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First Major Milestone Reached - What I Have Learned Along the Way

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Today is a good day. No. It is a GREAT day. I had a mid-week weigh-in this morning and I could not believe it when the scales stopped! A moment I have been working hard for finally arrived. As of today I have lost 51lbs, just over 3" from my waist, and my BMI has dropped from 44 to 37 in just 14.5 weeks! I have learnt so much about life and myself in the last 3.5 months and would to share some of things with you today.

I have shared some of these things before, but I believe they are so important that I want to write them down again. This will serve a dual purpose. It will help me keep myself on track and will hopefully help any of you out there are thinking about starting your own lifestyle change. Here is a list of the things that I have learned in the past 3.5 months:

Living a healthy lifestyle does not include the word diet. Diets do not work

Water is the key to weight loss. it keeps you hydrated, cleanses your skin, and makes you feel full! Make sure you get at least 8 glasses a day or drink half your body weight in oz of water. Do not drink soda

Do as much as you can to limit or completely stop your intake of refined foods such as flour (white), sugar and sweetners. They are poisoning you! Sugar has been found to be as addictive as cocaine! How crazy is that? A story later on about my sugar withdrawals (it was very scary)

Eat whole grains as much as often as you can. Whole wheat bread, whole grain pasta, whole grain cereals and so on. Get your sugar fix naturally from healthy foods such as apples, oranges and other fruits.

Learn how to read nutrition labels and understand what you are putting in your body. You really don't need that High Fructose Corn Syrup or Butylated Hydroxyanisold. What? EXACTLY!

Keep a diary of what you eat. This is one of the most important steps I have taken. Everytime I eat I track it. Everytime I track my food it holds me accountable. Do not make any changes and track your food and calories for 3 days and you will be stunned at how much you consume.

Exercise. I know, the thought of it sends shivers down your spine, but if you want to lose the weight and fight the fat you have to exercise. It does not have to be boring. Make it fun. Go to the park and take a walk, enjoy the nature. Walk to get the mail, walk to the store. Walking is one of the best ways to get moving.

Tell people about your weight loss plans. Heck, tell the world. be proud of who you are and what you are setting out to achieve. Do not listen to doubters, they are just jealous that you are going to improve your life. Do your best to prove them wrong. You will be surprised though at just how many people will be in your corner to support you every step of the way.

Do not be hard on yourself if you have a day where you fall short of your goals. This WILL happen, but it is not the end of the world. Move on past it, and pick up your good habits starting the day after. Think about what made you fall short of your goal and try to avoid those triggers in future.

Even though I still weigh a hefty 282.6lbs I feel better now than I have in a long, long time. I have so much energy to burn it is crazy. I have been able to think clearer, and more importantly I have been able to do things that I have not been able to do for a long time, like play with my kids without feeling like I am going to die! I Still have a long way to go to reach my ultimate goal of 200lbs, but I know that I can do it. If I follow those simple rules above I KNOW I can do it by the end of the year.

If you are thinking right now that you cannot do it you are not giving yourself enough credit. Believe me, you can do anything you set your mind to. All you have to do is believe in yourself.

If I can do this while suffering with a debilitating condition called RSD I know that YOU can do it too! If you want to start losing weight and want to have a healthier lifestyle please reach out to me, I would love to help. We are all in this together :)

All the best,
Brett
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SPAYYOURCAT 1/26/2012 3:26PM

    Congrats and thanks for the insights! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 1/26/2012 11:59AM

  Congrats Awsome Way to go. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week

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THEIS58 1/26/2012 7:05AM

    Just great!

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MISSANGELFACE 1/26/2012 12:48AM

  Thanks for the encouragement! I am new but so look forward to the day I have lost 50 lbs! Congratulations!

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RANDOM00B 1/25/2012 11:24PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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KIPPER15 1/25/2012 8:31PM

    emoticon Great job emoticon

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CHANGINGHORSES 1/25/2012 8:19PM

    Keep going, you are awesome.

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LADYGSC 1/25/2012 8:15PM

    emoticon keep on sparking!!!

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    emoticon what an honor to have your blog be "FEATURED BLOG OF THE MONTH." You certainly are a emoticon

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ASHLEIGHM89 1/25/2012 6:32AM

    This was a lovely read :-) thanks for sharing, you have definately motivated me today! Congrats on your weight loss and all the best for the future milestones! emoticon emoticon

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YOMAMA128 1/24/2012 11:29PM

    Love your ideas, and your generous attitude, Brett. Thank you so much for sharing what you've learned along the way. It's very inspiring!

Congratulations on your weight loss to date. You have a wonderful attitude -- looking forward to more milestones and achievements!

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PLD519 1/24/2012 8:20PM

    Awsome!!!!!

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CHANGE4THEBEST 1/24/2012 7:33PM

    Hi

Congratulations on your weight loss emoticon and for the kind and encouraging words - it's nice to know someone is looking out for you - we are all in it together!

Looking forward to reading your next blog - keep blogging emoticon

Good luck with your future weight loss emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HONESTGRL 1/24/2012 4:48PM

    You are very inspiring! You are my hero!

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BRETT_DAY1981 1/24/2012 10:18AM

    Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by to read my blog post! I really appreciate all the encouragement and support! You are the reason Sparkpeople is so awesome!

All the best,
Brett

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IRISHLASS117 1/23/2012 2:16PM

    You're keeping it real! Thanks for sharing.

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RASHUN10 1/23/2012 1:28PM

    Your blog was very inspiring and motivating! Losing 51 lbs is great. Keep it up. emoticon

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LAURALOVESSPARK 1/23/2012 9:54AM

    Great blog, great advice! emoticon

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HLOCHRIDGE 1/23/2012 9:50AM

    Very helpful comments and ideas! You are an inspiration! Keep up the good work.

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CATCHPSU 1/23/2012 5:45AM

    Great job and keep it up!

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GETTINMOVINNOW 1/23/2012 5:18AM

  Great job and great advice, thank you!!

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ANNROSE126 1/22/2012 8:55PM

    Thanks for the motivation!

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KSPIRIT1 1/22/2012 7:28PM

    Excellent Blog! Keep the Spark! emoticon

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RAINBOWZLPN 1/22/2012 6:31PM

    Loved reading this blog, thanks for your words of things you have learned. Here's to many more GREAT days to you!!!

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JOANIEBLESSER 1/22/2012 6:08PM

    Wow, that's awesome advice. Thank you! Keep it up!

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DRB13_1 1/22/2012 5:59PM

    So glad you were featured in best blogs, you success is inspiring! Losing more than 10% of your body weight already has reduced your health risks, and you are doing great! 50 lb is QUITE the accomplishment.
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DAVIEGRRL 1/22/2012 1:59PM

    Well done!

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LINDAGAGS 1/22/2012 1:34PM

    Good job. Keep it up.

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POLK33 1/22/2012 10:19AM

  Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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MESTENODREAMER 1/22/2012 10:15AM

    I had to share this with my facebook family. I have some coworkers who are trying to lose weight and have more to lose than I do. I hope I set a good example, but feel like because I have less weight than they do to lose that any example might seem "far-fetched". Thank you for your blog and inspiration. You're doing so well and I would like to learn from you about not being hard on myself when I have a setback and give into temptations.

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HEAL4LIFE 1/22/2012 10:04AM

    thank you

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SHERILJ 1/22/2012 10:02AM

  Very inspirational. Thank you and congratulations to you on your success.

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BARBWEST3 1/22/2012 9:35AM

    Great job, keep up the good work

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LINDATWIN2 1/22/2012 8:35AM

    You have been VERY encouraging !

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DONNA088 1/22/2012 8:03AM

  Fantastic job!

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ZESATIONAL 1/22/2012 7:26AM

    WELL DONE!!! emoticon

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JESSIKA_56 1/21/2012 4:29PM

    Great job with all of your accomplishments! Keep it up!

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LJCANNON 1/21/2012 12:43PM

    emoticon So proud of all you have accomplished!! Congratulations!!

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PURPLEPUDDLES 1/21/2012 12:42AM

    Horray! I am so happy for you! I hope you will be reading a similar blog from me in a few months :)

Very inspiring. emoticon

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IGSBETH 1/19/2012 9:37PM

    Great blog!

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ANGELARUTHIE 1/19/2012 7:39PM

    Love this!!!! Thank you for posting.

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SWAN47 1/19/2012 7:22PM

    emoticon ..anew thanks for sharing with us. It's always inspirational to see other people's accomplishments.

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