Monthly Archives: October 2012

Week 7 – Overweight and Self Esteem

Being overweight is not good. We all know that. But it is not just the physical aspect which we should deal.  Been overweight is generally low self-esteem and many people have it. Ignoring a state of obesity is dangerous, the pressure that the modern world puts on people to “look good” creates feelings of insecurity on those who are overweight. This insecurity often starts affecting their self-esteem and may become a major psychological problem.

To lose weight, a person must want to do it. And the reasons for losing weight can be the desire to look and feel good, and earn the respect of society in general and loved ones.

Low self-esteem in overweight people is often the cause of obesity. The family, work and social pressures may reach a point where overeating becomes a distraction to those pressures. In other words, stress leads to a lack of confidence which then becomes a feeling of being unable to cope with the situation, resorting to eating and drinking, with the expected result is weight gain.

So this means that any action to prevent or reverse the overweight or obesity status must look both psychological and physical?

It’s not as simple as it sounds and if you feel identified with this whole issue is not wrong to ask for help, on the contrary, you will benefit a lot, and I’m not just talking about professionals such as psychologists or therapists but family and friends who perhaps understand the reasons for everything that you are going thru.

If in addition besides the support of your family and friends, you have the opportunity to group, do it. Do not ignore everything you believe that can help you, give it a try. Trial and error. Finally, remember that there is no failure, just are results. If something does not work move to the next, or the next, and so … we all have tremendous potential, even you, if you cannot see it now.

Week 6

Finally, I was able to shed 2 lbs from the plateau that I was stock at, I have change my eating habits and stating to count calories. Am I still using Advocare? Yes! and I will start another 24 day challenge on November 1st , but for right now, I just take my Catalyst when I work out and drink my Slam. I do take Thermoplus, it gives me a feeling of fullness so I don’t over indulge when I go out to eat, but mostly now I am able with counting calories and watching portions to finally stay on track. And thanks to Advocare giving me energy, and my own motivation I am still feeling great! I went from no activity at all to speak of to doing zumba, jogging (2 miles a day) and biking.

I watch my dairy, drink about 3 liters of waters every day, eat complex carbs, and stay away from chips and over processed foods. I eat lots of veggies, watch my portions and have been able to break thru my plateau this week without much effort my goal is 500 calories of exercise a week, and I m trying to stick to that.

Week 5

This week was weight in week and sad to say I been falling in my quest of losing weight. I have gain 5lbs for the past 2 weeks and aim not very happy about it, somehow that’s why last week I did not talk about the biggest loser challenge, because I was giving myself sometimes to lose that weight but it seems that I been gaining them.   Yes I been bad with food eating, and it seems that’s my challenge learning how to eat, not learning how to cook because I know how to cook healthy but what I don’t know is how to control my appetite to all the things I like to eat. And it is hard because besides learning not to eat the bad stuff is also having goodwill power so say I can do it.  So I started researching what to eat to get rid of the munching sensation and this is what I came out with and it have a low calorie count

  •  Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, which at only 80 calories, has only 6 grams of sugar, zero grams of fat and a whopping 15g of protein. And also “Blueberries contain lots of antioxidants and fiber and the yogurt is full of calcium protein” says Joanna Dolgoff, M.D., author of Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right!. “It’s a perfect combination!”
  • Cottage cheese with only 4 percent milk fat to keep this any-time-of-day snack at around 110 calories per half cup, with 5g fat, 15g protein, 2g of sugar.
  •  Quaker’s Lower Sugar Instant packets.
  • Carrots and Hummus
  • One medium pear and one part-skim string cheese: 160 calories, 7g protein, 17g sugar, 3.5g fat, 6g fiber.  Etc.

If you want to read more http://www.ivillage.com/100-healthy-snacks-under-200-calories-0/4-b-291931#ixzz29Kdiyo8z

Week 4

During these past 2 weeks I have not lost any weight and I am frustrated, seems that I have hit a plateau.  I have been gaining and losing tree pounds back and forth, I wonder what I am doing wrong.  I have been thinking, that maybe I need to change my workout routine.  My brother-in-law told me about the insanity work out, he told me that for him is working wonders and lost 10lbs in 2 months, by just doing this program and taking care of his diet.  Other people tell me that I need to Zumba more often instead of doing the elliptical all the time.  So, I came up with the resolution to start to Zumba 3 times a week, do the insanity 2 times a week, elliptical and running 2 times a week. Wish me good luck and will see what happens by the end of next weekend.

Week 3

This week I will be writing about the product, that helped me to lose weight, its name is Advocare.
Advocare is a Metabolic Nutrition System.  I stated taking this product for the benefits of losing weight, after a year in a half laterof having my last baby, without really not knowing, how beneficial it was going to be.   I was skeptical in the beginning specially because this challenge required a diet and frankly I was never serious about diets before.  The cost also was one factor that keeps me away of getting any of these products.   Even thou I was skeptical about it, I made a deal with myself before I bought the challenge, and that deal was, to test myself for one week  on a diet plan, and if I kept word during that week , I was going to buy the challenge.   I am a great believer that everything that we want to accomplish starts with baby steps and I am proud to say that I did keep my promise on dieting for a week.    Because of this accomplishment, I absolutely started my Advocare 24 day challenge and I was really successful because I end up losing 11lbs. and 22 Inches in only 24 days and the energy that left me it’s even greater.

To read more about this great challenge go to http://www.choosethechallenge.com/about-the-challenge.html