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Defy the Odds of Weightloss 🍏

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Most people say like a fine wine they get better with age. I prefer to say like cheese, I get better with age 🧀😋
I know the vicious cycle of being depressed about your body and eating to numb the pain all too well. But what made me snap out of it was simple: I was so damn sick of feeling the way I did! I realized that food was no longer a comfort, it was what was in reality making me unhappy. I still fall back into old habits of being sad and self-medicating with food, that’s how I gained 30 lbs after getting down to 148 lbs. But for the most part when I slip up I can regroup the next day or week and move on. Stay strong, stay determined and remind yourself why you’re doing this!
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My fitness goal is to get down to the weight I told the DMV I weigh 😆 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ FUN FACT: I’d actually never leave the house in this top without a jacket over it. My arms are one of my least favorite body parts and even though I own a lot of my “imperfections” my arms are one thing I just can’t get comfortable flaunting in public. I’m working on it and hopefully someday I’ll be comfortable enough to!
⚡️UPDATE⚡️It has now been 4 weeks since my second fraxel laser treatment and I’m feeling pretty neutral about the results so far. For those of you who don’t know, I got laser treatment on my surgical scars and stretch marks. I’ll be getting the 3rd of 4 total treatments next Monday. I‘ve heard that most people don’t notice results until the 3rd and 4th treatments. If I really convince myself I can say the stretch marks look smoother and less deep but it might just be in my head too. In pictures it kind of looks the same as before. As of now, I have to wait to see how I feel after the next two sessions. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ FAQ: The laser is a fraxel laser. For all the areas of my body it is roughly $730 per session. I did my arms, upper breast, stomach, lower back, and tummy tuck scar. This picture is a few hours after the procedure. The areas that were treated were red for a few days and feel a lot like a sunburn. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What: Fraxel Laser is a non-invasive FDA-approved fractional laser technology to help improve tone and texture, minimizing scars and fine lines. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How: Fraxel uses a laser beam that penetrates the skin and stimulates the bodies healing process to replace damaged skin with fresh skin. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Does it hurt? Yes! It was honestly quite painful even with topical numbing cream. But all the areas took about 15 minutes so it’s pretty quick and therefore tolerable. I’d compare the pain to a tattoo but worse. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Is it magically going to erase your stretch marks and scars? No. I’m looking for an improvement but I know that there is no way of ever completely getting rid of stretch marks or surgical scars.
It’s really easy for me and others who have lost a lot of weight to hide our imperfections when we post our progress pictures. Actually, everyone does it to a certain extent when posting on social media, whether or not you’ve lost weight. We pick the most flattering pictures of ourselves for the world to see. Just because you can’t see my scars doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Being honest about what happens after massive weight loss actually helps others have realistic expectations with their journeys, helps normalize our “imperfections” and makes me feel like I’m not alone. ——————————————————————————— My sweat bands are for sale on my website! They help with back support when exercising and help you sweat more to burn off water weight around your core. Link in bio!
Here’s a little update! I actually found the picture on the left from a dietbet I hosted back in Dec 2017 and I was shocked and had forgotten I had actually gotten up to 194.2! However, for most of 2018 I’ve been consistently in the mid 180’s. For the last 3 weeks I’ve been really focused and “back on track” and I’m back under 180! In the pics, the weight loss is most noticeable in my arms and face. Full disclosure I weighed myself at the end of the day in the picture on the left and in the morning on the right, which for me can mean a 3-5 lbs swing. Also, it’s not the best comparison since my arms are down in the first picture.
I got a Body Composition Analysis AND my Resting Metabolic Rate measured today! 💥 ✔️Info: I had it done at Body Comp in San Diego. I paid $135 for both tests. I plan on using today’s information as a baseline and getting the test done again in 3-6 months to see how my body composition has changed. 💥 ✔️Body Composition Analysis: The body composition test measures visceral adipose tissue, body fat, muscle mass, and bone density amongst other things. It is measured via a DEXA Scanner. You lay on the scanner, fully-clothed for about 6 minutes as the machine scans over you. 💥 ✔️Resting Metabolic Rate: Your resting metabolic rate (RMR) is how many calories your body burns on a daily basis just to live and breathe. With this information it is then easier to calculate your total daily energy expenditure (TDEE) which is the amount of energy you expend in one day. Therefore, TDEE = RMR + calories burned from exercise and daily activities. My RMR was measured to be 1374, my TDEE assuming moderate exercise was 2130. This information is helpful when trying to figure out how much of a calorie deficit you need to lose weight efficiently. It’s not necessary though since you can ballpark it with RMR calculators online using your height and weight.
What it takes: 1. Planning your meals 2. Waking up early to go to the gym. 3. Going to the gym after work to burn a few extra calories instead of home to watch tv. 4. Fighting with your inner demons who want to self-sabotage. 5. Cutting out people in your life who don’t have your best interest at heart 6. Only having one slice of pizza instead of the whole thing. 7. Reminding yourself that what you want MOST is more important than what you want NOW. 8. Working out on your day off. 9. Not giving up even if the scale says something other than what you expected. 10. Figuring out why you let it get to this far in the first place and resolving those issues. 11. Changing your relationship with food
In pictures, and even in real life, we can twist and turn our bodies to emphasize certain features while hiding others. I don’t think I look bad in either picture but my body shape definitely looks more exaggerated on the left. Just remember, that social media is a construct and does not always accurately reflect reality.
Outfit by @fashionnova , body by @leancuisine. #sponsorme 😜 . Happy Sunday! Hope everyone had a good week. I’ve been back on track and super dedicated to getting healthy and feeling better again. I’ve lost a few pounds and feel leaner already. I’m counting calories and trying to burn 300-500 calories a the gym with cardio and/or strength training. I’ve already been able to squeeze into some work pants that I wasn’t able to just a few weeks ago ❤️💪🏻 I’m thankful for all your support!
WORKOUTS! Here are three of my go-to workouts that you can do at home. You can do them with or without weights and resistance bands. Swipe to see them! 🌵 1. Kick backs 🌵 2. Kick back with dumbbell held in leg 🌵 3. Standing side kicks with resistance band 🌵 4. Straight leg dumbbell deadlift, legs shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent. Bend at the waist as you go down, keeping your back straight. You should feel this burn in your hamstrings (back of your legs). Variations: use a bar with weights or a dumbbell in each hand for increased difficulty. . #homeworkouts #weightlossmotivation #homeworkoutvideos #workingoutathome #workingout #easyworkouts
Getting healthy isn’t a physical state, it’s a mental one. It’s about your mind being focused and clear. It’s about putting long term satisfaction ahead of immediate gratification. It’s about realizing that nothing will change overnight. It’s about being so sick of your own excuses that you don’t make any more. It’s about having a goal and working every day towards it instead of away from it. It’s not something I’ve mastered but I know how my mind feels when I’m in “the zone” and that’s when I know I can accomplish anything. What does being in “the zone” feel like for you?
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