Shawn L. Bird

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Defeating da fat. February 14, 2011

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WordPress Daily Blog challenge. Day 46 prompt: What you learned recently

Between August 2009 and August 2010 I watched my sister-in-law shrink.  She had been on stage receiving accolades for her Tupperware™ successes at the Jubilee in Florida and decided that the next Jubilee when she was on that stage, she would be slender.  All year, with the support of her local Herbal Magic, she lost consistently, shedding basically 2 lbs a week for a year.  The transformation was phenomenal.

I watched and I learned.  I had researched  Herbal Magic previously, and decided that it was not for me, but I learned about a program called Health Pointe 2.0  that  seemed to follow similar principles but at a fraction of the cost, run by a lady I respect in our community.  October 31 I signed up to reprogram my brain and body so I could get rid of the stubborn thirty pounds I gained during my teaching practicum so many years ago…   (and 20 of their pound friends that joined them afterwards!)

What I’ve learned is that it’s possible to defeat the fat!  I already had a bit of a fitness regime, dancing a couple times a week and getting out on long walks reasonably regularly.  I amped that up by joining Curves, and getting there to work out at least 4 times a week.  I basically have cut carbs from my life.  I will occasionally have a bit of rice or potato, but not on a daily basis.  I have doubled my fruit and vegetable intake.  I made sure I’m never hungry by taking in a protein snack every couple of hours (cottage cheese, yoghurt, protein bar…).  It hasn’t been difficult, and after the results became apparent the first week, it’s been easy to see the inevitable reward.  Yesterday my husband tried to take me for lunch to A&W, but because I’d just had my protein snack, I was able to resist the temptation and saved myself a thousand calories I didn’t need.  This morning I was rewarded with the lowest number on my scale in a decade.

It’d be great if it was a faster process.  I’d hoped to be further along by this point, but I’m still two sizes smaller than I was in October and it’s very obvious.   I bought size 12 pants yesterday and the size 16, 18 and 20s are off to the thrift store…

I’ve also learned that there are solutions for small issues. I am reticent to take vitamin pills for some reason.  Perhaps because they’re so huge and nasty to swallow I manage to forget them all the time.  This weekend I found adult gummy vitamins!! Mmmm! Oh what a wonderful invention those are!  Problem solved.  😉

Following my week’s focus on gratitude, let me spell this out.  I am thankful for the inspiration of Cindy Bird to begin this weight loss journey. I am thankful for the success I’m having and the support of Marie Kolenosky of Health Pointe 2.0.  I am thankful for a very happy husband who celebrates the changes (even if he tries to tempt with pizza and burgers).  I am thankful for gummy vitamins!

18 down- 20 to go!


8 Responses to “Defeating da fat.”

  1. Lisa Says:

    Congrats to you! Celebrate every success, and don’t stress over the time it takes. Weight lost slowly stays off longer. I am down 10 lbs as of yesterday (with a lot more to go). I don’t know if I will make it to my goal, but I feel better by just taking better care of myself. (By the way, you are gorgeous in your picture!)

    • cindy Says:

      Congratulations Shawn!

      You are right, you put it on one pound at a time and that is exactly how you take it off…

      After being over 100 pounds overweight for over 20 years, I know that I know that I know that this is the new me.

      What a wonderful epiphany!
      aka “Little Miss Inspiration” ~ Thank-you

    • Shawn Bird Says:

      Congratulations Lisa! Yes, it seems much easier to put on than to take off, but slowly, slowly, slowly we can widdle weight and carve the figure we want! I was hoping to keep up to Cindy’s 2 lbs/week, but to be honest, I’m not quite as diligent as I could be, and 17 lbs in 16 weeks is very respectable, I know. I just hope it keeps coming off that consistently until I hit my goal in time for my birthday in July!

  2. keren Huyter Says:

    Well done Shawn! Every pound lost is a reason to celebrate!!! I myself FINALLY made to the next lower ten lb mark on the scale, officially having lost the baby weight from the last two babies 🙂 It is a great feeling! However, I need to buy smaller bras now 😛 HAHA!

    • Shawn Bird Says:

      Yeah for you Keren!! 😀 You’re looking great in your belly dancing outfits!

      I know how you feel! I have reached a zero- so this week I should get to the next ten lb mark and I will be celebrating, let me tell you. When I hit the 8, I will be the lowest I’ve been in 20 years. HOW EXCITING!! 😉

  3. Ange McDonald Says:

    OMG Shawn!!! Awesome!!! I have been in the same 10 lb for eons… I am so happy for you and understand completely the excitement of the next “Decade of Pounds”. Race ya to 5 lbs below goal!! LOL

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