Start date: 12/28/11
Initial weight: 218
Current weight: 201
This week's loss: 4 pounds
Last week's goals: Maintain control while in Shreveport, work out 4 to 6 times between now and next week, eat small portions, avoid skipping meals, and continue fighting the feelings of defeat, insecurity, and self-negativity.
What went well: Focusing on my dream helped me to avoid making bad decisions and eating more than I should. I am a sweet tea junkie, especially when I'm in the south (where they really know how to make it) and I wasn't tempted to drink ANY (and it was all around me). I didn't even take one sip and it felt great! During our road trip, I wasn't tempted to eat a bunch of junk food or convenience store quickies. That used to be difficult for me during a 9 hour drive.
And, with all the delicious Cajun food and southern favorites at hand, I didn't go overboard with how much I consumed. I took my time, enjoyed every bite, and did great!
I LOST 4 POUNDS and verified it on an awesome scale (proving that my old gross one really does work properly)!
Challenges: I struggled big time in Shreveport with insecurity and self-consciousness. I didn't like what I saw in pictures taken of me. I found myself comparing with thinner women who looked good in leggings with cute boots or pretty dresses that I'd love to wear. I felt like I wanted to break down and cry several times. Depression kept trying to work it's way in. Fortunately, I was able to talk myself out of letting it defeat me. It's a constant battle to remind myself I'm doing great and it's happening faster for me than for some other people. Last weekend my self-esteem issues were pretty overwhelming.
While on the road for 9 hours it's difficult to drink a ton of water (since frequent rest room stopping is inconvenient), so I drank a little less than I would on a normal day. And I didn't do aerobic workouts much between last Wednesday and today. Probably one or two, at the most. I was physically active all weekend though, minus the two full days of riding in the car.
This week's goals: Maintain control while in Little Rock, work out 4 to 6 times between now and next week, stay under caloric budget for the week, and work HARD to overcome feelings of defeat, insecurity, and self-negativity.
Total lost so far: 17 pounds!
Bonus Info: You might be wondering how in the world I could lose 4 pounds in a week without working out daily. A friend told me about a natural supplement called Raspberry Ketone he saw on The Dr. Oz Show. Raspberry ketone is an organic compound that produces the smell of raspberries. It's been found that raspberry ketones can help with weight management. Raspberry ketone can help the efficiency of the metabolism by increasing the body’s core temperature and in so doing increasing the body’s fat burning abilities.
To find out more, watch a video of the Dr. Oz episode Miracle Fat Burner in a Bottle or this one on YouTube.
I began taking one supplement a day on Friday, February 10 and bumped it to two a day on Monday, February 13. I haven't experienced side effects, with the exception of raspberry-smelling indigestion. Not bad, right? From what I've read, when paired with African Mango extract it creates a powerful weight loss supplement that harnesses the weight loss powers of both supplements. The Raspberry Ketone enzyme on its own is efficient and effective at helping to lose weight, but combined with African mango it's appearing to be one of the most effective methods of losing weight naturally. I haven't tried this yet, but I might later on.
Please do some research of your own before you buy these to see if it's right for you. I'm not a medical professional, I only know what is working for me. I've seen a few websites where people (I'm unsure of their credibility) have left comments stating it made them feel hot and they couldn't sleep after taking the supplements and others saying you should avoid them if you have a heart condition or high blood pressure. I've found more positive results out there than negative.
Here's the link to the supplements I purchased!