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YOU’RE TOO FAT TO WEAR THAT SWIMSUIT IN PUBLIC! WWTT?!

That’s what Munch is telling me this weekend.  You remember Munch, the annoying voice in my head?  I know I need to move my body more, but I have given up the walking I love because it is excruciatingly painful for my knee with the extra weight I am carrying again.

As I puzzled over how I could begin to move more, a lightbulb came on!  I remembered how easy it was to move in the water when I was at my Aquasize class.  Ta da!  I could walk in the pool at my gym without pain!

On Friday, I went shopping and bought a new swimsuit.  I was totally excited about getting back into the pool…and then Munch chimed in.  You’re too fat to wear that swimsuit in public!  WWTT?  (What would they think?)

Dreaded WWTT disease was back!  This disease used to control my life.  I was paralyzed by it.  I thought I had conquered this years ago, but here it was raising its ugly head again and I was letting it dampen my excitement about going to the pool.

I love this saying…People who care, don’t matter and people who matter, don’t care.  But I also know it’s not easy to turn the other cheek when people say unkind and sometimes downright nasty things to you in public.  I keep telling myself they are saying more about themselves than me when they spout off, but that still doesn’t make it easy to ignore the hurt and pain they cause.

Before I head to the pool this week, I have armed myself with a come-back that I will use if I hear any comments about my weight.  I giggle every time I think of it.  I almost wish someone will make a derogatory comment just so I can look them in the eye and reply:

UNLESS I AM SITTING ON YOUR FACE, MY WEIGHT IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!

That may be too “out there” for you, but you do need to think about how you will react when, not if, there are comments.  There are a lot of damaged people out there who think that putting you down will make them feel better.

Maybe you are the type of person that can just let the comments fall away and totally ignore them.  Maybe you, like me, need to mentally prepare yourself to deal with the hurtful comments.  Whatever you do, you must push WWTT to the side and begin moving your body.  Your body will thank you for it!

 

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Back to the Diet Basics…sigh

The “sigh” in the title of this blog is the work of the little devil on my shoulder that I have named Munch.  Munch doesn’t understand why I have to go back over all the diet basics of eating healthy.  She insists “I already know it all and would be wasting my time.”

Munch is constantly nattering away at me.  At work on Thursday, it was employee appreciation day and we were served a special lunch.  I had the healthy wrap from Chopped Leaf, raw fruit, and indulged in one slice of cake.  I completely skipped the chips and nachos, but at the end of the meal when they handed out the little chocolate disks with ‘Thank You’ stamped into them, Munch insisted I have not one…not two…not three…but four.

Off and on throughout the day, Munch kept reminding me that there was a bowlful of those chocolate disks just crying out for me to eat them, but I held strong and ignored her.  Right before I left work for my long weekend, she made one last attempt saying, “You had cake at lunch.  You’ve already screwed up today.  Just grab a bunch of those chocolate disks and we’ll eat them all tonight and start fresh tomorrow.”

Do you have any idea how my evening would have gone if I had given in and grabbed the chocolate disks?  I do.  I have lived that particular scenario hundreds, if not thousands of time in my life.  The chocolate disks would never have been enough.  I would have stopped on the way home to buy just enough snack foods for the evening.

The problem is, I probably would have purchased a lot more than I could consume in one evening so I would have been “forced” to finish them off the next day.  And if there weren’t enough snacks for the next day, I could just top them up.  Do you see where this endless loop is heading?  Have you, like me, ever done that?

This week I was reminded of the diet basic “TOMORROW NEVER COMES!”

If your eating is out of control and you are telling yourself you will start eating healthy tomorrow, after the weekend, after the party, after payday, after you eat up all the bad food in the fridge and cupboards, after “you fill in the blank“, then it is time to wake up!  Tomorrow never comes!  There is never a perfect time to begin…so just get started!

Every minute of every day is another chance to start over.  Do it now!

 

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MY SCALE MADE ME CRY!

I have been working with a naturopath for several weeks. The first thing she did was take blood for some very detailed tests to determine 1) what foods are causing bad reactions in my body and 2) was I born with this sensitivity, or did I develop it?

I felt I was eating very healthy. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that many of the foods I thought were good for me, were actually causing inflammation and pain in my joints! Some examples: almonds, hazelnuts, quinoa, spelt, oranges and cranberries.

One month ago, after the test results came in, my naturopath designed an eating program for me and suggested some supplements that could help. I have been following that program 100% for an entire month and last Saturday was my check-in to see how I was doing.

Keep in mind that I have done my weekly workouts with my trainer and training partner each Friday, I started Aquafit classes at my gym, and I am walking regularly. I promised myself this time I would not be a slave to the scale, so I didn’t weigh myself at home or at the gym the entire month.

I have felt huge differences since I began my new eating program. The pain in my joints is gone and my clothes are getting looser. Based on past experiences with diets, I felt that I had lost at least 30 lbs. in the past month (fast weight loss in the beginning has always been my history).

Well, when the naturopath weighed me, she said I had lost 6 lbs. of fat and she was really happy with that!. Of course, my old DIEt mentality kicked in, and I had to ask how many total lbs. I have lost by the scale. The answer was…. 17 lbs.

17 lbs.?  In a month?  Hell, I’ve lost that in a week in the past! I was not happy! On the drive home, I burst into tears in my car.  Logically, I realize that 4 lbs. per week is amazing, but I set myself up, mentally, by expecting the loss should be 30 lbs. or higher.

I am working through the emotional impact this has had on me, but I wonder if you have experienced this before?  Have you set yourself up with high expectiations, then come crashing down when you don’t meet them?  How did you work through this?

I would love to hear your story…..

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THE WEIGHT BETWEEN MY EARS… IS CAUSING THE WEIGHT ON MY ASS!

 I saw a video on Facebook today. It was made by a young man named Matt Dias. Matt weighed around 495 lbs. when he was 16 and has lost 270 lbs. over 6 years. In the video, he showed the world his body and all his excess skin. He works out very hard, but that cannot tighten skin. 

 Matt was very scared to post that video, but he said, “I can’t preach body positivity and hide who I am.” I am so proud of Matt for loving and accepting his body as it really is! He is a beautiful human being! I needed to learn from him…

 I also feel it is wrong to preach body positivity while hiding, but instead of making a video to tell people what I was going through, I just slowly, but surely, stopped preaching. I have completely stopped blogging and the posts on my Facebook fan page have become sporadic.

 I have been hiding! I felt that if I didn’t have a “positive” message, no one would want to hear from me. I thought if I stumbled, I would have let everyone down, and no one wants to hear from a “loser”, right?

 Today, inspired by Matt Dias, I am “exposing” myself to the world. It is long overdue…

 Late last spring, a person I loved, a person I moved to another country to be with (for life I thought), decided she no longer wanted me. I was devastated! I moved back home, but I never shared what happened except with a few very, very close friends and confidantes. There are people in my life, to this day, that do not know what happened.

 I wasn’t aware of it while I was living it, but looking back now, I can see that I fell into a deep, dark depression, which I am, just now, slowly climbing back from. I cried every day at the slightest provocation. I still cry more often than I would like, but now it is usually triggered by someone asking me a question about my relationship, as opposed to some random song on the radio or a tv show.

 To “numb” the pain, I ate. I also drank almost every day. Not to excess, just one or two drinks to take the edge off so I could sleep, I told myself.

 I made food my best friend and told myself I really needed that friend because I had no one else. What a lie! I hid in my little basement suite and rarely emerged except for work or family obligations. I put on a happy face in public. In private, I shut out everyone that cared for me because I felt I had let them down.

 Fortunately for me, I have some very special people in my life. My oldest son does not understand the changes I have made in my life, but he and his family have supported me through everything. One friend shares her weekly workout with me. Another two call me on a regular basis to talk and to encourage me. One friend grabbed my hand one day and walked with me into an event full of my peers, who I was ashamed to face. And then there are the two gentlemen who support me by gently, but firmly, kicking my butt when I need it. They smile and nod when I make excuses why I can’t be at my scheduled appointments, but really, they know bullshit when they smell it! All these people believed I would find my way back to life one day even when I didn’t believe it. They stood by me, waiting for that day, no matter how hard I tried to push them away! I love you all!

 Now to get down to some exposing… In the time since I returned to Canada, I had regained over 100 lbs. of the 250 lbs. I lost previously. It is not a pretty story, but it is my reality. I am not hiding any longer! There are people that will turn away from me because of my truth, and I am okay with that. I no longer feel the need to please everyone. I did get back to my healthy way of eating. I stopped all drinking and started moving my body on a daily basis. As a result, I am losing weight again, but I will handle it differently this time.

 I have decided not to share about my weight loss on my Phit and Phabulicious! fan page. From personal experience, I believe there is far too much emphasis put on weight! Instead of weight loss, my page will focus on making healthy lifestyle choices and moving your body so you can “feel” Phit and Phabulicious! We all deserve to feel good, no matter what size we are! If you have questions about my weight (or anything else for that matter), message me and I will reply to you personally.

 Now that I have emerged from hiding, I commit to blog weekly, even if it is only to say “Hi! I can’t think of anything to write about this week”. If you would like to read about a specific topic, please send your suggestion to https://www.facebook.com/PhitAndPhabulousDeb or deb@debrondeau.com.

 I do not yet understand why the universe sent me down the path I have been traveling for the past year, but I will keep moving, even if some days I only take baby steps. One day it will become clear; I know there must be a very good reason.

 Are you fighting your own battle right now? Have you overcome huge odds to get where you are today? Won’t you share your story? Look at 22 year old Matt Dias. I’m sure when he posted his video, he never imagined it would bring a 61 year old Canadian woman to tears and inspire her to finally come out of hiding.

 You never know who you might touch and inspire! There is someone waiting to hear your story…

 

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YOU’RE SICK? NO COMPASSION HERE – GET BACK TO WORK!

At work today, my stomach was very upset, but I continued to work.  The only sign that anything was wrong was the garbage can next to my leg.  When I realized I was going to throw up, I grabbed that garbage can and headed for the washroom.

I was violently ill and the back of my head felt like it might explode!  When I finished, I washed up, rinsed my mouth, tied up the garbage bag and carried it out to the dumpster.  Then I went back to work.

If I had been aware of another person becoming ill at work, I would have encouraged, no insisted, that they go home and take care of themselves.  Why do I not show that kind of compassion to myself?

I can hear my mother’s voice now…  “If you’re too sick to go to school, you’re too sick to watch tv (or read or play with your dolls or (you fill in the blank)”.

Growing up, I took those words to heart and I built on them.  I subconciously believed that if I showed compassion for myself, I was weak.  Strong people do not let hardships stop them; they persevere no matter what.

Then I took that one step further and decided that accepting help was also a sign of weakness.  I believe I must do everything myself.  Asking for or accepting help is weak.  If I am strong, hard-working and self-reliant I will be more loveable.  Right?  People will see what a good girl I am and they will love me.

On my drive home from work tonight, I realized that the little girl inside me was sobbing.  She didn’t feel good.  She just wanted someone to hold her and tell her she mattered.  When people at work tried to show me compassion, asking if I needed to go home, I completely dismissed her feelings and said NO, I am fine, I will keep working.  

Also tonight, a friend offered to do some extra work in the morning so I could rest and I said “BS, I can sit and work at a computer, I did it today”.  And it’s true, I am able to do the work, but am I turning down the offer of help only to prove how strong I am?  Did I think to ask the little girl inside me what she needed?

Tonight, I am going to warm up some broth, get into my PJs, my fuzzy pink robe and my warm slippers.  Then I am going to relax, sip my soup and tell that little girl I do care how she feels and I am sorry for dismissing her feelings today and every day in the past.  I am going to hug her and tell her I love her and promise to be more caring and thoughtful in the future.  And I am going to follow through with that promise!

No, I won’t be perfect, but I will keep working at it and I will get better in time.

Do you sometimes have difficulty showing compassion for yourself?  What false beliefs are you hiding behind?  What if today, you make a promise to do better and then you follow through with that promise.

Give yourself a hug and some love…. YOU ARE WORTH IT!

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THESE FOODS CAN PREVENT DISEASE!

JOIN ME AT A LIFE-CHANGING EVENT IN VANCOUVER, BC ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

Would you like to upgrade your health and wellness? 

The Conscious Living Network is hosting an evening lecture event “Living Food” this Thursday with Dr. Brian Clement.

As a member of the Conscious Living Network, I am excited to be able to offer you a valuable discount!  Regular tickets to the event are $45 (plus taxes and handling charges).  Click this link now and register using CODE “Deb” to save $15!

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Dr. Brian Clement has spearheaded the international progressive health movement for more than 3 ½ decades.  He is the director of the renowned Hippocrates Health Institute in San Diego, CA and has written dozens of books focused on health, spirituality and natural healing.

At this event you will learn the best foods to prevent disease and how to increase your energy. 

There will also be a mini-lecture on sprouting by the Vancouver Food Pedaler’s Co-operative (micro-greens urban farmers who deliver by bike).

The evening runs from 5-10pm and also includes:

  • $300 USD voucher towards a 3 week stay at the Hippocrates Health Institute
  • Q&A and a book signing after the lecture
  • A variety of vendors selling delicious raw vegan food

I hope you can join me! 

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WHY NOT GMOs… YOU GOTTA DIE FROM SOMETHING, RIGHT?

Thank you to the Institute for Responsible Technology for the bits and pieces of information I borrowed for this article.   Please read the entire report at http://www.responsibletechnology.org/10-Reasons-to-Avoid-GMOs:

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients.  Numerous health problems increased after GMOs were introduced in 1996.  Food allergies skyrocketed and disorders such as autism, reproductive disorders, digestive problems and others are on the rise.  Although there is not sufficient research to confirm that GMOs are a contributing factor YET, doctors’ groups such as the AAEM advise not to wait before we start protecting ourselves and especially our children who are most at risk.

GMOs are plant or meat products that have had their DNA altered in a laboratory by genes from other plants, animals, viruses or bacteria.

Some of the biggest GMO crops in North America are corn, soy, rapeseed (canola or vegetable oil), cotton and sugar beets.  Go to your pantry and fridge right now and read the labels.  You are most likely eating one or more or all of these products in some form on a daily basis.

I want everyone to avoid GMOs and improve their health.  It makes me sad to hear so many excuses for continuing to eat foods containing GMOs.  Have you ever said “I don’t have time for shopping and cooking”, “I can’t afford organic”, “but it tastes SO good!”, or “you gotta die from something, right?”

If you or your family were ill, you would do everything you could to find a cure, wouldn’t you?  Doctors are reporting that 100% of their patients experienced improved health when they removed GMOs from their diet.  Why wait for illness to strike?  Be proactive and learn how to avoid GMOs today!

Have questions?   Contact me at http://debrondeau.com/contact or deb@debrondeau.com and if I don’t have the answer, I will find it for you.

Your health is your most precious possession!  Please do everything you can to protect it.  Don’t delay; start today by making even one small change!

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MOMMY, WHAT’S WRONG WITH THAT LADY’S LEGS?!

Do you have a body part you wish you could change?  More than one?  The parts I dislike the most are my legs; the excess skin at the top from my 250 lb. weight loss and the swellings around my ankles.  This  swelling is even more exaggerated when I am not eating pure since most processed foods contain huge amounts of sodium.

The photo below on the left is a picture of my legs about 2 weeks ago when I was at the peak of my emotional eating.  The photo on the right was taken immediately following my Purium 10 day Transformation Cleanse.  Not only did I lose 31.2 lbs., I lost 3 inches from my calves and 2 inches from my ankles!  Can you see the drastic difference in only 10 days?!

Today marked the end of Week 1 of my Purium 20 day Continuation program.  My energy continues to soar and all cravings have completely disappeared.  Even better – my scale confirms an additional 4.6 lbs. shed this week, all while adding lots of healthy foods to my eating!  Stay tuned for next week’s update…

Which body part would you most like to transform?  Would you be interested in attending one of the weekly Purium Healthy Happy Hours where you can sample the Purium drinks, hear other success stories and get all your questions answered?  Message me at http://debrondeau.com/contact.  Then when you are ready, I have a $50 gift card you can use toward your first purchase.

Let’s raise a “green” glass to your improved health and your ultimate weight loss success!

 

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$50 GIFT FOR YOU – TRANSFORMATION DAY 10

Today is the final day of my 10 Day Transformation cleanse with the new product I discovered.  Tomorrow morning I will weigh-in and take my measurements.  I hope to have achieved the “side effect” of 5 to 20 lbs. of weight loss, but I have experienced so many other benefits, I am happy no matter what the scale says.

This product claimed it would kill my cravings, reset my metabolism and give me increased energy.  It definitely killed the cravings very early on; by Day 2 or 3 they were gone!

I believe my metabolism has increased.  In spite of the fact I am eating nutrient-dense super foods, I sometimes get hungry after 2 hours.  To compare, In 2009 when I weighed 430 lbs. and was dieting, I would go 5 hours and more between meals without getting hungry.  My metabolism had pretty much shut down.

And the difference in my energy level after only 10 days is startling!  I am working out again and able to bound up stairs much quicker.

I waited to share the name of the product until I had used it and proved to myself that it really did everything it claimed.  Now I am excited to tell you about Purium Health Products.  David Sandoval, the creator of Purium products, has spent almost two decades seeking out pure and premium sources of diverse superfoods.  It was the fact that Purium products contain no GMOs that first caught my eye.  Is eating healthy as important to you as it is to me?

You don’t have to be overweight to use Purium.  There are products for anyone who wants to awaken their body and have it thrive like never before.  What is your goal?  There are products for weight loss, anti-aging, boosting sports & fitness performance and immune support to name a few.

If you are ready to take the first step towards your goal, I have a gift for you; a gift card for $50 off your first Purium order.  If you are committed to your health, you can contact me on my website at http://debrondeau.com/contact/ or Personal Message me on Facebook at https://facebook.com/PhitAndPhabulousDeb.

Although I am finished the 10 day Transformation, this is not the end.  Next I will begin the 20 day Weight Loss Continuation program.  This is where I reintroduce more healthy foods into my diet while continuing to lose weight and gain health.  I expect to lose as much in the next 20 days as I lost in the 10 days of the Transformation.  I will check in with you each week and let you know how I am doing.

Don’t delay!  Reach out today and start the journey to regaining your health using nutrient-dense superfoods, slow-burning carbs and highly digestible proteins that are all Organic, Vegan, live, raw and non-GMO!

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EATING IN THE RAW – TRANSFORMATION DAY 9

I have been taking raw food “uncooking” classes and I am working on my designation as a Raw Food Nutritionist so it makes sense that I will incorporate as much raw food as possible into my eating program in the coming months.  

You do not need to eat 100% raw to derive the major benefits of this lifestyle.  And no, eating raw does not mean eating salad all day every day.  Just today I learned how to make raw Pad Thai and raw Key Lime Pie.  It looked and tasted amazing!

I have done some reading on how the current program changes following the 10 day transformation cleanse. I am excited that I will be alternating between food days and cleanse days so there will be a full range of foods available to eat again!

Tomorrow (Thursday) is Day 10, the final day of the cleanse.  Thursday night in my blog I will reveal all about the product I have been using.  Then on Friday night I will share with you the results I achieved with this cleanse.

Lost pounds and inches are wonderful, but as you’ve read this past week, there are many other benefits to be realized.

I am very grateful to those that have come on this journey with me.  Thank you for your support!

 

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