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Rock Bottom

     I’ve been missing in action lately.  There seems to be quite a bit of that going around.  While enjoying the thrill of getting near my goal weight, I was rudely reminded of the real reason why we need to stay in shape.  In some of my blog posts I’ve made mention of a friend.  This friend is lovingly refered to as my chinese buffet buddy and gay husband.  I’ve known him for over  20 yrs.  He is morbidly obese.  While applauding my weight loss efforts, he has at times also sabotaged them.  He struggles with his weight issues.  I’ve seen him do every shake/meal replacement system out there, no carbs, Maple syrup cleanse, fad diet out there.  He has spent thousands on personal trainers, gym memberships, and colonics.  He initially loses weight.  As much as  50 lbs in one month once.  But as soon as the big numbers slow down or things get hard, he quits.  Then he gets depressed and piles the weight back on.

Well, 2 1/2 weeks ago my friend had a big scare.  While at work (we work together too) he began having difficulty breathing, and could not move.  Co-workers drove him home with what was originally assumed to be the flu.  I was very alarmed because earlier this year he was rushed to the hospital with chest pains. When I called to check up on him, he laughed it off and claimed he just needed a few days off from work. Things have been very stressful at the job and this made perfect sense to me.  However, after spending two weeks in bed he made a confession to me.  He wasn’t in bed with the flu.  He was in fact in bed with pads spread underneath him to capture the fluids leaking from his legs.  My dear obese friend now suffers from Edema and several other weight related ailments.  He has been in denial about his extreme weight because he still gets around without aid.  But while very mobile, he cannot stand for too long.  He cannot sit in one position for too long.  He cannot walk for more than a few minutes at a time. He experiences sharp pains that he pretends are from working out.  But while he has been smiling and pretending to be a jolly fat guy, his body is secretly falling apart.  He is only 40 yrs old and he is thisclose to becoming disabled due to his weight.  Like an alcoholic or drug addict, my dear friend had to have an extreme event occur in order to wake up.  He hit rock bottom and I’m praying we can help him climb his way back up.

Working out and eating sensibly  to maintain your ideal weight might seem vain to some people.  I get teased at work by a few who think taking pills is the answer to everything.  Working out to keep my body strong and eating good food is way more practical than being on a million meds or having surgery to unclog arteries.  If I get hit by a bus, there’s nothing I can do about it.  But I can do something about having strong bones, a healthy heart, and a (somewhat) tight butt ;-).  Remember, there is a reason why we try to live healthy.  My dear friend just reminded me by almost dying.  Have you ever had a weight related  “situation”?  What was the event that made you decide to take charge of your life?  Share your stories with the group :-D.                                       Peace and Blessings, TrueLifeDiva 😀

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TrueLifeDiva ThursdayParty in Pink Zumba-thon for Breast Cancer Event

     Last Saturday 200+ men and women (mostly women) took over Mission Bay and Grooved For A Cure.  Fortified with superhuman amounts of caffeine, I Salsa’d, Samba’d, shimmied, and shook what my mother gave me for 2 hrs along with fellow Zumba enthusiasts.  As you can tell from the photo’s, we were all drenched in sweat afterwards.  A good time was had by all. 75% of the proceeds were donated to the Susan G. Kommen foundation.  In the photo’s below are myself, my two favorite Zumba instructors David and Roushel, fellow students Sherinda, and a unidientified chick.  Peace and Blessings, TrueLifeDiva 😀

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TrueLifeDiva ThursdayThe light at the end of the tunnel

     As the seasons change, we sometimes find ourselves at a loss for motivation.  As we near our weight loss goals, we find it hard not to resort back to old habits. How do we keep steady along the right path?  In the past it felt like we were stumbling around in the dark.  But there is light at the end of the tunnel.  The hard work does pay off! 😀

     Think back to when we first got together here.  We’ve all made progress.  Give yourself credit for a job well done.  We are all healthier, fitter, and more knowledgeable from our time spent together here. This blog is a blessing to all who participate.  Whether we comment or just lurk (I’m looking at you Dee) we give each other support.  I’m getting very close to my secondary goal but I can’t see myself achieving my primary goal without you guys :-).

     This post is kind of short but I just wanted to come and leave a positive thought for the week.  Check out my Biggest Loser recaps on TvTime101.com.  Next week I’ll post pics from this weekend’s Zumba-thon for Breast Cancer. I got a bling-ed out outfit and everything! 😀  Peace and blessings, TrueLifeDiva

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TrueLifeDiva ThursdayAdventures in plateau busting…pt2 The Remix

 Last time on “Plateau busting”:

A few weeks ago I received a phone call in the middle of the day.  It was a cousin of mine who I am very close to.  She sounded upset and I thought for sure she was going to tell me some bad news.  She stuttered a bit and then blurted out, “I’ve gained 12 lbs and I don’t know what to do!” Whew!  Is that all?  Okay, I’ve got your back :-).  She told me how the weight had slowly crept on and despite doing what has always worked in the past, the weight was not budging.  We had a nice long talk and I gave her some suggestions.  I followed up with daily texts of encouraging words, links to fitness articles, and the gift of a beautiful journal to log her diet/fitness daily.  Renewed hope inspired her to speak about her wanting to get back on track and she found out a few co-workers were in the same boat unbeknownst to her.  She reported back to me that others in her group were “forcing” her to take Zumba and Yoga classes with them :-).  The weight is starting to come off and I couldn’t be more proud of her and her efforts.

Of course this got me to thinking about my own situation.  I had started to get into a rut my damn self.  As I was researching articles for my cousin I realized I could take the same advice as well.  Around this same time, GoldenGirl mention I.F or fasting.  I googled it and from what I read determined that it wasn’t compatible with my lifestyle.  But this did remind me that I should/could be tweaking my diet.  So I began an experiment.  According to most online calculators, I need to consume 2200-2300 calories a day to maintain my current weight.  I usually take in 2000 calories which explains why I am losing at a snails pace.  In the past I was finding my body had become acclimated to dropping down to 1200 calories so doing this only worked for a week or two.  I decided to rotate my intake and hopefully shock my system into losing weight.

Experiment details:

  • Two weeks on a 1200-1500 calorie a day budget
  • Two weeks rest at 2000 calories a day
  • Try to burn approximately 1000 calories a day exercising
  • Increase intensity level during workouts, increase # of crunches/sit ups performed each workout session
  • Add Jillian Michaels  30 Day Shred to daily routine. I fit this into my day by doing a section while my dinner cooks.  Works most days 😉
  • Began following a group on Twitter called #plankaday.  The two leaders tweet fitness articles, make bad puns, and call you out if you do not report in daily that you have performed at least one plank.  Periodically they do a 12 hr plank session called #plankanhour.  I’m not up to that level yet, but I committed to doing an Am and Pm plank each day.  Plan to extend plank time (60 seconds) and add side planks as I get stronger.

My plan is to weigh myself at the end of six weeks.  I am on week four but decided to fill you guys in so you can chime in with suggestions.  I have peeked at the scale but will wait until the experiment is over to determine if my efforts produced any REAL weight loss.

Follow up:

     Hello boys and girls!  The experiment worked :-D.  I lost a solid  5 lbs with this experiment.  And with that bump on the scale I feel renewed and invigorated.  I’m 4/5 of the way to my goal weight (don’t judge me for doing the math!!!) and will definitely get there before the end of the year.  At this point in the game every pound lost is hard-earned so I am doing my  happy dance.  It looks a lot like Snoopy doing his signature move if you need a visual ;-).

     I started taking Spin classes once a week.  I really enjoy them and feel they are a part of my plateau busting.  There is a lot of debate on whether or not you can burn a lot of calories Spinning.  Some people claim you can burn 1,000 calories, others say more like 200 calories per 1 hour class.  I like to give myself the default number of 5 calories a minute if I am really sweating it out in a class.  So my math says I’m burning approximately 300 calories per class.  This also matches what the digital screen on the bikes in the cardio room tell me.  While not a big calorie burner, it is an intense leg and butt workout and I do notice an improvement in those areas so the trade-off is worth it.  I’m still getting used to the abuse my crotch area gets from the seat.  I literally cried during my first class from the pain.  I still had residual bruising a week later when I took my second class.  I purchased a padded gel seat cover and that helped for the first 20 minutes.  I asked several of the regulars for pointers and they basically told me you get used to it over time.  I’m still experiencing bruising but it is getting better.  Plus I discovered they make special biker shorts with padding in that area :-P.  I will be ordering two pairs this weekend…

     While most of the country has been experiencing shitty weather, sunny San Diego has been great.  Once a week I have made the 4.95 mile walk to the newest Pinkberry yogurt shop in my area and enjoyed the fresh air.  I only get a medium and rarely get toppings.  The calorie count is usually around 300 calories, so it’s all good.  A visit to the shops next door and my total round trip is exactly 10 miles. These nature walks, Spin classes, planking, and the calorie rotating all contributed to my progress.  Cross your fingers for me in hopes that I can cross the finish line using these tactics!

What has worked for you in the past when you hit a plateau?  Any suggestions for future input?  Tell me what you think 🙂                       Peace and blessings, TrueLifeDiva

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TrueLifeDiva Thursday  Finding the motivation when there is none

The other day BuffyWood asked me how do I stay motivated.  I didn’t really have an immediate answer.  And then my cousin I mentioned in last weeks post called me to update me on her progress.  She’s lost 6 of the 12 lbs she gained and feeling great.  We started discussing techniques, tricks, shortcuts, methods, etc.  She mentioned a phenomenon we discussed here on the blog a few months ago….Sabotage.  Yes, now that she is shedding the pounds, everyone wants to feed her.  Baked goods, Sees candy, and her mom suddenly wants to cook  old-fashioned southern fried meals “for the grand kids”.  Most commonly heard comment?  “What’s one day/meal gonna hurt?”  You all know what I’m talking about ;-).  It’s hard enough to motivate yourself and then people want to wreck your whole program!  Sabotage is universal and its real.

     I am finding that contributing for this blog is a major motivating factor for me these days.  I am constantly reading articles to discuss.  I subscribe to at least half a dozen fitness/diet/healthy lifestyle newsletters so I can stay abreast of the latest findings.  I follow several fitness enthusiasts on Twitter.  I am finding myself talking about fitness the way I used to talk about The Real Housewives.  And for those of you who’ve known me for a minute, you know that’s a lot :-D.

     After getting off the phone with my cousin (who lurks regularly) I contemplated Buffy’s question and came to this conclusion…

I stay motivated by:

  • Vanity, when you look good you feel good. 😉
  • Networking.  Connecting with like-minded people gives you a feeling of community.
  • Exploring new classes.  Trying something new and liking it is a great feeling.
  • Dressing for the occasion.  Wearing cute workout gear always makes me want to take a class and show it off ;-).
  • Better health.  Being able to do things my peers struggle to do fitness wise makes me feel young and vibrant.
  • Better sleep.  I always sleep good on the days I had a challenging workout.  And I’ve suffered from insomnia in the past.  Sleep is very precious to me.
  • Catching the men folk giving me a double take when I pass by.  I hear “The men all pause” by Klymaxx playing in my head whenever this happens. LOL!
  • Developing healthy habits.  I tend to be a little O.C.D at times and committing to a healthier lifestyle has led me to replace some of my more negative habits with positive ones.
  • Being able to help others who are on the same journey.  I get messages on Twitter all the time from peeps telling me I inspire them.  If my rambling posts help someone get to their goals, then its worth opening up about my struggles as well.

What are your motivation tricks when you find yourself low on inspiration?  Want to add to my list or give me your own?  Let us  know how you “get ‘er done!”   Peace and blessings, TrueLifeDiva

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TrueLifeDiva ThursdayAdventures in plateau busting…pt1

A few weeks ago I received a phone call in the middle of the day.  It was a cousin of mine who I am very close to.  She sounded upset and I thought for sure she was going to tell me some bad news.  She stuttered a bit and then blurted out, “I’ve gained 12 lbs and I don’t know what to do!” Whew!  Is that all?  Okay, I’ve got your back :-).  She told me how the weight had slowly crept on and despite doing what has always worked in the past, the weight was not budging.  We had a nice long talk and I gave her some suggestions.  I followed up with daily texts of encouraging words, links to fitness articles, and the gift of a beautiful journal to log her diet/fitness daily.  Renewed hope inspired her to speak about her wanting to get back on track and she found out a few co-workers were in the same boat unbeknownst to her.  She reported back to me that others in her group were “forcing” her to take Zumba and Yoga classes with them :-).  The weight is starting to come off and I couldn’t be more proud of her and her efforts.

Of course this got me to thinking about my own situation.  I had started to get into a rut my damn self.  As I was researching articles for my cousin I realized I could take the same advice as well.  Around this same time, GoldenGirl mention I.F or fasting.  I googled it and from what I read determined that it wasn’t compatible with my lifestyle.  But this did remind me that I should/could be tweeking my diet.  So I began an experiment.  According to most online calculators, I need to consume 2200-2300 calories a day to maintain my current weight.  I usually take in 2000 calories which explains why I am losing at a snails pace.  In the past I was finding my body had become acclimated to dropping down to 1200 calories so doing this only worked for a week or two.  I decided to rotate my intake and hopefully shock my system into losing weight.

Experiment details:

  • Two weeks on a 1200-1500 calorie a day budget
  • Two weeks rest at 2000 calories a day
  • Try to burn approximately 1000 calories a day exercising
  • Increase intensity level during workouts, increase # of crunches/sit ups performed each workout session
  • Add Jillian Michaels  30 Day Shred to daily routine. I fit this into my day by doing a section while my dinner cooks.  Works most days 😉
  • Began following a group on Twitter called #plankaday.  The two leaders tweet fitness articles, make bad puns, and call you out if you do not report in daily that you have performed at least one plank.  Periodically they do a 12 hr plank session called #plankanhour.  I’m not up to that level yet, but I committed to doing an Am and Pm plank each day.  Plan to extend plank time (60 seconds) and add side planks as I get stronger.

My plan is to weigh myself at the end of six weeks.  I am on week four but decided to fill you guys in so you can chime in with suggestions.  I have peeked at the scale but will wait until the experiment is over to determine if my efforts produced any REAL weight loss.

Have you experimented with fasting or calorie restriction.  Have you ever done any extreme exercise regimen?  What has worked for you in the past when you hit a plateau?  Any suggestions for future input?  Tell me what you think 🙂                                                                 Peace and blessings, TrueLifeDiva

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Yes I know the days are supposed to go forward not backwards.  I had every intention of starting the program, I simply just didn’t.  I posted this quote a while ago but I thought it was worth repeating:

“When a man is sufficiently motivated, discipline will take care of itself.”
– Sir Alexander Paterson

The truth is I just wasn’t motivated to do it.  I could give you several reasons (yes excuses) or try to push the blame onto my boyfriend (he was going to do it with me but that didn’t work out either) but honestly I just was not motivated yet.   I am the type of person that when I do something I do it 100%, especially when I made the commitment to blog about it here.   If I started last week I totally would have go into it half ass and I just didn’t want to do that.  I am feeling in a really good place with myself right now and the last thing I wanted to do was do something badly and feel that guilt that I seem to put upon myself.

Even though I didn’t start the program last week I had a fantastic week and even lost a lb.  I feel good about how I am eating and how I look right now.  I still weigh less than my dog and for me that is quite an accomplishment. 

I had my groceries delivered this morning and below is my order confirmation.  While it is not perfect (remember I have a 14 and a 3 year old in the house), it isn’t too shabby either.

I want to share with you what my Saturday was like.  On Friday night me, my boyfriend Jim and our 3 year old son Garrett drove down to the beach house.  Garrett and I woke up early and took a long walk to get some coffee.  When we got home we got Jake (the dog) and took another long walk.  After Jim got up the three of us walked down to the beach and played for a while.  Since it was so hot we came back home to get some lunch and cool off.  The three of us sat up on the deck blowing bubbles and laughing.  Around 4:00 we went for another long walk, played miniature golf and did some window shopping, and picked up some peal and eat shrimp for dinner.  After I gave Garrett his bath Jim then put him to bed.    Around 9:00 I went down to take an outside shower.  Have you ever taken an outside shower?  They are the best!!  My skin was nice and warm from the sun I got, my legs felt good and tight from the miles and miles we walked, my mind was peaceful and quite from the pure joy of the day and the sounds of the water.  I just had such an overwhelming feeling of contentment and it was awesome!  After my shower I lubed up with my Banana Boat after Sun Aloe Lotion, got in my comfy PJs and then Jim and I sat out on the back deck in the dark drinking a beer and listening to the Jimmy Buffett concert on the radio.   It was absolutely one of the best days I have had in a long long time.

I am not really sure why I wanted to share that with you; other than the fact that it probably would not have happened if I hadn’t made the decision back in January to get healthier.  Sure, I still would have gone down to the beach but would I have had the energy to get up so early and do all of that walking?  No way!  Would I have felt so comfortable and relaxed in a bathing suit on the beach that I could just enjoying having fun and not feel self conscious about how I looked?  No way!   By evening would I have had the energy to play mini golf?  No way!  Would I have felt so content in the shower?  No Way!  I would have probably have gotten the Fried Seafood combination for dinner, felt all fat and generally yucky and hated my body.  Would I have stayed up relaxing in a lounge chair on the deck with Jim?  No way I would have been exhausted and would have gone to bed right after Garrett.  Those are the thoughts I was thinking about on Saturday night as I drifted off to sleep with a happy little grin on my face.

So… I continue to be happy with myself and how I feel!!!  Next week when I am ready to kick some serious ass I will start Power 90. 

I hope everyone has at least one day this week where you feel like I did on Saturday!

Grocery List (Note: I get my meats from BJs or the butchershop and I stopped at a great farmer’s market in New Jersey for most of my frsh fruits and veggies)

I Cant Believe Its Not Butter Spread Tub – 15 Oz

Kraft Fat Free American Singles – 10.7 Oz

Lucerne Cheese Shredded Mozzarella Reduced Fat 2% – 8 Oz

Kraft Fat Free Cheddar Shred – 7 Oz

Lucerne Milk Low Fat 1% – Gallon

Chobani Raspberry Non-Fat Greek Yogurt – 6 Oz

Chobani Blueberry Non-Fat Greek Yogurt – 6 Oz

Chobani Peach Non-Fat Greek Yogurt – 6 Oz

Chobani Vanilla Non-Fat Greek Yogurt – 6 Oz

Laughing Cow Miniature Light Baby Bell Cheese – 4.5 Oz

1 LB Primo Taglio Roast Beef

1 LB Genuardis Domestic Cooked Ham

1 LB Primo Taglio Turkey Breast Dinner Roast

Oep Green Chili Chopped – 4 Oz

La Tortilla Factory Fat Free Whole Wheat Tortillas – 13 Oz

Skinny Cow Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich – 6-4 Fl. Oz.

Skinny Cow Fat Free Fudge Ice Cream Bar – 6-4 Fl. Oz.

Ziploc Gallon Storage Bagsbouns Pack – 24 Count

Wonder Whole Grain White Bread – 20 Oz

Wonder Smart White Bread – 20 Oz

Pepperidge Farm Bread Whole Grain 15 Grain – 24 Oz

Shake N Bake Pork Coating Mix – 6 Oz

Sweet N Low Sugar Substitute – 8 Oz

Kraft Free 1000 Island Salad Dressing – 16 Fl. Oz.

Apples Granny Smith Extra Large

Bananas

Oranges Navel Medium

Asparagus Green

Yellow Bell Peppers

Orange Bell Peppers

Green Bell Peppers

Beans Green

Broccoli Crowns

Cauliflower

Nature Valley Snack Bar Oats N Honey Granola – 8.9 Oz

Propel Berry – 710 Ml

Propel Lemon – 710 Ml

Propel Grape – 710 Ml

Success Boil In Bag Brown Rice – 14 Oz

Eating Right Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti – 13.25 Oz

Ragu Pasta Sauce Garden Style Super Mushroom – 26 Oz

Quaker Essentials Cinnamon Oatmeal Squares Cereal – 16 Oz

Safeway Buttermilk Pancakes – 13.75 Oz

Kelloggs Special K Bar Chocolatey Pretz – 4.6 Oz

Starkist Chunk Light Tuna In Water Pouch – 2.6 Oz

Bushs Black Beans – 15 Oz

Hunts Tomato Sauce – 8 Oz

Green Giant Sweet Select Corn – 11 Oz

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