Dedication and hard work pays off!

I’m happy to say that things are going GREAT! I weighed in this morning at 183 pounds and I couldn’t be happier!

Here are my overall results:
Weight lost: 28 pounds
Inches lost: 11.7
Dress size: -1
Pant size:-2

For those of you that have just started following me, here’s what I’ve been doing:

I’m a Beachbody Coach and  follow the ChaLean Extreme workout program for 6 days a week for 30-45 mins no matter what.

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I also eat a clean meal every 2 hours 7 days a week and drink at least 3 liters of water.

Here is an example of what I ate on Monday:

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I’m here to share my journey and support those that surround me, so if you have any questions or just want someone to talk to message me!

 

Are all addictions the same?

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About a year ago, I came to the conclusion that I was a Food Addict. I would eat and not feel full, go out of my way for a doughnut and cry for things I couldn’t have.  I knew I had a problem and I tried everything to stop it, diet after diet, nothing worked.  One morning I got on the scale and realized that I weighed 215 pounds. Weeks prior I was below 200, convinced the digital scale was broken I took it back to Wal-Mart. When she asked the reason for my return, I simply said that it was inaccurate. After my return was complete, I marched straight to the scale section and placed a good old fashion analog scale on the floor.  I stepped on the scale hoping that it would be more forgiving then the digital option, but to my surprise,  it wasn’t. I stood there for a minute almost in tears and decided that, that was the night I was going to change.

For the past few months I have been writing about what’s been working for me and some of my successes. To a general reader it may seem that everything has been easy peasy for me but it hasn’t. I struggle every single day to fight off old habits while I create a new way of life for myself.  I get in arguments with my husband, I cry and there are days that I feel like giving up.  Sometimes I dream about all of the things I would binge on if I had the chance, but then I come back to the life I have created and realize that it wouldn’t be worth giving up for a slice of pizza or order of poutine.

Today I have come to the conclusion that all addictions are similar. In fact, a study done on food addiction recently revealed that eating highly palatable foods has similar effect on the brain as cocaine and heroin. The study showed that once a food addict experiences pleasure associated with increased dopamine transmission in the brain, they quickly feel the urge to eat again. The more the person experiences these feelings, the more they develop a tolerance to food.  This then leads to a decreased level of satisfaction, encouraging the addict to overeat and in some cases become obese.

This blog and my ENORMUS commitment to Team Beachbody is my “rehab” and I appreciate having all of you as my support group.

Exciting adventures up ahead!

Whooohoo! I’m down 20 pounds and I have lost a total of 7” from just my waist and hips alone.

Now that I feel in control of my food/meal planning routine, I think it’s time to up the ante with a more intense fitness program. I have done some research and decided to order Chalene Johnson’s ChaLean Workout Program.

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The program was introduced to me by a Beachbody coach by the name of Kelli Hulst. Kelli is hosting a challenge that starts on April 8th that I have also decided to be a part of. I’m really excited to see where Beachbody takes me and I hope that it will inspire others to join along in my journey.

By purchasing a work out program I was told that I could have the sign up fee to become a Beachbody Coach waived, how exciting is that?! I figure that if I’m going to share my journey I may as well help others along the way right?!  I am happy to say that I’m now a proud Coach of Beachbody’s Team Platinum Legacy.

Life is great right now and I’m so excited to embark on this new adventure! I know there will be hard days, some tears and challenges that my body will face, but that’s okay. That’s what a great Beachbody team, husbands and epsom salt baths are for right?!

Today more than ever, I’m so excited to share the rest of my journey From Sin to Thin.   XO

A few things to celebrate!

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It’s hard to imagine that this post marks my 50th post! Yipee!

It feels like yesterday that I decided to take on this journey and I can’t say how much having this blog has helped me.

I also have some very exciting weight loss news! I went to my Weight Watchers meeting yesterday and weighed in at 198.2 pounds! That’s 5.2 pounds gone just this week alone, for a grand total of 12.8.

I’ve been working really hard and measuring all of my food to ensure that I’m not eating 1oz more than I track. I’ve also found that entering all of my food into my tracker the night before really helps.

Are you currently on WW, do you have any tips or trick to share? Or how about successes? I would love to hear it all!

XO

Is this real life?!

I was having a bit of a blah day today and felt really unmotivated.

To try to pull myself out of this rut, I decided to take a moment to look at things/people who inspire me.

I was on twitter and one of the trending hashtags was #IWishICouldMeet.  While most women would probably say Channing Tatum, the first two people who came to mind for me were Kelsey Byers and Tosca Reno. I tweeted just that!

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Then to my surprise about an hour later, not only did Kelsey favorite my tweet she re-tweeted it AND replied!!!

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Talk about motivation!

While most of you have probably seen my prior Motivational Monday post’s. I’m not sure If I have ever shared why it is that I am on this journey and who it is that keeps me here.

Why:

1. To be healthy and to live long

2. To inspire as many others as possible along my journey

3. To feel sexy in a bikini

4. To compete in a swimsuit competition

5. To make a commitment to help others for the rest of my life

Who:

1. My Husband, he is the best husband any girl could ever ask for. He is always there to support me no matter what!

2. My Sister-In-Law, she is incredible.

3. Kelsey Byers , she is the fitness model that was featured on the cover of Off The Couch magazine that inspired me to start this journey.

4. Tosca Reno, the AMAZING woman behind the Eat Clean Diet.

5. Tony B, CEO of the Blog Catalog is an amazing resource in the blogging community and without him I may have already given up on this blog. (Be sure to check out the BC and become a VIB, it was the best thing I could have ever done for my blog)

6, 7, 8… Please don’t be offended if I didn’t personally mention you and know that I appreciate the huge amount of support you have provided me.

Follow me Friday!

Let’s support, encourage and keep in touch with each-other!

With some inspiration from a fantastic fellow blogger, From Sin to Thin has just joined the below social media sites and we would like to connect with you!

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Have a happy, healthy weekend friends!

XO

 

 

fail [feyl] 1. to fall short of success or achievement in something expected, attempted, desired, or approved

Last week didn’t go quite as planned and I had fallen a bit off track.

I weighed myself on Saturday, to which I did not post because I was so upset with what it read back. While I must say, I did take into consideration that it was “that time of the month,” I was shocked at the fluctuation.  I was back at the beginning and then some, weighing in at 203 pounds. How is it humanly possible to gain 11.7 pounds in a week?

Some of you may have noticed that I neglected my blog  over the weekend as well. I didn’t want to lie about how wonderful my week had been or what I was going to have for dinner. I felt sick about it, I had let myself, my husband and the whole intention surrounding my blog down.  I felt incredibly guilty and that led that led to feeling empty, feeling empty lead to M&M’s and other things. How is it that I fell off the wagon so quick? Not even a full week had passed?

I was angry, frustrated and upset. I thought I had way more will power than this.

When I got home last night I had a long conversation with my husband about getting back on track. In other words, I had a COMPLETE meltdown. I cried to him about how upset I was, how hard it is to break old habits and how I felt like giving up. We talked about what seems to trigger me to go off track and what we need to do to so that I stay focused. He reminded me of all of the support I have from him, my family, my friends and my blog. He also reminded me of the many reasons I want to do this. Man oh man I love this guy…

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This morning I put on my big girl panties, quit my whining and started a new day… I look forward to sharing the rest of my week with you.

The journey…

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Here is to the start of something new.

A new beginning, a new me, a new wardrobe and maybe even a new you.

Follow me on my journey from Sin to Thin, From Flab to Fit but most of all from failure to success.

Today is the day I make a pledge to stick to a plan, to follow though with my goals and ultimately to pursue my happiness.

On a recent trip to see family I had a few deep conversations about what matters most to me and all of the struggles I have had. While speaking with someone near and dear to my heart the topic of weight-loss came up.  As weight-loss has been a constant struggle for me, I became a bit defensive when chatting at first (assuming the size 3 in front of me had no idea how hard it really is) but after a heart to heart  conversation she confessed that she too had once been in my shoes. This extremely fit beautiful woman in front of me was once very close to my current weight. This was a huge inspiration to me. I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful the rest of our conversation was. We realized that we both struggle with the same issues and that we have very similar habits. I cannot begin to tell you how nice it was to have a real life “before” and” after” in front of me.

So now you are probably wondering what’s next?

A plan

A lifestyle change

A support program and fellow bloggers I won’t let down.

Bye for now!

xo