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Lose It! #MyDayMyWay: Getting Healthy the Old-Fashioned Way

LoseIt #MyDayMyWay-Getting Healthy the Old-Fashioned WayLosing weight is hard but making a healthy lifestyle change is even harder. I post regularly on Instagram and Facebook since I was diagnosed, and I’ve been bombarded with people selling Cize, 21 day fix, and so many other diets. Admittedly, I was interested, at first, with Cize but quickly changed my mind after seeing the $140 price tag. Let me just say this now – there is no quick fix for weight loss. I’m not into drinking my meals (shakeology or spark) or spending a ton of money on stuff that’s here one day and gone the next.

I’m getting healthy the old-fashioned way! That’s never a fad. I’m not knocking those who choose to take that route, I’m just saying it’s not what I want to do. I got thinking about the future, my future, and how a fad diet will impact that. Will I be dependent on one of those diets to maintain my weight loss? I wasn’t willing to risk it. I’ve got enough to deal with now as it is.

I’ve tried so many of these fad diets in the past and wasted a ton of money. If only I had that money back, I’d use it to reward myself for reaching my goals now. I’ve tried hcg, Slim Quick, Hydroxycut, Skinny Fiber, yadda yadda yadda. I know I’ve spent a good few thousand dollars on this junk and for what? To end up bigger than ever with type 2 diabetes. What did it get me? Not a damn thing!

It seems as though we all want to lose weight overnight but it doesn’t work that way. I’ve learned that losing weight slowly increases the chances of keeping it off in the long-run. That’s what I want. I don’t want to lose weight and gain it all again.

This isn’t a diet for me; it’s a lifestyle change. The only way I’m going to be successful is to change my eating habits and exercise regularly. I have to learn to change everything in my life if I’m ever going to be successful.

As for workout DVDs, all I can say is that YouTube is a wonderful thing. You see, we have a smart TV (that’s not exactly what I call it, but….) so I can sign into YouTube via an app. That means I have access to a ton of workout videos on the big screen. It also means I can workout wherever I have an internet connection so there’s no excuse for me missing a day.

So, to all those people who have hit me up wanting me to buy something, save it because I’m not buying. There are only 2 things I’ve purchased to help me and that’s the FitBit Charge HR and a premium subscription renewal to Lose It. I refuse to buy “trainer” food, workout DVDs, or shakes. It’s just not worth it for me. What I will buy are Fiber One Strawberry Cheesecake bars because, well, let’s get real, I love cheesecake!

Fresh Fruit
I love fresh fruit when it’s in season. I ate a lot of cantaloupe and honey dew and it was the perfect sweet treat.
Fiber One Strawberry Cheesecake Bars
These are AHHH-MAZING! It cures my sweet tooth and I don’t feel deprived. Go pick up a box and you’ll thank me.

 

Losing 20 pounds in 21 days sounds amazing but it’s really not healthy or realistic. Don’t spend all that money on crap if you absolutely don’t have to. Think about this – I lost 14 pounds in 21 days simply by eating healthy and moving more. Trust me when I tell you that eating healthy is far less expensive than those fad diets and it lasts a lot longer.

Hike
The hiking trail at a local state park. It’s 3/4 of a mile one way and you feel every step. The terrain is rough and, at one point, there’s about an 8% incline. It’s awesome!

I’m not here to judge or tell anyone how to reach their goals. This is all about me, my journey, and the choices/decisions I make. I’m doing this #MyDayMyWay and you need to do what’s best for you. If you want to give them a shot, go for it and I wish you the best of luck. For me, it’s just not how I want to reach my goals.

I’m also not restricting myself either. I love my Dunkin Donuts iced coffees and I still get them. I’ve cut back (quite a bit actually) but I still roll through the drive-thru to get one when I’m out. I still have cake at birthday parties; I take the icing off and my piece is pretty small. I read about the 80/20 rule a while back on Dr. Oz’s website, I think, and I try to follow that. As long as I’m on track 80% of the time, I’ve got a 20% margin of error, so to speak.

The whole point of this, for me, is changing my lifestyle. I want to be able to eat whenever, wherever and not have to worry about missing a meal. Besides, I’m not all that fond of “diet food”. I tend to think of them as MREs (meals ready to eat) that the soldiers eat. Do you think they eat those things when they don’t have to? Hell no they don’t – they eat real food! That’s me — I want real food for every meal. I refuse to be dependent on anything but myself to lose weight and keep it off….period.

Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein

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September Results + October Changes

September Results October Changes

We’re now into October and the weather has finally started to cool off here. This weekend marks our annual Fall Festival, which means a parade, a lot of walking, and unhealthy food for days. I won’t be eating anything at the Fall Festival for obvious reasons but I will be enjoying the weather and exercise.

Anyway, my results for September weren’t everything I’d hoped they’d be but it’s nothing to sneeze at either. I wasn’t expecting to lose as much weight as I did in August but I was hoping for more than I lost. But, I have no one to blame but myself. I didn’t exercise nowhere near as much as I should have or needed to. I’ve really got to get off my ass and move more.

My weight fluctuated a lot last month and I spent a few days being really discouraged. I didn’t quit, which is a huge sign of growth for me (pun not intended). I’m growing as a person because, any other time, that would have been the end of my journey….again.

September Results

Okay, on to the results for September. Drum roll please……

On September 1, I weighed 260.8 pounds and by mid-September I was 253.2 pounds. By the end of the month, I weighed in at 251.6 pounds, for a total loss of 9.2 pounds.

October Changes

October will be a month of more exercise and less coffee. Yes, I said it, less coffee. I’m working my way down from a large iced caramel mocha to a medium and, eventually a small. I can’t believe I’m actually willingly downsizing my coffee but it’s just way too many calories. There are 350 calories in a large. Do you know how much food that is? It’s a lot and the food sticks with me longer than the coffee.

I also need to re-evaluate my food choices because I don’t feel as though I’m eating as healthy as I was before. I’ve been eating a lot of the sandwich thins (whole grain, of course) instead of actual whole grain bread. I’ve noticed that I’m still a little hungry after my lunch and I wasn’t when I was eating the whole grain bread. I’m going to give it a shot and see if it makes a difference.

How was your September?

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Lose It! #MyDayMyWay: In the Beginning I was 278 Pounds…

#MyDayMyWay In the Beginning I Was 278 Pounds
I had my 6 month check up on Monday, July 27 and I weighed in at a whopping 278 pounds. This is the largest I’ve ever been and I’m not going to stand for it anymore. At the end of this check up, I learned, not only do I still have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, but I also have type 2 diabetes. I’ve been teetering on the edge for quite some time but I never thought I’d fall. Well, it looks like I was wrong.

Like everyone else who struggles with weight loss, I’ve tried just about everything to lose the pounds. My problem is that, while I have good intentions, my follow through sucks balls! Each time, I’ve started strong only to hurt myself or let something throw me off course. Right now, I no longer have that option. Despite how I feel or what I’d rather do, my health must be front and center of everything in my life. I’ve made it clear to myself and everyone around me that I don’t love myself and that stops now.

I guess it was sometime last year, when I was floating around in the pool, that my brain started chattering away about me. It was so intense that I had to get out of the pool and write it all down. It just wasn’t going to let it go. So, out I got and wrote until my brain finally shut up about it. Here’s what I figured out (and, yes, it still applies):

What do I like about myself?

  1. Sense of humor
  2. Compassionate
  3. Intelligent
  4. Legs
  5. Hands
  6. Face
  7. Hair

What don’t I like about myself?

  1. Weight/Health
  2. Boobs
  3. Perfectionist tendencies
  4. I expect too much
  5. Acne scars
  6. Laziness

How can I change what I don’t like?

1. I need to exercise for at least 30 minutes each day. I need to eat better foods; more whole grains, fruits, and veggies. I need to track all of my food and exercise using the Lose It app. I must exercise first thing in the morning so that I actually do it!

2. Unless I have plastic surgery, there’s not a whole lot I can do about this one. My boobs don’t bother me enough to willingly have surgery that’s going to render me virtually useless for a few weeks.

3. I don’t want to settle for close enough is good enough, but I don’t want to keep adding stress to my life either. I have to learn to accept that my best is good enough. Not everyone is going to be happy with me or what I do, but I’m not responsible for anyone’s happiness but mine.

4. I need to learn to expect absolutely nothing or to accept that whatever wasn’t meant to be. Basically, I need a more positive outlook on things and people. Not everyone is as thoughtful or considerate as me.

5. These scars could be much worse than they are and I’m grateful they aren’t. I could spend hundreds of dollars on chemical peels, which would lessen the scars but leave me confined to the house because of peeling. Or, I can accept them as a badge of courage and find new techniques to covering them using makeup.

6. I need to just get things done so that I can stay on track. Even if I don’t want to do it, I have to suck it up and get it done. I need to remind myself that the more I get done, the less I have to do the next day. What an example to set for the boys!

This was all well before my diagnosis but it definitely still applies. Maybe diabetes was the kick in the ass I needed – I don’t know. I’d hate to think that I let myself get this far gone before I took action but, let’s be real, that’s exactly what happened. I failed at taking care of myself – period. I could ramble off excuse after excuse but that’s the real deal.

How did I let myself get to 278 pounds?!

The answer is simple – I ate what I wanted, when I wanted, and I didn’t exercise. I was lazy. I struggle with emotional eating, skipping meals, and always making excuses as to why I can’t do this or can’t do that. My favorite go-to excuse was that I didn’t have time. Bullshit! I didn’t make time – there’s a difference. I waited until the last horn blew to get off my ass and do something about it. I’m a triple threat and not in the way I want to be but I’ll get there.

So, what I am doing differently now?

Well, as of Monday, July 27, my entire world changed. It’s all whole grains for me, counting calories and carbs, and cutting way back on sugar. That was the hardest because I love my iced coffees from Dunkin’ Donuts. I started Metformin on July 30 and I’ve also been testing my glucose once a day. Now that’s a pain in the ass! The Metformin is no walk in the friggin’ park either. It’s like trying to swallow a dime. I grew out of that stuff a long time ago! 😉 I’ve researched the hell out of type 2 diabetes. I’m talking recipes, carb counts, glucose levels, everything. I’ve spent a lot time really learning about it and taking it all in.

What’s to come?

Who the hell knows but I can tell you this – I will NEVER see 278 pounds again! I know – never say never – but, trust me when I say that I will never see it again. I’m not going to let it happen!

On Friday, August 21, I received an email from the wonderful people at Lose It asking me if I would be willing to participate in their #MyDayMyWay movement. Talk about being flattered! Of course, I whole-heartedly agreed! So, here I am. I’m putting all my business out there because I need accountability and because I’m being real about this. The time has come to make some serious changes and the only way that’s going to happen is by being brutally honest with myself.

At this point, I could care less about what other people think of me. The amazing people at Lose It have embraced me and my journey and it’s high time I do the same. That’s the only way I’m going to be successful and I will be successful! This is who I am and, although I’m not happy with what I’ve done to myself, there’s still time to make changes. Now is the time I focus on myself so stay tuned to see where this journey takes me.

The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat. – Napoleon Hill

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My Favorite Weight Loss App + Exciting News!

My Favorite Weight Loss App & Exciting NewsSo, y’all know that I’ve been busting my ass to lose weight and get healthy and I don’t think I could’ve been successful without my favorite weight loss app – LoseIt! I’ve been using this app off and on for a few years and, each time, I’ve been successful at losing weight. It just sucks that I self-sabotage and throw myself off the wagon.

I’ve used many apps over the years but I much prefer LoseIt to all the others. You earn badges for accomplishing certain goals, which helps with motivation. By far, one of my favorite features is the challenges. You can compete in challenges with other users and that is a great way to hold yourself accountable.

The awesome folks at LoseIt have made it super easy to count calories because they include brands and restaurant foods. The app also uses your location to help you find restaurants near you making meal planning on the go so much easier. I pay for the premium subscription ($29.99 per year) and I have access to many more features, such as glucose monitoring.

Now, on to my exciting news!

I was contacted by LoseIt last week because they read my blog post and wanted to learn more. I spoke with 2 amazing women at LoseIt and learned that they want to feature my story in their upcoming campaign. How exciting is that?! The campaign begins on September 21 and it’s all about losing weight and getting healthy your way. I’ll share more information as it becomes available.

I’m beyond excited to be part of something so huge! And, they hooked me up with some awesome LoseIt gear!

LoseIt Goodies

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