Can I get a, "Woohoo!?"

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Here in the office, I have a desk-calendar I use to track just about everything in my life: appointments; birthdays; holidays; vacation. Everyone always comments on the condition of my calendar as it is full of bright coloured markings and inspirational slogans to help keep myself motivated in many different aspects of my life. Upon starting the Biggest Loser Challenge on March 11th, I began highlighting every Thursday (weigh-in day) and drew a little box for me to write in my weight at each week. This morning Russell was very, very happy when he came to speak with me because he had seen the number decreasing and wanted to tell me how proud he was of me.

The information on my calendar is as follows:

03/10/2011 – 183 lbs
03/17/2011 – 178 lbs
03/27/2011 – 176 lbs
03/31/2011 – 173.5 lbs

The first thing I did when I got to work this morning was weigh myself on the scale in the washroom. I could scarcely believe that I, Kirsten Krowiak, after steadily gaining weight since graduation from highschool, am down 11.5 lbs from my beginning weight (185 in January). What is truly amazing is that 83% of my weight loss has taken place during the past three weeks. Wow!

This slow-carb diet is truly amazing – I am losing weight quickly without spending hours per week exercising. I am not missing out on foods like so many people think I am. While the diet suggests avoiding processed carbohydrates, I have been eating a piece of bread or cheese here and there and, on most weekends, I have been drinking soda (my ultimate weakness). During Week 1, I ate at McDonald’s. This past weekend, I had Taco Bell. To say that this diet is strict is laughable – I am losing (on average) 3.16 lbs per week while still being able to treat myself to my favourite unhealthy food. The difference? I eat a lot better most of the time and I eat a lot less of the bad stuff. Moderation, after all, is key!

For those of you who have been wondering if Timothy Ferriss is right for you, please, please, please take my advice and go pick up his book, “The 4-Hour Body.” It is amazing and, if in your heart and soul you are truly ready to lose weight, it will help motivate you like nothing has ever done before.
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    Woohoo! congrats on the weight loss!
    3528 days ago
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    emoticon Great job Kirsten! emoticon
    3529 days ago
  • 51NFIT
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    You are doing fantastic! I might have to get Tim's book again and take a second look.
    3530 days ago
    Hey KK

    Fantastic news! Cutting out on processed food and reducing your intake of carbohydrates makes a difference. Stick with it, your doing really well and closing in on your first stone emoticon
    A sensible eating plan with a few treats it the best way forward.

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    3531 days ago
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    You deserve a hearty round of "Woo Hoo"s!!! Congratulations and keep it up! You'll be sporting a fit new body for summer!
    3531 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/31/2011 2:12:35 PM
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    Alright Kirsten!!! You go, girl!!

    I know what you mean about moderation! I love my sweets, so I make sure I can have a little something, like a Hershey's Kiss or a small piece of cake or whatever to satisfy my sweet tooth.

    I just cut back on my portions, no more sweet tea or soda, and am exercising more, and I'm losing weight too. Also approaching it from the standpoint that this change is for good, forever, has made it easier because I'm not thinking "another 6 months and I'll be where I want and then I'm done". It's given me a different perspective, and I don't feel so stressed about it!

    So what are you going to do to reward yourself? i've been thinking I might get myself something from one of my horse catalogs.

    3531 days ago
    Here it is!!! emoticon emoticon I have heard that about low-carb diets or lifestyles before. I believe that one of the reasons I like Spark is because it has made me very aware of what I eat and my choices, and that seems to make a big difference to me. So, you still can make whatever choices you want, and adjust the other things you do about it instead of just forgetting about it. Thanks for your blog!
    3531 days ago
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