The #1 Weight Loss Secret!!!

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What could it be????

If you guessed thinking positive you are correct my friends! I know this is going to sound like a hunk load of crap, but its sooo true its scary! And I know I’m going to sound like a lunatic and a crazy lady as well… Just hear me out..

So throughout my teenage years and through some adult years (and even still I catch myself having negative thoughts too), but I’ve always thought of myself as “fat” or “thick” or “on the bigger side” …Whatever you want to call it. I never thought of myself as fit, thin, confident, happy in my skin… you get the point. So the more I was unhappy with myself and thought all these horrible things about weight loss and such .. the more I gained weight… I’d think,” if I cant have A,B, and C foods this sucks, I hate this” (negative- negative- negative). Or “this is too hard, or I CANT do this” Any negative thought … it only made it worse (and of course you don’t realize this when your doing it…) Nothing positive came from me doubting myself, nothing came from me putting myself down, or belittling myself, or even just looking in the mirror and hating what I saw… NOTHING I TELL YOU!!!

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So, what happened? – I stopped focusing on weight, I stopped looking at going to the gym as a purpose for weight loss only, I focsed on how working out made me feel and how well I slept at night, and how much more energy I had. Don’t get me wrong, it took me a good 3-4 months till I even started seeing any results whatsoever, but I wasn’t in it for that by then, when the weight started dropping it was almost like a bonus to my new happy and energetic mood. Then the drive kicked in even more!!!

So when you are dreading a workout, or a new health meal plan, your basically sabotaging yourself from the start. Your already doubting yourself without even trying. Yes, it will be hard, but if you focus on even the end game your better off. Also, when you’re negative about ..anything for that matter… you are bringing you own mental psyche down, you’re creating a depressing mood with negative thoughts (you may not be depressed emotionally- but any negative thoughts are depressing if you think about it … ). Its un-motivating and tiring and its going to get you no where. Have you ever noticed the happiest people have everything going for them? And the people that are always down, are usually negative and everything that could go wrong, goes wrong? … Yes the positive people are going to have their hurdles, but they overcome them, life goes on. That’s almost how you have to start thinking, on the positive side.

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When you constantly think “I’m fat, I’m fat, I’m fat” your mind starts to believe it. Simply put, you can either talk yourself into doing something about it, or you can talk yourself out of it. You choose. And I hear people say, “But its the way I think, because I am fat” or something along those lines…. don’t focus on that, find something you love about yourself (at the time for me ..when I was around 200, it was my hair, my eyes and … not to be weird, but at the time -my big boobs haha) So I focused on something positive, then I’d loose some weight and then id be focused on how great I felt… YAY! So then I started focusing on that.. and the cycle of positivity continued. Now that I’m in the 140’s, I have no boobs anymore, they are tiny compared to what I’m used to, am I focusing on that I miss them? yeah, maybe a little haha, but I know they flatter my new body and THATS what I’m focused on, I’m focused on toning up now, and being fit rather than “sexy”. I focus on the energy I have in the mornings and the fact that I don’t really need to set an alarm to dread when it goes off at 6 am for the gym because I automatically wake up that that time … and I actually look forward to my workouts more. you have to make it a habit, and now-a-days I almost feel weird not getting my daily workout in. I feel drained and moody too…. Its weird but set mini goals for yourself, and make a goal to beat that goal.. you can do anything if you start believing in yourself and you look at the positive ways of life.

Even though I know I have a lot further to go, and I look forward to that journey, I’m very happy with where I am and I’m only looking forward =)

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So I think I figured out how to do Weight Watchers without paying for it!

And if any of you guys have done it, and some of my info is off or wrong, please correct me 🙂

A friend of mine has lost a lot of weight so I asked and she said Weight watchers…but she did it without paying for it….hmmmm (that sparked an interest)…. so, me being the person that I am, googled the hell out of it, and got a little help from her till I found what I wanted.

So here is what I’ve got so far from my million searches on the web.

So Weight Watchers (WW) isn’t about taking away all the foods you love, its not about only eating certain foods either. Their thing is all about moderation.. which can be good and can be bad. You definitely don’t want to have all the sweet foods in the world  “in moderation” because .. well .. that wont work.

So to start out your assigned daily points. The points all depend on your gender, age, weight, height, activity level and so on. Points can range anywhere from 18-51 I believe. Your food has a certain point level; for example..an apple has 0 points, and a MC Donald’s Cheeseburger had 8 points. (most fruits and veggies are 0 points YAY) All the points are based on the nutritional value of the food itself with carb, protein, fat and so on.

So you keep a food journal, if you eat, drink or chew it… you log in in the journal, this will help you keep track of how many points you’ve used, and how many points you have for the rest of the day. Just make sure you stay in your daily target of X amount of points. I addition your daily points, you get what’s called Flex Points, which are 49 points you get a week to do with however your choose. Along with getting extra points if you exercise.. Sounds simple right?

  • So you may ask.. well how many points do I start out with?

Female – 2 points

Male- 8 points

If you are nursing –  start off with 12 points.

  • Next.. age.

Between 17-26 add 4 points

Between 27-37 add 3 points

Between 38-47 add 2 points

Between 48-57 add 1 point

Anyone after 57 add 0 points.

  • Next .. After you’ve added the first 2 together .. (I’m a female so I got 2 points + 24 yrs old 4 points = 6 points total)
  • Your going to figure out weight and height.

Take the first two numbers of your weight (I weigh 150, so I’m going to take 15 points add it to the total (making 15+6= 21 points so far.

  • Height

Under 5ft  add o points

Between  5’0- 5’9 add 1 point

Over 5’10 add 2 points

(therefore I’m 5’4 so I’m adding 1 point leaving me at 22 points.)

  • Lastly, activity level:

If you spend most of your day sitting down, add 0 points

Occasionally sitting but standing sometimes add 1 point

If you are walking most of the time add 4 points

If you are doing a lot of physical work – add 6 points.

(I walk a lot at work. so I added 4 points leaving me at 26 points total a day!)

I also found a calculator that will help you see how the points will be reduced as you loose the weight. (below)

http://www.healthyweightforum.org/eng/calculators/ww-points-allowed/

Also .. say you don’t know how much points your lean cuisine has… I found a Weight Watchers scan calculator app on my phone, so I can scan it right there at the store and know how many points its worth.

Or there is this site as well, just enter the amounts of the food into the calculator and it will tell you how many points. (remember, this is per serving size. ex. on a loaf of bread it says 1 slice, the values on the nutritional label are only to standard for that 1 slice, not the whole loaf… don’t get too excited when it says 3 points because it means per slice)

http://www.calculatorcat.com/free_calculators/weight_watchers_calculator.phtml

I’m sure you can just Google a lot of stuff too and see how many points something is worth too…. yay Google lol.

 

Might try this out for a while, I  measured out my cereal this morning and my boyfriend looked at me like I was crazy haha but hey, I knew it was 4 points. . . . This is a little like calorie counting, without actually having to calorie count too. I hated calorie counting because of my past food issues it made me very rigid and paranoid when I personally did it so maybe this will be like my way of counting that will suit me. never know. . . . Plus I can get a couple cook books, use my app and this may be really easy. =)