Where does one start?
Let’s see my eating, emotional eating, and overeating / binge eating had quite frankly gotten out of control. 3 months ago with the help of my family and close friends, I decided to go back to therapy so I could have someone to talk to about these struggles, to talk about my want to avoid things that need to be dealt with, to help in my transition in life during being unemployed, and to finding a job. These past 3 months have been frustrating and difficult as long as my job search goes, but SO thankful to be in therapy and have someone to talk to and to get help from. I was nervous about going to therapy for so long, but it’s a wonderful thing. Me talking about my eating and therapy on the blog, is a BIG deal! For me at least
One thing we talked about in Therapy is writing down my goals. Keeping them visual in 2 or 3 places. That’s something on working on this week and working on ideas for a vision board.
2 weeks ago, my Dad lit a fire under my bootay (metaphorically) speaking. Just telling me he’s worried, concerned about my; but still loves me. Made my see how bad my weight has gotten, even though I’ve avoided it for so long. I’m very thankful to my Dad for opening up my eyes, when I couldn’t see it myself. So thanks Dad!
That week I decided it would be back to Weight Watchers for me, for the FINAL TIME! I’m going to do this, no matter how long it talks.
Why did I choose Weight Watchers?
1) Tracking– keeps me accountable. Makes me put in / write down everything i’m eating– including the bites, licks, tastes, and smells! That means EVERYTHING! There’s a place in the Weight Watchers app for me to check off exercise, healthy oils, multi-vitamin, fruits and vegetables, water intake, and dairy. Love that.
2) Weekly Meetings– I love the meetings. The people, the interaction, the people, the laughs, the shares, the honesty. It’s a beautiful thing. I need that accountability and honesty in my life and in my weight loss journey.
3) It’s worked for me the best before! In 2006, My Papa Red had just passed away and I was fired up. I worked my ass off. I tracked, I cooked, I counted points, I exercised 4-5 days a week, and I lost 30 pounds! I was super proud of myself. I know I’m going to HAVE to do those same things now– tracking, counting points, exercise, WATER! WATER! WATER!
I’ve found a leader I LOVE on Tuesday evenings! So my meetings will be on Tuesday evenings. Once a week, I’ll blog about the weigh-in — good or bad. I’ll talk about my eating habits for the week, binges too. Doing my best to be honest to myself and for myself, is what’s best for me. So here’s to being me, never losing spite of who I really am.
Any other Weight Watchers out there?
This song is my jam between my best friends, S & E, and myself! This song always makes me happy and puts a redonkulously huge smile on my face!
Birthdays are my favorite! Always have been, and always will be! There’s something special about celebrating a person’s life and what they mean to you! It just makes me so happy!
My Birthday always starts with playing this song several times! My mom started the tradition, and I plan on continuing it!
My roommate’s got me a card and flowers, then we made pancakes for breakfast!
This is going to be an amazing year, I know it! Lots of change going on. Lots of time for getting to know me, growth, change, and living life! Can’t wait!
Oh my sweet Blog how i’ve missed thee! Let me count the ways!
I’ve missed the support and accountability that comes with regular blogging! I miss the love and affirmations! I miss the release I get from writing and letting things out. I miss the virtual hugs! I miss so much! But I’m back ready to rock and roll and make some serious changes.
Now to catch up on life:
- I went back to Weight Watchers about a month ago. I’m ready to get committed and dedicated to these changes, lifestyle changes. Weight Watchers, has honestly, been the only program that I’ve been really successful with! I know lost weight before with Weight Watchers, and I have several friends who have been very successful with weight loss on Weight Watchers! Such an inspiration to see other people have success, I know it’s something that I can do too! I know that in order for an real changes to be bad, I need honest and real behavior changes. That’s the only way anything’s going to change short term and long term. I have to set small goals, take it one day at a time, and not get freaked out by how much weight I have to lose.
- I know I need to get back on the exercise train. That is something I’m going to do; slowly, but surely.
- I moved out of my apartment, and in a house with 2 friends. That is going wonderfully. The transition really is going well. Exactly what I needed right now.
- I have 2 job interviews today, and I’m super super hopeful about one of them! I hope to have a response by Friday or Monday!!!! SQUEEEEEEE!
- I also started seeing a therapist/counselor 3 weeks ago. One of the best decisions I’ve made in a while! It’s really great to have someone to talk to and work through issues who isn’t family/friend / best friend. Someone whom I can trust, who isn’t going to judge me. Someone who will help me honestly and wholly work through my issues. Dealing with some issues– especially related to food and eating– is going to be hard. I know that for sure. But it will help with my weight loss, to face reality of my weight, and to help me in the long run! It is okay to ask for help and to need help. It is okay to need help from someone else to better yourself!
Gosh life sure has been crazy and busy the last 2 months! But i’m back! Working on a game plan for life and weight loss! I went back to Weight Watchers on Monday. Great to be back and working on me. I’ve been stressed out with being unemployed. But i’m working on me and getting seriously back on track. No stopping me this time. All dedication and commitment!
I CAN DO THIS! BELIEVE AND ACHIEVE! EXPECT AMAZING!
More to come soon.
- Of course, one of my pictures is me in a Saints jersey! I wouldn’t have it any other way.
My Fit Foods has really changed my perspective on life, exercise, and my eating habits. What I really love about My Fit Foods is the fact that the meals are ready to go (well besides heating them up), I don’t have to cook, and I don’t have to grocery shop. Also, I don’t have to weight food, measure servings, or count points. I just go to the fridge, pick out the right meal, heat it up, and eat! VOILA! It’s quite beautiful really, and makes life MUCH simpler. While I do like to cook, sometimes I don’t like to cook. I feel like there can be too many deisions, and too much distractions/ temptations when grocery shopping. One of my favorite things about My Fit Foods is that I didn’t have to grocery shop. It was absolutely beautiful to not do any grocery shopping over the past 3 weeks.
This past Friday, I started the nationwide 21 day My Fit Foods challenge! I’m very excited! I’ve already lost some weight, am happy, and feeling good!
I meet with a My Fit Foods Nutritionist last Thursday. We talked about some things in my pasts that didn’t work before, went over the challenge and plan, she made a meal plan for me. We talked about My Fit Foods, went through the program in detail & she answered all the questions I had. Some of the meals have high carbs than the other, so she makes sure I don’t eat meals with the higher carbs all on the same day!
The first part of the challenge is getting the body rid of bad carbs, saturated & trans fats, alcohol, foods with high fructose corn syrup, artificial stimulants, artificial sugars, foods with little to no value, and foods that slow the metabolism down.
The challenge adds foods that are good for you, that increase your metabolism, lean meats, good quality carbs low on the glycemic index, heart healthy essential fats, colorful fruits & veggies, and foods with healthy range sodium. Needless to say over the past 4 days… I’ve been eating MUCH better! Given me insight to how I SHOULD be eating regularly.
Each morning before breakfast we do a cocktail cleanse that helps to rid your liver of toxins. The cocktail consists of water, unsweetened cranberry juice, apple cider vinegar, lemon, and Vitamin B-12! Your liver is responsible for metabolizing 80′s of your body’s fat, purifies blood, and produces bile to help metabolize fat. It’s awesome isn’t it?!?! I think so!
I’ve been drinking at least 80 ounces of water a day, and have been working up to 150-160 ounces! HUGE increase for me!
I also take a packet of supplements 2 times a day before breakfast and lunch or breakfast and dinner– A multi-vitamin, fish oil, Antioxidant, Cinnamon, & Milk Thistle.
I’ve exercised for 30 minutes 3 of the 4 days! WOOT! Had one day off. The challenge calls for 30 minutes of exercise 6 days a week. Or as my sister calls it, 15 minutes of exercise 2 times a day. There’s no weighing, measuring, or counting points! For me, right now, that’s what is best for me! The meals really taste great. They’re real foods, with lean proteins, good carbs, fruits, and vegetables!
I eat 5 small meals a day eating every 2.5 to 3.5 hours. The meals are pre-portioned. It works great for me. I just go to my meal plan, see what’s for today’s breakfast, heat it up or eat it cold, and enjoy! It’s beautiful!
I’m really loving these changes and the challenge! It’s exactly what I needed, when I needed it the most!
*The most challenging of the challenge (ha!) will be when i’m in Louisiana this weekend! There will be lots of temptations from the food and alcohol fronts. I’m going to do my dang best to avoid those temptations, and be prepared to say no to them! GO BRITT GO!
So THANKFUL for the support from my friends and family to be able to kick start the challenge & make these changes that I need to make. ONE DAY AT A TIME. BE ME. Be the best that I can be.