Monday, December 27, 2010

Demo Video....It's sideways and not sure how to correct bare with me :)

video

Words of encouragment from Shay Sorrells from The Biggest Loser

Sadly, I fell ove the bandwagon...not it a drastic way but in a way that is disappointing. I turned to Shay because she is my role model. Before she arrived on campus we were almost identical in weight. I knew after wathcing the show if she could do it so could I.

My post and her reply:
Erin VelezShay Sorrells


Hey Shay,

argh! I fel off the bandwagon, gain some weight and seem to have lost my motivation. I am in need of some inspiration or advice. I kno you are a busy lady but please help me out....I am afraid I am on a slippery slope :x

Shay Sorrells girl. I can say this 2 ways… GET IT TOGETHER … but if thats not your style then.. Erin you have come way to far to go back. Remember how bad it felt to be that way? the only thing holding you back is fear. fear of success or failure, either way its nothing but fear. Yes its hard but what do you know thats easy means much? Come on.. "STAND UP AND FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED"- bob :)
 
Erin Velez
GET IT TOGETHER is what I would tell someone else in my situation so that works just fine for me! Thanks so much. It is very helpful to have someone who has been there and doing it to give me those words of encouragement. I went to Jamaica ...and it was like all hell broke loose. I need to get it together because it a matter of a month 20lbs came right back on :( I DO NOT want to go back to the way I was but I see how easy it ...after sending you the post I went online and signed up for a Saturday Kettleball class at my gym. My 10 year class reunion is this year and I really want to hit my goal of a size 16/18 in New York & Co. Thanks so much mama
 
If I get a reply I will keep you guys updated!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Here is my story...again for the new readers

Here is my story!


My name is Erin Velez, I am a 27 year old morbidly obese woman. As of today I weigh 320lbs. My highest recordable weight was 465lbs. I have lost 145lbs to date. I was 20lbs less about a month ago, but fell off the band wagon after a Jamaica vacation but plan to get right back on,

My weight loss attempts start as early as 10 years old. I remember being heavier than all my friends and family. I was in third grade and I had a spring musical concert. We were to dress up and I was so used to my over sized T-Shirts and sweats. My pride was shattered when I fit into my step mothers dress. After that my mother took me to my family doctor. He made several insults to me. He would tell me eat one plate not two and don't steal your sisters food. These were very hard words to hear at such a tender age. He then prescribed me Redux and if I can remember I was 12 years old. Taking that medicine made me sick and I gained weight with it. When I was 14 my grandmother surprised me with a trip to Camp Shane (Shame). I hated it there, it was pure torture. I lost an unhealthy 40 lbs. in three months. After coming home I was unable to keep up with their vigorous work-out I ended up gaining back all the weight as well as tons more. Entering 9th grade I was 300lbs. I maintained a weight between 300 and 330 lbs until I graduated. All possible by, not eating (which didn’t last long), cabbage soup diet, egg and meat diet, liquid diet, and weight watchers. During high school I got into a relationship. He too was obese, and we ate and ate. I got up to 360 within the next year. I got up to 465 lbs. Then, with the help of a friend I started the Atkins diet and lost 100 lbs. After a year on Atkins I went off and gained it all back. I needed your help! I was afraid to fall asleep some nights not knowing if my heart will make it to the morning.

I decided that I had to start losing weight all over again, but this time in a healthy way. I reduced my calories and began to workout. My doctor prescribed me Adipex to suppress the hunger. The pill plus my new food eating and exercising habits have helped me lose the new 120lbs. I am still significantly overweight and I have to fight this battle for the rest of my life.

There has been some many things that I wanted to so but was too afraid because of my weight. I have always hoped to be able to the the basic things that people do in their everyday life. I am in the process of creating a list of "MUST DO's" Some of my goals are going to and finishing school. Start my own business. Traveling the world, starting a family and being able to run a marathon!. I want to maintain a healthy relationship with food. Be happy and know that when I fall asleep I will awake in the morning. I do not blame anyone else for my weight. I know when I hit the fridge what I am doing to myself. Now Im taking a stand and putting my foot down and making a choice that will impact the rest of my life. I hope that my story can help you relate!

Well it has been a long time....

I would first like to apologize for the delay. I was having some health issues, not related to my weight that I needed to sort out.

I was also struggling with hitting those AWFUL slow spots. These are the times that I should have been blogging but couldn't muster the courage to do so. I figured with the new year and the bumps I faced the last 5 months, I can use the mistakes and lessons I learned to help myself and others through their rough patches.

Please continue to follow and add comments and ask questions.

With love,

Erin

Monday, July 5, 2010

Reaching Goals..I came across this article thought I would share!

How to Reach Your Goals


Experts describe strategies for setting goals -- and making sure you achieve them.

By Carol Sorgen

WebMD FeatureReviewed by Louise Chang, MDWe all have goals. What are yours? To lose 20 pounds? Get in shape? Buy a new house? Make more money? Having a goal is the easy part. Reaching it? Well, that's something else entirely. If you're frustrated because you feel like you keep coming up short when it comes to realizing your dreams, maybe it's time to try a different approach.



When setting a goal, ask yourself first of all if your goals are realistic and if you are really ready to make the changes in your life necessary to reach those goals.



"Most people don't take into consideration whether they're ready to do what it takes to achieve their goals," says Steven Rosenberg, PhD. Rosenberg is a behavior therapist, the team psychotherapist for the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team, and author of I Hope the Hell I WIN! Turning Hope into Reality…How Winners Win! If you're going through a stressful time at work, for example, this may not be the best time to start a weight loss program; maybe you'd do better to wait a few months and start on, say, your birthday.



Be realistic as well, says Rosenberg. You can't lose 40 pounds in two weeks, or even a month. Set an achievable objective, such as 1 to 2 pounds a week; by the end of the year, you will have lost the 40 pounds.



Be Committed

"Goals that get reached are those that are firm, well-defined, and to which the individual is truly and completely committed," says Susan Schachterle, director of the Denver-based Ahimsa Group, which provides consulting and coaching services to individuals and organizations worldwide. "Without that commitment, trying to reach goals is like grabbing Jell-O -- you think maybe you have it, but there's really nothing to hang on to."



Schachterle suggests that you check your commitment. Ask yourself why you want to achieve that particular goal. What will that do for you? Why is it important? What will your life be like when you have reached it? How will achieving your goal change things for you?



"If you're having trouble making a strong commitment," says Schachterle, "make sure it's the right goal and the right time for you."



The Art of Saying 'No'

Another reason many people don't reach their goals is that they just can't say no -- to everyone else. "Many of us, especially women, put other things and people first," says Susan Newman, PhD, a social psychologist at Rutgers University and author of The Book of NO: 250 Ways to Say It-and Mean It and Stop People-Pleasing Forever. We're unable to refuse when asked for our time, our talent, our expertise, or merely our presence.



"Saying yes is a habit we're not even aware of," says Newman. "Think 'no' before you think 'yes' (not the other way around). By adding the word 'no' to your vocabulary, you open up vistas of time, not only to work toward a goal but also to think about how to reach it," Newman says. "In short, you put boundaries in place and establish priorities in the correct order [for you]."



If you haven't mastered the art of saying "no" and you think that's derailing your efforts to reach your goals, Newman suggests taking these steps:



Make a list of how many times a day you say 'yes.' "You'll be startled," says Newman.

Pay attention to how you parcel out your time. "For most of us, it just disappears. … Who's monopolizing the time you could otherwise spend on reaching your goals?"

Set priorities. Who has first dibs on you and your time?

Look at your limitations. When do you start to lose your stamina? "Don't keep pushing until you run out of steam and collapse altogether," Newman advises.

Let go of control. You don't have to do it all yourself. "If you're doing everything else, there's no time for you to get back to your goal."
Be Specific


There are two tricks to properly setting your goals, says University of Alabama at Birmingham clinical psychologist Joshua Klapow, PhD. Klapow is co-author of Stop Telling Me What-Tell Me How: The Simple Answer to Better Health.



First, turn goals into specific behaviors, says Klapow. "To say that you are going to exercise doesn't tell you which exercise to do, for how long and how frequently. If you don't know what to do, you are less likely to do the behavior. Be specific. Saying that you plan to walk five minutes a day -- and increase the time by one minute each week until you are walking 30 minutes per day -- is better than just saying that you plan to exercise."



Klapow's second tip is to make sure you are successful at reaching your goals right from the start. "Resolutions need to be things you can actually do," he says. "This is important because you are more likely to repeat the behaviors in which you are successful. Set short- and long-term target goals and make the short-term goals easy to reach."



At this time of year, when many of us are making New Year's resolutions, Klapow reminds us that resolutions are basically a set of new behaviors. Because the behaviors are new, and not learned habits, we have a tendency to slip back into our old behavior patterns.



"The best way to keep track of what you are doing every day," says Klapow, "is to get a calendar and write down every time you perform your new habit. Don't leave it up to your mind because your mind can play tricks on you. Three days without performing your new habit is your sign that you may be slipping."



The Benefits of Intuition

Using your intuition can also help you reach your goals, says Lynn A. Robinson, MEd, author of Real Prosperity: Using the Power of Intuition to Create Financial and Spiritual Abundance. Robinson offers three tips for achieving a specific goal:



Stay focused on the positive. Pay attention to what is working, not what isn't. Perhaps a friend called to cheer you up, or your child got off to school this morning without a major tantrum, or you had a really nice lunch with a colleague. "Find those precious slivers of appreciation in each day."

Take small steps. There is a two-part trick of working toward a goal: No. 1, just begin, and No. 2, start small. Take a first step toward what you feel excited about and then take another one, and then another one. "Remain centered in the present."

Make your intuition your ally. Intuition is "quick and ready insight" and it's one of the most helpful tools to use when faced with any kind of decision making. It's also a skill that can be developed. The more you practice it the better you get at it. How does your intuition speak to you? Do you receive information in words, feelings, a flash of insight, a body sensation? Do you just know? "Intuition is the secret weapon of many successful people who describe it as knowing something directly without going through a long analytical process," says Robinson.
The Benefits of Intuition continued...


Getting your friends and family involved can also help you reach your goals, says Sandra Beckwith, leader of "Finding the Courage to Change" workshops. "You need someone who will reject your usual excuses -- 'I can't afford it,' 'I don't know how,' etc. -- and help you see that there's a way around every obstacle," says Beckwith. "He or she can brainstorm with you. … This allows you to see a situation from a different perspective, through fresh eyes."



Actually seeing your goal written down can also help you keep it in the forefront of your mind, adds Newman. "Tape reminders all over the house so your goal will always be in front of you -- literally."



Be Positive

Visualization and mindfulness (including approaches such as meditation and hypnosis) are also ways to help you achieve your goals. Mindfulness trainer Maya Talisman Frost explains that goal-setting is only one aspect of getting what you want. "It's the intention that gets us where we want to go," says Frost.



Goals tend to be arbitrary and number-oriented, says Frost, such as the number of pounds lost, amount of money earned, number of hours spent in the gym, and so on. Intentions, on the other hand, are "big-picture" statements about what fulfills you.



Yes, your goal is to lose 20 pounds in six months, but what's your intention? How about, "I feel strong, healthy, fit, confident, attractive, and sexy," says Frost. "The number on the scale isn't what matters most -- it's how you feel each day."



Positive thinking is often more effective than negative thinking when it comes to changing health behaviors. For example, people quit smoking more readily when the positive aspects of health are emphasized, rather than the negative side.



"Intentions allow us to picture ourselves -- and how we'll feel -- when we are successful," says Frost. "There's no room for failure in the picture. We focus on the positive and powerful feelings we'll have."



Picturing Success

The most effective way to change our beliefs is to create a mental story of success, Frost says. We need to picture ourselves as we want to be, and we need to talk about it. Her basic formula: See it. Say it. Hear it.

See yourself in the circumstances you desire. Picture it perfectly.

Craft a one-sentence story that you would like to be true, and say it in the present tense, as though you are describing your life right now.

Keep repeating yourself. Demand to hear that same story every night before you go to sleep.

"When it comes to achieving your goals, being positive is so important," agrees Rosenberg. "When you see in your mind's eye what you want to achieve, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy."

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Goal Met...check!

Excited!!! I finally have my OWN Wii Fit Character....7 months ago and 110lbs+ it looked impossible....ONE HUGE GOAL off my weightloss checklist!!!! Sweet!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

An inspirational poem from an amazing poet

Look at me so that you see,

the confident, strong, and happier me,

I push myself to limits,

I never could conceive,

driving my body to the goals,

that my mind knows I can be,

Friends I have all around,

to keep me on my feet,

keeping my spirits high

while my numbers go so low,

never losing sight,

of my one ultimate goal...



words from "The Mind of Me" by JAM just for you

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Changes***

Sometimes you don’t see the changes you have made in life until someone unexpected points them out to you. Even these silliest changes are still changes. After a year and odd months of starting my new weight loss journey I am finally starting to recognize changes. I would like to share some of these changes. Some too many may seem trivial but to me they are feats worth sharing. For some, these changes may excite and motivate. =)


Change One: Clothes

When I started in January 2009 I was in a very tight 30/32 in most major plus-sized clothing stores. For those that might not be aware that is the biggest sized available at SOME of the plus-sized stores. My bra size was a 48 DDD, My ring size was a 9 and my shoe size was an 11 W.

Now in June 2010 I am in a comfortable 22/24. Which I can gladly say is not the largest size in the store. I am even wearing 2X clothing at Old Navy. My bra-sized dropped down to a 44 D. My ring size is now a 6 and my shoe size is a 10.

These changes have allowed for me to give a friend of mine 2 bags of clothes and shoes 2 months ago. As of last week, I bagged up an additional 2 bags that I will also donate.

Physical Capabilities:

Stairs Before: I was terrified of the stairs and I would do anything, including bribing to avoid them by any means possible. I was afraid of falling down them, making other people wait for me or being out of breathe.

Stairs After: I know make at least 3-4 flights of spiral stairs on a daily basis. I am not out of breath and I am not falling down them. =)

Chairs Before: Chairs and booths were my enemy! :X I hated the idea of going somewhere and not knowing the type of furniture, how supportive, if there were tables available, are the booths roomy? I would ask my friends to ask for a table before we would even walk in. I couldn’t fit in my chair at work and had to make an excuse so they can provide me with one without arms.

Chairs After: I do not think about the seats anymore. Well except airplane seats because it has been 7 years so I am not sure. I seat in booths at restaurants all the time. I can even do the movie theater sets without raising the arm. I have this huge chair in the living room. When I used to sit in it I was hanging out of it. My belling was bulging out of it. Now I sit in the chair with a pillow at my side and my legs crossed. =) Now I have the same desk chair as the other employees at my job.

Stares Before: They were ridiculous. People stared at me like I was some circus freak. It wasn’t even stares for the majority it was gawking. They were making comments. It was very uncomfortable and made me want to stay at home and hide underneath a rock.

Stares Now: I honestly don’t pay attention. I am not sure if it because my self-esteem has boosted, or that people don’t look at me like the 465lbs lady. I love that I feel confident when I go out and about.

Food Before: I would eat everything and anything I wanted or desired. I would do whatever it took to fulfill my cravings and food obsessions. I lived to eat. I had each day pre-planned and if I wanted something else I would get that as well. I would over indulge, make myself sick and regret eating the food I ate, but anticipate doing it all over again when I would awake.

Food After: I pre-plan my food but it is to save time and make sure they meet the health requirements I have set for myself. I know what I am eating, make better food choices and look forward to trying new and exciting healthy food options. When I have craving and desires for something specific I try to fine or create healthy alternatives.

Those are some of the triumphs I have completed thus far…..

Stay tuned for my next blog.



Thanks,

Erin

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Inspired from my boy Alfred Sanchez

I was reading one of Alfred's blog and it got me thinking about somethings....

For the longest time, I used that I did not want to lose weight because I seen what it did to other's bodies and I preferred to have my body full than with saggy skin. When I look back on this thought I had it makes me disgusted and ashamed. Why did I think it was okay to feel that way? Was it just me making an excuse for letting myself go?

For years I thought it was ok to have huge rolls surrounding my body and encasing my heart it fat. I said that if I lost weight then I would have to get the skin removal surgery and that leaves scars and scars are ugly so...I don't want to lose weight....how moronic?

So I wrote this on his blog and it is amazing how my mind and thought process has changed for the better. I want to live and enjoy life and the way I was living was not healthy, not enjoyable and pathetic!

Man, I am going and thinking the same things, especially about the skin...It's like no matter how hard we work to fix our blunder we will either have the excess skin or surgery scars to remind us everyday that we are flawed or that we are survivors....we have to make the conscience decision to think of it as the glass is half full....instead of empty. Maybe we can wait awhile after our weight loss and there might be a cheap and less scar procedure??? I like this comment...I might post this as a mini blog...lol

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Here is my story! (Posted again so it's on front page)

Here is my story!


My name is Erin Velez, I am a 27 year old morbidly obese woman. As of today I weigh 345lbs. My highest recordable weight was 465lbs. I have lost 120lbs to date.

My weight loss attempts start as early as 10 years old. I remember being heavier than all my friends and family. I was in third grade and I had a spring musical concert. We were to dress up and I was so used to my over sized T-Shirts and sweats. My pride was shattered when I fit into my step mothers dress. After that my mother took me to my family doctor. He made several insults to me. He would tell me eat one plate not two and don't steal your sisters food. These were very hard words to hear at such a tender age. He then prescribed me Redux and if I can remember I was 12 years old. Taking that medicine made me sick and I gained weight with it. When I was 14 my grandmother surprised me with a trip to Camp Shane (Shame). I hated it there, it was pure torture. I lost an unhealthy 40 lbs. in three months. After coming home I was unable to keep up with their vigorous work-out I ended up gaining back all the weight as well as tons more. Entering 9th grade I was 300lbs. I maintained a weight between 300 and 330 lbs until I graduated. All possible by, not eating (which didn’t last long), cabbage soup diet, egg and meat diet, liquid diet, and weight watchers. During high school I got into a relationship. He too was obese, and we ate and ate. I got up to 360 within the next year. I got up to 465 lbs. Then, with the help of a friend I started the Atkins diet and lost 100 lbs. After a year on Atkins I went off and gained it all back. I needed your help! I was afraid to fall asleep some nights not knowing if my heart will make it to the morning.

I decided that I had to start losing weight all over again, but this time in a healthy way. I reduced my calories and began to workout. My doctor prescribed me Adipex to suppress the hunger. The pill plus my new food eating and exercising habits have helped me lose the new 120lbs. I am still significantly overweight and I have to fight this battle for the rest of my life.

There has been some many things that I wanted to so but was too afraid because of my weight. I have always hoped to be able to the the basic things that people do in their everyday life. I am in the process of creating a list of "MUST DO's" Some of my goals are going to and finishing school. Start my own business. Traveling the world, starting a family and being able to run a marathon!. I want to maintain a healthy relationship with food. Be happy and know that when I fall asleep I will awake in the morning. I do not blame anyone else for my weight. I know when I hit the fridge what I am doing to myself. Now Im taking a stand and putting my foot down and making a choice that will impact the rest of my life. I hope that my story can help you relate!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Love your body and your mind!

Well……



I have some exciting news. At least for me! But maybe for others that set little goals for themselves and when they reach them they feel great!


When I started my diet I was in a size 32 tightly. Today I went to the store and bought my first pair of baby phat jeans…at size 24!!! Yippee….I am extremely excited about that. The size that I would initially like to be is a 16-18. That way I can wear clothes in regular and plus –sized shops. I would love to incorporate both of the size fashions together and make some new looks. I am happy to day that I am finally beginning to truly see the hard work that I do is finally paying off. For me after being at the weight I was at for so long it is hard for It is hard me look at myself and see myself in any other light. Honestly, sometimes I feel like it will take years after I lose my desired weight to see myself without some type of body image dysmorphic. If you have never heard about this please read below it is a little info I found on Wikipedia.


Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) (previously known as Dysmorphophobia[1] is sometimes referred to as body dysmorphia or dysmorphic syndrome[2]) is a (psychological) Somatoform disorder in which the affected person is excessively concerned about and preoccupied by a perceived defect in his or her physical features (body image). Depending on the individual case, BDD may either be a somatoform disorder or part of an eating disorder or both: BDD always includes a debilitating or excessive fear of judgments by others, as is seen with social anxiety, social phobia and some OCD problems; or alternately may be a part of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and compulsive overeating. Although the term "body dysmorphic disorder" itself describes only those excessive social acceptance fears that relate to one's personal body image. Depending on the individual it may or may not also be part of one of these wider or related syndromes.


The sufferer may complain of several specific features or a single feature, or a vague feature or general appearance, causing psychological distress that impairs occupational and/or social functioning, sometimes to the point of severe depression and anxiety, development of other anxiety disorders, social withdrawal or complete social isolation, and more.[3] It is estimated that 1–2% of the world's population meet all the diagnostic criteria for BDD (Psychological Medicine, vol 36, p 877


Symptoms


Common symptoms of BDD include:
Obsessive thoughts about (a) perceived appearance defect(s).


Obsessive and compulsive behaviors related to perceived appearance defect(s) (see section below).


Major depressive disorder symptoms.


Delusional thoughts and beliefs related to perceived appearance defect(s).


Social and family withdrawal, social phobia, loneliness and self-imposed social isolation.


Suicidal ideation.


Anxiety; possible panic attacks.


Chronic low self-esteem.


Feeling self-conscious in social environments; thinking that others notice and mock their perceived defect(s).


Strong feelings of shame.


Avoidant personality: avoiding leaving the home, or only leaving the home at certain times, for example, at night.


Dependent personality: dependence on others, such as a partner, friend or family.


Inability to work or an inability to focus at work due to preoccupation with appearance.


Decreased academic performance (problems maintaining grades, problems with school/college attendance).


Problems initiating and maintaining relationships (both intimate relationships and friendships).


Alcohol and/or drug abuse (often an attempt to self-medicate).


Repetitive behavior (such as constantly (and heavily) applying make-up; regularly checking appearance in mirrors; see section below for more associated behavior).


Seeing slightly varying image of self upon each instance of observing a mirror or reflective surface.


Note: any kind of body modification may change one's appearance. There are many types of body modification that do not include surgery/cosmetic surgery. Body modification (or related behavior) may seem compulsive, repetitive, or focused on one or more areas or features that the individual perceives to be defective


This can be a very trying and difficult mental disorder. If you have any of these issues or symptoms you need to speak to a professional. BDD can cause co-morbidity. Also remember that not all cases are severe as above. Some people will just always see themselves as fat even if they are not.

Please remember that your mind has to be sound and strong or the food additions will surface again.

Monday, May 24, 2010

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The foods I eat daily.

My weekly diet is very basic, and repetitive. This way of eating may not work for everyone but I seem to do better when I do it this way and stay on schedule.



On Sunday I prepare all my meals for the week. That helps me to not stray of my calories or eat things that are not needed. Preparing beforehand also always me to have everything ready daily before work.


That keeps me from not being tempted to order-out.


For breakfast I eat a low calorie yogurt. I never eat a yogurt with more than 100 calories. With my breakfast I eat a fruit, usually an apple. This total is 200 calories.


For lunch I thaw 10 boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I open up 2 cans of French style green beans, and 2 cans of mushrooms. Some weeks I use fresh veggies. I put all the food in a casserole dish with fresh garlic, onions, black pepper and a very little sea salt. I bake the food until the chicken is falling apart. Some weeks I but a buffalo wing sauce, one with low-calories and sodium and pour it over the chicken and throw it back in the oven for 15 minutes.


I then get 5 plastic containers and sort the food evenly for Monday-Friday.


My daily lunch consist of 2 Chicken breast and the veggie mix for a total of 350 calories.


Total so far for the day is 550 calories.


For dinner, I am a huge Subway fan. Even though I am not Jared or Shay I will promote Subway lol.


I usually get a Black forest ham salad. On the salad I get all the veggies and the red wine vinaigrette. I tell them NO CHEESE and NO CROUTONS. This salad is about 200 calories with the dressing.


I will eat a piece of chicken with the salad or a low calorie soup or sandwich.


The soup is usually a weight watchers progressive soup which is about 100 calories for the can.


The sandwich is usually a turkey breast meat, hummus, and red onion. I eat it on the low calorie bread, wheat and usually about 35 calories per slice. The sandwich total is about 200 calories.


Totals for the day are Soup/Salad (850) Salad/Sandwich (950)


If I workout I will have a snack with my dinner. My snack usually is sugar-free jello, low-fat/low-calorie cheese stick, an apple or a 25 calorie cream Popsicle.

On the weekend I stick to the weekly plan. I f I run out of food that I cooked during the week then I usually buy a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and break it down to 4-6 servings of meat and eat that with veggie for my Saturday and Sunday lunch and dinners. I stick with the fruit and yogurt for breakfast.

Friday, May 21, 2010

My diet plan.

Okay so I noticed there is a comment or two about how I lost it and how long has it been.

How I lost it...

1. Made a clear and conscience choice that I wanted to live past thirty which I was told I probably wouldn't.

2. Got some medical help from a local doctor which prescribed me an appetite suppresant, and also provided me with a healthy diet plan and exercise routine.

3. Followed the plan the best I could. This plan includes reducing your calories depending on your size. Cutting out the foods and drinks that make you crave other unhealthy foods.

4. Begin a very light workout. Then slowly and gradually began to increase my workout.

**when I return home from my mini vaycay. I will compile some weekly meals***

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thanks everyone for the wonderful and kind comments. I promise to answer all your questions.
Next blog: my diet plan
Hey,
This is just a quick post to thank the new followers for joining and sharing. Sadly, my blog title was misplaced in error and I had to delete it. So, all t

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

After 80 lbs Picture

Christmas 2009 (380 lbs)
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Before Picture

Christmas 2008 (465 lbs.)
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Here is my story!

My name is Erin Velez, I am a 27 year old morbidly obese woman. As of today I weigh 345lbs. My highest recordable weight was 465lbs. I have lost 120lbs to date.
My weight loss attempts start as early as 10 years old. I remember being heavier than all my friends and family. I was in third grade and I had a spring musical concert. We were to dress up and I was so used to my over sized T-Shirts and sweats. My pride was shattered when I fit into my step mothers dress. After that my mother took me to my family doctor. He made several insults to me. He would tell me eat one plate not two and don't steal your sisters food. These were very hard words to hear at such a tender age. He then prescribed me Redux and if I can remember I was 12 years old. Taking that medicine made me sick and I gained weight with it. When I was 14 my grandmother surprised me with a trip to Camp Shane (Shame). I hated it there, it was pure torture. I lost an unhealthy 40 lbs. in three months. After coming home I was unable to keep up with their vigorous work-out I ended up gaining back all the weight as well as tons more. Entering 9th grade I was 300lbs. I maintained a weight between 300 and 330 lbs until I graduated. All possible by, not eating (which didn’t last long), cabbage soup diet, egg and meat diet, liquid diet, and weight watchers. During high school I got into a relationship. He too was obese, and we ate and ate. I got up to 360 within the next year.  I got up to 465 lbs. Then, with the help of a friend I started the Atkins diet and lost 100 lbs. After a year on Atkins I went off and gained it all back. I needed your help! I was afraid to fall asleep some nights not knowing if my heart will make it to the morning.

I decided that I had to start losing weight all over again, but this time in a healthy way. I reduced my calories and began to workout. My doctor prescribed me Adipex to suppress the hunger. The pill plus my new food eating and exercising habits have helped me lose the new 120lbs. I am still significantly overweight and I have to fight this battle for the rest of my life.
There has been some many things that I wanted to so but was too afraid because of my weight. I have always hoped to be able to the the basic things that people do in their everyday life. I am in the process of creating a list of "MUST DO's" Some of my goals are going to and finishing school. Start my own business. Traveling the world, starting a family and being able to run a marathon!. I want to maintain a healthy relationship with food. Be happy and know that when I fall asleep I will awake in the morning. I do not blame anyone else for my weight. I know when I hit the fridge what I am doing to myself. Now Im taking a stand and putting my foot down and making a choice that will impact the rest of my life. I hope that my story can help you relate!