Slightly looser pants= Smilier me.

shrinkmybutt on Nov 24th 2011 10:28 am

I realize I haven’t written in a while, so I thought I’d better get back to it to keep myself motivated. I finished my first week of the 30 day shred and was shocked with the results. Seriously. Who would’ve thought that doing those exercises only 6 times would make a difference??? Not me- that’s for damn sure. But yesterday morning, I was getting ready for parent teacher interviews (I’m a teacher) and I decided, just for shits and giggles, to try on a certain pair of grey dress pants that I “grew out of” (translation: got too fat for). Low and behold, they FIT! What the hell happened? I really didn’t feel all that different, but my clothes say otherwise…and after only one week. How’s that for motivation!!! I want to do one more week of this tape before I take measurements, and then I’ll finish up and measure again. In the meantime, cross your fingers in hopes of me staying on the “diet wagon” and not caving and eating the fries that were calling out to me for the past week.

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No Pain, No Gain

shrinkmybutt on Nov 10th 2011 08:40 am

So, the past 2 weeks have taught me that it’s not enought to just BUY exercise dvds, nor is it enough to THINK about actually pressing play and following through with them. If that was the case, I would be UNBELIEVABLY thin. I buy tons, and I think about doing them all the time! But actually doing them? Hmmmmm. Not so much. I’ve decided that I have to either get my butt in gear and DO these videos, or stop the constant complaining about how tight my jeans feel. 🙂

So last night, I completed my first video of P90X. I had completed the “fit test” that comes with the dvd package and was thrilled to find that I passed! It was a bit of an ego boost because on some of the tests, I was AWESOME. On the other hand, it led me to have a false sense of security, thinking that when I did these videos they wouldn’t be as hard for me as I originally thought. Wow- was I ever off-base.

I completed the video, soaked with sweat and BEAMING with pride. I showered, basked in the glory of my new accomplishment, downed a protein shake, and went to bed. This morning I realized I can barely lift my arms. I’m not exaggerating, either. Also, my abs hurt when I laugh and cough, and my legs were on the verge of collapse when I tried to sit down on the toilet this morning. I don’t EVER remember being this sore- and I was once an elite athlete! Now I can’t even do one intense workout without needing a wheelchair the next day!

On a happier note- there’s nowhere to go but up from here 🙂

I WILL be doing the next video tonight…if I can make it down the stairs to the dvd player. And while my ego has taken a blow, so has the fat on my thighs. Cross your fingers for me in hopes that tomorrow I’ll be able to walk……

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It’s my appetite talking….

shrinkmybutt on Nov 3rd 2011 06:17 pm

So,  as it turns out, I’m convinced I am a full-fledged food addict.  Today, as I checked the clock for the 43rd time to see how much longer it was until lunch time, I actually caught myself thinking about supper, and calculating how many hours after lunch it would be until I would eat again.  Holy hell!  This, I have realized, is precisely why these new Visalus meal replacement shakes that I tried not too long ago DON’T work for me.  I LIKE to eat.  I enjoy everything about food…shopping for it, cooking it, eating it.  I cannot realistically replace 2 meals every day with a liquid.  I know in my heart of hearts that I WON’T.  I tried it, though, because my friend said it’s pretty much a guaranteed way to get healthy and lose weight.  Yes, I agree, if you are someone who knows nothing about nutrition and needs a no-brainer way to make sure you are eating the “right” things.

Well, guess what folks? I happen to know a lot about nutrition.  My weight issue is not caused by a lack of education in the nutrition department.  In fact, it’s almost embarrassing to admit how much I DO know.  Because in spite of all this knowledge, I am still overweight.  Knowing what to eat isn’t enough.  I need the self-control to make the choice I know I should.  And that sucks.  The benefits are great, but in the moment, it SUCKS.  I want a pizza pretzel for lunch, or a cheesy bagel with cream cheese or something else delicious and fatty.  I’m not always happy with carrots and yogurt.  And you know what else? I’m a pretty good and creative cook.  Damn- I’m slowly ridding myself of every excuse I have for being fat…..

Someone help me out here and telepathically send me some will power.  The leftover Halloween candy is calling my name, but so is my elliptical trainer….I suppose I had better go fill my water bottle and tie up these damn sneakers.

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Here goes nothin’…..or hopefully SOMETHING!!!

shrinkmybutt on Nov 2nd 2011 12:20 pm

Hi everyone. This is my brand new blog. I’ve decided I need to post my progress and struggles publicly because if I don’t have some kind of accountability for what I am doing to my body every day, I will immediately go to the store and buy an enormous bag of ripple chips and a tub of herb and garlic dip to soothe myself and the crappiness I feel about being the size that I am. Ironic, right? And probably familiar to some of you. I eat when I’m sad, and I’m sad cause I’m fat, and I’m fat cause I eat the garbage that somehow makes me feel better. What the hell is up with that?!?!?!?!

So, I’m glad you’re here with me, to follow my journey. Before I tell you where I’m at, I’ll tell you what motivated me to start. In highschool and all through University, I was an elite athlete. I was in the best shape of my life. Age, injury and childbirth quickly changed all of that. I was REALLY careful all throughout my pregnancy, and gained only a VERY small amount of weight. It was post-pregnancy that put me into blimp-mode. After I quit breastfeeding, my weight slowly climbed. I avoided the scale at all costs and tried to convince myslef that I needed to just “tone up”. I went to go out one night and realized I had nothing to wear. Literally, NOTHING. Everything was too tight. After I tried on about 10 different outfits, I was in tears. I made up some lame excuse to not go out anymore, and ran downstairs to weigh. 210lbs. I re-weighed about 10 times, moving the scale to the left an inch or to the right an inch, shifting my weight to different parts of the scale to see if I could make it measure a lower number somehow. Nope. 210 lbs. Holy crap. I was embarassed, and ashamed, and so sad. But underneath all that, I felt a twinge of anger. Through my tears, I marched my fat butt to Walmart and bought P90X and the 30 Day Shred. I joined weight watchers that weekend.

She shock and sadness, while motivating, were not enough to KEEP me on track. They got me going, but I’m a girl that has always been “all or nothing”. I need to see results quickly to stay motivated, and the only way to see results quickly is to work my butt off. My husband, daughter and I have 2 hot holidays planned for this winter. It’s coming up quick and at this point, there is NO WAY I’m wearing my swimsuit in public. I just completed my first month of weight watchers and I’m down 9 lbs, but I don’t feel any difference yet. So, I am starting the exercise piece tonight. My goal is to lose 15 more lbs in the next 6 weeks (which is when we leave for our first holiday) and then another 10 lbs in January before our second holiday. I will post as often as I can, including weight loss and inch loss, and I’d LOVE to hear from any and all of you on your own journeys.

With that, I will say GOODBYE forever to my super fat butt! I’ve decided I can have results or excuses but definitely not both. I’m choosing results. Cross your fingers for me…..

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Hello world!

shrinkmybutt on Nov 2nd 2011 11:55 am

Welcome to your new diet blog! This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! You may also wish to go to the site admin area and create categories and choose a design theme to get started.

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