Thursday, April 11, 2013
We all get caught up in the number on the scale, how our clothes fit etc. Often we get down when we get stagnant. We haven't seen the scale move in a few days, weeks, months. We haven't had to buy a new wardrobe lately. I have hit many a plateau along the way and now that I am hitting a certain point my body is slowing the weight loss and occassionally bucking it all together. I was getting down and a bit unmotivated but then I got thinking. 4 years ago I would have gotten down given up and maybe drown my sorrows in a pizza. That my friends is just plain stupid. Maybe the losing stalls but the habits are still there. I drink my water, I eat my veggies, and I move more. So think about this if you are getting down if you have truly made changes you should be HAPPY with that HAPPY you eat better, HAPPY you cut back/out soda, HAPPY you take the stairs instead of the elevator. Keep doing these things all day every day and you will see the changes come again.
I had this thought after having 4 days where I was stressed, tired, and unmotivated. I felt like here I am working at this for 4 years and I'm still not at my goal weight. Then I realized I am also a completely different person than that other girl. I am someone who enjoys eating healthy, likes working out, and wants to be healthy for the rest of my life. I am going to have to do this the rest of my life but not because I have to, because I want to. For me it is not longer enough just to exist I have to LIVE!!
Thursday, March 28, 2013
This is my how I lost the weight and I am hoping it helps you. The first thing is you have to start being honest with yourself. You know you need to lose weight and you know that involves changing your eating habits and your exercise habits.
Step 1 Stop dieting. Change your relationship with food. Food is fuel. You need fats, carbohydrates, and protein and in my opinion a small square of dark chocolate almost daily. I am serious about this. I eat mostly fruits, veggies, and legumes. I do eat small quantities of meat but less often than I eat the other stuff (note this works for me not everyone). Sit down enjoy your food and be mindful of what you are eating. Log your food and log it maybe forever if you have to, I may have to I am an emotional eater! Speaking of that get the emotions in check start thinking is this bag of chips worth the guilt I will feel later just to satisfy this emotion now. Phone a friend, go for a walk but put down the emotional comfort food. Cut the processed garbage down, out whatever it is a waste of calories. Drink water and eat things with the least amount of ingredients on the package.
Step 2 Exercise consistently. Exercise does not mean go running if you hate running. Find something you love. For example I love playing racquetball with the fiancÚ. Walking, dancing, lifting weights, sports of sorts there are lots of options the point is get moving and do it daily. I do run and I strength train, I have to do the combination to lose weight.
Step 3 I have to, I will say this again, I have to, weigh myself daily. If you are someone who is prone to backsliding I recommend this contrary to what everyone tells you because I believe (I am not an expert mind you) I believe that knowing your weight fluctuations and knowing when your weight is getting out of control is very important. I swing up and down 2 lbs all of the time FYI but if it starts creeping up to 5lbs. I know it is time to check the sodium and the food log and put the brakes on where they need to be put on.
Take what you will from this I hope that it gets your gears going and will help you figure out how to get on the right path. I am not an expert this is what works for me but give it a try if you think it may give you what you are missing
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Okay so I have lost 100lbs cool but I met another goal. My body fat percentage is now low enough that if I were still in the Army I would pass body fat percent. This has been a big big goal for me! I'm not getting back in I am just happy that I could if I wanted too!
Sunday, March 24, 2013
The one on the left is fairly close to my starting weight, the one on the right is about 50lbs lost
This is my face this morning before work.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
When I was younger I played every sport there was out there. I was good at most of them while I was never the top athlete I was alway "athletic." Long story short I got fat, I got a fair amount smaller and started competing in half marathons, triathlons...okay I started doing them. I played different pick up sports and even "schooled" some of the guys I work with in basketball. I started playing racquetball with a friend and then the fiance. Even though I have been doing all of these athletic things I haven't felt like a athlete or athletic. There were moments where there would be a glimmer of the athlete but only a fleeting glimpse. I have finally shed weight to a point where I am not far off of my "athletic" version of me. I am also finally feeling the part of the athlete. I did my tactical range course at work and I felt fluid during it, I didn't feel awkward. Last night was probably my biggest breakthrough the fiance and I were playing racquetball and I was doing well, but then he let out a little secret that for the first time he was actually keeping tabs on the score. Big mistake. Competition mode set in for me and a game that was even up until then became me going all "athletic" and I was on fire not missing balls, balancing, jumping, racing to low shots all the way across the court. From the point he told me there was a score being kept until the end I pretty much dominated. On the drive home he told me he was very impressed he was playing his butt off and getting crushed. He said that I have really been improving athletically in the past couple weeks and the truth is I have been feeling glimmers of it, but last night I felt it full on.
I am excited to see how this athlete can do in triathlons this year (first tri of the year is Olympic distance on June 6), I can't wait to knock out a half marathon and keep improving. And I really want to do a marathon, an obstacle run, and I want to start playing competitive volleyball again. I have done all of these different races but it is like they were just training runs and the training wheels were on now I want nothing more than to push my boundaries of comfort and watch my times drop and actually become a competitor.
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