Many times I tried to quit and failed, but this time I was finally ready. Much like the many failed diets I attempted prior to losing 175 pounds, my attempts before were short lived and I was quickly back to my old ways. What finally made me quit? Many of the reasons I will list in this post were motivations to finally quit, but when I decided to become a personal trainer I could no longer make excuses to keep smoking. As a CPT my job is to inspire a healthy lifestyle, and under no circumstances could I expect to be taken seriously as a smoker. So, I finally quit. Cold turkey.
A member of the Finally Inspired Online Coaching Program recently had a great question about preparing fast and easy lunches for a busy schedule. I have some tips I want to share with all of you for easy meal prep, avoiding fast food, and losing weight.
The past year and a half I have fallen in love with the peace and serenity of hiking alone. Some days I do enjoy hiking with friends and family because it offers a chance to connect and converse with limited distractions, but I do spend most of my time of the trails alone and I have experienced so many adventures by myself.
When I started my weight loss journey, and honestly up until last week, I accepted the loose skin as something I would just have to live with. Up until now, I did not think I would be able to find the money, resources, and support to have it removed, and for the most part, I was okay with that.
When you eat while distracted, you’re missing out on huge pieces of the experience of eating. You’re not paying attention to where you are. You’re not paying attention to who you’re with and, most importantly for those of us who battle over eating, you’re not paying attention to the food that’s going into your mouth or your inner hunger and satisfaction cues.
The people who hurt me don't matter. The people who once judged me don't matter. The people who still judge me don't even matter! None of those people get to live my life. I lost weight for myself! I did this for myself because I wanted to be a happier person and be a better mom, a better wife, a better daughter, and a better friend to the people who do matter.
How can two people who are lost, hurting, and full of anger and resentment, come to a point of feeling fulfilled, loved, and supported? It was a rocky road for my husband and me, with many ups and downs, but here are some things that helped me to feel closer to my husband when so much distance had grown between us.
When I finally gave up eating and went to sleep I was feeling completely numb. This morning I woke up feeling bloated, ashamed, unmotivated, and depressed. Despite the 844,698,623.974 times I have told myself not to binge eat- I woke up from another night of over eating feeling disappointed, but not surprised.