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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

The Biggest Secret of Successful Weight Loss

Blendsocanu“Successful weight loss takes programming, not willpower.” ~Phil McGraw

When it comes to weight loss, the biggest hurdle that people face is that of getting started. Where do you start? How do you start?

If you are one of these people, you’re not alone. In fact, I was there myself when I started this journey to health. It doesn’t really matter whether you want to lose ten or a hundred pounds, honestly. It’s all about putting one proverbial foot in front of the other.

The first step to successful weight loss is to set some goals. Goals should be used in the same way as milestones are used on highways. Just as without any milestone, you will have no idea of where you are going, without a goal, you will have no idea of how much work you need to do to get to where you want to go.

First you should ask yourself some questions:

1. How much weight you want to lose?

2. By when you expect to lose all the weight?

Write down the answers on a piece of paper or put them in your blog or on your phone. Refer back to them occasionally. But ultimately, while your goals are important, they won’t be what’s getting you through each day–that will be credited to the small changes you make each day to lead you to those goals.

Setting goals is just not enough; in order to make the goals achievable, you must set REALISTIC goals. If you have a goal of losing sixty pounds within a couple of weeks or a month, that is not going to happen. Setting such unrealistic goals for yourself will nullify the very effect of goal setting.

Find out how I lost 100 pounds (and counting), right here.

When you set unrealistic goals and fail to achieve the same, you will be disappointed and frustrated with yourself and your weight loss efforts. Believe me, I’ve been there.

Ideally, no matter what you do, you should aim to lose no more than 1-2 pounds per week. So set your goals accordingly. For example, if you want to lose sixty pounds, it will take you at least six or seven months to do it in a healthy way. And what I’ve learned is that weight that comes off slowly tends to stay off longer.

Set small and achievable goals for yourself so that when you achieve them, you will feel more confident to move forward. This is the biggest secret of successful weight loss!

Amazing Teen Loses 40+ Pounds, Gains Whole New Attitude

It’s All in Your Head: Why You Can’t Lose Weight (And How to Succeed)

Size 24 to Size 8

Size 24 to Size 8

They say losing weight is really hard. And if you want to look at it that way, I guess “they” are right–after all, you have to change your habits, your lifestyle and your mind if you’re going to succeed. And exercise? It can suck. Plus, no one likes to be hungry, am I right?

But there’s another way you can look at it. You don’t have to fight to lose weight.

HOLD ON! Don’t click away just yet. I’m making a valid point, I promise!

This is a very basic concept.

Why you can’t lose weight: You are thinking about the fact that you “need to lose weight.”

According to the law of attraction, whatever you think about and focus on is what you’ll get more of in your life (to put it very simply).

So, if you are “fighting” to “get rid of the extra weight” or to “take off those last few pounds,” guess what? You’re attracting more of that to you.

More reasons to fight. More reasons to need to get rid of the extra weight. More taking off those last few pounds.

If you’re telling yourself that you suck and you’re beating the hell out of your psyche every time you work out–punishing yourself for letting yourself get out of shape in the first place–well, you’ll attract more reasons to suck, more reasons to be mean to yourself, more being out of shape.

So, I guess what this means is that the Universe takes you quite literally–and negatives aren’t a factor. SO, if you say something like, “I don’t want to be fat,” the Universe responds to “I want to be fat” instead.

See what I mean? Unfortunately, though, none of this actually equals to your being thinner or healthier though, which is exactly my point. You can’t lose weight and keep it off if all you’re thinking about is the fact that you are too heavy, flabby or whatever other negative qualities you’re currently focusing on (and attracting to yourself in the process).

How to succeed: Choose your own adventure

It’s as simple as “ask, believe, inspired action, receive.” You have to first decide what you want the end result to be in your process. And be as specific as possible.

(Join the Project Blissful Look Better Naked Fitness Challenge today! It’s free!)

Try this exercise.

Ask: Choose your new body first. Imagine yourself at your goal weight. How does your body look? What can you do now that you couldn’t do before? How does it feel when you interact with others? Do people treat you differently than before?

Believe: you have to first believe that you will meet your goal, and you have to already be there in your head. Imagine what it feels like to be in amazing shape when you meet your ultimate goal. What does it feel like when people notice you’ve lost weight and congratulate you? How do you feel? Why can’t you start feeling it now? Just do it. Walk, talk and behave as though you have already made it to your goal. You will be surprised how quickly you can feel it if you try.

Inspired action: this is the part that some people get stuck on and that some law of attraction gurus fail to point out. But the fact of the matter is that you’ll have to eat less and move more if you want to really get healthy, so when you’re “there” in your head, ask yourself what your new, thinner, healthier self does. Do you dance? Do you workout at a gym or do Insanity in your living room? Or are you a runner, walker or biker? Does your thinner self Whatever your new, thinner self does to stay healthy–start doing that now.

Receive: meet your weight loss and fitness goals. Like I said before, once you “get there” in your head, your body will follow. You have to truly believe that it’s working, and you can’t expect it to suck (or it totally will). Instead, stay as positive as possible, keep your head away from negative, “fat” thoughts and become the person you want to be.

It really works if you work it. Are you ready? Tell me what you think in the comments section, below.

 

 

 

Amazing Teen Loses 40+ Pounds, Gains Whole New Attitude

Willpower: The Dirty Liarmouth

through_the_beautiful_image_of_the_03_vector_156403“I’m going to do it this time. I really am! I’m going to stick to it no matter what. I’m so sick of being overweight and I’ve had it! This is “it” for me!”

I think we’ve all said something similar to ourselves at one time or another when we started the next “diet” we were going to try.

I would wake up that Monday morning with so much adrenaline pumping in my veins that it almost hurt. I would be so positive, so confidant, so excited.

I’d have willpower pouring out my ears. I’d even have a little extra spring in my step. “This is the first day of the rest of my life” I’d chirp as I ate my rice cake for breakfast and left for work.

And it worked…for a little while. I would have the willpower to say no to the donuts that somebody brought for breakfast that day.

“Nope, I’m on a diet. Thanks though” and the smile never left my face.

I would have the willpower not to have a tall frozen yummy chocolate coffee drink with about 10,000 calories per serving (with extra whipped cream of course!).

“No thanks! I’ll have one bottle of water please.” I’d sing to the pimple faced teen behind the counter.

get rid xtra weight no dietWillpower would allow me to say “no thanks” to the pizza everybody ordered for lunch as I munched away happily on my salad and carrot sticks.

Willpower was all I needed to get through those tough and trying situations.
And then something strange and unexpected happened…willpower stabbed me in the back quicker than I could say “double bacon cheeseburger, extra bacon, extra cheese, add mayo and hold any sort of vegetable you may lay on it.”

Willpower is the dirty little secret that nobody warns you about.

If willpower were a person I’d call it a dirty liarmouth to its face.

And if anything, people lie to you about it’s abilities. It’ll fool ya all right.

Willpower sounds all great in the beginning. It makes you think you’re prepared to face the real world. It builds you up, makes you feel ready, gives you a pep talk, a slap on the back and then shoves you out there in the world, naked and exposed, to only slam the door behind you and click the lock so all the world see you standing on your porch in your birthday suit.

Then willpower watches from the window and giggles as you look for a leaf big enough to cover your ‘bare’ essentials.

It’s when you have that willpower, that super attitude that YOU CAN DO IT… that’s when dieting or lifestyle changes are easy.

Willpower makes it simple to embrace your life change and say “no” to the things you know aren’t healthy for you. Easy Peasy.

It’s what happens after the willpower diminishes that you really need to prepare yourself for.

We all know that feeling of empowerment that willpower brings fades out like a pair of stonewashed jeans (tight rolled of course, I am a child of the 80’s after all).

Sometimes it can last a few days… sometimes even a few weeks… but if you’re relying on willpower to take you through to the end, to get you across that finish line… then you are going into battle armed with nothing but a Nerf ball and some duct tape, both of which are fun and handy to have around, but neither of which will help you much in your weight loss endeavors.

I’ve had to mentally and physically prepare myself for when willpower packs it’s stuff and gets the hell out. It still comes back every once and a while to make an appearance but I’m no fool.

I know it will leave just as quickly as it came and right now there is no tree with leaves big enough to cover my “assets” out on that porch.

So here’s some things I’ve done to prepare myself for when willpower fails me.

  • I don’t keep “not the best choice of foods” in my house. Things like nutella, ice cream and baked goods, which are all my weaknesses, are best left at the store. If I must have nutella in the house, it’s kept in the cupboard that I do not get into on a regular basis. I once had a box of chocolates here that I just knew I had willpower enough to say “no” to. After eating about 10 of them (in about as many minutes) and then crying to my husband that I ate 10 chocolates, he threw them in the trash. I’ve not (successfully) had a box of chocolates in the house since. I have recognized this and know it’s a problem so I won’t try to kid myself that I can do it. It’s okay to be human and have faults.
  • I plan ahead for situations that tend to make me overeat, like parties. I know what I am going to do when I walk in. I know where to focus my attention and I know where to try to position myself in regards to food.
  • I have actually practiced dialogues to use when I’m in a “food pusher” situation to get me out of taking or eating food that I don’t need or want. We all have Auntie Meanswell, who knows you love _____ (insert food you are now trying to eat only on special occasions) and insists you have the second and third helping. Having a plan ahead of time has spared me fumbling for the rights words or worse yet, conceding to their pushing to save hurt feelings. *tip* ask Auntie Meanswell if she can pack some up “to-go” after you’ve had your first, regular portion. This means saving her feelings from being hurt, and you have the choice, away from her, as to what to do with the extra food.
  • When I don’t have the right frame of mind and come to a bump in my road I look back through the book that got me on this path, Dr. Phil’s “The Ultimate Weight Solutions”, and re-read the passages that I’ve highlighted. I re-read the things I have written while at Novarum, the center where I went for help regarding my food and weight issues. I refocus my attention on those small things that worked for me in the beginning because, low and behold, they will work for me now. I find the things that have proven to work for me and make sure they are still part of my daily routine. I allow myself to take things one day at a time, not feel rushed to lose weight, and to be human and make mistakes. I don’t need willpower for that…I can be powerless but still have a will.

And I definitely have a will.

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