Dealing With Loss - 110 Pounds of it

HEY HELLO and HAPPY MOO YEAR to everyone in the HeiferHood!

I know many of you are long time readers - but hoof-loads of you are brand new, too (so hey, howdy doo, and how YOU doin'?) ... therefore.... in case you're new to the hood, here's a little pic of me - before (and before, and before)  and now.

Big, Bigger, Biggest - and Healthiest

Big, Bigger, Biggest - and Healthiest

When I meet new friends for the first time and the subject of weight loss or weight loss maintenance comes up - my ears always perk up.  Why? Because I get it.  

I GET IT.

I was pushing 300 pounds and could barely make it off my couch for the next round of Mountain Dew and cookies. The only weights I lifted were double-stuff Oreos by the caseful. It wasn't a great way to live. Not at all.

One day I decided to make a change - it's like a switch in my brain was flipped on - and I decided it was time to lose the weight.  I subscribed to a popular weight-loss program after losing 40 pounds on my own and stalling out with any more weight loss.

I lost another 70ish pounds, and that was about 6 years ago - and I haven't looked back.

There's a common fallacy that losing weight is hard (which it IS!) ... but maintaining that loss should be easy, simple, no - hassle.

NOT. WRONG. NOPE. NEIN. NO WAY JOSE.

It takes HARD WORK to lose the weight - let's be real. It's really hard.  But for this heifer, maintaining the weight loss is even harder.  My weight loss program taught me how to eat properly.  For that, I'll be eternally grateful.  It taught me proper portion control. Proper nutrition.  All the tools I need to be healthy forHEIFERmore (haha see how I did that?)

But... you're talking to a food addict.  Someone who has an emotional attachment to food.  So even though I KNOW how to eat properly - some days it's harder than others.  Some days my body says YOU'RE HUNGRY, HEIFER! Eat (a 6pack of) donuts.  Eat 3 Big Macs. (well ok that may make me sick, but.....)

Enter.... one of the best weight management tools I've ever laid my little heifer hoofs on.  
(Cue the angels singing)

LOVIDIA....

WAIT WHAAAAA?

What's this little magical Lovidia you speak of, head heifer? 

Glad you asked. 

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Here's a little bit of information on Lovidia - my favorite weight management TOOL in the history of weight management tools (and trust me, peeps, I've tried them all). This is directly from the company - it's got all the important bits and pieces of detail that I'd forget anyway: 

  • Lovidia Puts You in Control - Eat Less Without Feeling Hungry! Lovidia is a patented formula that uses Gut Sensory Modulation™ (GSM) to reduce hunger. In the simplest terms, Lovidia helps you feel satisfied with fewer calories, making you feel as though you’ve eaten more than you have. This allows you to reduce the amount of food you eat without feeling hungry. And when you can cut calories without feeling hungry, it’s easier to lose weight.

  • The Lovidia Difference! Lovidia is not a drug, and it doesn’t come with a long list of unpleasant and possibly dangerous side effects. It doesn’t contain caffeine or other stimulants, fat blockers or diuretics. Lovidia’s proprietary hunger-control formula contains only natural GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) ingredients, so it does not cause jitters or other unpleasant side effects typically associated with weight-loss products. Lovidia is an easy-to-take pill that helps you control your hunger and lose weight naturally. Lovidia is not a “magic pill”, i.e., a pill that allows you to eat whatever you want and as much as you want. There is no magic pill and there will never be a magic pill.

  • The ingredients in Lovidia have been clinically tested in multiple double-blind, placebo controlled studies and have been shown to be both safe and effective.
     

  • Take one Lovidia tablet with breakfast and one Lovidia tablet with lunch. Swallow the tablet whole with a full glass of water.

Now.  Why do I love it? 

Because, crazy as it seems, THIS STUFF WORKS.  I was skeptical. I was.  I even told Marty, the prez of the company, that his little fancy skittle pills didn't interest me. :-) No really, I did.  Then a year later, I agreed to try them.  Imagine my shock when they actually worked.  
(Disclaimer: I received this product to sample in an exchange for my honest review). And I LOOOOOVE it.

Of course, I wanted to see some SCIENCE behind this magic pill. Because really, there is NO MAGIC PILL.  (And there's not, this stuff isn't magic - it's a TOOL).  If you're looking for the "how does this work" aspect - have a look HERE

Here's the breakdown, the heifer-dealio.  It controls my hunger.  Short and sweet.  I take it when I'm supposed to, and I'm just not hungry. Plain and simple.  Does it negate emotional eating? No.  But it makes life a WHOLE heck of a lot easier because my mind is not focused on food all the time.

The little carrying case is well-loved, I keep it with me in my purse and it's always got my Lovidia inside.  So yeah it's a little dirty.  I do love the case though - very small and goes everywhere with me.

The little carrying case is well-loved, I keep it with me in my purse and it's always got my Lovidia inside.  So yeah it's a little dirty.  I do love the case though - very small and goes everywhere with me.

It takes the guesswork out of eating for me - I eat right, I eat proper portions, and in between when my MIND would normally tell my body it's hungry (which, really it's not - it's thirsty, etc)... I'm just not hungry.  I don't THINK about food and therefore, I'm not eating mindlessly.  Lovidia helps control my hunger and is the best tool in my weight maintenance toolbox!


If you're on the fence about trying Lovidia - feel free to use my discount code runheiferrun20 for a 20% discount. Good thru 1/31/18.

 

To follow Lovidia on social media, here are their links:

 

  • These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

  • “Results vary based on program adherence. In the LOVIDIA Way study average weight loss was 13.6 pounds and waist circumference reduction was 2.7 inches.”

 

 

Outdoor Sports You Can Love

Howdy Heifers! Y'all know I love a good guest blog post every now and then! My friends over at Skateboard Guide contacted me a few months ago asking if they could submit a blog post for the HeiferHood... so without further adieu... here's a little something from them: 

Different Types of Outdoor Sports You Can Learn To Love

 

“Outdoor sports” ...  the phrase which when heard or read firstly creates an impression of lots of running, sweat, body exercise, team, and risks. Each of us is accustomed to various types of outdoor sports from childhood. From way back in childhood, we all had been fond of various outdoor sports whether it be football, hide and seek, rugby, cricket and much more. Each of us has some personal fondness to particular games. Within last few years, outdoor sports have reached a new edge of excitement. People all around the world are experimenting their potential of fear. Mountain climbing, skiing on the roughest edges of the mountains, roller sports is now among the most loved games. Few outdoor sports that anyone can learn to love very soon are:

•    Cycling: Cycling is a sport which can be taken to the higher level to experience huge adrenaline rush through the veins. To experience this level of adventure, sportsmen are now practicing this sport in the stiffs of the mountains, rushing through the beautiful yet risky white snows. Cycling keeps the body fit and provides huge muscular development in legs. Cycling is an outdoor sport which has recognition in Olympic and CommonWealth games. Love for this sport can provide worldwide fame too and a perfect toned up physique.

•    Mountain Climbing: This is a new kind of sport which is now in trend and is creating a lot of interest among the athletes of people of all ages. Mountain climbing is an outdoor sport which has a huge adventurous touch in it. Due to the huge craze of this sports, various campaigns and training schools where anyone can get trained to experience the huge excitement and adventure of moving through the mountains. Various equipment is now in the market which has made the sport much easier and safer. Even children too can experience the fun of mountain climbing. This is one of the most loved games of the fitness freak people as it burns 818 calories per hour.

•       Soccer / Rugby: These type of sports has always helped the players to develop the muscular strength and prevent themselves from cardiac and respiratory problems. This sport helps in increasing the mentality of the team spirit among them. The eye to leg coordination becomes too strong in this type of sport.  Soccer or rugby requires a lot of running and results in a huge amount of calorie loss in each match. Soccer is one of the sports which indulges huge amount of money in it.

•      Roller Sports: Roller sports are one of the most loved games among the young and middle-aged people. Roller sports has created a huge craze among the riders since 1965. It adds a good punch of adventure in the riders’ lives. Skating through the crowded traffic signals, beautifully sliding on the ice and performing the smooth moves, rushing through the goal on the ice creates mesmerizing effects in the minds’ of the athletes and also the viewers. There are different types of best rollerblades which are made for the various purposes. There are the different mechanism in the rollerblades for rushing through the smooth roads or harsh tracks or on the ice. This sport increases huge flexibility among the riders and provides huge gymnastic skills. Rollerblades that are raging high in the market are recreational inline skates (these are the most popular skates), roller hockey inline skates, fitness inline skates, racing inline skates, urban street skates, shop urban skates and fitness inline skates. Each skate is created for their particular purpose. The mechanism of the skates does depend on the base on which it would be used.

•    Downhill Mountain Biking: This is a new kind of sport which is high in trend. It burns 632 calories per hour. One of the famous athlete in this sport is Rachel Atherton. She says “It’s like nothing else on Earth.” This sport has been listed in World Cup too. This kind of sport is tremendously good for health. This sport is extremely good for cardiac muscles.

Each sport has its own punch of joy and adventure indulged among it. Each outdoor sports not only provides fitness yet it creates a sportsman spirit in each and every players’ minds. Sportsman spirit is highly necessary for each of us as it teaches us how to work as a team and for the team. Health is the actual wealth each individual possesses. So enjoy and explore a wide range of outdoor sport to keep yourself young and cheerful always.

It's Not Me - It's You: 5 Tips for Taking a Break From Running

Hello to the HeiferHood! Y'all know I love sharing content with other awesome blogs - and today is no different.  My BFFs over at Hey Little Rebel were kind enough to share my article on taking a break from running.  Here it is below, of you can click the link above.

5 Tips for Taking a Break From Running

 

What if someone, or everyone, is telling you to take a break from one of the most important relationships in your life?

What if that relationship isn’t with your boyfriend or wife or new bestie at work? What if that relationship is the one you have with running?

In every runner’s career, even those of us who embrace plenty of walking and sometimes never get above a slog, someone will tell us, “you need to take a break.”

It might be a doctor. It might be a therapist or a friend. It might even be ourselves. Nearly every runner out there will have to slow it down or stop completely at some point, and for a lot of us, that’s really, really hard.

Running is definitely a relationship. It can be a crazy, drama-filled relationship with all sorts of colorful characters. It can be a sweet romance that is hopeful and new. It can be a friendship of many years, where you take each other ugly parts and all. But for everyone I know, it’s a solid relationship.  Like every relationship I know, it has its ups and downs. There are the good times, when you can’t get enough of each other.  There are the boring moments, when you look elsewhere (cycling, I’m checkin’ you out). There are the tough times when you hurt each other and have to retreat to your corners and lick your wounds (or tape a heel). It’s a fluid relationship that takes work, commitment and sometimes a little time apart.

Whatever the reason for the break (an injury, an extended work trip, illness), there are ways to make the time off better and to come back stronger, healthier and ready for the next stage of the relationship.

So, what do we do when we have to cut off the relationship for a while? What do we do after we’ve said the famous phrase: Um…I need a break?

Here are my Top 5 Tips for Taking a Break From Running:

Realize the Reason

Look, any challenge sucks a little less if you have a clear idea why you’re doing it. It’s the same with taking a break from running. Most times, when we have to take a break, it’s not because we want to; there is a reason outside of ourselves suggesting it, pushing for it, screaming sometimes because we didn’t listen to their early, calm and rational pleas. If we look at the reason for the break, understand the value of it and embrace that it exists, we can bide our time a lot better.

Anger, frustration and irritation are normal feelings when we’re injured or sidelined, but they don’t help us get back in the game any faster. If you’re injured, realize what led to that injury and focus on building new habits to avoid it in the future. If you have life events limiting your schedule and thwarting your running routine, look at those events and understand why they’re important. You might be investing in family time or building a career. Taking a break from running to invest in something equally good isn’t always a bad thing. If you take a sec and dig deep (I know, you can roll your eyes), you can find a lot of motivation in using the time wisely instead of just slogging through.

Get a New Girlfriend

You know when a guy breaks up with you and gets a new girlfriend a week or two later? Yeah, do that. Make her kind of shiny and new.  Seriously, though, when you’re a regular runner and you have to take a break, there is a gap. That gap needs to be filled. We run for all sorts of reasons beyond burning calories and getting our hearts pumping. Running calms some of us down from the chaos of life (have I mentioned I have 4 kids?!). I know people who run to sort through work issues or decompress after a long day. Whatever the reason(s) you run, there will be a gap to fill when you take a break. Think about how you want to fill it because if you don’t fill it, that break will really suck. This might be just the time to try cycling, swimming, walking or weights. If you’re physically able to try something new, do it.

Embrace the Break

There will be the times your doctor says to lay off all physical activity for a while. It sucks. Slathering it in frosting won’t make it any better; you just can’t sugar-coat this one. You have to sit out for six weeks and heal.  You’ve got two choices here: resist or relent. I’m not normally one to relent, but in this case, resisting isn’t going to get me anywhere. If I have to take a full-on exercise break, I try to focus my energy on a new project. This helps keep my mental state in check, because as well all know, running is as much a mental game as it is physical. I focus on my piano or a new book or a project at work. I throw myself into it with some serious gusto, which helps the time pass quicker and lets me forget that I’m benched. And I realize that in embracing this break, I’m letting myself heal properly so I can avoid the same thing in the future.

Factor in Food

Many of us use running as a checks and balance system that goes something like this: I run three miles so I don’t have to eat like a bird when I go out to the Cheesecake Factory. I know I can’t outrun a donut, so I don’t ever think I can ignore diet, even if I’m running. But I do know that running burns several hundred calories. If I ignore that fact while I’m taking a break, the scale will creep back up. This is when we have to adjust our sails (which makes me sound like I’m writing for Chicken Soup for the Soul).

Seriously, though, it’s worth looking at our food intake and finding a few hundred calories to cut for a few weeks. It’s not forever. And it’s not about restriction or punishment. It’s just a tweak or two, and it’s for a specific period of time. Cutting out a snack or eating a smaller portion will limit the snowball effect of overeating and lack of exercise, which is hard to get back on track. Adjusting calories-in can help compensate for a break in exercise or for the fact that we’ll be moving slower and maybe less for a month or two.

Focus on Healing

If I’m sidelined from running because of an injury, I try to focus on healing. My body is telling me something that my doctor is probably also telling me, and if I don’t listen, I’ll be hearing this story again in the near future. The story is simple: heal. Rest. Stretch. Rehab. Focusing on anything else is misusing our energy. Sure, it’s okay to find a new exercise routine or assess snacking, but the overall focus really does need to be on healing. Doing what my doctors and therapists tell me to do is key. I’m no physical therapist or exercise therapist. I’m a mom with four kids and two dogs and a husband, hustling all over Phoenix, trying to survive 120 degree heat. I want to keep myself healthy and fit, which means pushing when I need to push and pulling back when I need to do that. I focus on healing in the moment so I can focus on pushing in the future.

Relationships aren’t always rainbows and sunshine. They all have ups and downs. Our relationship with running is no different. There will be frustrations, plateaus, injuries and splinters from being benched. That’s life. That’s what it means to be in a relationship. But like all relationships, if we can stick out the tough times and embrace the struggle, we come out stronger in the end.

These 5 tips help me remember the reasons I run, the importance of it in my life and the value of making the most of any break I have to take. By embracing the break and understanding the reasons behind it, I can actually use the time to heal my body, explore new projects or exercise and tweak my diet so my injuries or life events don’t spiral into a complete meltdown but might actually lead to something better down the road. Seriously, people, I’m turning that frown upside down!