Weight Loss Journey 2: Quieting the Negative Voice

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Oh, the past several weeks have been quite challenging.  Regarding healthy habits, I’ve been struggling.  A few weeks back I was nearly obsessed with the numbers on the scale.  I stepped on it multiple times per day, mentally cataloging the amount of food and water I was ingesting to try to cheat myself into losing weight.  It’s like I kept trying to will the numbers to go down, like if I wanted it bad enough in my mind the numbers would change without any action on my part.

Of course, it doesn’t work that way.

My eating habits have been horrible.  I’ve been doing a lot of emotional eating.  And hormonal eating.  And “oh just one more bite, you’ll do better tomorrow” eating.

I feel like I’ve lost control.

And on top of that, the worst thing is that my self-talk has been horribly negative.  The voice in my head has been telling me I was fat, lazy, disgusting, worthless, etc., etc., etc.

…which has led to more emotional eating.  And isolation.  Like I’ve lost a good friend, someone who has always cheered me on and been on my side.

It’s been a downward spiral, guys.

But this evening, I was making my to-do list for the things I want to accomplish over the weekend and as always I added exercise to the list.  The voice in my mind told me I wouldn’t accomplish that particular item.  I probably should have told her to shut up but instead I just ignored her and continued to move forward, which was better than nothing.

I reset my mind, from, “let’s have an ice cream bar-you’re gross” mode to, “what can I do right now to feel better about my body?  So I set a cut off for the evening, no more food for the rest of the night (don’t worry, I ate dinner, I promise I didn’t starve myself), grabbed a bottle of water, and pulled up Zumba on my computer.

Just a little background–I used to be a Zumba instructor.  Maybe I still am, I don’t know if you ever stop being one, but regardless I no longer teach classes.  However, I still get the music and the choreography monthly, even though I haven’t looked at it in ages, and emails from the Zumba network.  Today I noticed an email from awhile back that tonight the Zumba crew is streaming live from the annual conference for instructors, which means I could be dancing with them from the comfort of my own home!  Coincidentally the time I decided to shake it and sweat was only about a half hour before the event–score!  I pulled out my computer and got myself ready.

I love to dance. I can’t even begin to tell you.  I forget how much I love it, sometimes, until I decide to do it and then I get lost in the music and my heart reminds me.  My brain shuts out everything else (what a relief!) and all I think about is the beat and the movement of my body and how free I feel.   Tonight I recaptured that feeling, and remembered how much I missed dancing.  It felt so good to care for my body, relieve some stress, and be reminded of something I love.

Not to mention, the endorphins from exercise are an incredibly beautiful thing.  The negative girl has completely left me for the evening (hopefully longer), and I got a visit from the inner positive girl who used to hang around a lot more.  She told me I was doing awesome and hung around for awhile, like a supportive friend cheering me on from the sidelines.  She reminded me that she’s always there, but sometimes I might have to seek her out a bit for her voice to be louder than the negative one that’s been lurking about.

Suffice it to say, I’m feeling great at the moment and I want to remember this feeling when–no, if– I make excuses for not exercising, and when–no, if–I’m beating myself up for not choosing a healthy option right away.

Looking back at what I’ve shared with you above, I made a lot of good little decisions that added up.  Let’s recap, shall we?  There may have been a lot of things I’ve been doing “wrong” lately, but I can’t keep dwelling on those things or I’ll be paralyzed and unable to move forward.  It’s time to spend some thought on the positive instead of the negative.  It’s time for a cheerful focus! 😉

These are the things that pushed me in the right direction:

1. Made a list of things to accomplish this weekend

I’ve been doing this the past few weekends and it’s been really helpful.  For one thing, putting things in writing seems to solidify my commitment to completing them.   For one thing, when–no, if– the negative voice starts to tell me I’m lazy I can interrupt her with, “No I’m not, look at all these things I crossed off my list this weekend!”.

2.  Drank water

We all know water is good for us and most of us don’t get enough.  I finished the bottle and I’m working on another. Enough said.

3.  Ignored negative self-talk

It can be really hard to combat negative thoughts sometimes.  Ignoring them is good.  Actively fighting against them is better, but of course this takes more energy.  A therapist friend of  mine has told me if she sees a client in a negative thought spiral she’ll tell them to flick their wrist, or snap a rubberband on their wrist, to disrupt the chain.  I’ve done that a couple of times, and it does help to remind me I can choose to let the thought chain continue, or not.  Sometimes I forget that I have as much control as I do.  Another thing that has helped me is to change course completely and start naming the things I’m thankful for: my husband and family, a stable job, strong friendships, my health, freedom in America, my cute little dog, our beautiful home, warm and cheerful sunshine, the scent of a flower, catching a green light, etc., etc., etc.

(*Note:  If you’re struggling with a mental health issue, please get help.  You are not weak or inadequate if you can’t simply “turn off” negative thoughts; it’s much more complicated than that.  Also, it can be difficult to explain that to others if they haven’t experienced it first hand.  You can’t just will yourself into feeling better if you’re experiencing a chemical imbalance or a depressive episode, and I absolutely do not intend to minimize serious mental health issues.  Please reach out if you need help.  You are not alone.)

4.  Exercised

Exercise is good for the body, mind, and soul.  There’s tons out there on the benefits of exercise so I won’t get into that here.  For me, exercising tonight gave me  a feeling of accomplishment, reduced the guilt I’ve been carrying around about not working out more, reduced stress, increased positive and hopeful thoughts, and helped me to feel good about my body.

5.  Wrote about my experience.

Tomorrow I may not remember how glad I am that I made all these decisions today.  Writing is therapeutic for me, so I’m glad I wrote it all down and I can refer back to it and hopefully I will recapture this feeling.  I hope that someone reading this will benefit from my experience today!

If you are struggling, like I have been, hang in there dear friend.  You are destined for great things and if you’re like me, sometimes you just have to get out of your own way.  If today wasn’t great, remember that tomorrow is a new day full of promise and opportunity!  And if today was great, awesome!  Have another great day again tomorrow!

Weight Loss Journey 2: The Power of Today

runners-373099_1920As I reflect on my life and the struggles I have had to maintain my weight and prioritize my health one thing has become abundantly clear to me:
I WILL ALWAYS HAVE TO MAKE MY HEALTH A PRIORITY
There will never be one magic day that I reach the weight I want and never have to worry about it again.  This culture is full of options—healthy options and less healthy options:  strawberry cheesecake versus salad, taking a walk versus taking a nap.  Every day I have to make a conscious choice to eat the healthier food and make the healthier choice.
Some days that is easier than others.  Some days I can think clearly about the way I want to look and feel and make choices that are consistent with that.  Some days I crave sugar and fat and tell myself I “deserve” it because it’s been a tough day.  In the grand scheme of things, a treat here and there doesn’t make a difference as long as the majority of your habits are healthy.  But some days the healthier choice is not the most attractive one.
In my work, I am constantly telling people to take things “just one day at a time”.  That makes life appear more manageable—I don’t have to figure it all out, I just have to figure out today.  On the days when “being healthy” just feels too hard, I try to shift my focus to think about food and exercise in the context of just today:
  • Today, I will make healthy choices about what I put into my body.
  • Today, I will make a conscious effort to be active and exercise.
  • Today, I will avoid habits that are destructive to my body, mind, and soul.
There will never be a magical day when I get everything right.  It’s just not reasonable to expect myself to be perfect and truthfully, sometimes it feels like too much pressure.  
My weight has stabilized again—I could say plateaued but I don’t know that that’s accurate since I was putting less energy toward actually losing weight.  I want to lose the weight but in order to do that I have to take consistent daily action toward that goal.  Wishing it away doesn’t work.  Praying it away doesn’t work.  Dreaming it away doesn’t work.  If all those methods were effective I believe there would be a lot of thinner people in the world!
No, it takes hard work, consistent activity, and regular habits. 
For today, I will make a decision to be good to my body, and soon all of my todays will add up to success!

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Inquiring minds want to know: What is all this business about Weight Loss Journey 1 and Weight Loss Journey 2?

Weight Loss Journey 1: I lost 75 pounds from 2009-2011; I’m reposting the blog posts I wrote on Sparkpeople during that time

Weight Loss Journey 2: I have gained back the majority of the weight I lost and have been on a quest since July 2015 to lose the weight again.

Sorry about the timing of the posts, I know that’s probably confusing. But they are only appearing at the same time because I didn’t start my blog earlier. It may be helpful to read the posts by category if you want to catch up. Enjoy!

Weight Loss Journey 2:  Breaking the Plateau

Weight Loss Journey 2: Breaking the Plateau

I have officially lost 20 pounds!

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My period of no carbs has come to an end.  After eating (almost) nothing but veggies, meat, cheese, nuts and eggs since the beginning of July, I’m happy to say that I have lost 20 pounds and definitely some inches, although I haven’t kept track of those.

This past weekend and Labor Day weekend I reduced my limitations, but still tried to stay within a reasonable calorie range.  With Weight Loss Journey 1, the primary method I used to manage my nutrition was counting calories.  It was great because it was like a budgeting system for my daily nutritional needs.  If I wanted a splurge, I had to eat lower calorie foods for the rest of the day.  The wonderful part about that was that there were no restrictions.  None.  I could have dessert, I could drink alcohol, I could go out for pizza—the key was moderation.

All that being said, I have been surprised at how easy it’s been to maintain the no-carb lifestyle, and I wasn’t a ravenous beast like I remember being in college when I did the Atkins system.  Still, though, restricting myself so much has made me long for the day when I finally would have more freedom about how I choose to eat.

I love veggies, I love meat, and I love eggs.   And to be honest, I’m pretty sure I will continue to make low-carb choices as I move on from this point, just because high-calorie foods are not consistent with my goals.  However, I think the reason that I have been on a plateau for over a month is that I have had very little variety and enjoyment in the food planning process.

Was it easy to grab little pouches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and just heat them up in the microwave?  Absolutely!  Was it convenient?  For sure.  Did I have immediate results?  Most definitely!

But on the flip side…Did I get a little sick of veggies?  Yes.  Was it frustrating?  Yes.  After eating like a rabbit for almost 3 months and seeing my weight plateau after 6 weeks, I was ready to throw the scale out the window and stomp around grabbing for carbs like Godzilla storming Tokyo.  I thought to myself “stay consistent, Bridget, it will all be worth it”.  And truthfully, I was still seeing results, just not in the numbers.

I’m proud of myself for the amount of self control I’ve had.  Aside from the no-carb hiatus on Labor Day weekend, which I planned ahead of time, I never (knowingly) strayed from the plan.  Several times I had to send food back at restaurants, which is completely against my character.  One time I literally spit peanuts out after reading on the label that there was added sugar.

Those situations take a lot of discipline.

It would have been easy to shrug it off and think, “they went to all the trouble to cook this” or “It’s just one bite, it’s not going to make a difference”, but one bite could easily lead to an entire cookie, or an entire carton of ice cream.  That may sound extreme, but everything I put in my mouth takes me closer to my goals or farther away.  I am proud of the discipline I’ve had commitment  I have made to my health and my body.

So here, we are.  I’m still on a weight loss journey but my methods are going to change a little from what you’ve seen since July.  From now on, I will let myself have a bit of something sweet here and there.  My goal is still fat loss, and by default, weight loss.

This is my focus from here on out:

  1. Calorie counting with moderation will be the mode of managing my nutrition.  Carb-free no longer
  2. Increased exercise to help burn fat at rest and to manage stress.
  3. The focus is on long-term health, not weight loss.

I don’t feel the sense of urgency and time pressure that I did with weight loss journey 1.  My primary concern is to create and maintain healthy habits which will keep me healthy for the rest of my life.  Certainly I have goals, and a general idea of what size I want to wear and how much I want to weigh, but truly that hasn’t been the driving force for my actions.  Maintaining my health is a marathon, not a sprint (sorry for the cliché), and it will matter more what I did over the course of my life than it will over a period of time.

That’s all for now, folks!  In addition to finally getting through that plateau I’m happy to say I continue to sleep well and have a good amount of energy.  As I write, I’m able to cross my legs under my desk and my pants continue to grow loose.

How are you getting closer to your goals?

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Inquiring minds want to know: What is all this business about Weight Loss Journey 1 and Weight Loss Journey 2?

Weight Loss Journey 1: I lost 75 pounds from 2009-2011; I’m reposting the blog posts I wrote on Sparkpeople during that time

Weight Loss Journey 2: I have gained back the majority of the weight I lost and have been on a quest since July 2015 to lose the weight again.

Sorry about the timing of the posts, I know that’s probably confusing. But they are only appearing at the same time because I didn’t start my blog earlier. It may be helpful to read the posts by category if you want to catch up. Enjoy!

Weight Loss Journey 2:  Non-Weight Benefits

Weight Loss Journey 2: Non-Weight Benefits

It has been over 2 months since I began Weight Loss Journey 2 in early July 2015.  Within the first 6 weeks, I saw incredible progress, to the tune of 15 pounds of weight loss.
Almost another 6 weeks later, I still see the same 15 pounds of weight loss on the scale.  No more.  I want to see the scale change (and get under 200 pounds again—soon!) but I’m trying very hard to avoid focusing on the numbers.  Because the truth is, I’m still seeing results and I’m still staying consistent with my habits.
So today, I’m going to tell you about the other changes I see—the ones that have nothing to do with numbers on a scale.
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  1. More energy
    My body feels lighter.  It’s easier to move, and it’s easier for me to jump up and do something instead of sighing heavily and struggling to stand up.  My Zumba classes are more fun for me because my body cooperates with what I tell it to do; it seems to even enjoy the movement!
  2. I can cross my legs
    This may seem like a minor thing but for a girl who likes to feel like a lady, I like being able to cross my legs.  As my legs have gotten bigger in the past, I have lost that ability.  I’m getting it back, and it makes me feel feminine and girly.
  3. My clothes have a looser fit
    I have talked about this a little bit with a pair of capris I wore the other day, but I’m seeing it in other clothes as well.  Earlier in the week I tried on a pair of pants that had gotten too small for me to feel comfortable wearing in public; they were just too tight.  In fact I forgot I had them because they were hiding out in the bottom of my drawer.   But I tried them on the other day and didn’t have to struggle with the clasp or pull to get them over my hips.  I have a feeling I will go back to wearing them soon!
  4. Prioritizing my overall health
    With the change in my nutritional habits, I have experienced a decrease in the desire for sugary sweets and unhealthy foods.  Along with that I seem to have placed a different value on prioritizing my sleep, emotional health, and maintaining my energy levels. 
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  5. Others are noticing the change in my body
    Family and friends have commented on the changes they see in my body.  My boyfriend told me there’s more definition in my face and coworkers points out the overall change they see on a daily basis.  I am seeing visible changes in my legs and arms, face, hips—all sorts of places.
  6. Seeing the “big picture”
    Maybe it’s because I’m focusing on long-term goals, but I’m finding it easier to view my health on a bigger scale, instead of just going through the motions of feeding myself and tending to my basic needs on a daily basis.  I want to enjoy my life and that means prioritizing my health, not just now but for the rest of my life.  I have found that I am pursuing goals in other areas of my life as well.
  7. Pride in my accomplishments
    I am proud of myself for making my health a priority.  Instead of cursing myself for doing not doing what I “should” be doing, I am patting myself for all the discipline I’ve have over the past couple of months.  It seems easier to be kind to myself when I treat my body with respect and have been reaping the rewards of improved health.
 
What changes have you seen that aren’t related to the scale?  Whether you are pursuing weight loss or other goals, how does it affect your view of your life?

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Inquiring minds want to know: What is all this business about Weight Loss Journey 1 and Weight Loss Journey 2?

Weight Loss Journey 1: I lost 75 pounds from 2009-2011; I’m reposting the blog posts I wrote on Sparkpeople during that time

Weight Loss Journey 2: I have gained back the majority of the weight I lost and have been on a quest since July 2015 to lose the weight again.

Sorry about the timing of the posts, I know that’s probably confusing. But they are only appearing at the same time because I didn’t start my blog earlier. It may be helpful to read the posts by category if you want to catch up. Enjoy!

Weight Loss Journey 2:  No Carb Hiatus

Weight Loss Journey 2: No Carb Hiatus

I’ve been on Weight Loss Journey 2 for about 2 months now.  I’m down 15 pounds but I feel like the inches are continuing to melt away, albeit slowly.  A pair of capris that were tight earlier in the summer felt very loose to me yesterday, especially around the belly.

Success!

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Picture by Bridget

More people have commented on my progress and have noticed the changes.  I’m less concerned about other people noticing than I am about just enjoying and nourishing my body.  I’m trying to appreciate how it looks, how it moves, and how it gets me from one place to another.  At my Zumba class on Wednesday I had a ball.  I felt like my body was lighter, it moved more easily, but the best part was the amount of stress relief I got from the exercise!  My body is an extension of who I am as a person, and I want to treat it with respect and care in the same way I do my soul.

Over the long weekend I went on a beach trip with some friends.  I had decided before I left that I wanted to put a hiatus on my no-carb lifestyle for the trip.  I didn’t go hog-wild, but I did enjoy some ice cream, Oreos and milk, alcohol, and loosened the reins on the types of things I allowed myself to have for meals.

I told my boyfriend that I had an irrational fear that I would gain all the weight I had lost just over the weekend.  I remember having a feeling like that during Weight Loss Journey 1, as well.  But in general, I continued to avoid unhealthy options at the beach.  The food tasted so good!  But it was also greasy, unnaturally sweet, and made me feel heavy and bloated.  The bloat feeling was what surprised me the most.  And on the way home I was nauseous.  I may have eaten something strange but I really think it was due to the drastic diet changes I made over the weekend.

Because of all that, it wasn’t difficult at all for me to jump right back into the no-carb habits that I have been practicing for the past several weeks.  It was actually kind of a relief to return to more natural, healthy options.  My body was craving vegetables, in particular, and it also seemed to take a day or two for my body to readjust to the health foods.

This experience made me more aware of how good I feel when I’m taking care of my body.  I have a lot of energy when I’m nourishing my body with healthy foods.  I get better sleep when I’m exercising and doing things to manage stress.  I feel happier and more balanced when I put energy toward caring for myself and for my relationships.

All in all, the no-carb hiatus was a great success.  I found that I was eager to make good choices and get back to eating healthy, natural foods.

What do you do that makes you feel your best?

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Inquiring minds want to know: What is all this business about Weight Loss Journey 1 and Weight Loss Journey 2?

Weight Loss Journey 1: I lost 75 pounds from 2009-2011; I’m reposting the blog posts I wrote on Sparkpeople during that time

Weight Loss Journey 2: I have gained back the majority of the weight I lost and have been on a quest since July 2015 to lose the weight again.

Sorry about the timing of the posts, I know that’s probably confusing. But they are only appearing at the same time because I didn’t start my blog earlier. It may be helpful to read the posts by category if you want to catch up. Enjoy!

Weight Loss Journey 2:  Every Little Bit Counts

Weight Loss Journey 2: Every Little Bit Counts

fist-681847_1920I’m just over 5 weeks in to my weight loss journey and still going strong! 

At my very best (early in the morning, naked, when I’ve gone to the bathroom and taken in very little) I have lost about 15 pounds.  Not too shabby!  The time has really gone faster than I expected.  The weight, not as fast as I would have liked, but I am trying to think of this journey as a marathon, not a sprint!

This time, my focus has been more on nutrition than anything else.  In the past, I became addicted to exercise and would do it constantly.  Maybe it’s because I’m older now and don’t have quite as much energy as I had in my 20’s, maybe it’s because I have more responsibilities demanding my time, maybe it’s because my job is more emotionally demanding, which drains me…whatever the reason, I have not focused as much on the exercise piece as I did in the past.  I still do Zumba classes 1-2 times per week, take walks with my dog 1-2 times per week, but it’s inconsistent and it’s not something I prioritize.  If I’m at the gym, I feel guilty for being away from my dog and all my responsibilities at home.  If I’m walking the dog, I feel more responsible but I don’t get a workout that’s the same quality as I would if I was at the gym.  Constantly I need to focus on how to balance my time and my energy.stairs-918735_1920

All that being said, my eating habits have changed dramatically.   I have a sweet tooth and cookies and cakes were a source of comfort, a kind of “reward” for a hard day.  Now I have no problem saying no to trouble foods in tempting situations:  when I’m going out for Mexican food with my girlfriends, when it’s been a long day and I want to hit up the drive thru instead of waiting to eat until I get home, when I’m stressed and it would be easy to stuff something sweet in my mouth to take the edge off. 

Food habits can easily become an addiction.  Of course, food is necessary to sustain life, I wouldn’t condone stopping eating altogether, but there are always healthy options available if you take the time and energy to plan head, or make good decisions when you are faced with temptation. 

For me, the trickiest thing has been avoiding cookies and cakes when I’m stressed.  I work at a facility with a café that’s very close to my office.  The cooks there are constantly baking and making comfort foods, and the delicious smells waft right into my office.  Since I bring my own lunch I can avoid the café, but bringing healthy snacks and drinking a lot of no-calorie beverages helps me stave off the cravings for the unhealthy stuff.

There are a couple of habits that I could utilize to speed up my progress:  drinking more water, and exercising more.
For today, though, I’m going to give myself some credit for consistency.  Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither were these hips!  :-) Consistency will help me far more than anything else, I am sure of that.
What do you do when you’re faced with temptation?  How do you reward yourself for consistency?

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Inquiring minds want to know: What is all this business about Weight Loss Journey 1 and Weight Loss Journey 2?

Weight Loss Journey 1: I lost 75 pounds from 2009-2011; I’m reposting the blog posts I wrote on Sparkpeople during that time

Weight Loss Journey 2: I have gained back the majority of the weight I lost and have been on a quest since July 2015 to lose the weight again.

Sorry about the timing of the posts, I know that’s probably confusing. But they are only appearing at the same time because I didn’t start my blog earlier. It may be helpful to read the posts by category if you want to catch up. Enjoy!

Love Your Body

revolution-743467_1920It’s a commonly accepted social practice to participate in body-bashing with your girlfriends.  The most obvious thing women discuss is their weight, of course, but in my experience it doesn’t stop there.  The texture of our skin, the “boniness” of elbows and knees, freckles and moles, the shape and length of individual fingers and toes—everything falls under the scrutiny of a woman’s own judgmental eye.    (Guys, this may apply to you too, I’m not sure, but I’m speaking from my own experience as an American woman.)  I have heard friends criticize their “toddler hair”, “cankles” and have described my own hands as “freakishly small”. 

Weight Loss Journey 2:  After 4 Weeks, I’m Getting My Swagger Back

Weight Loss Journey 2: After 4 Weeks, I’m Getting My Swagger Back

wonder-woman-533663_1920After 4 weeks, I’m still only down about 10 pounds.   Part of me is very disappointed, expecting quicker results.  Another, more enthusiastic part of me is like, “Bridget, you are crazy!   You’ve lost 10 pounds!  That is wonderful!  Let’s do a celebratory happy dance!”

I know that it’s natural to want to see quick results, especially since I’ve made drastic changes in my lifestyle, but those things will come with time, and won’t always be announced on the scale. (These are things I have to remind myself.)

That being said, I have noticed some small victories:

More Definition Between My Waist and Hips

I have had an hourglass figure for as long as I can remember, but as my weight went up so did the inches on my waistline, and I felt more like a blob than a woman.  But my figure is returning to its womanly shape, which I learned to embrace long ago, and I find myself sauntering when I walk.  My pants are fitting better, and they are not creeping up into inappropriate places (ladies, you know what I mean).

My Back is Smoother

Sometimes when I wear more form-fitting tops I am embarrassed by the rolls I have.  I know we all have our lumpy places but they are not something I want to draw attention to.  My back feels smoother and I’m finding myself returning to tighter fitting clothing over boxy, shapeless tops.

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I’m Craving Nutritious Food

Over the past four weeks I have maintained strict control over what I eat.  I never gave into temptation, not even once, and I’m proud of myself for that.  I didn’t lock myself in my room either.  Summer has brought with it opportunities for spending time with family and friends, and of course opportunities for travel and eating out.  There were a few times I wanted a spoonful of ice cream or a Starbucks Chai Tea Latte, but when I thought of my long-term goals I made healthier decisions instead.  I’m a big believer in moderation but the plan I’m on doesn’t allow for that…just yet.  Besides, my willpower is not as strong as it once was, so I need to keep making healthy decisions to remind myself I’m strong enough to do it.  Fortunately, my body prefers the taste and texture of nutritious food, and I find myself craving it.

My belly is flatter

It’s easier to bend over and move my legs around because my belly is less of an obstacle.  I’m beginning to be able to feel my hip bones in the front again; it’s been a very long time since I’ve been closely acquainted with them.

My face is thinner

In pictures I have noticed reduced puffiness from my cheeks to my chin.  My smile is more noticeable, which makes me want to do it more often!

Less aches and pains

Maybe it’s because I’m filling my body with healthy and nutritious foods instead of a bunch of chemicals, but I have noticed less aches and pains, especially in my knees and feet.  I had been resigning myself to the fact that I’m “getting older” and that aches and pains are “normal”, but I don’t think that’s true.  Wearing proper footwear helps with this as well (that may seem obvious, but there are a lot of cute shoes out there that have no support at all), especially during exercise.

I am proud of the changes I have made so far but I know I have a long way to go.  I didn’t put this weight (back) on overnight and I won’t be able to get it off overnight!  I’m confident I will continue to make good decisions that point me in the right direction!

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Inquiring minds want to know: What is all this business about Weight Loss Journey 1 and Weight Loss Journey 2?

Weight Loss Journey 1: I lost 75 pounds from 2009-2011; I’m reposting the blog posts I wrote on Sparkpeople during that time

Weight Loss Journey 2: I have gained back the majority of the weight I lost and have been on a quest since July 2015 to lose the weight again.

Sorry about the timing of the posts, I know that’s probably confusing. But they are only appearing at the same time because I didn’t start my blog earlier. It may be helpful to read the posts by category if you want to catch up. Enjoy!

Weight Loss Journey 2

Weight Loss Journey 2

*The opinions contained here are 100% my own and I have not been compensated in any way to provide them.*

In just over 20 days, I’ve lost about 10 pounds using the REV plan through Personal Trainer Food.  This is a different program that I have used in the past but so far its been easy, effective, and satisfying.

What I like about Personal Trainer Food is that they actually send you pre-packaged, pre-cooked food that you can heat up easily and quickly in the microwave for a tasty and satisfying meal that falls within the guidelines of the program.  Also, you’re not limited to what they send you—there are other foods you can have unlimited amounts of, so you don’t have to go around feeling hungry and irritable.  The recommended exercise component is minimal, and the focus is on the nutritional component of losing weight.  There are also weight loss coaches available and a daily email offering support and education about why the program is effective.

All that being said, everyone’s body works in a different way.  What works for me may not work for you.  In general, I have found that reducing carbohydrate intake (especially complex carbs) makes me feel lighter, more energetic, less puffy, and like I’m able to function better overall.  I find that I am less sluggish and slowed, and can think more clearly.  The biggest change is in my energy level, though. It’s strange not to be so tired all the time!

So far the program has been a success and I plan to continue.

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Are you confused?

Here is the deal:

Yes, I lost weight before (Weight Loss Journey 1) but gained it back over the course of a few years. Weight Loss Journey 2 is my current journey of re-committing to my health. Of course, I have weight loss goals as well, but mainly I want to get back to feeling in control of my health and my body. I will continue to share my story from Weight Loss Journey 1 in hopes that I will be an inspiration to myself and to others! I’m sure Weight Loss Journey 2, my current path, will have some challenges of its own, but fortunately I bring with me the tools and confidence that I gained from the first go-round.

I hope that you benefit from hearing my story and sharing my challenges, and I hope to be able to applaud you on whatever journey you are on!

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Inquiring minds want to know: What is all this business about Weight Loss Journey 1 and Weight Loss Journey 2?

Weight Loss Journey 1: I lost 75 pounds from 2009-2011; I’m reposting the blog posts I wrote on Sparkpeople during that time

Weight Loss Journey 2: I have gained back the majority of the weight I lost and have been on a quest since July 2015 to lose the weight again.  For more info, see above.

Sorry about the timing of the posts, I know that’s probably confusing. But they are only appearing at the same time because I didn’t start my blog earlier. It may be helpful to read the posts by category if you want to catch up. Enjoy!