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Usual Pep Talk

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hello Spark People!

I've recently made some progress and lost about 7 pounds in this past month. I've been on plateau for the longest time I can remember, about 4-5 months. I've been hanging around the same weight and I finally lost some to move down to the next decade.

Good news: Worked out more this week. I did over 10 miles of walking and jogging. I'm trying to eat healthier and incorporate more "healthy" food or meals.

Bad news: Not doing the most I can, but at least I tried. Still trying to keep away from snacking on candy and other bad food. It's so bad that it's laying around and I'm trying to finish eating it in moderation.

I've been trying to educate myself more about effective ways of losing weight. Today I came across the "afterburn effect" which I hope to further learn about. Also I plan to start doing some of the short, but more effective and high burning workout. It might be tiring but I'll try my best.

I also learned in my journey to becoming healthier to not starve myself. Starving will only cause binge-ing later on. I don't want to go down that road. It's going to put on more weight rather than losing it. Not only that but if I don't consistently eat and run my metabolism then when I binge all the food that I've consume will turn into fat. This is because I've been starving and my body goes into survival mode so it just stores all the food I consume because it assumes that if I didn't do that then I will die. Once the food is stored, it is converted into fat because that source has the most energy, but it's not so easily accessible to burn. This means that my body will eat away at my muscles and other tissue before it resorts to using the last resource which is the fat. This will only result in my weight gaining. So starving is definitely a no, no and I try not to do it. I felt like I knew this but then knowing is different from doing.

Lately I've been feeling more confidence and feel so much happier. I'm guessing that it's all due to the working out that's caused the positive. I'm also trying to keep more of a positive mindset. I try not to put myself down. I've been telling myself that even if I'm not making the greatest progress, "slow and steady will win the race". It took me a long time to put the weight on, so I better expect that it's long term for me to take off the weight. I might reach my goal by the time it become one year. I'm hoping to lose 70+ lbs.

I know I can do it, I'm human like everyone and some people manage to do it so why can't I? However I need to keep up with myself and taking care of myself. I know that I haven't put my health up there, but I've realized that if I don't do it for myself then no one will do it for me. Obtaining the right information and following good habits will take me to where I want to be. Just doing the right things and living healthy, hopefully will lead me to the sexy body I desire.

I have to keep telling myself that I can make it. I can be thinner. I can be confident. I can be better. I am so much more than what I credit myself for. I can empower myself to be who I want to be. However, this all needs to start with my mentality/mindset and how I look at myself. I need to be in a healthy relationship with myself to start living in a more healthy lifestyle.

Thanks for reading! :)
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