I've been trying to find a way to start this post several times over the last little bit but just haven't been able to show my face around the blogosphere. I've been that typical weight loss blogger who comes out guns a'blazin for the first little bit only to peter out faster than the pizza delivery boy can be at the front door. Well, ok, maybe it's not that bad. I haven't gained any weight since the last time I've been around...I've even lost a few more pounds. It's just all been in the last week or so since I've been back on track. Before that, I've been half-assing it. I've come to learn that for right now I need to not worry so much about working like crazy and making money, I need to worry about my health and spending time with my family. Not only do I feel like I've been a failure at weight loss, I feel as though I've been neglecting my family. Add that to the fact that whenever I start working more hours I end up getting sick. I've had more than my fair share of colds this year and I've had enough!
I've been working hard at switching my diet back over to a healthy, whole food, balanced diet but there has been some recent changes in my perspective. I got in to watching documentaries on Netflix lately and not only have my eyes been opened but I've shed a few tears in the process.
The first documentary I watched was "Hungry For Change" (http://www.hungryforchange.tv/). This documentary talks about the diet, weight loss and food industry. Let's just say it's maddening to hear how we, as consumers, are manipulated into what we buy and eat and how the weight loss industry works. It left me so mad! I highly recommend anybody who's currently trying to lose weight, considering losing weight and or has lost weight watch this documentary.
Second, I watched "Vegucated" (http://www.getvegucated.com/) which takes 3 meat eaters/lovers and challenges them to become vegan for 6 weeks all the while educating them about the food industry and how animals are treated while they're either being raised for meat or producing the products (eggs and milk) that we consume. This film left me sobbing like a 2 year old and have already, in the last 24 hours, made some changes to my diet because of the images displayed.
Finally, I watched "Fat, Sick And Nearly Dead" (http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/) which follows a charismatic Aussie named Joe who does a 60 day juice fast (using juice he makes himself), to cure his body from the autoimmune disease he had been suffering with for nearly a decade. In 60 days he lost nearly 100lbs, his autoimmune disease went into remission AND he inspired many people along the way to follow in his footsteps. The results of his challenge were amazing and what a transformation.
All 3 of these documentaries have really inspired me to make some changes in my life. I don't think there's anybody who could watch these films and be unchanged by them. They were that powerful. (In full disclosure, I had just stumbled upon these documentaries on Netflix, I was not contacted by the makers of the film, nor was I compensated. My opinions are, as they always are, my own and completely honest).
Ok, enough of the heavy stuff. I know you all have been dying to know what I've been up to as of late. Well we, of course, had the whirlwind that was Christmas, then 2 and a half weeks later it was Chris's birthday, then 2 weeks after that it was my stepdaughter's birthday, and in just 11 days Chris and I are heading to the fabulous city of Las Vegas, NV!!!! I'm so excited I can hardly contain myself. This next week is a busy one as I had to do a bunch of shift trading to get the time off to go, but it's totally worth it.
Also, I got myself a gym pass!!! I've been using it for cardio, weight training and drop in classes. It's been super fun and the fact that I've shelled out money for this piece of plastic with an AWFUL picture of myself, I best use it! And I have been. The fact that I was so stiff I could barely walk for 2 days is proof! I have a few gym buddies so I'm not often left to my own devices (which is good because I HATE going to the gym alone, I need the moral support), but on the chance that I don't have a gym buddy, I've been working out at home on the treadmill or putting my favorite Christmas present to use (The entire Zumba DVD set!). I feel great, have more energy and am already seeing results both in the mirror and on the scale. It's exciting stuff!
How about you guys? I've been keeping up on the blog reading so I kind of have an idea but I would love to hear from you in the comments section!