So, at the end of last year I was asked to do some very special ties, for some very special neighbors, and of course we attended their daughters wedding. Well, it was getting ready for this wedding and when I got this photo, as well as a couple of others back and I looked at them and said, "you have go to do something with yourself. You are totally out of shape, and you have a fat tire and love handles that are just not going to be attractive this year for the fishing photos, just as they were not last year, or the year before. You have to do something, and now, you're 52 years old, and you're not getting any younger, so the time is now." But where to start??? I've never actually DIETED before, ever. And let me back up, I'm small, and small-framed. People who know me will be asking, but you're thin, you dont need to lose weight. Well, I hid that tire very well. Above it's controlled by SPANX, control top panty hose, and a A-Line dress. It's there, and it was VERY apparent in the other 3 dresses I tried on before I decided on this one, as well. The princess waistline one, I literally looked 6 months or more pregnant. It was time to take this bull by it's horns.
So, back to the question of how??? I had seen some signs for a new gym on the island, but it said "Spinning", nope not for me I decided immediately, I was not going to just "ride a bike". Well then, I saw this same gym had those TRX straps, now THAT could be cool, and yoga. Well, the yoga got me (I also don't EVER relax so yoga for one hour a week or so could change that, right?). So message this place called Tidal Strength & Cycle and they message right back, and I signed up for a yoga class. Well, at this time, I didnt realize that they also had total body strength classes, and some HITS classes, and a very wide array of classes. Yes, sign up, you're committed to going now, not just a "I'm gonna go to the gym and workout tomorrow, but I'm going to the gym tomorrow at 8:30am to work out." To me, this is what has made the difference. And a huge difference it's made too! Ive lost a few pounds, but also I've lost 5.6% body fat too!! And I absolutely LOVE this place. So much in fact that I now go every week day AND guess what? I even like the spinning classes too. They add a great cardio workout and the music is great and loud!! There are classes throughout the day and evening classes too! Check out the weekly schedule at www.tidalstrengthcycle.com.
Ok, so there is one more component to this get healthy, get strong lose weight thing. I visited Dr. David Seignious at Maybank Weight Loss Clinic as well. In addition to a healthy workout ethic, I needed a healthy eating ethic. Dr. Seignious & staff laid out a very detailed plan for my new low carb, no sugar, high protein, low fat lifestyle. I plan on using this same journal to share some really great recipes and tricks I've found on my journey to lose this fat tire (im about halfway there after about 4 or so weeks. Whats even better is that my joints don't ache anymore either. I had no idea that cleaner eating would mean my whole body would react the way that it has! I used to wake up every morning and it literally took me 3-5 minutes to "wake my hands up too". I haven't taken an Advil or NSAID in weeks, and this may be TMI, but my IBSD is GONE!!! #guthealth is the best health if you ask me!!! Start looking back often for updates and yummy recipes that will keep you healthy too! Want to know more, go to www.MaybankWeightLoss.com or give the office a call today at 843-557-1111. You'll thank yourself if a few short weeks, just as I am doing. Remember.... Summer is coming!
Please feel free to comment here, or email me if you have any questions, or if you have any recipes to share!
SoThe "how to"...
Get a Duncan Hines Perfect Size Cheesecake Box, an egg, a block of cream cheese, some Baileys (Brady's is a much more reasonable cost alternative), cocoa powder, Oreo Cookies, heavy cream and powdered sugar.
I use the box kind because the 6" pan is perfect for the 2 of us. (Note to self, look on Amazon for 6" spring form pan)
Preheat the oven to 250
Ok, so put about 1/3 of the oreo's in a baggie and crush them. pour them into a bowl and add 2TBL melted butter and mix well. Spread this evenly in the bottom of the pan and press it down pretty good. (I used a flat measuring cup and some elbow grease)
Follow the instructions on the box for a minute...
Make the icing...
Warning, it's SUPER chocolatey... B said it would also be awesome with the oreo crust and just the regular mix in the center with the icing or without...
Experiment and post your results in the comments!
Anyone can show up when you're happy. But the ones who stay by your side when your heart falls apart, and can help you put that mangled thing back where it belongs, they are your true friends. I have this man, we are this family. I am thankful and blessed.