Ready, Set, Win!!

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Would you be able to stay on track with your diet and exercise if a little cash-money were involved? If so read on!!

I came across dietbet.com today and totally want to host a challenge!

I think this would be a super fun way to get on track before the summer starts. It’s basically an online game where participants put money in a pot and work towards losing 4% of their starting weight in 4 weeks. Don’t worry your weight or photos will only be shared with Dietbet.com’s referees so there is no need to be shy/nervous. The official low down can be found by clicking here.

My $25 contribution is in the game pot and my challenge is starting on May 27th! Who’s joining me? I promise it will be super fun and who couldn’t use some extra money right? Let’s do this together! Join the challenge by clicking here: http://www.dietbet.com/games/16015.

The good, the bad and the ugly

When I started this blog, it was with the intention to lose weight (the healthy way), get active and to inspire others. It was so that I would have a journal of my successes and hiccups along the way and most importantly, It was so that I could be living proof that If I could do it, so could you. My intentions will always remain the same and if you are looking for a quick fix or a miracle to happen over night, I promise that you won’t find it here.

I am going to be honest and tell you that my weight has been something I’ve struggled with most of my life and I know that it will continue for the rest of my life.  However, I do understand the actions behind the word “struggle” . In my previous way of life I would go on a diet, not follow the program and expect things to change. I would give up easily and be hard on myself for failing. Then out of nowhere I would regain my confidence and feel like a supermodel if I lost 10 pounds. I would look up the words “plus size” on Google and find the most beautiful model I could and feel great about my “curves”, like I didn’t need to change a thing. “I felt beautiful just the way I was”

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Now in writing this post, I’m not looking for a pity party or for someone to tell me I’m beautiful.  I truly do feel beautiful and more than confident in my own skin. I just want to be healthy,  I want to have energy, I want to live long and heck If I can squeeze into my skinny jeans while I’m at it, why not? I think that this is the first time I have ever actually REALLY wanted these things and understood how hard it is going to be to get there. I have decided that this is what I want for me and that I will have to work hard day in and day out to be successful. No more loosing 30 pounds only to celebrate by piling it all back on.  I am dedicated to the overall lifestyle (diet, exercise,mental outlook) and there is no turning back!

Anyways, the point I really wanted to get to before going off on this tangent was about doing things the right way and understanding change will not happen over night. As much as I would love to wake up and look like Kim Kardashian every morning, I understand that without hard work it will NOT happen.

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I admit it that I have been a sucker for a “loose 60 pounds in 3 months” fad diet and it did not work. I dropped the most I ever have been able to without any exercise and I gained it all back and then some in a shorter time frame. It’s truly mind boggling how many of these companies take our money, yet 37.5% or more Americans are still overweight. Trust me if there was a fix that worked overnight, Doctors would be prescribing it.

While on this topic I have to mention a post I saw online this morning that is making me absolutely sick. The link said : Aspire Assist = Medically Assisted Bulimia.

I’m sorry and I usually wouldn’t say this but WTF?! Bulimia is a serious disease that can lead to many other life-threatening issues and you can now buy an implant for it?! This is absurd and the sad thing is there’s probably a wait list for it too.  Fact is: people will get the implant, lose the weight, take it out and put a bunch more weight back on because they are not changing their lifestyle or their eating habits much like gastric bypass surgery.  Mind you, then again, people do this with regular diets too so who am I to judge? I just thought it was way overboard… What do you think?