Success – Weight is going down!

Weight loss Success


Since my last post, I’ve been doing so well.  After the 10 pound backsliding gain, I’m doing great with losing that.

This morning my scale sat at 261.2 pounds, very close to that 257 I had reached before the holidays.

I’m keeping up with my breathing exercises.  I’m doing them at least once a day.  I also actually went to the gym and did 35 minutes of weight training.  Just a little and a very light workout.  2 sets each on about 5 different weight machines and 5 minutes on the treadmill.  I was using the lowest or next to lowest weights on the machines.  The treadmill was sitting at #1 for resistance.  That tired me out and also made me very sore.  So sore I had a fibro flare-up that evening the next day.  I may try to go to the gym again on Saturday but I’m waiting till I get over the flare-up.

The main reason I’m wanting to do some weight training is to help with sagging skin.  I’ve been watching “My 600 lb life” and “Skintight” every night and the sagging skin after major weight loss is really worrying me.  I want to lose about 138 pounds by the end of 2017 with a final goal weight of 145.

With my bone marrow disorder making me a clotting risk and my previous stroke after surgery, I really do not want to have surgery to remove excess skin.

I’m aiming to go slow, at around six pounds a month.  I would like to be at 200 by the end of 2016. That’s 83 pounds this year –  about 6.9 pounds a month. And then lose the rest during 2017.

My Eating

One thing I am doing is eating healthy.  I’m trying to eat lots of cool salads, fruits, no white bread, lots of vegetables and I’m adding things like hemp seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, spirolina and dried cranberries to my salads and using olive oil as my dressing.

I’m also purchasing eggs from veggie fed hens and free range hens, drinking almond milk and V8 juice and water.  I’m using turkey bacon and very lean meats too.

My dinner of rice and veggies, squash, salad and multi-grain garlic toast
My dinner of rice and veggies, squash, salad and multi-grain garlic toast

Tonight I’m having chicken with small potatoes, onion, seasonings and rice cooked in my crockpot with veggie broth. I have left over squash and onions to go with it.

Things to help with sagging skin after weight loss

I’m researching things to do to help with sagging skin.

  • Lose weight slowly
  • Weight train to keep muscles under your skin
  • Be patient even after weight loss and give your body at least 2 years to tighten the skin naturally.
  • Stay hydrated
  • Use creams (I’m using a special cream for pregnant money to avoid stretch marks).
  • Eat healthy and give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs.

The one thing I have going for me is that I never did get stretch marks during my pregnancy which is a good sign.  But I’m 62 years old which is not good.  I’m looking into essential oil therapy and I’ll let you know how that goes.

Deep Breathing Technique

I wanted to share some videos of the deep breathing technique I’m using.  I only use the first exercise because of my physical problems.  I’m hoping to add more of the exercises as I lose weight and can move easier.  Here’s some YouTube links you can use to learn the techniques from Greer Childers:

There are several other videos on Youtube you can check out.  Just look for Greer Childers, bodyflex, or oxycise.

Comments

Thanks for looking at my site and coming to this page. I would love for you to leave any questions or comments below.  In addition, I’m open to new topics to research and comment on as they pertain to my own health and experience living with diabetes.  Please share your interests and questions in your comments.  I also love to hear others stories about how they handle their own diabetes issues.

– Shirley

My ongoing weight loss journey through deep breathing!

Losing weight by breathing


Yes, I’m continuing my journey with deep breathing.  I’m still at 20 pounds lost.  However, I’m only doing one deep breathing exercise per day (a set of six).  And I’m keeping this weight off.  This is so exciting for me.  I’ve never been able to lose weight and keep it off this long.  And all this with just one set of deep breathing exercises.

Researching

I’m continuing my reading and researching of deep breathing and keep finding new articles to read.  This has encouraged me and reaffirmed to me that deep breathing will definitely work for me.

Some of my online finds are as follows:

I have many more online articles to share with you in future posts.

Correct breathing

I have found that while one would think, breathing would be easy, but breathing correctly is actually work.  And I have read that you must do the breathing correctly.

Here’s a YouTube video by Greer Childers showing the breathing technique.  Right now I can only do the first one sitting down (this one has a facial move built in to work on the face and neck area also).

I’m only doing that first sitting exercise right now because I can do it on my bed or in my wheelchair.  I’m doing it once a day.  This morning I weighed 261.6 before getting into the shower.  I’m ashamed to say I weighed between 281-283 when I started this.

A few days ago I went to my hematologist appointment and Dr. Beck noticed my weight loss and asked how I did it.  I smiled and told him I was using deep breathing.  He kinda grinned skeptically  and then said “I’m not knocking results  whatever you are doing, keep it up”.  So I am.

I’m  really looking forward to going back to my diabetes doc and my rheumatologist.  My diabetic doc has been encouraging me to do bariatric surgery and I’ve been resisting.  I have a bet with my rheumatologist to lose ten pounds, boy is he going to be surprised!

To be completely honest, I’m not done too great on my eating habits.  Ever since Halloween, I’ve been eating sweets and candy.  Not good for a diabetic and my BG is showing it.  I am going to do better.

My Challenge to myself and you

Today is Friday “Black Friday”, I’m going to bump up to two sets of deep breathing exercise for a week and report back what happens on a blog post.  I’m also going to try to eat a little better.  Actually I’m going to work on three things:

  1. Deep breathing – two sets a day
  2. Eating less sweets
  3. Cold showers to activate my brown fat (yes, cold showers – I’ll create a new post talking about this)!

I’m looking forward to reporting back on my results.  Why don’t you watch that video and try the first sitting exercise once a day for the next week and report back what your results are in a comment to this post?

Until next time.

Comments

Thanks for looking at my site and coming to this page. I would love for you to leave any questions or comments below.  In addition, I’m open to new topics to research and comment on as they pertain to my own health and experience living with diabetes.  Please share your interests and questions in your comments.  I also love to hear others stories about how they handle their own diabetes issues.

– Shirley