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Life is hard! Just getting through it can be a chore. Add trying to get healthy and a girl could go insane. For me, the absolute hardest part about trying to lose weight is keeping strong when the motivation runs out. When you haven’t seen any movement on the scale in a week. When you get sick and you need to slow down. When there is a party and your bag o’ prepacked snacks just doesn’t look as good as the pizza sitting on the counter. So what do you do? How do you find the pure willpower to push through?
Just the other day, as I was driving home from a super bowl party with my boyfriend, we looked at each other and I said “I really want pizza” and we talked about what we were going to order when we got home. (He’s LCHF too, btw). The whole time, my mouth was salivating. I was SOOOOO excited to have some pizza. Then, as we pulled in, I suddenly stopped and I firmly decided not to do it. What happened?
I pictured myself in the morning.
I saw myself waking up in the morning, stepping on the scale and seeing a gain. I imagined how that would feel. I truly believe that my meditation practice helped me FEEL those feelings before they even happened. I took a deep breath and told the BF that I was going to stay strong. Did it suck? YES. OMG. I wanted that bready, salty, cheesy goodness so badly… But when I woke up the next morning, I was happy. Not only happy that I didn’t see a upwards scale movement, but happy that I could be proud of myself. (It also caused me to meet my first goal of being out of the obese BMI category!!)
Never tried meditation? It’s amazing. Start slow. I like to use visualizations of positive things happening to me. Everyone’s practice is different. You may find that just focusing on the breath helps you, or that you use that time to really empty out and enjoy the quiet. I highly recommend starting, even just 5-10 minutes a day. You’ll be happy you did. This is a very basic guide, but there are countless articles and books that can help you expand.
Yesterday I got to go on a new hike. I checked All-Trails and found one, but unfortunately I couldn’t find the trailhead. Ended up just picking one and instead of a nice meandering walk, we ended up doing switchbacks up the face of the mountain. Oops. However, after the initial climb, it was amazingly beautiful. I am definitely going to do that one again, but pack a lunch and follow it further. 2.66 miles, 843 ft elevation gain @ 7208 ft. It made the lungs work, let me tell you that. Middle Columbine Trail to Spring Creek Trail.
I didn’t do a lot of cooking this week. I’ve been sick and then I worked a couple of 10-hour days, so I’ve kind of been scrounging around or making low carb quesadillas every night. However, I like to give you guys something new to try, so check this out. I’ve made these twice before with great results. Low carb zucchini fries. I dip them in low carb ketchup. Nom! I have a couple plans for new recipes to try this week, so hopefully they come out good and I can share them with you!
I believe that you control your destiny, that you can be what you want to be. You can also stop and say, ‘No, I won’t do it, I won’t behave his way anymore. I’m lonely and I need people around me, maybe I have to change my methods of behaving,’ and then you do it. ~Leo Buscaglia
One more week down. Let’s stay strong together. We can DO this. I have faith in you.
Goals for this week: Drink more water! Take updated progress pictures to share. Stay strong. I’ve got a vacation coming on the 18th, and I NEED to focus and keep my eye on the prize. I would also like to get to the gym twice.
Starting weight: 202.2 lbs – 38.2 BMI (Obese)(11/18/14) Current weight: 166 lbs – 31.4 BMI (Obese)(1/24/17) Current weight: 160.8 lbs – 30.4 BMI (Obese)(1/31/17)
- Current weight: 155.6 – 29.4 BMI (Overweight)(2/7/17)
158 lbs (29.9 BMI – Overweight)
- 155 lbs (Previous Max Weight) <– I should have never passed this.
- 148 lbs (Previous Low Weight)
- 132 lbs (24.9 BMI – Normal)
- 125 lbs (My weight at 18 years old)
- FINAL GOAL – 115 lbs (21.7 BMI – Right smack in the middle of Normal)