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Weigh-In Wednesday-2/13/19

So this week I lost 2lbs. WHOOP WHOOP! I’m glad all this diet and exercise is paying off. Especially since prioritizing it with school has been especially hard.

EXERCISE: Working out this week was variable. There were two days where I went hard. One where I went to the gym to just walk to simply hit 10,000 steps and I nixed the 4th workout. I know its not the best but we had a massive module exam Monday so my focus had to go to school. I just made sure I was hitting minimums.

DIET: I ate superduper clean this week. I think this is why my weight loss is still going the way its going. We shall see how this next week goes with Valentines day happening and a friend dinner planed. Hopefully I can stay on track!

Peak Weight: 250.0 lbs

Starting Weight: 245.5 lbs

Current Weight: 237.0 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 13.0 lbs

With peace,

-B

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Struggling To Focus

Hello All,

So for those of you who don’t know, I’m in graduate school….. for a second time. oops. Hah! To be specific, I am in school to become a physician assistant. Some of you may already know, but the first year of PA school is crazy intense. Most people will admit its harder than medical school simply because of the speed of the material. My cohort and I basically just study all the time. Eat sleep and breath studying. Study, study, and more studying. But for whatever reason, this module I cannot focus. For the life of me, no matter what setting I put myself in, I am having a hard time focusing. I don’t know if its being anxious, if its because I haven’t been sleeping well, or if I’m just overwhelmed. This is not like my type A self. Usually I am that person that gets tons of things done off the check list everyday. As of late all I can manage is minimal studying, exercising regularly, and attempting to keep track of my diet. That minimal studying is no conducive for the intensity of my program. Whatever it is, I hope it turns around soon. What are your tips for focusing and getting things done?

That is all for now.

-B

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3 Small (EASY) Steps to Start Losing Weight/Living a Healthier Life

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to write a post giving a few easy tips to help people start losing weight; but more importantly, live a healthier life. Let me start out by saying losing weight is NOT EASY. It never has been, it never will be, and if any tips you read say otherwise they’re lying. If it was easy, no one would be overweight or obese. Even though losing weight is hard, YOUR HEALTH IS WORTH THE HARD WORK.

As someone who has lost a significant amount of weight 2 different times and is now working on a 3rd; I know how hard it is to get started. My experiences also have allowed me to collect a few easy habits to slowly introduce easy healthier habits prior going all out on your diet and exercise routine. So without further ado, these tips are things I feel are easy ways to start taking baby steps to living a healthy life and ultimately losing weight.

1-Drink Water. I’m not saying get rid of anything. I’m saying drink water. Drink as much of it as you possible can. Chances are if you’re like any standard America, you are already drinking too little.  Do I suggest you limit your sugary drinks (juice, pop, gatoraid…etc) to live a healthy life? Absolutely! But if you find change is hard, I’d start by just trying to drink more water. By drinking more water, you may find that it is easier to eliminate the less healthy drinks. By doing so you’ll stop drinking your calories and potentially start losing weight. The health benefits range from cosmetic like having clearer skin to reducing your risk of kidney stones and kidney injury. DRINK UP!

2-Eat vegetables/fruits as much as possible. If you’re like me, vegetables are hard. Straight up, I do not innately like many vegetables. I eat them because I know they’re necessary to be healthy. Fruit on the other hand is delicious and I could eat tons of it. Both are great for helping maintain long term health. Most people focus on eliminating bad foods which is definitely a big help to losing weight, but I think focusing on adding in more fruits and veggies is an easier first step. The added benefit is they are naturally low in calories and will help limit your calorie intake without really thinking about it.

3-Stop eating out, completely. Eating out will always be naturally worse for your body and health goals. Most places you eat out are not designed and focused on health. They are focused on salting, seasoning, and sugaring things to create an amazingly delicious experiencing. Eating at home and getting to control the ingredients in your food will make you more cognizant of what is going into your body.  Leading to healthier choices, and ultimately weight loss.

There are tons more things you can do to live a healthier lifestyle, but these are just quick and easy. Remember, you got this. Keep going friends!

That’s all for now,

-B

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Weigh-In Wednesday-2/6/19

I stepped on the scale this morning and could not believe the number I saw. 239!!!!! I broke 140 and officially have lost 10lbs+ I was nervous because my body has been gaining and losing 1-2lbs every day this week. Yes, I weight myself everyday and understand it’ll be slow or water fluctuations, it just serves as a reminder for  me. Honestly, I was worried I was going to say I gained this week because one day I literally jumped up to 242.8lbs.  I’m so glad to finally feel like I am in control of my body and health again. I hope you all have a healthy week and have a great day.

EXERCISE: This week was harder in the gym for some reason. I didn’t have very good runs and lifting was ok. With the exception of the other day where I ran for a straight 9 minutes and then walked 5 then ran another 8 and did 2 minute intervals after. Ever when run days are hard, I still love knowing I’m improving.  When it comes to weights, I’m either getting stronger or I’m not working out hard enough. I’m just not getting sore post workout. Any thoughts or suggestions are welcomed.

DIET: With the exception of the mini binge (1900cal-should be a maintain cal #) my diet has been very clean. I don’t know why my weight isn’t moving the way it should but I’m just going to keep trying.

Peak Weight: 250.0 lbs

Starting Weight: 245.5 lbs

Current Weight: 239.0 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 11.0 lbs

With peace,

-B

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First Binge Since The Diet

Hey All,

So this is actually kind of a sad post. Yesterday I had my first binge since starting my diet back in January. Binge eating is something I have struggled with the majority of my adult life. Its something that had only gotten worse after dieting the first time and even worse after the second. Its hard when you have to restrict foods. Starting the whole “good food” vs. “bad food” thing.

The only good news is this wasn’t a massive binge. I topped out at 1,903 cals according to myfitnesspal. So it technically wasn’t that bad of a binge, but feeling out of control and unable to stop is unhealthy. No matter how much gets eaten. I wanted to review the damage I did. I had a handfuls of vanilla cookies, jolly ranchers, and a few chips. After I felt like junk and went to bed pretty disappointing with myself. Is it weird I’m sad it wasn’t a better binge? One that could have included pizza or T-bell? hah!

Oh well. Today is a new day and I’ll continue on with my better eating at working out. Keep going friends.

-B

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Life Update-Is It Summer Yet?

Hey All,

Normally my posts are centered on my weight loss journey or some random topic. This week has been just a little too hectic and I decided that I just wanted to write a personal post instead. So here is just a quick little life update.

This week has been EXHAUSTING! With the weather here in Michigan being crazy we had several snow days in our graduate program. This has caused a lot of self learning, which is fine except we are expected to do that on top of the few topics they teach us directly. Renal is so overwhelming. God bless nephrologists, but pass. I have 0 desire to manage this complicated mess. Sadly I know I’ll see renal problems with patients everywhere in my future.

We held a bone marrow donor drive via Be the Match this week. It went over very well. I’m super proud of all my classmates and a bit thankful it is over. All the coordinating e-mails became exhausting.  Here are some pictures from the drive.

I have been losing steam when it comes to focusing on my diet and exercise. I am anxious to do my 5K in the spring because my runs lately have felt super difficult. Don’t know why, but my body just isn’t being compliant. Also, have been lifting a little bit. I’m excited to meet with a personal trainer this coming Wednesday to work on lifting a bit more.

That is all for now. Off to hit the books!

With Peace,

-B

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Weigh-In Wednesday- 1/30/19

Good Morning Everyone!

I am excited to announce that I lost 2.6 lbs this week. Two Point Six! YASSSSSS! I’m excited to see that my meal prepping at hard work is paying off.

EXERCISE: I was addicted to the gym this week! For whatever reason, my body really wanted to move. Maybe it just wanted to not study, haha…but ya know! So I went to the gym 5 times this week. I do love that this happens for me occasionally. Once the gym becomes habit after several months, I do begin to crave it. When I don’t go it feels weird. I’m looking forward to when that feeling happens for me consistently.

DIET: I think upping my calorie goal using myfitnesspal was the best choice I could have made for my body. Not only do I feel WAY less hungry (I don’t really ever feel hungry; just before meals) but I think its revved my metabolism. See the crazy weight loss this week despite eating more calories than I have in the past few weeks. To be clear, the majority of those calories were healthy things like vegetables, lean meats, and fruits with a small amount of cheese for dessert. Because lets be honest, cheese is amazing. So I can say my diet has been clean 90% of the time. Even if my weight loss ends up being slower, eating more is SO much better for me in the long run.

 

I actually ended writing too much about the change it my diet. So much so that it became an entirely separate blog post that you can read here. 

Peak Weight: 250.0 lbs

Starting Weight: 245.5 lbs

Current Weight: 241.0 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 9.0 lbs

With peace,

-B