Ugh

Either I’ve been doing really bad or I’m starting to bloat for my period (sry guys)… I know it’s coming up soon…┬ábut the scale is reading 195… so I’ve gained a pound or bloating is on it’s way.

I added a picture from when I was weighing 220 (ish)…. I’m letting my camera charge and I’m going to upload a picture of me now at 195 (bloat I hope), wearing the same outfit.

The pants at the time were super tight in the waist (thus the lovehandles looking that bad, haha)…and the shirt was skin tight…. I literally had wet down the shirt and stretched it around the tv over night so it was looser… Haven’t worn it in a while, so we’ll see how that goes.

I’m kind of excited to see how they fit.

I’m also going to take a picture of the pants I wore ALL the time when I was weighing 245….and post that one as well…. so today is gonna be a picture takin day!!!!!

Just thought it would be interesting to see how different they fit.

Nicole

Been sick :(

For the last week-ish I’ve been sick….yucky sick… now that I am feeling better I can get back to my cal counting…

These next two weigh-ins are going to be tough I think…. I have my weigh-in tomorrow and I know that I did not lose any weight this past week, I’ve been more focused on getting myself feeling better….and next weeks weigh in I should be on my period, so I’m sure I’ll be really bloated (yuck)…. so I won’t have a good weigh in until the following week…. I’ll post whats up in my calender.

Just wanted to do a quick update.

Lets talk Calorie Count (.about.com)

Calorie Count
Best little tool for counting those calories. To be fair, it’s a little bit more difficult that just punching in caloriecount.com.

So here you are….
www.caloriecount.about.com

One word : AMAZING

Let me say this first… I am in no way getting anything from that site to talk about it. I’m not getting aid, I’m not getting anything at all… so rest assured that all of this is 100% my own personal opinion….

I love, love this site.

Like I said in my FAQ it’s easy to use…it keeps everything in order nicely. A lot of it is just point and click….

But even better than how great it is as a tool…the people there are (generally) amazing. I’ve been on CC 3 years-ish…. and the people are great.

If you have a question people are there to answer then from their own personal experiences.

If you have want to share an accomplishment, people are there to congratulate you…. and urge you to keep going…

If you have some venting to do…there are people there to vent with you, support and encourage you.

It’s great!!!!!

It’s definitely a bonus that practically every person there is on that site for the same reason as you (there are some who are there to gain weight… others who are maintaining)….. so you’ll never be alone on this.

This site helps from the beginning and well into maintaining….

I don’t know how many times someone has said something on a post I wrote that has just made my day.

Like today… one lady posted that she’s rooting for me from Jamaica!!! One gentleman said “Good to hear! I look forward to hearing about your progress”

It’s amazing… I have never met these people in person (and sadly, probably never will :'( ) But so many of them can (and have) give the encouragemernt that you can’t get from people you already have in your life.

*sigh* love it!

Oh, and CC only promotes healthy eating diets… no pro-mia/ana posting…. no unhealthy posting and such.

On that note… I have had 17 messages (thanks!!!) since starting this site…which is awesome….. 6 of these messages have been questions about Ana/Mia lifestyles…

I did not lose 62 pounds with those methods… healthy eating and exercise only. It took me 2 years to lose it…..

please don’t ask me questions about fad diets, anorexia, bulimia…. anything like that. I’m not trying to be rude but I won’t respond to any of those…. I’m trying to promote healthy weight loss.

But FIY CC also has a place for people who are recovering from EDs….go check it out.

Good Luck!!!!

Nicole

Motivation!!!

Every single person needs some kind of motivational tool…hell, I have NUMEROUS…..

Everytime I feel myself getting to a point where I feel like I am slowly down I do something new.

1) Magnets on the fridge with funny inspiration quotes….


2) Mini magnets on the fridge with weights on them…every time I lose weight I take one down, when I gain I put one┬áback

 

and my favorite one….

 

A goals poster… drew one and wrote all my goals on it…about 40… when I reach a goals I’m gonna mark it off and put 10 dollars in an old pickle jar….. by the time I finish the goals I’ll have 400 dollars to spend!!! I’ve got all kinds of goals – reach my goal weight, run 5k, walk 150 miles…that kind of thing…

 

Everything is made by me….so it’s more personal… kind of like “hey… look at me!!!” you know?

Anything… keep an outfit from when you start your journey so when you are done you can put them on and see how much you’ve lost, make a mural of how you’d like to look. Every time you feel like you are slowing down do something to mix it up. I like to make my own stuff only because I’m an arts and crafts kind of person….it gets me twice as excited to keep going because I now have an excuse to make something.

Just really anything you can think of to get you going will help.

Some people take pictures of themselves in their underwear and stick it in the fridge
Some people will wear weights that equal how much they have lost and walk or run a mile in it
Others write themselves letters

It all depends on what you think will help you…. motivation is a great tool to help keep you on track……

Give it a try!

~Nicole

Mind Over Body????

So… I’ve come to the realization that I feel a hell of a lot bigger than I actually am….

Example:

This picture is from mybodygallery.com….a great resource for an estimation on what you look like (or could look like)… you give your height, weight (or clothing size), and your body shape (don’t know yours? Check out my “cheat sheet pics”)…. and you can see *rough* estimates….

But, anywho… this is what I feel I look like

but…. according to my measurements I actually look closer to this

Now… to be honest for a second I was all like “what is my picture doing on this website? Wait, I’ve never seen that couch before”.. same skin tone…and what I thought my body looked like.

But the second picture (A girl named Laura… check out her weight loss story AMAZING….. lauramustloseweight.com)

All three of us are the same height…. the first woman is about 60 pounds heavier than the second.

The ironic thing is that the second picture (Laura) has the SAME EXACT measurements as myself…

Kind of scary how much your mind can play tricks on you. Quite literally, a mind of matter… or a mind over body… kind of trick.

So…with this… I am going to leave you all with a warning…

Make sure someone (a doctor, honest friend or family member) is there to help you. By all means, lose the weight yourself…. just make sure at least someone is there who can kind of keep your mind in check…..A lot of people who lose weight will continue to lose weight even after they have hit a healthy weight…. only because they see someone bigger in the mirror. A lot of eating disorders start this way.

I’m paranoid, personally. I don’t want to be skin and bones…. I want to be healthy…. so I know I have a select group of people who will make sure I remain grounded in terms of how my body looks.

My boyfriend does this for me.

Good Luck!!!!

~Nicole