The Inspirational Diet

When I was hanging out with my Mom yesterday, she said “I read your blog that you are quitting WW.”  She interpreted that to mean that I was giving up losing these 30 pounds I am hanging on to.

Quite the opposite, I knew WW wasn’t working for me this time around for whatever reason.  While I suppose I can consider myself a success in maintaining 165 for almost four years with Tony’s cancer and subsequent health problems, my brother being diagnosed with cancer, etc., it’s still not where I want to be.

While I don’t talk about it too often, I am an emotional eater and am pretty confident I’ve always been.  Turns out that in high school and college when I was on athletic teams, working out 2-3 hours a day I literally could eat whatever I wanted and never got above 120 pounds.

Until I got a desk job, and before I knew it I was 210 pounds.  Well, it was gradual, it was almost like I didn’t see it happening, even though I had to keep buying bigger clothes!

So I started to think to myself . . . what would motivate me? What would have me wake up each day with the motivation and inspiration to move more and eat less.  It didn’t dawn on me until I saw this video on my brothers Facebook page and on another bloggers page.


So how am I going to use this motivation to my advantage?  I am going to channel other peoples inspirational videos to motivate me – today for example, I will keep this guy Arthur in my thoughts to help me make the right decisions for that day when I want to reach for the potato chips or not get to the gym.  I am hoping that the visualization will help me reach my goals.

So each day, at the end of my regular posts, I’ll have a new inspirational video of the day.  Maybe you’ll watch one that will inspire you?  I am also changing my WI days to Monday.  I think having it on Saturday’s gave me the excuse to eat whatever on Saturday and Sunday’s “because I have the whole week to work it off.”  Nope, that’s not gonna work either.  So I stepped on the scale this past Saturday on the Zero Scale, and next Monday I’ll post my first WI on this plan. 

Who knows – it just might work! Open-mouthed smile

I had a wonderful Mother’s Day.  I spent the day with my Mom and Hannah – she just bought a Wii Fit and we did that about an hour – so fun!  (although it did say I was obese with a BMI of 30.55 and my “Wii Age” was 53!)  My Mom’s Wii Age??  55!)

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Then me and my Mom taking a goofy picture.

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I made a delicious zucchini and ricotta quiche – I haven’t figured out the calories yet, but this was delicious!

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We had a side salad too – perfect Sunday lunch. Open-mouthed smile

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And then Tony made a delicious dinner.  We saw an episode on Food Network called “The spiciest thing I ever made.”  Melissa D’Arabian made a spicy mussels with chorizo wine sauce.  As soon as I saw that I knew we’d have to make it – so Tony did his magic.  OMG, you guys this was amazing.  Tony knows when he’s hit a homerun when I keep eating and don’t say anything!

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The spice level was perfect – which is amazing since Tony usually can’t taste the food he’s making for me because he can’t handle the heat. He did add a touch more cayenne pepper and left out the cream at the end.  And the best part is that there is a lot of broth left so I am going to try to morph that into a soup later this week.

The main dish was shrimp risotto, again cooked perfectly, although I only ate about a half a cup because I was so full – again, this will probably morph into a stir fry or soup later this week too.

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Alright, I am off to do my 30 minute stretch before work.  I thank Arthur for being my inspiration for the day!  Make it a great day!

43 thoughts on “The Inspirational Diet

  1. Way to keep at it and find what works for you. Changing it up may be just what is needed. Glad you had a nice Mother’s Day. Dinner looks like it was awesome.

  2. I like this idea a lot! Have another idea for you, something I did myself. I searched up motivational quotes and pictures on the internet and made a sort of moodboard of it and hang it above my desk in my computer room where I am every day. Everyday I look at it and it reminds me why I’m doing this.

    Good luck, I look forward to the videos, they might inspire me too. Arthur did for sure.

  3. Wow, that is one inspirational man!!! Sometimes we are led to believe that change happens overnight, I love that in this video you can really see all the time and effort it took. This will definitely fuel my workout today!

  4. Great video!

    We had quiche yesterday, it was broccoli, roasted red pepper and Swiss cheese. Yummo.

    Weighing in on Monday’s should help curtail overeating on the weekends. Best wishes for great success with the new plan.

  5. Wii age 53? That’s total BS. That’s only because Wii hasn’t seen you rocking it on your bike or out running.

  6. Omg, I cried my eyes out when I watched that video. Truly and inspiration. Good luck.

  7. I feel you on the WW not working this time around thing – the new plan didn’t work and now I’m stuck on the older plan! FRUSTRATING!!!!! Anywho – I’m excited for you and your new weight loss plan!

  8. I watched that video the other day, definitely inspirational! I’m very interested to see how this goes. Good luck, Biz! I’ll be here cheering you on!

  9. Nice! I hope this works well for you! Glad you had a good day with your Mama and Hannah. The shrimp risotto- yum yum! Have a good Monday

  10. I was just thinking of starting up WW again….

  11. Great plan, this video certainly is an inspiration. Give yourself a hug, with everything you have been dealing with it’s amazing you haven’t gained 30#! Love your attitude, you always do your very best. 🙂

  12. I’m glad you found inspiration in a diet that excites you, Beth!! As you know, for the past few years I’ve joined your challenges and started one of my own- and throughout all of that I GAINED weight. It’s just been steadily climbing, climbing, climbing for 5 years. Finally, I was TWO pounds away from weighing as much as Johnny – a man that is 9 inches taller than me. Not cool. Major wakeup call. My cousin introduced me to My Fitness Pal (which you read about on my blog) and i haven’t looked back since!
    I found a girl I really, REALLY like on Youtube- blogilates (she has a blog too) and TWO Youtube channels (she was winner of their Youtube trainer contest). She has dozens of workout videos that just “click” for me. They’re at my pace, they’re broken down to be something I WANT to do, and she’s so cute and inspiring!
    That’s the great thing about this big, crazy world we live in — everybody can find their inspiration and motivation! I think your idea is terrific b/c the Internet is not short on amazing stories, videos, blogs, and people! (My friend just shared this story with me this past week for motivation:
    And.. finally on a food note! That shrimp risotto looks absolutely amazing! The color on the shrimp and the yummy rice! Mmm I’d definitely eat that until I was full- and also gobble up any recreated leftovers you made with it, too!

  13. I totally relate, I am an emotional eater as well. I’m hoping your inspiration will inspire me! I’ve been really falling off the wagon recently and no motivation to get back on … ugggghh!! I hate this! Glad you had a good Mother’s Day though! Hope today is a good day as well!

  14. I think changing your weigh in day is so smart. I see soooo many people who do Friday or Sat morning weigh ins so that they can ‘work it off’ by the next time WI comes around after going crazy on the weekend, which really leads to binge and restrict behavior.

    Maintenance is awesome – don’t ever feel like that isn’t enough. Maintaining really is harder than losing. It’s easy to go up and down, staying the same each year (even if it is higher than your goal weight) shows a lot about what has changed about you.

  15. I haven’t watched the video but will after I comment. You know I really identify with emotional eating – sometimes my body/mind connection is so efficient that I eat before I even know what’s eating me. It’s so difficult. I think hearing others’ stories is a powerful tool to motivate and inspire. I’ll be looking forward to watching them. Now off to watch today’s…

  16. What an amazing video! I am motivated to try yoga now! I think your plan sounds great, Biz! And I, for one, will appreciate all that inspiration!

  17. Arthur’s story is incredible and very motivating. Good luck Biz! I’m still be cheering for you. I definitely know how you feel.

  18. That video is so touching. It brought tears to my eyes. Definitely great motivation.

  19. Yes yes yes yes yes yes. Thank you so much for sharing the inspirational diet and committing to posting the videos. This is such a wonderful gift for the people who read your blog. Personally, this inspiration, both the particular video in this post as well as the long term knowledge of a daily video, is absolutely what I needed to get out of the 50 lb rut that I’ve been holding onto for 10 months.

    This is amazing! Thank you!

  20. I LOVE the idea of you sharing an inspirational video. I saw this on Charlies blog but DIDN’T watch! Now, I’m headed straight back up to watch. You’re never going to believe what I am eating! POTATO CHIPS! Yes, RIGHT NOW! Leftover from a party and I am trying to “get rid of them”. They so need to go in the garbage!

  21. Holy crap, I totally am crying at that video!!

  22. Just found your blog and I’m so excited to poke around a little! Looking forward to following 🙂

  23. Hi Biz! I Love that Arthur Boorman video!!! I fell over those same exact ways in yoga, not even kidding. You sound really motivated and determined–I’m glad.

    🙂 Marion

  24. Weighting For 50

    Atta girl Vat…yay you for moving forward with a plan that work for you!! And love the name, you are an inspiration to us too!!! Belated Happy Mother’s Day to you, and your Mom!!! Have a great week.

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  26. andreaswellnessnotes

    I like this! I am a huge believer in motivational videos and quotes. They really make a difference.

    And I am also an emotional eater (much better than it used to be, but I think it’s something I’ll have to “watch” forever.) The last few years have not been easy for you, and I think the fact that you maintained is something to be proud of!!!

    I’ll be following your along on this journey!

  27. Fantastic video! Yup, keep believing in yourself and find what works. You will get there Biz, you are one of the strongest people I know! Nov 1, 09 was my first CrossFit work out and now I am a CrossFit Coach! Just started this week. I had no idea 2.5 years ago I would feel this good. Keep moving, keep going and believe!

  28. I am late but, Happy Mother’s Day. I am glad you are figuring out what works for you, nobody knows you better! Those mussels look awesome, I have been craving them for a while after looking at my old pics from Amsterdam.

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