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Motivation To Lose Weight | Healthy Foods to Lose Weight Fast | Day 71 of 90 Day Challenge

Motivation to lose weight means so many different things to so many different people.

Our motivation to lose weight comes down to a compelling reason that stimulates or inspires us to move towards our goals.

So have you found your motivation to lose weight yet? Your compelling reason that will keep you motivated through your ups and downs, through rain and shine?

To be utterly frank with you I’m pissed off with life right now … and it’s raining outside. How motivated do you think I am to exercise right now? About as motivated as a slug in summer.

But what keeps me going? My writing. My blog posts.motivation to lose weight

My blog keeps me honest and holds me accountable. And for me, that’s what it took to get this far. So many times I didn’t have the motivation I needed to keep going. And yet the thought of admitting failure in my blog kept me going. It’s been my source of strength.

It is my deepest desire that my blog will inspire others to do the same.

If you’re reading this right now and you’re desperate to find your own motivation to lose weight, perhaps you’ll find it by doing as I have done … by throwing down the gauntlet to the diet industry and saying, “Heck no! Not again. This time I’m doing it MY way!”

I’ve learned some secrets along the way … most of them you’ll find in these blog posts.

But here’s the one that I keep getting emails on most of all … what are the healthy foods I can eat to lose weight fastwell here they are:

Proteins

Chicken, Turkey, Fish, Salmon, Tuna, Pork, Tofu, Egg Whites, Red Meat (sparingly).

How much? As you know, I’m not a fan of weighing anything. Look at the size of the back of your hand and that should give you an indication of how much.

Vegetables

Anything goes … the best veges that will help get rid of belly fat are cruciferous vegetables such as Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Kale, Bok Choy, Cabbage, Collard Greens, Rutabaga, Arugula (Rocket), Watercress, Radishes & Wasabi.

Be sensible with the starchy ones like potato, pumpkin, butternut squash etc. As delicious as they are they are not the most conducive vegetables for losing weight. Just keep that in mind.

Fruits

Anything goes … but in moderation.

Keep in mind the high sugar count in fruit. If you’re trying to lose weight I would recommend keeping it down to around 1-2 serves a day maximum!

Sugar is not your friend. Even when it’s in one of God’s most delicious creations. But anything in moderation is fine.

Carbs / Grains / Legumes

Oatmeal, Cous Cous, Brown Rice, Lentils, Hummus, Quinoa, Beans, Whole Grain Cereal, Whole Grain Bread, Whole Grain Pita Bread.

How much? Again, I’m not into measuring but I would say 1 cup of any of the above and when it comes to bread I would say 2 slices is acceptable.

Dairy

Cheese: Feta, Goat, Skim Milk Mozzarella, Lo-fat Cottage and Parmesan.

Milk: Skim, Soy and Rice.

Yogurt: Low Fat Natural with Acidophilus. motivation to lose weight

This for me is one of my secret weapons that’s helping me get rid of belly fat. When do you most often get the munchies? After dinner right? Next time you get the munchies I want you to try this.

1 cup of Low Fat Yogurt

1 tablespoon of liquid honey drizzled on top

1 handful of chopped walnuts (any nuts really but I prefer walnuts in this mix)

This is to die for!

There is just enough sweetness in the honey to kick all your sugar cravings to the curb and the crunchy nuts make you feel like you’re doing something really naughty – but you’re not! Sometimes I can’t wait to get through dinner just to get to my ‘treat.’

You’ll feel naughty, but you’re actually doing something really good for yourself. Try it and see. This is how I got rid of my sugar cravings. And without sugar cravings you have a far better chance of losing weight. Don’t you agree?

Fats

Oil: Olive, Flaxseed, Coconut.

Avocado & Olives.

Again, allow common sense to prevail

Condiments / Sauces / Spreads

Mustard, Fat Free Dressings, all Vinegar (Balsamic is delicious with Olive Oil), Honey, Peanut Butter and pure Fruit Jams with no added sugar.

PLEASE NOTE: Check all labels when it comes to sauces and dressings … some are so laden with SUGAR that they will sabotage all weight loss efforts.

Try and go as natural as possible.

Olive oil, vinegar, rock salt and pepper with a dash of mustard is a great dressing. Experiment.

Snacks

Rice Cakes, Dried Fruit (in moderation), Turkey Jerky, Nuts.

And there you have it! Play with combinations of the above.

And how about rules you ask? There are no rules, just guidelines and here they are.

Guidelines to healthy, natural eating

  • Eat 3 meals a day and a snack mid-morning and mid afternoon to keep your sugar levels in check and to prevent you bingeing later on.
  • Be sensible with your food portions.
  • Be mindful when you’re eating.
  • Eat slowly so you can savor your food, and so your body has a chance to tell you when it’s full.
  • Add herbs and spices to your meals to give them energy.
  • Eat only what’s natural.

My philosophy for healthy eating and losing weight is pretty simple … “If God didn’t make it – don’t eat it.”

I promise you, you will see the pounds fall off remarkably if you just follow these guidelines.

Get rid of all the junk food and just try this outyour body will thank you.

Your motivation to lose weight comes from you finding a reason that is compelling enough to inspire you daily to move towards your goal of losing weight and keeping it off forever.

You can do this!

Look deep and I promise you, your motivation to lose weight is within you … check this post to see how I found mine.

 

 

 

 

 

Motivation To Lose Weight | Rest and Reflection | Day 70 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

My motivation to lose weight was not at it’s peak today. My eating was fine all day, but something in me just wasn’t quite right.

I have some personal things going on my life which are causing me great sadness. It’s nothing I can solve. All I can do is pray that time will heal all. In the meantime, this sadness weighs heavily on me.

The last thing I wanted to do today was exercise. But I had to as part of my personal commitment to my P90X 90 Day Challenge (I know today is supposed to be a rest day … but I had to switch things around earlier in the week).

I procrastinated as much as I could; made extra phone calls, checked emails that didn’t need checking, tidied the house, did the washing … but at the end of the day, I knew I still had to exercise.

Have you ever had days like that? When you just don’t want to exercise?

By 6:30pm I couldn’t put it off any longer and I started Kenpo which is a boxing workout. The first part is stretching and then you get into punching and kicking!motivation to lose weight

I have to tell you, half way through I was pumped! I was loving it! The endorphins were raging and I felt awesome! And I had another revelation:

Sometimes, you’ve just got to stop analyzing everything and “Just Do It!”

And I believe this is when you’re going to get one of your major breakthroughs. This is when you will truly appreciate what exercise can do for you. It’s not just about burning fat and getting fit, it’s about making you feel good! 

When you exercise you can get what is called “Runner’s High.” This is when you really push yourself and the rush of endorphins has the effect of opiates, making you feel good and giving you a feeling of well-being. This is so incredible. To be able to make that connection between exercise and feeling good.

I know exercise seems like such a chore, but it’s not. It is a mood enhancer.

This is why I am adamant that you find an exercise you enjoy and look forward to. It will make it so much easier when you’re just “not in the mood.”

So that was my revelation … now it’s time for reflection.

I’ve just committed to 10 weeks of P90X and eating only natural foods, exercising 6 days per week, not dieting because I believe diets don’t work, not weighing myself because I don’t think that’s useful either, and not measuring myself or my food.

And here’s what I notice:

  • Craving carbs is a thing of the past
  • Craving sugar is a thing of the past
  • Healthy foods make me happy
  • Incorporating yoga for weight loss works
  • The best time to exercise, for me is in the early evening
  • And it’s true that there are foods that are seriously helping me get rid of belly fat

I feel like a totally different person. My body is capable of things it simply couldn’t conceive of 10 weeks ago. I feel “alive.”

I have ripped shoulders, sculpted definition in the muscles in my back and my core is off the hook! My jeans are loose by about 3 inches in the waist. It’s happening … it’s really happening and I still have 3 weeks to go …

I look forward to the day when I can show you what’s possible when you don’t diet. I really believe in this and I want nothing more than to share everything I’ve learned over the course of this journey with you.

If you are sick and tired of every new diet gimmick that hits the market place, and you’re wondering if “this is the one” that’s finally going to help you lose weight, I promise you, if you follow my ideas you will learn how to lose weight forever by never dieting again. 

The only job you need to do right now is find your motivation to lose weight and I’ll show you how to do the rest. I promise you, it’s so simple!

 

Motivation To Lose Weight | I’m Starting To See The Light | Days 66-69 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

motivation to lose weightI had an epiphany today!

The past 3 days have been absolutely crazy for me. I’ve been on calls all day long, sitting in on re-launch meetings of a company I work with and I’ve been so BUSY that I haven’t had time to blog.

Firstly, my apologies for that as I did promise to blog daily … however I’ve made a breakthrough that I know will be so valuable to you.

Let me share with you how this epiphany evolved.

On Day 66 I got up at 5:00am and went through my usual rituals.

I made a cup of coffee, got Matilda (my Mac) booted up for the day, then I settled into my affirmations. Yes, I’m still writing out, “I look like Lara Croft from Tomb Raider.”  I feel a bit silly about that one as I have only 21 days to go and I’m a long way from looking Lara Croft. However, I’m a long way from where I started too : )

I wrote my blog for the day which normally takes me to about 9:00am. At that stage I make my breakfast which for this month is yummy oatmeal.

Then I got stuck into my re-launch projects.

By 4:30pm a curious thing had happened. I looked at the clock and thought, “Oh sh!t, I forgot to eat!” Now the thing is I schedule my exercise for 5:00pm so this posed a dilemma.

I had a quick snack of rice crackers and then failed miserably at 5:00pm to do my workout which was ‘Back and Biceps.’ FUHGEDDABOUDIT!!!!!! It was a wipeout.

So I vowed not to do that again.

So Day 67 comes around and I get up at 5:00am and repeat my rituals.

I was going about my business and it was a super busy day that day, and I got a text around 4:00pm from my husband and I looked up at the clock and go, “Oh no! I’ve done it again!” I forgot to eat!

That day I was lucky as it was Yoga. I made my way through it.

Again, I say this is never happening again.

So what happens on Day 68? You guessed it … by mid afternoon I was so caught up in all I was doing, I forgot to eat again.

So what is my epiphany?

Now I am in no way at all promoting skipping meals as a way to lose weight. In fact that’s the worst thing you can do because it causes problems with your blood sugar levels and it makes it more likely that you’re going to snack and do silly things at night.

Like eat spoonfuls of Nutella straight out of the jar! Yes I am guilty. The Nutella Monster finally got me! After 60+ days, I succumbed. Do I feel guilty? Nope. I’ve given that game up long ago.

Back in the saddle is my motto now. No guilt, no shame … just get back to business.

So here’s the revelation …  I’ve been so busy with my business, that I haven’t had time to think about food. It hasn’t been my sole focus.

When you’re dieting, that tends to be where 100% of your focus goes, right? I believe this is part of the problem. We’re focusing on sticking to something and for some of us, this is not bringing us the results we want.

If we have too much time on our hands, our minds tend to wander to our ‘program.’ And from my personal experience, when I’ve been on a diet and I’ve had too much free time, sometimes I’ve driven myself nuts with a tug of war of wanting to stick to my diet and wanting to break my diet.

So here’s the thing. Do you think if we were all motivated by something apart from dieting, but had healthy eating and exercise as a PART of our lives, instead of it being the WHOLE of our lives, that we might be more successful at adopting a new lifestyle?

And what if that ‘something’ was about making life better for everyone in your family and not just you? Do you think you would be motivated to make a change in your life if you knew it meant you could lose weight and make a difference in the lives of those you love?

Could this in turn be the motivation to lose weight you’ve been looking for?

I think this just might be the answer.

I have something brewing … I really believe I’m onto something here … stay posted. It’s going to change the way you lose weight forever … I just know it!

I’m off to exercise, and yes, I remembered to eat today : )

 

 

My Motivation To Lose Weight | How Did I Find It? | Day 65 of 90 Day Challenge

Motivation to lose weight can be quite bewildering. One day you’ve got it, and the next day it’s dwindling. So how do you find a motivation to lose weight that’s invincible?

For me, finding my motivation to lose weight was about making a point. For some reason, doing it for myself wasn’t motivation enough. I’d tried to lose weight before, unsuccessfully each time. And this year I got angry.

This year I said enough is enough. I got so sick and tired of the multi billion dollar diet industry taking advantage of us and sucking us into their latest craze. It’s just not OK! They’re getting rich and we’re staying fat!

We’re vulnerable. They know this. They know that if they package their pills, shakes, bands or whatever it is in such a way that makes it sounds “NEW” and “REVOLUTIONARY” with “SECRET INGREDIENTS” we’re going to fall for it, hook line and sinker.

Heck, last night I nearly fell for some new pills that have ancient ingredients from Siberia, Indonesia and the Amazon that the  indigenous people use for strength, stamina and appetite suppressant on long marches. Come on people! Really??? It’s all too much.

motivation to lose weightThere are no secret ingredients. I promise you. It’s all hocus pocus marketing designed to get you to open your wallet and feed your hard earned money into the ravenously hungry monster that is the multi-billion dollar diet industry.

Don’t feed it any more. I promise you, it doesn’t deserve your contribution.

Don’t let it prey on your vulnerability any longer.

Take charge of your situation and ask yourself honestly, what would it take for you to find your motivation to lose weight?

What would motivate you to get up every day and exercise, to eat right, no matter what?

  • Would you do it for your kids so you can live a healthier life with them?
  • Would you do it for someone you love so you can enjoy a fuller life with them?
  • Would you do it to find love if you don’t have love already?
  • Would you do it to change your life so that you could live the life you dream of?
  • Would you do it for a better job?

What would get you so pumped up that no matter what got in your way, you’d still want to stay on the path?

That’s what you have to ask yourself.

For me, my motivation to lose weight was all about finally being honest about my weight and admitting that I’m not OK with how I look, I’m not OK with the opportunities I pass up because of it and I’m not OK with the way I stand in the shadows and watch everyone else live life with carefree abandon. And most of all, I’m not OK with the diet industry conning me with it’s crazy shakes and pills!

My motivation to lose weight is reinforced with a bold mission to prove once and for all that DIETS DON’T WORK and that we can do this on our own! It doesn’t take magic. It just takes conviction. 

I know you don’t have it right now, but if you did have your motivation to lose weight all sorted out, what would it look like?

Visualise how you would be if you had your motivation to lose weight firmly rooted in your psyche.

How would you walk and talk and hold yourself? Would you walk a little taller today? Maybe a little bolder? Would you hold your head a little higher?

My friends, I have to tell you this. You have everything you need, inside of you right now to get this thing done. I promise you. All you need to do is identify the one thing that gets you all fired up, and hold onto that. Because the moment when you don’t feel like doing what needs to be done, that’s when you have to be able to fall back on something bigger and stronger than you.

Every time I don’t feel like exercising, I think how I’m going to feel when I admit that in my blog.

Every time I feel like eating chocolate, or drinking wine, I think how I’m going to feel admitting that I broke down.

And it’s knowing that I’m being held accountable that keeps me on track. This blog is my motivation to lose weight. The discoveries I am making about myself and my journey are my motivation to lose weight. The fact that I might even be able to help others with this blog is my  motivation to lose weight. You see where I’m going here?

I want you to dig deep and ask yourself these TWO very important questions:

  1. What’s holding you back? and
  2. What would you do if you actually believed you could do it this time?

I need you to watch this again …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X38PCf7kao

Need Motivation To Lose Weight | Feeling Fat and Frumpy | Day 64 of 90 Day Challenge

Feeling fat is such a blow to one’s self esteem.

feeling fat and frumpyI just don’t get it. How is it that you can feel so good about yourself one day and the next day you look in the mirror and think ‘what on earth went wrong?’

You go from not needing to lie on the bed to get your jeans on, to not even bothering trying and heading straight for the fat pants. You know the ones I mean right? The cuddly track pants. You don’t even want to know what damage is revealed in the ‘jeans test.’

So how does this happen?

I find it to be one of the 7 wonders of my weird and sometimes woeful world.

But here’s the funny thing. How come I completely forget that I feel fat and frumpy once a month? And how come I forget that I always seem to miraculously bounce back to feeling normal through no extra effort of my own?

And this is something I really need to address with myself.  I give myself such a hard time and can work myself into such a state making myself and others around me miserable. Worse yet, I can use this as an excuse to sabotage my healthy weight loss.

Feeling fat doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve put on weight. It can be as simple as a little fluid retention.

So the next time you’re feeling fat and frumpy try the following:

  • Replace regular salt with healthier Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt to lower your sodium intake (you should do this anyway)
  • Drink more water. Weird I know, but your body could be dehydrated and is holding onto water
  • Try drinking a little coffee or cranberry juice as a natural diuretic
  • If you’re not a fan of coffee try Dandelion Leaf Tea which is a known natural diuretic
  • Add a bit of alfalfa, asparagus and celery to your diet
  • Take a vitamin B6 supplement

So when you’re feeling fat and frumpy, give yourself a break, love yourself and know that this too shall pass.

My Motivation To Lose Weight | Rest and Reflection – How Happy Are You? | Days 61-63 of 90 Day Challenge

Oops – you may have noticed I haven’t posted anything on my “My Motivation To Lose Weight” blog for a few days.

motivation to lose weightWe went to visit my parents who live out in the country and they have absolutely no cell phone coverage or internet access and we were out there for a few days.

What bliss. As much as I love being ‘connected’ I also adore being forced to ‘disconnect.’ It’s so peaceful and so far away from the ‘real world’ that it makes it very easy to reflect.

My Mum is so adorable and had checked with my husband before our arrival about my dietary requirements. She had her menu all planned out perfectly and she was so considerate. Chicken wrapped in Parma Ham with Broccoli for me and Basmati Rice for them. It was delicious.

Over the course of dinner the subject of my blog came up and we started talking about my findings. They know this is the first time I have ever stuck to anything for longer than 2 weeks (I’ve just hit 2 months – hard to believe really) so naturally they’re quite curious and ever so supportive.

I began by saying that I believed the real reason we don’t lose weight on diets is because we’ve never found a motivation to lose weight that was strong enough and a determination to carry it through. They were quite impressed that I went through an entire night of them enjoying Champagne, Wine and Irish Coffees without even being slightly tempted. I winked at Dad and said, “I’m a stubborn b!tch when I want to be.”

And then the subject of weight loss did a 180 and Mum and Dad started talking about their own experiences.

At one point Mum for some inexplicable reason started to gain weight even though she hadn’t changed her diet one iota. The only suggestion I could make was to cut out the 5 teaspoons of sugar she was having a day in her cups of tea. She tried that modification and within 3 months she was back to where she was comfortable.

But did she rely on any massive amount of motivation to lose weight to do it? Not really … she just didn’t want to put on weight so she cut back on the one thing she could.

And then the topic moved to Dad who has been trim and athletic his whole life.

Over Christmas we all tend to over-indulge (as you do!) and by the end of the first week in January he is just sick of the sight of food. If he feels his belt getting a little tight does he go on a diet? No – he just goes fencing! And that fixes it pretty quick.

So that evening when everyone had gone to bed I started to ponder this. Neither of them needed a massive amount of motivation to lose weight. They just made a decision, and did it. So what’s the difference between them and us?

 

And then BAM!!! It hit me! They don’t use food for comfort. They simply use food for fuel.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been the “Queen of Comfort Eating” for so long. Pain and misery seemed to dissolve with a mouthful of cookies, ice cream and chocolate. I recall episodes of being lost in delirium as sugary sweetness would work it’s magic like a drug and numb all my pain.

But then what was I left with afterwards? I still had the pain, I still felt miserable and now I could add GUILT to my list of woes. What a vicious, nasty cycle.

So back to my parents. I look at them and they are so blissfully happy. After decades of marriage you’d think they were still on their honeymoon!

So for those of us who struggle with losing weight, I believe there might be more to it than just finding your motivation to lose weight. I think we might need to identify what’s making us unhappy and address that first.

So if you’re struggling to find your motivation to lose weight, and if you were to be totally honest with yourself, is there something else holding you back?

How happy are you, really?

 

P.S. This blog is about proving once and for all that diets don’t work.

If you want to see some of the crazy diets I’ve tried, check out my first post.

I have 27 days left of my personal 90 day challenge and at the end of it I hope to have proven once and for all that diets don’t work, that there is a way to lose weight that does not rely on calorie counting or ridiculous diet restrictions, and that weighing and measuring yourself is not conducive to healthy weight loss.

And if I can do it, ANYONE can do it : )

 

 

My Motivation To Lose Weight | Pepsi, Coke and Cancer | Day 60 of 90 Day Challenge

coke and cancerPepsi, Coke and Cancer … what on earth does that have to do with my blog? Well, one of the purposes of my blog is to bring you information that you can use to help you lose weight, keep it off forever and live a healthy life.

This post falls into the category of ‘live a healthier life.’

If you’re following my philosophy of “If God didn’t make it don’t eat it,” I know you know, that that philosophy also extends to “If God didn’t make it don’t DRINK it” as well. And as far as I know, there is no natural spring out there pumping out liquid Coke and Pepsi.

Now, I’m not an alarmist by any measure, but this headline caught my attention:

“Coke, Pepsi to drop level of ‘cancer’ chemical”

 

WASHINGTON (AFP) – “Coca-Cola and Pepsi said Friday they have lowered levels of a chemical in caramel coloring to comply with a California law, but insisted the drinks pose no health risks and recipes will not change.

The move allows the companies to avoid having to label products with a cancer warning due to what the health-conscious west coast state has ruled are high levels of 4-methylimidazole, shown to cause cancer in lab rodents.”

Pepsi, Coke and Cancer AND 4-MEI

I find this disturbing. Especially as they’re only dropping the level of 4-MEI in California and will gradually do the same all over the world.

No doubt you’ve all heard the urban myths that if you leave a tooth or a nail in a glass of Coke it’ll dissolve overnight. Is that true? I don’t know. I’ve never tried it.coke and cancer

But what I do know is the reason Coke and cancer keep getting thrown around in the same sentence is that the active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. It has a pH level of 2.8.

The concentrate in Coke is so corrosive that the commercial trucks carrying it have to display the Hazardous Material sign used to indicate they’re carrying highly corrosive materials.

I wrote a post a while back about the dangers of drinking diet soda.

“Diet soda is not only addictive, but just one diet soda can kill the neurons in your brain within six to eight hours. These chemicals literally “excite” the nuerons to death, which is why they call them “excitotoxins.” Their regular consumption can cause brain damage and cancer, as aspartame increases your cancer risk.” ~ Dr Russell Blaylock in Suzanne Somers, “Breakthrough. Eight Steps to Wellness”

So this should give you enough reason to get rid of all soda from your diet. If you like drinking fizzy drinks, then move to Mineral Water. The jury is still out about the health benefits, but they certainly do not lead to poor health. So if you must drink bubbles, make them mineral bubbles!

Personally my favorite is St Pellegrino. It’s been bottled at the source in St Pellegrino Terme since 1395 and it is said that Leonardo da Vinci visited the town in 1509 to sample the town’s miraculous water and later wrote a paper on the subject. That’s good enough for me.

In Conclusion

If you have not done so already, eliminate all soda from your diet. Do Coke and cancer belong in the same sentence? I don’t know … as I’ve always maintained, I’m not nutritionist, or a dietician and I don’t have any degrees in chemistry. All I have now is a Degree in Common Sense.

 

My Motivation To Lose Weight | Jamie Oliver Loses It! | Day 59 of 90 Day Challenge

jamie oliverJamie Oliver, the charming UK chef famous for revealing pink slime in McDonald’s burgers and campaigning for healthy foods in schools lost it with an Australian reporter.

When asked if he’d gained a few pounds whilst Down Under Jamie Oliver got upset and called him a b!tch! What I find extraordinary about this whole business is not the fact that Jamie Oliver snapped, but the fact that the question was asked in the first place, especially to a chef!

Jamie Oliver by all accounts knows how to eat healthy, does his best to eat healthy and works out a couple of times a week. But he’s a chef for goodness sakes! His whole world revolves around food. A little taste here and there, naturally he’s not going to look like David Beckham. But he’s hardly got a weight problem!

And this is where I take issue. Where do people get off commenting on another person’s weight?

If someone has a big nose do you go up to them and say, “Gee what a big snoz you have. How did that happen?”

Weight is enough of a personal issue without having other people, sometimes complete strangers making offensive comments.

This can lead to permanent psychological scarring.

motivation to lose weightDoes anyone remember Karen Carpenter?

At the age of 16 when she starting gaining attention for her musical talents, someone made a snide comment about her weight saying she was a little chubby.

She went on a controlled diet that eventually lead her into a vicious cycle of anorexia and bulimia.

She was dead by 32 from complications associated with extreme dieting. And it all started with one thoughtless comment.

Why do we see people with weight issues as easy targets?

My emotional scarring occurred when I was 8. I’ll never forget it. I had a crush on a boy and when he found out he told me to leave him alone and his parting words were, “You’re too fat!” I was only 8.

Two years later I was drinking a bottle of Apple shampoo because I’d read this would help me lose weight.

What on earth was I doing dieting at that age? Pure insanity.

I developed a severe eating disorder by the time I was in my late teens that lasted for over 10 years. Probably the most miserable years of my life. One day I’ll talk about it here … but not today.

Did it all start with one snide comment? Who knows?

So to Jamie Oliver I say: “Don’t apologize. You nailed it with your response.”

 

Motivation To Lose Weight | Weight Loss & Health Benefits of Oatmeal | Day 58 of 90 Day Challenge

benefits of oatmealI can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get back to this delicious breakfast treat … and the benefits of oatmeal are just out of this world.

I’ll share with you my delicious recipe at the end of this post but let’s delve into the weight loss and health benefits of oatmeal.

One of the major health benefits of oatmeal, indicated in many studies is that it may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Here’s an excerpt from WebMD: “Oatmeal is full of soluble fiber, which we know lowers LDL levels. Experts aren’t exactly sure how, but they have some ideas. When you digest fiber, it becomes gooey. Researchers think that when it’s in your intestines, it sticks to cholesterol and stops it from being absorbed. So instead of getting that cholesterol into your system — and your arteries — you simply get rid of it as waste … It’s such a well-accepted belief that the FDA gave it the status of a “health claim” in 1997. This allows manufacturers to advertise the heart-healthy benefits on boxes of oatmeal and other products.”

That’s enough to tick my boxes right there.

But there’s more health benefits to oatmeal than just lowering cholesterol.

Because oatmeal is so high in soluble fiber and is slower to digest, it is believed to

  • help control your blood sugar levels
  • reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes
  • reduce your risk of high blood pressure, and
  • reduce your risk for certain cancers
And when it comes to weight loss the major benefits of oatmeal is that it is a high quality carbohydrate that absorbs a lot of water which leaves you with that “full feeling” longer.
benefits of oatmeal

This is how serious I am about the benefits of oatmeal – the “Breakfast of Champions!”

That’s a 10kg bag of oatmeal! Yep, I never do anything by halves.

Ready for some more benefits of oatmeal?

It’s full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. One cup contains around 4 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, 18 different amino acids, 4 grams of healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, and it’s rich in iron.

In Conclusion

I’ve only just returned to eating oatmeal for breakfast and I’ve noticed that I’m not feeling hungry for at least 3-4 hours. When I was on a high protein breakfast I noticed little twinges of hunger after about 90 minutes. So this is a huge plus for me and anyone else trying to lose weight. Half of our problems stem from not feeling full.

Now, to the recipe

It’s taken me a couple of mornings but I have finally perfected my healthy, delicious and nutritious formula for cooking oatmeal.

Ingredients

1/2 cup of oats

1/2 cup of lo-fat milk

1/2 cup of water

sprinkle of ground rock salt

1 level tspn of cinnamon

12-15 drops of liquid stevia or 4 tablets of stevia dissolved in boiling water

handful of sultanas

Method of Preparation

Note: I like my oatmeal a little bit chewy. If you prefer your oatmeal soft then soak the oatmeal, water and milk for about half an hour before cooking.

Otherwise …

Mix oatmeal, water, milk and rocksalt in saucepan and bring to the boil.

When it starts to boil add cinnamon and stevia.

Keep stirring for about 3 minutes.

Bring down the heat, add sultana and keep stirring for another 2 minutes or so.

Take off the heat, cover with lid and let sit for 5 minutes.

Then serve with a small amount of lo-fat milk or just eat as is.

It’s delicious!!!

But please do not ruin the benefits of oatmeal by adding cream, whipped cream, butter or sugar. Stevia is a calorie free natural sweetener that is actually sweeter than sugar and has no effect on blood sugar levels.

P.S. If you have some great healthy delicious and nutritious recipes for oatmeal I’d love to hear about them … in the meantime I’m off to prepare my breakfast of champions!

 

 

 

Motivation To Lose Weight | Dr Phil To Help Overweight Guy | Day 57 of 90 Day Challenge

I feel really good today.

Do you remember Robert from the other day, the overweight guy asking for help? Well, it appears that the message got out there and Dr Phil is going to help him.

Check this out – Obese Man’s Desperate Call For Help made it to the front page of Yahoo! News today.

Thank you to all of you who shared his story – we all did a really good thing.

It’s amazing when we as a group can use the internet for good.

I shake my head daily when I read hateful and spiteful comments written in response to another person’s plight. My Mum always told me, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”

So again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for sharing Robert’s story and helping him get the attention he needed.

It’s a blessing!