Redefining Lisa One Step at a Time

My journey to health and happiness

Join My DietBet!!! June 24, 2014

I am going to need accountability and motivation after my vacation!  Join in with me!

Cost $25 per player

Begins 7/20/2014

Ends 8/17/2014

Here is the link to my game!

http://www.dietbetter.com/games/45825

How much can we lose together????

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Diet Bet and Achieve Mint June 23, 2014

Filed under: Favorite Things,Motivation — redefininglisa @ 9:06 pm
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DietBet   Set Up Or Join A Weight Loss Game.

 

I am always looking for (and needing) motivation.  I find it a lot on Instagram (I am lduval14, follow me and then see who I follow…a ton of great people and motivational sites).  One girl I follow on Facebook and Instagram is Sunshine.  Her blog title is Sunshine’s Journey to 199.  She is a great person and is also working hard to obtain her goals.

She is who introduced me to Diet Bet.  It is a website where people can set up “games” for weight loss.  It is monitored closely so people cannot cheat, and you pay to enter the game.  If you win, you split the pot of money with the other people who also won.  So, worst case scenario, you win your initial money back and best case, you win some extra money for smaller jeans!

Right now, the game I am in is with Sunshine and the goal is to lose 4% of my body weight in 4 weeks. It cost $25 to join the game and the “pot” is now over $21,000!!!  You can share success, discuss strategies, like comments, become friends with other gamers, and really find a good support system in an easy to use, online forum.  You can also share your workouts and connect other apps (like my fitbit) to help you track your activity on this site as well.  I will definitely let you know how it goes and I am also planning on starting my own game once I get back from vacation because I am sure I will need the extra motivation!

Here is the website….check it out and let me know what you think!

http://www.dietbetter.com/

 

Next is AchieveMint.  This is a no-brainer.

AchieveMint

 

Basically it is exactly as the picture says. If you are an app user, mostly a fitness app user, you create an account, keep tracking your weight, workouts, steps, etc. like always and AchieveMint uses your data (kind of like you would give information through a survey, but without the survey….or work…or anything) and once you hit a certain amount of points, you receive a $50 gift card.  Period. Nothing else.  Like I said, no-brainer.  It takes some time to accumulate your points, but who cares, you are working out and stuff anyways, might as well get a little something in return.  Like I said, new jeans 🙂

Here is the link to this site as well.

https://www.achievemint.com/

 

Stay motivated people!!

Please let me know if you have any other tips and tricks up your sleeve!!!

 

 

 

Don’t Forget About Non-Scale Victories June 4, 2014

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Sometimes when the scale seems to be slowing down as it has for me lately, I need to remind myself of changes that are not necessarily being  represented by the numbers on the scale.  These non-scale victories are what keeps me motivated and encouraged.   Here are some  that I have experienced as of lately:

1.  I bought new underware….at Victoria’s Secret.  They are not even the biggest size that they carry.  That was huge for me, I used to not even be able to step into that place.

2.  I shopped last week and bought some things from H&M, once again not the biggest size they carry, and they are cute, trendy things that I have  been dying to buy.

3.  I am out of plus sizes for just about everything now. I even fit into a size 14 jean jacket, which I bought of course 🙂

4.  I used to be able to do 5 minutes on the stair treadmill (see stair “dread”mill post here).  I can now do 20.  I still hate it and I still want to die, but I can do it.

5.  I have increased my weight in every single one of my weight lifting exercises.  That makes me feel pretty damn badass, especially when I am doing weights that are as heavy as some of the men at the gym.

6.  My endurance is definitely increasing.  When I began I could hardly do 5 minutes on the elliptical (see elliptical issues here).  My pace was under 3.5 mph.  I can now do interval on level 6 at a pace between 5.5 and 6 mph.

7.  I have learned how to push myself and I know now I won’t die doing it.  That is a major difference from before.  Last time I lost the weight, it took  a lot longer, mostly because once my heart rate got higher, I stopped working as hard.  Now, I am going….”balls to the wall”….every day.  Sweat dripping down my face, down my shirt, on the floor….and I LOVE IT!

8.  People tell me I am  an inspiration.  Wasn’t what I was going for,  but it has definitely helped my motivation, so now spread the word.  The more people  I feel the need to be accountable to, the better.

9.  Small thigh gap.

10.  My BMI has gone from a 49 to a 35.1.

11.  I am happier.  All the time.

12.  I am more confident.  I no longer feel like that fat girl walking into a room and  wondering what people think about me.  I feel “normal”.

13.  My kids and husband are proud of me.

14.  I don’t sweat as much when I am just doing regular things (not working out) basically because my body isn’t having to work as hard to move it around.

15.  Although the scale says I still have some more weight to lose, I can see  the light at the end of the tunnel, and I am now starting to research maintenance.  I have never felt that close to my goal before to even contemplate how to keep it off once I am done losing.  My life has been either a period of gaining or losing.  Never maintaining.

I am sure I could think of more, but this is a pretty good start.  Remember, the scale does not tell you everything about your journey.  While you are working on this new lifestyle, you are also getting stronger, healthier and learning to life in a way that will allow you to not just exist, but enjoy your life!

 

Why I Decided to Go Public May 20, 2014

Filed under: Favorite Things,Motivation,Personal,Self-Discovery — redefininglisa @ 8:41 pm
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If you look back, you will notice I have been keeping this blog for a few years now. I started this the first time I lost all this weight, which was over two years ago. Last time I lost about 75 pounds in 10 months. This time, so far, I have lost about 82 pounds and it has taken me about 6 months.

Why have I just recently decided to make this blog more public? Simply put….I was embarrassed. I never thought of myself as big as I was, I always thought I looked….ok. I would buy clothes that I felt covered up what needed covered up, and I rarely took pictures of myself or was in pictures.

I was in a major denial.

I know I still have some ways to go, but I’m done being embarrassed. Those of you who follow me, like my posts, my pictures, my statuses on my Facebook page have no idea how much I appreciate your support and encouragement. You are the people I don’t want to let down, you are the people to whom I want to be accountable. So when I saw that one picture of my weight loss was seen by over 400 people I realized instead of being embarrassed, I need to be proud. Proud of how far I have come, and proud of what I have accomplished in such a short amount of time without gimmicks or surgery, simply with hard word and watching calories. Eating less and moving more.

So please continue to like my posts, share my pages, comment on what I am doing and add your own suggestions, successes and ideas. Whether is it a new recipe or a new workout, I am always looking for ideas to keep me moving forward.

Someone told me the other day that I was an inspiration. I’ll never forget that moment. I never set out to do this for anyone else, I was simply doing to for myself, to have something to look back on when I needed to see how far I have come. But to be someone’s inspiration, that really humbled me and encouraged me. I do not want to let that person down.

I’m not special. I was just a girl who was sick and tired of being fat and uncomfortable and not able to wear the cute clothes I always saw when I was shopping. I wanted to be able to be active for my family and for my husband and for me. You can’t do this for anyone else, you have to want it for yourself.

Be a little selfish. You are totally worth it.

Today, you inspired me.

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Some Motivation for the Upcoming Holiday Weekend April 16, 2014

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Excuses are only hurting you.  They affect no one else but you.  Period.  Start small. It is going to hurt, but let me tell you, it is worth it.

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I find that on the days I really need to talk myself  into working out are the days I have the best workouts.  I still mentally have to push myself to work out.  It’s never something I look forward to.  But it is a necessary evil, and it’s made 65 pounds fall off my behind (and other places) in 6 months.  That’s what keeps me going.

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Stop looking at food for happiness. It’s not.  It’s fuel for your body.  I’ve looked at food as a source of happiness for so veery long, and let me tell you….obviously I was pretty darn happy according to my weight.  But at my highest weight, I was so very sad.  Food does not equal happiness.

 

Non-Scale Victories April 6, 2014

As those of you who follow me might already know, I am tied to the number on the scale.  Working on that daily, but I still find myself weighing in multiple times a week.  Yesterday, I had my nephew’s first birthday party, and ate really well, then went to the gym and worked out with my daughter and husband.  Then went to a friend’s house and once again, had a salad for dinner, healthy snacks, and stayed well within my calorie allowance for the day.

So I wake up this morning, step on the scale, and gained a freaking pound! I know, I know, it could be water, etc. etc. etc. I know all the excuses and reasons that go into daily weight fluctuation, but it doesn’t make it suck any less.

So I needed a non-scale victory today, and I found one.

I was was at a co-workers baby shower and it was in the basement of her home. Tables and chairs everywhere. This would normally have been a nightmare for me because of my having to squeeze through all the tables and not fitting.  Asking people to move was embarrassing as well.  Here comes the fat chick, look out, make way for her.

So I come downstairs with my lunch, and realize, I don’t have to ask anyone to move. I can fit through now.  60 pounds later, with 50 more to go, but I fit through the chairs!! My one good friend went to scoot in, just to be polite and I snapped at her, “Don’t you dare slide in! I can fit through!!” She laughed and we both understood the significance of that moment to me.

So here is to a non- scale victory.  I need to recognize more of them, especially on the days that darn number isn’t being cooperative.

I also had a picture taken of me that I completely did not hate.  Once again, self-image issues I am working through.  Here is me and my family.  Husband, son, daughter, niece and nephew.  My kids are the older ones 🙂

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Any NSV for anyone else out there? I would love to hear them!

 

Conference Success! February 27, 2014

Conferences.  Not just a time to learn and kibitz with fellow professionals, but also a time to eat like crazy and drink in excess.  I have to admit I was nervous.  Three days away from my house, away from my comfort zone, away from my go-to foods and safety net.

So I planned.  I packed foods I knew I could eat.  I packed my Nutrisystem foods that did not have to be heated in the microwave.  I also packed snacks that I knew I could eat.

Night one one was a big dinner.  Buffet, even worse.  Thank goodness there were a ton of grilled vegetables and fish.  I filled my plate with the veggies and took two small pieces of fish.  Then came dessert.  This they placed in front of each of us.  Espresso chip ice cream and a cannoli.  Lord help me.  This was dangerous. Flashing red lights. Did I want it? Hell yeah I did. Did I like the fact that I left home that day having lost 46 pounds even more.  Most definitely.  So I had a small spoon of the ice cream and an even smaller spoonful of the cannoli cream. I pushed it away and gave it to my pregnant co-worker.  Success!

Next day, success nice again.  I managed to tackle a Mexican lunch buffet with veggies for a salad and two small pieces of pork.

I went to the hotel gym too.

That at night I allowed myself a treat, a Lebanese restaurant that has healthy choices.  It was delicious. My co-workers went out and ate, I chose to be selfish and not go with them.  I’m allowing myself this selfishness in order to attain my goals. This is about me this time. No one else.

Came me home the next day feeling pretty damn proud of myself.

Best part if the whole conference…..I lost 1.5 pounds 🙂

It can be done. You just have to want it bad enough.

 

 
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