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Don’t Ever Give UP

English: Shoulder being treated with the Grast...

English: Shoulder being treated with the Graston Technique®. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You only get one chance at life and one body to live it.

You may be struggling with an ailment, chronic pain and discomfort or mental illness.  Recognize and acknowledge that your “temple” isn’t as it should, or could be.  There are people out there very passionate about what they do and are more than willing to help you.  Don’t give up when the first one you see tells you there is nothing wrong.  Only you know your body.  Carry forward.

I saw the same chiropractor for 11 years.  He did the same treatment at each visit.  Many times the pain and discomfort of my back, hip and shoulder pain brought tears to my eyes.  Often, I could tolerate the pain, it was the fear and frustration that brought the tears.  I felt I was too young to have such chronic pain and be so limited with what I could do.  I tried physiotherapy and massage therapy.  Neither helped.

I was referred to a local chiropractor by a family member that went to school with him.  Within two weeks of treatment, there was an extreme difference in my mobility and pain levels.  His assessment was thorough and he often treated different areas of my body with every visit.  He used Graston Technique on my upper back, hips and butt.  It hurt like a bugger.  I had no idea I had years of scar tissue built up, which was causing the chronic pain.  I felt free of the pain that held me hostage.  Losing 30+ pounds shortly thereafter made an even bigger difference.  According to the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, carrying just 10 pounds of extra weight adds an extra 30 to 60 pounds of force on your knee with each step.

What are you waiting for?  Start taking care of yourself.  You will be so glad you did.

Day 23 – Revisted

Beautiful, Dirty, Rich

Beautiful, Dirty, Rich (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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)!

You feed pigs carbs – to fatten’ em up!?

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I certainly wasn’t brought up with the concept “food as thy medicine, and medicine as thy food”.  To be honest – there wasn’t much my Hungarian Grandmother didn’t cook in bacon fat.  To this day, I have a habit of saving my bacon grease (I just checked – yup, there is an old Cheez Whiz jar in the back of my fridge – full of bacon grease).  Weekday supers often included Hamburger Helper, hot dogs and Kraft Dinner.  Ichiban was a nice Saturday afternoon soup.  I remember my stepmother would throw a little egg white in to, “health” it up!   Pasta smothered with butter AND Cheez Whiz. 

It wasn’t until my mid-twenties when I started dating my husband that things started to change.  He doesn’t get any credit for that, by the way.  His bachelor life consisted of one meal a day – Burger King, drive-thru style.  It was actually his mother who enlightened me to the fact there was chemicals in the food we were stuffing into our mouths.  I could feel her giving me the hairy eyeball as she watched me feed her precious soon-to-be grandbaby some science-fiction snack-a-roo.  That’s when I started really reading labels and dabbling in organic food and taking supplements.  Not much has ever been very consistent though – kinda like my weight history.  This I know for sure – whenever I consumed strictly organic, I always felt good – and my skin looked great too.   

So yes, Mrs. Maryann (as we like to call – cause we have the same name…weird, I know) has paved our path of health and nutrition.  Often times, driving me nuts questioning the amount of diced peppers I’m putting in my salad.  “You feed pigs carbs – to fatten ’em up!”  **sigh** Was she calling me a pig? LOL

Please take the time to read “The Weight Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know About” by Kevin Trudeau.  Amazingly informative read – that could save your life.  Essentially, this book touches on a few very important things.  I’ll try to give you a summary…

Obesity Campaign Poster

Obesity Campaign Poster (Photo credit: Pressbound)

First”fat people and thin people have different ways in which their bodies operate”. If you agree with that – then ask yourself  this…”Why do both fat people and thin people get the same prescription to lose weight – eat less and exercise more?”  Obviously, as our obesity problem continues to grow – this formula is not working. 

Secondly, he indicates there are common denominators that nearly all fat people have in common.  These include low metabolism, high hunger, and eating when we are not hungry.  He also mentions how genetics actually do NOT play a major role in the cause of obesity.  So if ever you have been told you are fat because your parent’s are fat and it’s just in your “genes” – get that out of your head NOW and move in a different direction!

The part of Kevin Trudeau’s book where I start to get excited is when he says “specific foods, or kinds of foods, actually make you gain weight very quickly.  Nutritionists and doctors always talk about calories, fat, protein, carbohydrates, and sodium.  Some are now more advanced and talk about simple carbohydrates, complex carbohydrates, and the glycemic index levels of foods.  (Foods high on the glycemic index fall into the category of highly refined or super highly refined, causing massive spikes in insulin secretion, leading to increased food cravings and hunger, and making the body increase fat deposits.)  Some talk about saturated or unsaturated fats.  All of these components have some level of importance.  However, nutritionists and doctors virtually never mention the most important and significant components of food which lead to weight gain and obesity.  The most significant components of food that play the largest role in weight gain and obesity are food additives, chemicals and food processing techniques!  It’s not the food itself; it’s not really the calories, the amount of fat, the amount of carbohydrates, sodium, glycemic index level, or protein.  It’s how food is processed and the man-made chemicals and additives in the food that actually cause weight gain and obesity.” So, right now – go pick up your favorite snack from the pantry and look at the ingredients.  How many things on that list of ingredients can you NOT pronounce?

The next thing I REALLY REALLY want people to educate people about is “The drug industry knows that people who are overweight, fat, and obese have more medical symptoms and buy and take more non-prescription and prescription drugs.  There is a financial motivation to keep people overweight.  Overweight people are sicker and great customers for the drug companies.”  He goes on to say “the same group of about 300 families that control the world-wide pharmaceutical industry also control most of the publicly traded food producers and manufacturers.”  I don’t want to reveal the entire book – you just gotta read it!

Very interesting stuff.  His first book was called “Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want you To Know About.  His second publication was “More Natural Cures Revealed:  The Previously Censored Brand Products That Cure Disease”.  These two books reveal very interesting information about the FDA, the American Medical Association as well as other organizations – you typically trust.  Thomas Jefferson said”If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in a sorry state as are the souls who live under tyranny.”  Please, read these books – you will think twice about using the FDA website as a reliable resource for making your health decisions. 

 

What excuses do you have for not staying in the weight loss game?

I don’t know about you, however, in the past, I was a Queen – that’s right, Queen with a capital “Q” – for making excuses as to why I was on this crazy yo-yo weight “loss” cycle.  I say “in the past” simply because I am re-training my way of thinking.  And, re-training my way of thinking will be so important for me in maintaining the weight I have released.  So here is a taste of excuses I know I have made – and in bold, what I have done to change those excuses. 

1.  I’m too busy.  I have a job, two kids and family.

My new healthy lifestyle has given me more energy to do, well, all of the above.  I have energy to be busier (haha – I somehow found a way to become busier inspiring others to be all that they were intended to be).  My attitude as has changed at work – I am more focused and have increased my effectiveness and productivity at work.  Because I have more energy and clarity, I take time to spend with my family.  I get down on the floor and play with my kids.  We read stories and sometimes – just snuggle. 

2.  I can’t remember to take my daily vitamins. 

You know those nasty pill containers that our grandparent’s have?  You know, the ones with their morning and night pills separated for every day of the week.  Well, I splurged and spent $7 on one of those at the grocery store.  This has made it so simple, and easy for me to take my daily vitamins.  I fill it up once a week – which takes me 5 to 10 minutes.  I’ve missed taking my vitamins 1 night, in the last 36 days.

3.  I’m to tired. Period. 

Well, I already told you I have more energy.  I have a constant stream of energy now from the time I get up in the morning, until about 9 or 10 at night.  I aim for at least 8 hours of sleep at night – because sleep is important for our bodies (I see a possible topic in the future…SLEEP.  Why is it important?).

4.  I can’t resist the cravings.

I’d be lying if I said I don’t still have cravings.  Because, I do.  Sometimes, these craving are habitual.  For instance, when in line at the grocery store and the Caramilk bar is screaming at me “buy me…eat me…I taste soooo good!”.  I just say to myself in my head “I don’t need you Caramilk – you make me more tired, and helped give me my muffintop”.  Or, at night after the kids go to bed and I’m winding down on the couch – I used to love to snuggle up with a bag of chips.  Now, I eat an orange diced up and dusted with cocoa powder and stevia – frozen.  YUM! 

5.  I like celebrating with my family by cooking great meals, or going out for dinner. 

Holiday family meals – a hurdle I have yet to HAVE to tackle.  I have healthy eating cookbooks – so I will learn how to make a delicious meal without butter, white bread, and cream.  As far as going out – I just know I will have to order a healthy option (Ie. Salad with dressing on the side and chicken breast).  No more Chinese Food binges with hubby.  Applebee’s will definitely be out of the picture – they don’t offer one healthy choice on their menu.  I know there are many restaurants that offer healthy food.  It will be in my control to make a healthy choice. 

6.  Eating-out is impossible to avoid with my job.

Tackled this baby yesterday!  Had my first PR lunch out.  I was a little nervous – because really, people sometimes look at you funny when you order a salad – just a salad.  Ranchhouse offers a Springmix Salad, which I had topped with chicken breast.  I did not eat the bread it came with, nor did I use the dressing I asked for “on the side, please”.  I drank water.  I was full, and satisfied after my meal.  No 2PM nappy! 

7.  I don’t like to make two separate meals – for my family and myself.

Hubby is on board with healthy eating.  He will be starting my program soon.  I have always promoted healthy eating at home – so this is nothing new.  It’s just hard for my family when I am inconsistent.  I make the meals – so it is my responsibility to nourish my family with healthy food, that tastes good! 

8.  I don’t have time to exercise as much as I need to.  I’m to heavy to run anymore.  My knees hurt when I run now.

I’m nearly 30lbs lighter!  My knees don’t hurt anymore.  I can’t wait to run again – cause I love the endorphin’s pumping through my body, and the way I feel when I run!!  Plus, that energy thing – I have energy – therefore, I have time. 

9.  I love to relax in front of the TV with an evening snack.  I love Double-Stuffed Oreo’s way to much.  I love ripple chips and jalapeno dip way to much.

I understand now, eating an entire row (okay….an entire bag) of Double-Stuffed Oreo cookies will not support my lifelong goal of maintaining my weight released.  Nor will the ripple chips, jalapeno dip, cheesy dilly dip, pop etc. etc. etc.  I can’t eat those things anymore.  Period. 

10.  I love to cook, and people who love to cook can’t be thin.

People can love to cook and be thin.  They just can’t sample every bit, lick every spoon – and then eat two (plus) servings of what they have prepared – at each meal. 

11.  I get bored with the same routine and I don’t lose weight fast enough to keep me motivated.

I’ve lost weight fast, I feel good, I look good.  Therefore, I am motivated.  I will change my routine by exploring different recipes – recipes that nourish my body. 

12.  I’ve had two babies – they just wrecked my body.

I have my body back – it’s not their fault! They are innocent people!  I can’t blame those beautiful boys!

13.  I’m getting older and my metabolism has slowed down – I’m destined to have flab forever. 

I’ve reset my metabolism.  I’ve released visceral fat (fat surrounding my organs, and abdominal fat).  I will not have flab forever.  I’ll be thin forever! 

14.  The weight will come back as soon as I stop my regime – so why bother starting, AGAIN?!

Again, I’ve reset my metabolism.  I will be able to consume a healthy number of calories each day – enough to support what my body needs to function, plus exercise. 

Okay, I have to stop now.  I could continue, trust me.  I gotta say, this is shocking when I see it in writing!!  If you are carrying excess weight, or just downright feel older than you really are – what are your excuses?

I’m not on a “diet” anymore.  I’ve changed the way I fuel my body.

Day 34

First, I must apologize…I neglected to take my weekly photos on Monday.  I know, I know…you were just dying to see the change in one week.  But truthfully, the changes have really not been that shocking.  Not shocking like, “HOLY SHAZAM – I can’t believe the difference!” shocking.  Not like the first three weeks – cause that was just down-right craziness! 

I’m holding steady around the 164lb mark.  Last Wednesday I was 165lbs.  Over the course of the last week I have ranged from 165lbs down to 163lbs.  The Wednesday before that I was 166lbs.  So really, not much happening in the “weight” department, persay.  However, today was measurement DAY!!  I always get excited about that!  This week, I have lost another 2.75″ on my body.  So in two weeks, my weight has gone down only 2lbs, but my inches decreased a total of 6.5″.  I notice this week that I am actually able to comfortably wear my goal jeans!!  I’m so excited.  I have been trying them on weekly since I started.  I couldn’t get them up past my hips when I started on January 6th.  And now, they fit perfectly!!  They are a size 31″ waist.  I have not been a size 31″ waist since high-school (well except for those two weeks I could wear them after the divorce diet – but that doesn’t count).  I can’t wait to go jean shopping – at a store where the “cool kids” shop!!

In case you like to crunch my numbers and do some calculating – here they are:

Neck: 14″  13.5″

Chest” 41″ 37.25″

Upper L Arm: 13″  11.5″

Upper R Arm: 13″  12″  

Rib Cage: 37″  31″

Waist: 36″  30″

Abdomen: 41″  38″

Buttocks (hips too): 45″  41.5″

Thigh L: 26″  23″

Thigh R: 26.5″  23.75″

Upper L Knee: 16.5″  15.5″

Calf L: 15″  14″

Calf R: 15.25″  14″

Total:  339.25″  305″

That is a total loss of 34.25 INCHES!

So I have about 2 doses of drops left.  And I think I am ready to start maintenance.  So tomorrow I will stop taking drops.  For three days I will continue to follow my 500 calorie diet.  I do this, as the drops will leave my body by that time.  I will then start the maintenance phase of my program and add 200 calories a day to my daily food intake.  This will be the true test.  So stay tuned and see what happens.  I will continue with daily weighing and weekly measuring to keep my body in check. 

I promised I would be writing about excuses etc….however that will have to come later!  I’m having a busy week with sickly kiddos etc.  Because truly, life never stops. 

Happily slim…

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