Being that I'm at home, its a challenge to not eat all the time. Snacking, meals, taste testing, repeat. Staying inside and no treadmill or equipment means no exercise. All this was what I was faced with in the past when I was a stay at home mom. History tends to repeat itself, and oh boy it sure is!! I gotta fix that ASAP cause I've already gained 12 lbs. since I've started working from home August 2021.
So here's where I have to think constructively. Where there's a problem, there has to be a solution to fix it. As you all know, my inspiration for this blog is to lose weight, and to help/inspire others to do the same. Here's what I plan on doing:
I stumbled upon this app called "Lose Weight in 30 Days" by Simple Designs Ltd. I read the reviews and people have said they've lost weight by following the instructions, day by day. It tells you what to eat and what exercises you can do. It's free and you can also buy the premium plan which isn't a whole whole lot ($40 is all and I think that's it). Major plus: there's little to no equipment needed, just yourself in some comfy workout clothes.
My plan is I'm gonna be the guinea pig here and see if this app really does help you lose weight. I mean looking at the meals, snacks, the exercises.....it all looks legit and sustainable. Sustainable is critical here. From looking at the meal plan its balanced and with snacks cause who likes feeling hungry anyway? Also another plus is the exercises are guided by the voice prompts and timer to help you go from one exercise to the next and if you're not sure about how to do an exercise or how to have the correct form, they have videos to watch for reference. The workouts are also short as well (HIIT) and they have a library full of exercises for beginner to expert, depending on your fitness level.
Another plus is the meal plans, when followed correctly, looks like it will teach portion control to maintain the weight lost. Plus I believe it will also teach my body and mind what to eat, how to cook it, and which to eat in moderation (like for example 1 cookie....and leave them. That's all, not like before when moderation wasn't being practiced. In other words, half the darn pack in one sitting!) to where it will become second nature to me.
So...being that I self-nominated to be guinea pig, I'll keep track of and make note each day here on how I feel, how it went, anything and everything to enlighten all you readers out there. Wish me luck!
*Bonus points: Breakfast tomorrow is oatmeal and I already have my overnight oats in the fridge for in the morning!*
Starting Weight: 212 lbs
Goal Weight: 170 lbs
Height: 5' 0"
36 years old
Ok so I've gotten out of the habit of taking my Obvi supplements, mainly because I introduced glucomannan 3x daily to see how my body reacts to it. I found it at my local Wal-Mart, they had their brand of Lipozene on sale for $11 which isn't bad. I can say, legit it does make me eat less which equals less calorie intake. Another plus to taking it 3x daily, I drink a very tall glass of water with that stuff because the warning on the label is to drink lots of water when taking the supplement to make sure it goes to work in your stomach and not your esophagus and the general beginning of your digestive system.
So I get at least 6 cups in a day and I've noticed I've been leaning towards drinking more water because of it. Like something inside me is saying it's your destiny .....haha! But no really, its that voice that steers us in the right directions. You know it when it echoes in your mind. Follow it, as you listen it gets stronger, and helps you.
Looking back when I lost weight in 2014, I recall hearing that voice on the daily, I chalk it up to God. That little voice is whoever you believe it is. I don't hate on other religions because my oldest is following the Wiccan path and I'm okay with that because to each their own and that's what makes all of us unique and unique = awesome. :) Plus I know that Wicca does teach responsibility and accountability when followed correctly and a real Christian loves others (at least tries to, being that we are human we aren't perfect and that's perfectly okay!) and accepts others and doesn't judge them but religion is a topic for another day, another story.
So I'm gonna start back with my supplements, they do help I've noticed the Detox makes me feel lighter and fair warning it does help you poop (plus aunt flo is going bye bye which also plays a factor), the Carb Blocker also does curb my appetite (which also has a bit of glucomannan in it), and the Collagen Burn gives me more energy on top of all the coffee I've been drinking (I'm a coffee lover btw!) I just use creamer, I don't do sugar and all that extra fluff I wanna taste my coffee, not the other stuff. The Carb Blocker is coming in handy this time of year cause the baking, cooking, and the holidays are upon us and that means good treats and good eats and possible weight gain. What I am up for doing is eating the goodies in moderation and early on in the day that way I got the whole day to burn them off.
So enough of my rambling, my next thing I would like to do is post a picture of me and my stats to give myself a beginning point (which I am DREADING!!) I don't feel confident in my own skin anymore, I feel like I'm "letting myself go" and I don't like that. The numbers don't bother me its how I look and feel that makes it and breaks it. This isn't where I want to be in regards to my health and appearance. My husband thinks I'm sexy and that's awesome (pudge and all) but I don't feel it like I used to. Therefore, I'm trying to change my lifestyle habits around so I lose weight healthily and safely.
Ok y'all, stay tuned for the next blog post to see what's up! <3
5 Simple Rules for Amazing Health Article from Healthline.com
I just read this article and to sum it all up, it all makes sense and is easy advice to follow. Now the hardest part is sticking to it. Again, adopting healthier habits pops up in my blog posts because like they said at the end of the post: "For this reason, it’s critical to aim for a lifestyle change. Being healthy is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time and you need to stick with it for life."
Here's the 5 tips they provided:
1. Do not put bad things in your body
2. Build muscle and exercise
3. Get good sleep
4. Avoid unnecessary stress
5. Feed your body whole, clean foods
I was doing research on this supplement called Glucomannan. It is supposed to keep you full and satiated for longer because it absorbs 50x its weight in water. Glucomannan is natural because it comes from the Konjac root and in supplement form, for weight loss, 1 pill 3x daily 15 minutes to an hour before meals with 1-2 glasses of water in order to be most effective. The point of this supplement is to create extra bulk in your stomach so that you feel full quicker and satiated, therefore consuming less calories.
But like the article also says, even though you have a supplement to help you eat less, you still need to eat healthier. Otherwise, what's the point?! In order to be healthy, eat healthy. What I have learned about where I lost weight in the past 80% is your diet and 20% is exercise/strength training. When I look back, I believe that statement is nothing but the truth.
Article link: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/glucomannan
Hope this helps or inspires all you readers out there. Leave a comment if you'd like. I'd love to hear from you. <3