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“Progress, Not Perfection”

I saw this quote on the wall at Jenny Craig tonight.  I needed it like a Baptist preacher needs a dry rag on an August Sunday morning.  Progress, not perfection.  I was so down when I got on the scale today at The Craig.  I lost the weight I gained while I was layed up with my bad neck.  I got down to 183 lbs – that’s 17 lbs less than I weighed when we started this blog.  I was SO down.  I felt like I had sacrificed so much in the last 3 weeks trying to follow my Action Plan for such little loss.  My first thought was bacon cheeseburger, my second thought was Godiva.  Luckily, my third thought was “progress, not perfection.”

We have to remember to savor the little things.  “Every day on the plan is a win,” that’s another quote from The Craig.  But it’s true.  Little things mean a lot.  The big chunks of weight loss don’t happen every week.  Sometimes, progress is about drinking all your daily water, not having that bag of M&Ms, working out when you really just don’t feel like it.

Today my big win was fighting off a case of the “I really wanted to lose more weight blues.”  It hurt so badly not to have lost more.  But, there we go again…the measure of progress is subjective. 

Think of your daily “wins.”  What does progress mean to you?  What have you accomplished?  What new ways of keeping on track have you discovered and stuck to?  I’d like to hear from you.

Word To The Wise – FIber can be deadly

I’ve been doing well on my low calorie, low fat, high fiber diet.  Especially the high fiber part.  If you look at the lable on most 100 calorie snacks, low calorie bread, these really delicious Fiber One bars that I eat 2 of every day, and just about everything Jenny Craig has to offer, you’ll see the fiber counts are off the radar.  The ‘recommended daily allowance of fiber’ for a woman in her 20’s – 30’s is 24g a day.  Most days I have 30g or more – those dang FIber One bars are 35% of my recommended daily fiber and my favorite Jenny C cereals range from 30 – 50% of my recommended intake.  By the time I add a salad, side of veggies, fruit and anything else for the day, I’m off the chart.

One would think this would be great for the fat girl – eat, crap, less fat…Not so much.  Too much fiber can cause bloating, gas and dry, compact stool.  Sounds like TMI, but I’m really trying to warn ya’ll.  Fiber is an amazing nutrient – but it has to be used correctly.  When you add fiber to your diet – don’t forget to add more water!  I woke up at 6 this morning with “the jimmy-leg” and a serious set of stomach cramps.  (Don’t pretend you don’t know about the jimmy-leg: when you have to crap so badly that your leg starts shaking like you just ran a 20-mile race.) – Well that’s how I started my day.  One problem – I didn’t drink enough yesterday so there was a dustbowl brewing in my booty.  It didn’t feel good at all 😦 But the upside is that when I finally “went,” I probably “purged” all of my unused food from the day before.  A very nice, weight-reducing effect of fiber.

The moral of the story is: use fiber and the right mix of water and you can crap your way to faster weight loss.  Just know what you’re doing.

Here are a few Fiber Facts from the Mayo Clinic:

Benefits of a high-fiber diet

A high-fiber diet has many benefits, which include:

  • Prevents constipation. Dietary fiber increases the weight and size of your stool and softens it. A bulky stool is easier to pass, decreasing your chance of constipation. If you have loose, watery stools, fiber may also help to solidify the stool because it absorbs water and adds bulk to stool.
  • Lowers your risk of digestive conditions. A high-fiber diet may lower your risk of specific disorders, such as hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome and the development of small pouches in your colon (diverticular disease).
  • Lowers blood cholesterol levels. Soluble fiber found in beans, oats, flaxseed and oat bran may help lower total blood cholesterol levels by lowering low-density lipoprotein, or “bad,” cholesterol levels.
  • Controls blood sugar levels. Fiber, particularly soluble fiber, can slow the absorption of sugar, which for people with diabetes, can help improve blood sugar levels. A high-fiber diet may also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Aids in weight loss. High-fiber foods generally require more chewing time, which gives your body time to register when you’re no longer hungry, so you’re less likely to overeat. Also, a high-fiber diet tends to make a meal feel larger and linger longer, so you stay full for a greater amount of time. And high-fiber diets also tend to be less “energy dense,” which means they have fewer calories for the same volume of food.

Sunday Fatfirmation: Fall is Coming

Fall.  The season of change.  The leaves turn pretty colors.  Kids go back to school (thank goodness!).  New shows come on TV (my favorite part).  And most important of all – it’s an excuse to reinvent ourselves under the radar.  Yep, that’s right.  It’s like New Year’s resoloutions without being under the microscope of all those f@ckers out there who want to change us.  But this is really different.  There’s no microscope and we don’t have tell anybody what the hell we’re doing.  It’s personal.  Just about us.  But all the while, we get great motivation from all the change around us. 

Here we go people.  Let’s figure out our own personal action plans – something reasonable – and then stick to it.  Here’s mine:

1. Stick to Jenny Craig + fruits, veggies and dairy in moderation

2. Light daily exercise consisting of some walking or stair climbing (remember people, I have a herniated disc and 2 bulges in my neck and spine)

3. Allow myself 1 (and only 1) small cheat per week.  Usually, it’s a handful of Mike & Ikes from the vending machine at work – or maybe a handful of M&Ms.  Not a whole serving!  More like a half serving or less.

4. Allow myself 1 (and only 1) REAL cheat per week.  This week (yesterday), I had 2 ribs and a an Appletini Smirnoff.  It’s bad…but I follow it up with HI fiber and an extra 40oz of water.  It’s got to be balanced out.

5. Remind myself that this is for me.  This isn’t about pleasing a guy or getting into sexy jeans (but I ain’t gonna lie, those are pretty great side effects too).  This is about us “losing” it – all that negative crap –  All the excess weight we don’t need; all those negative feelings that make us weigh twice our actual poundage.  Get the weight of the world and impressions off your shoulders. 

People, we’re not perfect.  We’re a work in progress.  And since it’s fall, let’s seize the season and make it happen; progress that is.

Tomorrow’s fatfirmation topic: you guessed it, smarty, PROGRESS.

My

It’s easy dieting with this garbage on TV…

With the Republican National Convention on all week, it was easy to diet.  I just couldn’t muster up an appetite with all the BS on TV.  Sorry to take this blog political, but seriously, the politics of this election are giving me lots of motivation.  I want to be a better person, inside and out.  I just can’t believe all that’s going. 

Well, while watching all of the coverage, I was able to keep on my diet – perfectly.  I’ve had all my water, all Jenny Craig, all the time – and some Fiber One bars for good measure.  I guess my point is, even at this crazy time – scared, bored and excited (by Obama), I could keep myself on track.  It’s possible to do anything when you want it bad enough.

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I’m Baaaaaaaa-ack!

So, a herniated cervical disc and two bulding thoracic discs later, I’m back on the blog.  Gotta tell ya, for the last six weeks, I have been in so much pain I’ve been pushed to tears more times than I can count.  Yeah, I turned to food more times than I wanted, but I’ve only gained back 3 of the 15lbs I already lost.

Now I’m back with a vengeance!  I can’t workout yet, but what I can do is eat my “Jenny My-Craig,” do lots of walking and make sure I get my 64oz of water every day.  I’m on it.  I’m on fire.  The fall fashion season is coming and I AM SEXY BACK.  It’s coming boo.

For today, I was amazing – the fluids, the food, the fiber, the movement, the mental wherewithal – everything. Join me tomorrow.  You can do it with me. We can do it!

Come on people. Let me hear you say it – “We can do it!”

My

Slackin’ Hard-Somewhat

Yeah, I know I haven’t posted anything in about 3 weeks, but I’m going to play the life card. I kid you not. I’ve been busy. I’m a budding entrepreneur who’s on the grind practically 24/7. I run a soap and candle website, and I’m trying to be successful, translation, profitable. I’ve been blogging, networking, sending products to various reviewers, making product, and so on. In my chase of the almighty dollar (that sounds so shallow), I’ve been neglecting my health somewhat. I have fallen off the water wagon completely. Does Powerade Zero count as water? That stuff is awesome-not too sweet and not bland like water either. It reminds me of Kool-Aid with only a scoop of sugar in it. Anyway, I wanted to check in with our readers to let you know that I’m still struggling, still striving, still working out-somewhat.
I leave you with this parting message: The scale is a damn liar! Those big digital numbers read back 178.5, but I’m feeling a good 170.0 right about now, LOL!!! My clothes are comfortably loose or comfortably fitting, however you want to look at it. Look at me in this size 14 skirt from Vicky’s Secret. Their stuff runs small, and I’m not sucking in my gut. This, my sisters, is what keeps me motivated. I promise to be more diligent with posting. Please share your triumphs and setbacks. Remember, we are here to support one another.
 My Size 14 Vicky's Secret Jean Skirt
My Size 14 Vicky’s Secret Jean Skirt

Only 10 pounds until I’m fat…

So, my definition of obesity is the point at which you are so large that people cannot tell when you GAIN or LOSE 25 pounds.  At 200 lbs, everyone told me they couldn’t tell I had gained weight.  At a size 16, 60 lbs heavier than when I started my job 3 years ago at a size 6-8, my coworkers were saying ‘I didn’t need to lose a pound’ that they ‘couldn’t tell I had gained any weight.’  It just made me sick.  I thought, “How could I gain 60 lbs and NO ONE has noticed.” Well, I gained the weight slowly – over 3 years – so to them, I had gotten to that critical point where one could not tell if I gained or lost any weight.  So, for the last 6 months or so, I have been saying, “I need to lose 25 lbs to be fat.”  Meaning – I need to lose 25 lbs so that when I lose or gain any more weight, people actually notice.  Well, with 200 lbs as the hi point and 25 lbs as my “fat” vs obese benchmarks, I am now only 10 lbs away from my goal of being fat.  I’ve lost 15 lbs and no one can tell a thing!

Once I get to 175 and start losing more weight, people will say – “did you do something with your hair,” “what’s different about your make up,” “you just have this new light about you and I have no idea what it is.”  At 26 lbs, I swear, people will say, “damn, you lost weight,” “you’re looking thinner,” “your clothes are just hanging off of you.” 

It’s ok though.  I understand the rules…

Obesity – the point at which you are SO LARGE people who see you on even a semi-regular basis (x1 per month!) cannot tell if you gain or lose 1 – 25 lbs.

Fat – the point at which you are still overweight (your BMI is unhealty, you shop in plus size, etc) but if you gain or lose 1 lb and people finally notice “there’s something different about you.

Close to goal, but still not there – the point at which you are still overweight (still don’t have a perfect BMI, 2 – 3 sizes above your ideal weight), but people are saying “wow, you are really on your way,” “dag, what diet are you on because I want to lose too,” “you’ve lost a lot of weight.”

Reached your goal, within 5 lbs – the point at which you can fit into your ideal size 1/3 of the time, your ideal size is too small for you 1/3 of the time, your ideal size is too big for you 1/3 of the time…it just depends on the cut and/or brand. At this stage, people will say, “oh my God, you’re so small. you’re not going to lose anymore,” “you can’t still be dieting,” “you look like a totally different person, wow!”

So…where are you on this scale?

Down Another Pound!

I know I could have probably lost another 2-3 pounds over the last week. Inhaling a combination of peanut and peanut butter M&M’s has not helped my efforts, but you know what? I feel pretty damned good about it. I didn’t freak out or give up like I normally do. Six months ago, if I wouldn’t have seen huge numbers move on the scale, I would have said “Fuck it,” and gone to Hogs On the Hill for a large BBQ pork rib platter with homestyle potato salad, collard greens, corn bread, and sweet potato pie. Damn that sounds good right about now. I’m salivating at the thought.

This week, I’m graduating to Level 2 of Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. I’m ready because Level 1 is actually easy and predictable. I’m also doing The Biggest Loser Cardio Max twice a week. That ish aint no joke! I think I actually like it better than Jillian’s workout.

The slow and steady approach is really working for me. I set myself up for disappointment when I place to many high expectations on myself. Yes, I’m thwarting my weight loss efforts to a degree when I give in to my temptations, but I’ve learned not to give up. I have learned the art of compromise, but more importantly, I’ve learned the meaning of perseverance.

And still down a pound…

I went Jenny Craig today.  I lost another pound!  So I’m down 7.5 lbs.  I’m really happy with my progress, but I want to push myself even harder.  I know I can do better.  I walked 2 miles on Thursday and did 4 miles on the cross-trainer (sort of like an ellyptical) on Sunday…but the weekend was terrible.  We had a party Friday – I ate nothing but had 3 VERY strong drinks.  Party Saturday – I ate a moderate amount of dinner, 2 slices of cake and way too much Champaign.  Sunday – out to dinner.  Very small portions and only a tiny bit of liquor.  So I guess my workouts have all been just to wash off the damage the weekend could have done.

I’ve been on an emotional rollercoaster with my “period” this month – and I’ve really got the blues.  I’m going to the gym now to put in 4 miles.  Maybe it’ll pick me up.  I’ve yet to experience the gym craving or the high from exercise.  I feel a lil cheated.  Anyway, I’m taking my fat, black ass to the gym to make it happen.  I have an idea for an editorial to write so I’ll get working on that for you ladies tonight.

Love & Support – My

I need to lose 20 lbs to be fat…

I’ve been saying this for the last year and a half.  I’m so huge and pudgy that I need to lose 20lbs in order to have someone say, “Ooo, did you do something with your hair?” Seriously.  I’ve gone up and down so much over the last 2 years that everyone swears to me that I don’t look like I’ve gained a pound.  Are you sh!tting me?  I’ve gained 60 POUNDS!  I tell them I’m 200 lbs and they say, “You look exactly like you’ve always looked.” That just proves my need to lose to be considered fat.  It’s like, I’ve been so fat for so long, they only remember me this way.  When I lose this first 20, they’ll be like, “Damn! You really are fat.  You just lost 20 and you look like you still need to lose another 60!”  So I’m trying to take on each one of those 60 – 1 pound at a time.  Here’s how the week went…

Today is really day 2 for me when it should be day 4, but I’m in it to win it now!  I was terrible Sunday & Monday.  All I could think about was how hard it would be and how long it would take to lose 60 pounds.  I even cried!  That’s so NOT me.  I’m very confident and I’m usually not down on myself physically, but Monday night was a breaking point for me.  I cried in bed to my boyfriend and he assured me that, “Since [I] am so fat, the weight will just fall off.”  Exactly!  I heard, “Oh babe.  Just lose 20 lbs and you’ll only be fat…as opposed to massively whalish like you are now.’

To spite him, and myself, I started anew! I took a laxative – not to do any eating disorder ‘ish, but to cleans out all the junk.  I felt SO backed up and stiff thru my middle.  It made me not even want to move I felt so thick and knotted.  The laxative was PERFECT!  Within 6 hours, I voided all transactions from the past month.

And, I’m proud to report that I did the best workout I’ve ever done yesterday.  I was home sick from work – but once I started feeling better, I went to the gym (for the 2nd time in 6 months) and did 45 mins RUNNING on the ellyptical.  I too maintained 150 heart rate for my entire workout.  So many times I wanted to quit, but I didn’t.  I’m very proud of myself.  With that kickstart – I walked a mile with Alisa last night will eating low-cal, fat-free “ice cream.” Then I had Jenny Craig for dinner.  Today, I’ve been perfect on my food diet, have drank 64oz of Crystal Light and I’m currently finishing up my Jenny dinner.  I went to Jenny Craig for the first time almost two months today to get back on track, get food, and weigh in.  I’m 193.6 – FULLY DRESSED. 

I do believe I was 200 or really close to it on Sunday, but the “cleanse,” fluids and eating well over the last couple days has gotten rid of the bulk.  So now I’m working on the real fat.  I’m ready to do this.  I know I’m not going to be perfect – but I tell you what, my fat ass is going to lose it!

So Trice, you HAVE to get on it.  I’m already down 6.5 lbs.  Catch me if you can!