My Motivation To Lose Weight | I Weighed 673lbs | Day 24 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

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Melissa Morris dropped 500lbs!

My motivation to lose weight has just found a new hero.

This post is for anyone who has ever said the following:

“It’s too hard!”

“I can’t do this!”

“It’s taking too long!”

“This will never work!”

I want to introduce you to Melissa Morris.

At her heaviest she weighed 673lbs. She made a decision that she wasn’t going to live like this anymore. Her massive motivation to lose weight came when she discovered her weight prevented her from seeing her mother in hospital. She made a decision to lose weight. She said she’ll lose it – or  die trying.

Click this link to hear her story.

Melissa’s journey was a courageous one.

If you haven’t found your motivation to lose weight, take comfort knowing that if Melissa Morris can go from 673lbs to goal weight, then you can too. It just takes a decision that you will not accept this anymore!

Find your motivation to lose weight, then join me on my journey to discover a healthier way to lose weight that does not involve counting calories, or weighing yourself on the scales or following a ridiculous regimented diet that simply leaves you craving for everything you’ve given up. Follow me as I unlock a new way to lose weight and most importantly keep it off forever.

If you’re new here and you want to see where I started, check out my first post.

If you feel inspired by this story please click ‘like’ and share this with as many people as you can. It’s important.

And remember, losing weight is not a race, it’s a journey. And that journey is called your life.

 

 

 

 

My Motivation To Lose Weight | How To Really Measure Your Results In 5 Steps | Day 23 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

motivation to lose weightMy motivation to lose weight is to look like Lara Croft from Tomb Raider at the end of 90 days. Ridiculous I know … but hey … nothing beats a failure than a try I say. BTW this is the picture I have on my refrigerator door.

But here’s the thing … how do you measure your results along the way without sabotaging your motivation to lose weight?

I can’t tell you how many times my day has started with the dreaded walk to the bathroom scales to see if the needle is feeling friendly towards me that day. I can’t tell you how many binges have been brought on by the bathroom scales giving me not-so-friendly  results.

My attitude was, “well what does it matter? I haven’t lost any weight anyway!” And off I’d go on my merry way to the Cream Buns, Custard Squares, Tim Tam’s, Mallow Puffs, Dorito’s and Ben & Jerry’s. I would devour everything in site, delirious in my sugar high, only to crash a few hours later feeling totally disgusted with myself, despondent and devoid of any motivation to lose weight ever again.

So why oh why do we put ourselves through the torture of weighing ourselves? Surely there must be a better way to measure our results that doesn’t destroy our motivation to lose weight. And I believe I’ve come up with a few.

The next time you feel tempted to jump on the scales or grab a tape measure I want you to try some of these measures instead.

1) The Clothes Test

Grab a pair of jeans, or a skirt or anything with a waistband and see how it fits now. Do a twirl in front of the mirror and look for changes in how your clothes fit. Not only will your motivation to lose weight soar, but so will your spirits when you see your progress.

2) Rate Your Jiggle Factor

I have a little thing I do in front of the mirror. I jump up and down and gauge the degree to which my stomach jiggles. In the beginning I had a ripple that looked like a tidal wave in slow motion. Now it’s starting to look like a respectable small swell. As you  know my motivation to lose weight is to look like Lara Croft. There’s no jiggle there. So that keeps me focusssed. When there’s no more jiggle, I’ve reached my goal.

3) How High Can You Jump?

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Twisted Half Moon

Now if you read my post from Day 2 on my challenge, I just wanted to puke. I can’t jump. Well, 21 days ago I couldn’t jump. Today I was leaping in the air like I had turbo boosters on the soles of my shoes. I was LEAPING! It was quite extraordinary.

Now jumping may not be the measure for you.

But maybe you notice that you’re walking a little faster, or you’re jogging further than you did in the beginning or maybe you can do Twisted Half Moon pose in Yoga without breaking a hip.

Whatever your physical activity is that you enjoy doing, just notice if it’s getting a little easier, or you’re doing it a little better.

4) How’s Your Sweet Tooth?

The biggest change I had to make to my diet was to get rid of sugar. Completely.

I allow myself a tablespoon of honey a day and that seems to satisfy my sweet tooth. Also I use Stevia in my Green Tea which is a fabulous Sports Drink by the way. Forget Gatorade. If you want energy to sustain you during a work out, chill 4 cups of a fruit flavored Green Tea. It’s delicious and it gets you pumped.

But it seems as if all my food cravings have gone. I look forward to my healthy choices. Remember, my diet plan is pretty simple. “If God didn’t make it – don’t eat it.” 

So do a checkup from the neck up and ask yourself how you feel about your food cravings? Are they all but gone?

As soon as you start to wean yourself off toxic man-made foods, you’ll notice that you naturally crave healthy foods. I love my chicken and my fish and my fruits, nuts and vegetables. I can’t get enough of them. I’ve come a LOOOOOONG way to be able to say that.

But my motivation to lose weight is so strong this time, that I committed to throwing away the junk for 90 days. Have you?

5) What’s Your Happiness Meter At Today?

motivation to lose weightI think this is the most important measure of all and the best way to keep your motivation to lose weight solid.

How are you? Do you have an inner glow? Is there a bounce in your step? Do you feel happier today than you did before you started your journey to getting into the best shape of your life? Do you feel GOOD about yourself? Because if you do, then that’s the best measure of all. Wouldn’t you agree?

You can’t put a price on happiness.  And sadly, happiness can be robbed from you quicker than you can say Krispy Kreme.

So do yourself a favor, next time you want to measure your weight loss success, consider the above 5 steps before anything else. They matter more. They truly do.

This is a journey – not a race!

Take your time, learn your lessons and make this transition permanent.

Have you found your motivation to lose weight yet?

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My Motivation To Lose Weight | 9 Courses And Still On Track | Day 22 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

motivation to lose weightI talk a good talk about my motivation to lose weight and how important it is to stay the course. But I fully respect how easy it is for the wheels to come off.

My  motivation to lose weight took on a massive challenge tonight.

My husband and I were invited to dine at a speciality restaurant that is prized for it’s 9 course Degustation Menu with Wine Pairing. My heart sank when I heard of the invitation for a couple of reasons.

Obviously the first reason was because I knew that it would be so hard to resist all the exotic concoctions available on the menu and all paired with exquisite wines.

But secondly and more importantly, I know that sometimes other people find it awkward to dine with people who have, shall we say, “special dietary needs.” I know how annoying it is to sit with someone who only picks at a lettuce leaf all night long.

So how was I going to enjoy such an evening, stick to my game plan and not make other people feel uncomfortable in the process?

Well the first thing I did was ring ahead and ask if it was possible to only have white meat. “Not a problem!”

The second thing I did was determine in advance that I was going to have such a great time, and be so witty and conversational that no-one would even notice that I was only sipping sparkling mineral water.

So I went in with the right attitude.

 

And I think this is half the battle, wouldn’t you agree?

I have challenged myself to get in the best shape of my life. And my motivation to lose weight needs to be stronger than any temptation that crosses my path. It has to be. Life will always get in the way. Half the reason we fail with diets is that they are so regimented and difficult to maintain when life throws a party, or a dinner or a picnic! It’s going to happen … so have a game plan in hand for when it does, and commit to having a great time.

So how did the dinner go? Superbly, thanks for asking :  )

First course: Two Jumbo Oysters from the Marlborough Sounds. Ooooh – so good!

Second course: Two thin slices of Big Eye Tuna

Third course: A smidge of Snapper Fillet

Fourth course: Scampi in a Seaweed Roll

Fifth course: Organic Free-Range Chicken

Sixth course: A Medley of Pork

Seventh course: An offering from the Cheese Trolley

Eight course: Chilled Watermelon Soup

Ninth course: A Chocolate Fondue that I could only gaze at with lust.

All paired with a different glass of bubbles, wine, port and after dinner drinks.

Now if my motivation to lose weight can stand up to all of that … we are making serious progress here.

And this is the message I leave you with on day 22 of my 90 day challenge:

I don’t know what your reasons are for getting into the current state you’re in. But I do know if you’re reading this blog, then you’re reaching out for help in one way or another. My journey here is about finding ways to break the patterns that keep us stuck in our vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting and finding a way for us all to lose weight once and for all, keep it off and never diet again.

My philosophy is simple. Throw away the scales, the tape measure, the junk food in the pantry and the refrigerator, the diet books, the calorie counters and anything else that is related to the traditional methods of losing weight.

Instead, find a motivation to lose weight that is stronger than that which you cherish most. Form an eating plan around the concept of “If God didn’t make it – don’t eat it!”And lastly, find an exercise that gets you pumped!

P90X 90 day challengeAnd the reason behind my philosophy is simple. If you can get back to nature and wean yourself off of our toxic, chemically laden and treated foods, you’re going to FEEL BETTER! When you FEEL BETTER you’re going to see the world in a different light. When you FEEL BETTER you’re going to WANT to move your body more. When you find an exercise that you enjoy doing, there’s an excellent chance you’re going to keep doing it. And before you know it, you’re looking gorgeous, you’re healthy and most importantly you’re HAPPY. Probably for the first time in a long time. If losing weight is really important to you, you MUST find your own motivation to lose weight and hold it sacred above all temptations.

This is what I want for you:

I want you to get to a place where you leap out of bed in the mornings, thank God for all your blessings, nurture your body with life giving foods and bound out the door with a spring in your step as if you’re walking on sunshine. You deserve that. Don’t you?

If you enjoyed this post please take a few seconds to click ‘like’ or even leave a comment if you so feel.

P.S. This journey started with one blog. CLICK HERE and you’ll understand what this 90 day challenge is all about. Diets don’t work. So this time I’m doing it all natural. No calorie counting, no bathroom scales, no tape measures, just healthy eating, doing exercises I enjoy and making my 90 day challenge fit around my life, not the other way around.

 

 

My Motivation To Lose Weight | Rest & Reflection | Day 21 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

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Rest & Reflection

Sunday is always a great day to look back on the week that has passed and reflect on what worked and what didn’t.

It’s been 3 weeks since I started my challenge and I notice it’s all getting a little easier.

I think the greatest realization for me was discovering that I’m starting to really enjoy Yoga. I can do things with my body that I couldn’t do 3 weeks ago. I’m more supple and graceful than when I first started.

Also I suffer from sciatica which can be quite debilitating. Well … it’s gone. I don’t believe in coincidences so I can only put it down to Yoga. If you missed that post check out “Yoga For Weight Loss” and see if there are any ailments you suffer from that might benefit from Yoga.

And I found a deeper inner strength that I didn’t know existed. My motivation to lose weight reaches right down to my core. It’s not wishy washy like it used to be. It’s deeply rooted in something almost greater than myself.

I feel as if for the first time ever, I am living my life on purpose. I am sharing a very personal journey, very publicly in the hope that I might reach just ONE person who has ever felt humiliated, defeated, shamed, insecure, self-loathing, disgusted, desperate, unworthy or unloved because of issues regarding weight. If I can reach just one person with my message and get them on the right track once and for all, then this is all worth it.

If you haven’t found your motivation to lose weight I need you to watch Will Smith sharing his secrets of success. It’s so powerful. Sometimes you just need to dig deeper than you’ve ever dug before to find a motivation to lose weight that is INVINCIBLE.

Losing weight really isn’t that hard. The hard part is in making a DECISION and then STICKING to that decision – NO MATTER WHAT! Please watch this video.


My favorite line from Will Smith is, “This is what I believe and I’m willing to die for it.”

Find your motivation to lose weight and do not let ANYTHING stand in your way! You deserve to be happy. You deserve be healthy. You deserve to live the life of your dreams.

 

My Motivation To Lose Weight | Get Rid Of Cellulite for $8 | Day 20 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

 I promise you, you CAN get rid of cellulite for just $8 … read on …

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No-one is immune from cellulite

Cellulite is a term used to describe the orange peel effect we get under our skin around our butts and thighs mostly. It can be caused by crash dieting, not drinking enough water to flush toxins, smoking, not getting enough exercise, diuretics, diet pills, hormones and just plain genetic fate.

Call me nasty but I always feel a little better when I know stars can be afflicted with the same problems I have. So if you have cellulite and you want to get rid of cellulite, just know you’re in good company.

There are many expensive cellulite treatments out there claiming to get rid of cellulite forever. Some quite scary and invasive, and some as simple as rubbing special potions of secret ingredients on your affected areas. In my opinion they’re all just fake promises in a bottle. I know because I’ve tried most of them and none of them worked. More of my hard earned money down the drain.

That was until I spent $8 on one revolutionary tool that has changed the appearance of my rocky road thighs – hopefully forever.

Now here comes the disclaimer. This didn’t happened in 20 days. This is something that I started doing a year ago. Now keep something in mind, everything I’m sharing with you here is designed to get you in the best shape of your life FOREVER … not just for a few weeks until you yo-yo back to your past behaviors.

There are no quick fixes here and if you’re looking for one I must encourage you to work through this idea that there are any quick fixes to weight loss. There aren’t any. But the diet industry makes billions of dollars a year encouraging you to believe there are.

Follow me here on my blogs and I promise you I’ll get you to where you want to be .. naturally and healthfully.

So what is my $8 cure to get rid of cellulite? I bought a dry brush and brushed myself like a jockey rubs down his horse! I’m not kidding!

Here’s how it works.

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The Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is part of your circulatory system. It’s basically a huge drainage system that carries a clear fluid called lymph towards the heart. It works to help your body eliminate toxins.

In this diagram you get an idea of the path of the lymphatic system. I’m oversimplifying a lot here, but I want to keep it simple for a reason: weight loss doesn’t need to be complicated!

The lymphatic system has no pump. It relies on you breathing and moving around to move lymph through the body. So if you’re not very effective at this, you can get swelling which can lead to the orange peel effect under your skin.

So to get rid of cellulite, invest in a natural bristle brush.

The technique is pretty simple. Brush your body in short, light upward strokes from the bottom of your feet, up your legs brushing every part up to your heart. Then raise each arm above your head and brush in short, light, downard strokes towards your arm pit.

Then take a warm shower and if you can manage, finish off with cool water at the end.

And that’s how you get rid of cellulite for $8!

 

Now it won’t happen overnight, but it will happen because it did for me.

I would encourage you to read up on lymphatic drainage because there are many other health benefits related to it. I have only superficially covered it here relating to how you can get rid of cellulite.

 

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P.S. This journey started with one blog. CLICK HERE and you’ll understand what this 90 day challenge is all about. Diets don’t work. So this time I’m doing it all natural. No calorie counting, no bathroom scales, no tape measures, just healthy eating, doing exercises I enjoy and making my 90 day challenge fit around my life, not the other way around.

My Motivation To Lose Weight | Carbs In Wine … Should I Care? | Day 19 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

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Party Time!

Do you really think the ancient Greek Gods ran around trying to calculate the amount of carbs in wine before they had their massive parties?

Do you think when Aphrodite was being wooed by Anchises she had an internal voice asking,”How many carbs in wine again?”

History tells us that wine has been around since the dawn of time, reaching back as far as 6,000 BC.

By many accounts wine was understood to have medicinal powers and was used to heal wounds, ease the pain of child birth and treat a myriad of ailments.

Today however we simply imbibe for pleasure. Some of us use it for too much pleasure and that’s where the problem with losing weight lies.

There are many reports as to the health benefits of wine, specifically red wine. In the early 1990’s research was conducted in France trying to ascertain why the French had such a low incidence of heart disease when they consumed a diet full of creamy Camemberts, Côte de Bœuf and sumptuous Souffles. What they discovered was that it perhaps came down to the fact that the French love their wine. This became known as the “French Paradox.”

It appears that within red wine there is an ingredient called “Resveratrol” which studies have shown increases longevity and reduces the risks of cancer.

So armed with this knowledge should we care about carbs in wine?

I’m a huge fan of wine. I LOVE it! But for this 90 Day Challenge I have chosen to go without wine, not because of the carbs in wine, but because I understand the effects of alcohol on my  system.

With knowledge comes power. When you understand the effects of what goes into your mouth, it allows you to make an educated choice. Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance leads to misery.

Now before you get your knickers in a twist, I’m not saying don’t drink wine. What I am saying is that if you want to get in the best shape of your life, consider giving it up for just a bit.

Alcohol has empty calories. There’s no nutritional value there whatsoever. And the problem with drinking alcohol is that it impairs your judgement and therefore can impair your motivation to lose weight.

I can’t tell you how many times a bottle of wine has led me down a slippery path of pizza and chicken wings. In my opinion it’s not the carbs in wine you should be worried about, it’s the junk that goes down after the wine!

So for the sake of your goal to get in the best shape of your life, I would simply recommend holding off on the vino or whatever your poison is for a little while. And if you must grab for an alcoholic bevvie, then at least make it a glass of wine as opposed to a rum ‘n’ coke.

As much as I’m an advocate for NOT counting calories I’m also an advocate for knowing what’s in my food and drinks. The minute you start mixing alcohol with coke, lemonade, tonic & dry you’re heading for a calorie overload. Worse yet, your body will focus only on trying to process the alcohol and all the other foods that it can’t process in due course because of the alcohol are going to be converted into body fat, packed up neatly and sent to your hips for permanent storage. Does that sound like fun?

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Greek God Of Wine - Dionysus

So if you can, ditch the alcohol for a little while, and when you get back into it, develop an appreciation for wine. Wine is to be savored not gulped. Drink it slowly and fully appreciate what the ancient Greeks gave us. They valued wine so much they even devoted a Greek God to wine. You don’t see any Greek Gods dedicated to Rum ‘n’ Coke! Hmmm … makes you think … or not.

And if it’s proven to be good for you and you drink in moderation who gives a damn anyway about carbs in wine? I sure don’t and neither should you!

If you enjoyed this post please take a few seconds to click ‘like’ or even leave a comment if you so feel.

P.S. This journey started with one blog. CLICK HERE and you’ll understand what this 90 day challenge is all about. Diets don’t work. So this time I’m doing it all natural. No calorie counting, no bathroom scales, no tape measures, just healthy eating, doing exercises I enjoy and making my 90 day challenge fit around my life, not the other way around.

 


My Motivation To Lose Weight | Yoga For Weight Loss | Day 18 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

Yoga may not look like a high fat burning activity, but let me assure you, you can count on Yoga for weight loss. Madonna knows it. Jennifer Aniston knows it … how about you?

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Right Angle Pose & Grab

As you may know, I didn’t start out enjoying Yoga. In fact my favorite pose was Corpse and you can read about that here. However I’m now into my third week and I’m noticing some changes.

For starters I can do things this week that I couldn’t do last week. For example, I can now do “Right Angle Pose & Grab.” When I first started P90X there was a great divide of about 10 inches. So for me, this is great progress.

Also, I’m starting to actually enjoy Yoga and I can see how you can use Yoga for weight loss. I know this is going to sound crazy but I can actually FEEL my metabolism speeding up. I feel as if a furnace is being set alight inside of me.

But aside from using Yoga for weight loss Yoga has also been shown to minimize many ailments.

Research shows that Yoga can be remedial for:

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Yoga Stimulates Good Health
  • Diabetes
  • Circulation
  • Arthritis
  • Epilepsy
  • Asthma
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Heart disease
  • Blood pressure
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Controlling anxiety

Yoga is also renowned for stimulating the immune system, improving muscle tone, flexibility, strength and stamina. It’s been known to create a sense of calm and well being.

If you’re not a Yoga convert already have I given you enough reasons to at least take a look at it?

So getting back to Yoga for weight loss. How does it work?

The theory goes that Yoga kindles a strong mind-body connection that ultimately helps you be more aware of what your body really needs.

According to an article in WebMD, “Yoga makes you more susceptible to influence for change – so if you are thinking you want to change your lifestyle, you want to change the way you think about food, you want to get over destructive eating patterns, Yoga will help give you the spiritual connection to your body that can help you make those changes … Essentially, in Yoga you learn your body is not your enemy, and the conscious awareness of the body that you gain translates into better appetite control.”

So in a nutshell – can you use Yoga for weight loss? Absolutely!

Without getting all technical, Yoga just makes you feel good! You feel as if you’re doing something really wholistic for yourself. You’re disconnecting from the fast-paced, hectic toxic world you live in for 90 mintues and you get to be at one with yourself and the universe. And as bizarre as this sounds, you start to feel a love-connection with your body. Wouldn’t that be nice?

And along the way you’ll lengthen your muscles, develop slender limbs and look totally hot!

The thing with Yoga is that you get to start to LOVE and APPRECIATE your body for the finely tuned beautiful instrument that it is. Instead of seeing flaws you start to see grace. Instead of seeing tree trunks for legs (which is all I could see 3 weeks ago) you start to see limber limbs that take you everywhere you go. Instead of seeing chicken wings that flap in the wind you start to see your arms as beautiful instruments that fetch and carry for you. And the list goes on and on … you just start to appreciate how much super intelligence went into creating the vessel that carries your soul.

So if jumping and leaping is not your style go and try Yoga for weight loss. It’ll give you the mind, body, spirit connection that will see you stay on track with your motivation to lose weight.

If you’re a fan of Yoga for weight loss already please share your results with me here. I’d love to hear your story.  

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My Motivation To Lose Weight | But Life Gets In The Way | Day 17 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

Your motivation to lose weight needs to have some back bone!

Guess what? Life is always going to get in the way. If it doesn’t you might want to check your pulse!

This is how I’ve always failed to lose weight on stupid diets in the past.

You see, I love to drink and I love to eat and I love to have great times. But I felt that the only way I could enjoy the good times was to drink alcohol and eat poor food choices. So when I was on a stupid diet I would literally cancel my life. I wouldn’t accept dinner dates, wouldn’t go out for drinks with the girls … I would just stay home and focus on my stupid diet. Focus, focus, focus.

This is the only time when I’m going to say something that sounds absolutely absurd when it comes to getting in the best shape of your life. Don’t ever focus on losing weight ever again. Focus instead on gaining a healthy, strong sexy body!

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Chateau Tongariro

So when my husband wanted to whisk me away for a romantic getaway my previous reaction would have been less than favorable. I would have seen this as an interruption to my diet plan. I would have panicked about what I’m going to eat and how I’ll do my exercise.

This time around, I embraced it for what it was. A beautiful gesture of love. Romantic and exciting. I embraced the getaway and fit my 90 day challenge around my life.

It was a nostalgic destination and we were starving by the time we got there. Dinner wasn’t for another 5 hours. The only food available was High Tea featuring sandwiches, pastries, champagne, tea and coffee.

Instead of seeing hurdles, I simply asked if the sandwiches could be made with whole grain bread, no butter. Not a problem!

As much as I would have loved to soak up the atmosphere with a glass of bubbly and woof down some sweet delights, I resolved that my motivation to lose weight was to look like Lara Croft at the end of this 90 day challenge and indulging in NTY (No Thank You) foods wasn’t going to get me to my goal.

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High Tea at the Chateau

And it wasn’t that hard. My motivation to lose weight inspired me and strengthened my resolve. I felt GOOD staying strong. I felt like I’d conquered something that formerly had so much power over me. Check me out! Sweets staring me in the face and I’m savoring a smoked salmon sandwich. And loving it. Because today I’m one day closer to my goal of looking like Lara Croft at the end of my 90 day challenge.

Now, just a side note about my NTY foods. Am I saying that I will never eat sweets again? No, of course not. One serving here and there will not hurt me and it’s ridiculous to think that I should deny myself sweet pleasures in life. Could I live the rest of my life without enjoying  icecream, or chocolate or Old Fashioned English Trifle soaked in Sherry? No. And I shouldn’t have to.

But for this 90 day challenge, I now know that I have the strength to say No Thank You. In the past my motivation to lose weight would waver in these moments and I would experience an extreme inner battle. This time it was easy because I’m coming at this all from a different angle.

This time around, I am CHOOSING to only eat naturally (“If God didn’t make it – don’t eat it” is my motto) and I am choosing to follow an exercise routine that I find challenging and motivating.

And in my opinion this is where diets fail us. They set us up to fail. On many diets we feel deprived or worse yet we’re so focussed on counting calories and weighing stuff that we can’t exist as a normal person in our life. Sometimes we become downright demonic in our pursuit of weight loss.

And here’s the other thing. You’ve got to stay busy! If you’re bored and have too much time on your hands your  motivation to lose weight can dwindle. You have to find activities that you enjoy doing. Go dancing, paint, walk on the beach, read – just do something that gets your butt off the sofa and your mind out of the refrigerator. Enjoy what life has to offer. Expand your horizons. And if you think life is dull and boring, imagine if you will for just one minute, that you had 7 days left on this planet. How would you feel about life then? Would that change your perspective a bit? I hope so.

In the past I would put off living whilst dieting. This time around I’m living my life on my terms, and incorporating my 90 day challenge to fit in with my life, not the other way around. And it’s working.

So here’s my challenge for you today. If you’re not happy with the way you look don’t ever buy another diet book again. Follow me here, go back and read all my posts, subscribe to my RSS feeds and let’s gain healthy, strong sexy bodies together.

Here’s a few steps for you right now.

1) Go to your pantry and refrigerator right now and throw away all the garbage that keeps you from your goals.

2) Get your scales and your tape measure and throw them in the garbage too.

3) Get a pen and some paper and sit with yourself for 30 minutes (yes you can find 30 minutes for yourself) and write down all the things you DON’T do because you don’t like the way you look.

4) Then on another piece of paper write down how you will FEEL when you’re doing all of these same things.

5) NOW write this down: MY MOTIVATION TO LOSE WEIGHT IS  …. (insert all the things you would love to do when you are healthy, strong and sexy).

6) Turn that list into positive affirmations in the present tense and read that list every morning before you do anything else!

Examples:

I am sunbathing in a bikini in Waikiki

I am wearing a sexy LBD (little black dress) to a party and all eyes are on me

I am playing beach volleyball and I look so hot!

I look and live like a Fitness Model

I am living the life of my dreams

You need to write this in the present tense so the Universe (don’t think less of me for believing in the esoteric nature of things) can rearrange itself around your projections. What you put out you will receive. If you put out, “I’m fat and ugly and the world stinks,” well you’re going to get that affirmed for you every day. So why not put it the other way around? “I’m sexy and gorgeous and the world is fabulous!” If you’re radiating that kind of energy, I promise you … beautiful things will start to happen in your life.

If you’re looking for excellence in your health and well-being and you’re being a weak-willed ninny then take a listen to Will Smith and hear his thoughts on the subject. You’ll be jumping out of your skin with determination and commitment to your motivation to lose weight after watching this … Enjoy!

Feeling inspired now? Go grab your pen and paper and get cracking on finding YOUR motivation to lose weight.

And when you’ve found your motivation to lose weight, share it with me here!

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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.

diet pills
Pretty ain't it?

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:

Diet pills
What's Your Cocktail?
  • 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