My Motivation To Lose Weight | Day 12 of P90X 90 Day Challenge | Where Have My Sugar Cravings Gone?

What’s the ONE thing that always derails your motivation to lose weight?

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Ooops I did it again ...

I lose my motivation to lose weight when a combination of cravings and an evil inner voice start to wage a battle with my will power and my good inner voice. So you know what I’m talking about?

I started to think about all the times I’ve failed in the past and lost my motivation to lose weight, and invariably it happened when I had a sugar craving and then my evil inner voice took over and started saying things like, “It won’t hurt, just one bite,” or “It won’t matter in the long run.” But it will hurt and it does matter.

Because giving in to small temptations is the first step in losing your motivation to lose weight. Well, that’s my experience anyway.

So in my self-analysis of my journey during this 90 day challenge, it has come to mind that I HAVE NO SUGAR CRAVINGS. How is that possible? I used to drool over the thought of getting through my dinner just so I could have a spoonful of Nutella at the end. Where has that sugar craving gone?

Well, my memory takes me back to the first serious attempt I made at joining a weight loss group. You may have heard of it – Weight Watchers. I was in England at the time holding down three jobs. I was a chamber maid in the morning, I sold ice cream on the River Thames in the afternoons and I worked in a Fish ‘n’ Chip shop at night. WOW – recipe for health and wellness disastor if I ever saw one.

I left on my big overseas adventure weighing around 140lbs and came back topping the scales at a whopping 202lbs. I was horrified. It was such a gradual process. I didn’t really notice it coming on. But I do recall buying a lot of pants with elastic waist bands.

Anyway, back to my Weight Watchers story. I tried half way through my stint in the UK to lose weight. My motivation to lose weight was unstoppable. THIS TIME I WAS REALLY GOING TO DO IT! I was 17 at the time (I’d been yo-yo dieting for 7 years by this point) and I knew I had a life time of living ahead of me and I wasn’t going to do it fat. Little did I know I would still be battling this in my 40’s!

What I remember most was that my diet consisted of natural yogurt, 1/2 a grapefruit and a packet of All Bran for breakfast. Lunch was lean meat and a salad and dinner was lean meat and veges. I kept this up for at least 3 weeks and I’ll never forget the moment I lapsed and ate a sponge cake. The sugar rush was overwhelming! I felt as high as a kite instantly. And bam! My craving for all things sweet went galactic! I didn’t stand a chance against the power of sugar.

So, what’s happening with me today?

My food plan as you know is, “If God Didn’t Make – It Don’t Eat It.” So Twinkies and Nutella are out. But I am using two forms of natural sweeteners: Honey and Stevia. I drizzle honey on natural yogurt and have that as a dessert and I use Stevia in my Green Tea. I’m thinking that because I’m giving myself small doses of natural sweetness, I have reduced my cravings for sugar. Could this be true? I don’t know, I’m just hypothesizing. But all I know is this, I can’t stop at one chocolate. Something manic takes over me and I have to consume the whole box. But for now – I don’t have ANY cravings for sugar or anything else bad for that matter and my motivation to lose weight is not being challenged by an inner evil voice.

Now, if we could work out how to avoid the cravings do you think that would keep your motivation to lose weight in check and making losing weight easier? I believe so.

So try this out for a few weeks and see if it works for you. Cut out all sugar and replace it with Honey and Stevia.

I have a dream

I have a dream that there will come a time when all those desperate to lose weight to feel better about themselves will never have to follow a stupid diet ever again. I have a dream that all of us who suffer in any way from issues related to weight will have a way to get to their ideal weight without being exploited and let down ever again.

This is my dream.

I have my motivation to lose weight – do you have YOURS yet?

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My Motivation To Lose Weight | Day 11 of P90X 90 Day Challenge | Downward Dog And A Cup Of Green Tea

My motivation to lose weight has reached a state of calm.

motivation to lose weightI know I had to do Yoga today which may have helped me reach my zen state but I feel an overall sense of calm. And I truly believe it comes from not constantly thinking about being on a diet. All I’m doing is living my life and incorporating healthy eating and exercise into my life – NOT the other way around. Which is what I always used to do. (Incidentally if you’re looking for an incredible way to reduce stress I do highly recommend Yoga.)

In the past as soon as a new diet rolled off the printing press I would be first in line to buy it. I would read the book cover to cover in rapid fashion and then launch into it with a zealous passion. Nothing else existed in my life but the current diet I was on. It was insane. My motivation to lose weight was so focussed I had tunnel vision. And who can maintain that? Very few. Because life still has to be lived.

So this time around, the dieting and the exercise is secondary to my life. Yes, it’s important, but it’s not all encompassing. It’s about finding a balance. Your motivation to lose weight must be in balance with your motivation to live life.

You need to find an eating plan and an exercise plan that you can easily fit around your life. If it’s too complicated you’re not going to stick with it. Your motivation to lose weight will wane under the weight of the pressure you’re putting on yourself to follow a rigorous routine that is not enjoyable or can be naturally incorporated into your life.

Oh and before I forget. I have another little tip for losing weight.

In a previous blog I talked about how eating natural yogurt every day has been proven to “rev up your body’s fat-burning engines, speed weight loss, and trim your tummy” according to WebMD Health News.

Well believe it or not drinking Green Tea “appears to have the potential to promote weight loss. A new study in the March issue of the International Journal of Obesity concludes that Green Tea extract increases the burning of calories and fat needed to lose weight.” ~ WebMD Health News.Green Tea

If you’re like me and the thought of drinking Green Tea makes you green to your gills I have a little tip that will make you LOVE Green Tea. Find a fruit flavored Green Tea. Throw 4 bags in a jug and make up to 4 cups of Green Tea. Throw in some Stevia (natural sweetener), wait for it to cool down, put it in the fridge and once it’s chilled you have a delicious brew of healthy ice tea. My favorite is Mandarin and Limeflowers. Can’t get enough.

The health benefits of Green Tea are through the roof.

So now me and my motivation to lose weight are going to “ooooommmmmm” on outta here with a cuppa Green Tea and meditate on tomorrow’s torture. Legs, Back and Ab Ripper X. Good times!

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My Motivation To Lose Weight | Day 10 of P90X 90 Day Challenge | Cavemen didn’t DIET!

My motivation to lose weight is still strong.

Today’s P90X exercise was “Shoulders, Arms and Ab Ripper -X”. Funnily enough I quite enjoy this one. No jumping naturally!

My greatest success today was completely 50 Mason Twists. Ouch! The first time I did this I got to 15 and was howling to the moon in pain. The second time I got to about 20. But it has only taken me 10 days to be able to complete the full 50 Mason Twists. If you’re not sure what this is, sit on the floor, raise your legs, inter-twine your fingers together and then twist and tap your joined hands onto each side of your body on the floor. Like you’re kayaking. You’ll feel it in your thighs first!

The reason I share this with you is because at the beginning I thought there’s NO WAY I am ever going to be able to do this. And after 10 days I’m already completing the challenge. And it’s not about how I look – it’s about how I FEEL about getting stronger.

It fuels my motivation to lose weight!

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Got A Lot More Ab Work To Do!

Check this photo out. I’ve got a lot more work to do on my spongey tummy but I don’t care! Because I know I’m making progress.

And that’s what I really want to impress ANYBODY out there who is trying to lose weight. Throw away the scales and the tape measure and find a different way to measure your results.

The scales lie and we all know that. Water retention, muscle mass and a host of other things we’ll never fully understand affect the results you get on the scales. But if your goal is LONG TERM weight loss, who CARES what the scales say today.

Measure your results differently. How many more minutes did you do today than last week? Challenge yourself to go a little longer or a little harder at whatever it is you’re doing.

Losing weight is not that complicated really. Think about it. What’s the REAL equation here?

How do you move a pile of dirt? You grab a spade, pitch it in and then heave the dirt away. If it’s a huge pile of dirt this may take you a while. But as you’re huffing and puffing you’re burning energy and the pile of dirt is getting smaller and smaller. I don’t know how big your pile of dirt is, but the bigger it is the more you’re going to have to keep heaving it away. It’s a metaphor, but you get my drift right?

So the simple equation to losing weight looks like this:

Eat healthy foods + walk around the block however many times you need to = SEXY YOU!

It really is that simple. After 33 years of dieting I am SICK and TIRED of all the Weight Loss Guru’s and their scientific calculations. Did you ever see a fat caveman/woman in any of your history lessons? Me neither. Why? Because they had to run and catch their dinner.

There was no Mickey D’s Drive Thru! It was catch and kill your own.

So my philosophy for weight loss is really simple. When it comes to eating, if God didn’t make it – don’t eat it. And no, God didn’t make Twinkies! If it’s in a package and it’s crammed with stuff you can’t even pronounce let alone understand, it shouldn’t be going in your shopping cart let alone your mouth!

And when it comes to exercise, just go and do something you enjoy! Don’t make it bone crushingly difficult. Because if you don’t enjoy it you’re not going to keep at it. It will just be too easy to give up when the chips are down. But if it’s something you love doing like walking on the beach, or walking in the park, or jogging, or running, or whatever it is, you’re going to want to keep going. But if you choose something that’s a chore, you’re going to find it hard some days to get motivated to do it.

So that’s my two cents worth for the day.

Have you worked out YOUR motivation to lose weight yet?

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My Motivation To Lose Weight | Day 9 of P90X 90 Day Challenge | It All Comes Down To Motivation

My motivation to lose weight trembles with Tony’s admonition that we are once again about to embark on the “Mother of all workouts!”

Who says that, really? Just before a workout. Yikes!

You may recall a week ago when I first did plyometrics I just wanted to puke! Well, not much has changed.

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The Face Of Pain

I still feel like I want to puke!

I just wasn’t designed to jump. Gravity has me firmly rooted to the ground. Leaving it via my own momentum is just not natural, nor comfortable. In fact it’s downright painful.

There’s one exercise where you have to do a squat in a running position, and then jump a half turn. I always feel like Wonder Woman when she does her twirl.

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Wonder Woman

Actually that brings back a very painful memory of me going as Wonder Woman to a costume party. What the heck was I thinking???

OK so here’s the deal. What on earth keeps me going when I think I’m about to pass out, I’m giddy from the spins, I can’t breathe, I think my heart’s about to explode and there’s still 32 minutes left on the clock. What keeps me going??? MOTIVATION – that’s what.

My motivation to lose weight is SO STRONG that NOT going through the pain of the workout will be MORE PAINFUL than the workout itself.

You see, my motivation to lose weight has grown into something so much bigger than myself. I want to break through the limitations I have set for myself for the past 33 years and PROVE that getting the body I deserve CAN be done! And let me tell you something. I have failed MASSIVELY at this for 33 years. If I can do this – ANYONE CAN!

I want to share something with you that I learned about myself today. It’s the reason I’ve thrown away the scales and the tape measure.

I feel great right now. My jeans are a little looser, my tummy is a little flatter … but all that aside, I FEEL GREAT! Now what do you think would happen if I went to the scales and one of the following 3 things happened?

1) The scales didn’t move as much as I thought they should.

2) The scales didn’t move at all.

3) God forbid … the scales went in the wrong direction.

All of the above have happened to me in the past whilst dieting. So what do you think happened to me each time? I felt defeated, devastated and depressed. How do you think that affected my motivation to lose weight? Pummeled into the ground. History.

So what’s the point in weighing myself? It doesn’t make any sense. If my jeans are feeling loose and I’m feeling GREAT – why not just go with that? It’s a journey.

SO THIS IS WHAT I LEARNED TODAY.

If you have positive expectations, you’ll get positive results.

When you get positive results, this will lead to positive reinforcement of yourpositive expectations.

Which leads to what??? More positive results :  )

But you MUST find an OVERWHELMING motivation to lose weight. It must move you to your core. Your motivation to lose weight must be so important to you, that NOT losing the weight will be unbearable.

So take a few moments to think about what YOUR motivation to lose weight could be. Maybe you want to find love, or be healthier for your children, or go for the job of your dreams … maybe you just want to look in the mirror and see a proud, confident, sexy and strong YOU looking right back at you. Maybe it’s just so that you can live the life you always dreamed of living. Don’t you deserve that?

Of course you do. Join me in throwing away the scales and the measuring tape and getting back to a more sensible way of losing weight. It doesn’t need to be so darned complicated.

I have found a real simple way to do this. At the end of 90 days when I have proven that it works I will share it with everyone. So watch this space.

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My Motivation To Lose Weight | Day 5 of P90X 90 Day Challenge | Living Whilst Dieting

My motivation to lose weight in the past has always come undone with “life” getting in the way.

So many times I’ve said to myself, “I can’t do XYZ because I’m on a diet.” I would put my life on hold whilst I immersed myself in the latest ‘fad’ diet not letting anything distract me.

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This Is Fun! NOT!!!

It’s no wonder that my motivation to lose weight would weaken and disintegrate into yet another failed diet, because I was DEPRIVING myself of LIVING! Forget the food I was depriving myself of – I was depriving myself of being alive!

And I think this is one of the biggest problems we face when we start dieting. We start cutting out so much of what we love to do, in order to focus on something we don’t love to do. Which is dieting!

So this time around, I’m choosing to find a way to incorporate ‘living’ into my P90X 90 Day Challenge.

So I went out to dinner AND a movie.

Now that may not sound like a big deal but believe me it is. Dinner always starts with Martini’s, chased down by a bottle of wine or two and some food thrown in for good measure with no consideration to calories or nutritional content. More to soak up the alcohol!

And then movies are not complete without popcorn, choc topped icecream and M&M’s. That’s a movie night.

So armed with my new motivation to lose weight being an image of Lara Croft now plastered on my fridge and as the wallpaper on Matilda (that’s my Mac), I was emboldened to venture out and keep my resolve.

And you know what? It wasn’t that hard. It’s amazing how sparkling water with a squeeze of fresh lime and a sliver of imagination can taste like a Mojito. Especially if you ask for it in a cocktail glass!

And as for the movies (Sherlock Holmes – so cool!), I took a big pack of gum with me so my mouth had something to do.

You see, for me this 90 day challenge is about noticing how I sabotage myself and finding ways to circumvent that. It’s the patterns that I’ve always done that need to be broken. But first I need to be aware of them.

I also have another motivation to lose weight and it’s not just about me. It’s about everyone out there who has ever struggled with a weight problem, no matter how big or how small.

If you read my first blog you know how many ridiculous ways I’ve tried to lose weight and some of the humiliations I’ve faced. There are more and as the days go by I’ll share them with you.

But my greatest sadness comes from knowing that there are so many things I won’t do because I feel I am too fat to do them.

I won’t go to the beach because the cellulite on my legs embarrasses me so much. I haven’t worn a skirt since high school because I hate the shape of my legs so much. And forget about dresses! Going into changing rooms makes me cry because I can’t fit into clothes that I think are the right size for me. I always wear baggy clothes to hide my shape. I won’t ride a bike because I am embarrassed about the size of my butt. I basically won’t do anything that requires my body to jiggle and draw attention to itself. Think of all the things that cuts out! But worst of all, is that deep down I feel like I’m not good enough because I’ve never conquered my weight problem.

And I know I’m not alone on this one.

How many of us are not living our lives fully because we suffer from issues regarding our weight?

Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you did lose all the weight that you think is holding you back?

Well I have. And for the first time in my life, gosh darn it, I’m REALLY GOING FOR IT!!!

That’s why I am committing to blog every single day for the next 90 days about my journey. My highs and lows will all be recorded right here. And I know there’ll be some lows. Because in the past my motivation to lose weight normally fades around week 3. I find some excuse to quit and promise to try again later.

But this time is different. I am committed to following my P90X 90 Day Challenge to the letter. No cheating on any accounts. And if per chance I do cheat, then I have to blog about it.

But my motivation to lose weight is morphing into a deep longing to prove that for once and for all, I CAN DO THIS! And if I DO do this, then ANYONE CAN!

And at the end of 90 days, when I’ve got my results I’m going to find a way to reach as many people as I can and help them get the results they’ve always wanted as well.

Thank you for reading my blog. If you have any stories you’d like to share please leave a comment below. I’d love to know your motivation to lose weight.

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My Motivation To Lose Weight | Day 8 of P90X 90 Day Challenge | Temptation Is All Around Me

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How Good Does This Look?

My motivation to lose weight is being challenged by a big fat juicy pizza!

I burn Lavender Essential Oils in the house and it’s having a hard time competing with the mouth watering aroma of a Meat Lovers pizza!

Smells are such a trigger aren’t they? My motivation to lose weight is experiencing a subtle attack through the senses.

To me the smell of pizza makes me think of good times; movie nights snuggled on the couch, Monday night football, summer days on the beach and late night midnight snacks after a big night out. All blissfully happy moments. And let’s be real here, a slice of pizza isn’t going to kill anyone.

But it’s not part of my eating plan for the next 82 days so I need to disassociate these triggers of good times and make new associations.

In the past I would think nothing of inhaling three slices of pizza at the speed of light. Only at the end of my demolition would I savor the salty after taste of anchovies and olives.

But things are different now. My motivation to lose weight must reign supreme and I must associate good feelings with healthy nutritious foods.

Here’s one yummy food tip I’ll give you that I am hooked on right now.

Grab a bowl and scoop in 1 cup of low-fat natural yogurt, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of honey and sprinkle with a handful of chopped walnuts. YUM!!!

And incidentally according to WebMD Health News, “adding yogurt to your diet may rev up your body’s fat-burning engines, speed weight loss, and trim your tummy … Researchers found that obese adults who ate three servings of fat-free yogurt a day as part of a reduced-calorie diet lost 22% more weight and 61% more body fat than those who simply cut calories and didn’t bone up on calcium. Yogurt eaters also lost 81% more fat in the stomach area than non-yogurt eaters.”

Now if that’s not a good enough reason to eat yogurt I don’t know what is.

So it’s about finding new yummy healthy food triggers. Now when I see a tub of low-fat natural yogurt I start to drool like I used to with a big fat juicy pizza. It’s just a different mind-set.

So how do you put a new mind-set into action?

Learn to associate PLEASURE with the foods that are going to keep your motivation to lose weight in check and learn to associate PAIN to the foods that are going to sabotage your motivation to lose weight.

It’ll be worth it in the long run.

 

What’s YOUR motivation to lose weight?

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My Motivation To Lose Weight | Day 7 of P90X 90 Day Challenge | And On The 7th Day She Rests

My motivation to lose weight faced a challenge today. It was a rest day but it was an emotional roller coaster of a day. I won’t go into details as we all have our “off” days.

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On previous attempts to diet my motivation to lose weight would evaporate and I would have used this as an excuse to reach out for the Chocolate Mallow Puffs and had a good old scoff.

But what does that really solve?

I am a great one for “stuffing down” my emotions. I think that’s why I always go for the Mallow Puffs. They’re so fluffy. I stuff a whole one in my mouth so I can hardly breathe. What would Louise Hay make of that?

And then the vicious cycle of self loathing perpetuates itself.

I have no motivation to lose weight at all when I feel like this. In the past I have always reached for the chocolate when I’m miserable to make me feel better. I feel better momentarily. A quick little sugar high. Then I crash and feel like crap. So it’s better just to feel like crap and skip the cocoa rush and just go through the crappy feelings. Because that’s where you end up again anyway!

So what to do instead?

For me, Sunday was about being true to me and loving myself and just going with the emotional upheaval in my day. I had to hold on to my motivation to lose weight because guess what??? I know that there’s always going to be some crap happening in my life at some point. That’s life!

And guess what. The crappy feelings passed and I came out the other side feeling stronger for it. My motivation to lose weight is about honesty and blogging about my journey daily. Oh, and of course I still want to look like Lara Croft from Tomb Raider at the end of 90 days ;  )

So, just a small word of advice from someone who’s going through a bit of crap right now. Stay away from the refrigerator and stay away from the pantry. There’s nothing in there that’s going to make you feel good long term. Lord knows I know that!

For 33 years I’ve been seeking comfort at the bottom of a Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey container. After years of digging I’ve never found it down there.

But today I did manage to find it on my balcony, just being at one with myself and my problems and knowing that “this too shall pass.” And it did.

So have you decided what YOUR motivation to lose weight is yet?

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My Motivation To Lose Weight | Day 6 of P90X 90 Day Challenge | Hear Me Grasshopper

My motivation to lose weight still has a steely resolve and I’ll tell you why.

As I was going through the Kenpo motions today I had flashbacks of doing sports as a kid. Pure humiliation comes to mind.

As a kid I was short and fat, had the chubbiest legs you could imagine and to heighten my sense of humiliation I had to wear baggy blue rompers that had an elastic band for the waist and elastic bands for the thighs. They would cut in above the bulge on my thighs and balloon out. On top of that I had to wear a T-Shirt that had a bulls-eye on the front. As if I wasn’t enough of a moving target for jibes and jeers.

I was always last in running races. I felt like a racing seal pup. All blubber and arms and legs flailing everywhere. I could see all my friends sprinting ahead in the distance and I knew no matter how hard I tried I would always be last. I hated school sports days so much. This is not a PE class. This is when the whole school competes with each other and all the parents come to cheer their kids on. I always felt so ashamed in front of mine. I knew they didn’t care where I came in the races. But I did.

By the time I went to high school I had mastered some pretty nifty techniques on how to get out of sports days.  Diarrhea was always a good one. Who’s really going to check? Period pains were never questioned either.

But I’ll always remember the worst thing I ever did to myself to get out of a X-Country race. I hated running so much and the idea of running really fast for a long period of time was excrutiating. I’d already worn out all my previous excuses. The PE teachers had my MO all worked out.

So the morning of the race I took a hairbrush to my ankle and beat myself repeatedly with it until it swelled up so bad it looked like a sprained ankle.

I took that ankle to the PE teacher and naturally was declared unfit to run.

Being fat as a kid is not OK. Being fat as a teenager is not OK. Being fat as an adult is bearable – but it’s still not OK.

I have lived with the burden of my weight my whole life.

I am tired of not living freely because of my weight. I’m tired of being self conscious. Even today I had a jibe thrown my way. I was playing tennis with my husband and two youths passed by the back of the fence and as they got near me they yelled out, “You Suck!”

My husband asked me if that was going to ruin my day. Funnily enough that was the perfect question to ask me. In the past I probably would have ‘owned’ that comment and let it ruin a gorgeous day. But today I felt different. I had a feeling that in 84 days no-one will ever yell abuse at me for the way I look ever again.

My motivation to lose weight is about never having to go through the indignity of feeling embarrassed about my body again.

This time the weight is coming off and it’s coming off for good!

I’ve been dieting since the age of 10. If you read my first blog I shared with you an incident of drinking Apple Shampoo to lose weight. I know a LOT about stupid diets. Sadly this is one of the biggest industries in the world because it is such a powerfully emotional issue. So much of our self-esteem is tied up in the way we look and so many people prey on our vulnerability.

So that’s why, this time around I am NOT dieting!!! I am DONE with diets and having some skinny guru tell me how to do it.

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Do you remember Anna Kournikova on The Biggest Loser? I didn’t get to see too much of her but I saw one episode and I just wanted to slap her! Forgive me but I did! She was so NASTY!

I don’t know if she’s ever been overweight and could tap into the raw emotions felt by those plagued with weight issues. And if she couldn’t she never should have been put on the show. Jillian Michaels on the other hand has ‘been there.’ And that’s why we LOVED her. She knows what it’s like, the sadness and sometimes pure desperation we feel.

So for me, this time around is about no skinny wannabe telling me how to do it, no fad dieting, no drinking shakes till I puke, no cabbage soup diets, no starvation diets, no stupid vibrating bands, no diet pills, no stomach swelling pills, no scales and no body measuring.

NO WAY!!! This time it’s all natural. If I feel good and I know I’m putting in 100% with my exercise and I’m not drinking alcohol and I’m not cheating on my food plan then that’s good enough for me.

I’ve done the ‘weighing myself every day thing.’ It’s not healthy!

If I’m putting in 100% and I’m being honest all the way, that’s good enough for me. My jeans will tell me how I’m doing. And after 90 days the mirror will tell me how I’m doing.

Think about it. Fit, normal, healthy people don’t weigh themselves every day. They don’t grab a tape measure to see if they’ve lost weight. So why should I?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt so happy about my progress, only to jump on the scales and felt defeated when the scaled moved minimally. Sometimes the needle even moved UP!

So what do you think I did then? All motivation to lose weight gone on 60 seconds! Straight to the comfort food and my vicious cycle starts again.

NOT THIS TIME!!!

Join me! Throw away your scales and your tape measures and your crappy shakes and pills. Go natural with me.

Learn how to eat properly. See a nutritionist if you need to.

It’s pretty simple really if you think about it.

You need veges and fruit and grains and protein and a bit of dairy.

What you don’t need is flour and sugar and FAT!!!

Buy a book on nutrition. Educate yourself on how to eat. It’s sad how many people have no idea what’s in their food.

I have a simple way to think about food – if God made it, eat it! This is a whole other subject and I’ll cover it another blog.

But let me leave you with one beautiful message inspired by the 1970’s Kung Fu series with David Carradine.

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“Grasshopper, be yourself. And never fear thus to be naked to the eyes of others. Yet, know that man so often masks himself. That what is simple is rarely understood. The dust of truth swirls, and seeks its own cracks of entry. And a tree falling in the forest, without ears to hear, makes no sound. Yet it falls.” ~ Master Po

 

Have you found your motivation to lose weight yet?

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My Motivation To Lose Weight | Day 4 of P90X 90 Day Challenge | Twisted Triangle What???

motivation to lose weightI have an added motivation to lose weight. I want to look like Lara Croft in Tomb Raider. Ridiculous! Unrealistic? I don’t care!

She’s gorgeous! My motivation to lose weight ratcheted up a notch watching Angelina Jolie fly through the air and sommersault her way through the entire movie.

motivation to lose weightWhen I was younger I wanted to look like Linda Hamilton in Terminator. So much so that when I had my 30th birthday party I had my head photo-shopped onto her body and sent that out as the invitation. Looked pretty hot at the time! I even paid a personal trainer $75/hr to get me into shape. Didn’t happen. Another waste of money in a vain effort to lose weight and look amazing! Do you see any themes running though my role models? Looks like I just wanna kick butt and take no prisoners.

So today is Day 4 of my P90X 90 Day Challenge.

I recall in the past that Yoga was not my favorite part of the program and it’s still not.

Upward Dog, Downward Dog, Tree … my favorite is Corpse! At the end, exhausted and giddy I lay on the floor in a half dream like state. Actually for 60 seconds I did fall asleep and I had the weirdest vision of a man in a black cape. Don’t ask me what it means. I have no clue. My husband actually came over to make sure I was OK. So cute.

For me so far, the biggest challenge is actually the exercise itself. I really thought it would be the wine and the food. But I haven’t craved a glass of wine. Well, yes I’ve thought about how lovely it would be to sit out on the balcony overlooking the ocean having a chilled glass of Wither Hills Sav.

Our summer evenings are becoming quite heavenly. But I find a chilled glass of St Pellegrino with a dash of lime is quite refreshing! And to keep the Nutella Monster at bay I try and stay busy at night.

I think in the past one of the greatest things to sabotage my motivation to lose weight was getting bored in the evenings. I would snack out of boredom. And if I’d been drinking a glass or two of wine, then all motivation to lose weight flew right off the balcony. So quitting the wine, has reduced the cravings and the bingeing. Now all I need to do is keep being busy at night.

I’m still in incredible pain. My legs and my arms especially. I know this will pass as my body adapts to the routines. And then just when I get used to it all I know that the plan changes. Tony is so clever isn’t he? Just when your body gets used to something he goes and changes it all around so you can go and get all sore again ;  )

It’s all good. My motivation to lose weight is stronger than ever right now.

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My Motivation To Lose Weight | Day 3 of P90X 90 Day Challenge | Oh The Pain!

As I crawled out of bed this morning like a 90 year old woman, my motivation to lose weight again started to wane. This is not easy!

motivation to lose weightMy legs, my stomach, my arms – it all hurts! So bad.

This is going to be a quick blog, so do forgive me. Life beckons.

But I have this to share with you before I take off.

Half way through “Shoulders, Arms & Ab Ripper X” I wanted to just give up so badly. But what kept me going was knowing I had to blog about it today. I didn’t want to let myself down and I didn’t want to have to admit to the world that I failed on Day 3.

If it wasn’t for this blog I know I would have been half hearted with my exercise today. But this blog kept me going. It’s my  motivation to lose weight now.

As for my diet, all is good in this department. Not really following any particular diet, just making healthy food choices each day.

All I can say is thank you for being here. If you want to share this journey with me leave a comment or simple ‘like’ this post. I’d love to know what YOUR motivation to lose weight is.

If you missed the first blog about my story and why I’m doing this you can CHECK IT HERE.