Thursday, October 2, 2008

Dining Out Has Never Been So Easy!

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If you read my last post, you know that I've now lost a total of 37 pounds. There was one topic that I forgot to cover in that post. I love to go out to lunch and dinner when I can. That's not always easy or wise when you need to lose weight.

Let me give you an example of some of the places I have been in the past few weeks: IHOP, Hooter's, Ponderosa, and also a local wing place. I meet a friend of mine for lunch about once a week, and go out to dinner with my cousin once a week.

Here's the best part: I didn't order food at these places. I just drank black coffee or ice tea. I had a Medifast meal or a low carb meal, before or after I went out for lunch or dinner, and was not tempted to order food at all. It has become an easy thing to do. The food that I see my friends eating doesn't even look that appetizing. I focus on the conversation and catching up with friends, and not on the food.

It's amazing what having your cravings under control can do for you. Lately I have not been hungry until 3 or 4:00 in the afternoon. I eat every day well before then, because it's still important to fuel your body throughout the day. But my hunger is so much less, and I'm able to eat so much less. And I'm not dying of hunger at 9:00 p.m every night like I used to. It's nice to have things going in the right direction again.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

I've Lost 37 Pounds!

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I just weighed myself this morning, and my total weight loss is now up to 37 pounds!

It's nice to be back in control again and to not feel hungry all day long. I am almost out of Medifast food, and I have started to eat a low carb breakfast and a balanced dinner. As exercise has now become a little easier, I'm going to try to step up my game with the jogging and weight lifting.

The funny thing about this weight loss so far is I feel great, but I can't really see it in the mirror yet. No one has commented to me that I look like I've lost weight yet either. I guess when you're my size it takes a little time for the weight loss to become noticeable.

Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy about this success. I'm seeing numbers on the scale that I haven't seen in a long time. It's been more of a gradual weight loss and in the long run that's the way to do it. I have spent many years trying to lose weight super-fast, almost starving myself and trying to exercise intensely. In the end, I usually ended up suffering through some miserable, ultra-hungry days and then binging when I couldn't take it anymore.

I'm almost 34 years old now. What if I focused on losing 1 pound a week back when I was 20 years old? How would my life be different now? I would have been thin and healthy by age 22, and full of confidence. Would I be married? Would I be a homeowner with a successful career? Right now, I'm none of those things.

There's no point to dwelling in the past, except to learn from it and not make the same mistakes again. I've lost 37 pounds so far that I will never gain back again. I am not hungry at all between meals. I am exercising again. I've been able to maintain control of my eating habits again for an extended period of time, for the first time in years.

I pulled out my old clothes again yesterday and looked at them. What an impressive wardrobe that I can't wear. You know how people laugh about having to spend money on new clothes when they've lost weight? That's one expense I don't have to worry about, because I have clothes in my closet that will fit me for the next 120 pounds that I lose. I can't wait to get into those clothes again.


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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Watch The Biggest Loser Tonight

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Week 2 of The Biggest Loser airs tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern on NBC. I recommend watching it to anyone who is trying to lose weight or is thinking about losing weight. It's inspirational to see people who have struggled with major weight issues have such great success.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, during the first week all the contestants on the show lost weight ranging from 9-28 pounds. I respect how hard everyone on the show has to work and all the exercise they put in. It's not easy to start an exercise program, but once you get going exercise gets easier and easier.

On a personal note, I went jogging last night for the third day in a row. I went for a jog last Wednesday, and then again on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (yesterday). I'm not kidding when I say that it already feels easier to run and easier to go further distances than it did just last week. It's like my body remembers that I used to be a pretty good runner, and it's starting to wake up.


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Thursday, September 18, 2008

34 Pounds Have Gone Away!

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I just weighed myself this morning, and my total weight loss is now 34 pounds! This time that weight is gone forever. I am not going through what I have been through anymore. Do you know what it's like to go in for a job interview and feel you are disqualified before you say one word because of your weight, to not fit in a chair, to have to request a seatbelt extender when you're on an airplane, to not be able to ride on a roller coaster? I've stopped going to football games because it's so uncomfortable. I feel it's not fair to me or the others at the games that I take up so much space. I avoid family gatherings now because I'm embarrassed about the way I look and how much weight I gained. I run away from the camera when people are taking pictures. I never want to see the pictures I'm in either.

I guess I went on a little rant there, but as many of you know, being overweight effects every aspect of your life. My life is so bad because I am overweight. But, I've lost 34 pounds that are gone forever! And I am going to get my life back. I am going to start living again, instead of watching life pass me by.


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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Talk About Inspiration!

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Did you guys watch The Biggest Loser last night? If you didn't you should start watching it next week. All the contestants lost weight their first week on the show. The least amount of weight loss was 9 pounds, and one guy lost 28 pounds! It is very inspirational to watch these people who struggle with weight have this kind of success. For some of them it is probably their first ever weight loss success. I can't wait for next week's episode.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Looking Forward to The Biggest Loser Tonight!

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Who else is looking forward to The Biggest Loser Tonight? It's one of my favorite shows and I'm glad the new season is starting. It is one of the most inspiring shows I've ever seen. This time I will be losing weight the same time as the contestants on the show are losing weight, instead of just talking about how I should be losing weight.

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I Had Fruit Punch for Lunch Today!

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I had Medifast Fruit Punch for lunch today and I liked it! It was good. And it was filling. I went out to lunch with a friend of mine and she had eggs and pancakes and toast, and it didn't tempt me one bit. I just drank coffee. I came home and had a Medifast Fruit punch. I have found that it is still enjoyable to go out to lunch and not gorge myself on burgers and fries. It was also nice to not have a $10 lunch bill.


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