My Motivation To Lose Weight | Lose Weight Fast With Diet Pills | Day 16 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

In my desperation to lose weight fast last year I turned to diet pills.

I was eating like a woman possessed. Rich creamy curries, pizza, sausages, puddings, chocolates, creamy cocktails. I was out of control. So I asked my doctor if I could get some diet pills. My doctor was reluctant, but I was persistent. What a disaster! I take full responsibility.

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I knew it was DUMB to take diet pills as I’d tried them before in my 20’s.

I remember many a midnight spring cleaning adventure, high as a kite. Feather dusters were a bluster and hoovers found their way into every nook and cranny of my house.

But this time was different. No rush, no boost of energy from the diet pills – nothing. Except ugly scars!

This is my left arm. I have these sores on the backs of my hands, all up my arms, on my legs … they’re disgusting.

And I did this to myself in a vain effort to lose weight fast.

Heed my warning. Diet pills are dangerous, addictive and can scar you permanently.

I did a little reading on the diet pills I was taking and this is an excerpt I found:

Below are some of the side effects of XXXXX:

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  • feeling restless
  • weakness
  • high blood pressure
  • changes in sex drive
  • constipation
  • headaches
  • difficulty in breathing
  • dryness of mouth
  • insomnia
  • diarrhea
  • chest pain

You may also encounter other side effects like irregular heart beat, nervousness, stomach cramps, nausea and skin rashes.

XXXXX over doses have serious consequences including death. Symptons of XXXXX over doses include excess energy, tremor, increased breathing rate, confusion, panic, excess fatigue, depression, hypertension.

XXXXX should be avoided under any circumstances if you suffer from any of the medical conditions given below:

  • very high blood pressure
  • problem with valves in the heart
  • heart disease
  • narrowing of blood vessels

Even if I’d researched the diet pills I was taking before I took them, as desperate as I was to curb my ravenous appetite I probably would have taken the risk anyway. I stopped taking these diet pills 3 months ago and I’m still finding new rashes daily.

Was it worth it? Absolutely not!

Did I experience permanent weight loss? Absolutely not!

Did I learn anything? Yep! I’d failed yet again to lose weight fast. And remember – that was just last year!

This time I’m doing it the right way.

All natural, all healthy.

 

I truly believe I am unlocking the secrets of how to lose weight and how to lose it forever.

The diet industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. The diet industry doesn’t want you to unlock the secrets of how to lose weight. They have a vested interest in you failing at every diet you try. How many diets have you been on? Me? I’ve been dieting for 33 years. And I’m not dieting ever again. EVER!

I’m educating myself on what it means to eat a healthy, balanced diet and I am finding ways to exercise that I look forward to and enjoy (oops! if you’ve read some of my earlier blogs you know I don’t enjoy them all!) And this is what I want for everyone out there who is trying to work out how to lose weight and keep it off once and for all.

You don’t need diet pills, or diets or an exercise program that fills you with dread.

 

Join forces with me, lock arms and let the diet industry know that you don’t need them any more!

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My Motivation To Lose Weight | But I HATE Exercise | Day 15 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

My motivation to lose weight always has a little stumble on Mondays.

motivation to lose weightWhy? I don’t know. I’m just not a real Monday person. The weekend’s over, it’s back to work for most (UGGGHH!) and it’s just really hard to get motivated to get back into the saddle with my exercise.

If you’re looking to get into the best shape of your life, I hate to break it to you, there’s no magic pill.

There’s no “Weight Loss Fairy” out there who’s going to come along and wave her magic wand and get you where you want to be. Please don’t think I’m being harsh when I say the following: You got yourself here, now you have to get yourself out of here. And that means tossing the junk food and moving your booty.

“But I HATE exercise!” you silently scream. No you don’t! You just haven’t found one you like yet.

And this is the key point here today. You know how I feel about diets. I hate them. I’ve been dieting for 33 years and I’m still trying to lose weight. Every diet has failed me. Or I have failed them. Whichever way you look at it, diets don’t work in the long run. Why? Because most of them don’t teach you how to eat for life.

They put you on a strict regimen and quite frankly the only thing you’re really thinking about is how good it’s going to be when you’re finally skinny and can eat all your favorite foods again. That’s why we fail at diets. Because we don’t re-learn how to eat.

So my philosophy is simple, if God didn’t make it don’t eat it!

We’ll get into portion sizes and what to eat in an average day in a later post, but for now I just want you to throw away all the junk food in your life and get back to eating from nature. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, fish, chicken, beef (minimally) … I don’t eat red meat myself, but that’s a personal health choice for me. I got really sick a few months back and had to eliminate it from my diet. And that’s another story for another day.

Today I just want to focus on exercise.

For you to finally shift the weight you’re going to have to shift your butt. And the only reason you hate exercise is that you haven’t found one you love yet. Who will ever be inspired to exercise if they hate it? I can’t run, so if that was what I had to do every day to lose weight I would hate it every step of the way and eventually quit.

But if you find an exercise you LOVE and LOOK FORWARD TO … you’re going to maintain your motivation to lose weight because you’re enjoying what you’re doing. You can fit it into your life and it doesn’t become something that you HAVE to do. It becomes something that you LOVE to do!

I challenge you to look at this list from NutriStrategy and tell me you can’t find something you’d look forward to doing. And please don’t focus on the the calories burned. I don’t want you to care about how many calories you can burn per hour. Calories are irrelevant. I want you to find something that’s going to keep you motivated. There’s over 200 exercises here, so don’t tell me you can’t find 2 or 3 things that you’d enjoy doing that would be classified as exercise!

Who knew that birdwatching, bathing the dog and taking out the trash could be counted as exercise?

Oh, and this is something else I’ve worked out that’s really important to staying on track. If you’re busy exercising or just doing stuff, you don’t have time to think about what’s in the refrigerator! You’re too busy enjoying life :  )

So, check out this list and tell me your thoughts.

If you have any exercises to add to this list please share them with me.

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Activity, Exercise or Sport (1 hour)
130 lb
155 lb
180 lb
205 lb
Cycling, mountain bike, bmx
502
598
695
791
Cycling, <10 mph, leisure bicycling
236
281
327
372
Cycling, >20 mph, racing
944
1126
1308
1489
Cycling, 10-11.9 mph, light
354
422
490
558
Cycling, 12-13.9 mph, moderate
472
563
654
745
Cycling, 14-15.9 mph, vigorous
590
704
817
931
Cycling, 16-19 mph, very fast, racing
708
844
981
1117
Unicycling
295
352
409
465
Stationary cycling, very light
177
211
245
279
Stationary cycling, light
325
387
449
512
Stationary cycling, moderate
413
493
572
651
Stationary cycling, vigorous
620
739
858
977
Stationary cycling, very vigorous
738
880
1022
1163
Calisthenics, vigorous, pushups, situps…
472
563
654
745
Calisthenics, light
207
246
286
326
Circuit training, minimal rest
472
563
654
745
Weight lifting, body building, vigorous
354
422
490
558
Weight lifting, light workout
177
211
245
279
Health club exercise
325
387
449
512
Stair machine
531
633
735
838
Rowing machine, light
207
246
286
326
Rowing machine, moderate
413
493
572
651
Rowing machine, vigorous
502
598
695
791
Rowing machine, very vigorous
708
844
981
1117
Ski machine
413
493
572
651
Aerobics, low impact
295
352
409
465
Aerobics, high impact
413
493
572
651
Aerobics, step aerobics
502
598
695
791
Aerobics, general
384
457
531
605
Jazzercise
354
422
490
558
Stretching, hatha yoga
236
281
327
372
Mild stretching
148
176
204
233
Instructing aerobic class
354
422
490
558
Water aerobics
236
281
327
372
Ballet, twist, jazz, tap
266
317
368
419
Ballroom dancing, slow
177
211
245
279
Ballroom dancing, fast
325
387
449
512
Running, 5 mph (12 minute mile)
472
563
654
745
Running, 5.2 mph (11.5 minute mile)
531
633
735
838
Running, 6 mph (10 min mile)
590
704
817
931
Running, 6.7 mph (9 min mile)
649
774
899
1024
Running, 7 mph (8.5 min mile)
679
809
940
1070
Running, 7.5mph (8 min mile)
738
880
1022
1163
Running, 8 mph (7.5 min mile)
797
950
1103
1256
Running, 8.6 mph (7 min mile)
826
985
1144
1303
Running, 9 mph (6.5 min mile)
885
1056
1226
1396
Running, 10 mph (6 min mile)
944
1126
1308
1489
Running, 10.9 mph (5.5 min mile)
1062
1267
1471
1675
Running, cross country
531
633
735
838
Running, general
472
563
654
745
Running, on a track, team practice
590
704
817
931
Running, stairs, up
885
1056
1226
1396
Track and field (shot, discus)
236
281
327
372
Track and field (high jump, pole vault)
354
422
490
558
Track and field (hurdles)
590
704
817
931
Archery
207
246
286
326
Badminton
266
317
368
419
Basketball game, competitive
472
563
654
745
Playing basketball, non game
354
422
490
558
Basketball, officiating
413
493
572
651
Basketball, shooting baskets
266
317
368
419
Basketball, wheelchair
384
457
531
605
Running, training, pushing wheelchair
472
563
654
745
Billiards
148
176
204
233
Bowling
177
211
245
279
Boxing, in ring
708
844
981
1117
Boxing, punching bag
354
422
490
558
Boxing, sparring
531
633
735
838
Coaching: football, basketball, soccer…
236
281
327
372
Cricket (batting, bowling)
295
352
409
465
Croquet
148
176
204
233
Curling
236
281
327
372
Darts (wall or lawn)
148
176
204
233
Fencing
354
422
490
558
Football, competitive
531
633
735
838
Football, touch, flag, general
472
563
654
745
Football or baseball, playing catch
148
176
204
233
Frisbee playing, general
177
211
245
279
Frisbee, ultimate frisbee
472
563
654
745
Golf, general
266
317
368
419
Golf, walking and carrying clubs
266
317
368
419
Golf, driving range
177
211
245
279
Golf, miniature golf
177
211
245
279
Golf, walking and pulling clubs
254
303
351
400
Golf, using power cart
207
246
286
326
Gymnastics
236
281
327
372
Hacky sack
236
281
327
372
Handball
708
844
981
1117
Handball, team
472
563
654
745
Hockey, field hockey
472
563
654
745
Hockey, ice hockey
472
563
654
745
Riding a horse, general
236
281
327
372
Horesback riding, saddling horse
207
246
286
326
Horseback riding, grooming horse
207
246
286
326
Horseback riding, trotting
384
457
531
605
Horseback riding, walking
148
176
204
233
Horse racing, galloping
472
563
654
745
Horse grooming, moderate
354
422
490
558
Horseshoe pitching
177
211
245
279
Jai alai
708
844
981
1117
Martial arts, judo, karate, jujitsu
590
704
817
931
Martial arts, kick boxing
590
704
817
931
Martial arts, tae kwan do
590
704
817
931
Krav maga training
590
704
817
931
Juggling
236
281
327
372
Kickball
413
493
572
651
Lacrosse
472
563
654
745
Orienteering
531
633
735
838
Playing paddleball
354
422
490
558
Paddleball, competitive
590
704
817
931
Polo
472
563
654
745
Racquetball, competitive
590
704
817
931
Playing racquetball
413
493
572
651
Rock climbing, ascending rock
649
774
899
1024
Rock climbing, rappelling
472
563
654
745
Jumping rope, fast
708
844
981
1117
Jumping rope, moderate
590
704
817
931
Jumping rope, slow
472
563
654
745
Rugby
590
704
817
931
Shuffleboard, lawn bowling
177
211
245
279
Skateboarding
295
352
409
465
Roller skating
413
493
572
651
Roller blading, in-line skating
708
844
981
1117
Sky diving
177
211
245
279
Soccer, competitive
590
704
817
931
Playing soccer
413
493
572
651
Softball or baseball
295
352
409
465
Softball, officiating
236
281
327
372
Softball, pitching
354
422
490
558
Squash
708
844
981
1117
Table tennis, ping pong
236
281
327
372
Tai chi
236
281
327
372
Playing tennis
413
493
572
651
Tennis, doubles
354
422
490
558
Tennis, singles
472
563
654
745
Trampoline
207
246
286
326
Volleyball, competitive
472
563
654
745
Playing volleyball
177
211
245
279
Volleyball, beach
472
563
654
745
Wrestling
354
422
490
558
Wallyball
413
493
572
651
Backpacking, Hiking with pack
413
493
572
651
Carrying infant, level ground
207
246
286
326
Carrying infant, upstairs
295
352
409
465
Carrying 16 to 24 lbs, upstairs
354
422
490
558
Carrying 25 to 49 lbs, upstairs
472
563
654
745
Standing, playing with children, light
165
197
229
261
Walk/run, playing with children, moderate
236
281
327
372
Walk/run, playing with children, vigorous
295
352
409
465
Carrying small children
177
211
245
279
Loading, unloading car
177
211
245
279
Climbing hills, carrying up to 9 lbs
413
493
572
651
Climbing hills, carrying 10 to 20 lb
443
528
613
698
Climbing hills, carrying 21 to 42 lb
472
563
654
745
Climbing hills, carrying over 42 lb
531
633
735
838
Walking downstairs
177
211
245
279
Hiking, cross country
354
422
490
558
Bird watching
148
176
204
233
Marching, rapidly, military
384
457
531
605
Children’s games, hopscotch, dodgeball
295
352
409
465
Pushing stroller or walking with children
148
176
204
233
Pushing a wheelchair
236
281
327
372
Race walking
384
457
531
605
Rock climbing, mountain climbing
472
563
654
745
Walking using crutches
295
352
409
465
Walking the dog
177
211
245
279
Walking, under 2.0 mph, very slow
118
141
163
186
Walking 2.0 mph, slow
148
176
204
233
Walking 2.5 mph
177
211
245
279
Walking 3.0 mph, moderate
195
232
270
307
Walking 3.5 mph, brisk pace
224
267
311
354
Walking 3.5 mph, uphill
354
422
490
558
Walking 4.0 mph, very brisk
295
352
409
465
Walking 4.5 mph
372
443
515
586
Walking 5.0 mph
472
563
654
745
Boating, power, speed boat
148
176
204
233
Canoeing, camping trip
236
281
327
372
Canoeing, rowing, light
177
211
245
279
Canoeing, rowing, moderate
413
493
572
651
Canoeing, rowing, vigorous
708
844
981
1117
Crew, sculling, rowing, competition
708
844
981
1117
Kayaking
295
352
409
465
Paddle boat
236
281
327
372
Windsurfing, sailing
177
211
245
279
Sailing, competition
295
352
409
465
Sailing, yachting, ocean sailing
177
211
245
279
Skiing, water skiing
354
422
490
558
Ski mobiling
413
493
572
651
Skin diving, fast
944
1126
1308
1489
Skin diving, moderate
738
880
1022
1163
Skin diving, scuba diving
413
493
572
651
Snorkeling
295
352
409
465
Surfing, body surfing or board surfing
177
211
245
279
Whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing
295
352
409
465
Swimming laps, freestyle, fast
590
704
817
931
Swimming laps, freestyle, slow
413
493
572
651
Swimming backstroke
413
493
572
651
Swimming breaststroke
590
704
817
931
Swimming butterfly
649
774
899
1024
Swimming leisurely, not laps
354
422
490
558
Swimming sidestroke
472
563
654
745
Swimming synchronized
472
563
654
745
Swimming, treading water, fast, vigorous
590
704
817
931
Swimming, treading water, moderate
236
281
327
372
Water aerobics, water calisthenics
236
281
327
372
Water polo
590
704
817
931
Water volleyball
177
211
245
279
Water jogging
472
563
654
745
Diving, springboard or platform
177
211
245
279
Ice skating, < 9 mph
325
387
449
512
Ice skating, average speed
413
493
572
651
Ice skating, rapidly
531
633
735
838
Speed skating, ice, competitive
885
1056
1226
1396
Cross country snow skiing, slow
413
493
572
651
Cross country skiing, moderate
472
563
654
745
Cross country skiing, vigorous
531
633
735
838
Cross country skiing, racing
826
985
1144
1303
Cross country skiing, uphill
974
1161
1348
1536
Snow skiing, downhill skiing, light
295
352
409
465
Downhill snow skiing, moderate
354
422
490
558
Downhill snow skiing, racing
472
563
654
745
Sledding, tobagganing, luge
413
493
572
651
Snow shoeing
472
563
654
745
Snowmobiling
207
246
286
326
General housework
207
246
286
326
Cleaning gutters
295
352
409
465
Painting
266
317
368
419
Sit, playing with animals
148
176
204
233
Walk / run, playing with animals
236
281
327
372
Bathing dog
207
246
286
326
Mowing lawn, walk, power mower
325
387
449
512
Mowing lawn, riding mower
148
176
204
233
Walking, snow blower
207
246
286
326
Riding, snow blower
177
211
245
279
Shoveling snow by hand
354
422
490
558
Raking lawn
254
303
351
400
Gardening, general
236
281
327
372
Bagging grass, leaves
236
281
327
372
Watering lawn or garden
89
106
123
140
Weeding, cultivating garden
266
317
368
419
Carpentry, general
207
246
286
326
Carrying heavy loads
472
563
654
745
Carrying moderate loads upstairs
472
563
654
745
General cleaning
207
246
286
326
Cleaning, dusting
148
176
204
233
Taking out trash
177
211
245
279
Walking, pushing a wheelchair
236
281
327
372
Teach physical education,exercise class
236
281
327
372
Teach exercise classes (& participate)
384
457
531
605

My Motivation To Lose Weight | Day 14 of P90X 90 Day Challenge | A Day Of Rest And Reflection

My motivation to lose weight and reach my ideal look has me so inspired that I’m playing sports on my rest day.

Now this is the interesting thing. In the past when I’ve been on a controlled diet and exercise regime, a day of rest meant a day of no physical activity. It also meant a day of pigging out. I had this ridiculous rule – I can eat whatever I want on a Sunday. So Sundays became a day of absolute gluttony. What’s the point?

But here’s the deal. When you’re following a diet that you don’t enjoy you’re eventually going to break down and indulge in the foods that make you happy. That’s why I always had a cheat day. Because I hated the stupid diets I was on, and couldn’t wait to get back to eating the foods I loved.

This time around, it’s different. I am learning to eat properly. I am learning to make healthy food choices. Basically my motto is, “If God didn’t make it – don’t eat it!” And it’s serving me well so far.

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Admit it! You feel healthy just looking at it don't you?

These are the benefits I’ve noticed after just 2 weeks of living this way.

  1. I don’t have any sugar cravings
  2. I don’t have any urges to binge on ‘naughty’ foods
  3. I get excited about vegetables (don’t laugh!)
  4. I am more flexible thanks to only two sessions of Yoga
  5. My tennis has improved
  6. I have a ridiculous amount of energy
  7. I feel more enthusiastic about life
  8. I feel more optimistic about life
  9. I’m less critical of my reflection
  10. I’m starting to feel at peace with myself in relationship to food

And here’s the thing, I’m not on a diet but my clothes are looser and I feel awesome! I don’t CARE what the scales say. All I know is  this – what I’m doing is working and diets don’t.

Think about it, if diets really did work why would we need more than one?  I made an inconclusive list of all of the stupid diets I’ve done. If any of them really worked why am I still overweight? I’ll tell you why. Because I never learned how to eat like a normal person. Food was always about emotional triggers and deprivation. It was never about nutrition.

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So here’s the deal. Today’s Sunday. I played tennis in the morning, went for a walk along with beach with my husband, ate a healthy balanced diet all day long and dinner is Roasted Eggplant Dip with Whole Grain Bread. It’s all natural, it’s all healthy and it’s all delicious.

We have to find a way to wean ourselves off manufactured plastic foods that offer very little nutritional value. I know junk food tastes good, believe me I know. But a pack of Dorito’s a day washed down with a bottle of Coke is as bad as putting sugar in a car’s gas tank. It’s the wrong fuel!

Look, I’m not a nutritionist or a dietician. I don’t have any degrees in this field. All I have is common sense and I read a lot. Check this out:

“Food manufacturers add harmful excitotoxic amino acids such as MSG (monosodium glutamate) to all kinds of foods to enhance taste. The government regulatory agencies allow food manufacturers to call these additives by any name they choose – such as caseinate, autolyzed yeast enzymes, beef or chicken broth, natural flavoring, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, soy protein concentrates, soy proteins, soy isolates, and autolyzed yeast extract. All of these names are disguised names for glutamates, but as long as the glutamate content is less than 99% pure it is legally allowed by the FDA. All of these substances can and do cause brain damage. Learning how to read packaging for these tricks will keep excitotoxins out of your diet and will save your life.” ~ Dr Russell Blaylock In Suzanne Somers “Breakthrough. Eight Steps to Wellness”motivation to lose weight

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And don’t think you’re off the hook if you’re drinking Diet Coke.motivation to lose weight

“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”

Again, I don’t have any degrees in diet and nutrition. All I know is the diet industry has failed me for 33 years. This time I’m doing it my way. And when I succeed I’ll share all my secrets with you so you can too.

If there is one book I would recommend to you it’s this one here. I first read “Breakthrough” about 3 years ago and I can’t tell you how many of my friends I have recommended it to and how many of them have improved their lives because of it. And if you think Suzanne’s a flake I would urge you to think again. She’s gone through it all when it comes to health challenges and she’s come out the other side wiser, stronger and healthier than ever. It could be the last book you ever need to buy on health and wellness. In it she reveals life-altering secrets from today’s cutting edge doctors. And this is real cutting edge – trust me!

So if you want to make health and wellness a priority in 2012, join me here. Find your motivation to lose weight and come on a journey with me to discover how you can lose weight and look great by never dieting again.

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