Monthly Archives: January 2012

Day 25

Today is another incredible day in my world.  Is my enthusiasm making you gag yourself with a big wooden spoon yet??

This morning I realized there was no school when the bus didn’t show up to pick up my grade one’er!  But we just came in the house, cranked the tunes to some “Big n’ Chunky” and started cleaning!!  The boys love the suction on the Central Vac…which is a bonus for me – because in between vacuuming the dust bunnies – we have fun!!

So 25 days.  25 days of NO coffee, no treats, no chips, no eating out, no Grande Eggnog Latte’s, and no morning Bailey’s!  WOW – what an accomplishment.  Have I mentioned, I feel the best I think I have EVER felt?

My weight has been holding steady between 166lbs and 165lbs for the last 5 days.  Close your eyes guys…I have the P-Tracker Lite app on my Iphone, which confirms I am “ovulating” – thus retaining water.  It’s supposed to even out on its own.  My cycle has been right on schedule (it always has been 28 days) – which is very pleasing to me and supports the fact that I am not pumping hormones into my body to mess things up. 

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m very intrigued by the obesity situation in Canada.  I’ve found some amazing resource and added some links for you to take a peek at.  In particular, check out this clip from the show “The Agenda with Steve Paikin” – “Fatter Than We’ve Ever Been”

Also, University of Edmonton has a ROCKSTAR doc doing some amazing research on this obesity thing they are calling an “epidemic”.  Mark my word, you will be seeing a lot about this topic on TV in the near future.  Educate yourselves peeps!  It takes just one person with initiative to inspire another…it snowballs from there!

I posted my weekly pics under “The Pictures” tab…up there…

Make it an amazing day!

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Day 23

Down 1lb today!  I am currently 165.5 lbs.  I have lost a total of 23lbs from my loading weight of 188.5lbs and 17.5lbs from my starting weight of 183lbs.  My initial goal was to lose 30lbs and be at 158.5.  That is only 7 pounds away!  I am so pleased with my progress and I feel so good!

I told you yesterday I was going to talk about healthy body image.  I’m getting vibes from a few friends, and loved ones – okay fine, it’s my sister.  She is clearly concerned about why I am doing this – like I am obsessed with having a skinny body.  Why can’t I just love myself the way I was – and ignore what the scale says?  She sent me the kindest email about how she loves my humour and selflessness the best!  I really am feeling the love these days!  No jokes, I really am!!  And sis’, you can rest assured that I do love myself – I (mostly) always have – except for those couple of times where I drank WAY too much and made an ass of myself.  I try very hard to be kind to others and I feel in my heart that I am a great person – confident, self-less, caring, helpful (shall I continue about how great I really am? lol).  When I look at my Body Mass Index – and it tells me that I am obese – that scares the hell out of me.  Not to mention the other things that go along with carrying 30+ lbs of excess weight (mostly belly fat).  My knees were starting to hurt, I have had back issues for 11 years, I’m tired and lethargic, my clothes don’t fit properly, I can’t keep up with my kids, my moods are all over the board.  I love to run.  It is hard and awkward to run with 30 excess pounds.  Shall I continue? I think not. 

Body image is everywhere – it slaps us in the face as soon as we turn on the TV or surf the internet.  It’s on the magazine stand at the grocery store.  It’s in the mall, on the radio, plastered to the side of buses.  Avoiding the images of women (and men) with beautiful bodies is impossible – unless you hide under a rock.  It has always intrigued me “why?”.  Why can these beautiful women have beautiful bodies.  I used to have a nice slender body – 12 years ago.  I was very physically active in high school.  I have always enjoyed exercise.  How do those people get those beautiful (airbrushed – I KNOW) bodies?  I get it – diet and exercise.  Beautiful bodies are maintained by diet and exercise.  So I have tried and tried to eat clean and exercise to get the body I once I had back.  Nothing I did worked.  Read this article.  It is one of hundreds of articles that chat about how 80% of people who have lost weight gain it all back, and more, within 2 years.  It is a crazy cycle of yo-yo dieting, which is equally as unhealthy as being obese.  Most of the articles end the same “With so many drawbacks, you might wonder if you’d be better off just accepting your belly rolls. But the perils of being overweight still outweigh the risks of yo-yoing. So how do you quit the cycle for good?”

Do we really have to just accept our body the way it is?  Does it really have to be this way?  Do we really just need to wake up in the morning – look in the mirror – do positive affirmations about how beautiful our overweight bodies are?  Just because everyone around me is overweight – does that give me permission to love my chubby body, sit down on the couch and eat a bag of Doritos and drink a Coke?  1 out of 4 Canadians are obese.  Obesity in the US is through the roof.  I’m sick of making excuses for myself.  I refuse to be part of the problem.  I want to be part of the solution. 

Do I have an unhealthy body image?  I don’t think so – but there will always be a critic.  So get your Ipods out and blast some freakin’ Lady Gaga “Born this Way”.  Go for a run, or do whatever you need to do to be a superstar!  Don’t be a drag – just be a queen (or king)!

Day 22

Up .5lbs today.  I’m not unhappy – AT ALL.  I’ve lost 27.75″. Period.  However, the jury is still pondering the effectiveness of “apple day”.  Thanks to my intelligent co-workers – I have been enlightened to the fact that the required 1Gallon of water is NOT 2L of water – it’s 4L of water! LOL!  Oops.  So the water intake will now be increasing by 2L/day.  We will see how that changes anything. 

As promised…today my topic is fat!  Yesterday I was asked how my muscle mass has changed – how weak am I?  I actually don’t feel weak at all.  I’m still able to tote around 13 month old, who refuses to walk.  I’m able to run up/down stairs to do laundry – my legs don’t feel fatigued.  On any other calorie restricted diet – by now, if I made it this far (which is highly unlikey), I would be dog ass tired, and weak.  Why is this different you ask?  Well…let me explain a few things first. 

Say you consume 1500 calories a day, everyday for a year.  Your pretty sedentary (don’t exercise).  So your body thermostat (resting metabolic rate) is set to consume 1,500 calories every day.  Your body needs 1,500 calories a day to do what you do everyday.  Get it?

Enter the word “energy”.  Your body needs energy to function.  Your body will use three different energy sources to fuel it – the food (calories) you eat, your fat stores, or body muscle.  So throughout the day, your body uses the 1,500 calories you eat to keep you going.  Sometimes you have days where you are busy and skip a meal and only eat 1,000 calories.  Your body will use 500 calories of stored fat to make up for the 500 calories you forgot to eat.  Why? Because your “thermostat” is set to 1,500 calories.  Your body will find a way to consume that much energy using the three methods I mentioned. 

Enter “fat cells”.    I understand there are four different kinds of fat.  I’m going to talk about 2 of them.  Healthy fat stores and unhealthy fat stores (the poison that is surrounding your organs and slowly causing diseases).  Fat cells have memory and never go anywhere.  When they are not being used (as energy), they just shrink-up, nestle in and get comfy in your body.  If you consume more energy (calories) than your body needs every day, it gets stored as fat.  This can accumulate quickly if your not careful. 

You discover your packing on the pounds and decide you need to lose weight.  If you have tried ANYTHING to lose weight, you know that in order to lose weight – at the end of the day calories in must be less than calories out.  You can accomplish this formula by consuming less calories, or exercising more to burn more calories each day.  So you do one of those two things.  Let’s say you decide your going to track your calorie intake and only consume 1,000 calories a day.  So Monday morning you wake up and start eating only 1,000 calories a day.  Very quickly your body realizes WHOA…your starving me and you may never feed me again!!  Your unhealthy fat cells physiologically hide, thinking your going to starve to death.  Your body first uses the 1,000 calories you eat as energy.  Then your body uses your healthy fat stores for more energy.  Remember, you set your thermostat to 1,500 calories a day.  You start losing weight, but your healthy fat stores also become depleted, eventually.  This is the moment when your body has to use your muscle fibers as energy.  Enter symptoms like exhaustion and weakness. 

According to The National Institute of Health, it takes 3,500 calories to make 1lb of fat.  On this program the first phase is loading – consume thousands of calories of high fat foods.  Myself, I gained 5.5lbs.  Do the math – 3,500 calories x 5.5lbs = 19,250 calories.  I didn’t physically do anything different, so that is a lot of excess calories in 3 days.  Which, obviously gets stored in my body for future energy.  The interesting thing is, the “drops” I take while loading, through their vibrational signature blend blah blah…allow those fat cells to stay open (not shrink up and hide like before).  So when day 4 came along and I dropped my calorie intake to 500 (**GASP – don’t forget I’m taking the best nutritional supplements out there**).  Obviously, my body still needs energy to get through the day – definately more than the 500 calories I’m consuming with food.  So clearly, my body has to use my fat stores.  Thanks to the “drops” leaving them open, my unhealthy fat stores are now accessible to my body to use as energy.  So every day for 30 days, once my body uses the 500 calories in food I eat, it then uses the fat I have stored as energy.  If you calculate…19,250 calories by 30 days = 641 calories a day.  So add together 500 calories in food and the 641 calories in stored fat energy, I’d say my body is using about 1,100 calories a day.  So hypothetically, I supposedly have shocked my body through this process – and reprogrammed my hypothalamus to need about 1,100 calories each day to do what I need to do to get through my day.  The true test will be once I hit my maintenance phase and slowly add back 200 calories a day.  Once I hit a comfy calorie intake, I will start my normal exercise regime.  And supposedly, I should be able to consume 1,800 calories (or whatever I calculate to be my required calories for my body weight) and maintain my goal weight.  Make any sense? 

Tomorrow I plan to talk about body image, self-esteem, and why I care so much to be slim.  If you haven’t noticed – I’ve stumbled upon some interesting articles.  I’ve added links under the “blog-roll” over there on the left.

Day 21

To my amazement, apple day worked!  I’m down another 2lbs.  Sweet!  Your questions is…”So, how was apple day?”.  It wasn’t bad actually, not as bad as I thought it was going to be.  I had plans to have lunch with a friend yesterday.  So I text him and told him I was having an “apple day”.  I gave him a couple of options and he opted to meet me at my office and we had lunch there, rather than going to a restaurant and watching me eat an apple and drink water.  That would most likely be, well, embarrassing! HAHA!  But I am so dedicated to my program I wasn’t going to mess it up.  Last night was a little difficult.  By 8:00 my tummy was grumbling and I could feel the fat burning action going on inside.  There were sooo many commercials on TV about food and to top it, Dragon’s Den had this guy pitching a “healthy hot dog” (oxymoron…I know), but it looked sooooo good!  So I said “screw it!”, had another apple and just went to bed. 

Today was also measurement day YAY!  Here’s the skinny on my skinny…

Start Weight 188.5 (after loading).

Today’s Weight 168.  Total fat release 22.5lbs in 21 days!  I can hardly believe the numbers myself. 

As for inches, here are my measurements.  The bold measurements are TODAY:

Neck: 14″  13.5″

Chest” 41″  38″

Upper L Arm: 13″  12″

Upper R Arm: 13″  12″  

Rib Cage: 37″  31.5″

Waist: 36″  30.75″

Abdomen: 41″  39.75″

Buttocks (hips too): 45″  42.5″

Thigh L: 26″  23.25″

Thigh R: 26.5″  24.25″

Upper L Knee: 16.5″  15.5″

Calf L: 15″  14.25″

Calf R: 15.25″  14.25″

Total:  339.25″  311.5″

That is a total loss of 27.75 INCHES!  Grab a tape measure just so you can SEE how much that is.  UNBELIEVEABLE!!

Did you know it takes 3,500 calories to add 1lb to your weight.  Interesting topic…I’ll be chatting about that tomorrow!

Day 20

Throughout my life I have often reflected on Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity and applied it to my own life struggles.  Let me share…

“Insanity:  Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”

At this point in my life, the definition couldn’t be more applicable.  There is always a skeptic.  And believe me when I say, I was one of them.  I am running into them daily, sometimes the same skeptic day after day.  Some people think I am starving myself to death.  Other’s think this has got to be the most risky, unhealthy thing I have ever tried, to lose weight.  However, I hold my head up high, turn my skinny lil’ ass around and walk away knowing that every weight loss program I attempted in the past, simply did not work.  Sometimes we just have to take a leap of faith – stop doing the same things over and over trying to reach that goal.  Because every time we do it, we get the same result.  I had come to the conclusion that I had just wrecked my metabolism, my body would never be beautiful again, and I was just destined to be a skinny girl in a fat body.  Which, ultimately, made me throw away any healthy life pattern I had – I was destined for obesity and all the chronic health problems that go along with that.  Not a pretty picture to carry around in your soul.  That fat girl is going to stay in the form of a photo in my wallet – for future reference. 

I know the skeptics are thinking I am going to gain all my weight back, just as quickly as I lost it.  I know I am not.  I have heard the testimony of people that are now able to happily (and easily) consume 1800 calories a day – indulge in the odd burger and fries, and maintain their goal weight within 2 pounds.  That my friends, is amazing.  Cause sometimes, life just throws a Bacon Double Cheeseburger at you – and you just have to eat it 🙂

I also know I won’t allow myself to gain that weight back.  I’ve educated myself on many things healthful in the last 5 years. Healthy lifestyle, exercise and nutrition is so important to me, and I have always  been passionate about it.  Now that I have finally released the fat from my body I am excited to get started with weight training and toning up.  I’m 20lbs lighter, and running will be so easy now. 

If I knew 12 years ago what I know now about diet and nutrition, this would never have happened to me.  And that my friends is why my weight will never creep up on me again.  I know how to eat healthy – I did before I started this program.  I know about antioxidants and supplements – I took them before.  The only thing that will be different after I reach my goal weight is that I am a butterfly now.  An informed butterfly with confidence and know-how.  I’m passionate about inspiring others – helping others transform from a caterpillar into a butterfly and be the best that they can be.  This has changed my life.

Okay…cut the crap already…

I weighed in at the same today 168lbs.  I’m taking one for the team and experimenting with an apple day.  I just want to see what happens.  I’ve survived off worse things than apples in a day.  I hear others have had to do it – and it jump started weight loss again.  I’m IN!  I really want to reach my goal 🙂

Keeping skinny, until next time….

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