Thursday, March 31, 2011
On another note, thanks to all of you for your encouragement and congratulations. I appreciate it more than you know. I have seen alot of traffic to my blog and it is so neat to know that people are reading what I am writing and even being inspired. I helps to keep me honest and accountable to my goals. I couldn't do this without my readers, friends and family. God bless you guys!!!! Also, I would love to see some more comments on this blog. Even if it is just to say hi. Let me know what you like about my blog, what you dislike, if you have suggestions or questions and I would love to have some low fat low cal recipes. My goal is to raise awareness about what it is like to be obese, what it is like to lose the weight and most importantly, I want to let people know it is possible if you persevere. I also want to start a dialogue where people can talk about this epidemic and what we as a community, city, state and nation can do to start making a difference. For that we need comments. =) I think one of the reasons so many people struggle with their weight is because no one really wants to talk about it in a real and compassionate way. So speak up you guys!!!
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
As an aside I feel like a bit of an idiot for not realizing I should have weighed myself at the beginning of the blog writing to be entirely accurate. LOL! My apologies to my readers for my big blond moment. But still....YAY!!!!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Did you guys know fat is addictive? It is...According to an article by Stephen Daniells (2010)
Over eating may be driven by the same neurobiological mechanism in the brain as drug addiction, says a new study from the US that adds clout to the theory of ‘food addiction’.
Data from a study with laboratory rats indicated that the development of obesity was accompanied by a break-down in brain chemistry linked to pleasure responses. According to findings published in Nature Neuroscience, the very same changes occur when rats over-consume heroin or cocaine.
"These findings confirm what we and many others have suspected that over-consumption of highly pleasurable food triggers addiction-like neuroadaptive responses in brain reward circuitry, driving the development of compulsive eating," said lead researcher Dr Paul Kenny, from The Scripps Research Institute in Florida.
"Common mechanisms may therefore underlie obesity and drug addiction,” he added.
The data appears to refocus attention on the formulation of foods, and the Western diet in particular – the researchers fed the rats easy-to-obtain high-calorie, high-fat foods like sausage, bacon, and cheesecake.
You see, there you have it....burgers are my heroine and McDonald's is my dealer. God help us all. I'm not giving up, but apparently this is a much harder battle that I thought. So let me start by saying, "Hello, my name is Sarah Woods and I am a foodaholic."
Here is the link to the rest of the article: Its a really interesting yet frightening read:
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Monday, March 28, 2011
1) I went to a water park and I was going to go on a ride with some friends when I saw a sign that had a weight limit. I didn't meet it and I immediately had visions of getting stuck in the tube or it breaking and me falling out twenty feet to the ground. Probably that would not have happened but still....So what did I do? I told my friends that I needed to go to the restroom very badly and jetted.
2) I recently went on a trip via airplane and I had to struggle with the seatbelts. I got them to snap but geez was it a challenge. I mean I had them pulled to their full length and I still had to fight with them. I was uncomfortable the whole flight, but I left my belt on even when the sign went off for fear someone would see me struggle and for fear I might not get it back on. It sucked and I almost started crying right there on a plane full of strangers. But I didn't...maybe I should have. I told myself at least my car seat belt fits comfortably, but that really isn't a comfort just an avoidance of the truth.
3) Sitting in desks...really really sucks. I fit in them, but barely and when I get up I am always afraid the desk will come up with me. Often, I use my avoidance strategy. "Oh there are no left handed desks in this room? Well, I guess I am going to need to flip the top of this desk up and turn another desk around to face me so I don't have to bend at a strange angle to write." A few times that I haven't done this the desk I am squished into has lifted off the ground and then clattered when I get up. This is probably the most embarrassing thing of all. People are watching you and they know why the desk made that clatter. You can see the look in their eyes and their expressions on their face. These looks say wow poor thing...she is so big she can't get out of her desk. I don't know if that is true but that is how it feels. I hate that look of pity and I never want to see it again. I won't if I can achieve my goals.
4) Doctors and nurses attacking me for my weight is also embarrassing on a much deeper level. They are often harsh and accusatory. I guess they are that way because they are trying to scare the fat off of me, which doesn't work and only serves to make me ashamed and angry. Some of the phrases they have used on me: "You would be so pretty if you just lost that weight", "I can tell you enjoy your enchiladas", "How in the world did you get like this", "Don't you care about yourself enough to eat healthy", "You know you are going to die from a stroke right?" and I could on...I think medical professionals need to focus on caring rather than condemning, it might work better. I know it must be frustrating dealing with this epidemic of obesity, but still a little compassion goes a long way. Then again, these have eventually made me angry enough to do something about it.
I could go on, but that is enough to highlight what I am trying to say. I know I am not the only one that may have experienced these things. I know that sometimes, I just won't fit or I just can't do something and I also know that if I keep working at it, it won't always be that way. This sense of shame will go away with hard work and being conscientious about my lifestyle choices. As embarrassing as these things are, they are part of the reason I keep on going. Maybe it is God's way of making me sit up and pay attention. So, I embrace the embarrassment and I am grateful for the emotion because it is a catalyst for change in my life. I am also glad I can say to people, you are not alone, you are not the only one and you can do this too!
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Sunday, March 27, 2011
The above URL will link you to my online food diary and exercise log. You can see what I eat and what exercise I do on a daily basis. I have it set up right now to lose 1 lb a week, by counting my calories and my exercise it should work. I might dial it up a bit in the future once I get slightly more active. Feel free to take a look. http://www.myfitnesspal.com is an awesome resource and it's free!!! It will definitely help me keep on track. I hope someone else out there will find this useful. I think it would also be a great resource to help someone maintain thier current weight. You don't have to know the calories counts. You just type in what you ate and it will find it for you. Amazing!!! It even has a water counter so you can track the water you are drinking!
On another note, I have added a few interesting button to the bottom of my blog. I put up a weight loss tracker from my fitness pal. There is a workout planner, BMI measure, tips for healthy lifestyles, and a life expectancy test for smokers. Also, I put up some picture of puppies (couldn't resist) and some fish, which you can feed if you click on the picture. I also added a search engine and you can find your search results at the bottom of the blog as well.
I also added some weight loss blogs that I like to look at for inspiration.
I also wanted to thank my friends and family for being so supportive of my weight loss goals and this blog. You guys keep me going!!!!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
For me this means, if I don't know what's in something or what its nutritional value is then I am not going to eat it. Restaurants even fool us into paying the extra 2 bucks for a salad without telling us it actually has more calories in it than the chicken sandwich we actually wanted. This can be so confusing but it is also a pivotal step in making a lifestyle change.
Needless, to say I spent the rest of my lunch break wandering around in dismay. It seems like when we are stressed out we pay even less attention and can actually end up harming ourselves and breaking our goals. Lesson learned for me. Beware the wolves dressed up like sheeps! =)
Friday, March 25, 2011
It wasn't her fault, she being a dog has no idea that what her masters give her, out of love, can presumably harm her. I empathize with her. The problem is that I know what can and can't harm me. Just like we knew that what we were giving to Brooke could harm her. Yet, for a large portion of my life I have chosen to do it anyway. At first, it is an active choice and then sooner or later it becomes a habit. It's so much easier to drive by a fast food place than cook a healthy meal. It's so much easier to sit on the couch and watch T.V. It's easier still to smoke a cigarette than actively try to deal with stressors in your life. And yet, like the great Albus Dumbledore tells Harry Potter, "Someday you will have to choose between what is right and what is easy." =)
How is it that people, including myself, knowing what we do today about healthy eating and the harmful effects of smoking, continue to do what they know is bad for them? The answer: because it is hard not to. A friend of mine once told me that no one ever said it would be easy, they only said it would be worth it. That is what keeps me motivated to change my unhealthy habits, even if it is hard, it will be worth it. It means more years on this earth, more activities and fun. It means running a mile without stopping due to shortness of breath. It means so many things that the difficulty is worth it.
It might seem overwhelming at first, but for me the way to combat that is to take small steps. Like cutting down on portion size. picking a salad over a burger, leaving cheese off the sandwich and so on. One small change can lead to another and then one day they will all be taken care of.
So today I focused on making healthy choices. Black coffee, yougurt and a whole wheat bagel with sugar free jam for breakfast. A mixed greens salad with turkey and fat free french dressing for lunch and an oven roasted chicen breast sandwhich on wheat, no cheese no mayo from subway for dinner. Its not perfect but its a start. I feel full and proud of myself for doing the best that I could do today. Then I took my dog for a walk and she was so excited she made me jog the whole half mile. Like I said, it's a start, and it wasn't easy but therein lies the worth.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I don't want to become an unhealthy statistic. This is why I have decided to start my weight loss journey before it's too late. I know that I will need support and accountability to succeed, so I am reaching out to the blogging community for help. I hope that my journey can inspire others to start quitting their own bad habits and leading a more healthy lifestyle. I would love to hear from others about their own journeys and any suggestions.
Here are the cold hard facts about me:
I currently need to lose 150 pounds to reach my goal weight.
I am an emotional eater. I eat when I am stressed or sad or bored or happy.
I have tried multiple diets (Atkins, South Beach, Curves, Cabbage soup, Physicians diet, Slim Fast, Jenny Craig, ect.) None of them worked for longer than a year.
I have been a smoker for almost 15 years, at present I smoke a pack a day.
I have been afraid of failure and that's why I haven't made the necessary lifestyle changes I need to make in order to lose weight and keep it off for good.
Today, I begin my journey and I am hoping you will too!
Wish me luck and please let me know you are out there. Let's support each other to success!