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How I Lost Over 100 Pounds

I get asked all the time “how did you lose the weight”? Although I went with a commercial diet program, the truth is it doesn’t really matter what diet I used.  I am convinced that it is 100% mental.  I had been on every diet known to man, but this time I was really ready.  I made a deal with myself that I would do this diet for one month, without cheating, not once.  After that I would do something different if I felt like this diet was not for me.  The first 3 days were horrible.  My stomach was sloshing with so much acid.  My body was prepared to digest lots of food and I wasn’t delivering.  The large amount of acid in my stomach made me sick.  When my body finally adjusted it was still difficult, but not debilitating.  At the end of the first week I had lost 12 pounds and this motivated me to keep going.  12 pounds is nothing when I needed to lose well over a 100 lbs., but it was a great start.  At the end of the month I had lost 22lbs.   The key to being successful was the not cheating for one month.  They say 21 days makes a habit. This is paramount.

Training my mind and body to be in sync was not easy.  Eating only when I was hungry was the first hurdle.  Occupying my mind with reading helped to curb the emotional eating.  It took months but with lots of practice I figured out what worked for me.

My biggest challenge was my lack of drive when it came to exercise.  I was like everybody else with an excuse.  When I made the decision to follow it through to the finish it was a relief.  I am not saying that I don’t have days where I cheat, I do, but I always get right back on.  I eat healthy many more days than I do not, and I have taken up running.  I started a reward system for myself.  Every time I lose 25 pounds I buy myself a gift.  This keeps it fun and is motivational.

One of my proudest moments was stepping on the scale at the Beverly Hills Hotel when I was in LA for a visit.  I had lost 100 pounds.  I went straight over to Rodeo Drive and bought a pair of Gucci shoes that I had fallen in love with the day before.  I call them the “I lost 100 lbs Gucci shoes”.  When I wear them I remember how far I have come.  There have been highs and lows in this process, but I wouldn’t trade any of it! The journey has made me who I am now.  I remind myself when I am struggling that if it’s a goal worth attaining, it is worth fighting for – This is what dreams are made of.  There is nothing I can’t do!

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  1. Wow!! How inspiratinal!!! I really admire Alana, please keep the blogs coming!!!

  2. Great message, from the heart and so true. One must be ready to accept the gift of self love, then all things are possible. You are a beautiful being Alana, inside and out.

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