I Lost Weight: Suzi Walthall Swapped Alcohol For Activity And Lost 250 Pounds


 Success Story: Reblog, from Huffington Post                                                                                                                                                                                  Name: Suzi Walthall                                                                                                                                    Age: 42                                                                                                                    Height: 5’8″                                                                                                                                              Before Weight: 430 pounds                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How I Gained It : Growing up, I had always been somewhat larger than my classmates, but I was very active. I rode my bike all over my university twin cities, walked and every summer I could be found swimming laps at my local pool. It was not until the age of 16 when I started to drink alcohol and eat more that I started to gain weight. Up until I was 38 years old, I binged on alcohol and food and I stopped being physically active. I attribute most of this to emotional issues of being bullied throughout school. The alcohol and food were my way to numb the pain. By 2005, when I saw a psychiatrist who had a digital scale that went up to 500 pounds, I weighed in around 460 pounds. I remembered just how close to 500 pounds that was, thinking if I were to even try to do anything about it, it would take a lifetime. By 2008, over time I got down to 430 pounds, but not purposely. I imagine it could have been mainly water weight.                                                                                                                                                    Breaking Point: At the start of 2008, my mother would often say to me, “When it gets warmer, you and I are going to start to go on walks, even if it is just to the corner and back.” I would laugh off the idea, because at that point, the thought of exercise was out of the question. It wasn’t until June 14 that same year that something within me snapped. I said to myself, “I am not having anymore of this. This time, I will lose the weight, and it will be successful.” So that day, I did only what I knew I could do: I walked, and barely even that.                                                                                                                                                                        How I Lost It: That first day I walked, I could only go for a few blocks: 0.4 miles. But I knew if I stuck to it daily and added distance, I would be a success. Each day, I ventured out further until by my sixth week, I was walking two miles, twice a day. I had to put out of my mind the thought that people passing by in cars would yell obscenities while I walked. I cringed every time a car passed, but no one ever made fun of me during the whole time. In the meantime, I also radically changed my eating habits. I stopped eating at buffets and fast food places and prepared my own healthy meals.                                                                                                                                                                              On July 31, I had to put those same worries of ridicule out of my mind when I joined my first gym, just a mile away. At that gym, I started on Nautilus machines, building strength throughout my body. In February of 2009, I hired my first personal trainer who trained me to do traditional weight lifting, but it was not until August of that same year when my cardiovascular fitness was ramped up even more. I hired another trainer who had me doing cardio kickboxing with him as well as high-intensity interval training, core and stability work and at other times, very heavy strength training.                                                                                                                                                                       The weight was shedding off of me and I was becoming stronger. I had him for exactly a year and then went on to have an abdominoplasty where excess skin in the abdominal region is removed. I also had hernia repair, so I had to take it easy for over a month. I found it hard to sit still during recovery, but I did and once I eased myself back into physical activity, my recovery went even more smoothly.                                                                                                                                                                                                 That fall, I enrolled at my local college in the kinesiology program. It was my goal to learn more about the body’s response to exercise. I am now preparing for my fourth semester, with three very successful ones behind me. In May, I passed the National Strength and Conditioning Association exam for certified personal training. I have a few classes to pick up before graduating and then hope to continue at a four-year university.                                                                                                                                                                            If anyone would have told me just over four years ago that I would be certified to train others to become fit or even be fit myself, I would have laughed. It blows my mind when I think of all the physical activity I am now capable of that I was not even before I gained the weight. I can now run, my swimming is better and I have no problem taking 40-mile trips on my bike. Riding against the wind and up hills is no longer a problem. I also have a love for kettlebell exercises. Whereas overindulgence of alcohol used to be my passion, my passion now is staying active. A lot of people who are not even as bad off as I once was often tell me they just cannot do what I have done, and I remind them of where I once was and how I pulled myself together. As a result of my own transformation, I am finding that my friends are becoming more active. While it feels great to be fit, it also feels very rewarding to motivate and inspire others.                                                                                                                                                                  After Weight: 180 pounds                                                                                                                                                                         diet, Dieting, dieting programs, Eating, Fitness, Food, Health, Healthy Ways to Lose Weight, Huffington Post, Human nutrition, Loss Weight, Nutrition, Physical exercise, Pound (mass), Shopping, Suzi Walthall, Top Weight loss, Weight, weight loss, Weight Loss Tips, weight tips

Weight Loss Success: Raul Robles Began Tracking His Calorie Intake And Lost 150 Pounds


 Weight Loss Success: Raul Robles Began Tracking His Calorie Intake And Lost 150 Pounds.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Reblogged: from Huffington Post                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Name: Raul Robles                                                                                                                                                                 Age: 53                                                                                                                                                                                Height: 5’11”                                                                                                                                                                        Before Weight: 344 pounds
                                                                                                                                                                                        How I Gained It: I basically survived on fast food during my college years. I was active so I was able to keep my weight at bay. As I got older I continued to live off of fast food but I was less active. At first I gained only a few pounds. Once I started working at my current job in 1998 (where I sit at a desk for the vast majority of the day), I began to put on weight like there was no tomorrow. Fast food was cheap, I disliked vegetables and fruits and I developed a 2-liter-per-day diet soda habit. I continued to gain weight, progressing from 225 to 308 pounds in 2004 when I was diagnosed with diabetes. I continued to gain weight for the next six years, pushing the scales to my highest weight of 344 pounds in 2009.

Breaking Point: My wife had always supported me, but in late 2009 she confessed that she was scared that I was on the road to an early death. She suggested that I speak with our doctor and inquire about the possibility of bariatric surgery. I, too, was concerned with my health and decided that even though I had never made a concerted effort to lose weight, I was willing to take this drastic step. My real “Aha!” moment was during a mandatory health education class for bariatric surgery candidates. I had an assignment to calculate the number of calories for a “regular” meal. What I estimated to be a meal of 700 calories was actually a meal consisting of 1,880 calories! I could no longer hide my head in the sand. I had to take responsibility for what I had done to myself!

How I Lost It: I decided that I would put into play the information I was learning at these mandatory health education classes. I vowed to walk for 30 minutes per day. I would eat at least 40 servings of vegetables and fruit a week. I would drink at least 64 ounces of water daily. And, in what is probably the most important decision I have ever made, I began tracking my food intake on SparkPeople.com. I gave up diet soda and vowed to minimize my trips to the local fast food establishments.

I was initially amazed by the weight I was losing. I lost 14 pounds the first month, 11 pounds the next month and then 17 pounds the following month. My clothes were fitting more loosely and I had more energy! By the end of the six-month class I had lost more than 75 pounds and, after consultation with my wife, decided that I had the tools to continue with this weight loss journey without bariatric surgery. By the end of the first year, I had lost more than 125 pounds! Along the way, I increased my daily exercise to one hour and began light jogging! I still track every piece of food that enters my mouth, and I also track my daily cardio and strength-training activities.

Two-and-a-half years later, I have lost a total of 152 pounds. I am currently working on reaching a weight of 180 pounds, but I am concentrating on building up my muscles and decreasing the amount of loose skin around my belly area. While I don’t have six-pack abs yet, the excess skin is slowly melting away. In a nutshell, I think I have been very successful in this endeavor because I have never approached it as a diet, but as a lifestyle change. I thank Spark People for this mindset, and for all of its helpful tools, information and support that I have taken advantage of. I am living proof that change is possible. Life is awesome!

Raul Robles Success Story

Raul Robles Began Tracking His Calorie Intake And Lost 150 Pounds

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THE HUNGER BLOGS


Thinspiration: Pro-Ana & Pro-Mia Website Photo...I found this very important yet slightly disturbing article on aol news. It’s about, A Secret World Of TeenageThinspirationKate leads a double life. Offscreen, she’s a tall, slender, and soft-spoken 17-year-old from Utah, who describes herself as “super awkward” and yet fantasizes about becoming a famous runway model in New York City. Onscreen, she’s the confident champion of a secretive community of teenage girls who celebrate ghoulish thinness, relish photos of emaciated women, and furtively share tips about how to stave off hunger.Kate, whose last name and Tumblr URL have been withheld to protect her identity, is a guru of “thinspo” (short for “thinspiration”). That odd marriage of clever wordplay and disturbing mindset is typical of this underground network of young, female diarist on Tumblr, the image-laden micro-blogging platform popular with teenagers. This codependent sisterhood of bloggers uses Tumblr for one sole purpose: to lose extreme and unhealthy amounts of weight”Most days I feel like what I’m doing could be way too much,” Kate told the Huffington Post. “I know that if I stay on a very dangerous path, that it could kill me within a year easily, if not sooner. But at the same time, I feel like if I set a goal, I have to reach it. I’m pretty torn about it most days, but I’ve never really felt bad enough that I wanted to stop.”Like most thinspo devotees, Kate broadcasts her starting weight (“SW: 151.2”), current weight (“CW: 127”), and ultimate goal weight (“UGW: 115″) at the top of her Tumblr, along with her height (5’10”). These numbers help Kate, and her 5,000 followers, track her weight loss. According to standards for healthy body mass index, Kate’s ultimate goal weight is more in line with a woman 4’10”, or a full foot shorter.Sixteen-year-old Antonia (last name withheld) also runs a popular, photo-based thinspo blog out of her bedroom. “I like images that show skinny, happy girls,” she writes in an email to the Huffington Post. “They look so confident and we can see their bones through their skin. It’s the most beautiful thing ever. I also like tips about food or how to ignore hunger.”Do the authors of these blogs recognize that their work is dangerous and disturbing? Frequently, yes. Travel far enough down the rabbit hole of Tumblr’s thinspo community — which often overlaps with the platform’s blogs devoted to health and fitness, dubbed “fitblrs” and you’ll find cautionary signs advising those prone to disordered eating to venture no further. Look for the words “trigger warning,” thinspo code indicating that you’ve reached a pro-anorexia blog (aka pro-“ana” in thinspo speak).”It’s a huge issue,” says Claire Mysko, an advisor to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), who has seen a large increase in the number of pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia blogs since Tumblr exploded in popularity last year. “Young people who are prone to disordered eating are generally plagued with insecurity and feeling very isolated, so this world of pro-ana provides a community and a sense of belonging, and validates their experiences. But unfortunately, it does so in a way that promotes incredibly unhealthy and dangerous behavior.”Search for “thinspo” on Tumblr, and you’ll find a landing page (www.tumblr.com/tagged/thinspo) with a seemingly endless stream of tagged posts — fashion photographs, food-diary entries, and quotes on willpower and beauty, driven by the thinspo and “fitspo” blogs of thousands of young women. Every word and image posted declares the user’s allegiance to an underweight ideal of beauty.After launching in 2007, Tumblr has shown incredible growth — last year, the site generated roughly 15 billion page views and attracted 120 million unique visitors each month. What draws teens to Tumblr in the first place — the ease of sharing and finding bloggers with common interests, a parent-free environment (now that Facebook has become family friendly), and the diary-like feel of its blogs — also makes the site conducive to health and weight-loss blogs.And where those blogs are prevalent, it’s likely that pro-ana pages that promote disordered eating will thrive, as well. The Tumblr platform is ideal for giving expression to both inspirational and aspirational content — their intimate and frequently anonymous nature make it comfortable for authors to post highly personal information alongside collages of fashion photographs, in an effort to inspire themselves and other girls who are desperate to shed pounds.Although thinspiration sites have been around nearly as long as the Internet itself — as far back as 2001, Yahoo! removed roughly 115 sites (pro-ana was the label used at that time) citing violations of the company’s terms of service — the depth and scope of Tumblr’s teen thinspo community seems unprecedented. Tumblr-based thinspo blogs are a sort of pro-ana 2.0, forgoing chat rooms and message boards in favor of eerily elegant images, sophisticated design, pop-culture references, private messaging, and street-style sensibility. The blogs are reflections of their creators. For millennial girls — uber-connected, style savvy, image-conscious, and concerned about uncertain economic futures — Tumblr offers an intimate, exclusive, and of-the-moment niche community of peers.The pages are both personal memoirs and public bulletin boards. In one corner, you’ll see a “motivational” quote (“I came into 2012 fat but I’m going to leave it skinny,” which was ‘reblogged,’ or shared, more than 1,500 times), and in another, a photo of Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr strutting down the catwalk. Melancholy song lyrics once reserved for the private corners of dog-eared notebooks (“Come on skinny love, what happened here? Come on skinny love, just last the year,” from Bon Iver’s 2008 indie anthem), share the turmoil of the teenage years with thousands of followers. The poster girl for thinspo bloggers is Cassie, the starry-eyed, anorexic pill-popper of the British teen television drama Skins, whose image pops up all over the thinspo blogosphere. The models most frequently featured are Karlie Kloss and Kate Moss. An iconic black-and-white photograph of Kate in an oversized T-shirt that reads “I Beat Obesity” is a recurring theme, perfectly capturing the ethos of the thinspo community.I think as parents it is are responsibility to spread the word about these Hunger Blogs and do what ever we can to put a stop to this. Once again we need to educate our children on the important of Healthy Eating.as well as the damage they are doing to their bodys.My daughter has a tumblr and i will definitely be checking it more often.A nd if you have teenage daughters you should do the same.They need to know how serious this really is.And remember if they get upset about you checking out their sites,it’s most likely because there is something they don’t want you to see.But we are the parents and it is our responsibility to protect our children even from their self. Original post from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/08/thinspiration-blogs_n_1264459.html

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