People are asking me how I came up with the idea of ‘HungryNo.com‘. That’s a long story, so I decided to share. This is going to be long post, so set aside few minutes to read.
Here is the meaning of ‘Hungry No”
Are you hungry?
Few months ago had you asked me the same question, my answer would have been “yes, yes, yes”
I was guilty of emotional eating, binge eating or dirty eating. I was fat & it was my own fault…. don’t don’t want to blame my mom for not teaching me food discipline, nor I would blame it on my pregnancy weight gain.
In simple words, I was fat because I was an emotional eater. Food was my weakness. Now I have learned to eat for living and no longer living to eat!
There’s no better time to start than now. Seriously, I know this to be true.
Below you will find everything about my 110 days of body transformation… from being lumpy to lovely
Have you always wanted to be fit and healthy? I have. Every year since I became an adult, I’ve made a resolution to “get fit”. Many times, my wish wasn’t really to get fit, but to lose a specific number of pounds. I thought that if I just lost those pounds, I’d be fit and healthy–and most important, look good.
I’m not sure I ever really thought about being specifically “fit” or “healthy”. I just wanted to be thin and wanted to look smooth in a swimsuit. I wanted to be able to buy clothes off the rack or online, without obsessing over whether or not the garments would make me look fat (or in my case, more fat).
Aside from being vain and neurotic, my thinking was deeply flawed. No matter what my motivation, my methods were ineffective. In fact, what happened over and over again was this: I’d set a goal, buy the latest diet book, follow it for a month, lose weight, feel more attractive and then stop following the diet and regain the weight (and in some cases, more than I originally lost).
Was focussed only on size
I was so focused on how I looked, my pants size, the comments of others, the scale. I was focused on the outside.
Read thousands of pages about nutrition and dieting. I tried Weight Watchers, the South Beach Diet, the Atkins diet, the Fit for Life program, Jenny Craig and a few others. I even dabbled with drinking meal replacement shakes, a true low point in my dieting resume. The plans all work if you follow them meticulously for life.
The problem was that watching what I ate so carefully, logging food or counting points made me feel crazy after a few weeks. The feeling of restriction and monitoring every bite I took made me feel hungrier and more deprived than I actually was.
At some point, those feelings would overwhelm me, and I’d stop the program. And every time I’d fall off the wagon, I felt like I was doomed to fail because I could never stick with anything long enough to get full results. I’d end up feeling like a weak-willed loser, and a fat one at that.
Last fall, I reached a tipping point. I felt so fluffy and puffy that I couldn’t even bear to weigh myself. I hid myself in navy blue and black clothing and wore more makeup and jewelry than I’ve ever felt necessary.
Beachbody P90X Commercial
One night I was lying in bed feeling particularly disgusting and while flipping channels, I happened upon the almost famous P90X infomercial by Beachbody. I had seen this segment before, with the interviews with fairly thin people who had gotten really “ripped” with this exercise program.
To me, I would have been happy to look as good as some of the “before” pictures. But for some reason on this particular night, I felt really, really fed up with feeling fat. I needed to do something extreme and thought, why the hell not? I will buy this P90X thing and try it. Part of me thought, “Here you go again, something that you’ll go crazy on for a few weeks and then give up on.”
Another part of me wondered how the heck I’d ever do a push up or a pull up. But a little voice in my head said that maybe emphasizing exercise would be a better route for me than just diet alone.
When you buy P90X, you get a cool looking box with your set of DVD’s in a slick case. You also get an instructional book and nutritional guide and a calendar to stick on your wall.
I admit that I skimmed the nutritional guide, and decided I’d just try to eat healthier while I tackled the DVD’s. This is not what they recommend if you want optimal results. But I felt like I had to ease into my commitment.
The first step of the P90X program is to take body measurements, pictures and a brief fitness assessment. My husband took my “before” photos and it was the first time I’d really looked at myself in years. It was painful. Front and back and all around my middle, I was lumpy.
I mean, LUMPY!
I was ashamed, disgusted, and most of all afraid. Was I just overweight? No, I was officially, scientifically and medically unhealthy! With those images burned into my immediate emotional memory, I tackled the fitness assessments with passion.
I’ll admit that even the brief bouts of jumping jacks and push-ups (which I did on my knees) had me huffing, but I was fired up. I was mad at myself and ready to do something about the lumpy body in the pictures.
So I did it. I didn’t follow the nutritional guide to a tee, but I did every workout in the 90-day program. I took some days off here and there but stuck with the schedule as much as possible. In the end, it took me 110 days to do the program. And I was truly transformed by it.
There were two transformations that occurred. One was that I got rid of the lumps! I shed inches like I’d never done before–proportionately all over my body– and went down two whole pants sizes. But unlike previous times of weight loss, I felt strong. I could do real pushups–lots and lots of them.
I could do the 300+ ab exercises in the Ab Ripper workout in my sleep (but still feeling the burn). And I learned to burn calories like a furnace by jumping around for an hour (using the Plyometrics DVD). This feeling of strength was something I’d never experienced before, at any size. It was such a high.
My Body Transformation : Level 2
The second transformation was even deeper, and that was my total shift in perspective. I finally liked my body. And here I don’t mean I simply liked the way my body looked– I mean that for maybe the first time since I was a kid, I actually really liked my body.
I liked what it could do, was impressed and humbled. Liked the feeling of power, of strength, of health and vibrancy. I was grateful for my able body and felt motivated to treat it right. How about that for a result?
Since P90X, I’ve joined the local gym and signed up for some personal training sessions as well as nutritional consultation. Of course, this isn’t cheap. I always thought that personal training was a luxury that only celebrities could afford. But with my newfound love and appreciation of my body, I’ve begun to prioritize my health and fitness above other expenditures.
What I’ve learned from my trainer is that P90X is legit; it is an excellent program based on real and current exercise science. The custom program I’m now doing is another way to extend the “muscle confusion” that was so helpful during my P90X days.
Learned to Burn!
I’m learning new moves–lifting weights and building my cardio base (so that I can enjoy fat burning benefits at higher heart rates) and will probably do a second round of P90X this winter. The beauty of the program is that you can’t really grow out of it.
As for nutrition, my wonderful nutritionist turned me onto the world of whole foods. Basically, rather than neurotically tracking every morsel of sustenance that enters my mouth, she has asked me to make a shift to the highest quality food I can get my hands on.
Rather than read labels, I eat food that has no labels– real, delicious and life-giving foods that give me the fuel I need to make it through my tough workouts and my super active lifestyle. I don’t count calories and I don’t step on the scale. I just eat awesome food, wear cute clothes and feel fantastic!
For more information on the nutritional plan that I followed, please check back here in a few days. This site is new, and I’ll be updating it with more articles on a regular basis.
The last thing I’ll say is this: if you have related to my story in any way, don’t delay. Just get the tools you need and get going–today. Once you are in touch with the awesomeness of your body, you will never look back.
When you get to that place of really loving the strength and power of your muscles and bones, your mind and heart will make the rest–eating right, being regular with your activity levels–second nature. So, do it: get healthy and fit today!
Now you ask me this question ‘are you hungry?’
No, no chance at all
That’s how hungryno.com was born
My road is still ahead… and the journey continues…
Good luck to you and thanks for reading all these 🙂