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Stuck

That was how I felt.  Stuck in place and not able to move forward, like I was stuck in ice.

Looking out at people who were a normal size, they were living their lives, being happy.

That was what I wanted but no matter what diets I went on, how hard I worked out, I returned to the same size.

It was like there was a huge chasm between where I was and where I wanted to be.  Everything I tried failed.  I kept trying the same thing, diet and exercise, diet and exercise.

Any time I thought about it, it felt hard to breath, like there was no hope.

Breaking free was difficult.  I tried but it was like chipping at an iceberg, you only see a small amount above the water.

It was all me, though, my thoughts were what held me encased in ice.  Frozen and not able to lose weight.

Instead of chipping at the weight, I started to change my thoughts.

It was like the ice was melting, the weight went with it.

The more my thoughts changed.  The more the weight came off.  So quickly at times that I could not believe the change.

The thoughts were what kept me going back to large, now that the thoughts are different, there is no struggle.  I am one of the ones living my life, not watching from afar.

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Instant Gratification

Instant success

We live in a world where instant gratification is the norm.  Buy the latest gear and you will look cool.  Fashion changes yearly so you must buy the latest designs or everyone will know you bought that outfit last season, or worse, last year!

Weight loss can be the same.

Why wait to eat what you want, eat everything now!

I want to lose weight, I will take a pill and magically wake up thin.

We know that that is not true but some people convince themselves that there is a quick way to lose weight and if they just find it they will get off the weight loss rollercoaster and become thin forever.

In reality they are trapped in the yo-yo diet, losing weight they ballooning back up.

I was one of the few that didn’t even get to do that, I became large and stayed that way, the smallest I could get was a size 20. I know many people who could get down to a 14 or 12.  They live on those moments.

But why can they not maintain?

They return to their normal habits and eat what they want to feel great, because instant gratification is ok when you are a normal size, right?

At any size we need to look at how we think about food.  Why do we have bad habits.  

We all have bad habits

I have some bad habits but by looking at the why I started to change how I look at food.

Food is no longer just something to enjoy but much more.  I can enjoy food but need to remember that it is fuel for my body.  If I eat foods that do not give me the energy to do all the activity I need or want to do each day then I cannot get everything I want done.  I feel exhausted by the end of the day.

If I eat foods that give my body energy, not instant energy but consistent, long term energy then I can do more activity.  I feel great in the evening instead of ready to climb into bed and go to sleep when I get in the door.

It all starts with our thoughts.  Changing how we think of food changes food habits.

It is not always easy but it is worth it.

Imagine, not struggling to be your body’s ideal weight.

You are worth it!

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Instant Energy then Crash and Burn

Have you been in an office where they changed your software?  You could work without thinking one day, then the next nothing was easy.  You forgot everything that was said on the training, the manuals were too long to find what you needed.

I was on the other end.

I was one of those on the other end. The one who had to walk the floors of the office answering any questions about how to use it, and point people in the right direction when there was an issue.  Sometimes having to solve issues on the fly.

I remember a day when I had to start work early.  New software was going live and I was the first call support. I had a few hundred to see that day.

No time for lunch, usually no time for breakfast. 

A very stressful time for everyone.

I had to help the end users and I had to pop into the help desk to answer their questions, the software was new to them as well.  I was the only one who had used it before, well trained and supported it.

I needed to be able to keep going, so I did the only thing I new how.  I ate sugary food all day.  

Quick, almost instant energy.  Sometimes I would do that for an entire week, until the go live rush ended.

Then each evening, or night because I stayed late answering questions, I would get home and crash.

No energy left, then have to pull myself out of bed and drag myself back to work and start all over again.

Perpetually tired.

Eat more sugar!

This is not a healthy way to live.  It is certainly not sustainable but as a contractor I could do it for a while then leave the company and sleep for a week.

Once I started to lose the weight I looked at food differently, It is a fuel for my body, what I eat makes a huge difference to how much energy I have.  Sweets are a treat eaten in moderation, they do not make me feel the same as they did before.

A consistent balanced diet is what I try to have, eating breakfast every day.  Even if it is just my small glass of orange juice with my iron supplement.  Then I eat something solid later.  Not much later.  Like when I arrive at the office or if I am working at home 9am.

I have more energy, for longer.  I do not crash when I get home.  When I do get home I do some laundry, tidy up.  Things I had no energy for before.

Change what you eat to fuel your body, it really does name a difference. This is long term not for a couple of days but over months, try it to see.

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Consistency

Do you remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? It is really easy to try to be the hare.

Start something new. Jumping in with both feet, not looking past today. Go too fast, trying to keep up with the people who have been doing it for years.

Whatever activity it is you feel exhausted after and go home to collapse.  

The next day you are sore and feel terrible.

How long does that go until you give up?

Why do something that makes you feel really terrible?

If you are more like the tortious then you might stick with things longer, and improve at them, and find an activity that you Love!

Let’s take swimming as an example.

You have not been swimming for years.  So you can show up to the pool and swim the fastest you can for as long as you can, then get disappointed that you are not doing as well as the person your senior who was here before you and still swimming.

Your body is not used to the movement, you are using muscles you have never used before.

When you are finished you could just curl up and go to sleep.  In fact you go home and sleep. Then the next day your muscles are sore and it is difficult to move.

People will tell you that if there is no pain there is no gain.

Oh so wrong.

Be slow and steady, ok it is less instant gratification but longer lasting. If you are going to do a new activity you can find out what muscle groups it uses and work on those a bit before.  Stretch bands are great for that.

Starting the activity slow is so much better. Feel good but a little tired when finished.  The next day you may have the soreness of muscles that have not been used like that but it should not be really painful to move.

So to start swimming the tortoise way is to start a few days or weeks before by using stretch bands to work on the muscles for the type of stroke you are going to use in the pool.

Then going to the pool for a short session, maybe only 10 minutes at first, then the next it could be 12, then 14 et cetera.  At the end you should feel a little tired but not exhausted.  You certainly should not be in pain or have problems moving.

If that is not the case, and you are sore after you work out then try to reduce the time or go slower.

Find your speed.

Then keep with it for a while, like a week or two.  Before increasing a small amount.

Over time you may catch up or even pass the hare.  But even if you don’t at least you are out there and exercising!

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Clear out those clothes

When you are large a lot of people want to give you advice on how to lose weight, but for me a lot of it was not practical.  Some plain odd.

A friend did give me some great advice and it was because she had lost weight, but it was not how to lose weight.  Or what exercise to try, it was something that stuck with me and really helped.

She said that as you lose weight get rid of all your big clothes.  Then it is more of an incentive to keep the weight off.

I was travelling a lot as I was losing the weight so I started off well.  Clearing my wardrobe every month.

I had kept 9 large boxes of clothes of all different sizes and over the years had organised them into sizes, so each month I would open the largest size clothes box and try on clothes.

It was such a high!

Then I would go through my wardrobe and put in a bag (or 3, or more) clothes that were too big.

Many trips to the charity shop was made and I still have bags of clothes to go out.

The feeling you get the day you can shop in a normal sized clothes shop is amazing.  You end up starting to shop, shop, shop.  Picking something off the rack and buying it without trying it on is not a gamble anymore.  

It can be difficult to pull back especially when you buy something you really love but then only get to wear it twice before it is too big.

For clothes that you really love, getting them altered to fit your new size allows you to keep them and get more use from them.  Anything that is too big, remove from your closet as soon as you can.  It can be useful to keep one outfit in your largest size but you don’t have to keep it all.

Celebrate being your new shape and size, wear clothes that fit and that you love!

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A smile on the outside

“One. day I just snapped! Why should I be unhappy”

Always look happy, keep the smile on your face. It does not matter how you feel inside. A snide comment or a side comment made by someone, whether it was about how much room I took up, or what I was eating or how I moved, I could not let it show how it hurt.

The brighter the smile the more miserable I was. Keep going, moving forward, always smiling.

If they didn’t think what they said hurt, maybe they would stop. It is so much easier to stay at home, not to socialise, not to go out. Safe at home. Life just passes you by. You blink and 10 years has gone by.

NO MORE!

Spending my time working without doing what I really wanted? Why did others always get to do what they wanted, the holidays, the adventures? Why not me? That was the point in which I changed. That was the point in which I took charge and decided not to be unhappy.

I was in control and would do what ever it took to lose the weight and start living my life. Realising that weight loss surgery was an option was startling. It was not an easy option but had to be used in conjunction with healthy eating and exercise. Whatever it took I would do it.

My life HAD to change so I would change.

Eating healthy took some time, lots of education and research. There is so much misinformation out there and fads. Then adding exercise. So tired, how can I even do the 10,000 recommended steps? It took time but slowly I got fitter and eventually reached my goal. It is so easy to look at me now, the “new” me and think that it was so easy, that I didn’t have to work to look like this. That would be wrong. It was slow and hard work. But I did it and continue to change.

Have you ever wanted to lose weight, have considered surgery or had it but not had the results you wanted?

Why not call me to see if I cant help?

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We see our goal, not the journey

Mountains can seem so high, we see others reach their goals and think they must be amazing and superhuman to get there.

The truth is that we are our own worst enemy.

We see an empty gap between where we are now and where we want to be, like a thick fog.

For years I saw my goal of being thin and the life I would lead but never saw what I would be like a size smaller, or 3 sizes smaller. The path that would lead me there.

There was two states, what I was like big and what I would be like when I got to that shiny end point of “Thin”.

Living in Lockdown has reminded me of this.  We are in this fog but are not sure when we will get out of it. 

Our goals are getting pushed further into the future while we are in this fog.

Are we clearing the fog and creating the path to our goal?

I only reached my goal when I stopped doing what I had always done and started on a different path.

Lockdown can be an opportunity to find that new path. To try something different to reach your goal.

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Isolation – no problem I am used to it

I used to look longingly at rides at amusement parks.  It would have been wonderful to be able to go on them.

I never tried, it would have been too shameful to wait in the line then get to the front and be told, sorry you will not fit in the seat.  Or how much do you weigh?

Sorry you are too heavy.

It was easier to stay at home, make an excuse and sit watching tv.

Dreaming.

The years fly by with nothing accomplished.

We think that when we reach our goal we will start living.

WRONG

Start living now, before you have reached your goal, that will help you reach your goal faster!

Would that not be amazing?  Being at your goal.
You deserve it!

#LiveYourWeightLoss #storytellingmonday

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Keeping Active During Social Distancing

During this time of Social Distancing, we can feel isolated and stressed, returning to old habits.

Sitting on the sofa watching tv, eating sweets and comfort food.  Staying indoors with our pajamas or sweats on. Doing our hair becomes rare.

The pounds increase as well as our unhappiness.

I have been tempted.

My first full week working at home I started the week out with a tight deadline, having to sit on my sofa working all day, barely taking breaks.  Hoping that I could meet the deadline even when nothing went right and it was a struggle to get technology to cooperate.

I did get dressed each day in business clothes.  No makeup.

By Tuesday evening I was tired and stressed, I did not last long.  I ate the Pringles I had and was looking for sweets and snack food.

I could have popped to the grocery store, as we know popped is not the term we can use these days, I could have stood in a long queue 2 meters away from everyone else waiting to be let into the shop.  Only allowed to buy a maximum of 3 of any item.

My rule of no sweets unless I have exercised was falling away.

Old habit returning.

Since we are allowed to leave the house to exercise once a day at the moment, I got up Wednesday morning and went out for a run.  I was in a grumpy mood but as I ran, ok jogged very slowly. My mood improved.

Most people I talk with say that it is easier to do exercise if you have to go to a class or meet up with people, that is a bit hard right now, isn’t it?

It is easy to say that we are isolated and alone.  Poor us, we can’t go out and have to sit and watch tv or read.

NO

We are in the 21st Century.

We can still meet up with people to exercise, just not in person, a virtual class.

So many people are offering exercise classes on Facebook, their websites, YouTube.  We can try new types of workouts, without the horror of doing it in front of a group of people, like a friend who took a class a few years ago and fell, taking out two other people with her.

I started out too embarrassed to join in classes in case I could not keep up.

No fear of that if I can do a class in my living room.  My cats are the only ones judging, and they are usually looking at me strangely if I am not paying attention to them or getting them food, so no difference there then.

I am sharing links to trainers with online classes, so try them out, you could be choosing the same class as me and we can do the class together in our respective homes.

When you try a class post what you thought of it on my Facebook page.

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Stress eating

We are in more stressful times than normal. Businesses being asked to allow their employees to work at home if possible. No unnecessary contact or exposure to other people. All of which adds stress to all people.

What do we do when we are stressed? Reach for comfort food? High carb, high starch or high sugar, it will make us feel better.

But does it?

It really does not help us long term. Going for a walk outside helps more. As long as we are not in self isolation due to sickness or exposure we are encouraged to keep fit in the open air. So not in enclosed gyms with others.

A walk along the seafront or in a park can help you feel better, less stressed, less isolated.

There is also plenty to help with stress that can be done in the home. Crafts is one, keep your hands busy doing crafts is great, especially if you have kids. They can make gifts for the self isolated, and the elderly.

I put a YouTube video of a country park in Europe where there are birds and deer. My cats love it and if I close the curtains it looks like a window, so I can pretend I am on vacation.

We are all in this together. What are your tips for easing stress during this time?