30th day on Slim-Possible-April challenge. April is basically over. But I haven't accomplished everything I wanted to. I am stuck! Sometimes I become so motivated to exercise, I am in control of what I eat. But sometimes I feel like giving up, I'm screwing up my diet and everything just get messed up. We all need a little motivation from time to time. Zig Ziglar once said, "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily."
I am spending too much unnecessary time on Facebook so I decided to deactivate my account temporarily few months back. I joined Instagram and am pretty much in love with it since then because I found out that this is an inspiring place when you follow the right people. Watching a video fit Instagram igers slaying away at the gym, or to see before and after weight loss picture will motivate one to hit the gym. If you need a shot of inspiration, just check out these igers.
The caption says, "O'magosh!! I think my shirt is a bit stretched, dontcha think?! And no, I wasn't preggers in that first pic! Haha! That pic was taken Approx 8 months ago! I remember being mad that I had let myself get to that point in my weight and lifestyle as I looked in the mirror. I'm so thankful that I started this journey and didn't quit all those times I felt like quitting. I'm glad I kept telling myself (out loud) that I can do this! It's all about determination, y'all!!"
It really took her only LESS than a year to look this awesome. She's living proof that you CAN do anything you put your mind to do. She wrote a caption in one of her picture about her weight loss story: "My problems with gain weight began really, as I finished the University. After graduating from the University in the year 2005, my life changed in a big way! The picture from the posting is from the year 2005. I gone in and out of so many fulltime- jobs, and my last job (which lasted 5 years) was completely sedentary and I development me to a work- alcoholic. I started going out more and eating a lot more unhealthy food. I was a emotional and stress eater. I mean that I would eat in response to my emotions. I would eat whenever I feel stressed, angry or bored. My eating had nothing always to do with hunger, but based on my emotions and stress.
2012 and 2013 was hard years for me. In the year 2012 I shortly canceled my upcoming wedding and was in June 2013 heavy bitterly disappointed from persons in my environment. ️It has made a great impact ️in my mind. I decided at this very second to change my life and wanted healty and fit. It make "klick" and I started the next day. The good was by me, that the years has made me stronger about the motto: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger".
Many people ask me, what is my secret: "To change your weight, first change your mind and focus on the progress". I truly believe that it is they key to success. "Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. Believe in yourself. Be your own friend, and supporter. Give the world the best you've got, and good things will come back to you in return. Stay focused, Stay Strong!" Best advice ever.
About this picture, she wrote, "Ohhh lawdy yes this is me and yes I'm wearing the exact same outfit haha ok how many of you had that one outfit or style you wore because it was tight but stretchy? That was this for me... Except #THEN it was a shirt and I squeezed into thinking it made me look thinner lol all bad I know... #NOW it's a dress and looks so much better on me. At the peek of my illness and on medication I was back up and close to my pregnancy weight.
It's crazy to see this before picture and know behind that smile I was broken, not knowing where my health would end up was the biggest fear for me because of my family. Now I give no attention to what the doctors have told me and push through the pain everyday without medication."
Real weight loss story. She lost over 200lbs working out at home and with healthy diet. She shared, "the most common question I get asked is...."How did you lose all that weight?!" I did it with diet and exercise I applied two simple rules calories in - calories out= weightloss. I also used guided programs (like you can use with a trainer) except mine came on DVD. Yep I workout at home and very rarely will you see me go to a gym just to workout. I'm 5'3 and used to weigh 381lbs. I have lost over 220lbs and I feel amazing.
I will have been on this journey three years in June and I have no plans on turning back. I know my weight will fluctuate throughout my life but I will never be as unhealthy as I was. This goal isn't unreachable for anybody , you all can do this. Keep pushing for your goals!!"
The picture tells it all!
Losing weight is one of the top New Years Resolutions made but resolutions fade and disappear in a few weeks. This is something we need to hear from Adry's point of view: "Forget the fact that it's a new year and that your "New Years resolution" is to drop a few pounds. So many times we make ourselves promises that we whole heartedly aim to commit to but ultimately fail at, well, committing. So forget the new-year stuff, see this day as what it really is...A NEW DAY! Another chance to try and give it all you've got. A whole new opportunity to fight for something you really want. And no matter how many times you fail, don't hate yourself because you had the strength to try! That effort there separates you from all the rest.
In my own experience, every single time I failed, it only made me try even more the next day. That was to prove to myself that I could, that I would, and that I would not-could not allow myself to give up on me. So grab on, head strong, hopes high...it's going to be a looooooong ride. But in the end, you'll win...because the only one your fighting IS Y.O.U.
Many people believe that only celebrity can snap back into pre-baby shape. But Jenn is proof that this is not true! She's mom of 3 and have lost 130 lbs. She says in one of her Instagram post, "Don't ever be ashamed of your story for it may inspire others for those of you new to my story I'll share some facts about me, the not so glamorous ones."
"Stretch Marks and loose skin are very much present on my body. I've lost 130 lbs. No secrets. No pills. No surgery. It took me 7 years of watching my food and working out. I'm a binge eater.... I've probably gone a month or so without binging. I try and celebrate the small victories and not dwell on it too much when I do binge .... I actually was inspired to do this post tonight because I binged today. I lift weights 5 days a week and I teach Zumba twice a week. I'm human. I mess up. I learn from my mistakes. I'm emotional. I'm sensitive. I'm generally highly caffeinated. I love, I love deeply. I'm always a work in progress."
Her story: "I started my journey January 7, 2013 and my starting weight was 200 lbs. I was unhappy unhealthy and really negative. Once I saw the 200 on the scale I made a promise to myself to change and for real this time(I have failed many times in the past) and in my first two weeks I lost 10 pounds! It was then I really believed I could change my life. So I continued eating healthy (less carbs, less sugar) no junk, whole grains on occasion, lean meats and fish, fruits and LOTS of vegetables.
I found myself learning more and more as I went on and the longer I kept up healthy eating and working out the easier it became. By may I had lost 50 pounds. It was the most amazing accomplishment for me to lose 50 pounds in 5 months. I continued and the weight continued to fall off. By September 2013 I had reached 136 pounds- I was in shock I never remembered weighing myself and being in it."
I interviewed Carla about her incredible weight loss and ever since, I’ve been following her journey on Instagram. She said in one of her Instagram post, "When I gave birth to my princess 4 years ago, I never thought I could possibly get down to my pre-baby weight. I accepted that my body has changed and that it was ok, I just have to live with it.
Then realize was I became very insecure-avoided going out with friends and family, never went near the pools/beach, avoided taking pictures, shopping was dreadful-I never could find anything that I felt confident in, was tired and stress all the time! so anyway I decided to make a change! Took a lot to get here but 4 years later, I have done it! And you can do it too! I failed a million times but I never gave up!"
I also interviewed Mallory about her 97-pounds weight loss story - she’s incredible! In one of her #TransformationTuesday picture she captioning, "The left picture was a girl who had no self respect and ate her feelings. She hit 217lbs at the age of 16 because she had given up on herself. At 17 she tried different diets like Weight Watchers but nothing really stuck, the determination wasn't there, until she turned 20 and it finally clicked. "If I keep giving up then trying again, why don't I stop giving up?" She started educating herself on nutrition, frequenting the gym, setting long and short term goals, and being kind to herself. It was bumpy in the beginning but the passion was so strong nothing could stop her. She started killing all of her goals, made fitness a constant in her life, and practiced positive thinking about herself and her body. It became a lifestyle; she became Malzisfit... My point is that people change.
You overcome so many obstacles in this journey that make you a stronger and more confident person. If you can push through those obstacles, like a dreaded workout or that extra piece of cake staring you down, and if you can accept that sometimes you won't overcome them, if you can commit yourself to this journey with all of its bumps and turns and drop-offs, then you will get there. You will reach your goal, if you never ever give up."
"It is unbelievable to me at times how much I've lost. Even my feet shrunk! I used to be able to wear 9.5/10 and now I wear 6.5/7! Even my hands look different to me. My ring size now is a 5.5. From a 9.5. Before my clothes size was 5X or a tight 28 (I didn't want to buy a bigger size). Now my clothes ranges from a size 4 to a size 8 (& everything in between). When I shop, I don't even bother trying on clothes. I just buy it! I never would've done that before. I needs to make sure it fit right. Honestly, it has been totally liberating. I'd do it again today if I had to!"
I love this girl. Christine is an awesome source of inspiration! About her weight loss story she wrote, "I had my son early April of 2012 and when I stepped on the scale at the hospital when I was in labor, I weighed 216 pounds. I'm 5'2, that's a lot of weight on my frame. When we came home with CarterMan it wasn't the easiest first year. Carter was colic for the first 7-8 months and that's really discouraging to try and focus on anything other than the needs of him. It wasn't until a few months before his first birthday I started eating clean and doing some at home workouts. I dropped 30 pounds in 3 months, the photo of me on the left is at that point. I then decided to start training and got a gym membership. Here we are 9 months later (photo on the right) and I'm still eating clean and training on a regular basis. This has become my #healthylifestyle I lost another 57 pounds over the course of the last 9 months. And while my weight hasn't moved on the scale in the past 3 months, I have dropped 2 pant sizes. Sz. 16 was my first pair on non maternity jeans.Today I'm in a size 3/4.
Don't trust the scale, trust the process. Take progress photos, measure yourself with tape, don't rely on the scale.It can be so discouraging. I want to share my story in hopes that it may help someone on their journey. I did this for me, and in turn it has benefited every person that crosses my path--there is no other way to put it, I am just HAPPIER."
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