Monday, January 7, 2013

Five Weight-Loss Resources for the Fat Girl

Last year, I tried to get back to my pre-pregnancy shape. More of a stick figure. Less of a pear. I went on a 15-day rapid weight-loss plan and had some success. I managed to lose eight pounds and keep them off for a few months. However, the fat girl returned this holiday season. I promised myself I would enjoy the Christmas cookies, chocolate bars, and Gingerbread Lattes with no remorse. By December 31st, I had regained those eight pounds and added five more. Ouch! {Remorse.}

It's January. The new year rang in, and so did the determination to lose the weight and turn my muffin-topped pear into a six-pack. (Well, at least I'd like to fit back into my new jeans again.)

5 Weight-Loss Resources for Fat Girls Like Me

1. The Bible - There are several scriptures that provide hope, confidence, and determination. Here's one of my favorites:
I can do all things (God calls me to do) through Christ who strengthens me. 
     ~ Philippians 4:13

2. 100 Pound Loser: How I Ate What I Wanted, Had Four Babies, & Still Took Control of My Weight - And You Can Too! by Jessica Heights

I just found this book through a post on another blog. I immediately downloaded it from amazon. And, I cannot wait to read it, since the author has a really great sense of humor. Her title says it all, doesn't it?

{Click on the book covers to be linked to the storefront attached.}

3. The Birchcreek Secret to Total Health by Ron and Julie Odato

Meet Ron and Julie Odato. Friends of mine who happen to have a book. They also happen to run a successful weight-loss retreat and have seen miracles happen in people's lives as those people have taken control of their dietary habits. It's their 15-day plan I participated in last year that helped me lose the eight pounds.

I recommend their book.

4. Reshaping it All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness by Candace Cameron Bure

Many may recognize Candace as Full House kid, DJ Tanner. What I love about her book is that she not only focuses on the physical, but she understands the importance of the spiritual, as well. I cannot do anything in my own willpower. Eventually, I will fail. In Jesus, I can find success. Her book focuses on that aspect of our health, as well.

5. REFIT Cardio Dance Fitness Videos 
 I LOVE these videos. They're available on YouTube, and I'm subscribed. I can work out any time I want to, in the privacy of my own home. Most of the music the girls use is Christian. The music that isn't is clean. It's upbeat fun! I love that their routines are easy to follow, since they use repetition in their dance moves within each song. I can piecemeal them together, or I can use an entire 8-song routine, depending on my schedule for the day. And trust me when I say that you will be feeling it -- all over. They work more than one area every routine they do. Here's a sample for your viewing pleasure:
PS - Don't forget to shake your booty!


  1. Sigh...I need to focus on this, but honestly I don't want too. =) Exercising to exercise is just not me...I'd rather be working...mowing a lawn...playing a sport.

    I wish you all the best on your journey...maybe you'll motivate me.

    Happy New Year!

    1. Anita,
      I'm with you on the exercising, and that's why I use the REFIT videos. I cheered when I was in high school, and I've always loved to dance. Their videos incorporate both, and they have multiple (9) routines. And that keeps it from getting to be a boring exercise routine.
      If I had someplace to do so, I also love hiking and horseback riding. Alas, I don't live near the mountain trails I love, and I don't have my own horse... So, I only get to do those things once or twice a year. I love that you would rather get exercise through labor and playing sports. It's another route to take.
      The other half of my focus has to be eating healthier.
      And, the entire reason I am compelled to do these things is so that my "temple" can be in the shape it needs to be healthy and to last so that I can serve the Lord all the days of my life. :)

  2. I loved the video, Alycia. Thanks, I'll try to do them in my new commitment to get back to exercise. Now it's not just a matter of commitment, but with arthritis, there's the balance of not injuring the areas that already hurt!

    Blessings on your new year!

    1. I'm so glad you like it, Vonda! Please don't hurt yourself. Sometimes they can move quickly. However, you can hunt through the videos for "gentler" ones.
      Blessings to you, too!

  3. I love dance videos, Alycia! So much fun, and glad to find one with clean music. Not so easy. You're the 3rd person to recommend Jessica Height's book. I can't wait to hear more about her journey.

    Funny how we're on the same wavelength today! I'm praying for you to have a healthy start (and finish) to the new year. You'll enjoy my low-impact, high-results post on Wednesday :)


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