5 Lessons I Learned That Are The ONLY Reason I Was Finally Able To Lose Weight

First of all, I want to say that I am by no means qualified to give any nutritional or fitness advice. This post is strictly focused on mental barriers that I had to overcome on a very long struggle to lose weight. Losing weight is really, really hard, but Ive found with the right mindset that it can actually be pretty fun. So here are some of the lessons that helped me the most on my weight loss journey.

1. Loving yourself exactly as you are can be taken a little too literally.

I feel like its so taboo these days, especially as a woman, to admit that youre unhappy with your body. We all do it at one point or another, but any time I have admitted that I didnt like how I looked, I faced opposition. Why would you say that? Youre so beautiful! You look so good! etc.

But the fact of the matter is, when I looked in the mirror I saw the result of a ridiculously unhealthy lifestyle and its impossible to love something youve neglected for so long.

I looked exhausted, my clothes didnt fit (I actually wore the same dress to class for the last few weeks of the semester because nothing else fit), and when I came home for the summer I declined every invitation because I was so embarrassed about how I looked. I got increasingly frustrated at my resistance to want to lose weight and denying that I felt I didnt look or feel beautiful whatsoever. This was my first problem in addressing my need to get healthy. So recognize that you want to make a change, create your goals, own them, and dont necessarily tell people about them. Know that itsto be unhappy with where you are as long as you are making a point to change.

2. That being said, it is more important to recognize your worth.

We dont fight for the things we dont care about. I had reached a point where I stopped caring about myself. I would eat toast for two out of my three meals a day and then order takeout for dinner. I was probably drinking three nights a week and waking up hungover and miserable to the point where I would sleep until it was time to go out again. I justified my lifestyle by saying that I was young and I should take advantage of that.

But one day I snapped and I saw how much of myself I had lost in my unhealthy lifestyle. I thought of all the lives I had touched and all the lives that had touched me, and I realized that I could have so much more if I simply decided to take care of myself. It wasnt just about looking a certain way anymore it was about improving the quality of my life. This was the driving force for me to stick with my goals regardless of how hard it got.

3. Learn to be sober around drunk people.

This is a good lesson regardless of your health status. I didnt tell my group of friends that I was trying to lose weight, I simply told them I wasnt drinking anymore. Luckily, I have very supportive friends, so once the initial shock that I was going to be sober wore off, they were all on board. I enjoy dancing, so going to the bars and clubs didnt change much for me. However, I found myself not going out as much anymore. I started choosing spending one on one time with friends and family over going out. But it a fun thing to learn how to be sober in these social settings, because you learn a lot about your friends and theyll appreciate you more for it. At least thats been the case in my experience.

I do want to mention that I am NOT looking down on the people that do enjoy going out and drinking. No one likes that person. No one looks at the person posting those passive aggressive special snowflake memes about how youd rather hit the gym than the club or whatever and thinks, Wow theyre so right. Im a changed man. I dont want to be that person. Dont be that person.

4. When you stop making it about losing weight, and make it about improving your life, it will all work out seemingly effortlessly.

Initially, I started running to boost my weight loss because it was summer and I was tired of sucking in at the beach. I downloaded one of those couch-to-10K programs and got started. It didnt take long for me to get addicted. I approached running with the only goal of getting better and seeing how many more miles I could run. Sadly, I sometimes put pressure on myself to the point where it loses its fun a little bit, but overall, running has become so therapeutic for me. I began to realize what my body could do when my mind was on board. I started to love my body naturally and not for how it looked but for what it could do and how it felt. Long gone were the days where I slept through the day and closed myself off. I began to fully appreciate myself and this life and there was nothing more to it than caring for myself.

5. Separate your mind and body.

So this is a sort of weird tactic that I used but I found it very effective. As I said before, we dont fight for the things that we dont care about. I had stopped caring about myself, which disappointed me because I know that when I was younger I believed I could do anything. My approach then became to take care of myself as if I was still that little version of myself. I would never tell little me that she was ugly or too big or too pale and then make her eat poor foods and poison her with too much alcohol. I dug deep and found the spirit of that younger me and fought hard to take care of the shell she lived in. Miraculously enough, the girl who believed she could do anything ended up resurfacing.

You can do it. Just start.

Read more: http://thoughtcatalog.com/erin-cinney/2016/11/5-obvious-but-surprisingly-difficult-things-i-had-to-learn-before-i-could-lose-weight/

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Dad Thinks Mom Is Just Gaining Weight, Until He Delivers Their Son At Home

Normally, when a woman gets pregnant, she feels the symptoms of her pregnancy after a certain time. Such symptoms often include morning sickness, weight gain, and tenderness of some parts of the body.

But not all pregnancies are the same, and miraculously, some women feel little to nodiscomfort at all.

In fact, several of these women, like one teen, claim they had no idea that they were expecting until the moment theywere actually giving birth.

Jennifer Favela is one of thesewomen. Whenshe gave birth to a baby boy, her only symptom was some weight gain. And she was already a mother of two.

She woke up in the middle of the night, thinking that she just had a stomach ache. It wasn’t long before her husband,Jeff Parungoa, was calling 911, with a baby almost in his arms.

Just one week before, Jeff had noticed his wife’s weight gain, and wondered what was causing it – now, he has his answer!

The parents may bescrambling for baby supplies, but we’re certain that, though they are still shocked by the new arrival, they couldn’t be happier.

How thehuman bodyworks is definitely a mysterious and wondrous thing.

Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/mom-gives-birth-doesnt-know-shes-pregnant/

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Eating Half Your Weight In Chipotle Just Got Easier

Your hangover cure just got better: Chipotle is testing out a pilot program where they’ll use drones to deliver food to customers. Yes I’ll take my burrito bowl with black beans, fajitas, and cool af technology please. So Seamless, Imma let you finish but Chipotle has the best food delivery system of all time.

The program has customers order their food at kiosks, then Chipotle food trucks stationed strategically in the geographic area make the food. The workers then load the food order onto a drone, and the drone flies over to the customer and drops it. I’m assuming that eventually the kiosks will be eliminated and people can just order from their phones, so there’s absolutely no human interactionthe ultimate millennial goal.

But will guac still be extra??

Read more: http://www.betches.com/chipotle-drone-ordering

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Fat Boy The Cat Finally Rescued After 9 Days Atop Power Pole

A Californian cat named “Fat Boy” has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

The black-and-white feline was rescued Tuesday from the top of a 45-foot high power pole in Fresno, where he had been stuck for nine days, The Fresno Bee reports.

Fat Boy’s owner,  Andrew Perez, wasn’t sure how the cat got up there, but guessed that a neighborhood dog may have scared him.

“We were calling his name, and he was looking at us, and he’d just meow,” Perez told ABC 7.

The cat’s human family was worried for their pet, so the fire department and other local agencies referred them to power company Pacific Gas and Electric, according to ABC News.

“It’s not a simple thing to climb a power pole and get a cat down,” PG&E spokesman Denny Boyles told the Fresno Bee. “The first thing we have to do is de-energize the line – it’s a 12,000-volt line. The safety of the two guys who went up on the pole, and the crew member on the ground, has to be our first priority every time.

He said they usually “wait out” cats on poles, and the felines typically come down on their own, but after Fat Boy had been up there so long, they had to take action. In order for workers to get him, the company had to shut off power to about 250 homes for a few hours.

Fat Boy seemed healthy, but since he had gone so long without food or water, veterinary workers gave the feline electrolytes and made sure he had food before returning him to his family.

Welcome home, Fat Boy.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fat-boy-cat-rescued-power-pole_us_5835dd91e4b01ba68ac3ee59

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Dolly Parton reveals her secret to staying slim on the road

Legendary Country Music Hall of Famer Dolly Parton may be a pint-sized powerhouse but the songtress has never shied away from touting her love of food.

I’m a short little thing with a big, country girl appetite so I have to really watch it,” Parton told FoxNews.com. “I’ve been every size in the world, [but] I’d be big as a house if I ate everything I wanted so I’m a big eater. My best bet is to stay on low carb because on a low carb you can actually eat quite a bit of food of the things you’re allowed.

In 2006, she released her own cookbook Dollys Fixins, sharing recipes from her childhood, career on the road and other Southern favorites. The cookbook is available through Dollywood.com or DollyParton.com

But Partons love of food extends beyond recipes. Her Pigeon Forge, Tenn. theme park, Dollywood, has also racked up several accolades through the years for its food offerings and service.

Mostly recently, the park placed second in Best Food and Cleanest Park categories at Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards at the magazine’s annual awards ceremony at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio on Sept. 10. Dollywood’s newest rollercoaster Lightning Rod won best new ride for being the world’s fastest wooden coaster and the world’s first wooden launching coaster. It was also named Friendliest Park for the fifth consecutive year. That nod to hospitality is something Parton holds dear to her heart.

As an artist whose constantly touring, Parton has learned not to rely on the craft service table to feed her fix. Shes able to prepare a few items that will hit the spot before hitting the road.  

I do love to cook and when we travel on tour I have to have a few things in the freezer, says Parton. We have great caterers and all that. But some days you just think, I gotta have some chicken dumplings or pork roast or something that’s home.”

Partons new album Pure & Simpleher 43rddebuted Aug. 19 and has already sky-rockeed to number four on Billboards Top Country Album Chart. Parton is currently promoting the album across North America.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/

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New study shows how sugar industry skews research on fat

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The sugar industry began funding research that cast doubt on sugar’s role in heart disease in part by pointing the finger at fat as early as the 1960s, according to an analysis of newly uncovered documents.

The analysis published Monday is based on correspondence between a sugar trade group and researchers at Harvard University, and is the latest example showing how food and beverage makers attempt to shape public understanding of nutrition.

In 1964, the group now known as the Sugar Association internally discussed a campaign to address “negative attitudes toward sugar” after studies began emerging linking sugar with heart disease, according to documents dug up from public archives. The following year the group approved “Project 226,” which entailed paying Harvard researchers today’s equivalent of $48,900 for an article reviewing the scientific literature, supplying materials they wanted reviewed, and receiving drafts of the article.

The resulting article published in 1967 concluded there was “no doubt” that reducing cholesterol and saturated fat was the only dietary intervention needed to prevent heart disease. The researchers overstated the consistency of the literature on fat and cholesterol, while downplaying studies on sugar, according to the analysis.

“Let me assure you this is quite what we had in mind and we look forward to its appearance in print,” wrote an employee of the sugar industry group to one of the authors.

The sugar industry’s funding and role were not disclosed when the article was published by the New England Journal of Medicine. The journal did not begin requesting author disclosures until 1984.

In an editorial published Monday that accompanied the sugar industry analysis, New York University professor of nutrition Marion Nestle noted that for decades following the study, scientists and health officials focused on reducing saturated fat, not sugar, to prevent heart disease.

While scientists are still working to understand links between diet and heart disease, concern has shifted in recent years to sugars, and away from fat, Nestle said.

A committee that advised the federal government on dietary guidelines said the available evidence shows “no appreciable relationship” between the dietary cholesterol and heart disease, although it still recommended limiting saturated fats.

The American Heart Association cites a study published in 2014 in saying that too much added sugar can increase risk of heart disease, though the authors of that study say the biological reasons for the link are not completely understood.

The findings published Monday are part of an ongoing project by a former dentist, Cristin Kearns, to reveal the sugar industry’s decades-long efforts to counter science linking sugar with negative health effects, including diabetes. The latest work, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, is based primarily on 31 pages of correspondence between the sugar group and one of the Harvard researchers who authored the review.

In a statement, the Sugar Association said it “should have exercised greater transparency in all of its research activities,” but that funding disclosures were not the norm when the review was published. The group also questioned Kearns’ “continued attempts to reframe historical occurrences” to play into the current public sentiment against sugar.

The Sugar Association said it was a “disservice” that industry-funded research in general is considered “tainted.”

Companies including Coca-Cola Co. and Kellogg Co. as well as groups for agricultural products like beef and blueberries regularly fund studies that become a part of scientific literature, are cited by other researchers, and are touted in press releases.

Companies say they adhere to scientific standards, and many researchers feel that industry funding is critical to advancing science given the growing competition for government funds. But critics say such studies are often thinly veiled marketing that undermine efforts to improve public health.

“Food company sponsorship, whether or not intentionally manipulative, undermines public trust in nutrition science,” wrote Nestle, a longtime critic of industry funding of science.

The authors of the analysis note they were unable to interview key actors quoted in the documents because they are no longer alive. They also note there is no direct evidence the sugar industry changed the manuscript, that the documents provide a limited window into the sugar industry group’s activities and that the roles of other industries and nutrition leaders in shaping the discussion about heart disease were not studied.

Nevertheless, they say the documents underscore why policy makers should consider giving less weight to industry-funded studies. Although funding disclosures are now common practice in the scientific community, the role sponsors play behind the scenes is still not always clear.

In June, the Associated Press reported on a study funded by the candy industry’s trade group that found children who eat candy tend to weigh less than those who don’t. The National Confectioners Association, which touted the findings in a press release, provided feedback to the authors on a draft even though a disclosure said it had no role in the paper. The association said its suggestions didn’t alter the findings.

In November, the AP also reported on emails showing Coca-Cola was instrumental in creating a nonprofit that said its mission was to fight obesity, even though the group publicly said the soda maker had “no input” into its activities. A document circulated at Coke said the group would counter the “shrill rhetoric” of “public health extremists.”

Coca-Cola subsequently conceded that it had not been transparent, and the group later disbanded.

Read more: http://mashable.com/

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