Taking Back the 9

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

And the Shrink Said.....

I had my first meeting with the behavioral psychologist at iMetabolic this week. At first I thought it might be a bunch of BS but after spending an hour with someone who listened to ME talk the entire time and then helped ME figure out why I eat what I do, when I do and how I do I discovered that it wasn't a bunch of BS -- but something that I should have done a while ago. There seems to be a pattern with my eating and drinking and it's called habit. I feel as if I need that wine when I get home and that it's the only thing that's going to make me relax. Or that I need that plate of cheese, crackers, oil and bread to go with the wine -- after all they do compliment each other. I remember when I was pregnant I would drink my Pellegrino in a wine glass so I felt as if I was getting that glass everyday -- it was more the habit of drinking it while I cook dinner than the actual need for the wine. Now -- I'm not going to lie. I will never give up my wine -- it is one of my favorite things. But I am going to try integrating what the therapist called "pleasant activities" into my evening. Instead of a glass everyday after work I'm going to try a walk in evening, a hot bath (with my two lovely children of course because no one can take a bath without Ever and his toys), writing in my journal, organizing my pictures -- anything really that helps me focus on ME (imagine that) and relax a bit. So -- we'll see how it goes. This weight loss plan is all about breaking habits and establishing new ones so I'm willing to give this a shot. I'm off home to sling back some Pellegrino and write a soppy love poem to Ty in my journal.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

My First Weigh In

Greetings Fellow dieters! Today was the big day -- my first weigh in. I was really, really nervous because even though I've been pretty good on my diet I haven't been perfect. But then nobody is really perfect. I met Dr. Pamela Corson first and we went over my challenges with the program as well as my reasons for wanting to lose weight. Lucky for me it's not because I've got my eye on some hot two piece for Memorial Day, but because I want to run around after my kids and not keel over from exhaustion. Dr. Pam is amazing and really helped me re-focus and understand WHY weight loss is important. Love that gal! Once we wrapped up I stepped onto the InBody Machine and to my absolute delight discovered that I'd lost 8.1 pounds of body fat mass -- WHOA!!!! Plus my sexy Kohl's sale rack jeans are starting to get a bit big around the waist. So - today is a great day. My iMetabolic diet is really working and Dr. Sasse's daily tips are keeping me motivated and on track. I love the accountability -- that's what I need to keep me coming back for more!

My Introduction Video!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Why Do I have to Drink These Shakes

So -- I've been complaining about the shakes a bit but then Mark over at iMetabolic sent me this list of reason why drinking the shakes is going to help in my battle of the big belly. I thought I'd share these reason here!

a. Enhancing the metabolic process by sending signals to use rather than signals to store body fat.
b. Eating six (6) meals per day.
c. Permitting the overall caloric levels to come down sufficiently to burn 2 to 4 pounds of body fat per week.
d. Smoothing out blood chemistry and the glycemic index so that the metabolism will function more efficiently and at higher levels.
e. Reducing cravings that often occur for most eaters in the late afternoon and early evening.
f. Allowing a great sense of satiety (satisfaction) by telling the brain that the body is full and not hungry.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Burn Baby Burn

I did make it to the gym last night -- had a great workout for 40 minutes on the treadmill and felt really good after wards! I didn't make it to the gym five times last week, but did make it three times and I think that's pretty good -- you've got to start somewhere. I'm doing personal training at the South Reno Rac and that's really helping me stay committed. We are starting out with two days a week and three days cardio (but as you can see I haven't made it five days yet). I almost died the first time -- I thought my muscles were going to revolt and I invested in a HUGE tub of Ben Gay to help ease me back to health. But the second time wasn't so bad and by my fourth workout I actually felt pretty good -- like I'd been going to the gym for weeks. It's funny how quickly exercise can work -- only five workouts and I can feel the difference. I'm doing my best to stick to the iMetabolic diet and have done pretty good so far -- but life happens and sometimes I slip but I just jump right back on. One M & M isn't going to stop me in my tracks! I'm still reading Dr. Sasse's 101 Medically Proven Tips for Losing Weight. Each one helps me keep on track.

Today's Tip: Don't Eat Directly out of the box

Monday, January 18, 2010

Getting Started

I weigh a little over 200 pounds. Yep -- 200 hard earned, well placed and equally distributed pounds. I've been told I carry my weight well -- my butt is big, my belly is big, my thighs are big. Lucky for me everything is very well proportioned -- so I'm just big all round. I recently gave birth to a perfect little eight pound angel and I really did expect the 50 pounds of fat I gained during my pregnancy to fall right off. I kept waiting and waiting but after two months I'd only dropped 15 pounds -- what was up with that? I thought it would all just melt away. That's when I met the folks from iMetabolic. They reached out to me to help them establish a PR campaign for 2010 and I saw a great opportunity -- why didn't I go on the diet to see if it really works? After all what better way to really rep and understand a product than by embracing it and introducing it into your own life. So -- I cut them a deal. Sure -- I'll help you with the PR for iMetabolic, but in exchange I wanted to do the program from beginning to end.
I met with Tracey, one of the counselors, and we began my journey to health and happiness. I logged in at about 204 pounds and almost half of that is body fat. It takes a lot to admit that, but I'm ready, willing and able to make that change. So -- each week I'll be posting video, photos and random thoughts about my life changing weight management plan! Yes -- photos of me in a bathing suit coming soon.