and be healthier and better about all of this! emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 5/17/2013 9:10PM

    Just keep going and you will see that it will work for you!!

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HISANGEL721 5/17/2013 2:13PM

    You can do this! It is very hard to read your body in the beginning, especially when training hard. When I first started doing the ZCUT workouts, I felt ravenous! I had to remind myself that I could eat things - after a workout - that were filling and only in 100 calorie portions. This helped me account for the hunger after my workouts but didn't spoil my day's diet work. I especially love to eat nuts after a workout! Packed full of protein, eat them in 100 calorie increments with a glass of water and your hunger will be gone :)

Just keep at it. You can do this! My weight loss didn't work for me the first... third... fifth.. I don't even know how many times I've started and stopped! But, all I know is that I feel better when I try :) I failed big time at the beginning of this month. I put on weight when I should be getting all fit and toned because it is my second month of ZCUT. In one week, I turned it around! Sure, I'm a little tired. I've been hitting my workouts hard.. sure, correcting my eating is challenging... but it is worth it! I'm worth it! In about a week, I've corrected my previous mistakes and I'm looking to weigh in lower than what I weighed two weeks ago!

Go hard, eat clean, and stay positive! We're all here for you :)

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BIXASTARR 5/17/2013 12:38PM

    Head up! You can do this, and even if you can't get it done as soon as you wanted, the important thing is that you are getting it done. Keep a smile on your face and a positive outlook, because being negative and down yourself will make this much harder on you!

You're beautiful, smart, and healthy. You're gonna reach your goal because you want it and you're willing to work for it! You got this!

Just remember to log your food eaten, and don't be afraid of workouts. Women don't get huge gross muscles from strength training unless they're on hgh (steroids). That's a mean and discouraging myth. Strength training will make your muscles firm and tone your body. As an added bonus: stronger muscles burn more calories :)

You can do this, please don't be so hard on yourself. Smile and remember how awesome you are!

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KNYAGENYA 5/17/2013 12:29PM

    Everything will be ok. There are tons of reasons why weight changes. It could be you aren't getting enough water, TOM, building muscle or even stress. It will come back off. I had a water weight gain for 2 weeks in a row and it finally came off today. Plan your foods. I make menus of what I am going to eat every day. This helps me. I would also suggest a hobby that keeps your hands busy. I knit so my hands stay busy and I am not tempted to go to the fridge to see what is in there. You can do this. I have faith in you.

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JESSERMOVICK 5/17/2013 12:27PM

    since you know you are so hungry after workout, I found that the protein powders in a juice work wonders to curb hunger. Maybe try that. I know how hard it is to avoid the "hey you worked out! go have a snack as a treat" frame of mind.

Planning food out is a great idea, using the food tracker after each meal maybe? So you can see your progress and know that you can't have the extra food? emoticon

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SQUIRRELLYONE 5/17/2013 11:32AM

    Start planning your food! Trust me, it will help!

You can fill up with good for you foods that don't have a lot of calories, and then really enjoy the "bad" foods you choose to eat :)

I eat a lot of blended soups
http://recipes.sparkp (my favourite)

and I always have a 4-cup salad (kale, spinach, tomatoes, peppers, and snap peas) with my lunch to help carry me through!

Keep at it! As your body acclimatizes to all the work you're making it do, you'll be less hungry!

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STODD251 5/17/2013 11:20AM

    Don't be so down on yourself. Sometimes when you start working out you do put on weight because you're building muscle. I gained 10 pounds when I first started working out and then lost it again when I decided to get serious about the nutrition aspect as well. As far as the hunger issue, you should try to find foods that are more filling to power your workouts rather than just eating whatever because "it's okay, I'm working out." I have found that starting my days with protein and eating plenty of fruit, as well as keeping hydrated have been keys to staying full and focused throughout the day, even when I am doing some hardcore working out. There is no reason to be devastated. Take it as a lesson. Now you can start trying to figure out what does work for you.

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College.... Oh Goodness Me.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Well this is the first blog post I have sat down to write for my sparkpage. I figured I'd give a small recap of what happened this year to make me want to officially join spark people and get this life of mine together.
So this was my first year of College. All I ever heard about was "the freshman fifteen the freshman fifteen everyone gains the freshman fifteen." It was like a chant in my head, berating me and worrying me the entire summer prior to College's start. The last thing I was going to do to myself was allow myself to gain that freshman fifteen.
Well, having 33 food allergies and a stomach disease, and Celiac to accompany everything else, it in fact was hardly difficult to avoid that freshman fifteen. And with oh so terrible habit I get myself into called over scheduling myself, the first semester of my freshman year was actually quite successful in maintaining my weight. In fact. I lost weight. To the point that everyone in my family started getting concerned. The stress of college and going in knowing nobody, getting too busy to eat, and only being able to eat certain few foods in the cafeteria anyway, I ended up finally losing that stubborn weight that I have been trying to lose for the last 6 years.
Don't get me wrong, that weight has disappeared before, but all by way of unhealthy means, whether sickness, lack of hunger, or minor anorexia. But as we all well know, the unhealthy means of losing weight? Never works. It just took me a few years to get that into my teenage head.
At this point in college however, I was not being unhealthy, eating less homemade meals and more natural stuff yes, and eating more frequently but in fewer amounts. I had lost weight unexpectedly and for the most part by a proper means. But I was not working out, and as the stress of college took it's toll and my health failed. Things started to go downhill.
Attempting to figure out all of the problems I was having for a woman's body, I was taking a series of medications, none of which were helping but in fact making me worse. The toll this took on my stress sent my health through a devastating loop, where I no longer was eating healthy, if eating at all.
It was not until second semester (I had gained back a couple pounds through Christmas break. For the record I never got out of my healthy weight range or even on the extreme low end of it. So I didn't need to gain these pounds. But once my body got into an unhealthy streak. It was hard to pull it out) that once we figured out my diagnosis and I had surgery and then recovery that I started gaining back the weight. Once again, that ever present chant returned to my thoughts, as pounds began to increase and I couldn't stop it no matter what I did. By this point my body was already back into it's unhealthy eating stages and cravings. In addition I never worked out. It has never been my forte and now it was coming back even more daunting of a task than before.
And here I am now, back at the top of that ever stubborn weight I have tried for so many years to lose. I am eating healthy. And I'm actually working out as well, in hopes that I can shed these 10-20 lbs as I have always dreamed. The first couple weeks were a success. As I had dropped 5 pounds in them and everything was working out. but I went home this weekend. And home is where the heart is, as well as all of the means to make whatever gluten free treat or sweet I want, and due to my lack of self control, end up eating all of it at once and gain three pounds back... Wish me luck on my endeavor. I have a few weeks yet to accomplish this goal. But as I sit here typing, my lack of motivation and fear of never succeeding makes its creeping journey back into my heart. I'm staying positive though. And always saying to myself what my sparkpage title tells me "Let's Do It."

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