Honestly, I should think more of myself. I should have known I'd make it this far but I didn't. Lord knows I haven't been perfect. Ate some pizza here, had a snack there - but for the most part sticking to the program. Even if I didn't stick to the program at all the biggest success has been I've been preparing meals for myself and my kid/roommates for two stinking weeks! I haven't done that since they were in elementary school and I've never done it for myself. Here's what I'm learning:
So I began my epic adventure and crappy life happened. My 20 year old son was in a freak motorcycle accident and died. I've been a bit of a mess since then and dieting/exercise hasn't been on the top of my list. Last week I started following the paleo style of eating to support my friend, Lorne, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. I'm not doing it for the weight loss, I'm doing it for the health. Losing 10 pounds over the past week was an unexpected gift. Shoot! I ate hamburgers that I put bacon inside of and fried them on the bacon grease! It defies logic but I'm going with it. I'm not exercising or doing anything exciting, just packing meals for myself and my working kids. I don't feel like Suzy sunshine thinking I can do it when I don't know that I can, but I have to think somewhere in this journey I can succeed and keep succeeding. Cheers to that my friends.
So you saw, I've rebooted myself and am continuing on my health adventure. It's almost harder restarting after seeing success than starting from scratch. I decided to motivate myself this week by making some goals I could do. Work out 5x in 7 days - aw ya, I can do that!
Well Monday-Wednesday I had excuses. Thursday came along and I had a choice. Fail myself or try something crazy (for me). Normally I do yoga on Thursdays but felt like going to the gym. I put in a half hour on the treadmill and a half hour resistance training on major muscle groups. Good start! Now the crazy part - I grabbed a protein shake and a half hour rest then did my yoga class! I sweated like a pig, I was shaking for the tree pose and 2/3 of the way through wondered when we got to the part where we get to just lie on the mat. Afterwards, I glowed. In fact I'm still glowing.
Succeeding just for the sake of keeping my own word and making a change feels awesome. Don't be afraid to challenge yourself and hold yourself to it!
My pursuit goes on. I've stalled at 40 lbs but dang it, I'm still going! It's almost been a year and a half. My life has changed forever, just bringing the body along for the ride :) Keep on keeping on my friends!
Here I sit, home alone on Valentine's Day and you know what - I'm so happy it doesn't matter! As of last Saturday I've lost 30 lbs. and am at the bottom of my skinny clothes. That feels amazing! I started training for a 5k with a C25k podcast. It's actually a cool thing and a good motivator to get through a half hour of cardio. I've never liked doing cardio, and I REALLY haven't liked running but I'm doing both to get to a goal and apparently - it's working :) I think it took me getting to the place where I was ready to get results and work hard to get them. If it took eating differently, exercising differently, thinking differently - I was/am willing to do it. I think that's the struggle for all of us who are trying to change our lives. Hitting rock bottom and being willing to do whatever it takes not to stay there. Everyone CAN change. The question is are you ready to.
Every day I look at myself in the mirror and think I don't look any different. I'll tell you right now, don't trust your own eyes. Trust the way your jeans fit and what other people observe. Then allow yourself to be happy! It's hard not to think it's a drop in a bucket, and trust me I battle that one all the time, but the less I worry about the contents of the bucket and instead focus on each small success the better I feel.
I started writing my next 5 lb. goal on my hand so that I'm always thinking about it. Five pounds doesn't seem so overwhelming and seeing the number 35 on my hand reinforces my commitment to myself. If you are thinking about or trying to lose weight know that you can do it! Find the thing that works for you and go for it. For me it started with drinking shakes and getting the proper nutrition. Maybe for you it's getting up and moving daily. Find someone you can share your journey with and go for it! You may end up happy like me! :)
I'm still around and pushing forward! Life has gotten really busy lately. I've been working full time, getting my Herbalife business going, finished my Level 1 CERT class, meeting with my church college group and running around after a full household of young adults. Such a strange time in life to be on the verge of empty nest but not quite. I've been feeling the most energetic in a long time! I love my Herbalife shakes and the fact that I'm not having the afternoon crash at work. My sister, Eileen, and I went to the new outlets in Livermore. I saw some of the cutest clothes! It was a nice motivator that I'm going in the right direction. I look forward to being able to wear sizes that allow me to shop anywhere - even if it's a gazillion dollars :D Ok ok, I wouldn't PAY that much but it's nice to have the option. I don't want to wear a fat lady dress to my son's army basic training graduation so I'm going to be hitting it hard.
I'm blown away. I don't even have anything to say except I'm still in disbelief. I step on the scale occasionally just to see if I was imagining things. I can't tell you how excited I am, and best of all...how hopeful I am. I finally found something that's working and I feel good doing!
What has made me more successful has been how easy it is to be on the go. I can fit a few meals, supplements and other goodies in my purse so I'm never caught unprepared. The other day I was with my daughter at a drive-thru and before we pulled in I was kinda giving myself permission to have something because I knew I was going to be under my calories for the day so it wouldn't "mess up" my goal. Problem was, we got to the ordering screen and I couldn't do it! I don't want that life any more! That food makes my stomach bloaty and not feel good. It was just as easy to go home and make a healthy meal for myself and feel way more satisfied in my body and in my head.
I'm excited to see what weight I start the new year with - doesn't that sound crazy?? lol It does to me too! Hope can do that to a person :) I look forward to blogging next December about how 2013 changed my life. I wish my very best to everyone else trying to change theirs - if I can, you for sure can!
Yep, I said it. I think it's the most weight I've lost - ever! I'm changing my weigh in days to be on Saturday so I can go to the Health and Wellness club to weigh in and get my body fat tested. I am so excited! I have hopes I will be at 20 lbs by Saturday. I haven't been working out all this time but I am going to start, just because I want to see some muscle tone as well has have the muscle work on burning some fat for me :) I'll post some pictures of my progress soon.
Yep, that's right. The month of November netted me a total weight loss of -16 lbs. And that was without much exercise at all, just replacing two of my meals with shakes and taking my multivitamins. Can't tell you how amazing it was to weigh in after Thanksgiving and weigh less. My goal now is to at least lose 20 before Christmas, but I expect more. I'm on the fat loss train and it's running down the track :) I've been walking a few times a week at my regular haunt but just casually. I imagine I will want to start doing more sometime but I'm enjoying getting the results without having to work too hard. I know that won't last forever. So cheers to everyone that wants to give themselves a weight loss for the holidays!
I'm down another 2 pounds! I made a commitment to myself that I was going to lose 20 before Thanksgiving but I realize Thanksgiving was a lot closer than I thought...lol. Even so, if I try and fail I will still weigh less than I did. I'm really excited to see the results I'm getting. I feel good, am not hungry (unless it's because I didn't eat) and can't wait to see the changes continue. I start my new job as a secretary tomorrow for a place that is around the block from me. Thank goodness, I needed some money! The better thing is that Sean and I are still moving forward with our health and wellness club. If that takes off I'm gonna be soooo happy! Shoot, happy either way. Feels good to feel happy, I think I'll drink in as much as I can for later :)
My name is Kat and I'm a single mom of two young adults. I have not always been overweight but after having children and going through some personal hurdles, let it get out of control. My philosophy about eating is this: Eat real food. Real eggs, butter, veggies. Eliminating processed junk as much as possible. I eat butter, not faux butter product because I believe my body can better process real food rather than chemicals.