The Bible says life and death is in the power of the tongue. This goes true for everything in your life, including loosing weight and gaining your health back. Have you ever heard of the quote by Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t your right.”? Well that’s true.
A few years ago I was a member of a group that had to do with size acceptance. It is true that beauty is what’s on the inside, but it was difficult to be around people who had such bad attitudes about taking care of yourself. I realize that some people have eating disorders and stress over every inch they loose or gain, but that’s not what I’m talking about. What I’m talking about is people who don’t care if they are dangerously overweight and they don’t care and don’t want to try and change their lifestyle one iota even if it means to save their lives. One woman even stated that since she knew she would gain the weight back she wasn’t even going to try.
Well, after becoming diabetic myself after years of being 125 lb. overweight I realized I needed to make some changes. My first change was to leave that group. My second change was I changed my lifestyle and all I had to do was go to beauty school. Just being up on my feet doing something all day helped a lot. I lost 30 lbs.the first few months!
Lately changing my eating habits and controlling my portion sizes has caused me to drop another 20 lbs! I’ve gained a few back but I’m going to start over with a new attitude and I* will* loose the weight.
“Old habits die slowly” is an old outdated mindset. To replace old habits here are three steps:
Decide what you want to do and the results you want. Be specific.
Develop actions that would accomplish what you desire.
Examine your actions to see if you are holding back or not, or if you need to make any changes.
Here are my three steps:
I want to loose my next twenty pounds in about four months.
I will include at least thirty minutes of exercise in my day, every day. I will use portion control and be careful about the deserts. I will start walking tomorrow. I will buy a DVD player for my exercise dvds to go in the living room where I have a little more room to work out. I will get plenty of sleep so I will be able to do this. I will buy the food I need to make the portion control recipes in my book.
Good morning. Well, I received the diet program in the mail and I’m just not motivated enough to stay with it. I guess its because I don’t like measuring my food . its a chore. But its a good program for those who have the will power to measure your food every day. I guess it could work for some. But more than anything I think maybe I need to rethink all of this. Yes, I spent a lot of money on this…..a lesson learned. But Autumn Calabrese has a good cookbook out: FIXATE 101 recipes to use with the 21 day fix portion control program. You can use the recipes in this book to go with your own weight loss lifestyle change program. I’m not going to measure my food anymore. Its monotonous and being excessive.
Portion control is a good idea. It has worked for my Dad and he lost 70 lbs.! He doesn’t even exercise. He just eats a small portion- no measuring.
Right now I’m managing to maintain my current weight and keep eating smaller portions. I’ve got to get back in the groove and get serious again. I’m still in a size 18 and although my blood sugar has been a little higher in the morning. Its all because I slacked off and ran out of test strips and sort of lost interest. Sooooo…….
Will start back my exercise routine in March and continue to do portion control. I don’t think I can keep using the bowls. Never the less I will get back to using Autum’s cookbook because with each recipe all the measuring is done for you and just have to read and see how much is a serving. I like the program, just need to modify to be flexible. And who says you can’t go out to eat while trying to loose weight? If I focus on small portions like only one trip to the buffet then I’m good to go. Its going to take me probably a year to loose the weight so I’m not going to go a whole year without eating out is so not enjoying life. And here is a recent photo of me. You know, I don’t look so bad for pushing fifty.lol
I have great news! Since I’ve moved back to my moms I have dropped 17 pounds! I started out at about 256 and I’m down to 239! This is a tremendous hurdle for me as I couldn’t seem to get below the 240’s. I’ll tell you how I did it. Portion control.
After getting most of my teeth pulled and being fitted for a partial for both upper and lower jaws I learned to eat less. As my mouth healed I kept with the eating less and learned to eat until it was enough, not until I was stuffed. Also I dropped the heavy meal at night. I only have a light snack before bed so I can take my medicine. I don’t eat past 7:00pm.
Loosing the weight Has also helped me to lower my blood sugar by 100 points! Most of the time I don’t even have to give myself a shot at night. I still haven’t been exercising and I need to get back into that, but one thing at a time.
I found that my body doesn’t *need*as much food as it did when I was younger. I’m no longer chasing after toddlers or nursing a newborn. I can do with a little less food.
I’ve decided to go for loosing another 20 pounds. I went from a size 22\24 to a size 18. Now I’m shooting for a size 16 as I drop another 20 pounds. I know I can do this!
I’ve also ordered this new diet/exercise program called the 21 day fix by beachbody. Im not planning to go on a diet I just needed a little boost for my will power. It is a lifestyle change program that starts you out loosing a little weight in 21 days but you can stick with the program your whole life. It has different plans for caloric intake and you get to choose which plan you want to start with. My friend who started the program has already loist 13 pounds and my Dad has lost about 70 pounds from using portion control. It includes bowls to measure your food. You don’t have to count calories or points. Just measure your food in these bowls for each meal and it really is a decent amount of food. Also included are a couple of exercise DVDs with numerous exercises. Well my package hasn’t come yet but it should be here today. I ordered a package off Amazon for $72. and ordered a book by the same author for $25.99 off eBay. The title of the book is Fixate 101 personal recipes to use with the 21 day fix portion control program. The author of the book is Autumn Calabrese. I hope you check it out.
Ever since I moved back home from East Texas my blood sugar has been out of whack. It doesn’t help matters that my step Dad comes home from work hungry at 10:00 pm and wants my mom to fix him supper around that time because he thinks he’s starving. (I wouldn’t do this if it were my husband. I would say “there’s the hot pockets, there’s the microwave…..have fun and goodnight.”). For some odd reason and defying all logic I decided to join in with their midnight escapade of eating a large meal before almost the next day…..for a week or so and it led to over 300 in blood sugar readings the next day!!! Mix that with a new doctor trying to ” experiment” with my medication and you have a recipe for disaster!
Well to shorten this a bit I’ll get to the point. Skip the evening meal. I started to realize that if I made lunch my main meal of the day , when I use the most energy and have a light snack for supper not only will I have better control over my blood sugar, I will also loose a little weight. Lost a few more pounds since my last update and blood sugar not as high in the morning. So I think I found what works for me. Now, if I can just get back into an exercise routine!!!!!
Even though I don’t exercise every day, I did manage to exert myself twice., maybe three times last week indoors. It’s been a struggle to get in the mood, it’s been raining every day last week just about and you have to work out indoors. That’s why I love dvd’s. I also am keeping my stationary bike inside.
I invested in a small set of hand held weights last week. They are helpful to my indoor workouts.
Reward yourself with little exercise equipment. Once I bought myself some workout short sets, another time hand held weights in three pounds, five pounds, and eight pounds. I have one workout dvd that inorperates weights into a yoga routine. It is a bit challenging. Challenge yourself! And if you lack motivation maybe just start. With walking, yoga, or aerobic dancing sometimes I get motivated by just beginning, and then I have to motivation to carry it through.
I got out last week and took a walk, and brought my tablet and took pics of the fresh , new, daffodils and other flowers that are the first signs of Spring. That would be a good thing to do. Get outside and take your phone or tablet and just explore, then when your nice and warmed up finish it up with a nice walk.
Winter is over and the whole earth is awakening to the new warmer temps! Time to get outside and enjoy the new Earth!
Man i really went for a backslide over the winter, but for a week now i’ve exercised about three times! Ive also lost about four pounds! My goal is to get back into a size 1x.
Im working out with Denise Austins dvd’s ( i have four of them) and she is such an inspiration. I change it up a bit. I get tired walking and like to ride my bike and dance too.
I worked out for nearly an hour today. Its nice to have an instructor who is so inspiring. She has a ton of videos out. I did two of her 30 min workouts today from a dvd called Shape Up and SHED pounds. It had two low impact workouts for beginners. One was more aerobic and the other was toning anf stretching. Higly reccamended. The music is fun and a person as big as myself (250 lbs) had no trouble with most of the moves.
Well its getting late and i need to get off here. Keep trying to reach your goals. U can do it!
Well, to be honest with you I’ve majorly slacked off last month. First, the cooler weather discouraged me, even after bringing everything indoors, buying the exercise dvd’s etc…and then the holidays hit and Lord help! lol….and when I’m at someone else’s house for a vacation-I really loose interest .
But I am in no case discouraged. We have a new year, and in a few short months (3) I will have been exercising for a year! So my goal is to finish out the year with NO MORE setbacks. Time to jump back in and get to work! So it has been raining all morning but tonight at seven I will do exercise bike, maybe tapes, push ups, squats, arm bands. Yes! I WILL do this tonight at 7:00pm. The days it is not cold and raining I will do my 2 mile walk and finish up with stretching and yoga , my favorite cool down.
Despite not exercising last night, I had a really good blood sugar this morning. It was only 120. So I’m pleased about that. But generally when I don’t exercise at night I have a sorry blood sugar in the morning. So a little exercise goes a long way.
This year I’m also going to challenge myself. Maybe walk longer or ride my bike for 20 min. longer during an inside work out. I would consider myself healthier since I decided to start exercising last April-so don’t be discouraged if it seems like your not making progress. Even loosing 5 pounds *is* progress.
Setting new goals is a good idea. My goals are to loose 20 more pounds and exercise in some way every day, some times twice a day. Also, cut back on my calories. With my craft business my goal is to start taking my art to shows and events (hello Bonham trade days, the fairgrounds, etc…). With my home I want to get another shed built outside that we will turn into an art studio, and get kitchen cabinets built and bookshelves. (I’ll provide the money and husband and I will do the work.) What are some of your goals?