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#bern200 – The Marathon Continues…

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It has been 699,840 minutes, or 11,664 hours, or 486 days, or 69 weeks (rounded down), or 1 year 3 months 29 days since I decided to take control of my life and health. When I started I wanted to go from 380 pounds to 250 pounds in a year, but once I saw how quickly I was losing weight, I decided to set the bar at 180 pounds in a year. I still haven’t hit that goal, but I’ve passed a number of unimaginable milestones since last March 10th. Each one motivates me to work even harder. This fitness journey is a marathon, not a sprint, and the more I progress the more goals I see for myself.

Around the year 2010 I was at my heaviest, weighing in at over 400 pounds. I had so many health problems that I disguised as normal everyday occurrences, keeping denial as the roadblock to my life of fitness. There wasn’t one specific incident that made me want to change my life; a collection of situations, embarrassments, and disappointments over the course of 4 years lead to me deciding enough was enough. After numerous failed attempts at losing weight I made it my mission to work out and eat right EVERY DAY with no days off.

Three months in, I lost 68 pounds and was overjoyed with happiness. Not a single day or meal cheating, and an hour of cardio each day made this transformation possible. Afraid of the “inevitable” plateu, I started introducing a few carbs back into my diet each Saturday morning. I didn’t want to entirely fall off of the wagon, so I ate two biscuits just to balance things out. Staying consistent helped me progress.

By the time October 2013 rolled around, six months into my diet, I lost 130 pounds and hit my first goal of 250 pounds. However, this month I moved to El Paso from Los Angeles. With new surroundings, it was hard to keep up my routine. Also, being around new people meant lots of eating out and socializing, which slowed progress of my diet.

Holidays came and went, and while I continued to work out consistently (though not every day), the food I was eating wasn’t the best for weight loss. In addition to my lack of eating discipline, I started lifting weights as well. From October 2013 to May 2014 I only lost an additional 25 pounds.

Discouraged, I decided to give my body a restart and get back to the strict routine I had at the beginning of my journey. In June 2014 I participated in the Whole30 diet, which is famous for detoxifying/resetting the body, but fell short in staying consistent after 17 days. Though I didn’t complete the whole 30 days, the results of my efforts were incredible, as I was less bloated and had more energy. I was ready to get back on track.

That brings us to July, where I’m back to lifting and cardio 7 days a week, and a structured strict eating plan which includes an 80/20 Paleo plan with a protein shake for lunch. No junk food, fast food, fried food, alcohol, or anything else that will slow me down. I hope to be below 200 pounds by my 30th birthday in October.

Since starting last March, I’ve accomplished things I have NEVER dreamed of, even when I was younger and in my then peak physical form. I ran a mile in 9 minutes, I can do more than 1 situp lol, and I can bench press more than I ever have. My waist is smaller than it was when I graduated from high school (when I was 190 pounds) and I feel GREAT.

The moral of this story? Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Consistency is still the only way to conquer your tasks, and although you might fall off every now and then, you can always get back on. But STAY THERE; don’t let your slip-ups undo all of the hard work you’ve done. Take 4 weeks to get yourself in a routine, STICK WITH IT, and don’t cheat. You’ll see how easy it gets, over time.

I’ll end this with one of my favorite quotes.

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.

#bern200 – Week 37: How Much Does 141.2 Pounds Weigh?

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I weigh myself daily. This is not recommended for the most part, because depending on what you eat / drink, your weight can fluctuate 8-10 lbs every day. However, I eat and drink the same amounts day in and day out, and I consistently see progress on the scale in the form of lower numbers. Losing 3, 4, or 5 pounds a week seems like a small amount, but when you multiply that by the total number of weeks I’ve been going through this process, it adds up to a lot. I rarely sit back and reflect on how much progress I’ve made thus far, but I saw a post on the internet the other day comparing weight to everyday objects, and it really put things into perspective for me.

At my heaviest I weighed well over 400 lbs, but I don’t know the exact number because not too many scales go over that amount. I weighed myself this morning, and the scale read 238.8 lbs. When I started in March 2010, I was 380.0 lbs. This means in the past 8 months I’ve lost 141.2 pounds. How much is 141.2 pounds in the real world though? I searched the internet to find things to compare with this number, to put things in perspective.

I’ve lost 141.2 pounds since March 2013, which is more weight than

  • 7 Automobile Tires
  • 5 Technics 1200MK2 Turntables
  • 4 Cinder Blocks
  • 4 Mid-Side Microwaves
  • 15 Gallons Of Water
  • 1.8 Gold Bricks
  • The complete Encyclopedia Britannica
  • The average adult woman (at 5’4″, the average height)

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I am very happy with my progress thus far, as well as surprised with how rapid the progress has been. However, my goal is still to lose 200 pounds total in a year, so I have 58.8 pounds, or the equivalent of an average 7 year old child, more to lose. Whatever your goal is, try to put it in perspective, and remember that life isn’t a sprint, its a marathon.

#bern200 – The Single Mother Fitness Struggle by @koreangold

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I don’t have time.
I’m a single mom.
I work full time.
I work over 40 hours a week.
I have a school age child that I need to spend time with.
I have my family I need to make time for.
Gym memberships are so expensive.
I’m too busy!! (We all are!! I’m writing this as I’m facilitating an event at work)

If you’ve said any of the above things when it comes to reasons why you CAN’T work out / lose weight / get in shape / or ANY goal you have, you have effectively made up an EXCUSE. As long as you are making excuses, you will NOT achieve your goals. Goals with excuses attached to them are DREAMS! Wake up, smell the coffee, and PUT IN WORK!!!

This may sound harsh, but sometimes the truth is harsh and leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Like a medicine that may leave a bad taste in your mouth, the truth will get you the results you desire, if you take it.

My truth came the hard way when clothes stopped fitting, when I was tired ALL the time, when my chin was touching my neck, when I started to experience chest pain, when my boyfriends weight was getting close to my weight, when my size 7 feet hurt from carrying over 200 pounds, when I realized I didn’t want to eat in front of others so they wouldn’t see how much I was eating, when I couldn’t do anything outside of work because I was too tired and too self conscious to be out and about. These truths HURT me and even though it hurt, I waited for something. Maybe I was waiting for zero calorie food to be created, or maybe I was waiting for a magic weight loss pill. I don’t know why I was waiting to be honest. A part of me thinks that I thought something magical was going to happen and take control of my weight and health without me lifting a finger.

I waited and waited and waited some more and nothing happened. The number on the scale didn’t go down, my eating habits didn’t change, my clothes felt more snug. I was doing something wrong; I was doing nothing.

It was time to take a long hard look in the mirror and do something about MY health. I needed to exercise some authority and control in my life! My life, my choices, my actions!

Being a single mother, my schedule is pretty booked. Work from 730-430 while the kid is in school and daycare. After work it’s time to pick up the crumbsnatcher, make dinner, homework, bathe her and me, and before you know it, it’s time for bed. Time is precious and limited!! We don’t have enough of it!! So how do you squeeze more into an already jam packed day??

1. Sacrifice

I’m TIRED and I want to spend my mornings sleeping but 4 times a week I get up and work out before work!!! This doesn’t take away from anyone’s time but my own! Would I rather work out in the evening or during the work day? OF COURSE, but that’s not an option! I work with what I have and it requires sacrifice! But you know what; I can be tired from working out or I could be tired from being fat! I choose the first, because at least that’s something I can be proud of!

2. Planning

I plan my meals and grocery shop for the week. Nothing crazy and nothing elaborate and I make sure that meals are interchangeable. Prep work is done on Sundays and the week flows smoothly. (More to come on this very SIMPLE and BUDGET FRIENDLY grocery list)

3. Letting Go Of Bad Habits

This is the hard one. You have to evaluate how you’re spending your time in order to maximize it. Once you do you’ll find that you’re wasting a lot of time on: sleeping, eating, Facebook, Twitter, IG, checking email, water cooler talk, going out to eat, day dreaming, web surfing, mindless tv, etc. Once you can pinpoint what those time wasters are, you can start replacing that time with more productive things such as a workout, meal prep, or self reflection. Let’s face it folks; we waste a lot of time. Even the busiest people can find time that they wasted that could have been out to more productive use.

The truth is everyone, single mother or not, ONLY has 24 hours out the day! We can’t change that but we can change how we use those 24 hours. Time can never be returned to you. Either you make the most of it or squander it. What are you willing to do to maximize it? How do you maximize your time? What are some ways you know you waste time?

#bern200 – Moving The Weight: Stefanie (@CurvesCouldTalk) Used #WW360 To Lose 110 Pounds!

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It took me a long time to get the strength and courage to make the changes essential to live a healthier life. I consider myself very fortunate to personally know a handful of people that decided to take control of their health. ‘Moving The Weight’ is a series that will feature success stories from friends that have motivated me on my weight loss journey.

Name: Stefanie Arocha
Age: 28
Height:  5’4
Before Weight:  264 POUNDS
How I Gained It:  Emotional eating. I grew up in a family where everything was super-sized and the way we bonded was food. Not to mention, I had break-ups (with the same man) and that took a HUGE part in me gaining weight.
Breaking Point: I had two breaking points. One came in 2007 when I miscarried and the doctor told me it was because of my weight. I had stopped losing weight in 2010 but in 2011, after my ex and I broke up, I was tired of being sad about myself. On Valentine ’s Day of 2011, I decided I was gonna be my own valentine and do something for myself.
How I Lost It:  Weight Watchers 360
Current Weight:  154
GOAL:  145
The Hardest Part About Losing Weight Is…. The battle between “Is it worth it?” Sometimes I automatically wanna pig out, then I have to step back and remember, I don’t eat like I am 264 pounds anymore. I’ll get sick. Losing weight is a constant battle I have with myself on a daily basis. A war with my stomach and my head.  “Am I really hungry?” “Are you just thirsty?” and having to remember that I am doing this because I want to live to see my great-grandchildren some day and die of natural causes at an old age in my sleep.
My Advice To Those Trying To Lose Weight: Doesn’t matter how slow you go—As long as you GO! Those tiny steps, eventually lead to something bigger. There were so many times I wanted to say, “Forget this!” and quit. But I kept pushing. You have to work through the bad days to get to the good ones. You can’t compare your journey to someone else’s. You are your own competition. It’s a lifestyle change…meaning, it’s like a freeway. You take a wrong exit to “cheat day” You always have on-ramps back on to the freeway. So be kind to yourself. I have cheat days, hell! Even cheat weeks! Lol. But I always say, “I can get back on because this is a lifestyle…life isn’t perfect” and neither are you. You’ll eat that cheesy burrito and have that cold beer, but there’s always tomorrow to start a new. KEEP ON KEEPING ON!
Check out Stefanie at the links below!
www.Ifcurvescouldtalk.com
www.facebook.com/Ifcurvescouldtalk
www.instagram.com/steffy1385
www.twitter.com.com/Curvescouldtalk

 

#bern200 – Week 35: 135.6 Pounds Gone, 64.4 To Go

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“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”
― Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 7: 1966-1974

Nothing that is worth having is easy. Anything in life worth doing is going to be hard, and the reward will always outweigh the struggle. This is why so many people would rather take the easy way out and settle for what’s given to them than to fight for what they want. I don’t fault anyone who thinks like this, because it is an idea that is perpetuated throughout society. Every desire that individuals have for wealth, health, love etc. is accompanied with the want of obtaining these goals through the shortest path possible. However there is no quick fix to obesity. I knew it would be a long journey and I have been as relentless and persistent as possible.

Over the past 35 weeks I’ve managed to get into the habit of eating breakfast lunch and dinner at set times by preparing my meals and snacks ahead of time. I’ve fought temptation by reminding myself that any actions against my routine would only be a setback. I’ve had my fair share of cheat meals / days off from the gym. I take small breaks knowing that I’m not quitting; I’m only delaying my dreams. I also work twice as hard after my breaks from the gym to make up for lost time. However I never lose focus on where I want to be in life.

When speaking to others about my journey, I often compare it to climbing a mountain. By climbing and moving forward, I get closer to my goal each day. Stopping to take a break just delays the outcome, and going backwards by cheating on my diet just puts the goal further away. I am the only person on my mountain, meaning that reaching my goal isn’t a race to see who can get there the fastest. I am the only person that lives my life, and I have to constantly focus myself on where I am in the moment and where I want to be in the future. We control our own destiny, and where we want to be in life can only be managed by the effort we put in daily.

It is this kind of mindset that defines the #bern200 journey. Whether it’s weight loss, education, finance, or relationships, we can not compare ourselves and our goals to where others are with their own goals. We walk our own path; climb our own mountain. To quit now would be the same as wasting the past 7 months of my life, and when you get to my age you have to make each day count lol. So whatever you’re pursuing in life, do it wholeheartedly with the intentions of getting there sooner rather than later. Life is a marathon; pace yourself, but keep going!

#bern200 – Fit By Force: The Journey Begins For Kimberly

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The objective of the #bern200 movement is motivation for people who want to achieve their goals. Weight loss is something that a lot of individuals struggle with, and if I can motivate at least one person to get where they want to be, I would be satisfied. Kimberly has stepped up to the plate. Kimberly has agreed to share her story of struggle with weight, and put it out there for the world to see. Read what she has to say below!

I’ve hated exercise since the first time I was beat for not exercising properly. Yes, you read that correctly. I was beat, NOT to be confused with disciplined, for stopping during a run. I was seven years old. I had THAT parent that was a fitness fanatic and wanted to instill it in me. Good intent. Poor implementation.
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I’ve loved food for as long as I can remember. I grew up in a house full of love food. I had the privilege of having my grandmother and great grandmother growing up and they loved to cook and I loved to eat. The love food was abundant. Like all horribly written movies, what happens next is expected. I gained weight; a LOT of weight. I lost it with all sorts of fads: starvation, coffee diets, vegetable soup diet, Master Cleanse, pills, fat camp, and fat shots. The pills were by far my favorite! HELLO ephedra!
But when the pills and fad diets went away and I needed love food because I wasn’t ready to deal with the real demons inside of me, 150 pounds became this ugly number. 238. 238. 238. TWO EFFING THIRTY EIGHT.
I haven’t revealed my weight to ANYONE since I left the 170s. I’m both embarrassed and empowered by revealing it. I feel like this huge weight (no pun intended) is lifted off my shoulders. No lies to me, no lies to family, and no lies to friends. Just truth. 238 pounds of truth.
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In the past, I exercised and monitored my eating because of fear. The pain of getting beat for stopping in a run or getting ridiculed for the number on the scale was far greater than the pain of a run. Survival made me fit.
Today I will choose to do it out of love. Love for a man that has shown me every day for the last 6 months that it can be done with no tricks or shortcuts. Love for myself so I can live for me. Love for my child so I can be around as long as possible. And love for a “we”, for the common goal of having a healthy and fit family. Love food is not life. Food can give you life but food is not life. Life is love for yourself and others.
I begin this journey a bit embarrassed, a bit overwhelmed but entirely motivated. This journey is more than conquering the number on the scale it’s about finally facing those inner demons and loving my life: past, present, and future.

I want to congratulate Kimberly for making the decision to change for the better. Kimberly will be checking in periodically with progress, as well as recipie posts for those that need a few meal ideas.