Does anyone else enjoy watching Chris Powell's Extreme Weight Loss show? I usually DVR it and watch it later in the week, as most evenings we watch Kansas City Royal's Baseball, which hubby loves. (So far this week, they haVe won both their games versus the powerful New York yankees!! There is JOY in Mudville!)
This afternoon, I watched Jami's journey from 292 lbs. to 162 lbs. on this week's Extreme Weight Loss. Her feelings of worthlessness mirrored my own. I'm sure it was doubly difficult for her, as she felt unwanted by her birth mother and evidently was not very close to her adoptive mom.
Chris's methods are extreme and these people probably lose weight too quickly in that one year he works with him, but hopefully they are learning life-long habits that will help them maintain the loss, which is the real battle, as we all know. I Facebook 'friended' several people who have been on the show, including Jacqui McCoy, who was on last year and was selected to help with the show this season. She is beautiful and is doing a great job of maintaining her weight loss. I hope she achieves her dream of having a baby someday soon.
As I have often said, I am willing to take inspiration from any source. I read many blogs from people who have successfully lost, as well as those who are still in the process of trying to reach a goal weigh. They all inspire me! Sean Anderson, a radio DJ from Oklahoma wrote a great book about his journey from 505 to 195, and has a great blog he kept more regularly when he originally lost his weight. http://www.losingweighteveryda
y.blogspot.com/ He often posts on Facebook, and today I won a CD version of his book, as well as a leather bracelet engraved with the words "I'm Choosing Change," for guessing what movie inspired the picture on the cover of his book. The answer was "Back to the Future." He said, "In the movie, an indicator of Marty McFly's changed future was an old fading photo." It's always fun to win!
I know Sean has regained a small percentage of weight and is working hard at losing it again. I can relate!
I also subscribe to Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien's newsletter. http://www.hungry-girl.com/ She has a TV show as well and always has lots of great tips. Joy Bauer from the Today Show, also has a great website and good suggestions to help in weight loss and control. Even Rachel Ray has a lot of good weight loss suggestions and dedicates some of her shows to that topic, although a lot of her recipes are really not figure-friendly. I am watching last Friday's show right now. She has Dr. Michael Mosley on right now, he is the author of The Fast Diet, the newest fad diet, which involves fasting (500 calories) 2 days per week and eating reasonably the rest of the week. Not sure I could try that or would want to, but supposedly it makes you lose weight FAST. Alison Sweeney from Biggest Loser is on next and she usually provides good inspiration as well. I ay not endorse the methods they use on these TV weight loss shows, I know a lot of it is staged for TV, but they do provide inspiration.
When I lost weight back in 1979/80, I tried Weight Watcher's at the end of my journey. I have been in Weight Watcher's a couple of times over the years and never hit a goal weight, but I don't blame that marvelous organization for my lack of success. I love their magazine, and I remember my sister-in-law subscribed back in 1980 and gave me a lot of old issues. I would read them over and over again, and they helped keep me inspired.
I think the Internet is integral in my success this time. All I have to do now to get inspired is find one of those many blogs I love to read, from 300 Pounds Down, to Success Along the Weight, to Runs for Cookies. There are literally thousands of people blogging out there about their weight loss successes, struggles and failures and I find every single one of them inspirational. Of course my favorite website, SparkPeople.com is the BEST! So many of us are here supporting each other and providing motivation, support and LOVE. I have appreciated so much over these last months all the support I've gotten from Spark friends as I deal with my husband's devastating terminal cancer diagnosis. I worry that as we face his illness, I may lose my way. I know stress can do that. I also know I can come to Spark anytime of the day or night and get RE-motivated. I know staying motivated and inspired is essential to long-term weight-loss maintenance. It might be the most important factor, for me, at least.
So far....so good!