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Thank you for following my journey. My name is Marjorie and I am morbidly obese. I have battled with my weight my whole life. I have had ups and downs yet I refuse to give up. Join me on my journey to claiming my body back. Is going to be a long road.

Monday, December 26, 2011

"The sweetest time of the year"

"Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon".
  Since July 31, 2010 I have lost 168 pounds !
Christmas is probably the sweetest time of the year. It is also sweet because it is a time when families get together and most people are in a “sweet mood.”  I can honestly say that I get in the “Sweet Mood” over this special time. So I have to be very careful in what I put in my body. I am aware how much I love sweets and Christmas dinners so, I always plan ahead.  I was reading an article in the Prevention magazine the other day and I learned that the average Christmas dinner contains over 1,400 calories! Ouch!! I call these kinds of foods “Sin foods” With wise choices we can still enjoy our Christmas dinners and stay healthy. Here are few tips for you that I do and follow when I prepare or eat my Christmas dinner. I love Turkey and if you don’t know turkey is low in fat and high in protein so feel free to have an extra slice or two, but don’t eat the skin or you’ll add more fat and calories to your day... Forget the mash potatoes with butter! Roast your potatoes using olive oil. Instead of cookies and tarts, a baked apple or fresh fruit salad with natural yoghurt is a good option with the fruit giving you valuable fibre and vitamins for your body. I fill my dinner plate with a third of vegetables, carrots, peas, unbuttered Brussels sprouts etc. My gravy is done with vegetable stock instead of meat juices. I love chocolates but now I tell myself they are a luxury not something I can just eat because is Christmas.  I try to always use a smaller plate. Your mind will consider it a full plate regardless of its size. Remember, being active is just as important as healthy eating and a great way of burning off those extra calories.  My tips for this Christmas season are nature your body, portion control and keep focus. Remember my motto “You are the only one standing in your way”.
Merry Christmas to all my blog readers I look forward to a new year and continue in my weight loss journey. I invite you to join me.. we can beat this!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Brutally Honest About Obesity.!

“Truth and Honesty is the oldest and most powerful of all of the human values.”

For a long time I wanted to be brutally honest about what obesity can and will do to your body. No body can tell me stories I have walk the path of obesity for so many years and I know the truth. I have never understood how obese and morbid obese people can say they are happy with their lives. They say they won’t change anything about their lives because the extra weight they are carrying is simply not an issue. I personally believe that when someone becomes obese we learn to live with and accept our obese bodies, but that does not mean we are happy with our selves.  As long as I live I will never believe that obesity will equal happiness!! How can anyone be happy when you have difficulty breathing and you wheeze when you walk or when you have difficulty putting your own socks and shoes, when you can’t bend, when you can not fit at a booth. When seat belts are too tight or won’t fit? How can any one be happy when they go shopping and nothing in the stores fits except huge shirts and sweats that look like tents? When you sweat every time you move?

The picture on the right I had lost 150 pounds  now I have lost 163.
There are so many medical conditions that arise when the body is obese; some of them are stretch marks, varicose veins, calluses, arthritis, sleep apnoea, asthma, the increased risk of heart attacks, depression, strokes, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Also due to the excess fat there are lumps that form on your body due to the fat that is blocking your pores. You get back pain, knee pain and lets not forget the way humanity treat us. We seem to loose a sense of belonging due to our weight. So when someone tells me they are happy being obese I what to shake them and tell them to stop lying to themselves! I often wonder what is their story. What caused them to overeat? What caused them to stop loving themselves? Obese people have to stop blaming underlying causes or their food choices. They need to stop eating when they are sad or feeling down on themselves. Who gets hurt? We all do. When we consume an excessive amount of calories, we do not help our situation in fact we cause undue stress on our own bodies and emotional well being. I am no longer blaming any one else for my obesity or for the food choices I make.  The day I was brutally honest with my self and took responsibility for my body, my life changed!. My journey started on July 31, 2010. I can honestly say I am getting my life back. For the first time I love myself and I am the happiest I have ever been. Now I ask myself how can I nurture my body and not destroy it. Everything that I have written about on this blog entry I have experienced, except for diabetes and a heart attack. I have often wondered how I did not suffer from those 2 diseases. I am still fighting this obesity and I still have a long ways to go to get to my weight loss goal but I am brutally honest with my self. I am proud to let all my readers know that as of today I have lost 163 pounds!!!
So my questions to you my readers are., Are you brutally honest about your weight? Or are you one of those people that is blaming every one else for your weight gain?..

"If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?"