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Cheat Day

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Yesterday was a planned cheat day. Had a hearty serving of a variety of desserts. Although it was planned, the way I feel physically today shows my body isn't used to 'cheating' anymore. It didn't really appreciate what the mind had planned for it. I feel bloated and can't wait to work it off later today.

That feeling of satiety doesn't feel as satisfying as it once did. I like that feeling of being at the edge of "I'm hungry enough that I could eat but not starving so I'll drink water instead." It keeps my energy levels up too!

My weight is dropping very slowly. I'm happy it's dropping. I'm at 102 kg today and I am so excited to be so close to the double-digit weight. It's been a lifetime it seems.

  
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TAMMAE 9/28/2014 7:38AM

    I totally understand! Overeating is so easy because it is a habit and after my stomach shrank from fasting I don't "enjoy" that feeling anymore. It is all a learning experience, isn't it? Best wishes to you and congrats on the weight loss!
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Plateaus

Thursday, September 18, 2014

It took a while to get the motivation-engine going, but I think it finally kicked into gear last week. I am now on an 8-week journey to reach a moderate-to-aggressive weight loss goal. I hope I will reach it. But my acceptance criteria is somewhere around 70% of that goal.

I had hit a plateau for a while and finally now I'm breaking through. Looking forward to it continuing this way.

A while back I remember reading someone's weight loss journey. That was before I had seriously started on mine. I remember reading that the person reached a plateau he couldn't break through for almost a year! That really put things into perspective for me. I realized that the true path to health success isn't a temporary or short or even long one. It's an ongoing one that has no end. "Lifestyle changes" is so overused that people have become desensitized to the notion of it (including myself). Thankfully, I am understanding it and living it now. It's not perfect, but it's way better than before.

Stay strong and consistent. Stay strong and consistent. You owe it to yourself. I owe it to myself.

  
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MIRAGE727 9/18/2014 7:17AM

    You live a healthy lifestyle, you win! The numbers eventually catch up to your mindset and your new routine! Outstanding!
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Has it been a year?

Monday, September 01, 2014

It's hard to believe my last post was over a year ago. In all fairness, I've come a long way on the good path. I've lost considerable weight and now wear clothes I hadn't worn in over 8 years. In fact, it has been a few months since I've been wearing my new wardrobe and I can't even imagine how I couldn't fit in them.

However, I've hit a plateau of about 5 months and had major slip-ups. Holidays, family vacations, and a bit of work-stress have derailed me from my routine. I started 2014 with The Hollywood Physique routine, which worked wonders on me. The best program for quick fat loss. It's tough as hell but it works. I did that for 100 days and then went to a normal lifestyle. I gained a few kilos back but still much less than what I was when I started.

My wife was showing me birthday pictures from a couple years ago. I was ashamed of myself. But now I am proud.

Having said that though, I don't want to hype myself up too much because I have been slipping, and my motivation needs a boost. So I came back here to reflect. Sparkpeople is like an old friend who will always be there for you.

Today is my first day to re-motivate, re-vitalize my energy, refresh my commitments.

  
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JAROL7 9/1/2014 3:19AM

    CONGRATS

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Feeling Energized!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

I'd say it has been about a month (or slightly over) since I started the Intermittent Fasting regime. Here's how it looks so far:

- I have way more energy than before. When I'm at the gym after a long day, I'm ready to give it my all. I haven't felt like this in years!
- I am never hungry to the point of weakness. When I first started intermittent fasting (IM), I went the first few days fighting my hunger pangs but my body adjusted very quickly. I learned the various types of hungers and know that my body was programmed to demand food, without physically needing it. And no, my metabolism didn't slow down because:
- I am consistently losing weight. Every week, I've lost some weight. During the days I didn't, I lost size. As I write this, I'm wearing a shirt that fits me perfectly that I haven't wore like this in more than 5 years! My waist has lost some. My neck has lost some. Although I'm looking at the weighing machine everyday, I do it for confirmation rather than results. I mean:
- I'm not really on a diet. I eat healthy, until I'm satisfied. I also eat junk occasionally, especially on the weekends, and don't stress over it. The weight scale goes up after the days I've had cake or chocolate, or a generous serving of bread/rice. But consistent exercise and laying off the bad carbs for a few days brings me right back to where I had left off before I had the bad carbs. The weight scale dips back down. So essentially, I'm using the scale to confirm and as a tool to get better tuned with my body.

I look different in the mirror. I still have tummy flab but it feels softer and more flexible; more loose. People around the office have started commenting. Friends and family are noticing. And I feel very proud of myself. It's very motivating. Secretly, I wish they wouldn't stop commenting, because it just motivates me so much.

I know I've said again and again that I'm committed. But this really is different. I have set an aggressive, but realistic goal for the next 7 weeks. It will be an ultimate achievement for me if I can get there. It's not my end goal, but it would be a very significant milestone on my fat loss journey.

Yes, exercise is important. But more important is eating healthy.

Yes, eating healthy is important. But most important is staying consistent.

Yes, staying consistent is important. But your ultimate payoff will come with patience.

  
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MYKIDSRSWEET 7/3/2013 8:06AM

    You are doing really well!

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Reading to Motivate

Sunday, June 02, 2013

I have been reading nothing but health and fitness articles lately. It really helps to keep me motivated. What's more is all the amazing success stories and inspirational journeys people have, and vlog about. Nothing motivates me more than to see how awesome others have succeeded. I know I can do it too.

  
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