Thursday, January 13, 2011

My weight release journey


So, the new year has started, and what do most of us do? Have our intentions, resolutions, or whatever you call them for our new year, right? I have something called the Ideal Scence that I create every year which describes how I want my life in the new year. I literally DESIGN what I want to experience. It's my life, so why not have the experiences I choose to have...hehehe.  I believe we all have choices and the choices we make are what makes this life so very interesting.  There are NO good choices, or bad choices, there are just choices.  Some leads us down the road we enjoy and some takes us to destinations, that we might not really like so much, however they are all product of our choices.  So, that is why it's so important for me to design each year what I want to experience.

Well, in the past, I have done a lot of so called yo yo dieting, you would say....LOL  I have been on that roller coaster ever since I was a teenager.  How many of you are in the same boat? Raise your hand!  I bet there are quite a bit of you.  There are plenty of diet types out there, and you name it, I tried it.  I have done the cabbage soup diet, the all eggs diet (that was before I knew about cholesterol..LOL), done the Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers (had success with both of those), tried pills and shots with some success, but no matter what, even if I succeeded to loose the weight, after a while it always came back.

Two and a half years ago, Michael saw an infomercial on TV about the 6 weeks Body Makeover by Michael Thurmond, and I was in the middle of looking for a new diet, but I wasn't sure how an infomercial diet would really work?  LOL.....BUT I figured, I will humor Michael and I give it a go with all my might, so the kit arrived and poured myself over learning everything about it.  The premise of the diet is NO SALT, NO SUGAR, VERY LITTLE FAT.  You figure out which body type you are based on questionnaire they provide and you eat the type of foods according to that.  There is also workout, they provide video and a workout band and show you what workout you need to do according to the body you desire to have.  Again, it's what you want!  Love that!

So, I started and I won't lie to you, the first week was tough...I literally cried and told Michael "I am a good cook, but all my food taste like s***t", seriously, I was crying...I am laughing now, but I wasn't then.  Well, after that I dived more into the recipes and found some amazingly tasty recipes.  They have a wonderful online forum with LOTS of support, recipes and a lot of fun challenges, too, which I did enjoy very much!  I didn't need to go to the gym to do my workout, however it was my choice to do so and I really learned to love working out.  My food became tasty and soon I felt I was just eating fine and not really on a diet and the weight starting coming off, literally falling off.  I lost 20lbs in 6 weeks!  This is me at the weight I really felt best in my life.  

Funny to look at this picture, as I am talking about weight and look at that delicious cake in front of me...LOL....well, it was my Birthday and my friends through me a little party.  But in my eyes I looked just the way I love to look.  This is the weight I want to be at again. I was around 150 lbs there, and happy as a clam...hehehe

Now fast forward, things happened and I will share about those in PART 2, so you can identify hopefully and maybe, just maybe it will click for you, too.  So, at the end of last year I decided to do what it takes to get back to this weight.  So, I am going to tell you here what I weighed on the morning of January 3rd 2011.  I stepped on my trusty scale and it weighed me in at 188.6 lbs.  Yeppp...that is all ME!  And I love myself so much, that I know all this weight I carry around is not benefiting me in any way, or shape.  And this is a sort of recent picture of me.  This was actually taken in the summer, while my son visited us.  And you know how it is when you are not so happy with your look and don't want to take pictures, well, that is why I don't have any recent ones, but this is about what I look like now.  Big difference, huh??  LOL

This time I am ready AGAIN to release all the access weight and get back to the weight that I like to see myself.  And so I started again the 6 week's body makeover diet and I know I am ready, my body and mind both are ready this time, as I did manage to loose 5 lbs the first week, which is obviously making me soooo very happy and definitely keeps me focused on my goal.  Honestly the first time I did this diet I wasn't this successful on my first week.

Now, life goes on, and I have my son visiting with us for 10days, we will be going away for a couple of days to Lake Tahoe, visiting San Francisco a day and I will be going to CHA for a few days, so I will not have access to my food, as this diet does require you to cook pretty much, however I will do my best to choose the right foods and when I get back from CHA, I will get back into it again.  

So, some of you asked on Facebook what I am doing, that is how this post came about.  I am not saying you should do this particular diet, I am just saying do something you may have had success with in the past, as most good, reputable diets do work, as long as you do them.  So, just DO SOMETHING!  Like the saying goes, "Help yourself, so God can help you, too".  I am a true believer of that.

Now, next time I will share more of my story of how I gained my weight back and also what I am doing to assure that it stays off.   Till then, let me know your thoughts.  Are  you in the same boat with me????  Are  you trying to get to different weight?  Let me know, sure would love to hear from you.



texasjodylynn said...

Thanks for sharing, Eva. I too, am at a weight that is shocking to me, and I have been MUCH skinnier in the past. I am not doing anything now, but wanting to wake up and have my old body back. LOL Maybe I'll work on it this year... it's just SO hard.

Noelle Reese said...

I think you are beautiful! I am proud of your accomplishment already! I have lost 2 pounds so far. I am trying to eat less food, even the food that is good for me. Drink less beer. Workout more! 5 times a week! So far so good! Keep up the good work! We can do this! We can get our old bodies back and feel better about having our pictures taken. :)

Angie Blom said...

I am with you on this journey Eva.. I am at my heaviest.. feels like I am bloated and out of breath... I am know I am ready for a change.. my problem is salt and sugar.. and bread.. i love my breads.. so I am trying weightwatchers again.. hoping to get it on the ball.. eating more protien and veggies.. going for long walks in the snow.. let's hope it all helps.

Wendy ten Hove said...

Hi Eva,

Way to go that you are ready to go for it once again! I can join you in this problem! Thank you so much for sharing your honest story! I do think many, many people cope with this, but it's also hard to be honest, because (leaving out some people with a dicease) it's all your problem, you did it yourself to put the weight on and that's SOOO hard to be honest about... In 2005 I went to Mexico and before that I was very active and I felt happy then! I could have been slimmer, but that was okay to me, but now every year I gained and gained and I'm not feeling happy anymore... I'm happy with the person that I am, but not with what I look like... I also started this new year to be more conscious of what I eat. I cook with more veggies and eat more fruit and drinking more! And I do try to work out more, but I don't wat to do it all at once, step by step and not put my goals too high, or I will soon have a feeling of failure if I don't make that goals... The annoying thing is that my boyfriend, who eats the same I do, doesn't work out and snacks more... is only 130 lbs!!! So he needs to eat more, ha ha!! Can be quite frustrating! But we all do our best! I wish wish wish for you that you will keep up the great work!!! Hope we will all feel happy totally about ourselves soon and stay that way!
all the best!
Hugs, Wendy

runzalot81 said...

Wonderful for you!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

Good for you Eva!! I am on my 6th week at WW and I am starting to finally feel a bit better about myself. It is SO hard, but SO worth it!!!

Lori Craig said...

Spunky... you are the real deal. I love you for that. I'm just amazed at your honesty and putting yourself out there. I'm kind of stuck right now - not really going either direction, and I don't like the slow moving periods. Maybe that is what I need to do, as well...Put myself out there a little more. I can't wait to see you in 2 weeks and give you the biggest hug ever! xoxo

lynn said...

eva, love your pics and the sweet, honest post! wtg for sharing your courage, and strength with us(-or me-who hasn't found that courage or strength---yet:) i wish you the best!

Samantha Walker said...

You go girl! Yes, it is so true that we have the power to write the script to our own lives. Grab it and take's the limit!

Carolyn King said...

EVA---you are gorgeous inside and out. Thanks for sharing your story with something that most of us battle with.
I am trying hard to lose the 10-15...20 lbs that have crept on in the past few years.
It IS in our hands..and boy is it tough. Continued success to us both. You are an inspiration!


Lisa said...

I'm there with you, Eva! Lost 40lbs last year, and gained almost half back due to recent stress.

My Word for 2011 is Focus...not just weight, but many things...

carole (TruCarMa) said...

What a great, inspiring post, Eva. I can't wait to read part 2. I, too, am at my heaviest weight ever and know that it's entirely within my power to get back down to where I want to be (about 20 lbs. lighter). I need to come up with a plan and then COMMIT! Whenever I good and make up my mind, then I always follow through. Unfortunately, I seem to let myself down over and over again. Here's to 2011 being a new start!

Kelli said...

Eva... I am SO loving your open honest post here, yes, I am just finding it but it was a real neat thing to read, your honesty truly inspires me. I have a different situation as I am not OVER weight but under weight, I am 5'9" and weight 125 lbs. I eat nothing but CRAP when I do eat, I can go 4-5 days without food. I live on Coffee and Marlboro's! Yes I'm "one of those" smokers/lepers... I REALLY want to change my behaviors yet I dont. HOW do you get your mind set??? my Cigs are my BFF, I reward myself with them it's my if you do this then you can have one of these. Good Grief, while moving my craft room around I rested the tall paper rack against my leg (still full of paper) and it left a bruise... WHAT??? I didn't bang it... I know I need to change my ways as I may not be over weight but I am NOT healthy... I have MANY excuses for it but I really need to sit down and do a list.. I LOVE lists... pro's and con's of my choices I guess... What I would love is someone to bang me upside the head to knock some change into me... Do you think that would work???

Bless you and KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!! I'll be watching you!!!! ;)

Sharon Harnist said...

Oh, Eva -- we've all been there (I am currently, too!). It's encouraging to read about other's success and I'm definitely going to check out that last program you were on! I know you'll have a lot of encouragement along the way -- and I need to join you, too! Thanks for being so honest and saying what a lot of us NEED to! Hugs!

Melissa Hortin said...

Wow Eva, thank you so much for sharing your weightloss journey. I did Michael Thurmond's 6 week body makeover diet 8 years ago, before finding my amazing husband, marrying him and having two gorgeous children. I have been battling with my weight for a few years now and gone back to Michael's diet always finding excuses - it's too hard with little ones (my youngest is only 18 months) it's hard finding the time to walk and exercise and eat/stick to the program and so on. Thank you for the kick in the butt I need to say yes I do love myself and I deserve to be happy with myself once again. I have been struggling with depression lately and you have boosted my spirits. I was only crying out to God the other day and asking for his help, and today he has led me here. How amazing and awesome our loving God is. So I will start this diet and do something about this excess weight on my body that I detest so much. Thank you so so much. I look forward to hearing how your journey goes. Love and blessings, Mel xxx


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