"The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind." ~G.K. Chesterton
I used to have an awesome body. True story. I was pretty obsessed with being "hot" up until I reached the age of 23. Then I guess I got lazy. I was also 23 when I got married. Coincidence? I don't think so. Tehe Up until that age I weighed 125 pounds, was always exercising and tanning. By baby number 4, I had shot up to over 170 pounds. I'm 5'3". I must say though, I did lose 40 pounds before I found out I was pregnant with Adrian (babe #4). I was very motivated back then, but then I found out I was pregnant AGAIN and just gave up. 4 years later, and I'm back up to 170 pounds. It has really taken a toll on my self-esteem and the way I feel about myself. I feel like me, but when I look in the mirror, I see a stranger. It's a little disheartening. I have tried diets since gaining all this weight but just never had the drive to follow through with them. So, one night while I was on the phone with my sister Crystal (http://www.yayasideas.blogspot.com), we were discussing her weight loss journey. She's had some weight struggles too, but started taking some weight loss pills that her doctor prescribed and has been exercising and eating more sensibly. As we were talking,an idea bagan hatching in my head. We weigh about the same right now, so I thought it would be a great idea to turn this into a friendly competition! I'm SUPER competitive, so turning this into a game seemed to be the perfect motivation. I know, I know, a healthier, thinner me should be motivation enough but honestly, it's not. I just don't have the drive. Until now. She and I started our competition Saturday and we're already s*%t talking! It's fun! Whoever gets down to 125 lbs. first is the winner, and I'm going to make sure it's me! I have been eating good without giving it a second thought. A friend of mine suggested trying out the Scarsdale Medical Diet. It's low carb and low cal and it seems to be a pretty effective diet. The claim is, that you can lose up to 20 pounds in two weeks. (I'm going to Panama City in two weeks so it's perfect timing!) You do the diet for two weeks and then you go off of it for 2 weeks, while maintaining good eating habits, but not as strict. Then if you still want to lose more weight, you just go back to the first phase for another 2 weeks. You can keep alternating this until you are at your ideal weight. Here's the link to the most informative website I've come across for the diet.
And here's the official website:
I have also set up a board for all of the good exercise and beauty tips I have found on Pinterest.
So, I'm going to stick to all of this and hopefully I'll be seeing some results soon. I will keep y'all updated! Now, I am not a doctor or a weight loss specialist, so make sure you do your own research if you decide to try out this diet. What works for one may not work for another, and since I've just started this myself, I'm not even sure if it works for me yet. But it's not like a fat overload like the Atkins diet is. You're eating healthily and that couldn't hurt.
I'd love to hear your weight loss stories, too! Whether you're just in the "thinking about it" phase or your in the midst of losingweight right now, your posts are welcomed and appreciated! Wish me luck!