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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?

Saturday Suggestions: Saturday, March 23, 2012

In Saturday Suggestions on March 24, 2012 at 2:27 am

Today I pampered myself and got at 75minute massage.  It was heaven!  I did this as a birthday gift to myself and a local masseuse was running a fabulous special.  But, as I lay there in pure bliss, I realized how important pampering is when you are trying to lose weight.

Losing weight is hard, and I don’t just mean resisting junk food!  The Program that I am creating for myself to eat and live healthily and lose all that pregnancy weight (and then some) is hard work.  I have to blog everyday, go to the grocery store several times a week (not easy with a newborn), and cook everyday (also not easy with a newborn).  All of this takes time, mental effort and energy.

And then there is my poor body.  Eight weeks ago it went through the most traumatic experience to date (giving birth and mine was a complicated one in which I had pre-eclampsia, was induced, was in labor for five days, etc, etc).  Now I am asking my body to produce breast milk for my little one, stay awake at all hours to care for her, twist and turn and hold a ten pound baby using muscles I didn’t even know I had AND lose weight!  My poor body!  A lot is being asked of it right now.

Even if you haven’t given birth recently and are just trying to lose weight imagine all the new things you are asking of your body.  You are asking it to operate on a caloric intake it isn’t used to.  You are probably asking it to exercise more than it is used to.  And you are asking it to release excess fat that your body is programmed to think is good in case there is famine and it needs to use the fat stores like it did as a survival mechanism back in olden times…  That is a lot to ask of your body.

So, with The Program I am creating I try to take care of my body by prioritizing sleep, water intake, and healthy foods (instead of pre-packaged diet foods or weight-loss shakes).  Last week’s Saturday’s Suggestions centered around making sure you were taking care of your body by scheduling doctor check-ups, dentist appointments, gyno visits, etc.

This week I want you to truly reward your body, pamper it somehow.  Whether you get a massage like I did or do something like take a long hot bath or give yourself a foot massage, just do something to reward your body for how hard it is working for you to reach your weightloss goals.  Let me know your favorite pampering ideas!

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?

Saturday Suggestions: Saturday, March 16, 2012

In Saturday Suggestions on March 17, 2012 at 7:47 am

There is nothing sexier than a person exuding good health.  Yes, a body that is physically fit and at a healthy weight often exudes good energy and appeal.  But the good health that draws people to you is more than that.  Taking care of yourself is sexy and includes caring for yourself and your health in small ways, continually.

Today I went to the eye doctor.  I hadn’t been in five years or so and have been squinting like crazy.  It felt so good to finally get that taken care of.  When a person feels good about themselves, they radiate good energy and confidence.  And that is sexy!  Who knew going to the eye doctor would make me feel so good.

Here are some suggestions that you can do today to start taking charge of your health, not just your weight.  These are things I need to remember to do too:

Make an appointment with the eye doc. (Squinting is far from sexy)

Make an appointment to get your teeth cleaned. (Nothing is sexier than a bright big smile.)

If you’re a lady, make an appointment with the gyno.  (You know why.)

Give yourself a pedicure.  (Fancy toes are always great but if all you can manage is clipping the toenails do it.  How can you be comfortable and exude that ease of living that is so sexy if your nails are digging into your shoes?)

Meditate for ten minutes.  Set your cellphone timer and then try this: Breathe in for three counts through your nose and think a montra such as “good stuff in” and then breath out of your mouth and think “bad stuff out.”  Change the words to describe what you want on the inhale and what you wish to rid yourself of on the exhale.  For instance, breath in thinking “calm in” and breath out thinking “stress out.”

Every time you get out of bed, rise up from a chair, etc and stretch a different body part.  By the end of the day you’ll be all stretched out!  (Sexy!)

Have you moisturized lately?  Grab some lotion and apply to the extra rough spots. (Soft skin – super sensual.)

Watching TV?  Floss!  (Back to how sexy a great smile is.)

What are you going to do today to take care of your health besides making good eating choices?  Total health = totally sexy.

Tuesday Tenets: The Program

In Tuesday Tenets on March 14, 2012 at 7:13 am

So, on Tuesdays I will discuss the Program.  I have a whole lot of ideas as to what my Program should entail, but I need to focus on the doing not the planning, so only one day a week will be for Program discussion.  Right now here are the main weight-loss Tenets:

*** Hierarchy of Priorities that lead to Weight Loss and  a fabulous life:

1.  Baby Daughter – she is 100% dependent on me right now and she must always come first.  If that means I skip a snack or miss a mealtime because she needs me I need to remember that she is the highest priority and to NOT beat-up myself that I can’t be a 100% perfect dieter.

2.  Sleep – it is well-documented that lack of sleep leads to the body holding onto fat and weight gain.  As the mother of a newborn sleep isn’t always easy to get.

3. Food – This means the pre-planning of meals, the purchasing of the food and finally the cooking and preparation of the food.

4. Everything Else

*** Wednesdays are Weekly Weigh-Ins: If I weigh myself on a daily basis I will drive myself nuts!  Wednesdays are not the traditional “I’ll start by diet on ____day” so I think that works for my Program (since it isn’t a diet!)  Plus, I’ve already been weighing on Wednesdays since the baby was born.  Note, it is important to record the amount lost for the week as well as the amount lost overall.

*** Planning and Recording the Day’s Food the Night Before:  This habit was part of the extreme program I did before and frankly, it really is genius.  If you know exactly what you are eating the next day it alleviates a lot of impulsive, I-am-so-hungry-I-will-eat-anything behavior.  And, it makes sure you know exactly what food you have in the house and whether or not you need to run to the store before you get overwhelmingly hungry.

*** Focus on the Food but get 20 Minutes of Exercise in a Day: I have run a marathon while technically being morbidly obese.  I have trained on tennis courts for eight hours a day hoping to be thin.  I have done crazy extreme exercise programs that yes, made me lose some weight, but frankly were probably very unhealthy and taxing on an obese body.  My problem is emotionally over-eating, not with being uncommitted to exercise.  20 minutes of walking a day with a seven week old baby is ambitious enough!

*** Never Get Too Hungry: If I am genuinely hungry, the kind of hunger where my stomach is turning and it is not the middle of the night, then I need to eat no matter what is on my food plan for the day.  I am a nursing Mom who is taking steps to live a healthy, thin, fit life – not to torture herself!

Well, those are some good Tuesday Tenets for now.  Until next week…

Thanks for reading this and I wish you much luck on your own healthy journey!

Hello world! My history with Weight

In The Program on March 14, 2012 at 5:53 am

My darling baby girl will be eight weeks old in four days.  The last two months have been the most intense and wonderful months of my life. The previous nine months of pregnancy were pretty tough and left me with some baggage – 99 lbs of baggage that is!  When I found out I was pregnant I weighed 145 lbs.  The day I was admitted  into the hospital I weighed 244 lbs (and I am 5’4.5″)!

This isn’t my first rodeo with weight loss. Like most American women I have battled with weight issues and body image most of my conscious life.  I was never a morbidly obese kid but I was definitely pudgy, more so at some times then others.  The real weight gain came in college and later though; the highest I got up to and hovered around was 246 lbs.

In the Fall of 2009 (at 246 lbs) I began losing weight slowly by making small changes to my lifestyle.  I lost around 40 lbs between the Fall holidays and March.  In March of 2009 I joined a weight loss program that proved unhealthy in the end but did help me lose more than 60lbs by August of that year.  My lowest weight ever as an adult was 135.4 lbs in December 2010.  By May 2011 I was about ten pounds heavier and pregnant.  That’s when I really let the eating really begin!  I am naturally a person who eats to comfort herself and let’s just say I was VERY uncomfortable during my pregnancy.

I have done most weight loss programs out there at some point in my life – Jenny Craig (twice), Weight Watchers (more times than I can count), South Beach Diet, Atkins, etc, etc.  I’ve spent so much money on these programs along with lots of exercise programs, books, DVDs, etc.  This time around I don’t have the money or desire to follow any one program.  I want to create a personal program, a lifestyle, that allows me to be a thin, fit Mom while still enjoying food and not beating myself up with my negative thoughts about myself constantly. (Do I even need to get into the way my mind can race and be so hard on myself?  If you’ve read this far, then I bet you know what I am talking about!)

I envision this blog as a way to stay accountable to myself, as a way to explore long-term weight loss and perhaps someday even a way to connect with others going through a similar process.

The Program: I intend to take the bits and pieces that have worked for me in the past from the various different programs I’ve been on before.  I intend to tweak the Program as I go along by what works and what doesn’t work as well as add in any new tidbits I discover along the way.  As a nursing mother I will have to be doing extra research because I want to make sure my baby is getting all the nutrients she needs and I have enough calories in me to take care of her adequately (during other major weight loss episodes I remember often feeling weak and tired, even ditzey; I can’t be that way with a newborn!)  Continual weight loss is the only real barometer I’d like to use for my success (not goals of x amount of lbs lost per week).

Thanks for reading this and I wish you much luck on your own healthy journey!