Weightloss, Healthy Living and Transformation: My Success Story

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  1. I love the ” “Boy! I wish I hadn’t worked out today!”” line- it’s so true. After reading this blog I’ve got an itch to lift my lady weights and do some power walking.

    FYI I recently read a good dieting tip: eat oatmeal as an afternoon snack instead of the vending machine rubbish. Oatmeal, the best everymeal meal.

  2. Jamie, this post is really, truly awesome! So much practical advice, and a just (as Rob would say) a “metric fuckton” of truth. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences. This definitely got me jazzed for “week two.” 🙂

  3. My mom used to say when I was a kid…
    “Eat your Oatmeal, it sticks to your bones”
    I really does stick with you and keeps you feeling full longer 🙂

  4. I’ve been hearing about oatmeal as a good thing to eat as part of a weight loss plan for awhile too. BUT! I just heard in bootcamp yesterday that eating it before an intense workout can be problematic for some people…it tends to, uh, creep back up. 😐
    Less problematic but still filling would be like a banana and peanut butter, or even wholegrain toast + PB.

  5. Smurf, just stick with it, sometimes it can take a long time for things to kick in and to get results. I think the biggest mistake people make is that they throw in the towel too early. You can’t expect to take off years of fat in a few months.
    One of my pregnancy books said (and this applies to anyone)
    “it took you 9 months to put on the weight, expect it to take 9 months to take it off.”

  6. I totally have this problem. I take ju jitsu twice a week and the instructor is an evil, sadistic… well you get the point. The workouts are grueling!
    If I were to eat oatmeal before class I can guarantee it would be making a visit on the mat.
    When I am going to be working out hard I have a protein shake about 45 mins before.

  7. I can’t eat peanut butter without eating the entire jar of peanut butter! I had peanut butter for my first time when I was 21 and it’s been an addiction ever since. This is what happens when parents do not allow sugar (or television!) in the house.

  8. I love the idea of eating PB and whole grain toast before running… until I get a few laps in and all I taste is peanut butter. The shake I had while on the 6-Day express “cleanse” kick-off diet was much friendlier before a big workout.

    And, I mentioned in the other post, I am eating steel cut oats with strawberries and milk with about 1/2 a scoop of protein powder in it for b-fast now and I love it. Like, insanely so. I was making a pretty fancy dinner the other night, but all I was craving was steel-cut oats with strawberries and protein powder and milk.

    And, I bought the Hodgson’s Mills kind- it cooked up on Sunday while I was in the shower (10 minutes!) and I put the extra servings in Tupperware and have been reheating them at work- it’s delicious! Not mushy or anything! I keep protein powder at my desk, so I just have to grab the fruit in the morning and go…

  9. p.s. Smurf, you guys are officially bookmarked on my computer- you fall in between “Payroll” and “TR Client Training link” : a much coveted position!

  10. So far the thing that has worked the best for me before bootcamp is the banana + peanut butter. I ate oatmeal before for a solid week and that worked okay except that I was also, uh, tasting it the entire time. I will still eat oatmeal, just after bootcamp!

  11. Oh, and green tea! I drink green tea in the mornings instead of coffee. Sometimes I have coffee AFTER the workout…the only way I can handle it now.

  12. Great post, Jamie. 9 months? I’m finally getting the baby weight off myself and my kid is almost two…the shame!

    Margaret–I totally agree. My mom never let us have sugar as kids…so as teens we went sugar CRAZY!!! I let my toddler have whatever she wants and she usually makes the right choice.

  13. Katie… so do you of course!

    Babypusher, it didn’t take *me* 9 months to take it off, it was more like around 18 months 🙂 It took me 2 years to get where I am now 😛

    Also, the junk food thing. My mom never, ever let us have sweets or fast food. EVER. I had never eaten McDonald’s until I was 14!
    Well, when I was 18 and living on my own I discovered the joys of fast food. I went from 115lbs to 200lbs in about a year. It was just horrible, thank god I stopped myself and took most of the weight off.
    My father in law likes to say, “everything in moderation, including moderation.”
    My son is aloud to have sweets, like chocolate pudding and ice cream, he frequently only wants a few bites and is satisfied (I wish I could say the same for my daughter!)

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