Slowly Chipping Away at the Weight

22 05 2012

And so begins week 22 of my switch to a plant based diet and increased exercise regiment. This week I lost two additional pounds which brings me to 67 pounds lost so far.

Really, it should have been 4 pounds but I went majorly of course this weekend. I had beef (not the end of the world for me but a definite rarity nowadays), a lot of wonderful Italian bread and wheat pasta 3 days in a row. It left me definitely feeling less healthy and has served as a reminder that I really need to stay on course. So the rest of this week, I’ll be sticking closely to the plan – plantbased!

Made some delicious stuffed peppers tonight. I’ll be packing one or two for lunch tomorrow. I continue to suffer from a sore back which is making getting any exercise done rough right now. It’s been two weeks of on and off back pain that mysteriously travels around various parts of my upper back. I’m tired of it.

It’s been a very busy few days. It feels good to be back blogging again. Welcome to all of my new readers. There were nearly 400 of you yesterday. That’s pretty great for a Sunday and for a blog that isn’t even 6 months old yet.





Perseverance Pays Off

10 05 2012

Over two days of being a lot more disciplined and it is paying off. Three nights of no snacking and trying to get more rest has definitely been helping as well. Two nights ago I hit the weights pretty good and did some of DDP’s patented 10 second pushups (DDP YOGA). I’m finally seeing some weight loss again. After three weeks of gain a pound, lose a pound, no movement, I was starting to feel like I was alone in the wilderness. Now the scale is moving again. Yet, I know that the hardest days are still to come.

I’ve been working through dinnertime some days and that can be rough. The cravings will start and lets face it, there aren’t very many healthy options when you are in the car and need to keep on moving. Luckily yesterday, I had a bunch of cauliflower packed and that was helpful in holding me over until I got home (where I had a most amazing walnut /sweet potato mash – recipe coming tomorrow). When 5pm rolls around fast food begins looking good to me. Despite the fact that I know a burger from Burger King will make me feel like a sloth the second I’m done with it, it still calls my name. Despite knowing that McDonald’s chicken nuggets are made with anti-foaming agent and really don’t taste all that good, I still crave them. Though I haven’t eaten either in nearly 5 months and am able to rationally talk to myself about why they are bad for me, they somehow still have their hooks in me.

My biggest weapon during these cravings lately though has been some Buddhist philosophy. “This is just a thought”, is what I say to myself. “It will pass. Let it pass. This is only temporary”. I often think of how many times before this that I’ve had the seem exact craving. I think of how I have given into this craving in the past and where it has gotten me. The satisfaction of surrendering to a craving never lasts very long. It is quickly followed by shame, guilt and diminished feelings of self. I know I can never be my best if I reopen the door to that world and begin traveling down that path again. Better to make a high quality burger at home once in a very blue moon. Last night I opted for three vegan chik’n nuggets. They tasted better than anything McDonald’s can come up with anyway. It was surely healthier.

So the journey continues and perseverance is beginning to pay off.

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From Pro Wrestling Icon to Fitness Guru – Diamond Dallas Page Reveals How Yoga Can Change Your Life

1 05 2012

When I decided to write this blog over four months ago, it was solely a way to stay focused on my goal of losing 200 pounds while reversing some serious health issues through a dietary lifestyle change and increased exercise. If it helped to motivate someone else than that was an added plus. I never expected to promote anybody’s product. That being said, if I find something that works for me, I am going to tell you about it. DDP Yoga has been that something. I’ve only done it for about a month now but it has helped me to lose some weight, gain noticeable strength, become much more flexible as well as significantly reduce a nagging shoulder pain issue that I’ve had. I know that the results I am seeing with this program so far are only the tip of the iceberg but in only four weeks, the results are impressive enough that I can’t help but espouse the many benefits to anyone who will listen to me.

I want to make it clear that I’m not a paid affiliate. I bought the program just like everybody else has. I have no stake in this other than to pay forward the kindness of others who have helped me along the way. It’s all about learning and information sharing.

One of the great things about blogging and the internet in general is that people you would not normally have the opportunity to communicate with, become much more accessible. I recently had the good fortune and the great honor to speak at length with the creator of DDP Yoga; a pro wrestling legend turned fitness guru – Diamond Dallas Page. He continues to help me tweak my lifestyle change so that I get the most out of it. I hope that the extensive information contained in this interview will benefit my readers and will help you determine if this program could benefit you (and believe me – it can and will) as it continues to do for me and the many others who are using it.

Click here for the:
Johnnysized.com audio interview with DDP

If you’ve listened to the interview and feel inspired to use DDP Yoga to help you become your best self, you can save 10% on the program or on anything in the DDP Yoga store for the next 24 hours by putting in the promo code: JGEE

www.ddpyoga.com

If you do get the program, drop me a line and let me know how it’s going. You can post public comments here or drop me a private one at johnnysized@gmail.com

Arthur’s story – a DDP yoga testimonial





FEAR

27 04 2012

Fear holds us back. It tells us that we aren’t good enough. That we aren’t worth anything. It tells us that we can’t succeed. That we’ll never have the discipline to “make it”. That we shouldn’t try. It tells us to stay in our comfort zone. That we should not allow ourselves to become vulnerable. It tells us to be content. To not reach for something more. To not strive for something better. To forget about what we thought we were destined to become.

My fear says I’m failing. It’s says I won’t succeed. It says I can’t sustain this. My fear says that I won’t like what I see in the mirror tomorrow. It says there is no need to exercise today because staying heavy is safer. It says this slice of pizza won’t hurt me. It says go ahead, have another. It says eat and eat some more and keep eating after that…build up a wall around you. Don’t be vulnerable. Don’t let people in. Be lazy. You’re not up to this challenge. You can’t do this. Everyone is going to watch you fail. It says stay quiet. It says don’t share me with anyone. It says the person you have been is all that you will ever be. It says all hope is lost.





Plant Based Foods That Build Muscle

15 04 2012

People are always asking me “now that you’ve gone plant based, where do you get your protein from?”. It is a cultural misnomer that protein can only be obtained from animal sources. This is a belief propagated in the beginning of the last century and sadly many people have not come to find out about the many other healthier and more nutritious sources of plant based protein. Yes you can eat plant based foods and develop muscle. Yesterday a friend sent me an online slideshow of the best plant based sources of protein. It’s definitely worth re-posting:

http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/556369-the-21-best-muscle-building-foods-for-vegetarians/#slide-1

***If you have something you think would benefit my readers (and me) please post a comment here or send me an email at johnnysized@gmail.com





How to do a 21 Day Plant-Based Kick Start!

6 04 2012

Are you ready to take back your life? Are you ready to find the energy that you’ve so desperately been missing? Are you ready to fight and possibly even reverse heart disease, high blood pressure, type II diabetes? do you want to stave off Alzheimer’s? Are you trying to lose weight?

People often ask how to get started with a plant based diet. I posted a section of this in the past, but here is the entire show. Dr. Barnard is a wealth of information. If you have the time and the true desire to make a change, this man can show you the simplest way to do it. What are you waiting for for??? It’s only three weeks, give it a try. you have nothing to lose!








From Fear of Dying to Joy of Living!

28 03 2012

Bill Clinton is probably one of the best known vegans on the planet right now. He is actually reversing his heart disease with a plant based diet. This is a CNN video interview with him and a separate interview with his doctors:

A little more about a 21 day immersion plan to switch to a plant based diet:








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