Week 62, Tips to Get Through the Holidays

Surviving the Holidays!

Weight Loss this week: 6.4

Total Weight Loss: 150.4

Even though Thanksgiving was this week I managed to lose six pounds this week and reach my goal of losing 150 pounds.  A lot of people have asked me how I managed to lose weight during Thanksgiving so I thought I would share some of my tips but also some tips I found in Weight Watchers magazine.  (Even though I don’t do Weight Watchers I still find their tips to be very helpful).

My tips:

1.  Drink lots of water.  It really helps me keep my belly full and helps with cravings.

2.  Eat a piece of fruit instead of pie or other desserts.  It gives you something sweet but isn’t unhealthy.

3.  Plan ahead….Check with the host and find out the menu, if there is not any no carb options then bring something with you or offer to bring a no carb dish as your contribution (I never want to burden anyone with my diet restrictions).

4.  Start some non-food related traditions.  I have noticed that a lot of my family traditions are centered around food so start some new traditions and take the focus off of food.

5.  No stinking thinking!  Don’t think of it an unfair or a bad thing that you can’t pig out.  Food if our fuel even on the holidays not something to make you happy.  Remember how unhappy food made you when you gain and use that as motivation.

6.  Exercise before the party.  Do some exercise the morning before your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.  After I exercise I am more motivated and focused on eating healthy because I don’t want to waste my workout, I am more health focused..

7.  Participate in some retail therapy.  Shopping the holiday specials is fun (if you like shopping) and it gets you up and out of the house.  I count my shopping trips as a workout cause I’m usually out walking all day when we go especially on Black Friday.

Tips from Weight Watchers Nov/Dec 2012 Issue pg. 14

1.  Write down what you eat even if you eat something you shouldn’t.  Gives you a good point of reference and helps you own up to the things you ate.

2. Take a downhill ski trip over Christmas.  Or some other active tradition.

3.  Run a turkey trot or other marathon and kick off the holidays on a healthy note.

4.  Keep to your normal eating routine no matter where you are.

5.  For every treat that you allow yourself make yourself walk a mile or do an extra hour of exercise.

6.  On Stress:  Learn to say no

7.  Check out the entire buffet before you make a choice.

8.  Make sure the kitchen is stocked with healthy foods that you normally eat so you have healthy options when everyone else is eating food not on your diet.

9.  Keep up your normal exercise routine even during the holidays.

Feel free to comment and add your own tips!!

This has been an awesome week for me.  I had a large loss which was welcome news.  I had really slowed down on the weight loss for awhile now and after starting my fitness classes instead of losing I was gaining.  So I was super excited to see that not only had I lost 6 pounds but I also finally was able to reach my goal of losing 150 pounds.  This is not my goal weight but I am half way there now and I feel like I’m on a good track.

I have started fitness classes at Studio Pro Fitness and Dance in Kiowa, Kansas.  I am loving it!! The studio is brand new and they have an awesome staff. I was really worried about starting these classes because 1) I have never really worked out before or taken any kind of fitness class and 2) because of my weight I had lost my ability to do a lot of physical activities.  I would like to say though that the staff at Studio Pro has been so helpful and supportive.  I do what I can (which is a lot more then I thought I would be able to do) and they are great about giving me modification if I can’t do something.

SO……for any of you out there saying I just can’t do it.  If I can do it you can do it!

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Week 60! What Am I Doing to Lose All This Weight??

Weekly Weight Loss: 3.2

Total Weight Loss: 148.6

Losing 148.6 pounds is no small feat, it has taken me almost 14 months to get here and you have no idea how much emotional and physical torment.  However, I would never change the decision I have made!  I am no longer the same person I was this time last year.  My entire attitude about food has changed, I don’t see it as enjoyment or emotional peace or stress relief.  I look at it purely as nourishment for my body and I now know what foods my body needs and how much of it.

People have asked me daily of the last few months “What are you doing?”.  Well I am changing my life.  I am not doing any programs like Weigh Watchers or Jenny Craig, I am not taking any pills or drinks!  I am simply changing the way I eat and exercising and living an active lifestyle.  I lose most people at this point.  Trust me, I know how you feel.  I have been overweight my entire life.  My mom constantly reminds me about how I was a fat baby and she had to put me on a diet when I was an infant because I constantly wanted formula.  I felt like I was a hopeless cause honestly I was destined to be overweight and that’s just how it is.  I was told time and time again by doctors that I had a slow metabolism and I was just always going to be a large person.  Then one day after a horrible argument with my husband I decided I have to make a change.  I started going to Weighwise and seeing a dietician and exercise physiologist and to my surprise they didn’t tell me those things.  In fact after some testing they told me that my metabolism is actually one of the fastest ones they had seen, it just came down to the types of foods I ate that prevented me from losing weight.  I was amazed.  So I want you all to know that if I can lose this weight anyone can!

My diet plan is very simple once you get the hang of it:

Protein Shake (Breakfast)

Protein Bar (snack)

Lunch:  6 oz. Protein (meat, cheese, beans, eggs), 2 servings of Veggies, 1 serving of fruit, 1 fat

Protein Bar (snack)

Dinner: 6 oz protein, 2 servings of veggies, 1 serving of fruit, 1 fat

Shake: (snack)

This is all I am doing to lose weight.  Plus lots of water, no pop, no sweets/sugar, and exercise.  Now I have been lacking in the exercise, I am just not big on exercise but I still have lost almost 150 pounds just by changing my diet and being more active.  With all the energy I have now being more active has actually been fun and easy to do.

Now my next life change is that I want to become and exerciser.  I have always hated exercise and I need to change this.  I have been told at Weightwise that my diet has gotten me really far but I have hit a wall and I need to exercise daily to keep it coming off.  So I have enrolled in fitness classes at Studio Pro in Kiowa.  I will be taking core conditioning and yoga on Mondays, express cardio on Tuesdays, Zumba on Wednesdays, Bootcamp and yoga on Saturdays, and I’m bowling on Sundays.  So please pray for me and wish me luck as I partake on my next life change.

 

 

It’s Been a Long Time!!

Well I haven’t posted for a very long time.  I have been very down and discouraged about my diet because I have been at a standstill for about 6 weeks.  I will admit that a lot of it was my fault.  I had gotten into the habit of sneaking a couple of fries or chips or some other random carb.  (Still have not had ANY sweets though at all since I started this thing).

The result was that my weight loss pretty much stopped, I didn’t gain anything back but I wasn’t losing either.  It was a tough 6 weeks for me actually.  I started believing that this was all I was going to be able to lose.  I’m just not meant to weigh any less than where I am now.  I was ready to give up….

Then  had my 6 week check up at Weighwise.  My dietician Steph (best dietician there is) discussed with me what my eating habits were and how to change them to get me back on the losing track.  We increased my water to help with my hunger control so now I have to drink 6 bottles a day instead of 4.  She also took away all my fruit (I wasn’t so excited about that change).  And she gave the encouragement I so desperately needed.

Its been about 3 weeks since I met with her and we made those changes I’ve lost over 2 pounds the first two weeks and I’ve lost another 2 so far this week hoping to get another 2 off by Saturday so I can finally reach my goal of losing 150!

I have a renewed outlook on this thanks to my support at Weightwise and I really boosted my self-esteem tonight by going through my closets and old winter clothes.  Last year once winter was over I was still pretty new to this changing my diet and life thing and even though I had lost a lot already I was not willing to give up all my old clothes that didn’t fit anymore.  I was thinking very negatively and wanted to hold on to them just in case this didn’t work out (just like everything else I’ve tried) and I needed them again.  So I went through all the winter clothes and put them into two very large storage bins and put them in the back of my closet and forgot all about them.  I bought tons of new clothes for spring/summer and worked hard on my changes.

The other day it was freezing here in Oklahoma and I went to search my closet for something warm to wear and I had nothing.  I also had jeans that were falling off me and I decided I needed to go through the closet again and stow away the summer clothes and go through those two bins of winter clothes and see what I had.

So tonight I did just that.  I drug those two bins out and started digging through them.  To my surprise almost all of it was enormous on me now.  See much to my husbands dismay I have really struggled when people give me compliments about how great I look and how much smaller I look because for me when I look in that mirror I still see that girl who weighed 471 pounds.  I have horrible self-esteem and I just can’t see what everyone else sees.  Tonight after trying on those clothes that I wore only a year ago and being able to fit me and my 11-year-old daughter into one of my favorite shirts and I could ft my entire body into one pant leg of the “work” pants I wore daily (I had some in every color).  I realized what everyone has been telling me.  I have lost an entire person (148 pounds)!

My self-esteem is through the roof and I have a renewed sense of purpose and accomplishment.  This is exactly what I needed and I am so glad that I drug those bins out of the back of my closet.  However, now I need to go shopping cause I have no winter clothes!

Check out my pictures to see some pictures of my closet/winter bin adventure.  Me and Bella had so much fun. I am also going to update my weight loss graph later tonight to get all caught up and make a promise to post more often.