Wow, I didn't realize a year went by so quickly but it has and I have brought a lot with me. Been trying to exercise and lose weight the right way but it just wasn't working for me. Someone suggested that maybe my metabolism stalled, which didn't sound far off.
Then one day I once again heard about Medifast. My father and his wife were on it and lost weight. Then my brother tried it and I saw his success. Now I'm on it. I finally got to the 25 lb mark while on it and I'm still going. I'm finally under 200 lbs for the first time in YEARS. Years I tell ya!
Ok, so that's the summarized update. I'm still going strong and all these pounds lost is like shedding off more than I really have. My knees and back don't hurt as much and I'm not out of breath going up the stairs. I'm no longer 236 lbs and wearing size 22/24 clothing. I'm down to a size 16! I haven't worn that size in quite some time and now they are starting to get loose on me. That's enough motivation to keep with it.
I know there are others out there on the same diet seeing the same success. If any of you are out there reading this and nodding and thinking they know EXACTLY what I'm talking about and have been there and done it....well, keep up the good work and give me a heck yea. Even if you're not on the same exact diet. If you are just starting down this road using Medifast as a tool...I hope this is inspiration to you.
"First when there's nothing but a slow glowin dream that your fear seems to hide deep inside your mind..."
When you exercise, what do you listen to? Something fast? Motivating? Or both?
"Take your passion and make it happen..."
I prefer listening to something decently fast and motivating, especially when walking. It's hard for me to get motivated to walk so I've been playing Fame and What a Feelin.
"I can have it all now I'm dancing for my life.."
I find that the combo of the two not only motivates me but inspires me. When I was a teenager I couldn't run a mile under 15 min but I just walked it. To me that's a HUGE step towards a better me. Soon the days of seeing myself as fat will become nonexistant (almost there already) and the days of embarrassment about my weight are pretty much gone because I know I'm doing something about it. Who cares what anyone else thinks anyhow?
"What a feelin...is believin. I can have it all now I'm dancing for my life. Take your passion and make it happen...now I'm dancing through my life....What a feeling..I have music now...is believing...I have rhythm now...it just comes alive, you can just dance right through your life...what a feeling...I can really have it all...."
So...I ask again, what do you listen to when you exercise?
Anything in quotes is from the song What a Feeling by Irene Cara.
I've had a rough 2 weeks and wanted to turn to food. Ok, so I did a couple of times but I didn't do as bad as I expected.
I was forced to give up a few pets yesterday and it was pretty emotional. I also had my car repoed not long ago and didn't have a babysitter most of last week. Talk about a depressing week.
So, here I am stuck in the house feeling pretty much like a loser. I have ice cream and chocolate, my two fav. comfort foods. On the 4th I caved and had a few smores but overall I didn't binge.
What did I do? I asked myself am I really hungry? What would eating solve? I answered no to the first question a few times and nada for the second. Besides, I realized that walking my dog while listening to music did far more than eating food. I lost a couple of pounds this past week and walking just made me feel better. It didn't solve the issues I had pop up BUT it helped with my health goals. Instead of gaining 5 pounds I lost. Instead of being self destructive I was self constructive. I was doing something good instead of sabotaging myself and making matters worse.
Feeling depressed will end. I know this. I also know that I can fight the urge to eat when I'm not truly hungry. Knowing both is seeing a light at the end of the tunnel and a better me getting there.
Tofu has a bad rap. It's been the butt end of sitcom comedies along with liver. I can see the liver joke and hope I never have to experience that...but tofu?
I like tofu...it's the stuff in miso soup that you slurp up. Anything other than that....eeeew. But I hate taboos and stereotypes so I reconsidered after reading an article on soy on SparkPeople. So I ran out to Kroger's and bought some firm and extra firm tofu and after a few days of postponing I finally took the extra firm tofu and cooked it.
Actually it was a little more detailed than that. I cut into strips and put them on my pan with these raised grooves to make things look like they were grilled. I then put garlic powder and some italian herbs on them and sprayed them with olive oil spray. When I turned them over I did the same thing.
I still was reluctant in trying them...but eventually I did and you know what? It's really not that bad. Actually it was pretty good and the best part about all of this is the lingering smell. I love the smell of good food and it stayed in my apartment all weekend and greeted me everytime I walked in the door.
The moral of this tangent is to always be willing to try new things although I'll say liver is an exclusion...LOL Ok, don't hold me to that because I do like liverwurst. Seriously though, sometimes healthy foods that in the past has a bad rap are really not that bad. Tofu is a great example of that.
I am sooooo much more relaxed that before coming here to FL. I got me some color and quite a bit of walking in. I posted some pictures in my gallery and will be adding more soon.
I went to Disney and ended up buying some clothes if you can believe it. This top, a tube top type of thing, looked great on me although I still have some work toning the upper body. I also got a pair of pants, sz L but stretchy, and that looks great too.
In some respects I'm looking forward to measuring myself and weighing myself since I feel thinner. I may not be in reality since I'm still battling overeating and not smoking but maybe I am because I'm getting hours and hours of activity in. Not knowing is kind of liberating and driving me insane at the same time.
Today we are going to the beach to get some shells. Everyone else is still asleep and I'm thinking of rejoining them. Although I'm getting close to 7 hours of sleep, I'm still tired so the naps are helpful. Speaking of which, I had better take advantage of the quiet time available to me and get a few extra winks.