Wednesday, September 16, 2009
At the beginning of summer, I never thought I could lose weight. I followed my friends advice: exercise and eating right. Mind you, not at the same time. One small change at a time. Eventually, these small changes started to be stick. In fact, last week, I tried to quit. Seriously, I ate like crap and did not exercise as much. And.. I felt like crap! Now I notice when I do work out and eat right, my body hums like an engine.
With these changes, I am not that person I was in May - haha.. I ate a salad and salmon for lunch today and it was great! I used to avoid salad like it was a plaque. I eat more fruit. Don't get me wrong I still eat my sweets but I am hoping to switch those out along with my bad carbs.. haha!
Oh I am so excited for this. I can do this! My counselor said that I need to make it a priority and she is right. This is about me and it is my me time. I just need to make time. In the end, it makes me more efficient and energized! Good luck to all of you guys!!!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Things are changing.. for the better.
For the last few years I have felt bad about my body. Where I look in the mirror and I thought I looked gross. The last time I felt gross was when I was laying in bed and felt like a body of fat jello. This was not fun. Since that moment I have taken small steps forward to a new me. Just as in walking a mile, you cannot be fit over night. At the beginning of the summer, I weight 260. As I look back on me, I look like someone blew me up with air. Not even kidding! Fast forward to today, I think I weigh 235ish. Yup, I have lost near 25 lbs. About half the weight I really want to lose. I would have thought it would be so empowering to lose weigh but it is. It is like if I can do this - I can do anyhting! I seem to have more confidence. Today, I decided to wear something cute rather than the bagging t-shirts I have. Well, what kinda made my day was how a guy looked me up and down. And a cute guy. It was one of the nicest compliments.. haha! He wasn't sleazy and did not do it in a sleazy way. Maybe he looked down and up because I walking and my shoes are noisy. Who know - who cares. The important thing is that it made me feel really good.
Besides that, I have noticed that I like walking and running. When I am walking, I will break out in a run. I think that is the most fun to do. Just randomly run. When I do stop running I am like why didn't I keep going. Currently, I can run a whole 1/4 of a mile WITHOUT stopping. For me, that is pretty amazing. Also, I seem to eat healthier.. and so many other things.
I am not sure if it is part of my weight loss or what but I am excited for classes this semester. I have great classes, a nice bf, and things seem to be going in the right direction! I lvoe it and wanted to share some of my excitement! Hope you have a kick-ass day!
Saturday, September 05, 2009
As most of you know as you were there every step of the way is that I lost 22 lbs over the summer. I did this by changing my eating and activity habits. I was very focused during the entire summer - counting every calorie I ate and burned. Some even said I was too concerned about it. I was that focused.
Well, at the end of the summer, I kinda just quit. This was totally unintentional. Mind you I did not quit doing the things I learned over the summer such as eating correctly or working out during the day. I quit logging it on SP. I am not sure why. I just did. Maybe I did because I felt that I became a calorie calculator and know about how many calories I should have a meal. I mean isn't that is why we are all on here. To change our habits and our lifestyle. In another words, you can say I took off my training wheels off. I am still on here and check this daily. I just do not need it to count calories anymore. If I am over a hundred calories, is it really that big of a deal?
I think the bigger deal is when I do not work out. That affects me a whole alot more. This week I started classes and my schedule was crazy!! I did not work out as much as I would like. As my schedule settles, I hope to walk to school daily (5 blocks), and lift twice a week. In addition to this, I am in an aerobics class which I think will help me continue to lose weight. Besides that, if I felt that I want to "work out", my college has numerous like five or six group classes that I could take advantage of or even the great swimming pool.
I guess my point is that I know many of you are worried about me. I just wanted to convey that I think I am doing okay. Yes, I am not as focused as I was in the summer. Seriously, I was working out 2 hrs a day. Now that is crazy! I just wanted to let you all know that I think it is time for the training wheels to come off and for me to try to start riding forward without them. I know I will stumble as many do. When I do that, I think the most important thing for me to do is get back on the bike or rather the weight loss wagon. If I feel I need the training wheels, I know where they are. Now keep in mind I am not quitting and I am still on here. I just am choosing not to "track" my calories and my workouts here.
I hope this all makes sense.. if you have any questions about my reasoning.. I would love to hear them!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
In one of my past attempts to lose weight, I joined curves. At the time period of my life that I was working out at Curves, I was also getting counseling for depression. I remember my counselor telling me to consider it "me time". I tried but it just did not stick.
Well, when I started this last weight loss journey, I have changed a bit. One of things that have changed for me is that working out is a vice for me. Working out is a vice for me in three ways.
First, it helps relieve some of my depression symptoms like anxiety which I just love. I think that is why I love starting my day with a morning walk. ;)
Secondly, working out is a great stress reliever. That is actually why I call it "working out" and not "exercising". Working out for me meaning that I am working out my frustrations for the day. It is probably a good habit to form since my field that I hope to go into, Social Work, is considered to be highly stressful and has a high burnout rate. The sooner I learn how to handle and manage stress, the better! Also, exercise just gives me a bad feeling. I guess I have connected "bad" feelings and some events of my life with it.
Lastly, working out is becoming my "me time" as I mentioned before. In my life, I have a lot on my plate as many people do. For me, it consists of friends, family, work and school and sometimes I put myself last and everyone first. Working out has become a part of the day where all I think about is me. In fact, if I am on a walk, I will not answer my phone or text because it is Savannah's time.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Okay, so I have decided I am very frustrated and annoyed with people - especially the ones that think they know EVERYTHING about weight loss but have not lost a single pound themselves. If they know everything, why are they not applying it to themselves! Seriously! Since I have told people I have lost weight, they feel it is okay to tell me how to do it. I know how to do it! Eating right and exercise! In fact, the whole nation does too - we just don't do that. (Mind you if you are using a different strategy to lose weight, that is okay too. I just know this is working for me. Also, I am working on a lifestyle change here.. ;) ) In past times that I have lost weight it always discouraged me or got me off track when people told me how I should do it. For example, that I should not eat dessert or I should exercise. Hello people, this is my choice. If I want to eat a whole damn pie I will. Obviously, that would not be a good weight loss choice for me but it is really none of their damn business. I am doing to this for me and me only. Not them. Also, I obviously know somewhat what I am doing since I lost 17 lbs.. that is a considerable amount you just wake up and be like I think I will lose 17 lbs today. No, it takes every day decisions. Yes, I haven't lost weight for a couple weeks - I think I might be on a plateau - but still I know what to do. In fact, I think I even know what I need to do to get off this plateau - change it up. Variety is the spice of life, right? On a side note, I do not mind if I get advice from individuals who DO know what they are doing and have lost weight. Also, I cannot wait until I am an expert and I can advise these people, the ones that telling me how to do it, how I did it and how they can do it for themselves. Okay, I think I ran out of steam about this but it is so damn frustrating when everyone is trying to give you advice and you just want to tell them to shut up. In fact, today someone told me that basically there is no such thing as "in moderation" in terms of cheesecake. Well, if I never have cheesecake I will fail!! Okay, truly I am done!
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