My progress

I’ve been on my…what I call..healthy options plan. I hate the word diet because it has a bad rep and most people think that eventually you are off your diet after you lose your weight. What happens after a diet….you gain you’re weight back…well that’s certainly the case for me. 

This plan I’m on, I’ve come to realize that I will ALWAYS be on the plan. I’ve watched so many videos of people who’ve started this plan and while their need for the replacement meals lessen once you’ve reached your optimal weight goal they are always on the plan.  It must be that way because what you learn is very invaluable. 

It’s a new way of thinking about food, finding out what works best for your body cause lord knows each of us is totally different than someone else and what works for me may not work for you. 

Example: I love bread, pasta and rice! Could eat it all the time but my body…Nope! It goes right into the places I don’t want it; hips, bottom and thighs!   I am sure over the course of this plan I will learn how much of it I can tolerate and still maintain my healthy weight. That’s what so awesome about this plan is that it teaches you to listen to your body and learn portion sizes and you get to eat SIX times a day! How awesome is that! 

So…I’m on my way. In just 8 short weeks I’ve lost 29 lbs! 

I really hate my picture taken! I’m not very photogenic!! But you can definitely see the change! I’m going to be crude here….but finally!!! My boobs stick out farther than my stomach!! Yippee!  And my butt is way smaller!! 

Thanks for reading. 

Ali 😊

  

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Finally did it…

I start my new eating habits tomorrow.  If you haven’t heard of this…and your’e interested, check out TSFL.  Take Shape For Life!  I have this wonderful coach and her name is Grace she is truly my inspiration. I start tomorrow and am totally excited at the changes I can accomplish.

Thanks for listening

Ali

 

 

Changing habits

its funny how bad habits are easy to form and good ones are extremely difficult. It’s been about two weeks since I started my transformation and I’ve had good days and bad ones. 

One thing I have to stop doing is getting on that darn scale! It ain’t doing me any favors!! BUT since starting my supplements from my holistic doctor I am noticing the cravings for sweets diminishing! And for me….that’s HUGE! GIGANTIC! ENORMOUS! any other words ?? Probably! I use to have a sweet snack every single night before bed. Pop tarts, chocolate milk, candy, cookies …anything I could get my hands on. If I couldn’t find anything ….I’d make cinnamon toast!  (A family favorite when I was a kid). I now take water to bed with me! 

So even though I haven’t lost an ounce (yes …it’s only been two weeks)…and I certainly shouldn’t expect the weight to go quickly….but one can dream..right?? I’m very happy that my cravings are not as strong. 

I still get them from time to time…especially at the grocery store at the check out line where all the chocolate candy is readily available and on SALE most of the time!! But I have to say I have abstained from buying any!!

So…this is me….moving forward. Some days I take a step back and others….full speed ahead!!

Thanks for listening 

Ali 🙂

Becoming healthy……

cause I’m worth it.  Funny thing! I started this blog to post ideas, sewing projects , tips etc.  I realized shortly after that I wanted that blog to be named something else, so this one sat for a very long time…until now. 

I’m doing this blog for me. To put down my thoughts, my worries, my failures and my successes! 

From the time I was a little girl I was the tall and skinny girl! In fact a bit too skinny. Standing at 5′ 9″ I was 105 lbs in high school. That all changed the day I started having babies! I’ve fluctuated from 185 to 135 ….to 165 to 200 ….to 260 to 185 back to 245! 

From the age of 20 to nearly 50 I’ve struggled with weight! I’ve been and used every diet you can possibly think of. 

TOPS, Weight watchers, the Diet Center, Slim Fast, Medifast, Atkins, ….listed in no particular order.  This doesn’t include the various wraps, pills, drops, that I used to lose weight!   With all of them I had some success …some better than others but always gained the weight back! 

Over the years in this processed food world we live in has brought a sluggish metabolism, and various health issues.  Society seems to have this delusion that fat people are lazy and that if we would just put down the fork and get some exercise we’d all be thin. The simple way of looking at weight loss is calories in calories out! I did that too… Didn’t work. What society doesn’t understand is that people are overweight for each individual reason. Not two people are fat for the same reasons….so why treat or expect the two to have the same results when losing weight. 

For some, losing weight is simple while others like myself struggle. I’m tired of struggling. Getting up each morning and trying to find clothes to be flattering but hiding my rolls of fat. I’ve known for a very long time that traditional ways of losing weight are not going to work for me but I’ve just not known how to or find that way that will work. 

That time is now and I’ve come across a holistic clinic. What I’ve learned is that if you have an unhealthy body system you will be stricken with health issues. For me those issues are hormonal imbalance, thyroid deficiency, sleeping disorders to name a few. My body is fighting against me. 

So…this is the beginning of a quest…a quest not to just lose weight but to get my life back!!  I swear when I get to my healthy spot…I’m gonna have a huge Bon fire and burn some fat clothes!  

doing a jig!!
  
My son took this one!
 
The two pictures were taken in the past few months. I will be posting a full body shot later. 

Please remember if you’re reading this and you have good tips, stories to share, encouragement to give…I’ll take them all. If you come here to criticize I will remove any comment you make. 

I don’t know if anyone will read this blog and that’s okay.  I’m doing this blog for me but if along they way I can help someone  feel normal or feel anything because being overweight is not easy…then I’ll walk away happy. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Ali 😊