7 Steps To Losing it

22 Aug

As of late various people have been asking what I have been doing…concerning weight loss that is.  I have a hard time explaining exactly what I do, mostly because it’s my way of life.  I liken it to kids asking ‘why’ about simple things that you do everyday without really thinking it through.  In an effort to satisfy my fans (all 2 of them) I will try to explain what I do exactly.  (Note: Now before I get all of the “you don’t have to lose weight to be happy” remarks, I want to say that I completely agree.  What you can’t be is the healthiest version of you.  350 pounds on a 5’4″ woman isn’t healthy–you have to at least agree with me on that.  Skinny does not equal healthy, however, if a body says that dropping a few pounds, eating better or moving would make it run so much smoother, a person should listen and be willing to help make that happen)

(1)    Make a goal.  One early Saturday morning, I blurted out to my husband that I would run the Peachtree Road Race.  For those of you who are unaware of what the Peachtree Road Race (aka the Peachtree), I will give you the 2 second version. It is a 10k (6.2 miles) run by thousands (60k or there about) in Atlanta, GA on July 4th.  If you live here, you have either done it, heard of it, or cheer on the crazy, sweaty red faced runners.  So I blurted out that I would run it…and he busted out laughing.  I understood why. I was about 286 (or more) lbs, hated running, quit everything, and loved all things cake.  But with a strong mind (on most days) and support (his after the laughter died down) I was able to run the race this past July (and drop pounds too).

(2)    Know What Your Fat Is.  Fat (insert cringe here), people hate that word, but if you really look at it overweight people aren’t made out of just water and sweet dreams. We are fat.  (A month or so ago I hopped on one of those body fat/weight things at GNC and it gladly recited that I was about 104lbs of fat. That’s when I really owned the word–of course it is a machine in a pill store at the mall so I didn’t give it total power over me)  Everyone’s fat is different. Some suffer from medical issues. Others suffer from (as a friend of mine would say) ‘being in a serious relationship with cake’ (mmhm, that’s me).  Some suffer from not really knowing where they are. The day I realized my weight was a ‘brick wall’ I had built to keep others out and me in, my whole life changed. Funny how everyone assumes losing weight is all about food and movement. The first most important part of owning your ‘fat’ is to know exactly what it means to you and what it is. After that the weight loss thing is a piece of…well…

(3)    Get Real. Listen, when I saw 293 staring back at me from my scale—I threw that shit right out.  I later bought another one because I knew in order to make this thing work I had to get real and own it. I also had to realize a few things too—things like I wouldn’t look like Beyonce’ no matter how much weight I lost; yes, that really was my fat ass in the mirror; and diet soda was no longer my friend. I had to really deal with some things in my past like bullies and broken hearts.  I had to dig deep and show me to myself.

   (4) Move your body (I wanted to say ass, but I think I’ve said enough curse words for one day). No matter what anyone tells you or tries to sell you—you can’t be healthy without movement. Period. All of the pills, programs, drinks, shakes, and Oprah a-ha moments won’t get you from a size ___ to a size ___ without movement. I started moving because of my goal. My intention was not to lose weight, it was to run the race. I couldn’t run the race without…well…running (which I hated). The first thing I had to do was walk—thigh rubbing and all. I started out at 2-3 days per week for 30 min. Now (on a good day) I put in about 90+ minutes at least 5-6 days per week.

(5)   Drop the Fork. You knew it was coming and here it is, honey.  Push your body away from the table. Golden Corral, Ryans, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Zaxby’s, Chick-fil-a, and a host of others are not your bff’s. They give you enough food in one meal for 2—oh and we won’t even talk about restaurants.  All that food you just shoved in your mouth is not what your body was calling for—as a matter of fact I think it said ‘stop!’ like 7 bites ago but you just didn’t listen. Trust me…I know.

(6)    Eat. Eat. Eat. Ok, I know what you are thinking—‘she just said stop eating so much now she’s saying eat’. Yes. I am. I eat all day, but small meals.  I eat between 5:00 am – 8:00 am…yes I am speaking of breakfast. (Newsflash, just because it is the first meal of the day doesn’t mean it has to be eggs and bacon. PB&J, salmon, salad, or left over meatloaf will do just fine.); I eat again at 10:00 am; I eat lunch between 12:00 pm – 1:00pm; I eat again (are you noticing a trend here?) between 2:00 pm – 3:00pm; finally, I shovel in my last meal around 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  Whew!  Most of my meals (I say most because I am not perfect—I know…still getting use to that idea) are easy, good for me kinda stuff. Cheerios with sliced banana is my new fave breakfast, along with PB&J for lunch with an apple and a cheese stick for a mid-morning snack. Simple eh?

(7)    Blab About It. No, I don’t mean go to all of the unhealthy people you see and preach about your newfound way of life. Go to sites like Sparkpeople.com or (my lifeline) Myfitnesspal.com and log everything that goes into your mouth. So far, I have logged in my food for 185+ days.  Sometimes it’s not always pretty. Drakes cakes, McDonald’s fries and pizza pop up every now and again. I also make myself a part of the community itself. I tell on myself in the forums, join various challenges, and make dumb status updates about my unnatural obsession with cake.

So there you have it.  All my little secrets. I eat decent, workout like a mad woman, set insane freaking goals (like the most recent: run a half marathon), and hop on the scale almost every day (yea…I’m weak like that).  Ready to join me?

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3 Responses to “7 Steps To Losing it”

  1. typefashion August 24, 2011 at 8:30 PM #

    I have just began my road to fitness ! Been on it a week and looking for motivation.

    loved your post.

    xoxo

    http://typefashion.wordpress.com/

    • geminimagazine August 25, 2011 at 5:29 AM #

      Thanks! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. It means a lot. Make sure you check back every Monday for more!

    • geminimagazine September 5, 2011 at 4:18 PM #

      Yay! How’s it going so far?

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