Monday, July 28, 2014

No More Cheating

So this week I watched a video from one of my favorite trainers - Shaun T. I really loved what he said because I have always disliked the term "cheating" or "cheat meal." Why? Because I feel that cheating happens with diets and I am not on a diet. I have a new lifestyle. Instead, he used the term "treating." This gives me the power and control to decide when and how often I want to treat myself. And just like anything else - treats are all in moderation! So I might choose to treat myself on my birthday, but I can also choose not to treat myself on everyone else's birthday.  I will likely treat myself when the holidays roll around, but once or twice, not everyday!

I just love this idea of treating myself.  It's a way to take the deprived feelings out and make this new eating a daily reality.  No more cheating for me.  Now I stay in control and choose when to treat!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

6 Months Later . . .

I can't believe that it has been 6 months since I started this journey.  I know that I was committed and dedicated when I started, but I also know that there was some doubt in the back of my mind.  Actually lots of doubt - doubt that I would stick to it, doubt that I could actually do it, and even doubt about whether these new products I was trying would work if I did my best.  I mean, they do make infomercials about Focus T25 (my first program to do on this journey) and the 21 Day Fix (what I am currently doing). Those infomercials are just a bunch of actors or people who have never struggled with their weight - right???

Well during the last 6 months I have stuck with it.  I have changed my eating habits and really enjoy clean eating.  I can honestly say I don't miss fast food or diet coke!  I have added exercise to my routine and really, yes I said REALLY, enjoy it!  I have noticed lots of changes like clothes getting too big, rolls of fat disappearing, a missing chin (the double one that is), lots of energy, loss of heartburn and increased self-confidence.

Has it been easy?  Not always.  Has it been hard?  Not as hard as I thought it would be.  What it has been is consistent.  I do my best not to get caught up in next week or next month, not even tomorrow. I do my best today - one meal at a time and one workout at a time.  Has it worked?  Absolutely - it has!

6 months ago I started this journey at 293.2 pounds.  Yikes - I'm still not sure I am ready to publish that - but I said I was going to be honest and real.  Today I am at 226.7 and weighing 66.5 pounds lighter!  That's a little human people!  A little human that I am no longer carrying around on my back (and my stomach and thighs and arms and chin)!

When I started I took some basic measurements - and I mean basic.  I actually only measured 5 placed on my body (and on the arm and leg only one side???).  In just those 5 areas I have lost 32.5 inches.  I've had a hard time seeing the magnitude of the change because, quite frankly, I look at myself everyday.  So I figured this was the perfect time to pull out those before pictures and do a little comparison.

All of the pictures on the left were taken on January 25, 2014, 19 days into my journey.  So add on to that about 20 more pounds!  All of the pictures on the right were taken today,  July 6, 2014 - exactly 6 months after I officially started chaining my life.

On this new journey, I am just beginning.  I still have quite a bit of weight I'd like to lose.  So I keep plugging away one day at a time.  This has become my motto lately:

In addition to changing me from the inside out, I am truly loving the doors this is opening for me to change my family's habits, and to help others who have struggled too.  I Can AM and So Can You!  If you are not sure where to start I'd love to help you too.  You can find me on Facebook at I Can and So Can You.  Send me a message or leave a comment below with your e-mail and I will contact you.  Trust me when I say You CAN do this too!