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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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HCG Update

I’m on Day 15 of 42. I weighed myself this morning for the first time and I’m 11 pounds down. I’m off to a great start. The meat I ordered from Grassroots Coop has been really good and at 100g per serving it’s lasting me awhile. I need to drink more water but other than that I’m doing well. I’m a little tired as can be expected with restricted calorie and carb intake. Meal prepping has helped tremendously. It’s one less thing to worry about in the morning in addition to trying to get out of the house on time with a baby. I’m not starving, this is loads better than fasting for sure.

Here are the supplements I’ve been doing:

Europharma Thyroid Care (my temperature was below 98 degrees at the doctors on 9/29/18).

Himalaya Guggul (thyroid)

Natural Factors Estrosense (trying to these hormones back in line)

Vitamin D-2 1000IU (vegan to avoid oil while on HCG)

Calcium Magnesium Citrate 1:1 (Helps with PMS, bowels, cravings, etc)

Whole Earth & Sea Multi (I prefer Natures Plus Source of Life but this is what I had on hand)

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Pains of Maintenance

So what’s harder: losing weight or keeping it off? My weight has ranged from 141.5 to 147.5 in the last few weeks. Most if the time it’s somewhere around 144-145. I like the way I look best at 143.5 and below. I can’t say it isn’t tempting to try and get to 139.5 just to see 130-something on the scale but everyone keeps saying I don’t need to lose anymore weight. I don’t know. I know staying on top of it is a job. I eat according to my mood. If I’m sad I can’t eat. If I’m angry I want to eat everything and if I’m happy (which is rare) I eat good and stay within my calories. I’ve tried twice to up my calories from 1200 to 1500 or 1700 but I keep eating around 2,100 calories instead. So frustrating…I’ll get it together eventually. As long as I weigh myself everyday I can keep tabs on it when I start missing days my weight creeps up over 145.

I’ve been teaching more than ever. I’m up to ten classes/week, not counting occasional sub jobs. For instance, this week I am teaching 12 classes. I’m so over subbing. It just isn’t the same when it isn’t your class and it just isn’t worth the $20 anymore. I’ve decided to change my class load. More details on that in a later post.

Personally, I’m a complete mess. I’m officially in therapy now. Trying to figure out how start putting my life back together. Right now I don’t really give a damn about anything and it’s starting to permeate to those around me. I feel stuck, lost, and worthless. And it’s apparent that it’s not going to get better anytime soon and not without some serious work on my part. I’m taking 5HTP, St. John’s Wort, and GABA daily just to make it through the day but some days it isn’t strong enough…

To avoid ending my post on a negative note, I want to share my new food love: Vegan 1 Protein Powder. Vegan 1 is made by Nutrition 53, the makers of Lean 1, used by Smoothie King. I like Lean 1 smoothies but they contain sucralose and they are supposed to be gluten free but it’s hard to be completely sure since they just say that they are and the powder isn’t actually labeled that way. Vegan 1 is a gluten free and free of artificial sweeteners. So far I have tried Banana Cream, Chai, and Chocolate. They are all good but the chai and chocolate are especially good. Some days they are more filling than others. Cannot quite figure that out but I highly recommend them 🙂

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What Now? Now What?

Ever since I finished my degree a month ago I have been struggling with what to do next. Three or four years ago I evaluated my life and made a list of goals. I was always complaining about my weight and a guy I was dating at the time (August 2007) told me if I didn’t like something about myself, change it. I didn’t like the comment. But it stuck with me and after a year or so I took the two things about myself I liked the least (my weight and my undergraduate degree) and decided to make goals to change them. It has taken some time but I finished my Nutrition Degree and my weight is pretty close to where it needs to be, SO NOW WHAT? I don’t know. I honestly do not know.

There are things I need to do like get my finances in order and pay off my school bills. There are things I would like to do but have no control over like getting married. But what to I want in life that is under my control? I don’t even know what I like to do anymore. I like teaching fitness classes but I don’t love it like I used to. I enjoy helping people at the store but something is missing. I don’t know if all of the turmoil in my personal life has just taken a toll (fighting back tears as I type) or if I have just reached a crossroads in my life. There’s no hurry to make new goals but life needs direction and I’m just not sure where I’m headed.

Should I apply for a dietetic internship? Should I resume or discontinue being a biofeedback technician? Should I take the exam to become a dietetic technician? Should I pursue another fitness certification like R.I.P.P.E.D. or Yoga? Can we build a bigger store one day? Should I stick around to see or should I leave and spread my wings? Should I date or does it make me too much of a basketcase? Am I losing my mind?

I. Just. Don’t. Know.

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Getting out of hand

142-5  I’ve lost five pounds since Sunday 😮

I’m getting ready to sub my third class of the week and I’ve been to Hot Yoga three times. I didn’t eat enough Wednesday and yesterday I was too sad to eat. My sister says I need to snap out of it and she’s right. My ex boyfriend isn’t worth all of the tears and starving myself over. I’ve gone past my goal weight so I guess I’ll either have to start maintenance because I’ll still probably lose another 3-4 lbs with more subbing and Zumba Convention coming up and I don’t need to lose anymore. People are starting to ask me if I’m sick or have a health problem…Probably because I’ve been looking to damn sad. Not anymore. I’m at my goal weight I should be elated. It’s taken me a real long time to get here. I haven’t seen this side of 145 since 2005 when I gained thirty pounds in about three months. Never again, way to hard to get it back off.

I’ll be back to post later about Garden of Life’s RAW Fit which I believed has helped me reach my goal and I need lots of positive vibes to pass my personal trainer exam in 10 days!!!

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The Heartbreak Diet

Weighed in this morning at 147.5 pounds. I’ve lost ten pounds in about five weeks which is pretty significant and very noticeable. I’m starting to get the “withering away” and “you need a sandwich”comments which is hilarious because I’m barely into a size 6. All of my size 6 pants fit and I didn’t keep anything smaller except for some size 4 pantsuits, haven’t tried those yet. Two and a half pounds from my goal then my focus turns to more toning. I figure I must have about 7-8 pounds more muscle than I did when I was this size in 2003/2004 because I weighed between 136-143 lbs when I fit into these same clothes before. Muscle and fat weigh the same but muscle takes up less space.

So what prompted all of this weight loss after 2.5 years of minimal weight loss: Dating. Food just isn’t as exciting when I’m dating. I eat less. Maybe I’m subconsciously a little more motivated but there is something to it because I always lose weight when I have a boyfriend. Five weeks ago my boyfriend and I broke up and my appetite went with the relationship. There were a few days I didn’t make it to 1200 calories or get even close. That’s been the catalyst for my recent weight loss, hence “The Heartbreak Diet”. Most of the days were sandwiched between days I ate more so it kind of resembled the 5:2 diet or 4:3 diet I’ve blogged about previously (2 or 3 500-calories days in between regular days). I think that prevented my metabolism from slowing down and seemed to actually help my metabolism. It hasn’t hurt that I’ve been subbing a lot of classes in addition to my own teaching load. And I’m still tracking my calories on myfitnesspal everyday. I have consistently been eating 1,100-1,900 calories/day. I have been eating some carbs including a small dessert everyday such as a Jennie’s macaroon, Amy’s Gluten Free Cookies, or a Nana’s gluten-free cookie.

I tried out a couple of hot yoga classes last week and loved them. Can’t wait to go back this week. I might turn into a yogi yet….

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My Diet Journey in pictures

Before ChaLEAN Extreme

Feb 2012 – Before ChaLEAN Extreme – 173 lbs

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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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The Magic Bullet

I believe I have come to the realization that the magic bullet is motivation. When people are truly motivated, there is very little one cannot accomplish. Without motivation, tasks take great effort and often fail. New Year’s is just around the corner and my exercise classes will be full with newly motivated individuals to get in shape. Our health food stores will be filled with newly motivated people who want to get healthy. But most of them will gone by February and most certainly by March, casualties of the cursed “New Year’s resolutions”. No real motivation behind their goals, a loose commitment at best, doomed to fail. I know it all too well. Not necessarily New Year’s resolutions, I don’t usually bother with such. But I am very well versed in lacking the motivation it takes to make true change.

So how does one obtain this magic bullet? Where does true motivation came from? And if we find it, how can we sustain it?

Today, I do not have the answer; BUT for the rest of this month I will be finding answers. Stay tuned…

In other news, I see I haven’t posted in three months. Yikes! The most exciting news is I am getting trained for Body Pump. This Saturday in Memphis is my training. I filed my Intent to Graduate form so barring a disaster, I will complete my Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science in August. I have about two months to figure out what dietetic internships I am applying to. I have about a  50:50 shot of getting matched. I have been teaching PiYo in place of a regular Yoga class for three weeks at Parks & Rec (same place I teach Zumba & Aqua Zumba). I am really enjoying it; surprisingly, considering I didn’t love my training. Speaking of trainings I didn’t love, I went to All-Star Presenter Camp in October. I really didn’t know what I had signed up for but I had NO IDEA it was a two day training on verbal cueing. Whoops! I met some nice people but it was basically two hundred dollars down the drain.

My workout regimen has been kind of nonexistent outside of my seven group ex classes. I finished PUMP and attempted a Rev Abs/Insanity hybrid. That lasted all of two days. I don’t really care for RevAbs and School + learning PiYo really detailed me the last month, too. Les Mills Combat should ship in a couple of weeks. I look forward to getting started on something new. Right now I am working on Body Pump 84 for my training and my CPT cert that I need to knock out before next semester. I’m signed up for AEA certification in March and I need at least 6-8 weeks to study for that. It never ends.

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