I Am Proof This Works!

 

No idea why the image didn’t load, it showed up fine initially but now it’s just showing numbers! It said, “You are not hungry, you are bored. Go drink a glass of water and learn the difference!”

Read that quote there. Print it out, put it somewhere that you can see it often. Maybe on the fridge door? That just might be the perfect place!

So just a quick tip for you because we just had Thanksgiving last week and even if you were being careful you probably ate a little more than you should have. Maybe you were eating that extra pie for breakfast? I love baking and love treats and we didn’t have much pie but my mom and I have been making some sort of treat almost daily…hot homemade chocolate pudding on vanilla ice cream anyone? Try it, holy yum. ┬áMy point is that I always feel like Thanksgiving kind of sets you up for the next monthish of over eating. We have Christmas in less than a month and then New Years. But it is ok, don’t freak out. You can enjoy all those things you love just do it in moderation. But remember this tip as you wander back to the fridge or the buffet table or the Rubbermaid full of treats. Remember that dehydration feels the same way as hunger. And often when we are bored we think we are hungry and need to eat. So if you had a decent meal and are suddenly feeling hungry, go drink a big glass of water. At least 8 ounces. And then wait at least 10 minutes (20 would be even better!). And if after that you are still feeling hungry but it isn’t the next meal time then have a healthy snack. Something like an apple and peanut butter. Or a string cheese and slice of red bell pepper with a couple slices of turkey or ham wrapped around it. Don’t go to the candy or the cookies. You don’t need to by mindlessly eating those. But try it. This helped me a ton when I lost my 95 pounds and it still helps me daily. Drink that water, drink lots of it and you will be surprised that often you won’t still feel hungry. I promise it works.

Time To Report

How did it go? It’s been a month since we started out Jillian Michaels challenge, is anyone still out there doing it with me?

I would love to hear some feedback from you! What did you think of the workout? How did it make you feel? Did you see any changes in your body in the past month?

I had some stomach bug all last week and had no energy for working out. Two days I went on a walk and that about killed me! I was so sad to miss the last week of the challenge. But feeling a little under the weather reminded me of something really really important. Give yourself a break! Cut yourself some slack! As hard as we try, life throws us a curve ball sometimes. I was so bummed that I couldn’t do it the last week, it really bothered me. But I had to remind myself that that is just how life is. We have good intentions to be healthier, to eat better, to workout more, etc. And then we get sick or get injured and can’t exercise. We go crazy at a bbq or party and eat ALL the bags of chips. (Oh wait, am I the only one that does that??) We have a crazy day running the kids around and go through the drive through on the way home rather than make dinner. None of that matters. Do you hear me? None of it! What matters is what you do the next day or the next time.

I was finally feeling mostly better yesterday. It was a crazy day and when I was getting Olivia ready for bed I thought I should do 30 Day Shred. So I hit play on the DVD player so it would be all queued up. Once I put her to bed I kept trying to talk myself out of it. I gave myself a good talking to and went and got changed and told myself that I needed this. I needed to get back on track. So I did it and after I was done I was tired and sweaty but it felt good. And I was so glad that I did it. I also decided I am going to keep doing this workout 2-3 times a week. It’s a good mixture of everything and it’s short but makes me work hard.

So all of you out there, keep it up! If you get off track a couple of days or a week or even a couple of months that’s ok. It doesn’t matter in the long run. Just dust yourself off and get back on track. Yesterday doesn’t matter as much as today does so just do it. Get up and keep working on your goals and I know you will be glad that you did.

 

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I found this meme the other day and it really hit me hard. I spent SO much of my life wishing I looked different. That I wasn’t as large as I was. Wishing that every school year I didn’t have to have my mom buy me a larger size of pants. Wishing I could go out like all the other girls and not worry about what I looked like, not worry about how many people were watching me or laughing at me. I know the “skinny” girls had their own things they were dealing with, their own issues, but in my mind they didn’t have anything to worry about because they weren’t “fat”.

I would read about some diet, or exercise program or food program and want to do it. I would buy the DVD, or let’s be honest it was a VHS, and be all pumped up for a day or two, maybe even a week, but then I would get lazy. It would just sit there and collect dust. There was one I did where you were supposed to do measurements every week and I did them at first and then as I slacked off in exercising I slacked off in measuring because I didn’t want confirmation that I wasn’t doing anything. That I wasn’t eating the way I should be. Wasn’t getting any sort of exercise. Months would pass and I would think, why didn’t I just stick with it? How differently would I look or feel if I had?

This realization was always depressing to me. Depressed that I wasted time. Time that I could have done something to make myself healthier. Lucky for me I finally got desperate enough and wanted it bad enough that I stuck with it. It hasn’t been perfect and that’s ok but I finally stuck with it. I am happier and healthier and I can look back and see visible differences. So when I read this the other day I felt really grateful. Grateful that I finally wanted it bad enough that I got up off the couch and did something.

So just do it. Get up off the couch and do something. Walk for ten minutes, drink a lot of water, add more fruits and vegetables to your meals, eat a smaller serving of dessert. Just do it. Don’t wait for the beginning of the year and make getting healthier one of your New Year’s resolutions, start now. Just think what three months from now could look like. The beginning of February and you will be healthier and happier. Wouldn’t you rather be feeling that way than sitting there wishing you had done something 3 months ago? You will be SO so so so happy that you did. Do it for you and if that isn’t a good enough reason then do it for your spouse, your kids, your parents, your grandchildren. Figure out what is good motivation for you and put a picture of them on your fridge, on your mirror and do just start doing something.

Just. Do. It. I promise it will be worth it.