The Biggest Loser: Finale

The season finale of TBL was tonight and guess what? My favorite contestant won!! Dani lost 121 pounds. She lost 47% of her body weight! That’s almost half! How insane is that?

I go to the doctor tomorrow morning and I’m hoping to have hit 50 pounds lost tomorrow. If I hit 50 pounds, I’ll have lost 13.44% of my body weight. I like that on TBL they put the weight loss into percentages. It gives you a better understanding overall of what you’ve lost.

After watching the finale and seeing how great everybody looks now compared to their before pictures, it’s given me more motivation. I want that to be me. I am more motivated than ever to get to my goal weight.

I’ve been stuck in the 320s in weight for what feels like forever now. I’m tired of being in the three hundreds anyway. I’m determined to break through and hit “twoderville.”

Twoderville- When one who weighs 300 pounds or more loses enough weight to reach between 200-299 pounds.

Of course my end goal is to be in onederland.

Onederland- When one who weighs 200 pounds or more loses enough weight to reach 199 pounds or less.

But that’s still a ways off, so for right now I’m setting a goal to get to twoderville.

I’m not working out or exercising very often right now. I work long days and get home late most evenings. Today I got home at 8:15. I’ve realized that weeknights are just not the best time for me to exercise. So I’m going to set a schedule for myself and plan out my exercise on days that are good for me.

Recently, I’ve been getting together with the BFF on Wednesday evenings and exercising in my apartments gym. So far, this has been working out for me because it’s just one night a week of eating dinner late. Also, I prefer having a buddy to workout with, so working out on Wednesdays has been great.

Friday nights are also good. Even if I get home late from work, I can still go exercise and then have dinner and not have to worry about getting up early for work the next day since I’m off on weekends.

Since I’m off on weekends, I’ve got plenty of time to fit in some exercise. Saturday afternoons, Saturday evening, Sunday afternoons, all are times I could be getting in some exercise.

So that’s my plan, to get in 3 forms of exercise a week! If I do that, I’ll be in twoderville before I know it!

~There are only two rules for being successful. One, figure out exactly what you want to do, and two, do it.~
– Mario Cuomo

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TBL and My Habits

As I was watching The Biggest Loser, I started thinking about how far they’ve come on the show and how far I’ve come in MY weight loss journey. At this point, after exactly 2 months, eating healthy has become a habit. It’s so much easier than it was when I first started. It’s like second nature to me. It’s routine.

I’ve always heard it takes 21 days to make a habit. So for example, if you tell yourself you’re going to wash your hands everyday at 8pm then it takes 21 days of washing your hands at that time to form a habit that will stick. Being two months into this, I’ve realized how many new great habits I’ve started.

I eat cereal every morning for breakfast. Sometimes in the past I’d be too busy to eat breakfast some mornings. So now I’m not only making a habit to eat breakfast, but I’m also eating a healthy breakfast.

Another habit is that I don’t drink any pop that’s not diet. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to quit pop for many years. I couldn’t get past 2 days without it because I would get horrible headaches. Now, I don’t even miss “real pop” as I call it. I’ve replaced the pop drinking with either diet pop or water. That’s pretty much all I drink now at home.

The habit I’m most proud of is cooking dinner at home almost every night. I’ve actually started to enjoy cooking again. If you recall from earlier posts, I hardly ever cooked because I was eating fast food or take out pretty much every meal. Now I look forward to meal planning for the week and deciding what I’ll have for dinners this week, which leads me to my next habit.

I am in the habit of planning now. I plan out my meals, my snacks, my time, my exercise, etc. I like knowing what I’m going to eat for dinner before it’s even dinner time so that I don’t get lazy and stop to get something unhealthy on the way home. I like planning out when I’ll exercise so that I’ll actually do it. I like planning out my time and what I’ll be doing so that I can therefore plan my meals or snacks around that too.

For example, Sunday night was Church at 6pm. After that was Bible study. Eating at 5:30 was too early, but waiting until after Bible study at 11:00 was too late too. So I planned it out and brought my dinner with me. After Church, one person usually goes and grabs some Arby’s or something close by for everyone. I wasn’t even tempted to eat with them because I had my delicious dinner packed with me ready to eat. 🙂

These habits that I’ve created are really important to me and I don’t want to break them. I want to continue to create better habits for myself. I want to continue to move forward, to be better. And just like they try to teach the contestants on TBL, I’m worth it. I want to live. There’s an alive person under all this weight just trying to get out. 🙂