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.

P.S. If you enjoyed this post please do leave a comment or just click ‘like’ to spread the love ;  )

My Motivation To Lose Weight | Day 13 of P90X 90 Day Challenge | I Slipped Up!

My motivation to lose weight was ambushed today by half a sausage.  Allow me to explain …

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All was perfect ...

My husband and I went on a BBQ today down by the river. It was a gorgeous day. The sun was shining, there was a slight breeze, children were playing – it was just perfect.

I was armed with all my healthy food and drink choices; chicken breast infused with rosemary, mushrooms, capsicums and a Soda ‘n’ Lime Cocktail (which with enough imagination can turn into a Margarita or a Mojito!)

So what went so horribly wrong?

BBQ’d sausages are a summer tradition. You wrap them in fluffy white bread, slather them with ketchup and YUMMMMM they go down a treat. Well, I had no intention of eating sausages as they don’t form part of my healthy food plan. Goodness only knows what goes into them. But they sat there in front of me and it was like they were calling out to me, “Eat me! Eat me!” It was all too much. Too many fond memories of being a kid and scoffing them down one after another. Hence why I was such a fat kid!

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Healthy BBQ

And before I knew what was happening half a sausage had teleported itself into my mouth.

Then a couple of things happened simultaneously. I suddenly felt revolted with all the fat that was swishing around my teeth and then my brain said, “Whoa, what the ….???

But half a sausage was already gone.

So what did I make this mean?

This is where the traditional diet mentality falls down. In the past, if I had been rigidly following a regimented diet plan and “cheated” like this… game over! My motivation to lose weight would have been shattered into a million pieces. Gone in 60 seconds like my sausage!

But here’s the thing … if you slip up and eat something you know you really shouldn’t have eaten for your health’s sake, well there’s nothing around you making you wrong. You’re not accountable to anyone or any plan because you’re setting your own plan according to what is healthy for you.

So the minute that fat settled in my mouth I KNEW it wasn’t healthy and I just stopped eating it. I was in control of my choices and I chose to stop. You see, it’s all about choice. And this is what I never understood in the past. I didn’t know I had a CHOICE. I thought I was being controlled by food and had no concept of freedom of choice.

One day I’ll share with you my struggle with Bulimia. I suffered with this disease for many years. I’m not ready to talk about it yet, but I will because I believe it’s important to share. For me it started in my early teens and it had a strangulating grip on me right through to my mid-twenties. Talk about having no choice. Bulimia takes over your life and nothing exists except you and your next binge and purge. It’s crippling.

So, if you’ve ever been on a stupid diet and you’ve “cheated” and beat yourself up over it, I have only this to say: “Get Over It!!!” It’s not a big deal. No one died. So WHAT if you over-ate or ate out of sorts. So WHAT!!!

Get over it, don’t make a big deal out of it, understand WHY you did it and ask yourself if you want to do it again. Reinforce your motivation to lose weight, get back in the saddle and keep living your life. It’s no big deal. Seriously.

It’s my dream that one day we will stop beating ourselves up over the food choices we make. It’s my dream that we’ll reach a place where we WANT to eat healthily and we WANT to take a walk with our friends AS PART OF OUR NORMAL DAY.

This is why diets and strict exercise regimes don’t work. Because they’re not part of how we live our lives normally. And please don’t think I’m a hypocrite because I’m doing P90X. I’m doing P90X because I love a challenge. I chose a 90 day challenge to prove to myself that I can actually stick to something for once in my life. I’ve quit on so many things, but I’m not quitting on this. Because if I quit on this, I quit on myself and I quit on a promise I’ve made to you.

Because at the end of 90 days, I want to say with all authenticity, “If I can do this – ANYONE can do this!” I’ve been dieting for 33 years and I’ve failed at all of them. I am not failing at this. I’ve chosen a 90 day fitness challenge so that at the end of it I can incorporate challenging workouts into my life because I CHOOSE to!

So what’s YOUR motivation to lose weight? Share it with me.

We can do it together.

And if you missed what started all this read “My Motivation To Lose Weight – P90X 90 Day Challenge.”

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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!

Have you worked out YOUR motivation to lose weight yet?

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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 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?

To see where all this began you can catch up by reading my first blog.