Break Ups Are Hard

I have broken up with Weight Watchers.  I hate break ups. They make me sad.   But it is time for me to move on.  Weight Watchers was a great tool for me for 22 months.  It helped me learn portion control, good foods/bad foods.  The bad thing is that I was always hungry and always thinking about food.

I am a firm believer that if something is not working for you – or even if you feel like something is not working for you – than it may be worth trying something new.  So in my weight loss journey I mainly stuck with Weight Watchers.  I diligently recorded everything I ate.  I counted my points and recorded them on the Weight Watcher on-line e-tools.  I soon realized  that the Weight Watcher e-tools was not user friendly.  And everything that you recorded was deleted after 2 months.  Through my frustration with Weight Watcher e-tools I found a very friendly ap that is FREE.  My Fitness Pal.  I plug my foods in that I eat and it records my calories.  My activities are also recorded through my Map My Run ap.   And I can look back months ago as to what I ate and all the information is still there.  And again did I mention that this ap is FREE!!!

In the past several months I have tried to include other “diets” into my weight loss journey.  Back in January I attempted  the 30 day Paleo Challenge.  I found that it was extremely restrictive.  I couldn’t sustain that restrictive eating.  So back to Weight Watcher’s I went.  Keep in mind that every time I did something other than Weight Watcher’s, I never missed a Weight Watcher meeting.  I liked the group of people and definitely loved my group leader.

And the closer I got to my goal weight, the slower the weight loss became.  I started to get discouraged.  So I decided to try South Beach for a couple of weeks.  I got closer to my goal weight with that program.  I loved the low carbs but still was not convinced that this was the path I wanted to continue on.

Then came Chris Powell and carb cycling.  I bought the Vemma Bode supplement products that Chris Powell endorses.  I loved the Chris Powell protein powder.  I tolerated the protein drink  for my afternoon protein snack.  I definitely did not like the colon cleanse (which I definitely will never attempt again).  And it did not do the cleansing it was suppose to do.    After several weeks of doing this program the carb cycling got confusing.  One day you eat low carbs and then on another day you eat high carbs.  It got confusing when I tried to plan my meals.  I would have a nice dinner planned out that would include a carb such as a sweet potato and then realized it was a low carb day and had to readjust the menu. I lost a couple of more pounds which got me very close to my goal weight but decided that carb cycling was not a sustainable lifestyle.

By trying all of these different “diets” I finally reached my goal weight and then I started to get very nervous.  How was I going to eat now?  How was I going to live the rest of my life and not gain any weight back.  I could continue counting calories but I wanted to be a normal person.  Normal thin people don’t count calories.  I could continue with Weight Watcher’s but tired of the meetings and the feared weekly weigh ins.  And honestly while on Weight Watchers, I felt hungry all the time.  So I have chosen a different path.

I got the book, The Calorie Myth by Jonathan Bailor.  It has changed my life and the way I look at food.  It is definitely a low carb way of eating but I am eating the foods that I love.  The basis of the book is eating Non Starchy Vegetables, protein which includes a wide variety of meats and fish. Whole fats that include REAL BUTTER, nuts, avocado’s and whole cream. Dairy includes non-fat Greek yogurt that I absolutely love.  Fruits are also included.  I got to tell you that for the past several weeks I have been loving this way of eating.

What I have found through my weight loss journey is what foods I love to eat and foods that I can live without.   I love all the foods recommended on The Calorie Myth.  I am never hungry.  I eat three meals a day that include a protein and vegetables.  I eat non-fat Greek Yogurt with a fruit for my snack.  I have found that the foods that are not included in my new way of eating, I can live without.  I can live without sugar, starch and wheat.  I love all the protein and vegetable and fats that I am eating.  I feel great and am actually starting to look pretty good.

So Weight Watchers I am sorry, I will no longer be having you in my life.  I am breaking up with you.  Thanks for all that you have given me but I am moving on to a healthier more sustainable lifestyle.

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Knowledge is Power

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Ask my husband.  He will tell you how many “diet” books I have on my I-Pad and Kindle.  I am reading a “diet” book ALL THE TIME.  I wake up and head down stairs to my favorite spot on the couch with a cup of coffee and read.  I go to bed reading my latest “diet” book download.   I am a true believer that knowledge is power.

I am amazed as to how many good books are out there about weight loss and healthy living.  And it is so easy with my I-Pad and Kindle to browse the “store”, download a sample and if I like the book – purchase it.  It is so much easier to download a book than go to the library (which I never do) or go to the book store to find out that the book I wanted is either not in stock or sold out.

I love my “diet” books.  I refer to them all the time.  Every book has a slightly different outlook on “dieting”.  A lot of the books all say the same thing – but just in a slightly different way.  It can get confusing.  Should I carb cycle with Chris Powell or eat nothing but lean meats and vegetables like the cave men with “The Paleo Coach”?  “150 Pound Gone Forever” is a delightful book of a women’s weight loss journey based on Fat Percentage.  She lost her weight by measuring her fat intake which was no more than 30% of her total calories.  Then there is “The Calorie Myth” that swears fat is good for you and quit counting calories.  It is grains that are bad for you.  “Wheat Belly”  also states that grains will make you sick and give you a fat stomach.  Stop – let me get off the spinning wheel.  Who am I to believe?  Which plan am I to follow?

With every book I read, I learn something new.  Yes it can and does get confusing.  But I get bored very easily.  So it is actually pleasurable for me to see what theories are out there for weight loss.  I do try new things.  I am really tired of not eating fat.  And limiting my fat intake to 2 teaspoons of olive oil a day with Weight Watchers is getting quite boring.  I hate fat free cheese.  It tastes like cardboard.  So when I read Jonathan Bailor’s book “The Calorie Myth”, I was elated to learn that fats are good for you.  And fats are not the culprit for making us fat.  But you just have to learn what are good fats and what are bad fats.

My weight loss is a lifetime journey.  I will be doing this for the rest of my life.  I don’t think I will ever be someone who just never thinks about her weight or never thinks about what she eats.  I think about my weight and what goes in my mouth ALL DAY LONG.   And if I am going to keep the 64 pounds off that has taken me years to lose, I have to be in control of my mind and my behaviors.  And the knowledge that I have learned from my beloved books will always help me do this.

 

 

Vemma Bode

Back in October I purchased Chris Powell’s two books adding to my weight loss book library.  I love Chris Powell.  I love his show Extreme Makeover.  I am so amazed as to how he transforms the morbidly obese into healthy people.  He seems like such a nice person.  He seems genuine.  I went onto his web site.  It has a wealth of information about carb cycling.  Low carb for 2 days – 1 high carb day – 2 low carb days – 1 high carb day – and guilt free Sunday.  (Notice it is guilt free not a cheat day).

On January 1st, I weighed 157.7.  On Monday April 7th I weighed 156.9.  That is not a great weight loss for three full months.  Through the months I did get down to 153.1 for a nano second. But my weight has been fluctuating for three full months.  Down a pound, up a pound.  Down two pounds up one pound.  Etc. Etc. And I was getting very discouraged.  My husband even said “you might want to look into doing something else”.  I thought long and hard about how I wanted to continue my weight loss.  I could take a break and maintain my weight.  But I did not want to do that because I really want to lose more.  I could continue on the very slow but steady pace I am on but that was getting very frustrating for me.  I could rev up my exercise.  Which I did do.  I am back to running 3 miles a day.  And doing a boot camp on two days.

So last Monday I made a decision.  I am friends with Chris Powell on Facebook and love his web site.  I am also friends with Heidi Powell and have fallen in love with her posts on Instagram and Facebook.  So I searched the web which brought me to the Vemma Bode web site.  I did the research and felt this program made sense to me and it was sustainable.  I purchased the Turbo pack which includes Protein Powder, Bode Burn (a protein drink) and colon cleanse.

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I have to say I have been loving this program.  I wake up each morning and absolutely love the protein shake.  It is by far the best on the market.  And I have tried many protein shakes.  I enjoy the Bode Burn every afternoon for a quick pick me up.  The jury is definitely out on the colon cleanse.  I will save that for my next blog.  I also am eating my regular foods that I love.  Lean meats, vegetables, greek yogurt, fruit and healthy fats.

I have decided to commit to this program for four weeks.  I can do anything for four weeks.  So far for my first week on Chris Powell’s Vemma Bode program I have lost two pounds.  I am at my lowest weight at 152.9 (besides the 153.1 nano second a month ago).  I feel great and have a ton of energy.  I am enjoying eating real healthy foods.  So for the next four weeks Vemma Bode, Chris and Heidi Powell will be my weight loss partners.

 

 

New Habits

I decided it was time for me to start some new habits.  And it is not even the start of the new year yet. The next few weeks will be extremely stressful and I want to be prepared.  First off – it is frigging cold outside.  I hate being cold.  My hands and feet are always cold.  So I have not gone outside to walk or run.  But what I have done is work out at home.

I wanted to share my favorite work out app and it is free.  LOLO.  I love the LOLO 7.  It is a seven minute workout and it shows you on the app how to do the exercise.  You plug in equipment that you have on the app settings and it will create a workout for you.  You can do just seven minutes or choose as many different workouts for your time limit.  I like to intersperse it with a run on my treadmill.

Another one I love is the Arm Workout and it is also free.  I have 2 eight pound weights at work and I can do a quick arm workout any time of the day.  At work if I am not photographing, I am sitting in front of a computer.  So what helps me when my eyes start to cross from looking at that computer screen is at the top of the hour take just 5 minutes and lift weights.  If I do that a few times a day, I should be buff in no time.

The other site I have been to and like is Chris and Heidi Powell’s Choose To Lose.  I set up my lap top and follow along their work out instructions.  I feel like I have my own personal trainer next to me.  You can sign up for a seven day trial and then there is a monthly fee.  Choose to Lose is a food and exercise program based  on carb cycling.  I love Chris and Heidi Powell.  They seem so real.  I never miss their TV show Extreme Weight Loss.

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So to start my habit, it helps me to have my work out clothes right by my bed.  So I can get up have  my coffee, wake up for a few minutes and then get into my workout clothes.  If those clothes are staring at me, I am much more likely to put them on. Let’s be honest.  It is so much easier to get my coffee, grab my lap top, check out my face book and e-mails and sit.  Mornings are my favorite me time.  I also love sitting in front of my fireplace.  It is sooooo warm.

I am into my third day of my habit.  I think it takes fourteen days to create a habit.  I will let you know how this goes.  My goal is fourteen days.

So now it is time for my weekly roundup.  I lost 3. 6 pounds this week.  So the weight I gained the past two weeks, I lost plus a bit more.  My total weight loss is 40.7 pounds.   I hunkered down this week, stuck to my 26 points, exercised and put a cork on the wine bottle.  I will admit, I had 3 glasses of wine on Saturday.  And on Saturday, I did go into my 49 extra points.  But for the rest of the week, the wine stayed in the bottle.  And that wine story will be continued at a later time.

Happy Birthday to Me

Today I am 62 years old.  I feel great.  I have lost almost 40 pounds this past year and physically I am getting fitter and fitter every day.  I feel the best I have felt in a very, very long time.  And it is going to be a great day.  It started out perfect with a beautiful Vera Bradley bag that my husband, John,  gave me.  I have wanted a Vera Bradley carry all bag for a very long time.  And when I came downstairs to have my coffee, a gift bag and card were waiting for me.  What a great day to start my day.  Now I have a beautiful bag to carry my work out clothes to work in.

He also said something that I loved hearing.  He said “you have given yourself the best birthday present of all.  You have lost a lot of weight”.   Yes I have.  Happy Birthday to me.  And I do like my gift the best.  I have given myself a new outlook on life and a healthier lifestyle.

I had my weigh in at Weight Watchers yesterday.  I lost 3.4 pounds.  I was very happy with that loss.  I decided that I was going to count calories and count my Weight Watcher points and see how calories and points compared.  My daughter, Maria, has been telling me for a long time that I have been eating too much fruit.  But Weight Watchers told my that 5 fruits per day is worked into the plan.  CONFUSION.  Jillian Michaels says that I should be eating 1200 calories a day.  My Fitness Pal says the same thing.   So I tried not eating so much fruit this week.  If I added 5 fruits to my Weight Watchers daily plan I would have been well over 2,000 calories.  And I know that 2,000 calories is too many for me.

So this past week, I limited my intake of fruits to one to three a day.

Here is the breakdown – and I am being completely honest.

Tuesday – is my starting day of the week.  Because that is my Weight Watcher weigh in day.  1153 Calories – 17 points – Exercise Run/Walk 36 minutes

Wednesday – 1071 Calories – 22 points – Exercise –  Jillian Michaels 20 Minute workout

Thursday – 1464 Calories – 23 points – Exercise – Walk/Run 52 minutes

Friday – 1636 Calories – 30 points – Exercise (Day of rest – Jillian says you need one day of rest)

Saturday – 1183 Calories – 26 points – Exercise – Walk/Run 34 minutes

Sunday – 1362 Calories – 32 points – Exercise – Walk/Run 48 minutes

Monday – 1,472 Calories – 28 points – Exercise Jillian Michaels 20 minute workout and a 5 minute Tabata 5.5 run.

I am not sure of the correlation here of points to calories.  But I am noticing that calories and points seem to be close.  On my lower caloric days I was eating one cup of berries.  And on the higher caloric days I was eating 1-2 cups of berries and 2-3 apples a day.  I am going to try this again this week and see how the points/calories compare.

So today I am going to have a great rest of the day.  I am playing hooky from work (the beauty of owning your own business).  John is cooking up some bacon (3 slices is 120 calories and 4 WW points).  I am going to go for my walk/run and a bike ride on the Katy Trail.  And then off to the wineries in Augusta, MO and will be enjoying this most beautiful fall day.

And for todayI know I will be well over my 1200 calories and my 26 points – but after all IT IS MY BIRTHDAY!