for YEARS I've battled with my weight. I've been overweight since...well it feels like forever. Since I started hooping regularly I have not lost any weight. and it's making me very frustrated. My hooping has improved, but not my waist line.
I eat healthfully, although I think I'm starting to realize that I don't drink enough water. I get sick several times a year and normally for over a week. I take vitamins and supplements to help. I stay away from pharmaceuticals if I can. I eat lots of veggies, lean proteins and have been trying to cut back on carbs, especially anything refined. I have a sweet tooth though, especially for chocolate items. I do drink alcohol. However, I drink less than I used to.
I'm just so frustrated by my lack of improvement health wise. I make adjustments and nothing changes. I don't think I'm capable of doing something strict and have no desire to become vegetarian. But I'm at a loss. I've considered that I might have an imbalance, but at this point, I'm just so frustrated and have no idea what direction I should go next.
any help, suggestions, inspirations would be greatly appreciated. I'm very open to ideas, diets, thoughts. I know this is vague, but I just want to start a dialogue with people who are living healthier than I am who might possibly have some clues, tidbits, gems that they want to share that will help me.
Sorry you are having a rough time. Have you ever kept a food journal? Sometimes people eat/drink more than they realize. I literally just read an article about weight loss before I saw this post.
Hope it helps :)
I also would suggest to be mindful of what carbs you eat. Start switching (if you haven't already) to whole grains, brown rice... also read up on the low glycemic carbs: http://www.glycemicindex.com/. If you HAVE to eat something sweet and fruit just isn't enough, try a one ounce square of dark chocolate and eat it slowly. This is my trick to help curb my sweet tooth. I also chew a lot of sugar free gum to help with sweet tooths, and emotional/boredom eating.
I hope you figure out what your wall is. I know how frustrating it is. I have PCOS, and thats my wall. I'm working on knocking it down, but its for sure a struggle. But, one worth fighting! :D
Thank you so much for being vulnerable and putting yourself out there to receive help and encouragment :) I really admire that.
As for your body, here are my suggestions. I used to be 170 lbs (I am just over 5 feet tall...) I feel your pain when it comes to weight and body image. My suggestions are as follows:
1. MORE WATER. Here is a simple equation: Your body weight (ie. 120lbs) divided in half (=60). Drink this amount in OUNCES each day!
2. Bring in good fats, leave out bad fats. For example, saturated fats in meats are really not very good for us. Cut down on these by eating less red meats (NO FRIED MEATS). Avocados are good fats and have proteins. Coconut oil is a saturated fat that is plant based and is easily absorbed by the body for instant energy, not clogging us up. Hemp seed oil, flax seed oil, borage and primrose oils are all good sources of fats that will help your body let go of 'bad fats'. You must take in fat to release fat. Same with the water, you must take in water to release water. Plus, water will curb hunger :) Also, try to eat meats before 2pm. Eating them for dinner makes it hard for your body to digest, clogging the colon.
3. Be very nice to yourself. When I am feeling ugly or fat I literally stand in front of a mirror and say 'I love you' looking myself in the eyes. This is a powerful practice. It will transform you beyond just weight loss.
4. Clean your colon! (email me for more on this at email@example.com)
5. Cardio hoop! Hoop hard and fast for 3 songs each day non-stop.
6. Eat dark chocolate when you want something sweet <3
7. Smile and see yourself at your perfect weight. Affirm to yourself that you DESERVE your perfect body. Allow whatever you are 'holding onto' to fall away. If you would like more info on how I do this, please, email me :)!
Blessings on your journey, sweet sister!
thank you so much for the tips. I am definitely going to be drinking a lot more water. I'm going strong with the cardio hooping (doing the 30/30 challenge). def. curious about your colon cleanse. I will email you soon.
Your support and guidance is fantastic and I'm so happy and thankful that hoopcity is such a great community... a place where we CAN be vulnerable and ask for help, and know that someone will respond and lend a hand.
I'm going to print your suggestions off. and I will keep you posted as to any improvements.
Thank you ladies! <3
(Btw Wowi Jacobspin is what the little boy I used to nanny for called me. I realized when people started addressing me on here as Wowi that I might need to update my title. lol I love it, it's a perfect hooping name for me. but in discussions like this, I feel more comfortable being me: Lori. Which, I guess, is another way of me saying I'm accepting of myself... faults, imperfections, baggage. Along with all the good stuff too.)
Hi Shellie -
I'm glad I checked back on this posting. Your advice is pretty inspirational. I'm in a similar place to Wowi and appreciate your post!
This is all such awesome advice. Just like Shellie, I used to be over 170, and I'm 5-2...and when you're short the fat is way more noticeable and constricting but I've been following a diet pretty similar to what she is describing. It does work and its slow weight loss which you want because its more fat loss. Other little things I changed:
--Look for food allergies, sensitivites and gut dysbiosis. I'm sensitive to wheat, corn, dairy and sugar and I crave these the most. To figure it out stop eating one of the top allergenic foods (wheat, dairy, corn, nuts, sugars) for at least a week then start it again and monitor your bodily and mental reactions. You have to be a totally anal journal geek and track everything (stomach feelings, stools, skin reactions, body temp, moods, etc) Just see. You'd be surprised. OR you can get an expensive blood test. Basically if you feel better w/o those foods you were probably slightly allergic to them...OR even worse. If you have gut dysbiosis (imbalanced bacterial flora in the gut) the bad bacteria or yeast' may be feeding on the sugary, refined crap youre eating too...and that also can make you crave! Its a whole big thing. I'm still researching that one.
--I cut all artifical sweetners. EVEN Splenda. It screws with your metabolism and blood sugar so your crave simple carbs. Its a lie that they are safe for diabetics. Use Stevia. That cut my appetite in half!
--Stop watching or hearing any and all tv/radio commercials. Totally embedded with hypnotic hunger commands. Mute button is my friend.
--No scales in my house. When u gain muscle, it shows on the scale too and that always meses w my head. I just try on tight fitting clothes over time.
--Don't do a 'cleanse' per se. When you cut out fat and sweet foods and eat more veggies your body will cleanse slowly and naturally. Herbal cleanses are too harsh and may just make me too tired to exercise. Never lost a pound from a liver or colon cleanse. Not in any way that my better diet wasn't doing already. But that's me.
--Exercise less but more efficient. (what the?) Yeah. I don't waste my time on treadmills. Make hoop your only cardio but add a heavy weight training program. 3days a week MAX for weights. Most women avoid this thinking they'll look like men. Never happen. Unless you take steroids and testosterone. Think body building is fat burning.
Ok so thats is a lot. This has been a lifelong journey for me with weight and body image. Hooping is such a positive gift for my mind and body that it makes it all a little easier. I guess my perception of my body has changed through this movement. Instead of thinking 'I look ugly I want to lose weight' I think 'I want to be, look and feel weightless in my hoop'
Mantras are of course always helpful!
Spin in peace
My only additional suggestions are
1. If you are going to drink alcohol, drink wine- even white. It has major antioxidants and it is a lot less fattening than liquor or beer.
2. For the sweet tooth, bake your own goodies. This way you can control everything that goes in it!! When I bake, applesauce (for butter and even eggs); stevia, raw sugar, maple syrup, or honey (for sugar); whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour (for all or atleast 1/2 of the recipe- **note: using wwf or wwpf in a recipe will make it more dense. Try subing only a portion if your goodies turn out too tough**); using nut milks, oils, or earth balance for dairy; raw or cacao for chocolate. There are all kinds of healthy changes you can make!!
3. To make drinking water easier, carry a big BPA-free nalgene bottle. Mine is like over 30 oz. When I first started to add more water to my diet, I would drink atleast five big gulps whenever I would take a drink. It goes fast that way. Also, drink some green tea. I just use one green tea bag and keep topping it off with hot water all day. That way, I am not getting super intense in the caffeine department by using multiple tea bags, but I am also extracting all of the good stuff.
4. Try to use as many natural/organic/homemade products for hygiene, make-up, and house cleaning. It is truly unbelievable how many chemicals out there in everyday products can make us gain and hold ... (this is just a google list, but pick and choose what sources you want to believe)!!
Hope that helps. Good luck on your journey :). Peace
This may be one of the first things you thought of but just curious have you had your thyroid checked? Im diabetic so my Endocrinology Doc works with people with weight problems. My friend was trying so hard and could NOT lose weight so i told her to ask to get her thyroid checked and she ended up having a problem. They put her on the pills to stabilize her thyroid and she dropped the weight so quick.
But becides that I hear everything your saying. I was never a skinny minny but I was never heavy untill recently. I went on a medication they said I would gain weight. I didnt know I would gain 50+ pounds!!! I was always around 130 and Im bouncing between 180-200. I am type one insulin dependent diabetic though so they say we fluctuate in weight more than others without diabetes but this recent weight gain has got me feeling so down. Ive went to a nutritionist and been working out and no weight loss at all : / Oh and one thing the nutritionist explained to me was that all fruits arnt good for dieting which I thought fruit all day long was great but she told me to stay away from watermelon, pineapple, and anything tropical as most of those have a lot of sugar and are really high on the glycemic index. A print out of the glycemic index has became my friend so I know what will make me "crash" and feel hungry again. And also like someone replied...Food journal!!! It made me realize that I wasnt eating as well as I thought I was. I have some apps on my iPhone and a few online places where I can keep my food journal. I just googled "food journal" and went from there. Have you tried zumba? A friend of mine just lost 40 pounds in 6 months and she said she hasnt watched her diet she just does zumba and loves it! Good luck to you! = )
After reading your replies I think I'm gonna try more water. I really only drink water but maybe I need to drink more!