Friday, July 30, 2010
Drew Carey went from 44 inch waist with type II diabetes to 33 inches with no diabetes. How did he do it?
You already know the answer to this one.
Diet and exercise!
Apparently he reduces carbs, drinks water, and exercises 45 minutes a day. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
Congrats to Drew! Still funny, just healthier making us laugh!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Remember Jarod, the Subway spokesman who lost 245 lbs on a Subway diet? Seems Jarod has another lesson to teach us. Once the Subway endorsements slowed down, so did his diet and motivation, it seems. It's all too easy to slip back into familiar patterns. He has regained some of his weight back.
So like Jarord, you've lost the weight. Yay! Bikini party! Work it, work it, fashion, fashion baby. Once the high fives, pats on the back, and strutting is done, then what?
As a long term maintainer, I don't have great news here. However hard you had to work in order to lose weight, is what you will have to do to keep it off. If you successfully got the idea of 'lifestyle change', then you have a good chance of doing this.
Even still, it's harder than some may realize. In the 5 years of maintaining my weight, I've had more than one alarming spells when I realized I was slipping. Things like this went through my mind:
"Oh, I'm still eating well, but I haven't exercised in a couple of weeks."
"BBQ ribs with all the fixings won't hurt me this one time (but in reality I've had it 3 times this week)".
"I haven't counted my calories today, but I'm sure I'm within range (I'm underestimating)".
And predictably, my weight starts creeping up, my pants get tighter. I threw out all of my fat clothes, and I absolutely refuse to buy a larger dress size. So when things start feeling a little snug, that's usually my kicker to get back on track.
When it becomes a daily routine of exercising and counting calories, I find it pretty easy to keep up with. It's just like brushing my teeth in the morning and washing my hair. It's something I have to do.
However...whenever there's something that disrupts my routine, that's when the trouble starts for me. A break in my routine, like a vacation or a cross country move, and that's usually when the above thoughts start slipping in my head.
It hasn't happened just once. It's happened enough times, it's predictable. I gain back at most 5 pounds, which may not sound like a lot, but I'm only 5'0". A 10 pound weight gain is enough for me to move a full dress size up.
I hated how I felt when I wore a size 14. I hated myself. I couldn't stand myself in my own skin. A size 10 leads to a size 12, which isn't too far from a 14. I absolutely detest the idea of buying a size 10, and I'm certain that's the main reason why I haven't regained the full 30 I lost. A size 10 is off limits. It represents a person I never want to see in the mirror again.
And so, exercising and counting calories becomes like brushing my teeth again.
I hope Jarod finds what it will take to stop him from regaining all the weight he lost, before the past is looking back at him in the mirror.
Monday, July 05, 2010
I've had a lot of changes in my life since my last blog post. I've moved from Seattle, WA to Savannah, GA, and I'm engaged to be married! What hasn't changed is I'm still 10 pounds from my goal weight.
I've come to realize it really is a mental thing. My last physical, my doctor says I am healthy, and healthier than the average American. I've successfully lost 30 pounds, but I can't seem to lose the 'last 10 pounds'. Am I happy enough with 130? Is that good enough?
Perhaps so. However, since moving to the south, I have a new motivation. There are many, many more bikini days than there were in Seattle! We've been going to the beach almost every weekend, so I am finding the desire to tone and tighten up a little more strongly. On the other hand, the temptation to eat poorly is much, much more prevalent in the south. Delicious BBQ is at every turn, and not much in the way of sushi, one of my favorite healthy foods. Farmers market with fresh veggies and fruit is nearly non existant, however, I am finding it easy to grow tomatoes and peppers on my balcony due to the strong days of sun.
I've been holding off on trying on wedding dresses, and I've got to get on that.
So, here's to another fresh start!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Food for thought. I've often said that when I got serious about weight loss, I cut out all fatty food completely and suffered through the withdrawals like a heroine addict. There may be something to it. While moderation is key to lifelong success, I know for me I had to go cold turkey at the beginning. I was not able to do moderation because I was addicted.
Friday, February 05, 2010
I've seen lots of comments about it on the blogs and message boards, and my curiosity couldn't take it anymore (I am half cat, I think.) I just got Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred this morning.
I paid attention to the warnings, and was fully prepared to get my butt kicked. At this stage in my fitness, I *want* to get my butt kicked. Bring it, Jillian.
I was not disappointed. My butt has Jillian's boot prints all over it. I admit, there were a couple of times when I was tempted to take a little break. Just a little. But there was Jillian - she KNEW. "Don't quit!" Drat, how did she know?
I followed along as best I could. When she says "No rest", she isn't kidding! When my muscles screamed and I wanted to stop, I imagined Jillian screaming at me like I was on the Biggest Loser, "Don't give up! Don't you dare give up! You can do one more! Don't ever say you can't!" I did one more jumping jack; one more butt kick; one more squat. All the while thinking it was the longest 20 minutes of my life!
And I loved every minute of it (once it was over). Phew. I'm a glutton for punishment. Excited for another kicking from JM tomorrow.
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