Real Change

Fat Wars: A new hope!

Real Change

Posted by Shunned on 3 years ago

I have lost 175 pounds since staring in Jan of 2013. I have managed to keep it off after hitting my lowest just before Jan of 2014. I am one of the more extreme cases when it comes to juicing and weight loss. I have not done anything unsafe just poured my heart and soul into changing myself and my husband for the better. I exercise no matter what in most cases :)

I started on a group called fabulous fatties and still to this day check in I owe that group quite a bit and even tho many of the people that I know well have come and gone I still call it home.

I started a thread here on forums with some tips I have picked up along the way

http://community.rebootwithjoe.com/discussions/top...

knowledge is power when it comes to changing your life for the better.

keeping the weight off has been more challenging than losing it. juicing is easy eating is harder. I still juice once a day at least usually for a meal and have added smoothies as breakfast for the past few months and love them.

Do i cheat? yes. Im picky with what I cheat with .. I wont eat french fries or red meat (lost my taste for it) I wont eat stuff full of junk or stuff I dont even know what it is. My cheat is usually something from whole foods.. that way I know what I am eating if if its not quite as healthy as it could be. I dont do it often and I dont bring stuff home. I do fluctuate but find as long as I stick to a regular plan such as one smoothie one juice one salad and a healthy snack I drop right back down to where I want to be.

having spent from the age of 8 on overweight being where I am at now feels like a dream. We actually biked over 22 miles the other day in the heat and humidity.. walked threw soft sand for over two hours and sure we were tired but you would have never even seen me in a situation like that two years ago.

I adore Joe cross and Phil and I am also a Richard SImmons junkie! His new work out series called HOPE has changed my life quite a bit. Before that it was sweating to the oldies :)

Id have to say one of my foods I miss the most this time of year is ice cream and Nathans hot dogs.. however I simply find something else to take their place. Strawberries and blueberries are awesome as are avocado! Frozen grapes are the best on a hot day.

I will still check in on the FF group I just thought it was time to start my own thread and let people see how life is after you lose the weight. Being a emotional bored eater its a daily challenge however change is possible. Take it one day at a time and believe in yourself because your worth it!

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Replies To Fat Wars: A new hope!

  • MeghanF

    3 years ago

    What an inspiration! Congrats! I hope to reach my goal soon and we can encourage each other to keep it off!

    How much "wiggle room" do you allow yourself ...meaning how many pounds do you fluctuate before panicking? do you weigh yourself every day?

  • janegray

    3 years ago

    Shunned that is very well said. I too am at my goal weight and staying there is challenging. I have given a lot of energy this past year to discovering the source of my food addiction. I know that to stay at my goal I have to admit to myself daily that I am addicted to sugar and have a plan to eat clean daily. Its been working and I am grateful. I am on a trip right now and have just come form my mother's memorial service. Its a test! But I passed.

    I will be following your thread Shunned. You've got stuff ti say and I want to hear it. thanks

  • Twist95

    1 year ago

    Hello, I think that many of us share the dreaded sugar addiction, so you're not alone. Well done on achieving your goal weight - that's amazing. As you say, staying there is a challenge - congratulations on staying strong at what must have been a very difficult time. I've lost and gained more weight over the years than I'd care to admit - I'm hoping that this time I'll be able to keep it off permanently.

  • Erialle

    3 years ago

    Your words and your courage to make it through all the ups and downs and transform your life to what it is today is very inspirational. Wow, biking 22 miles. I would love to be able to aspire to that type of phyiscal activity.

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us! I definitely want to hear all you have to share!

    I almost forgot to mention how much you helped me with your advice about the coconut water when I did my very first reboot here too. Thank you!!!!!!

  • Shunned

    3 years ago

    Thank you all! I can only hope to help people find the freedom I have. I never let my weight slow me down but I am amazed at what I wouldnt even entertain doing when I was at my biggest. Its been very eye opening needless to say.

    My mom and I had breakfast out this morning and I got two eggs and a cup of fruit.. I get thats it ? I get that alot lol.. and I just smile and say yes thats it!

    my wiggle room is ten pounds.. sure it sounds like alot but I have found its not.. and as long as I go back to my normal eating after a day thats off or I miss a juice things really do balance out. I also started doing toning nearly everyday and that adds muslce and that weighs more so originally I had a five pound buffer but I deal with ten better mentally :)

    Battling with myself daily with food issues is not something I susupect will ever change and I if I let my guard down it would be very easy to gain way to much back.

    Im pretty open about my experiances with this so I hope everyone feels free to ask for help or advice.

    remember it might seem impossible but if you give it just a week or two of your time the results speak for themselves.. my blood work I got back makes me look like super woman *grins*

  • Shunned

    3 years ago

    I do weigh myself everyday.. in the morning in my birthday suite is best :) keeps me on track!

  • Natshell62

    3 years ago

    I thought I already reminded you... you ARE Superwoman!! LOL I think the 10 lbs of wiggle room makes sense. Unless you are one of those tiny little lightweights, your weight (at least mine) can fluctuate 5 lbs in a week just from changes in water, how much I exercise, etc. I would drive myself crazy worrying about it at every 5lbs.

    So glad you posted this thread. It is so important for new people to have someone who has stuck it out and seen all the ups and downs. You, Katie and Dan are my favorite people to tell people to look to for inspiration. Real life, where the rubber meets the road, example of how this works over the long term.

  • Shunned

    3 years ago

    today was our last day of mini stay cation.. back to work but looking forward to another mini vacation start of august. going to be hot humid and gross out this week.. yay?? boo!!

    doing well staying on track its amazing how fast I bounce back to a good weight after a day or two of not juicing or having a treat. happy about that! Whenever I have a juice I feel like myself again its like drinking a green earthy glass of energy hehe

    I will be wearing shorter shorts and a tank top to work *gasp* this is totally not normal for me..in the past it was boys shorts and two shirts... one to hide my bra the other big enough to cover my stomach.. ahhh change is good expecially in this hot weather !!!

    goodnight all!

  • Shunned

    3 years ago

    Today was a very hot day. Now I know coffee is a debated topic but its my one vice.. I have about three cups a week maybe four difference now is I drink it black with stevia.. before it was coffee with my cream and sugar. our favorite coffee shop is in process of moving so we went to a starbucks (not a fan) as I was waiting in line I was like oOOO evolution juices! good to know they have them if I am even in a pinch! here in CT we have like no juice bars near us so I do alot of planning ahead!

    as hot and gross as it was I batted my eyes at my husband and we went for a walk hehe juice tasted really good in hot weather.

    tip to those who like green tea.. I made a batch with mint leaves and put it in mason jars .. cold green tea.. yum yum yum!! so good for you to!

  • Erialle

    3 years ago

    You mentioned drinking green tea. I swore off caffeine years ago--about 14 years actually-- and have avoided green tea because it has the dreaded C-word. I have looked to see if there is actually an herbal type of green tea but all I have been able to find are 'de-caff' which still has some negligble amounts of caffeine. Have you found any 'herbal'=noncaff versions anywhere or know of any brands I could be on the look out for?

    And good for you taking your husband out for a walk in the hot weather!

  • Girlvolcano

    3 years ago

    shunned, I love the mint tea idea!

  • Shunned

    3 years ago

    Hi Erialle I have found the as you said "decaf" green teas but its hard to find no caffine. I do however love herbal teas and often make them. Summer the taste just as good cold. Our favorite is the good earth spicy tea.. its cinnimon.. its not spicy hot but its really good hot or cold!!

  • Erialle

    3 years ago

    I must admit I have never tried making any herbal teas into cold teas. What do you do, brew it, leave it out a little bit to cool then stick it in the fridge to get cold?

    Thanks for the tip. I will see if I can find something like that to try. I certainly don't drink many teas as it is and I do like cinnimon :D

  • Gypsea

    2 years ago

    good earth sweet and spicy has caffeine. They make a decaf, I have a box of each at all times

  • Shunned

    3 years ago

    the good earth cinimon tea is so yummy! Yes I brew it bring it to boil cover it and let it cool.. throw it in mason jars in fridge and wala! its tasty! we have mint in garden so I use a few leaves of that.. can get strong fast so be careful :)

  • Erialle

    3 years ago

    I will look for that. I was reading some of the ingredients on a Sleepy Time...can't remember the exact name but known for their herbal teas and was surprised it wasn't just tea leaves! And once I find it or something similar, I will try that method to make some cold tea for days I really don't want to have somethng warm/hot. Thank you!

  • The New George

    3 years ago

    As far as herbal teas go my favorite is Yogi's Egyptian Licorice.

    Shunned, I agree with you that I will have to be vigilant the rest of my life. But you know what? I don't mind. It's worth it. I've always dreamed of being fit, athletic, "normal." I LOVE being able to jog, exercise, move. I feel so good when I eat clean and healthy. Why throw that away to satisfy some mental craving? What, the cravings are still there? Of course they are - there's 4 decades of history behind those cravings. But now I'm in control. Thank goodness for the reboot breaking the grip that food had on me.

    The physical side has been transformed but I'm just now coming to grips with the psychological side. When someone at work calls me skinny, I struggle to grasp it. I feel like an obese man masquerading in a normal body. "Obese." What a word! I mean that's all that I've ever been. For some reason I think I felt safer and more secure as a fat man. Now I feel "exposed." Honestly, I think part of it was that whenever something went wrong, I could blame it on being fat. Passed over for a promotion? "They're just discriminating against an otherwise capable man because he's fat." Couldn't play with the kids? "I can't - I hurt too much. I'm too exhausted." Relations with my wife? Financial problems? Family problems? My excuse is gone and I'm completely exposed. It now appears I'm going to succeed or fail based on my essential self and the choices I make. Which is, of course, all it ever was anyway.

    Sorry to get weird and heavy on everyone. Realizing that the detox and fat loss process helped heal and restore my body, I need to perform a similar "mental detox" and get rid of all those old ways of thinking that were holding me back throughout my life. My wife, who is an MD, told me last year that I didn't have much time left due to my obesity and associated diseases. Now I feel like I have an entire new life ahead of me and I don't want to waste it.

  • Irish Lass

    3 years ago

    George, I really liked your post. I have only started but I find even day 5 I can't hide behind food anymore I have to deal with life as it is. Full of emotional baggage which I will deal with step by step as I regain my energy and health. Best of luck to you in your journey.

  • Girlvolcano

    3 years ago

    that is wonderful, thank you so much for sharing.

  • Stephanie

    2 years ago

    Wow, George, I loved reading your post. I was once a slim woman and quite attractive at that weight by other people's standards. Now I am obese and invisible. I wonder why because I still feel like a slim woman in a fat body. I don't recognise myself in photos, windows or mirrors. I don't get jobs or promotions that once would have been a cinch. Despite my weight, I'm very active and guys I have a lot in common with simply aren't interested in me because I don't look like other active women. They used to be, so it can't be just an unlikable personality. But I'm rebooting now (day four) and hope to lose 35kg (77lb) back to the weight I was in my profile photo seven years ago. When I get back there, will my mental and physical images match again or will I feel like you, exposed and an obese woman in a slim body? Any way. Thanks for the opportunity to share with you and good luck on your journey. I hope you learn to live in your new body to it's fullest potential!

  • Grammy Kathy

    2 years ago

    truly an inspiration George!

  • TerryC95125

    2 years ago

    so well said new George!

  • dreamermommy

    2 years ago
    You really hit the nail on the head. It is easy to use your weight as an excuse. Something we may not even realize we are doing until it is gone. This is definitely a mental journey as much or more than a physical one.

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