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My goal to a better me

Keeping track of my health.

The Happiest Woman Alive
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I will always laugh at people who argue about weight and health.  Blame society, blame ignorance, blame blame blame.  If you're overweight accept it and stop trying to say that it doesn't matter what doctors say about your health.  If you're unhealthy, you're unhealthy.

I took control of my health and weight.  I love myself.  I will no longer accept excuses from people who are overweight or obese.  You chose to live your life, and I will live mine.  

My Workout and Eating plan
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So a lot of people ask me what exactly my workout and eating plan is, so I've decided to share it.

First off, I exercise at LEAST 5 days a week.
The program I do is called DDP Yoga.  It was created by the former wrestler Diamond Dallas Page and its a workout that you can do at ANY size.  The stronger you get, the better the workout is.  It all revolves around YOU.

Here is the link where you can find it.  I purchased the first package and will soon get the more advanced videos.

My diet is actually very strict.  I eat about 800-100 calories a day, and avoid almost all starches, fats, and sugars.  For breakfast, my usual day is a hard boiled egg and a protein shake, lunch is something like tuna salad made with greek yogurt and stuffed in a roma tomato.  For dinner I usually eat whatever protein I make for the family (Like ground turkey, chicken, or salmon) and a small serving of veggies.  If I get hungry during the day I eat a handful of nuts or have a protein shake.

I also make a point to drink at LEAST 8 cups of water ever day.  I fill my reusable water bottle at least 3 times every day.

Its not easy to make these changes, but when you decided that your health is more important that your cravings, it works! 

Well I did it!
:Amy Winehouse
Its been FOREVER since I've updated this blog....


I finally lost the weight!

As of today I've lost 110lbs since last year!

Progress 2

Something different but good
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After my big binge, I was very disheartened.  I hated that I don't always have good self control when no one else is around.  I feel like a food journal might be my best move, because it keeps me responsible for everything I put in my body.  I don't think I am ready to put it on the internet, which is what I WAS doing, because I was embarrassed.  I also wasn't counting every lick, bite, or taste either, and those really add up too.

So I walked away for a week or so, and I did some learning.  Well it looks like it has worked because the scale this morning said 259lbs.  I have not been under 260 in a very long time.  I was so happy to see that 5 on the scale today!!!  Also, my dad gave me his Wii Fit, so today I will be setting that up and getting my work out on every day.  Maybe that will help me more.

I figured out why I got so fat in the first place.  Its pretty funny actually, because it was simple.

I wouldn't think about the foods I was putting into my body.  I would eat whatever I felt like without thought or concern about what it was doing for me.  Once I started focusing on the quality and quantity of the foods I was consuming, I LOST 10 POUNDS!!!  Of course, I still have a lot more to go, but I am so excited about it all.

Day's 5 & 6 - A new tactic
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This past weekend was killer.  I really had no idea what i was jumping into without enough support or knowledge.  Luckily, instead of giving up, I have used the time to learn more about eating healthy and what I need to do for these changes.

My cousin is a registered dietician, and she has agreed to help me out.  We had a nice long chat yesterday about my regular diet, what I am doing wrong, and what I need to do to make it right.  She told me that counting calories is very extreme and that for me, I should be more concerned with the types of foods I put in my body over the calories.  If I focus on healthy eating then the calories will go along with it.  Of course portion control is a big deal too.  Her advice was to make half of my plate veggies, 1/4 protein, and 1/4 carbs.  Also, I discovered that I don't know how to cook, and I need recipes.  

Today I am making a stew, and about 80% of it is veggies, so I think it will be a hit.  We'll see!

Some tips for eating better from a dietician-

1. Cut out soda, even diet.  I drink coffee, iced tea (unsweetened), and water.
2. 1/2 veggies, 1/4 protein, 1/4 carbs for every meal
3. Use kosher or sea salt when needed.
4. Avoid the microwave as much as possible.
5. Don't forget to exercise.
6. 3 meals a day!  Always, 3 meals a day!
7.  healthy portions make for healthy people.
8.  natural, fresh foods are always better for you. ALWAYS.  Avoid anything boxed or canned.
9. Beans are a great source of protein. soak them overnight then rinse before cooking.
10- THIS WAS THE BIG ONE FOR ME-  Wash your rice before cooking to get rid of the starch taste! LMAO

Day 3- not so good
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Yesterday was a very bad day for me.  I ended up bingeing in the middle of the day on some seriously high fat foods.  I started to freak out when it came down to making breakfast for the family and being scared of eating anything with too much fat or calories.  At that point I basically told myself "I don't give a crap" and refused to eat anything.  Then by about 2pm I was so hungry, overwhelmed, and frustrated that I broke down in tears too confused to think. This left me in my old state of mind, when I would binge on the most horrible foods possible without though, and that is exactly what I did.  I don't even want to imagine how many calories and grams of saturated fat I put into my body yesterday, but of course that would be denial, and that is what got me into this in the first place.  So I tried my hardest to enter in what I ate into my calorie counter, and I can swear that I heard the computer laugh as I entered the processed nacho cheese in and it had to calculate the calories, carbs, and fat.. Oh god the fat...

Anyways, I had a visit from a good friend Melissa last night and she really helped me deal with what had happened.  I don't want to give up, I want to keep going, but I hit a speed bump yesterday.  Today i am back on track to get things going.  I wish I could take back all of the things I ate yesterday, but I cant so i am going to keep going.  

This morning I had a sourdough English muffin with peanut butter and an apple.  of course some coffee too.  I did learn today that I absolutely hate egg whites.  Which sucks because they are such a good party of a healthy diet, but to me they taste like boogers and that is just not edible.  I never really liked eggs anyways.  

Lunch is starting to get difficult as i figure out the carbs in everything.  I really hate being hungry, but I havent gone grocery shopping yet, so we are down to the bare minimum.   For dinner tonight I think I am going to make either spaghetti or white enchillads.  

I am learning that eating healthy takes real thought.  Counting calories is pretty hard too when I am just learning how to eat healthy.  Then to add on counting carbs, fat, protein, and sodium... Hold crap!  I think I need to take this a little slower.  This cannot be learned in a few days and I am just beating myself up over it.  One day at a time...  I wont give up.

Day 2, Disneyland
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I went to Disneyland yesterday.  Now, seriously, why did I start this one day before an outing like that?  Well, we take our kids to Disneyland a minimum of once a month, and I need to learn how to handle this, so why not jump in head first?  It was actually harder than I expected.  The first problem is that I am not sure what foods are OK to eat according to calories, fat, and carbs..  Of course non of this is off limits, but all in moderation.  I was surprised to find that bacon isnt high in calories, but extremely high in fat.  Ok, maybe I wasn't that surprised.  

The food I ate, I did because I thought they were the healthy choices, and I kept track of them with my SparkPeople app on my blackberry.  When i got home and reviewed my caloric intake, I had only had about 700 calories all day.  No wonder I was starving all day!  My first day I ate a ton of healthy food and still was within my range on all levels.  I only ate twice yesterday, and when I usually would eat a cheeseburger and onion rings, I had a salad with "grilled" chicken.  Not good.   I think I need to just start packing my own food to keep my hunger under control, because Disneyland food doesn't really work for this.  Hopefully after I get my weight down I can spend a day there and not worry about what I can and shouldn't eat, and just enjoy my day.

I am going to buy a scale today.  Its already 9:45am and we have not had any breakfast, mostly because I am scared of cooking for my whole family when I don't even know what i should have.  I need to find some cook books that have the calories in them along with recipes.  My legs are super sore from walking across two theme parks yesterday, but I still need to burn 400 calories today, so I have to push through it.  

Thats it for now.  I hope to update again tonight with how I do today.

Writer's Block: Occupied
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I have tried... But in general, I don't think many of the protesters are on the same page.

I have joined the Thrive Movement instead.

A wonderful group with strong ideas to help make the world a better place.

I would suggest looking into this movement for anyone who wants real change, but isnt sure where to start.
Have you participated in Occupy Wall Street? Why or why not?

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