When you are me, and on a constant weight loss/gain roller coaster, you go through stages...I am either completely obsessed with any and all things weight loss and health related, or I couldn't give one fish stick about any of those things. I guess it depends on which gear I am in...losing gear or gaining gear. At the moment I am in weight loss mode so I am loving any weight loss show, articles on success stories, blogs and YouTube vlogs, etc. Basically anything that will inspire me and keep me motivated is my friend these days. I have even begun looking up videos for the best arm exercises for women and the most popular interval exercises for burning calories. Shocking, I know, even to me. It must be working though because I have lost 30 pounds since I started this "journey" (hate that word) and I am very happy about that. It may even be more, but I didn't start weighing myself right away because I was scared to death to find out what I weighed. lol. I also know that I am down 35 from my highest weight ever which is definitely a good thing. Yay.
Now to wrap up the cleanse that I did last month, I ended up losing 13 pounds total during that 7 days. I kept if off for a few weeks and continued eating very healthy and exercising. Suddenly however I gained 4 of it back, which I know is normal and expected because it is probably just water, but I was not happy about that. Within a week I was able to get it off again. Whew. Since finishing the cleanse I have lost an additional 4 pounds, bringing me to a total of 30 pounds lost. I have been exercising like a contestant on The Biggest Loser and really pushing myself with cardio and strength training. Intervals have always been a great tool for me to burn calories and lose weight faster so I have been doing those consistently. I am a red-faced sweaty mess after I finish one, but it feels sooooo good. If you don't know what an interval is it is an exercise that you can do on just about any machine; treadmill, bike, elliptical, or stair climber...the point is to fluctuate your heart rate between as high as you can get it and a resting heart rate by increasing and decreasing your exercise, alternating back and forth. It isn't easy at first and you want to die, but it kind of ends up being fun. I get bored sometimes on the treadmill, but if you are switiching up your settings and constantly changing what you are doing you really don't have a chance to get bored. Pair it with great music that you love and motivates you and woo hoo!!!!!!!!!!! Wow. Who am I? I don't recognize this new attitude, but I really like it!!!!
Now about weight loss vlogs on YouTube...O.M.G. I love them!!! I feel like a stalker because there are some that I follow and keep up with regularly, I feel like I know these people. lol. Some vlogs are very inspiring and give great advice, and then there are some that will bore the tears out of you. I want to hear about your weight loss journey, I don't care that you have allergies and that you had to take your stupid cat to the vet. No offense. Sometimes it's sad because a person will start off so gung ho about their diet and will have video after video, but then all of a sudden they are gone and you realize their videos were from like 2 years ago, so the only thing you can think is, "The poor girl gave up and just disappeared...I wonder if they gained it all back." And then there are the people ( I only watch women's vlogs) that look like I want to look like when I am done... and you think, really????? You are vlogging about having to lose 12 pounds?? Just shut up and go away. lol. I know that even thin people may have some weight that they want to lose but seriously I have no patience for them and in NO WAY do I find them motivating. The people that are motivating are the ones that need to lose at least 50+...in MY opinion anyway. Oh, and the craziest vlogs are the vlogs where people pose in their UNDERWEAR and model how they look at each angle!!! They do this of course to keep a record of their progress, but OMG, I could never do that. How freakin' embarrassing. Some don't even suck it in, they just let it alllllllllll hang out. It totally cracks me up...but even the chubbo's that pose have comments under their video from people saying things like, "Damn girl you look good, I like a thick woman." It is so funny, I love it!!! Don't expect to see me doing it. I am secretly jealous of their confidence because it would be nice to have a video record of before and after etc. but I am afraid if I see it on film I will go jump off a bridge or something. lol
Ok, so my next goal is to lose another 15 pounds before I go to Dallas at the beginning of January. I know that sounds like a lot of weight to lose in 3 weeks, but I will probably add a 7 day cleanse in that time to really shed some weight off. I can't believe I am saying that but there were so many great things about the cleanse and I am definitely willing to try it again. I am going to be attending a wedding in Dallas with my husband and today I found a really cute dress for it. It looks ok now, but with another 10 pounds at least it will really look awesome. It is a short sleeved lower-cut black dress and I really love it...I even like how I look in it, and it is sort of form fitting. YIKES!!!! :)