There's no real way to admit that your lifestyle needs to change if you're unhappy about certain aspects about yourself. Its even harder to take the first steps to change those aspects and its the hardest thing int he world to struggle uphill against all of the old life habits that creep in and tempt and tease.
I've been over 200 pounds and I refuse to ever be there again. While I've made my own lifestyle changes in the past year and lost about fifty pounds, it was hard for me to admit that I needed a little more help than I alone was giving myself. So it didn't really help if I ate a doughnut or two at five in the morning. The cameras couldn't see me and work was empty, that totally was off the record wasn't it? I've always blamed my mom, navymom1 who is starting her challenge today as well, for my continued weight gain. You have to understand that this amazing woman knows how to cook. She taught me well and I learned to cook just like she does. The past few months I've gained about 20 pounds back and I've started to discover health problems that I think are greatly affected by the fact that I am now carrying more on my bones than I was in August.
My goals for the next twelve weeks are fairly simple. I want to learn to say no to those doughnuts. That was one of the hardest things for me to do at work today, say no. One of my all time favorites sat in the case and laughed at me as I ran around work with the worlds biggest sweet tooth. There are healthier alternatives to the things that have caused me to be where I am, like a yogurt.
When I was younger I used to run and it boosted my energy and stamina. Lately I haven't had the ability because I can't seem to draw a decent breath. That whole breathing thing is important the doctors say, but I can't do it properly. Through changing my habits I know that I can correct this problem, but it will take hard work on my part and sticking with the program that I know will be an uphill battle. Its a battle I intend to win!
The last thing I want to do is by no means the most important, but it is the funnest. For the first time since I have known him, my boyfriend weighs more than I do. He used to be a runner as well and he was always a good twenty or thirty pounds less than I was. Now we're racing to see who can reach their goals first. I'm going to beat him. ;)
So! To everyone who has started, is starting and will be starting soon, I wish you the best!
I managed to stay on the program and followed all of the dieting requirements. I have also done my first work-out!
Gee whiz. I don't know what hurts more, my upper body are my sides where my bra rubbed against my skin. Note to self and anyone else paying attention. Regular bars suck during a workout.
Best of luck on your new journy Eylatte! The first week or two are the hardest I felt.
Good luck and good job! The next 12 weeks will fly by for you. Saying no to the wrong things and yes to the right things get easier and easier every day. See you in 12 weeks.
It does get easier and thanks for the good wishes! Though I've found I have trouble with the six meal plan. I tend to need to eat about once an hour while I'm at work because I spend all day walking around. I have tried to find ways around this by eating a little more during each of my meals, but if I keep the meals small and eat once an hour I feel more satisfied.
I too am starting today! I have started countless times in the past ten years...haven't gotten past the fourth week. I hope having a community for support will help me stick to the program. will measure and take photos today. I am 5' 9", 161 lbs. Good luck everyone!
My best wishes and thoughts to you as you embark on the next 12 weeks journey and I hope that all goes well for you. You seem to have the right determination and resolve and I am sure that will carry your through any rough times as well.. Keep Moving Forward!
Hello! I am starting today also! I have started and quit MANY times in the past. I always started feeling so amazing around Week 6 or Week 8 and would stop, only to gain it all back. I can't blame my weight on food, but rather on my mental state. So, here's to 12 weeks. My goals are of course physical in nature, but more importantly, I have goals for my mental health. I want to be a good role model for my 4 and 2 year old. I want to teach them to not be trapped into fighting with their weight and self-doubt through life.
Here's to 12 weeks!
I unofficially tried to do the program once a while back, but I was overwhelmed and daunted by the amount of work it would be and the restrictions I felt it would put on me.
Were you trying to do the program alone in the past? I think one of the biggest hurdles to any great success is not having someone to lean on when you need support, not having someone to encourage you when you think you've done enough and not having someone else to make you accountable and bring you back to the program.
I wish you the best of luck and success in your journey. I think its really great that you want to be a good role model for your little ones.
We're definitely here for you!!
Here's to week five and each week beyond!
Oh my do I hurt in that glorious, I worked out and am doing good for myself kind of way.
Today was a hard one even if I did not work. I was up for two hours while my puppy dog had violent seizures leaving me completely exhausted during the day. Because its my day off I tend to eat less as a norm. Which usually has nothing to do with the fact that my apartment usually never has food in it. Mom and I went shopping today so that we'd both have foods for the challenge and be prepared to face any hurdle that arises. I was really thankful to find that the EAS bars might actually help to soothe my sweet toothe which has been rearing its ugly head since Sunday morn.
Two more meals to go and day three has been a success.
I started on Monday, February 27. This is my second challenge. During my first challenge, I missed too many workouts; however, I ate right and I lost 18 pounds. My goal then was to lose 30 pounds. During the summer, I went home, ate my Mom and sister's cooking and didn't work out. That was the beginning of my summer off and I gained back a lot of the weight I lost.
This time I plan to stick with the eating portion of the plan and to be consistent with my workouts.
This time I hope to meet my weight loss goal by the end of the 12 weeks. I hope this will be the beginning of new great things in my life. I loved how I felt when I was physically fit and had lost those 18 pounds. This time, I want the satisfaction of losing the 30 pounds and being physically fit.
Here's to resisting the temptation to cheat (had to do that today) and getting the body for life that we want. Let's keep this thread going.
I am with all of you!! time To Change for Good and for Better. it takes life to kick you in the butt couple of times after certain choices to realize. We're hurting ourselves, but when we use that to Get back up and Go!!! man What Power we hold. God bless you and keep up the motivation!!!
I would just like to state for the record that the Myoplex bars and shakes are absolutely awesome when someone decides to stay and work crazy long hours at work. Saved my butt.
The hardest thing was working crazy long hours and not eating a doughnut or four like my supervisor did. And lordy did I want one. Somehow I managed to sneak my workouts in, not break the eating plan and tomorrow is my free day! After my crazy week I might just sleep to two, make brownies and watch everyone eat them. I feel like I deserve a reward for all of the things I did not do, but I can't figure out what I might enjoy.
Last night for this week. I have a meal or two to go. I just had a deliciously long nap and then a stroll around the neighborhood with my puppy dragging me along behind. He really enjoyed it though.
On the other side of the coin, the doctor is now finding funny noises in my chest where four weeks ago there was nothing. I"m being medicated and I'm talking a little extra care when I go work out.
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