Sunday, January 26, 2014
I was reading through someone's blog posts and she gave tips on how she lost weight.
One of them was being honest with yourself, and to the people on Sparkpeople.
Quite honestly, the only one I'm fooling is myself.
I've mentioned this before but I do think I have an addiction to fast food.
It's really hard for me to eat it only once a week, because, quite honestly, I really don't like to cook/don't really know how, and I don't even know what to cook.
Fast food is tasty and convenient (not really cheap though because I buy food for my sister and I, and it adds up!)
But I consume thousands of calories worth in one sitting!!!
I wake up with fast food on my mind, trying to find ways I can get it.
And the dollar store! oh my, cheap foods everywhere!!
But I know I'm doing my body a disservice, quite frankly, I feel like I'm treating it like crap.
I swear, I'll probably have withdrawals, no kidding, trying to cut back on fast food.
I'm so not used to eating healthy foods.
And we haven't been to the gym in a while.
The good news though is that on January 17th, I went to the Doctor's and I lost 4 pounds!! That has to be from cutting out sugary drinks! So I'm excited about that. :)
I told him that I still struggle with eating out, and again his advice was to eat out only once per week. I have to look at the positives- eating out only once per week will save me money and calories...and fat, sodium, and lots of things! He also said to start off with simple recipes, since I'm not much of a cook!
I also think today marks my 1 year Sparkpeople anniversary!!
Thanks for allowing me to be honest with you and God bless you all on your weight loss journeys!
Sunday, December 01, 2013
A few weeks ago, I saw my Doctor again for a follow-up appointment.
He gave me the same advice, but this time it was two rules:
1) No sugary drinks- drink all the diet soda, juice, etc. I want
2) Fast food only 1 time per week
I won't lie- the second one is the hardest!
The diet soda/drink rule I'm doing decently with.
And then next time I see him, he wants me to have just maintained my weight, but of course weight loss is welcomed!
But one thing I don't get about what my Doctor says is that he only wants me to lose 1-2 pounds a month- a month!!!!
At that rate, it'll take me years to lose all the weight I want to lose! And I have a heck-of-a lot of weight to lose (around 100+ pounds)
I guess he really does mean slow and steady wins the race.
He said to have that big goal in your mind, but take it one day at a time, or else it'll be overwhelming.
And it is- when I think about how much weight I want to lose, quite honestly it makes me not even want to try.
I'm at it again, always talking about weight loss, and not really doing anything about it.
I have to do some digging within myself, ask the questions about why I'm overweight, what's holding me back, and what can I do to go forward.
Like they say, it's better to have tried and failed than to have not tried at all. (is that even a quote? I think I botched that one lol)
Anyways, here's an inspiring weight loss story that I came across on the Green Giant website, you can find really cool things on the Internet!
I especially love this question and answer, taken from the website:
Q: What would you tell someone out there wishing to make a change but thinking they could never be healthy?
A: I would tell them to quit making excuses. Ever since I started, I know the change is possible. You don't have to do what I did—I just woke up one morning and just started walking for 2 hours. You just have to make some kind of change in the right direction.
Regardless of how you start, you just have to start. Walking 10 minutes a day, or substituting whole wheat for white bread. Start somewhere; once you start seeing changes, it’s addicting. Once you start losing, you just want more. You just have to start and no more excuses.
I wish I wouldn’t have taken so long to find "it" in me. Whatever snapped to cause this change, I wish it would have snapped sooner, but I’m glad it snapped.
May this story and all the people who are out there getting healthier and losing weight inspire you to keep on going, no matter what!
Sunday, December 01, 2013
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving day!
Can you believe it's December already?! I can't wait until it snows!
This past Thanksgiving morning, I walked (and also jogged a little bit at the end) the Manchester Road Race. This has been something I've always wanted to do, but of course I would say, maybe next year... when I've lost weight.
So I decided to quit that excuse and signed up for it this year, and I'm so glad I did!
The race is 4.748 miles and I finished with a time of 1 hour and 37 minutes.
The only bad part about this race was that I didn't really train for it, so for the past couple of days I was a tad sore in the legs, but it seems to have gone away now!
It felt so long while walking it! I couldn't help but think, where's the finish line?
But now that I know what it's like, I know what to expect next year.
It'll definitely become a tradition for Thanksgiving.
I recommend a race to everyone; it's so much fun and especially seeing people of all different shapes and sizes walking/jogging/running; it's inspiring.
You can do it!
Who knows, maybe there'll be a half-marathon in my future!
From left to right: me, my grandpa, and my cousin after we finished the race :)
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