Amazing Teen Loses 40+ Pounds, Gains Whole New Attitude

Amazing Teen Loses 40+ Pounds, Gains Whole New Attitude

wpid-4222533261_97e032f908_b.jpgMy friend Sarah shared a Facebook post from her soon-to-be 17-year-old daughter Autumn today that surprised and impressed me.

It seems that this articulate, intelligent young woman has accomplished something that many adults attempt and repeatedly fail–and something many teenagers don’t even realize they need to do until they’re adults. When I read it, I immediately asked Sarah and Autumn if they were OK with my blogging about it.

Autumn has lost more than 40 pounds and is still on the move–and she says she feels better about herself than she ever has. I’m going to share her post below in full. I am so impressed with the level of maturity this girl has going on–what do you think? (You can click the photo at the right to enlarge it, if you’d like!)

“As many of you may know, I’ve lost over twenty pounds. I am happy to announce that I have lost over 40 pounds in total, and losing more every day. I am so grateful to have such supportive friends and family.

Starting at 194 pounds (very left) I could not even comprehend that I would be where I am now, a pleasant 152. I have lost four pant sizes, and I now fit in a medium. I am so blessed to have a family like mine, and truly happy to have the friends that I do.

Ten more pounds and I will be considered not overweight, although. I have never felt as good about myself as I do right now. I am truly happy with myself and life, I have good friends (Maybe because I got rid of the ones that were fake) An adorable boyfriend, and a loving family.

For the first time in my life, I can wake up and say to myself, ‘Today is going to be a good day.’ And look in the mirror and accept that I AM beautiful. I should of never thought of changing myself to please the masses.

I was depressed, I didn’t feel good enough. I didn’t feel like I belonged anywhere, not just because of my weight, but because of how I felt society was. I’m tearing up as I write this status because of how proud I am of myself that I actually surpassed my own goals.

Words cannot describe the feeling of success, and I thank everyone who reads this status. Thank you for supporting me and my goals.”.

Now here’s where it gets really impressive. Autumn doesn’t have an eating disorder, and she isn’t taking pills or powders or eating questionable things. And she’s not starving herself or using any strange voodoo to make the weight loss happen. In fact, she’s doing it the old fashioned way. The only way that really works long-term.

“It’s what everyone else says,” Autumn says. “Fewer calories, lots of water and exercise.”

She adds that it’s important to make sure that when you cut calories you eat things that are nutrient-rich, because it can make you sick if you don’t.

“She got sick,” Sarah tells me. “Had too-low potassium, and she had numbness and tingling in her face and hands.”

They went to the emergency room and they drew blood to make the diagnosis, and the prescription was to eat some bananas. So these days, Autumn’s more careful to get those nutrients into her diet.

When I asked how she stuck to the plan, she said that she constantly had to give herself pep talks.

Color me impressed. Kudos to Autumn! Keep up the good work, sista! 🙂

Amazing Teen Loses 40+ Pounds, Gains Whole New Attitude

Stop Being a Fat Head: Drop the Limiting Beliefs That Keep You Overweight

cartoon_caricature_01_vector_156420“Get your head right and your body WILL follow!  Anything is possible when you make enough little changes.” ~Priscilla Houliston

Are you a fat head? Everyone has certain beliefs and habits that dictate their behavior. Unfortunately, many of these beliefs can keep us from the very things we desire the most. This seems to be especially true when it comes to diet and exercise. Beliefs that prevent us from even getting started are common as well.

It’s especially unfortunate in light of how easy it actually is to make simple changes that can have profound effects.

So how do you change your mind so that you can change your life (and your physical body)?

First up, you’ve got to stop giving yourself permission to make excuses and change the way you’re thinking.

Excuse Busters for Common Fat Head Thoughts

1. “I must have everything before I get started.” You know the routine; you think you have to get new tennis shoes, join a gym, buy new workout clothes, find the perfect diet, and more. Realize that you don’t need anything fancy to get started. You know what food is healthy and what isn’t. Go for a walk.

* Get started today with what you already know. You can improve your diet and exercise routine each week. Nothing happens without action, so start taking action today.

2. “I’m too out of shape to exercise.” Lots of heavier people believe this one. The truth is that exercise is relative. For some people, exercising means running 10 miles. For others, it might mean walking to the mailbox and back. The key is to stress your body slightly and then let it recover. The amount of work it takes to achieve that is secondary.

3. “I don’t have time to cook.” There are plenty of things that are healthy to cook that take almost zero attention. Throw some beans in a pot and let them boil for a couple of hours while you’re busy with something else. The total time actually spent doing anything is less than a minute. Do this ahead of time and then just reheat for mealtime.

4. “I’m so out of shape that I’ll never be able get back in shape.” It’s true that the more out of shape you are, the longer it’s going to take. But you can improve each week. It doesn’t take much to lose one pound each week, but that’s 50 pounds in a year. It’s important to just focus on this week. If you focus two years out, it’s tough to persevere.

5. “I don’t know how to get started.” If you’re in poor physical shape, nearly anything is good enough. Clean up your diet a little bit. Move around a little bit more than you have been. Once you make an improvement in your habits, your body will respond. Then you need to change a little more. It’s not necessary to have a complicated routine.

* Try this: Replace one ‘bad’ food that you eat regularly with something that you know is healthy. Also add going for a walk to your daily routine. Go as slowly as you need to. If you can only walk 5 minutes, that’s fine. Next week you’ll be able to walk 10. Each week improve your diet and increase your activity by just a little bit.

6. “It’s too complicated.” This belief comes from the nutrition and fitness industry. If they kept everything simple, what would they have to sell and talk about? Diet and exercise are both actually very simple unless you’re trying to make the Olympic team. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you’re knowledge is insufficient.

Examine your own beliefs. What is stopping your from taking better care of yourself? Is your belief reasonable, or is it just an excuse to maintain your current behavior? If you can change your beliefs, you can change your behavior and enjoy better results.

One step at a time. I am a huge proponent of babysteps when it comes to losing weight. Start small and work your way into bigger changes. Today, drop the negativity and the limiting beliefs and start believing that you’re amazing and capable of doing, being and having whatever you want. It makes a big difference, I promise.

Are you a fat head? What beliefs are holding you back from achieving your ideal body?

The Many Links Between Weight Gain and Sleep Apnea

The Many Links Between Weight Gain and Sleep Apnea

pinchingbellyfatToday, almost everyone that struggles with their weight understands the toll it can take on your health, as well as your emotional state. The struggle to maintain a healthy body weight has become even more difficult for millions of people at risk for sleep apnea due to being overweight.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an all too common condition where a person periodically stops breathing while they are asleep, which has serious health implications. It is no coincidence that many people who are overweight also snore. Nor is it coincidental that a high percentage of these people suffer from OSA. It is estimated that 60 percent of people who snore actually have sleep apnea.

Snoring is usually caused by the relaxation of the throat muscles during sleep. This leads to tissue in the throat blocking the airway when you lay down. Although a little narrowing of the airway is normal, when it becomes severe, it leads to a much greater collapse of the airway behind the tongue. This is what causes snoring. When the collapse is complete it causes apnea, which means “without breath.”

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When these apneic events happen and the person stops breathing (often hundreds of times a night for as long as a minute each time), they wake from the restorative REM sleep, and the cycle starts all over again. It is not uncommon to have brain fog, memory loss, or fall asleep during the day. Things only get worse from there as OSA is closely linked to potential development of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, or diabetes, as well as other life-threatening conditions.

Being overweight saps your energy, and having OSA on top of that means that the lack of a good night’s sleep can make it even worse. There are numerous studies showing that sleep deprivation has been shown to lower the body’s hunger-dampening protein known as Leptin.

OSA and a high fat diet both slow our body’s metabolism, lower insulin resistance and glucose intolerance, as well as raise blood pressure. So, these challenges can work to create a cycle that leads to greater weight gain. This low energy state of OSA makes it hard to keep up with an exercise regimen. The natural depression that can come from being overweight and through OSA just makes motivating yourself that much harder.

The link between OSA and weight is the gift that keeps on giving as scientists now have supporting evidence that even people within healthy weight parameters but suffer from OSA are at a high risk of weight gain. This is a good wakeup call (pun intended) for all of us whether we have OSA or not, and whether or not we are struggling with being overweight. The good news is that spreading this knowledge will help all of us stick to eating healthier and exercising regularly to avoid, or help reverse, the symptoms of OSA.

There are millions of people that are walking around with this condition that remain undiagnosed. Consequently, it is imperative to discuss symptoms like sleeplessness and snoring with your physician to determine the proper course of action. If you have sleep apnea, you may be a candidate for Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) therapy.

Considered by the medical community as the most effective means of counteracting sleep apnea, CPAP therapy requires the user to wear a mask and a machine continuously. This equipment gently delivers air during the night to keep your airway open. The goal is to get your weight and the sleep apnea under control so that you can enjoy life as a healthy, well-rested person.

Bio: Melissa Howe is a freelance writer with more than two decades writing about health and health technology. Having focused most of her writing career on sleep apnea and its health related conditions, she is a regular contributing writer for The CPAP Shop.

Amazing Teen Loses 40+ Pounds, Gains Whole New Attitude

Curiosity and the Cat: It’s a Big Fat Lie

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“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” ~Albert Einstein

When you were a kid, you asked questions–a lot of them. Your curiosity and thirst for knowledge led you to keep asking. People told you that  “curiosity killed the cat” if you got too nosy. You felt really bad for that poor cat, so you slowed down on the questions.

Well, I’m here to tell you that they straight-up lied to you, friends. The cat didn’t die from curiosity. It’s all a lie, an attempt to keep you in the little box that society has made for you.

It’s time to step out of that box and ask some real questions.

Now that you’re an adult, are you still curious? Do you ask questions, or do you assume everything is what it appears to be?

These are so many good reasons to hold onto that sense of inquisitiveness–first and foremost, because you can significantly improve your life and the lives of others with simple curiosity.

Benefits of Asking Questions

Understand the world better. Kids are always trying to get explanations for how and why things work the way they do. The Socratic Method is a powerful teaching tool at any age. Seek the truth and push yourself to get to the bottom of things.

  • Be more observant. Just formulating questions will broaden your horizons. You’ll become more in tune with what’s going on around you and notice patterns.
  • Be a critical thinker. It’s easy to feel bombarded by loads of information and advertising in the Internet age. Some healthy skepticism is needed to sort out fact from fiction.
  • Be an innovator. Challenging the status quo and old assumptions opens us up to positive change. You may discover new ways to trim your grocery budget or spend more time with your family.
  • Be more confident. Maybe you feel foolish asking questions or assume you’re supposed to know everything. Taking risks by opening up to others can actually make you feel more self assured.
  • Open the lines of communication. Consulting with others demonstrates your interest and respect for their knowledge and opinions. That opens the way to improved dialogue.

What to Learn About Your Relationship

  • Are you really compatible? Before you get deeply involved, make sure you’re on the same page about important issues. Do you both want kids? Can you accept each other’s weaknesses?
  • Once you’re in the relationship, it’s not too late. Ask how you can improve together. What can you do to make your spouse or partner feel more loved? How can you be more successful financially? Are you on the same page when it comes to how you want to raise kids or which area of the country you live in? You need to understand what each of you wants and how to best compromise so that both are happy and fulfilled.

Asking these kinds of questions can help you to connect more deeply. It’s easy to talk at a superficial level but stronger bonds form when you probe further. Talk about your core beliefs and greatest challenges. Use the knowledge you gather about yourselves and each other to support each other. Work on improving yourselves, your relationship and your community.

Your Career: Important Questions

  • What do you like to do? Interview yourself. Take an inventory of your leisure activities to identify how you like to spend your time and what gives you the greatest sense of satisfaction.
  • What are you good at?  Explore how you can make a career out of doing what you love. Reach out to others to invite additional suggestions and feedback.
  • How’s your resume looking? Examine your resume. Does it demonstrate a clear career path or are you drifting from one job to the next? Consider the training and experience you’ll need to move closer to your goals.

Other Aspects of Life: Things to Consider

  • Do you feel that your life is meaningful? Draft your own statement of what you want to get out of life and what makes you happy. Others can provide helpful input, but you’re the only one who can answer such questions.
  • What are you grateful for? Practice being thankful for the things that are good in your life, such as your health, family and natural beauty. Keeping your blessings fresh in your mind will elevate your mood, lower your stress and make all your activities feel more effortless.
  • How can you help others? Helping others is one of the most effective sources of lasting gratification. Ask how you can contribute to creating a better world. Remind yourself how much better you feel when you work for the common good instead of focusing on yourself alone.

Never stop asking questions! Becoming more inquisitive will make life more interesting and rewarding. You may even become a better citizen, friend and employee. In any case, you’ll find life more fulfilling when you ask questions.

 

Amazing Teen Loses 40+ Pounds, Gains Whole New Attitude

Fitness Mission: Drink 8 Glasses of Water Today

Please, drink water (again!)

One reason many people feel tired is that they’re actually dehydrated.

Studies show that most people don’t drink enough water throughout the day.

If you ask me, that could account for a lot of the exhaustion that leads to lack of activity and overeating.

(Plus, its a proven fact that when you don’t drink enough water, your body actually retains water–it’s sort of “afraid” to let go of what it’s got for fear you won’t replenish it. So, you appear more bloated.)

Next time you’re tired, try drinking a glass of water, and try to stay hydrated throughout the day to maintain your energy levels.

“It’s generally not a good idea to use thirst alone as a guide for when to drink,” says a Mayo clinic expert. “By the time you become thirsty, you may already be slightly dehydrated.”

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Besides just being a healthier way to go, staying hydrated can actually aid in your weight loss efforts.

A 2010 study found that “obese dieters who drank two cups of water before each meal lost 5 pounds more than a group of dieters who didn’t increase their water intake,” according to Discovery News.  “A year later, the water-drinkers had also kept more of the weight off.”

So here’s your mission:

Get your eight glasses in today!

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Tips to Get It Done

1. Drink a glass of water before every cup of coffee or other beverage you drink.

2. Have one when you wake up in the morning, before anything else.

3. Have one before each meal (it’ll help you feel full faster, too!).

4. Carry a water bottle with you and sip all day long.

5. Add lemon or decaf tea to your water if you can’t drink it plain.

Do you drink eight glasses of water each day? If so, share your tips on how you get it done. If not, will you start today? Tell me in the comments section, below!

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