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I started a Podcast

When I was eighteen going to college, I wanted to major in Broadcasting. I wanted my own talk show on the radio, preferably about sports. I didn’t have the confidence to major in broadcasting but that itch has never gone away. So about a month ago, I started a podcast called This Diet Life. It chronicles my journey over the years as well as some practical advice along the way. It is available anywhere podcasts are available including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc.



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The Struggle is Rough

I’ve completed month two with my trainer and while I can see some progress in my strength and endurance, the weight is moving at a snail’s pace. I only lost 1.4 lbs this past month. I should be losing that much weight per week. I’ve been getting in two additional cardio sessions every week in addition to my three strength training sessions. So what gives? What always gives, my diet. In particular, snacking. As usual, it’s sinking my weight loss ship. I was pretty frustrated yesterday and ready to give up. I can’t blame the program, I can’t blame the diet. I’m trying not to blame myself but instead take responsibility for my lack of compliance and vow to do better. Back to myfitnesspal and recommit to staying away from sugar. It’s amazing how quickly I can go off the rails. How quickly I can lose control.

I pulled out my trusted Body Type Diet book and reading it from the beginnings. Already, it contains so much truth. I’ve got to channel my little engine that could. I think I can, I think I can..I know I can, I know I can.

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Slow and Steady wins the Race

First month results from my personal trainer experiment are in, I lost five pounds. Positive results, nothing to hoop and holler about, I gained and lost this same pounds a couple of times. I think my trainer sensed my lack of enthusiasm and I told in another six or seven pounds, I would feel like I am making progress. I lost of a couple of inches and my one pair of jeans that fit are a little looser but I am definitely not off to the races. I would like to be on a pace of about eight pounds per month especially since I kept my calorie intake under 1700 calories for the three weeks (the first week I didn’t have my plan yet). I am contemplating whether or not I need to restrict my calorie intake further. I know there are a couple of things I need to clean up, like protein bars, but really I have followed my diet pretty well. I ran into a little snag with extra workouts due to my daughter not being well enough to be in childcare so I couldn’t go to the gym.

On the positive side, I have noticed my endurance is better, I even ran on a the treadmill one day. Some days with the trainer are pretty challenging and some days not so much, it depends on the muscle group we are working that day. I committed to four months but I am likely to try something else after that’s much less expensive. I’m paying nearly $500/month and that’s just not sustainable for me but I needed to something drastic if I was ever going to get any of this weight off and get back in shape. I still have a very tall mountain to climb but I slow like the tortoise (and most likely to stay off) is better than quick like the hare (and quick to put back on). Slow and steady for the win!

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My Diet Journey in pictures

Before ChaLEAN Extreme

Feb 2012 – Before ChaLEAN Extreme – 173 lbs


Aug 2012 – After Insanity – 164 lbs

152.5 lbs

July 2013 – 152.5 lbs

Finally after two years of blogging I am actually posting pictures. My weight topped at 213 lbs in 2008 before I started this journey. I started 2009 at 209 lbs and lost over 20 pounds on multiple Master Cleanse fasts in January and February of 2009. My weight plateaued at 188 lbs until I did the HCG diet in August/September of 2010. I lost 15 lbs and weighed in at 173 lbs. I never gained any weight after the HCG diet but subsequent attempts at following the diet again were unsuccessful. I weighed 173 lbs at Zumba instructor training in June 2011 and 173 lbs at Turbo Kick training in February 2012. My weight had been the same for going on 17 months when I started ChaLEAN extreme and started weight training and the scale finally started to move. Since then, I have lost 20 lbs. I actually have not done a lot of weight training the past eight months because teaching PiYo twice a week gets me enough strength training and I teach Body Pump occasionally. My weight loss the last four months has really been attributed to myfitnesspal. I been averaging around 1300-1600 calories/day. Usually once or twice a week I will eat 1800-2000 calories and once or twice a week I will have a day or two under 1000 calories. I think there is some truth to the intermittent fasting ideas I have read on Dr. Mercola’s website: The 5:2 Fast Diet I mentioned in last month’s post is one approach although I think its a bit extreme. There are lots of different books on the topic and I certainly have not had a chance to check them all out and give it an all-out endorsement. But it might be something to consider for those at a plateau as a way to wake up the metabolism.

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