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Saturday
May122012

14 Ways to Get Fatter

The majority of people who talk about weight management solutions still hold tight to the idea that weight management is a simple process of managing calories in and calories out. We’ll get into the complexity of this very idea next week, but to set the stage, I wanted to share 14 ways to help you get fatter. Rather than talking about what you should do to lose body fat, you may learn more if you know what works to become fatter. When you become aware of the many causes of weight gain, you’ll understand why the approach we take at Life Time Weight Loss is more complicated, and more personalized, than most other weight management systems.   

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Sunday
Apr152012

Kristy's Private Weight Loss Journey - Week 8

This past week I was speaking to a woman who was thinking about starting a weight loss program at Life Time. During our conversation she said she knew what she needed to do, she just couldn't get herself to actually do it. I understood exactly what she meant. For the majority of my life, that's been me. Every time I've found myself overweight, which has been more common than not, I felt like I understood what I needed to do to lose the weight, but I frequently lacked the motivation to actually do it. Or, when I did manage to take the weight off, I eventually ended up reverting to the same old unhealthy patterns and the weight would come right back.

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Sunday
Apr012012

Kristy's Private Weight Loss Journey - Week 6

This week marks the midpoint of my Private Weight Loss journey. If someone had told me 6 months ago that by the end of March I would be grain, legume and dairy-free, eating less than 60g of carbohydrates a day, avoiding alcohol completely, a non-smoker (I quit in early February just before starting the program), fitting in 5-7 workouts a week, and going to bed every night by 10pm, I would have laughed, told them they were nuts and ignored them. Well, here I am.

I can't say the process has been effortless, but

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Sunday
Mar182012

Kristy's Private Weight Loss Journey - Week 4

  • Starting weight (2/14): 204.8
  • Current weight (3/13): 196.6
  • Goal weight: 150-155
  • Pounds lost: 8.2

This week I settled into the middle portion of the Private Weight Loss program. The huge changes I've made to what I eat, when and how I exercise, how I sleep, and what I do to manage stress are taking root and becoming habits. Before I started this journey, I had so many excuses for why I wasn't getting healthy. I didn't have time to figure out how to eat healthier. I was too tired to be active. Work was too busy to make it to the gym. I was full of reasons why I couldn't or wouldn't change my life. Now, when I look back, I shake my head and wonder what in the world I was thinking.

A good example of how much my life has changed came this past Sunday when I went for my first outdoor jog in a very, very long time. I set out with the goal of jogging continuously for 50 minutes, only halfway believing that I would actually make it. I had managed shorter intervals of jogging on the treadmill, but never longer than 15 minutes at a time. I knew this would definitely be a

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Sunday
Mar112012

Kristy's Private Weight Loss Journey - Week 3

  • Starting weight (2/14): 204.8
  • Current weight (3/8): 198.4
  • Goal weight: 150-155
  • Pounds lost: 6.4

The first two weeks of my Private Weight Loss journey are a blur. There were tests and assessments, I started working out with my personal trainer and meeting with my Weight Loss Coach. I went on a grocery story tour, started taking supplements and doing workouts on my own. I started to change the way I grocery shop, prepare food and eat. I also started paying attention to how I sleep and deal with stress. It was like a crash course in healthy living. The third week is when everything started to sink in. For me, that meant realizing some important truths about this journey. Here is what I’ve learned:

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Sunday
Mar042012

Kristy's Private Weight Loss Journey - Weeks 1 & 2

  • Starting weight (2/14): 204.8
  • Current weight (2/28): 200.4
  • Goal weight: 150-155
  • Pounds lost: 4.4

These photos are really me. And they aren't "before" pictures, at least not yet. They were taken just a few days ago. Having these photos taken was one of the hardest things I've ever done. Standing there exposed made me confront all of the guilt, embarrassment and shame of what I had become and the fact that I had let myself get this far. It also helped me realize that I'm the only one that brought me here and I'm the only one that can fix it.

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