Day 13 of 100: One Decision Stopped The Ups and Downs of a Yo-Yo Dieter
Hey everybody! How are you? It is so nice out here, cool breeze, sitting in the backyard. Just chilling. Oh, wait! You want me to wake up. You want me to do another live video. You want the next part of my weight loss journey. Hey you guys! It is Tuesday night and it is time for day 13 of 100 live videos. I am so ready to crash that it isn’t even funny. I need to be working out, look at these muscles. The underneath part, I got the granny wave, lol. You know you have it when you swing the arm and it keeps waving back when you quit! Oh lordy, I can’t believe I just said that.
My name is Carla Gardiner. I’m known as The Fiery Grandma because I lead women to have more fun, learning how to update their outdated wardrobe using affordable costume jewelry. Whether you’re 50 and over and want a reason to get out of that rocking chair; or you’re under 50 and need someone to take you under their wing, I’m your girl. That’s right! I’m your girl!
Working from home has a lot of perks. But one of the things that working for yourself, not just working from home but working for yourself, being self-employed does have its own pitfalls. We work way too hard for way too long without a break and it is not good. It is not healthy.
Oops, that was a big bug! Rabbit trail, right?
So, let me get on with this. The next step, if you remember on last night’s video, I set the stage for what my entire life has been like being overweight. The battle of the bulge, the constant dieting, buying into all of these network marketing companies’ products which were phenomenal. Yeah, they work. They do work. I did make money with them. I did lose weight with them.
However, if you don’t use the whole package, the entire system then it doesn’t matter what product you use. It doesn’t matter what diet you choose. It’s not going to work long-range. How do I know this? Because I lived it. I have been watching my diet. I’ve been dieting. Do you know that old saying, “Yoyo dieting”? Well, let me tell you, it is like a yoyo. Up and down. Up and down since I was 14 years old.
Looking back at some of those pictures, I have to laugh. It’s like,” and I thought I was fat back then” oh honey, you ain’t seen nothing till you hit 60 years old and you are 100 pounds overweight. Yeah, that ain’t pretty. And to do personal growth training naked in the mirror? Let me tell you, that is a reality check. It’s hard to love you when what’s looking back at you ain’t loving you back. That’s a whole other video.
To recap on last night’s video, I talked about how I used this weight loss coffee and I lost 10 pounds, felt fantastic. What that coffee did for me was more than weight loss. It got me mentally prepared to make the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. The 10 pounds, that was great. But the mental preparation for deciding to make a lifestyle change, that’s not a diet. It is a lifestyle change. Everyone keeps on saying when are you going to start eating this and eating that again? I’m not. I’m now down 46.9 pounds. I’m about 20 pounds from my ideal goal, I think. And I need to tone up but I am more focused on getting the weight off right now.
- Step 1 was that weight loss coffee. It was the weight loss coffee that prepared me mentally to take the next step.
- Step #2 happened when I made a decision that it was time for me to make a change.
On last night’s video, I touched on “when the light went on upstairs” that caused me to make this decision. I was sitting on the couch one night, that’s how I unwind. Being in the office late at night like Amy just working. I hate tv so I would rather work and get something done. I would rather build relationships than sitting there and watch people making a fortune on tv. I was sitting there, relaxing and stuffing garbage snacks in my mouth. I don’t even know what I was putting in my mouth, but the light bulb went on. It was like “if I keep doing this, then I am forever going be fat”. It doesn’t matter how great that coffee was if I kept putting in more than I’m getting rid of its never going to change.
I was suffering from a lot of health issues like developing high blood pressure. We all know what follows that diabetes, right? I had sleep apnea. I suffered from acid reflux so bad that at times my throat was burning and raw. I ate enzymes by the bottle, sleep was something I could only dream of. I was grumpy all the time. I just felt awful. I didn’t want to go out in public because of how I looked. Do I want to look like a model? No, I’m not that kind of material. Maybe the raw material, lol. But no desire there. So, I decided that night to consider a challenge.
I had met some people at a networking event that had this program that sounded interesting. I had heard of keto and paleo but up to this day, don’t have a clue what either one is, really don’t. I met this girl and they were talking about this challenge that was coming up. And I wasn’t really for sure that the stories that I was hearing but I love the testimonials. But I wasn’t for sure that I wanted to or I would commit to this lifestyle they were talking about. I thought it would be a perfect opportunity and decided I would take the 45-day challenge. So that’s actually 2 steps in 1 video you guys. I cheated. I won’t go any further. (if you’ve heard enough and are ready to learn more, click here)
After the bright light went off in my head, sitting on the couch, stuffing food in my face at 10 o’clock at night I made a decision, that was step #1. This decision was something, but I didn’t know what would change. Step #2 was committing to that 45-day challenge to see if this lifestyle was something I could and would commit to for the rest of my life and still be happy with how and what I ate. I didn’t want to feel like I did while dieting. You know, always feel deprived. It’s like “oh, I can’t have that!” that’s no way to live your life. And do I feel that way? Absolutely not. Not one bit. As a matter of fact, when people are eating stuff that I chose not to eat, I almost get a stomach-ache watching them. I remember what that kind of food made me feel like. I don’t want to go back there. Step #2 was committing to that 45-day challenge. I figured I can do anything for 45 days. The one thing I’ll share with you tomorrow that I didn’t count on was what happens when you start eliminating certain foods.
I’m going to end there because I’m kind of getting chilly out here and I need some water. I just did my Facebook live with my granddaughter over on my VIP page. We had a blast. It was so much fun. That girl is growing by leaps and bounds, I’m telling you. Working with teenagers is definitely interesting.
Alright you guys, have a great night. I will see you guys tomorrow for day #14 and the next episode of You ask for it, you get it. Hey if you got anything out of this, if you feel like sharing, go ahead share with those you care about and love. Tag somebody who is on this dumb weight loss struggle that I dealt with my whole life because if I can inspire one person to make different choices, that’s awesome. Right? So, for now let’s gain the confidence to go look good, feel good and do good but most importantly, have fun. Oh, before I go, I have to ask, are we connected on Facebook? I post lots of inspiration and educational type posts that might benefit you or someone you know. Here’s the link, see you on my page.