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Sunday Inspirations: May 6, 2012

In Sunday Inspirations on May 7, 2012 at 4:22 am

One of the worst things about being overweight was flying.  Even at 246 lbs (my highest weight) I still fit in the seat and the seatbelt fit, but I always felt HUGE and frankly, it was a tight fit!  The look of the person sitting next to me, trying to hide their disappointment that I was a larger row companion, was humiliating.  Now, I am an over-sensitive person by nature, but it was truly mortifying.  What should be an exciting time – traveling via flying, one of my favorite things to do in the whole world (I work for an airline) – was seriously marred.

I am headed on a trip in the next few weeks.  I know that at 197 lbs some people will be wishing they weren’t sitting next to me because of my weight, but I do know for sure they’ll be wishing they weren’t sitting next to me because I’ll be traveling with the baby hahaha!!!

In all seriousness though, those airplane seats are a good reminder, a good inspiration to keep on The Program.

What inspires you to live a healthy lifestyle?  What inspires you on your weight loss journey?

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Sunday Inspirations: April 29, 2012

In Sunday Inspirations on April 30, 2012 at 3:01 am

I have averaged four hours of sleep for the past three night due to the baby and frankly, I am not feeling too inspired.  About the only thing that can inspire me right now is that (finally) sleeping little baby.  Looking down on her right now I know that she doesn’t have issues with food.  She asks for food when she is hungry.  She stops eating when she is full.  I lost that natural on and off switch long ago but I am inspired to work towards finding it again for her – I know kids learn most not by what you say but what you do.  I don’t want her to grow up watching her Momma constantly being defeated by a battle with her weight and self-esteem.

What inspires you to live a healthy lifestyle?  What inspires you on your weight loss journey?

Sunday Inspirations: April 14, 2012

In Sunday Inspirations on April 23, 2012 at 6:58 am

This week my inspiration to keep on The Program was discovered just a few hours ago.  While the baby napped I started going through some boxes that haven’t been unpacked from our move right before the baby was born.  And I found this:

 

I also found this:

 

So the camera on my phone is not the best.  These are pictures of beautiful, intricate, well-made belly dancing outfits that I bought while visiting Petra (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petra) in Jordan in October 2010.  My svelte size 4 body fit right into these and I was going to take belly dancing classes and wear one of them for Halloween 2011.  Halloween 2011 I was pregnant and wore an adorable bun-in-the-oven costume (I “wore” a stove I made out of a cardboard box and aluminum foil around my pregnant belly).

So, Halloween 2012… IT’S ON!!  Now that is some inspiration!  Since I am eating treats and not being 100% strict on this new lifestyle program I am creating I am not sure if I will be able to lose 60ishlbs in six months (probably not) but hopefully I can get close… stay tuned! 🙂

What inspires you to live a healthy lifestyle?  What inspires you on your weight loss journey?

Sunday Inspirations: April 14, 2012

In Sunday Inspirations on April 15, 2012 at 5:16 am

This week my inspiration to keep on The Program has mostly been based on saving face.  Continuing to write this blog, even through apparent defeats like the recent weight gains, has required some will power.  Blogging has given me the accountability I need.  It is easier to make a better food choices if I know there are at least a few other folks out there reading about my food choices.

I also have started telling people in my offline life that I am dieting and creating my own Program.  In fact, I’ve shared this blog with two people I know (other than the hubby) this week.  That is huge!

Normally I would be too embarrassed to share with friends that I am trying to lose weight.  But if I step up and proclaim what is really going on with me with friends, at the very worst I will feel embarrassed and at the very best it could lead to deeper friendships and support.

Frankly I wish I had something more inspiring to write on this edition of Sunday Inspirations, but, if the only thing that keeps me focused is the accountability of blogging and my friends and it means I’m not straying from The Program, hey, I’ll take it.

What inspires you to live a healthy lifestyle?  What inspires you on your weight loss journey?

Sunday Inspirations: March 24, 2012

In Sunday Inspirations on March 25, 2012 at 6:59 am

This week my inspiration to keep on The Program has mostly been based on momentum.  Making healthy choices and resisting temptation really feels easier this week.  It feels like when you are in the groove of your Program, no matter what that Program is, ease follows.

Perhaps it is that I’ve formed healthier habits.  Perhaps it is because I am not letting myself get into situations that would lead to straying from my program.  I haven’t allowed myself to get too overtired, too thirsty or too hungry and I’ve packed lunches when I am going to be away from home.  If the prep work is done (groceries have been purchased, my menu is planned, and I have daily reminders to drink enough water and get enough sleep) then making the right decisions and taking the right actions is much easier.  And, good decisions and actions, are what My Program is all about!

I hope this momentum continues; I definitely feel inspired!

What do you do when you (successfully) resist temptation?  Any tricks you can pass on to me?

What inspires you to live a healthy lifestyle?  What inspires you on your weight loss journey?

Sunday Inspirations: March 18, 2012

In Sunday Inspirations on March 18, 2012 at 7:11 am

If you’ve been following my blog you know I have been struggling to not go out and buy cake late at night.  I’m two for two, over coming temptation, but truthfully I have been “white-knuckling it,”  you could say, for several hours at the end of each night.  So, what tricks have I been using to try and stay focused on how much I want to lose this weight?  Here is what has worked for me the past two nights:

– looking at my daughter and remembering I want to teach her to have a happy, healthy relationship with food: that food is not the enemy, healthy food on a daily basis is a must and treats are for special occasions.  My daughter is going to do what I do, not just what I say so I need to model for her a healthy relationship with food.  Right now that relationship is on a comeback thanks to this blog 😉

– looking at pictures of myself on Facebook from before I was pregnant.  This time last year I was a size 4-6!  I had no idea how thin and healthy I looked/was.

– embarrassing but true: watching a red carpet fashion show on TV. Right now I have only about four outfits (still maternity) that I can wear.  I can’t wait to look cute in clothes again!

– drinking sparkling mineral water with lemon

– chewing flavored gum

What do you do when you (successfully) resist temptation?  Any tricks you can pass on to me?

What inspires you to live a healthy lifestyle?  What inspires you on your weight loss journey?