A lot can be accomplished in a short amount of time. In 8 weeks I’ve gone from a heafty 184 pounds to a slimmed down 164.5 pounds. I’ve lost 20 1/2 pounds by simply logging calories, changing bad eating habits, doing away with soda and making sure I weigh daily. When I look back on the pictures *before I started my diet, it is like looking at someone I don’t recognize. I was fat. I mean I was really fat. I was overweight and I had no self esteem. I don’t know how I let myself get in that shape. I knew I was gaining but I didn’t seem to care enough to stop it. I felt like if I didn’t care nobody else did either. That is the wrong attitude to have. I know that now and I’m doing my best to dust away the negative voices in my head and focus only on the positive. I find that I am a much happier confident person now that I look and feel better.
Like so many of you when I started this weight loss journey I was lost. I had no idea where to begin. I didn’t know a good carb from a bad carb. I didn’t understand portion sizes. I was lost when it came to calories vs fats. I felt overwhelmed by the number of diet plans on the market. I never thought about sodium causing my feet and hands to swell so bad they looked webbed together. Today, I have a solid grip on what I am doing. Sure, I’ve had a few off days along the way but I have no guilty feelings about it whatsoever. I get back on track and tell myself it will be ok. And you know what, it usually is. 🙂
Tonight I am planning on going to boot camp. I have a friend who teaches boot camp at the downtown YMCA. I am somewhat skeptical about my skill level as I have not fully exercised since that trip to the gym few weeks ago to shoot my “No Excuses” report. I was sore for a week and hurt so bad I couldn’t hardly bend over to tie my shoes. I am confident I will feel the burn tonight but I’m also looking forward to doing something physical. I’m rarely ever intimidated by a challenge and I enjoy things that test my limits (as long as it has nothing to do with heights). I also trust this person as she has yet to let me down on weight loss and fitness advice. I will blog tomorrow and let you know how it goes.
I’ve set a goal for myself. I want to run in the Liz Hurley Ribbon Run this year. That’s right—run, not walk. I may humiliate myself. I may fall on my face in a puddle of sweat. I may whine about the intense pain and shin splints but I am determined to do this-even if I have to crawl on my belly to the finish line (I’m not above it). Not only is it a great cause for my dear friend Liz but it is something that will motivate me to keep on trucking. It is time to get off the couch and get moving. I will start training soon and I want to share the tips I learn with you. How many of you are willing to set this as your goal?
When I started “No Excuses” I logged my food into my “Lose It” app and I still do. But I also downloaded the My Fitness Pal app today. I like it just as well. It has a few more features and it seems to have more food choices. I like the layout of that app and I think it is slightly more user friendly. Encourage your friends to download one of the free smart phone apps so you can encourage each other. Having someone to share the up’s and down’s with will keep you focused more than trying to do it all yourself.
Warmer weather makes me want to reach for the chocolate ice cream and Funyun Rings 😉 But I don’t want to mess up my healthy eating plan. If you love yogurt and you want a cool treat when you get home from work or after a good walk or workout, try frozen yogurt bites. All you have to do is drop yogurt by the spoonful onto wax paper and freeze. You can bag them up and much on them for a sweet treat.
Hope this helps keep you motivated. Set a goal for yourself, work toward what you want and go for it! You have nothing stopping you but yourself.
Good day all!