Losing weight and my mind all at the same time! I'm a SAHM, Wife and Girl Boss. Working hard to hit my goal weight of 160 pounds by following the Weight Watchers program. There's been a bunch of excuses and other such things blocking my way, but 2017 is going to be the year!
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Yoga Moves for a Pick-Me-Up
Studies show that some yoga poses reduce fatigue and adjust the hormone cortisol—too little of which can zap your energy. "This sequence engages your core and energizes your system from the inside out," says Women's Health yoga expert Tara Stiles. The poses also require balance, which sharpens your focus, as well as lots of deep breaths, which increase your oxygen intake to help you feel more alert.
Do each of these moves in order, holding the poses for 10 deep breaths. Repeat the sequence on the other side, and continue alternating until you've done the routine three times on each side.
Modified Down-Dog Split
Start in a pushup position, lift your hips, and move into downwardfacing dog. Take five breaths. Raise your right heel toward the ceiling as high as you can, then slowly lower your left forearm to the floor. Keep both palms flat on the floor.
Straighten your left arm and put your right foot between your hands. Shift your weight onto your right foot as you raise your left leg. At the same time, raise your torso until it is parallel to the floor and reach your arms forward.
Modified Half-Moon Arch
Place hands on the floor beneath your shoulders. Rotate your hips to the left and raise your left arm toward the ceiling. Bend your left knee back, and reach your left hand behind you to hold your foot.
From half-moon arch, turn your hips and shoulders back toward the floor, then use your core muscles to roll your body up to standing. Place the sole of your left foot on your right inner thigh. Lift your arms straight up above your shoulders.
My biggest reflection from week nine is that I was over confident. This is a rabbit hole I fall into quite often while trying to lose weight. I have a really good week for weight loss like I did on week eight, then in a true self sabotaging action I get lax on my "food rules". This week it was some Peeps Oreos on Sunday and Monday, extra biscuit (or 2) with dinner on Sunday, a box of mini Charleston Chews on Tuesday and a whole pint of frozen yogurt on Wednesday. Thankfully my brain snapped back after that pint of froyo. I stood in my kitchen and actually said out loud "WHAT IS YOUR DEAL?" The Oreos and biscuits were foods that were brought into the house by someone else, but I chose to eat them and I chose to not track them. The other items I purposefully went out and purchased, I tracked them, but then tried to starve myself out to "make-up" for the points. We all know that is the worst thing you can do to your body. I know it's horrible, bu…
Learn how to manage your feelings without food.
When you eat in response to an emotion, that is emotional eating. It's learned, not innate, response. Think about it, have you ever felt the need for a big serving of pizza or your favorite comfort food? I know I have. I have so many triggers that send me right to food. The biggest trigger for me is when I have an educational meeting for my son. I have been attending these meetings for seven years and they never get easier.
I'm learning how to cope better when it comes to emotional eating. I started attending Overeaters Anonymous meetings and I am currently working my way through the Twelve Steps, but every day is a new challenge. Emotional eating can lead to ups and downs with your weight. Especially if you feel guilty afterward - which then leads to more eating! But when you learn to do something else in response to this emotion, you're more likely to lose weight and maintain the loss. Emotions are like waves. …
After my recent Weight Watchers meeting room topic on "Let it go" and the fact that Tuesday June 27, 2017 was PTSD Awareness Day, I have decided to finally publish this post. It's a tough read, but one that for my own healing needed to write.
Some of you know me personally and know a good deal about me. This post has a little bit for everyone, for my friends - I hope this shines a light on what flies around in my head most days and for people stumbling upon this post - I hope it helps you either personally or with someone you know. That it helps you understand why we act the way we do sometimes, because it can become exhausting pretending that we are ok. The post is long, but something I needed to write for my own healing.
Lately I've been struggling and not just with my weight. I 've been pulling away from social situations and staying close to what's familiar and comfortable. I've been keeping my support people as close as possible. Anxiety is …