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Competition Shape...Minus the Competition (Client's Journey) - entry 11

Not depriving herself and not allowing the holiday's to get in her way, Lisa is down 21 lbs. and counting.

[Lisa] Hello December. The holidays are upon us. I will start this entry by saying, "Yes Virginia, you can lose weight during the holidays." Five months down and 21 lbs. gone. I lost 3.8 lbs. in November. I did enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner that included stuffing, pumpkin ale and a piece of apple pie for desert.

However, I woke up the next day and realized Thanksgiving was over, time to get back to my food plan. I also need to mention that, although I did have the aforementioned treats on Thanksgiving, I had small portions and still recorded everything in my food log. Last year I continued eating like it was still Thanksgiving straight through until Christmas when I transitioned into eating like it was Christmas through the New Year. The tears set in on January 2 right after I stepped on the scale. 

I am determined NOT to start 2013 the same way. 

Mike is doing his part, adding new methods of torture; I mean training so I am never bored! I am enjoying being able to wear mediums instead of large size clothing. My daughter Melissa recently told me that she does not care how much weight I lose she will not allow me to wear a bikini. Hmmmm, sounds like Mom has a new goal. Might be just what one needs to stay focused.

[Mike] I think it's easy to see that 2013 will not start off for Lisa the same way 2012 did. It can't! And that’s because Lisa finally has the two things going for her that everyone needs to be successful at transforming their body...and I am not talking diet and exercise. It is a goal and a plan for completing it. 

Just look at the difference this has made between last year and this year. Last year: no goal, no plan and Thanksgiving turned into a six week free-for-all and an inevitable backslide forcing her to have start all over in January. Depressing. Yet this is how it will be for an unfortunate majority of people. This year: a goal and a plan for navigating through the holidays without depriving herself and a New Year in which she’ll start around 25 lbs. lighter than she was this past July.

Oh and to address the "add on" goal of getting into a bikini...I love it. What better goal than to make your children uncomfortable about what you will wear in your 50's that you couldn't wear, and they wouldn't imagine you wearing, while they were growing up. 

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J. Cattano December 18, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Good for you!! Are you doing a specific diet plan ie; Weight Watchers, or some other?
Lisa Stamatelos December 18, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Thanks! I am basically eating sensibly. I aim for 1200 - 1300 calories a day keeping carbs at no more than 140g and fats no more than 25g. Weight training at Pure Physique 2-3 times per week. That's it. No magic.
Lisa Gentes-Hunt December 18, 2012 at 11:34 PM
That's great! What types of foods are you eating to keep low cal/low carb & low fat?
Lisa Stamatelos December 19, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Some foods: egg whites, turkey, wasa crackers, oatmeal, vegetables. There are no foods that are "off limits" it is portion size. I use an online food diary and track everything I eat.

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