Monday, January 25, 2010
I'm basically following Dr. Oz's Rule of 5 Foods to Avoid -- Sugar, Syrup (corn, high fructose corn, etc), no white/refined carbs, no trans fat, no saturated fat. I'm also eating lots of satiating foods - almonds, whole grains, tons of veggies. In addition to that I'm also "counting calories" so to speak, but not in a crazy obsessive way. :) I generally strive for between 1200-1400 calories a day.
I have a 200 calorie breakfast (my egg white wrap),
a 100-150 calorie snack (usually a fruit),
a 300-400 calorie dinner (usually my lentil soup),
another 100-150 calorie snack (usually Kashi Go Lean Crunch - high fiber, high protein), a 300-400 calorie dinner (usually a lean protein and a huge portion of veggies)
and finally I have a 100 calorie snack as long as it's not after 8pm.
I'll be posting my recipes soon. Most of them I've gotten from Nancy and I love them!!! :)
My secret weapon -- calorie free olive oil spray, fresh crushed/minced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes! They make any meal delicious! :)
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Today was the first day of my 30 Day Challenge. There are 5 of us officially participating so the game is on! Our goal is to lose 15 pounds in the next 30 days. Some of you may think that is unsafe, and for some people it might be. But, it's more than feasible for me as I am still over 300 pounds, and since day 1 have been losing an average of 4lbs a week. So, it's all good! :)
But, for those of you who want to jumpstart your own journey to health, but may not have such a substantial amount to lose may find the idea of losing 15 pounds in 30 days to be astronomical. That's ok! It's not about the number! It's about finding that motivation to maintain your focus on the goal. Maybe for some of you the goal needs to be 30 minutes of exercise every day for 30 days. Or, maybe it's time to purge the fridge and pantry, go shopping for the great foods that will keep you satiated, and commit to not eating the 5 foods to avoid for 30 days. Whatever you decide is an attainable, but still challenging goal -- go for it! Join us in this next 30 days to change your life!
This challenge will be hard for me physically more so than the food part will be. I'm Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred and oh my goodness! I was feeling it (and still am!) LOL I had to do the modifications through several of the moves, and I found the push ups/plank moves ESPECIALLY difficult. It was the roughest 20 minutes of my workout history! LOL
So what is your challenge going to be? How can you push yourself these next 30 days to reveal just how strong you truly are? I had no idea I'd be able to do even half of the things I've been doing these days. It feels so good to look at something you thought was impossible, and actually accomplish it! What have you got to lose?
You CAN do this!! :)
I'm going to be doing Jillian Michael's "The Shred" for 30 days along with my same eating habits I've picked up these past 12 weeks. I'm still keeping it as lean and natural as possible. Eating less pre-packaged/processed foods, and eating more "whole", natural state, from the ground foods. Also, I'm using as little salt as possible and have found the beauty (and taste!) of Mrs. Dash and all her wonderful seasonings. :)
Today was weigh day, and I'm down another 3 pounds for a total of 51 pounds lost to date!!! By the end of my challenge I will be out of the 300's for the first time in so long I don't even remember!!!
Yesterday I did the elliptical for 45 minutes straight! It was incredible, painful, exhausting, and so very rewarding! I wanted to quit after about 30 minutes, but I just couldn't. Something I've taken away from The Biggest Loser is that you need to finish what you start. I set my goal for 45 minutes and I needed to not give up until I got there. :) I didn't keel over and die, I wasn't even sore this morning. So even though my body was tired, and my mind kept telling me to just stop, I'd done enough, I couldn't stop. :)
So if your goal is to walk, or bike, or whatever, set a time limit and do it! Whether it's 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, etc. just don't stop until you reach that goal. It made me so proud to have done it, and I know that you will feel so empowered by not giving up! :)
Monday, January 18, 2010
Taping the follow up show was amazing. It was great to be back and know that it was all positive. :) I have lost almost 50 pounds!! I lost 10" in my waist!! It was incredible to realize I'd done it all in only 12 weeks!!!!
And then I came home... And it was like I lost my focus. Life hit me in full swing and I lost my balance. I'm still eating according to my plan and working out every day, but something is missing. I'm an emotional mess thanks to PMS. Lol.
I think a part of it is that I had such a big goal to focus on before going to New York. And now it's just back to daily life. But I'm trying to keep my next goal in mind and stay focused.
My next big goal is to get to the 100 lb mark! To get there I'm going to continue to ramp up my workouts, eat as much fresh & natural food as possible to avoid excess sodium and chemicals. I'm going to focus on getting under 300 for the first time in years!!!
I can do this!!! I AM DOING THIS!!!!
Ahhh... That feels better! Lol
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
There about 15 of us who actually ran the race with several more who cheered us on our way!! There was a huge surprise guest, but I'll wait to let you see who when the show airs. ;)
I was so touched by everyone who came out to support me yesterday. I was overwheled with all the love and support everyone gave. I had no idea my story and my journey was touching people so deeply. It was an incredible day in so many ways!!!
Thanks to everyone who braved the freezing, windy, arctic day to be there for me!!!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
When: 2pm-4pm Saturday 1/9
Where: Lake Eola Park, Downtown Orlando
Dress: Wear a solid color top (NO logo's please) with any style pant
For more info click here.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
I have struggled with low self-esteem for as long as I can remember. I have never felt "good enough" (whatever that would actually be). Someone else was always smarter, thinner, prettier, quicker, better, more deserving, etc, etc. I have let people walk all over me, take advantage of me, and use me not only because I let them, but because I thought if I didn't, they wouldn't like me. I didn't believe I deserved to be treated any differently. I didn't believe I wasn't worth being treated any better.
Over the past few months, and even more so the past few weeks, I have noticed a shift in this thinking of mine. I don't notice it as it's happening, but later as I reflect on the events I realize that I reacted and acted much differently than I would have several months ago. Instead of just saying or doing what I think is expected, I voice my actual opinion. I say what is really on my mind rather than just "sucking it up". I have to say, that I haven't been rude or snotty LOL but I've been more honest when I might otherwise not be.
It's been small steps forward, but it's truly amazing to see how much changing how I view my body, and what I put into my body, has changed my thinking as well. I have never felt particularly beautiful, and I still struggle with feelings of insecurity. But I see the progress and I know that rather than being a fat girl forever, I am healthier and I'm going to get smaller and smaller, and I feel better too. I am making better choices nutritionally, and it's impacting how I feel about myself just as much as my physical energy and strength.
A big part of this is also due to the fact that I've been practicing taking my thoughts captive. For every negative thought that goes through my mind, I replace it with a positive truth. At my desk at work I have several verses at eye level that I can focus on when I'm feeling particularly negative, or down.
Don't get me wrong, I still have down days. LOL But they are getting fewer and farther between (and usually come at a particular time of the month lol). I'm changing my thinking and growing my knowledge about food and nutrition and in turn am doing the same for my thinking about myself and my worth. I never realized how tied the two were... but it makes more sense as time goes on... Our bodies are temples. What we put into them and how we care for them are just as important to our physical health as to our mental health...
Saturday, January 2, 2010
This weigh in I finally broke the 40lb mark and have lost a total of 40.4 pounds to date! I'm still hoping for 50 pounds lost by the 13th, but I'm not going to stress out about it. I'll keep doing what I'm doing and trust God to do the rest! :)
I've continued my 5K training and it's almost here! It will be either the 8th or 9th, still working out the details. Just going to do 3 laps around Lake Eola with my friends and family cheering me on! My goal is to run as much as I can, and power walk the rest. If I could finish in under 50 minutes I'd thrilled, but my goal is to just finish it! :)
Unfortunately, I seem to have injured my heel. After doing my workout the other day, I noticed pain in my left heel. I just thought it was from the impact of running the majority of my time on the treadmill and just thought it would go away... well, yesterday it was worse and I did a little research and it looks like I might have planter fasciitis (a heel spur). They typically go away in 12-36 hours with rest and mild stretching. I'm hoping it gets better soon because I'm missing my treadmill time! Wait, did I just say that?? LOL
I have gone from literally FORCING myself to go walk, to now enjoying them and actually finding myself looking forward to them! I'm pushing myself and doing more and more every day. I never thought I'd be running at this point, and to be honest, I'd never believed I'd get to this point at all! It's been incredible.
Rather than being discouraged about my injury and giving up, I've had to get creative to get my workout in. Nancy gave me some great floor exercises that we worked into 4 circuits done 3 times each. I have to admit, I thought the reps would be a nice change but I never thought they would compare to my walk/runs... boy was I wrong! LOL So now I'm not only getting my heart rate up, but I'm also building muscle and toning up which is fantastic.
I hope everyone had a great holiday and that this new year is full of health, happiness, and well-being. :)