Thursday, September 27, 2012
Well, I lost 1 lb this week. I am not going to lie I was extremely disappointed. Based on the deficit I had this week I should have been down 2.5 lbs. You just never know what the body's going to do. However, I keep thinking about that picture showing 1 lb of fat and it makes me okay with the loss. It is still a loss; I am still going in the right direction. I hope that next week I will see better numbers. I will keep working hard for them. The hard work will pay off and has paid off.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
Have you ever heard of a show called Ruby? I had heard of it, in fact, I believe I saw Oprah interview her once. This past week as I was browsing for something to watch on Netflix I came across Ruby's show. I decided to watch the last season there to see what it was all about. I came in at the point where Ruby had lost over 300 lbs. I think she may have been close to taking 400 lbs off. Her starting weight was 719 lbs. She had come to a roadblock in her weight loss and decided to call in an expert in food addictions. Through a series of events, she and her friends decide to go through this woman's 6-day intensive program. As the counselor spoke, word after word penetrated my soul. She was speaking to me. I opened up Word and started typing every word she said of a few specific statements. They were powerful to me. They spoke directly to that part of me that wondered if I would ever find what others call "balance". It gave me permission to continue doing what I am doing. It gave me permission to keep this monster called food addiction under control. Here are a few of the things she said:
In recovery you do not get any days off; no holidays. It does not matter if there is a death in the family, a birth in the family, or the sun comes up or the sun goes down. You get to treat yourself for your eating disorder every day. Normal eaters will say, “You know, I’m just going to have a fasting day because I’m going to really eat on Thanksgiving.” People with food addiction do not have that privilege. They cannot do that. There are no special days to eat. Food has to take its proper place. What we have to look at is, what is food replacing? What is in here (pointing at self) that we have to have the food?It is more common than uncommon when you find a person with an eating disorder to go back two or 3 generations and you are going to absolutely find alcoholism, almost without fail. Sometimes it will skip a generation; a generation will decide they are not going to drink so they start using the food.
It is not what we are eating, but what is eating us.She spoke of people with any sort of addiction being people that have to have control. That hit me between the eyes. I have been self-analyzing and have realized what is behind some destructive behaviors. If all these other areas feel so out of control and I cannot turn to food I try desperately to gain control in another area; stomping all over whomever I need to in order to gain control.
Tough lesson, painful. . . healing!!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
How did everyone do with the challenge last week? Did you try something new or fun this week for exercise? I played tennis this week, which is the new thing I have added in the last few months. I love playing tennis so I do not think of it as “exercise”.
This week the challenge is to find a, new to you, healthy recipe and make it for you and/or your family. If it is good then please share. I know I am in need of some fresh recipes. "Diet" food should not have to be tasteless, like plastic or full of air. Healthy food can be full of flavor and fun.
Have fun with this and I cannot wait to hear what you have made.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
I had a good week despite allowing myself to rest. I lost 2 lbs making my total loss for the last 6 weeks 21.5 lbs. Not too shabby. I hope that I will have another 19.5 lbs off by the end of the challenge. As you read in my last post I am back to working out this week so I should see a 3 lb loss. . . should!
I am going to throw out what I think is an easier challenge this week. I want you to do an activity that is fun; working out does not have to be all work and no play. Losing weight does not have to be such a drag. Try something new or something you have not done for a while. Make it FUN!
Keep your eye on the ball everyone. You CAN do this, remember. . . DISCIPLINE, which has to be purposeful, DESIRE, which you have and DETERMINATION, find that inner tenacity, and make this happen for yourself.
Have a great week and have some fun doing it!
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
I really tried to work on getting more rest this past week. I think it back fired though because all I want to do is sleep now. LOL! I've noticed my water consumption dwindling so I'm going to re-focus on that this week.
My challenge to you this week is to journal how you're feeling everyday. This is also a tough one for me. I've never been good with the discipline of journaling. So many people have told me of all the benefits, yet I still haven't made it a priority. This week I will work everyday to write. Hopefully this will help me figure out what's going on when I want to over eat.
Have a great week and I can't wait to hear of your weight loss successes next week.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
I have talked about many different topics, in regards to our health, on this blog. One I do not remember talking about is our environment and how toxic it can be. It seems everything has toxic chemicals from household cleaning products to the toiletries we use; chemicals that are hazardous to our health. These chemicals are hormone disruptors which can disrupt weight loss and even cause obesity. The following Scientific Statement is quite eye opening. If you are at all concerned about this area please read the following journal. http://www.endo-society.org/journals/scientificstatements/upload/edc_scientific_statement.pdf . They make the statement, “In this first Scientific Statement of The Endocrine Society, we present the evidence that endocrine disruptors have effects on male and female reproduction, breast development and cancer, prostate cancer, neuroendocrinology, thyroid, metabolism and obesity, and cardiovascular endocrinology. Results from animal models, human clinical observations, and epidemiological studies converge to implicate EDCs as a significant concern to public health.”
This is an area I began learning about a few years ago and started making changes in our home. When I did I noticed a significant difference in how sick we all were. I learned when our immune systems no longer have to fight off the toxins from these products it can focus on any other sicknesses trying to enter our bodies. After changing my home over to non-toxic products my children were not sick for an entire year. Wow!! I still had fairly small children. The year before switching they were sick quite often; I couldn’t believe the difference.
If you know of anyone that has allergies (skin especially), eczema, asthma, or sick with colds and flu often just changing your household products can make all the difference.
I found a company that makes products I can trust and have purchased from them ever since. I know there are many resources out there showing you how to make your own laundry detergent, cleaning products, etc. I just don’t have the time. The other issue is expense. We all know we should be eating organic food but it feels hard to justify the expense. It’s the same with purchasing toxic free products. The expense can be overwhelming. The company I started purchasing products through has made sure to keep their prices low. In fact, my household & toiletries budget has gone down since I began purchasing products from this company. I am not the type to push products, but I have used this company for 2 ½ years now and am still thrilled with their stuff. If this is a concern of yours and you are interested in where I do my shopping please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I love to educate and help!