Weight Loss Challenge and Lifestyle Changes

At work, we have this weight loss challenge going on. It started in January and involves teams of 2 trying to lose 10lbs by March. The team members are supposed to encourage each other and inspire each other to make better choices. And in the end, there are prize drawings for the people who lose the 10lbs or more.

I joined the challenge with a co-worker from another department who, at the time, I didn’t know well. Although we don’t get to talk very much, I feel like I’ve made a new friend. We do encourage each other and, when one of use has a set-back, we’re there to support and build each other back up.

Since the beginning of the challenge, I’ve exercised every week day, taking a break on the weekends. I’ve begun eating a lot better, though I will say that I still have some work to do there. It’s been quite an experience and I am already feeling a lot better. I’ve already lost interest in the challenge itself and have begun just focusing on changing my lifestyle and myself.

Ok it also has to do with my weigh ins. See, I’ve gone back to check my weight once a week for the past two week. After the first weigh in, I waited two weeks to do it again. And guess what? That damn number is the same as the first time I weighed in. I couldn’t believe the second time I weighted, but the third time? It’s really odd. I mean I don’t think that the scale is broken or anything because other people have used it and their numbers have changed.

So what’s the deal? Like I said, I have been exercising, but it’s just been toning exercises, like squats, wall push-ups and the like. It’s really easy to do those because I can do those at work. I haven’t done any cardio because I would rather do that at home instead of sweating in my work clothes and then having to wear them the rest of the day.

I keep telling myself that maybe as I’m doing those exercising, I’m building muscle and losing fat at the same time, which just balances things out. I mean, I’m not sure if that’s what’s happening but I have no other explaination for it. I suppose what I’ll have to do is actually do the cardio that I plan to do and see what happens.

I am pretty proud of the work that I have been doing. It’s been a long time coming and it’s finally happening. I’ve finally gotten myself to do what needs to be done, not just to lose the weight but to be healthier overall. I know I’ve still got quite a bit of work to do, but I’ve started and that’s a huge improvement.

Lorna Doones and a Diet Coke

Hello, everyone. My name is Rachel and I’m a sugar-holic. And a diabetic. I actually haven’t had any real sugar in months, but I crave it every day. Sometimes I think that I indulge just this once, just have one of whatever it is that I’m craving, that it’ll be ok and I’ll stop thinking about it for a while. That would never happen.

A character on a TV show once said that an alcoholic doesn’t want just one drink, they want 10. Or that that’s how it ends up. That’s how it is with me and any kind of sugary snack. It’s always been that way for me.

So sugar substitute. I’m not sure if it’s an better than real sugar…I’ve heard things. But it’s better for me than going cold turkey. Have you ever tried to give something up cold-turkey? It’s hard as hell! At first, you can really tell the difference. There’s a wierd taste with most of the sugar substitutes. But when you have to get used to it, you do. Pretty soon, you can’t tell anymore.

Most people that it’s not just sugar that’s against diabetics. Carbs are also a big problem. I also love past and bread. They’re just as much of a weakness for as the sugar…maybe more so. I think that I would be ok with never touching sugar again, as long as I could have all the bread and pasta I want. Yeah, that would be awesome.

Alas, it is not meant to be. In all seriousness, it’s a long, hard road, but it’s something that is very necessary for those of us that are diabetic. If you know something who is, please support them the best that you can, but don’t make them feel bad for wanting to have a piece of bread, that sugary snack, or something else that they don’t need. Remind them that it is bad for them and that they’ll be better in the long run to put it down and have something else.

Do you have a food allergy or some other dietary restriction? How have you dealt with it?