Thursday, March 23, 2017

TEN WEEKS- 41 lbs

Well, I am going to tell you that the past TEN weeks have been so much DETERMINATION and WORK. I wish I could say.. well this has been the easiest thing. It hasn't been! I prepare, prepare, prepare not to fail. I am basically eating CLEAN. Yes, I go to the Medi- Weightloss Office but they are just a tool. I don't eat prepackaged food. I do have a protein shake that I purchase from them (daily). I decided to relearn how to eat again. That sounds funny right? 

I am now going back to the way I used to eat. I have always been that girl who goes up and down a bit in weight. Nothing drastic and I always have "checked" myself. This time it was different. Maybe it is my age or just feeling like I'm not in my 20's anymore. My body needs me to take better care of it or I'm going to be in serious trouble. 

I feel 1,000% back to me again. My body is not aching and the numbers are amazing in only TEN weeks. I can honestly say I was scared about the numbness and the aches. I knew in our 40's you can have things FEEL different but I felt WAY OFF.

I want to share some TIPS that I do that I think have helped me. I am in no ways saying this is the right way. It was the right way for me. I lost 3 lbs this week for a total of 41 pounds. I go to the doctors office every Tuesday am for weigh in. Yes, I do weigh myself at home. I think for me it helps to keep me accountable.

I drink HOT water with an entire lemon squeezed in the water when I get up in the morning. I drink WATER throughout the day. I have zero soda or caffeine. Again, call me a diet mtn dew ADDICT. ha! I went cold turkey. Working out is important! I walk and dance for my exercise. Plus, I am just a very active person. I am always on the go and in meetings. Last night, I had a meeting with my guy in China and I had three babies chasing me around the house. HA! I was running from room to room to get them to let me talk to him. Thankfully the girls were here and saved me. I'm just BUSY and this helps me.

I allow myself ONE or TWO drinks that are my treat EVERY single day. These are flavored waters. Yes, I feel like I am cheating. I limit these and drink these after I have drank most of my plain water. I also love bottled water. My favorites are SMART WATER and FUJI. Brian and I go to movies every week. (We love the $5 Tuesday movies here!). I take my water in my bag so I never get tempted by the popcorn smell. Yes, I prepare. I always have water in my car, purse and refrigerator. 

EGGS- I eat so many eggs. Tip- make a batch of hardboiled eggs up and then for the week they are EASY access. I make a albacore tuna salad so fast! (lettuce, albacore tuna can, 2 claussen pickles, 2 whole eggs, sea salt, a little balsamic vinegar dressing.... yum) This is usually my lunch.  For breakfast I have SIX egg whites and a few cherry tomatoes. I get so SUPER FULL. 

TIP- if you are hungry eat something like a cucumber sliced, tomatoes, or celery. I am trying to look at food as beautiful energy for my body and busy life. Last Saturday night, I was hungry. I stop eating by 6 or 7 pm every night. This night, I was watching a Hallmark movie in bed and Brian was asleep. I listened to my body and knew I needed something small. I got up and cut up cucumbers and pickles (claussen) and it was the perfect solution. Try to eat earlier and then mentally be DONE eating for the day.

Okay here is the REAL tip. People see me and often this is what I hear. You want to lose MORE weight? You don't need to lose more weight? How much do you want to loss? Just eat this. So I have learned that I know my body and where I need to be. I go to meetings all the time. Everyone wants me to eat. Oh, you have to try this, etc. So my tip is to be firm. I say things like this. "I don't eat sugar anymore." "I'm so full, I couldn't eat it if I wanted it." "I ate before I came, but thank you." I know people can sabotage us by wanting us to join them. If you say, "Oh, that looks so good, I wish I could have it" - then expect them to keep telling you to have it. Don't give in. Be firm in what you want. 

Now the last is a big ONE. How many of you have STRESS? I would dare say we all do. Each of us have different types of stress. I am a over thinker. I think and prepare and this is how I run my life. I am learning that often feeling out of control can make our stress go crazy. When Brian left his law firm and started over, I remember thinking over and over how brave he was. Truthfully, I think I took his stress on me. It was scary and I supported him but I admit it was a big change. He had to face the reality of starting his own new firm, no income coming in and anyone knows what that means, and many bills and overhead to pay. We talked for a long time, months actually.  It was something we kept to ourselves to weigh all the options. We thought and both prayed for guidance. I told him I would support any decision that he made. Even though it no ones business, I never have supported him financially. Brian does not work for me. He helps me sometimes with little things but he is attorney and it is his full time career.  Brian knew it was going to be okay and had faith.  He works every day and many times into late at night to "start" over.  I had to stop worrying. I had to stop stressing over this and other issues that surround it. I knew he was already carrying it. So together we both are doing things to practice SELF- CARE. We decided together to be a team. STRESS can really hurt a marriage or it can bring you closer if you allow it.

That means... simple self-care practices that we all need for a healthy mind, body and soul. Do you need to go to the spa? Bora Bora? Not necessarily but it's Okay... we all need to SELF CARE and not just once. We need it continually. Especially when you are dealing with stress, life changes and weight loss. Some thoughts:

Self care isn't a ONE TIME deal. 
Go outside. Go cloud watching- lie on your back and relax.
Get in 15 minutes of sunshine. Go outside!
Goof around. Just take 5 minutes to do something "playful".
PRAY or do a mini meditation to be aware of your thoughts.
Inhale a upbeat smell.
Write out your thoughts. My B Journal is my constant companion.
Do one thing TODAY that makes you happy just because.
Do a mini declutter. (I promise this works!)
Take a bubble bath and treat yourself. 
Go help someone. 
UNPLUG for a hour. ( I try to go a few hours sometimes)
Edit your social media and mute people that are negative.
Get down and boogie (dance to your fave music).
TREAT yourself. A small affordable luxury is a pick me up.
Look in the mirror and say, I LOVE YOU right now.
Sing in the car.
Shave your legs girls. I personally LOVE the fresh feeling!
Be still. Sit somewhere GREEN and be quiet for a few minutes.
Have a good laugh.
HOME spa retreat. I love this relaxation method.
Watch a Hallmark movie. Of course, I added this!
Take a quick 10 minute nap. 

LITTLE and OFTEN is the way to WIN the day help with your own SELF CARE! You are worth it....

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At March 23, 2017 at 9:30 AM , Blogger Braveartgirl said...

I am crying. I sabotage myself all the time. I am SO UNHAPPY with my weight. it's AWFUL. I have NEVER weighed this much and been so unhealthy!! I LOVE your veggie ideas and WATER. I used to do those things but now I am just so depressed I do nothing but sabotage myself. Teresa you are sooooo inspiring me!!! My goal is to do this!! I MUST lose at least 30 to 40 pounds. I KNOW I will feel so much better!!!! When I do lose this and get my health back I am going to share with you!!!!

Thank you for all the tips!! Keep them coming they help!!!!

Love and hugs!!


At March 23, 2017 at 9:34 AM , Blogger Teri said...

Teresa, first of all, congratulations on the weight loss!! And thank you for this ever so inspiring post! I have soooo much stress in my life right now... my son and former daughter in law divorced recently and I worry constantly about him and my grandson and granddaughter. I think he is really okay, but I can't stop! And we own a business that I truly hate working at, but need to for my husband's sake. My sister is fighting a rare form of cancer, so she is always in my heart and mind... I need to lose lots of weight and never think of myself first... but I think with your words, I may be able to finally put my mind where it needs to be. My greatest form of relaxing now is papercrafting and sewing and I keep putting that part last, too. Thank you for the push in the right direction. I am going to print out your post and read it often!

At March 23, 2017 at 2:47 PM , Blogger kate said...

Thanks for this post. It is just what I needed today. What do you eat for dinner? What an accomplishment!!!

At March 23, 2017 at 3:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, please quit giving out false weight loss information. Losing this much that fast is not healthy for your organs. Go to a REAL doctor. I feel sorry for all the Sheeple followers who will take this as gospel and do harm to their bodies. I'm not reading any replies, so don't waste your time. Go to your dr instead and get the real truth. Teresa needs to stick to crafting and getting married. She seems to be able to do those things.

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At March 23, 2017 at 8:02 PM , Blogger Debbie Rogers said...

Thanks Teresa, you've given me my zing back. I'm on week 11 of my new healthy life style. I'm up to walking 3 to 5 miles a day. No prepackaged food, no sweets only healthy veggies and starting to cook again. I'm down 10 pounds and feeling better everyday. I've slacked off this week but haven't fallen back into old habits. I've also learned to say no to all snacking days at work. There is currently a box of Fairytale Brownies sitting on top of the fridge and I have not eaten (though they are screaming at me) any. It's not easy but I'm determined to get in shape before years end.

At March 23, 2017 at 8:13 PM , Blogger teresa collins said...

Thanks everyone for all the comments. I love to hear from you and it's okay if anyone judges or thinks my way is the wrong way. I know what works for me. I am not doing anything unhealthy or harmful and it's taken me 2.5 months to lose this amount of weight. I agree that what I'm doing is not for everyone. I admonish all of you to decide when and how and follow your own heart in your decisions in life and when it comes to your health. Thanks everyone,


At March 23, 2017 at 9:07 PM , Blogger gela said...

Cheering you on! I hope your husband is following your lead. It is stressful to start a new business.

At March 24, 2017 at 8:37 AM , Anonymous Pam Makis said...

Teresa, thankyou so much for sharing yourself and your journey with us. Reading about your struggles and triumphs shows me that I am not the only one struggling. I am at an age in my life where I to must change the way I eat and live. I have never had a weight problem until I turned that magical corner of 50. I am active, but I don't exercise and I know I need to, just need that motivator. Looking forward to seeing you in September in Vegas. You should be proud of your accomplishments.

At March 24, 2017 at 10:56 AM , Blogger Samantha Kay said...

I love reading your blog... You are a inspiration. I get stressed out about everything all my life I have felt the need to control everything. I am the opposite when I got sad and stressed and felt like I was at a no win situation I lost weight and this is not good either, I was 100 pounds and that scared me. Everyone was like what are you doing how much are you going to lose but I was not doing it on purpose and could not make them understand. I have always been hyper active maybe that is why I lost weight plus I cut myself off from everyone when I am sad I do not want to be around anyone and I am not hungry. By the way being alone and sad not good. When I finally woke up because I was scared about my weight and just wanted to be happy again I ate any and everything just to gain the weight back so your post is good idea for everyone I am in my 40s and I know about aches and loss of energy when you don't take care of yourself. So thank you for writing this it made me see I need to eat clean and take care of me... I always put myself last but I am going to start doing things for me too...

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