So last week, I was all ready to blog about gaining weight – I thought it had been a tough week and had prepared to blog about a gain. Then I got on the scale and 183.6! I had lost 0.8 – which is enough to put me at 20.8 pounds lost since I started this journey 10 weeks ago! Yay!!
This is a crazy journey, people. Instead of changing my eating patterns, I’ve had to understand my old eating patterns and develop new ones. If I simply change what I’m doing, then at the end of this when I reach my goal weight of 150, I will go back to my “regular” patterns and thus, back to my “regular” overweight self. I’m changing the way I think about food and I’ve stopped “rewarding” myself or worse, “comforting” myself with food. I’m changing my relationship with food – I know… it sounds like a cliche but it’s true.
I’ve had so many of you contact me this week telling me you want to start on your own journey – don’t you dare let me hear you call it a diet. That word is now a 4-letter word in my world and it is not to be uttered in my presence! 🙂 Anyway, this journey for me has been a tough one – I still have 33 pounds to go. Here’s a step by step list of what I did to get started…
1. I got a life coach. (best investment of this entire journey). My coach, Brian Osher, helps me set attainable goals which motivate me to strive harder to reach the next goal. He also holds me accountable. If I set a goal to work out everyday and I miss a day due to laziness or not making my workout a priority, he will not let me off the hook. In fact, he kicks my butt. For those of you who have never worked with a life coach, they typically set up weekly sessions over the phone. The sessions are typically 30-40 minutes long and at the end, you have a list of 1-3 small steps you’re focusing on this week to help you reach your ultimate goal. For the most part, coaching sessions are less expensive than counseling sessions. Several of you have asked why my husband wasn’t coaching me (he’s a life coach, too). My answer is simply this: how would you like to live with the person who would kick your butt if you did something to sabotage your goals? 🙂 Tommy Lanham is a fantastic coach with a wonderful Christian world view who has helped me develop my business and coached me in other areas but we both agreed he was too “close” to this situation and it would be better to get someone else for this particular journey.
2. I got a sponsor. (just like in AA – it’s that person I call in the middle of the night when I’m craving brownies or I’m at the grocery store with a cart full of ding-dongs… true example by the way.) It has to be a person (same gender as you) whom you trust, who will understand the addiction you’re fighting and support you no matter what. They also have to be tough enough to hold you accountable. In my opinion, when I was looking for a sponsor, I wanted someone who was thin and had fought the fight of losing weight and I wanted someone of like faith. It’s kind of hard asking a skinny girl who has always been skinny to help you lose weight. They typically just can’t identify with you.
3. I read good books. And I don’t mean grab a good romance novel, either. Find something that interests you in the field of weight loss and read it – grab an inspirational biography of someone who has lost weight. Read an informational book. Avoid the “diet” books but read anything that’s motivational or inspirational. One of the books I have read during this journey was “Dr. Shapiro’s Picture Perfect Weight Loss” book – I found it on the clearance rack for $2. It was DEFINITELY worth the read. That’s where I found out that 1 biscuit (one regular, plain old biscuit) was equal in calories to 14 slices of toast WITH jelly! That book completely challenged the way I looked at food and what I “thought” was healthy.
4. I did something. With the help of my life coach, I found small, attainable things that could do that would get me moving. I started taking an evening walk, I found out I enjoyed the eliptical machine (yeah, the one that’s been in my basement for a year), I found out that when I take laundry down the basement steps, I could go back up & down those steps 2-3 times without dying! Little steps to get started but you’ve gotta do SOMETHING!
5. I journal. I write down in a journal things that I read, things I hear on TV or in Sunday’s sermon or things I read in my Bible that inspire me and make me want to keep going. Then on bad days, I read through that journal. When I am craving chocolate, I read those thoughts written in those pages and they strengthen me. I also journal my conversations with my coach and write my action steps each week in there.
I also journal every bite that goes into my mouth. It was incredibly hard to do and I tried it for 2 months without success. I would either lose the paper, forget what I ate or just lose interest. UNTIL I found www.myfitnesspal.com – it’s a FREE website that helps you track your food & exercise and it lays a foundation for you, letting you know the ideal amount of calories, sugar, sodium, fat, etc. for you. It’s set up a little like facebook – you have a “wall” and you make friends (search for me if you want – my username is TammyLanham) and you can encouarge each other, see what other people are eating and ask questions in the forums. It’s been a wonderful tool for me. Did I mention it’s FREE? 🙂
So there you go – the 5 steps I have taken thus far. I’ve lost 21 pounds in 10 weeks and have 33 more pounds to go. Are you with me?!? Click the “Yep, I’m in!” button to the upper right hand side of this blog to join me and others on this journey. In about 2 weeks, I’ll have a HUGE announcement, an exceptional benefit for those of you (ONLY) who are following this blog. So sign up, share this on your facebook page & get ready to jump in! Let’s take this journey together! (Be aware, I also blog about extreme couponing on this blog so you may get some pictures of me hanging out of dumpsters and walking out of the grocery store with almost free groceries… something I’m sure you don’t want to miss so sign up now!)
This was Christmas Day, 2010 at 204.4 pounds.
This is April 10, 2011 at 183.6 pounds.