Weight Loss Journey

Last Week of my Squat, Crunch, and Sit up challenge was an epic failure

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I’ve been pretty good for the most part, since I started my life style change, in February. I would probably rate myself a B+. I have tried all the challenges and activities, when they were scary and completely foreign. I don’t tend to back away from challenges. I’ll try most things at least once.

What happened?

I twisted my knee some kinda way. I hurt it really bad. I could climb stairs, but walking down them were just horrific! My ligament in my knee felt like it was twisting, each time I moved it. It was swollen, also. So that’s that, and how my week ended. Then I went on a week-long binge. So, when I say it was an epic failure, I am so serious! Mary Ann came to visit, and I went on a sugar binge like never before. It was all good bad stuff, so I just stayed in that.

Where I am now?

Well, JJ Smith has introduced another challenge, which was the reason we ended the challenge early. We are on a 10 day smoothie cleanse, which started yesterday. You can either do the full cleanse or the modified. I’ve never been able to fully commit to the full cleanse. From where I was just a couple of days ago, I am not even going to set myself up for failure. So, I am working up to the modified cleanse. I’ve reintroduced one smoothie to my meal plan a day, with two clean meals. I started great yesterday; today was another very good day (minus my lunch), and I’ve ended the night with my smoothie.

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I am going to cut my meats back, and consumed more cooked veggies, for my meal plan, during these next 10 days. Milk is gone again, also. See ya! In addition to my 50000 IU of vitamin D, per my endocrinologist, I will consume an extra 2000 IU per day.

Day 2 is officially done. I never stopped my detoxing. i still do my body brushing; I consume all of my vitamins; I drank my detox teas. I really like that stuff; it’s like pampering myself.

As far as the physical part, we are doing a squat challenge. I am not even going to attempt it. I am going to start the squat, crunch, and sit up challenge over, minus the squats at this time. JJ says this is to give you a pretty round booty, but I have enough booty. I need some help with these arms and gut. So, I think I will ask for help on modifying this a bit. My job has trainers at our disposal, so I will be using this GREAT benefit!

So, here we go!

Good night, everyone!

Day 6 of DHEMM

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Well, it’s been hard. Harder than expected. Cutting out white foods are not the problem, it’s those dang squats. I have never pushed my body this much, except when I broke my leg. I lost about 15 lbs just trying to get off my bed and use the bedroom. I broke all three bones that connects my foot to my lower leg, including my fibula. To repair it, a plate and eight screws added for stability. Two of the screws were drilled through my fibula into my tibia. I had started working with a trainer, about 6 months afterwards, which caused me to break one of the screws. Needless to say, I had to have a second surgery to remove the two long screws. There will always be a piece of the screw embedded in my tibia. The second surgery allowed me the ability to move and use my leg the way it is meant. The only problem I have now is that I can feel it, when I apply pressure on that leg, i.e. squats. It doesn’t hurt, but I am well aware of the metal presence.

What i do know is that I am not a workout girl. So, whether I had the injury or not, this would still be difficult. Trying to get your big body to do what it needs is not an easy task. I do know that I am starting to lose inches again. I don’t measure. I snap pictures, which I haven’t done in a while. I may do some today. I am also aware that my clothes are looser. I’ve increased my protein intake, to help continue build my muscles. I think the squats are going to really help me with my Color Vibe run coming up. So, I am absolutely committed to completing this challenge, although it is not perfect. I don’t think perfect is the intent anyways; it’s the effort.

I went to my endocrinologist on Friday to check my Vitamin D levels. My levels should have increased for sure. I’ll find out this week what my numbers are. I also went to see a dermatologist, for my itchy skin. I have assumed that I have a food allergy, but I think it’s my detergent. I changed up everything I use externally, such as soap, lotion, detergent, and moisturizers. The itching had gotten better immediately, after washing my clothes and bedding, which is why I am almost certain it’s my detergent. We shall continue to see.

Day 6 following DHEMM challenge was my best day, although I ate like a trash compactor (I had white everything). Not only did I take my daughter to a day trip to Carolina Beach, NC, where I soaked up as much Vitamin D possible, I came home and did all of my exercises:  55 squats, 30 crunches, and 15 sit ups. I had an exceptional Fitbit day as well. check out my numbers:

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As you all can see, I am still absolutely committed to changing my life. My process is slow. You are not going to come here and see me posting 5-10 lbs lose in a three-week period. This is truly me making an honest effort to change the way I think and live my newfound healthy life. If I gave perfect, then you should know I am lying. These are things I want to continue, for the rest of my life. I am not interested in temporary or fast fixes, which is how JJ Smith teaches anyways.

Shut the Front Door! Watermelon?

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I have consistently been on the path of discovery with my foods and ways they can help me live and keep up a healthier lifestyle, while losing some much-needed weight. I am pretty sure, I have blogged about my love for watermelon. I mean, it’s just so good, especially cold. I went grocery shopping last night, and forgot my avocados, but did get a watermelon.

I am going to slice her open today. She is massive. My husband is not a watermelon fan, but my daughter and I are. My husband is 6’o feet tall, and can’t gain more than his 180 pounds, regardless of how much he eats. So, he is doing just fine. He is so lucky.

Well today, I wanted to know more about my wonderful fruit and found that

  • watermelon juice can have a significant impact on artery-clogging plaque  deposition by modifying blood lipids and lowering dangerous belly fat  accumulation. Heart disease takes the lives of millions of unsuspecting  individuals each year, and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), leading  to a heart attack, is the most common form of the disease (Phillip 2011).

Shut the front door! I didn’t know that. I have eaten many belly fat burning foods, and didn’t know it. I suppose I am proud of myself, huh? Strawberries are another one, and we love them, also. So, I will stop beating myself up about where my weight comes off, and just celebrate that it is coming off. I am not as bad off as I had assumed.

In addition to the belly fat burning, watermelon also aids in heart disease, which is one of the chronic illnesses caused by obesity. So, I am killing, metaphorically speaking, two birds with one stone!

References:

Phillip, John (2011). Watermelons lower abdominal fat accumulation and reduce heart-clogging arterial plaque. Natural News. Retrieved from  http://www.naturalnews.com/034140_watermelons_abdominal_fat.html#ixzz20nuVxP91

What? No Shrinkage? Hmph!

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There is one part of my body, I would love to see decrease, and FAST! Needless to say, it isn’t happening anytime soon. I know I am losing weight, but why not there? I am talking about my waistline. Why is it so difficult? And to top it off, the muffin top has gotten larger since I had my baby.

I did some research to find out how am I losing weight, but not inches. Apparently, it’s because I am losing fat in other places, equally. I guess, I can’t control this process either. Who said weight loss is a peaceful event?

This all explains why I am losing weight from head to toe. I can now see the difference, but still look like the smaller versus of the bigger Vette. LOL However, I did read that in time, my body will begin to take the shape I want. First thing first, melt the fat away, regardless of its location, then I can begin a more focused approach for problem areas. I got a feeling its going to be my muffin top.

I looked up foods that will help lose belly fat, and found that avocados are a great aid. I like eating someone else’s, I’ve never tried to make any. I’ll let you all know how it goes. There were other foods, such as a small quantity of peanut butter, some beans, spinach, etc.

This is going to be interesting, but I am committed, and what a great game of discovery.

References:

Donner, Ed (2011). Why Am I Losing Weight But Not Inches? LiveStrong. Retrieved from http://www.livestrong.com/article/386794-why-am-i-losing-weight-but-not-inches/#ixzz20hU5YIVg

Quick & Simple (2012). Eat this and Lose Belly Fat! Hearst Communications, Inc. Retrieved from http://www.quickandsimple.com/diet-weight-loss/tips-calculator/belly-fat-foods

A death leads to Emotional Eating, right?

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Today, I lost someone very dear too me. I went out and bought a 20 oz Coke Cola, and a bag of Chips Ahoy. I can’t fix what has happened, so I just kinda want to wallow in my sorrow a bit.

I post this here, because it holds me accountable, regardless of my reason. This may keep me from eating them, maybe?

I may just pray tonight and ask for sleep, peace, and thank Him for the time he gave me with the woman that helped save my life.  😦

Ain’t everyday, a girl can say her panties have become bloomers!

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For the past couple of weeks, I have been under the weather. I was also taking an antibiotic. I do not know if it caused the swelling, but I had a lot swelling in my hands, legs, and feet. It was harsh looking at my scale. But, I knew that I had to keep going, and not get discouraged. I am finally off of the medication. I got on the scale today, and I have not only hit my short-term goal of 20 pounds lost, but I have exceeded it by 1.8 additional pounds. Holy guacamole! I have now successfully gotten off 32.8 pounds, and how wonderful it feels.

I knew going in, with the decision to lose weight, as I actually lived, was not easy, and an extremely slow process. I am in the same situation that many Americans are, unemployed, living on very little income. I can’t afford the gym, organic foods, or the fancier boost. I am losing weight through the use of everyday activities that I have to do around the house, with a boost of music, such as chasing behind my 18 month old, dancing while washing dishes and vacuuming, grocery shopping (which I extend to about an hour), and 15 minute walks with my little one, most days of the week. I figure I just need to move, and it doesn’t matter where or how often, as long as I am doing it.

Everyday activities are often not thought about as exercise, but it is. If I turn on Maroon 5, and Move Like Jagger, everyday activities can become a full-blown workout! I love that song, and who can possibly sit down and not get your boogie on when that creation of art is playing? Also, my baby is learning to jump, so I’ve come up with a game where we jump, shake, and dance!  She can’t do it, unless I am, right?

Food is becoming less of a prison for me. I wanted to go through this process eating what I wanted, and could afford, with some changes. If I want fried chicken, I cook, and eat it. However, I take the skin off. It has made a huge difference, in my weight loss journey. Thankfully, I am not a huge fried chicken girl, I prefer it baked or boiled, which I still take the skin off. Smaller portion sizes have been a nice weapon also. I am never hunger, because of fillers, my fruits and vegetables, which are not very costly.

I am losing weight on a tight to none existing budget, and I am over the moon that my panties are becoming bloomers! I am losing weight from head to toe, and I feel fantastic!!!!!! Where there is a will, there is a way!

Oh and my BMI has dropped an entire point! I am going to say it, even though I prefer not to curse in my blogs, but HOT DAMN!!!

Tracking my food

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I feel a need to go back to the basics. My energy level is down, and I need a boost. I am sure it is coming from my illness that lasted longer than I like. I started out tracking my food. I tracked everything, using the point system of Weight Watchers. It has been about 6 weeks, since I last did it consistently. I found success, but I feel like I am in a plateau, and I need to move past where I am now. I have a Nook, fantastic creation, and I was able to buy an APP for only $3 that works the same as the one online. If something else pops up in my life, managing them both, becomes more difficult. With the tracking (time management), I am consciously thinking about everything that I put in my body.

It worked marvelously for me, in the beginning. When I am more conscious about my food, I make sure that I am eating enough fruits and vegetables, and not absolutely feeding myself to get rid of the hunger. If I am not thinking ahead, about my food, it becomes too easy to reach in the cupboard and pull out the easiest food to prepare, rather than the healthiest.

My late hours have knocked me off of my sleep patterns, where I was making sure I got at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep. I corrected that last night. Sleeping helps me feel better, and gives me a really nice boast for the rest of the day. I will dust off my Zumba Wii game today. My daughter likes to dance alone with me. We had not been walking, until a couple of days ago, and she had her first face plant, on the sidewalk, which messed up her nose and lips. We haven’t been out since.

So today, I start all over again, with more activities, but indoors!

There’s nothing wrong with starting over, either. Perfect is not my solution, losing weight, safely and lasting is.