Happy New Year!

Lindsey Pennington - Friday, January 01, 2010
It's that time of year when we all feel more motivated than ever to get into the gym and lose weight.  I've lost 28lbs total in 6 months and 3 weeks by eating low carb and I'm ready to lose the rest in 2010.  I'm working on my New Years Resolution list, so as soon as I finish it I will share it with you.  Sorry this blog is short and sweet!  Happy 2010!  What is your New Years Resolution?

Merry Christmas!

Lindsey Pennington - Friday, December 25, 2009
Merry Christmas!  I hope you have a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends! 

Words are Powerful!

Lindsey Pennington - Monday, December 21, 2009
I’m sorry it’s been so long since I’ve written here.  These last 3 months have been full of changes occupationally, emotionally, and physically.  Despite all of the changes, I’m so glad to tell you that I’ve stuck to my low carb lifestyle.  Time has flown by so quickly and it’s amazing to me that I’ve been eating low carb for 6 months and a week and I’ve lost 28lbs total.  You never realize how much weight impacts every part of your life until you start shedding the pounds and regaining the confidence and happiness that you had lost with the weight gain.

I have 17 more pounds that I want to lose to be at my goal weight.  Once I hit that number I’m going to continue doing what I’m doing and if I stay there I will be thrilled and if my body wants to lose more weight I’ll be thrilled.  I’ve never consistently followed a diet to where it became a lifestyle and so I’ve never really known an accurate “goal” weight.  

One thing I want to share with you that I hope you take to heart is to love yourself.  No matter what size you are, it’s so easy to want to hide behind baggy clothes, and for some reason we feel like those clothes make us invisible to the world.  Don’t wait to look your best until you reach your goal weight.  Wake up everyday and walk with confidence because you were created beautifully from the inside out no matter what the number on the scale tells you.  I know that when I was at my heaviest weight, I felt fat and ugly in everything I wore, and though I’m still not at my “goal” weight, looking back I wish I would’ve built myself up with more positive thoughts and carried myself with more confidence.  

When I was starting out at my heaviest weight (which was 3 ½ years ago), everyday I would look in the mirror in disgust and tell myself that I looked so fat and ugly.  I wish I could slap myself in the face for how many times I told myself that and turn those negative thoughts into positive ones.  This is the worst thing you can do to yourself when you are starting out on your weight loss journey.  When I started losing weight, than I started feeling better about myself.  I still felt fat and ugly, but I took those negative thoughts and told myself that I CAN lose the weight and I WON’T let those negative thoughts define me. 

The more and more weight I lose, the more confidence I gain which makes me feel so much happier.  I’ve always been a very happy person who loves to be around people, but it’s so sad how weight can diminish happiness and confidence if you let it.  I try to find something about myself everyday that I can say I’m thankful for or that I think is beautiful about myself.  It’s not easy AT ALL, but when I tell myself those positive words its amazing how I start feeling what I’m telling myself.  Words are powerful!  They can build someone up or knock someone down.  Stop tearing yourself down with negative words and instead build yourself up with beauty.  

Whatever stage you are at in your weight loss journey, remember to take it one day at a time and don’t ever give up.  Giving up is no longer an option.  If you slip up then move on.  It’s behind you and tomorrow is another day to make better choices.  There are so many times that we slip up and feel so guilty and so we just throw in the towel and give up because we think we can’t do it.  Remember to never, Never, NEVER GIVE UP!!!  Believe in yourself and you will accomplish your dreams and goals.  Thank you for reading!  Please feel free to share your own weight loss experience below.    

Holiday Weight Gain?

Lindsey Pennington - Tuesday, December 01, 2009
My husband and I arrived back home in Dallas late Sunday night after spending most of the Thanksgiving week in Oklahoma with family.  We had a wonderful time!  I'm so thankful for all of the amazing people in my life.  You bless my life and fill my heart with joy!  It was sad to leave family and close friends, but it was so great to come home to our sweet puppies, Tucker and Ginger.  They are the best dogs in the world!  I'm very thankful for them too!

I'm excited to share that I somehow made it through the holiday without splurging or gaining any weight AT ALL!  I thought it was going to be pretty tough, but for some reason it wasn't.  I told myself that this is just like any other day.  I'm used to eating low carb while everyone else eats whatever they want, so I didn't look at Thanksgiving day and differently.  If you tell yourself something long enough, it's amazing how you truly start to believe it!  LOL!  Anyway, I'm glad to be back home in Dallas and excited to see what this month brings.  I would love to be close to or at my goal weight by the end of the year, so I'm trying to see what I need to do to get there. 

How was your Thanksgiving?  What goals are you trying to achieve by the end of the year?  Please feel free to comment below.  I love hearing from you!  :-)

The Day After

Lindsey Pennington - Friday, November 27, 2009

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!  I know it can be tough sticking to your healthy lifestyle through the holidays so I hope you made it through smoothly.  If you ended up having a free day than don't beat yourself up about it.  When I reach my goal weight, I'm definitely going to enjoy some free days every now and than too.  One thing I'm so thankful for during this holiday especially is that most of my family is very supportive of my lowcarb lifestyle.

My husband recently started eating low carb with me too, so it has been an even more enjoyable journey having my best friend do it with me.  I'm so thankful to have such an amazing husband!  He tells me I'm beautiful everyday even when I feel fat and ugly!  He has been so supportive and encouraging to me along my journey.  He has my back and keeps me going when it gets tough or I get tempted.  When you are trying to lose weight it is so important to find a strong support group that will keep you going when all you want to do is quit.  It can be one person or a whole group.  I promise it will help!  You can do this!  Don't give up! :-)

Happy Low Carb Thanksgiving

Lindsey Pennington - Thursday, November 26, 2009
It is tempting to have a free day today, but I'm going to stick to lowcarb.  I would love to reach my goal weight by the end of the year.  I have 19 more pounds to lose until I reach my goal.  I've been eating lowcarb for 5 months and 3 weeks so far and have lost 26lbs total.  It will be interesting getting through this carb loaded holiday without gaining weight, but I'm determined to do it.  I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!  Thank you for reading and commenting along my low carb journey!  I appreciate you encouragement and support more than you know!  Have a wonderful day!  :-)

Day 14 of Induction

Lindsey Pennington - Sunday, November 01, 2009

It's DAY 14, my last strict day of Induction.  For lunch I had my favorite salad with turkey, cheese, tomatoes, and artichoke hearts with a side of ranch dressing.  For dinner I had a bunless swiss cheeseburger topped with sauteed mushrooms, a side of bacon, and a side salad with ranch dressing.  Yummy! 

I'm so excited to tell you that I've lost 2 more pounds.  I've lost 5lbs in 2 weeks following Induction again.  The first week I lost 3lbs that I had gained from not having my thyroid medication and probably not watching my carb count as closely as I should.  I went to the doctor and had my prescription filled and followed the Induction Phase as closely as possible and lost the 3lbs I had gained.  The second week I lost 2 more pounds, which brings me to a total weight loss of 25lbs in 5 months and 3 weeks.  Yay!  I was so sad and frustrated that my weight had stalled for a whole month and a half, so I'm very happy to finally break the stall and lose more weight.  Has your weight ever stalled?  If so, how long?  What did you do to break your stall?  Please feel free to share your comments below.  Thanks again for reading!  :-)

Day 13 of Induction

Lindsey Pennington - Saturday, October 31, 2009
It's DAY 13 of Induction and I'm sure you could almost guess what I eat everyday by now.  LOL!  For lunch I had my favorite salad with turkey, cheese, tomatoes, and artichoke hearts with a side of ranch dressing.  For dinner I had a bunless cheeseburger topped with a fried egg and a side salad with cheese and a side of ranch dressing.  If you ever get bored eating a plain bunless cheeseburger simply try adding the fried egg on top.  It tastes incredible and it will keep your taste buds interested.

Day 12 of Induction

Lindsey Pennington - Friday, October 30, 2009

It's DAY 12 of induction, and it's gone by so quickly.  For lunch I had an avocado salad with grilled chicken.  For dinner I had a 9oz filet, sauteed mushrooms, and a house side topped with cheese and tomatoes with a side of ranch dressing.  Almost 2 weeks of induction down!

Day 11 of Induction

Lindsey Pennington - Thursday, October 29, 2009

It's DAY 11 on Induction and for lunch I had a beef burrito minus the tortilla.  For dinner I had a bunless cheeseburger with a side salad with ranch dressing.

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