Incredible story. Read it here: http://www.dietsinreview.com/diet_column/11/ramani-durvasula-lost-81-pounds-when-she-jumped-to-the-dirty-plate-club/
I’ve observed several people walk up to the snack vending machine during my lunch time today.
If you have to stand there deciding what to eat and it takes more than 3 minutes, THE ANSWER IS NO! Just walk away. Bring carrots tomorrow.
Oh, I brought a fresh salad I made for lunch today. Made my wife one, too.
Now, to eat my apple.
Ok, if you or a friend is starting ReFit 42, today is day #1. The last day will be September 23. Here’s a hint: don’t worry about Sept. 23 right now. Focus on today.
Today, make one positive change to encourage yourself to move in the right direction:
* Eat a healthy breakfast instead of heading to the local fast food drive-thru
* Pack your lunch (you’ll save money and eat better)
* Go for a walk today (I just got back from a 2.24 mile walk with the big dog)
There are a lot of positive things you to do today to begin a new you. You don’t have to do them all today.
Make one change today. Prove to yourself you can and will change. Find a notebook, and write down this one thing you are changing today. Date that entry. Read it tomorrow. Build on it tomorrow.
Review yesterday’s post. You can do this!
It will work if you work it!
Kathie Lapcevic looks in the mirror and still has trouble believing that the person looking back at her, is half her previous size. In 18 months, Kathie has shed 108 pounds and she’s currently no more than a side salad and a jog around the block from her goal weight. As a writer and teacher with a passion for gardening, canning and other do-it-yourself endeavours, Kathie was not a stranger to discipline or hard work, except when it came to her own health. “I was overweight my entire life,” she said. “The girl who got made fun of, the girl who always wanted to figure out a better way but didn’t know how to begin.”
Recently Kathie spoke to us about her weight loss journey, future goals and where she finally got the determination to lose the weight.
Anytime Fitness lacks many of the traditional trappings of your local gym, and yet it is growing by leaps and bounds. A look at its recipe for success.
Step inside an Anytime Fitness gym and you’ll likely notice more of what it lacks than what is there. No massive machinery, mobs of people, or grunting bodybuilders trying to outdo one another.
You’ll also take note of the club’s particularly small size — only 4,000-6,000 square feet, nearly eight times smaller than full-service gyms like Equinox. It’s clean and tidy, and there are no employees shoving papers in your face convincing you to sign up for the gym’s new weight loss plan, “how to lose 50 pounds in five days.”
There is none of that in this decidedly unintimidating environment, and that’s exactly how Anytime Fitness CEO Chuck Runyon wants it. “We are Cheers without the beers.”
Cheers, of course, the place where everybody knows your name. But this spot doesn’t have any Sam-and-Diane-relationship-tensions, and Norm or Cliff won’t be dropping by anytime soon.
It’s that vibe that has helped make Anytime Fitness the fastest growing fitness club in the world, according to a report released this year by The International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association, a title the company has held for the last six years. In 11 years, the Minneapolis-based chain has expanded to more than 2,200 clubs worldwide, in all 50 U.S. states and 14 countries. By comparison, it took Subway 23 years to reach 2,000 restaurants and McDonald’s (MCD) 32 years to reach 2,000 restaurants.
Read more here: http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2013/07/31/anytime-fitness/
I have worked with Amanda for years, and I have been thrilled by her determination, strength, and success. You will be encouraged as you read her story. The after photo was just now taken (7/16/13 at 5 pm).
Amanda M: “My weight has been an issue for me since my late teens. I started gaining in high school and by graduation was considered overweight. Over the years the pounds just kept adding up due to inactivity and excessive overeating and drinking. I’ve had success losing weight a couple times, both times by tracking calorie intake, but I was on a “diet” and as soon as I lost weight I’d return to my old eating habits and the weight would come back.
My lifestyle was mostly sitting, eating and drinking. I rarely got physical activity and when I did every joint in my body would ache. I was to the point where I would grunt and groan just putting on my underwear in the morning. I couldn’t find any clothes that fit and the embarrassment over my appearance had curbed my social activities and affected my marriage. I knew I had to do something but always had an excuse not to start. It was so easy and comfortable to just eat, drink and be merry and I didn’t want to give up that lifestyle.
Finally, at 37 years old, 5’8” and 224lbs, I saw an announcement at work that they would be starting a Weight Watchers group. We’d be able to attend the meetings at work with people we are comfortable and familiar with. I went to my first meeting and was instantly hooked on the program. It really does work. The Weight Watchers app for my iPhone made it so easy to track my food and activity and made me realize what smart food choices were and what foods to avoid.
I started slowly by experimenting with different foods and substitutions for the things I normally would enjoy. Now I’d much rather reach for some watermelon instead of cake or extra green beans instead of mashed potatoes and gravy. I still eat the foods I love, like steak and shrimp, but I watch my portions, load up on protein, fruits and veggies and season with herbs and spices instead of butter and oil.
One thing I realized pretty early on is that I’d have to cut out alcohol. I love wine. I loved a whole bottle of wine with dinner every night. I had to learn to love a glass of wine on special occasions. A day that ends in d-a-y is not a special occasion.
Once you start to pay attention to the nutritional information you see just how bad the average American diet is for you. You have to pick and choose the right time to indulge. The program I follow allows you to do that and doesn’t restrict you from enjoying those treats you crave.
After I changed my eating habits I started to see results within a few weeks and it inspired me to get active. I dusted off the old treadmill and started walking. Just walking. At first it was 30 minutes a few times a week but over the months I’ve increased the speed and incline and now spend about an hour a day working on cardio. I also mix in some strength and core training a couple times a week. It feels so good to be active. I have energy and strength I never knew I possessed and I can finally keep up with my husband and 10 year old son.
The change in the mirror is unreal. I’m amazed by how different I look and feel and my confidence is through the roof. I can’t count the number of people that have told me they didn’t even recognize me. My own mother in law didn’t know who I was when I saw her out in public the other day. It’s still hard to believe that I don’t have to shop in plus sizes anymore. I can actually go into trendy stores and the clothes fit! But wait, it gets better. I used to have so many health problems…heartburn, stomach upset, insomnia, the list goes on. Since I’ve adjusted my lifestyle all of my health issues have been resolved. I can’t remember the last time I had to take an antacid or was up tossing and turning during all night.
When people ask me “How did you do it?” I always answer “Eat right and exercise. You know everything they tell you to do.” I never say the word diet. Diet implies something you’re “on”. To maintain a large weight loss you need to find a healthy balance of calorie intake and exercise that becomes your daily routine. Setting small goals each week helped me to introduce changes gradually. These were just little goals like drinking enough water or eating vegetables with every meal. When you add these changes together they create a healthy routine. Tracking is extremely helpful to me too. Tracking makes me aware of my food and exercise choices and holds me accountable.
I’ve truly gone through a lifestyle change during this process and I will continue to track my daily food and exercise even after I reach my goal. I’ve lost 65lbs so far and have 15 more to go. It takes perseverance. But just keep at it and you can make these changes, too. It’s all up to you.
Remember, no one can do this for you. You have a choice and are in complete control. The ability to change is within each of us. One day I simply believed I could do it and I did. So can you.