Sunday, June 16, 2013
I don't know about all of you, but my weight loss journey has not been one straight line of successes. I am almost at 15 months into this journey, and there have been many successes such as:
Losing 65 pounds!
Being able to walk 3 miles a day with my dog!
Having more energy and getting better sleep!
Making tons of awesome Spark Friends!
Not giving up in the face of the dreaded plateaus, 3 of them to be exact, and one of those I hit twice!
Still being here 15 months later (after coming and going over the years) and never giving up!
But it hasn't always been 's and 's. Some less-than-successful-moments include:
: Being on a terrible plateau and not losing ANY weight for almost 4 months.
: Getting frustrated and slacking off for 6 weeks which resulted in regaining 10 pounds.
: Feeling defeated because the scale wouldn't budge no matter what.
: Days where I have eaten everything in sight, upwards of 3000 calories.
: Days where I have not gotten off the couch.
The #1 question I get asked is how do you stay motivated? And the truth of the mater is that I am not ALWAYS motivated. It comes and it goes. It's all about the lifestyle, and forming healthy habits. For example I do the following AUTOMATICALLY without any thought:
Weigh and track all my food, ALWAYS.
Track my water.
Get in some form of exercise everyday (mainly walking for me, with Sparky or alone)
Log into Spark People every day.
I don't think about if I SHOULD track my food, or if I SHOULD exercise, I just do it. And if you do something long enough, you will get to the "sweet spot" where you are no longer thinking about what you should do, because you are just doing it. Keep your eye on the , and just remember it's all about this:
Time flies whether we realize it or not. That quote that "A year from now, you will wish you started today" is SO true and something to keep in mind. My 15 month journey has been about my consistent efforts not to give up. I was probably doing well 10 out of those 15 months, but in the end what you do MOST of the time is what wins.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Can I just say how flippin excited I am for BLC? The reason I am so excited about this round specifically, is not only because I have an amazing team, but for the first time I am hitting my stride in between rounds. I have not been this excited and on point with food AND exercise since the beginning of my journey 14 months ago. This is my 3rd round of BLC, but the first round where I'm not using the round as a reason to get back on track, I'm already on track... and that track is running straight forward to Onederland!
My goal for this round is to make it my best yet, the first round I lost 14.4 pounds and I am looking to beat that. My goal is 16.6 pounds this round. That is a weird number but it will take me from 211.6 to 195, so let's rock this!
My Goals For BLC:
: Get in 300 fitness minutes per week (gotta get my points).
: Participate in ALL challenges.
: Get enough points to become a "Dutiful Deputy"!
: Be able to be PROUD of what I accomplish during these 12 weeks. Last round, well um, not so much LOL.
: Do exactly what I did the entire month of May which includes: Exercising daily, tracking/weighing all food and being in range and getting in my water.
: I also have a goal to WORK on the things that we did in the fitness test (below). I can't come back in 12 weeks and expect to be able to do more when I don't do those things regularly during the 12 weeks. I get that this time and the idea of "beating the record" sounds great!
Lose 16.6 pound (Goal weight of 195). This one is last because I can't control the exact amount of weight I lose, but I can control all of my habits listed above!
Our gracious Cappy wanted us to take a photo of our flexibility so we could compare it in the coming weeks. Can we just say there is nothing flattering about this angle?
*BTW, my brother who took the picture refused to take it with me slumped all the way forward, with my gut pressed into my knees and reaching to my toes, he said that wasn't the proper way to stretch, so eff him LOL. So this is as good as HE would tolerate*
And Fitness Test Results:
1 Mile Walk: 19.37
Plank: 20 seconds
Wall Sit: 50 seconds
(Modified) Squats: 15
(Wall) Pushups: 25
(For Fun) Hula Hoop: 3 minutes (7 is my highest record but it's yet to be duplicated LOL)
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
I had a status update about this yesterday, and got some good feedback, and just wondering if there are any others of you out there that can relate to this one.
A coworker and I had kind of talked about how much weight I lost a couple weeks ago, and yada yada blah blah. Cut to 2 weeks later, and she is on some wazoo diet. I don't care how anyone decides to go about getting healthier, that's not my place to say anything... but the crazy part is... she is trying to help me... um WTF?!
Now, I know what you are thinking, help is nice, etc etc. But time out. She weighs more than me and has just started on a self proclaimed "diet". She knows I've lost 60 pounds, and that I've been at it a while. But she proceeds to tell me (in a bragging tone, as I eat my El Pollo Loco I got at work, all tracked and dandy btw), about these smoothies she is making for breakfast. Then later she tells me "Oh, you really must go on this site Skinnytaste.com", and I cut her off right there and said "It's a great site, I had her jalapeno popper chicken, it's great, you should try it." AKA, you can't tell me anything I don't already know.
I don't share what I know, I don't share my plan, so I understand she has no way of knowing what I know about and what I don't... but just like I am not giving unsolicited advice to her about her "diet", I don't need it in return. I told her that I kind of go through phases where I cook a lot, and then there are times where I rely more on frozen foods because I get lazy but I still plan everything and it helps me. She laughed and she understood I think as she said "I go through phases too, I'm on the upswing right now." To which I just said "I am on the downswing, 14 months in and losing the same 5ish pounds for 5 months can take it's toll on you."
Her enthusiasm is overwhelming, and I am not hating on her for that, I think it's great. I too was once 's and 's about everything too. You woke up and the was shining and the birds were chirping and you saw yourself in the mirror and you said, "You are awesome, you got this"... but that doesn't last forever.
I just was not overly excited about the fact that she felt the need to help me, when she knows I've lost 60 pounds, weigh less than her, and now knows I'm over 14 months into this. Although once I got that zinger in of how long I was doing it, she quickly got quiet. But I had the last laugh as I ate my perfectly portioned and tracked ice cream and she chewed on her celery. I guess that my friends is the difference between some "diet" and a healthy lifestyle full of things in moderation.
Friday, May 31, 2013
My brother and I used to joke I was Monica
Seriously, who am I? I know putting down the fork when you are full is what most normal people usually do... but between you and me, you don't get up 272 pounds only eating when you are truly hungry, and stopping when you are full.
I also used to eat waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too fast. So by the time my body told me I was full, I was already way beyond the full point.
My uncle and I went to the Casino yesterday to see his ladies, Celtic Woman lol. We had a blast. My schedule was thrown off as I was only able to get an hours sleep before we left, but we had a blast. We had El Pollo Loco for lunch, I usually get a kids meal pollo bowl but I didn't see it on the menu, so I said eh, I'll get a regular sized one and a loco salad. I ate the loco salad and about half of the bowl before I said I'm full. And I never took another bite. My uncle was amazed, he's used to seeing me put away good amounts of food. He even joked "what's happened to you?!" LOL.
I remember going out with my friend at age 19 and saying "I'm so full" as I was STILL eating she finally said "then why don't you stop eating?" Oh, that makes sense! I was just a food lover and I loved to eat so that never occurred to me in the past.
Dinner time rolled around and they had this thing called an "Animal Style Potato". Think In N Out animal style sauce on a huge potato with hamburger meat and onions. I was also looking at the chicken salad sandwich and my uncle said well I'll get the sandwich you can have half and I'll have half the potato. Okay good plan. NOT! The result: I ate half the potato and the pickle off his plate, I was full and done. He ate most of his sandwich and some of the potato. It was delicious but I didn't stuff myself.
Ladies and Gentleman, I am a changed person, inside and out! I have been on this journey just over 14 months, I have lost 60ish pounds, but this entire month of May I have finally felt like I "got this".
In the month of May:
: I have not eaten any fast food on my own for giggles. I had El Pollo Loco once at work, Chipotle once at work cuz I forgot my food at home, and obviously out with my uncle. But never drove thru on my own for no reason.
: Have not binged.
: Have not even eaten 2000 calories when before I would regularly have 3000+ calories 5-7 times a month.
: I have over 1400 fitness minutes or something crazy, NEVER had that before.
: I do not feel like this is work. I know I'm working my butt off cuz I'm getting the job done, but this feels like LIFE, not a diet, not a plan, not work, just regular old life, and it feels amazing!
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