Sunday, July 24, 2011

It's Not a "Diet"-It's a "Lifestyle Change"!

Here is where you can read about my progress and how I'm doing with my "lifestyle change"! I've decided I'm going to write about my adventures here in my blog instead of posting them in my statuses. I'm getting bored with always posting about my weight loss and what I did for exercise that day. So, with that being goes!!

I want to make it clear that I've made a LIFESTYLE CHANGE, and that I'm NOT ON A DIET. This is not temporary. All of the exercising I've been doing is not a temporary thing, either. It's part of my life. I was told by my surgeons and doctors I NEEDED to take off some weight to help prevent a cancer recurrence. While my cancer was caught EARLY, and I was blessed to not have had to go through chemo & radiation because of the route I took to rid my body of that horrible beast, it was what it was, and I want to do all I can in my power to prevent it from coming back.

While YES, there are those who lead the healthiest lifestyles and still end up with heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc., I'm doing what I can to HELP prevent those things from happening. Some things we can't control, and I am a firm believer that when God is ready to call us home, we have no say. I want to make the most of my life while I still got it! That is why I made the decision to join Weight Watchers 4 months ago. I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired all the time. I was also getting ready to run my first 5K, so I thought I'd try to lose weight in the process. When I trained for the 3-Day last year, I didn't eat healthy, which is why I didn't lose weight in the training process!

I joined Weight Watchers because I needed support to help me lose weight. I had a problem with food, and it wasn't that I just loved to eat. I seriously had a problem with food. I was always eating fast food. Sometimes I would eat it 3 times a day. On my days off, I would go to Chik-Fil-A for breakfast, McD's or BK for lunch, and some other fast food place for dinner. On the days I worked, I would always stop for breakfast. If I didn't have time to stop, I would get angry. When I'd come home from work, I would order dinner from Domino's or I'd stop at one of the fast food places down the street. Or Johnathan & I would go out and have a huge dinner somewhere. I was able to eat a small pizza, a whole order of cheesy bread and 2 chocolate lava crunch cakes ALL BY MYSELF!! I ate out of boredom. I would sit here and think, "I really should go over to the gym". Never made it there. The only cardio I had at the time was walking around at work!! Sad, isn't it?

4 months on Weight Watchers, and I have not touched a french fry since I joined! I still have my "treats" once in awhile. However, I've learned control. I've found things that I can have that are tasty and low in points!! Which is one thing I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE about Weight Watchers!! I am a HUGE advocate for this program. It's because it's not a diet, it's a weight loss plan!! I'm at a point where the weight loss is starting to slow down. I've lost 35lbs so far. My goal is to be out of the 180's or at my 40lb goal by August 7th. I CAN do it, but I'd have to be extremely strict and work out like a banshee!! I'm learning that Summer is difficult for me because of all of the traveling I do. I've been using more of my points for those "treats" and I haven't been working out like I should be!

Soooooooo.......with that being said, I need to get back that motivation and reignite that fire that was once burning ever so brightly in my heart. I'm doing this for ME and MY happiness and NOTHING else. I'm not in competition with anyone. Bob Harper on the Biggest Loser says it best when he says, "this isn't about winning a game. it's about fixing what's broken"! I'm not trying to out-do anyone with how much I exercise or how much weight I've lost so far. Everyone is different. We all have different abilities and our bodies all burn fat and calories at different paces. For me, I know I need to change things up a bit in order to get back to being more consistent with how much I'm losing each week. I'm still at a weight where to lose 3-4lbs in a week is still considered SAFE. Once I hit the 50lb mark, 1-2lbs will be the safest pace.

This is a new week. I don't weigh in until Thursday, and then I will be weighing in the following Tuesday, which will only be 5 days later. I have 2 weeks from today to get to my goal of either being in the 170s or being at my 40lb goal. I need to take off 3.5 to get into the 170s or 6lbs to get to my 40lb goal. I'm thinking I'll be in the 170s in 2 weeks. I'll still be happy, though! It's progress. I'm not giving up until I get to 135lbs. And no, I'm not going to look like death. And yes, I can still afford to lose another 45lbs. Can't post pics to prove it on Facebook, though! HA!

Again, this is where I will be updating my progress each week and what worked(or didn't work) for me. Stay tuned!!!

No comments:

Post a Comment