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Sunday, January 29, 2012

One Year and One Hundred Pounds

Misha dressed as a clown at my 4th birthday party
As many of you know, I have someone very close to me and I'm worried about her weight. I'm not worried about the size she wears, I'm worried about her health and happiness. And those things are struggling because of her weight. I feel like I have let her down. How can I be such a weight loss success story, and not even be able to help my sister stay on the plan? Meanwhile it turns out she feels she has let me down. She wrote several posts for me here before, but then over a year ago had a bad weekend completely fell off the wagon. Or she lept from the wagon screaming, on fire and running in the other direction...

When I met Nicole recently, I kept thinking this is what my sister could look like after losing her weight. I WANT to SEE her "After". If I could only do it for her, but I can't. If only I could talk her into a diet, but I can't. If only I could make her meals or shop for her, but I can't (she lives in Oklahoma, I live in California). But I can be a good example and encourage her. I can help her see that I struggle with the same food issues she does, and have overcome them (mostly). She has to want this for herself. Really, really want it.

So that is what I did, for many months. Dr. William Davis's Wheat Belly book really spoke to me and had a very powerful message that 100% backed up the Belly Fat Cure and the Fast Track. So I excitedly read her quotes from it and sent her a copy. I came up with this idea that by simply losing 8 lbs (8.2 to be exact) a month she could lose 100 pounds in a year. Gastric By-Pass couldn't offer results that good. We would concentrate on overall health and well being, not just the number on the scale. Because her health has declining. The number on the scale will be a bonus. And because the number on the scale has a very powerful hold on her psyche, she would weigh herself just once at the end of each month. I didn't bug her (much) but quietly talked about it with her whenever I had the chance.

She wants this for herself now, and she agreed! She started January 1st and she understands this is not a sprint, it's a marathon.  Every meal, every day, every week, every month. Month after month. That is how she will lose the weight. That is how I lost the weight. That is the secret.

I will let her tell the rest of this story as it unfolds... I asked her to share her story with us here. It's her story not mine. I'm simply a cheerleader on the sidelines. I'll try not to be a coach with a clipboard and whistle. I am SO so so proud of her. I'm nervous for her too, I want her to succeed.  I'm calling this series One Year and One Hundred Pounds.

21 comments:

  1. Sister M, I'm so glad you are ready to take this challenge on again. Please, please, please take advantage of this great weight loss community we have here for support. Have you considered starting your own blog that we can support you through? I'm going to be posting some information on my blog in just a little bit that will be helpful to you. This journey is mostly about "mental weight loss", and if you work on that while you are losing the weight, your relationship with food will have a fundamental change, which will help you to maintain your weight loss for a lifetime. If you are going to really do this, don't do it half-a--ed. Take the bull by both horns (mental and physical), and body slam that sucker! You'll have ups and downs for sure, but we all do; that's part of the process. Be patient and kind to yourself. You're number one priority needs to be that no matter what, you'll never give up. If you don't throw in the towel, and you give yourself the time needed for things to sort themselves out, you'll be just fine...no matter how long it takes!!! We're here for you. You can do this! Okay, now what help can we give you, M?

    XOXO

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  2. We're anxious to hear from Sister M...she'll find how helpful the support offered here is. Minichick is right on, this is a mental process. Best wishes to you...and to all of us!

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  3. You can do it! I'm brand new to the BFC and loving it. I feel it is the best, most long term sustainable method for helping me lose and maintain my weight loss. This site was the first I have found on the BFC, and I am now following several BFC bloggers. I had an older blog on health / weight issues that I'm reviving, and hopefully can get into the groove of posting a bit more.

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  4. Well like she said it's all in your head. and while I know she could probably lose the weight with a by-pass, This way of lifestyle is so much healthier and better way of losing and keeping it off in the long run. I have heard many people after having the surgery - gain a lot of weight back later because they didn't learn how to eat properly.
    The BFC is the BEST thing I have ever done. Hey sister I lost 90lbs so you can lose 100. YOU CAN DO IT :-)

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  5. How about a Belly Fat cure Super Bowl menu?

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  6. You can do it! We all have good and bad days, too, and no one will judge you if you have bad days. Just pick yourself back up and do it again!!

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  7. Amber youre a great sister and a great inspiration. When she's ready, Sister M will do it. It's such a mindset and it sounds like Sister M is ready. Have her read the blogs and join the facebook community for support so she has a cheering section :) We'd love to support her and cheer her on!
    Carey

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  8. Hey All! Thanks for your support. Tune in tomorrow for my MONTH ONE WEIGH IN! I don't think I'll be able to sleep tonight because I am so excited.

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    1. You KNOW you are in the zone when you can't sleep before a weigh because you are too excited! That was totally ME!!!

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    2. So PROUD of you...keep up the excellent work!! We are all cheering for you ~ we are a TEAM!!

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  9. Your a great sister & your sister is off to a great start, I can feel the positive energy you are both creating! Mary b

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  10. My sister started a couple of weeks ago too~ Here's to our sister's success on their weight loss journey...clink glasses:)
    Amber...I think it was you that said that you like to hula hoop? I thought you would get a kick out of this youtube video. You may have seen it, but she's pretty amazing. You can post one of you!
    And I am sooooo excited for you that you can still fit in your wedding dress. That is an amazing accomplishment, so is your marriage. Congrats on both!

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  11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-R-0pvQqKg

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    1. Kay, That is impossible!! I can barely keep mine up. It is weird, I'm much better going to the left, than the right. What is up with that? But it really works on the belly area from your belly button to the pubic bone! The woman in the video barely moves!

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    2. As my 12 year old grand daughter would say...ikr...I know right:)

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  12. Good luck with your weight-in, Sister M. My sister and I started on this journey together. She was actually on the band wagon many months before I was. She lost 30 lbs. in 3 months. She stuck to the plan 100%. I wish I could say the same but I really do believe in this plan and I think eventually I will be where Amber is now.

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  13. Thanks for all your kind comments! I knew I could count on you all to support my sister!

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  14. Welcome back Sister M. You've been missed. I wish you the best on your journey to better health. We're all rooting for you!

    Kim

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  15. Just wanted to give my support to your sister and tell you that you are an awesome sister to her!

    My sister shared the low-carb lifestyle with me back in the late 90's. I have tried it off and on ever since but it really took a hold on me last year! For some of us it's harder...but your sister can do it!!! I've lost 25 pounds last year and want to lose another 25 this year. Slow and steady will win this race!

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