Friday, February 12, 2016
How to Get Back on Track
So, how do you get back on track when your healthy living passenger train has derailed? Mine likes to take detours quite often...seemingly more often than it stays on course. Perhaps I am a magical wizard, perfecting the wizardery required for...
I have no idea where I was going with that...
But, coming back to a point...
When I get off track with eating or drinking, I have a couple things that help me refocus.
One of those things is setting an intention for the week. I really like making my goals weekly. During my first year of weight loss, I had a goal to lose 120 pounds in 12 months. I broke that down to 30 pounds every three months, 10 pounds every month, with a 2-3 pound weekly goal. It totally worked for me. There were weeks that I didn't lose of course. And there were some weeks that I gained. But they balanced out with the weeks that I lost more than 2-3 pounds.
So, you should have a stretch goal. Like your master goal.
You should have milestones along the path to that master goal.
And you should have mini-goals...sort of check points on your path.
And 7 days of doing something or focusing on something seems like a do-able amount of time. I mean really...it's just 7 days right?
So this week I created a visual reminder of why I am choosing healthier foods and why I am not drinking my calories, and why I am working out. This week I am focusing on loosing some of my fat so I can better see my enormous muscles. Because let me tell you sumpin...underneath this protective layer is a professional fitness competitor. SO, I wrote that goal down and taped it to my bathroom mirror. It really has helped.
Next week I may choose a nutrition focus. Water, or veggies, or fruits....we will see.
Other things that have helped me in the past is looking/finding pictures of myself at a lower weight that I really liked. Reminds me of how good I can look.
Writing my target weight goal for the week on piece of paper and taping it to my computer also can help. So if I weigh in on Monday and I weigh 190, and I want to weigh 188 by NEXT Monday, I will write that 188 on a post-it so I look at it. That's from the book the Secret. If you've never read it, you should buy it and have a perusing.
So there you have it!
x's and o's
Posted by Amy W. at Friday, February 12, 2016 6 comments
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Cellulite, Fat Rolls, & Stretch Marks: Love Yourself Anyways
I've been thinking a lot lately about self love. Not the naughty, "it's just a back massager" kind of self love, but the "'You is kind. You is smart. You is important." kind of love. I have found myself lately keenly aware that many of my closest people might be lacking in their love of self...and it makes me sad for them. And it makes me wonder why I am different. And what makes someone confident and safe in their skin, while others spend so much time hating their bodies?
CLEARLY, I have been on the more confident end of the spectrum for awhile. Some...like my sister...may tell you that I came out of our mother looking for the camera, waving and winking at the medical staff. Unfortunately, my mother didn't film my grand entrance into the world, so we can never be sure. And sometimes my siblings make things up...so you have to keep that in mind. But, I am sure that the fact that I had a family that made me feel precious and cute (with the exception of my brother for the first two decades of my life) helped in my self confidence. And even over 300 pounds, I tried to live like AT LEAST a slim 200 pound women. If you've followed me for long, you've most likely seen the pictures of me hip hopping around on the beach in a big girl bikini, toe-pointed, modeling for no one in particular and everyone at the same time.
And now, hovering around the 190's, I am far from "perfect". But sometimes I feel pretty darn good about myself. Here is an example.
Down here in the south, Mardi Gras is something. There are parades. Stinky beads. Drinking. Well my wonderful friend gave me these here pants to wear to the Beach Parade. I didn't really want to try them on as they seemed miniature and I feared would not do much in the cellulite camouflage department. But I slipped those suckers on and turned around to look at my ass and rear thighs...and guess what?!
CELLULITE CITY DUDES!
But...and here is the important part...I looked at that hail damage for all of 6 seconds, turned back around and PRETENDED LIKE IT WASN'T THERE FOR THE NEXT 6-8 HOURS.
I mean so what? I have cellulite. I have stretch marks. I have fat rolls. I can still feel sexy. I can still look good. I can still stand up straight, walk with confidence, and know I am something. I try not to dwell on the "bad". What a waste of time it is. Hating your body adds nothing to your day. It adds nothing to your spirit. Hating your body doesn't make things better. And you know what? I got TONS of compliments on my pants. And perhaps, oh I am sure there were a couple of people out there who may have noticed my lumpy ass and had a comment, but I didn't hear them and I didn't care.
And you shouldn't either.
People often say to me "amy, you never take a bad picture. You are so photogenic"! Well, just to prove my point, I have pulled some less flattering photographic evidence for you. Do you see my saggy inner thigh? Do you see my huge leg?
Look. Another one of my huge leg. Look. A muffin top and cellulite.
And see those stretch marks and see that fat?
In closing, I want to say a few things to my people.
To my friend that compares herself to all of her skinny friends. Know that size doesn't determine your worth. How you treat people, how you make them feel...that matters. So hold your head up high, swing your size 12 ass, and be happy.
To my friend that worries so much about what people think about him at the gym, or in the airport, or at work, or on the street...if you don't know them, don't sweat them. You have come a long ways from the boy with his trumpet and striped sweatervest in his senior pictures. Somewhere along the way you even grew a heart. Keep working on your shoulders (inside joke), but know that you are pretty hot.
To my friend that thinks she has to drink to be fun . You are perfect sans drinks. You are kind. You are dedicated. And you are my friend. So automatically, you have street cred. I promise you are worth it. And I promise you are worth more than you know. (granted...this one is not body related)
And to all of my friends in cyberland who hide from the camera. I know that being the center of attention is not for everyone. And taking gym selfies can seem slightly arrogant and tacky...but if you are hiding from the camera until you are thinner, or more fit, or skinnier...nah. Life's too short. Take the pictcha, slap a bitch up (sorry...Ludacris comes out from time to time).
And to anyone reading this thinking "If you love yourself so damn much...why are you always trying to lose weight...or get bigger muscles...?"
Loving yourself doesn't mean you don't want to improve on yourself. It just means that in the process of improving, you aren't wasting your energy on hating.
Happy Tuesday Friends.
Posted by Amy W. at Tuesday, February 09, 2016 5 comments
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Lapbands and Wedding Bands
Sometimes, when I am feeling really deep or thinking deep existential thoughts, I think about the butterfly effect, defined here by google as: In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.
In other words, I think about how all the little (and big) decisions over the course of my lifetime have led me to that very moment I find myself in. That's really why I don't believe in regrets. I don't regret anything really...because everything brought me here. And to Heather. And to my wedding. And to my current health.
I know. It's okay if you roll you eyes. Sometimes I roll my eyes at myself. But I wouldn't change my past because it has created my present.
And getting the lapband certainly led me here. It led to me to they gym at work where Heather taught fitness classes...which led me to the weight room where possibly inappropriate flirting took place. And it led me to the workout room at our wedding venue...shoulder pressing 20's with my wife. Life is crazy. And most of the time, I really like it :)
So welcome to our wedding! I owe these pictures to Stephanie and her husband. Stephanie is a fellow lapbander, and one of the originals from when we all started blogging over 7 years ago. We met in Chicago during the first lapband girls meet-up, and after gay marriage became legal in all 50 states, her and her husband raffled off wedding shoot. They drove all the way up from South Florida and we couldn't be happier with all the pics. You can find their facebook page here.
I loved my dress...but had serious anxiety about it right up until the day. I didn't think I wanted strapless, or a corset, or tons of ruffles, but the first time I tried this on, I fell in love with it...and myself. My shoes were Betsy Johnson, on clearance...it all came together.
Me: Get your shit together Amy. You are an ACTRESS. What is your role? What is your character?
Me: I am a stoic bride marrying for money.
Me: Good. Go with that.
These are our wonderful centerpieces.
My parents don't mind as much...well maybe my dad...who appears to be sleeping.
And I have NO IDEA why there is not a picture with my sister! Everything is kinda a blur...but my sister, 16 years my senior, is one of my best friends. I love her and it was an honor she said yes to my invitation for her to be my bridesmaid. I wish there were pictures of her from my bachelorette party...but that's another story for another time (someone who doesn't drink much found some a jug of rum punch....mmmkay)
And while I loved my sparkly wedges, those soon were shed for more comfy converse. Here we are doing our best to Wobble.
1. For years, people have told me that I wouldn't have time to eat at my own wedding. To which I said...OH I WILL EAT! Turns out...not so much. We invited 200 people, and there was barely time to catch my breath let alone eat. On our way to the hotel that night I was starving (Heather was trying not to puke from copious amounts of Fireball and beer).
3. We ordered way to much food.
4. Everything goes by so fast.
5. Weddings are exhausting.
6. My mother worked too damn hard, but the fact that she hustled and stressed and planned and cooked and created just so I could have my dream day...well that means more to me than she probably knows.
6. The day after the wedding, when you realize you never have to plan another wedding (because if this goes south I am moving to Maine, buying a little cabin to live in with all my dogs, and "entertaining" lobstermen and women when they come in to port)...is such a great feeling!
Posted by Amy W. at Wednesday, February 03, 2016 11 comments
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