...I’m down 18. 15 months ago
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How I did it: I was getting fed up with feeling bad all the time. And, for whatever reason, I started fearing getting diabetes. I used to think I felt bad because I was obese (I started this goal at 231 pounds). The weight wasn't a cause of feeling bad... it was a symptom of eating too many grains and sugars. Other symptoms: depression, headaches, heartburn, fatigue, IBS. Yuck.
I'd done a low carb diet several times and even got within 1 pound of reaching this goal before. But I'd always fall off the low carb wagon. I think because, in my mind, my diet was about restricting myself from eating whatever I want for the purpose of losing weight. After a while, I'd rebel against that... making the excuse that it doesn't matter if I'm overweight as long as I'm happy. And eating what I like makes me happy. The key difference this time, is that I've internalized that eating grains and processed sugar makes me feel happy, but it also makes me physically and mentally ill, too. I still eat them sometimes, but I know in regular doses they are poison to me. I am so used to feeling good now, that I can feel the negative changes in my body and mental attitude when I eat those things.
But How Did I Do It? My first step this time was taking "The Primal Blueprint 30-day Challenge":http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-primal-blueprint-30-day-challenge/ and continuing with those principles after the 30-days were up. Read how I did it… 12 months ago
I have barely weighed myself since Christmas time and ever since this year started, due to the family cat, Whitmore, spraying the landing between the first and second floor often. I hate walking over it, so I always wear socks and only go upstairs when necessary. The scale is in the upstairs bathroom and has metal sensors to calculate the muscle, fat, water, caloric percentages. However, it is unable to make those calculations if one is wearing socks. So, I have had my first significant increase in at least the past few years.
It does not help family and friends have been giving and/or wanting me to eat fast food with them. I ate food from Taco Bell, Burger King, In & Out, and Sonic’s this past week. Normally, I only eat fast food maybe once or twice a month during drum corps rehearsals.
It also does not help I have been having some unknown trouble and/or injuries with the left half of my body, primarily including the big toe, foot, ankle, and knee. Still need to get it checked out by a real doctor someday, as people at clinics do not even offer to do an x-ray when I tell them I suspect a fracture.
The current plan is to use various iPad applications on diets, tracking health, and so forth. 16 months ago
I forgot that I’d given this up. I was in a “fail” kind of mood, I guess. But anyway…
I resurrected this because I’ve been on a primal diet and I’m down 25 pounds from when I posted this goal. Over halfway there! I’m not weighing again until Jan 1, 2012. 18 months ago