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I was always a skinny girl. In high school I had a boyfriend who loved to wrap his arm all the way around my waist to touch his armpit and then pick me up in his one-armed grip. And then after high school, I slowly started to gain weight. Partly because of diet changes, but I believe mostly because I was in an unhealthy situation and used food to soothe my feelings of rejection from a partner who never truly could offer his love to me. And then after I had my children, I knew my body was never going to go back to the high-school-one-armed-pick-up days.
Emotionally it’s been hard on me. When you’re thin, people treat you differently. I’ve witnessed this first hand going from a smaller girl to now a plus sized woman and it took a mental toll on me. Eight years after having my first son, I’ve become more accepting of my curves. I love who I am. My husband loves who I am. And no, I’ll never look like the girls in a magazine spread, but I’ve got the coolest hazel eyes you’ve ever seen. And my booty isn’t bad, either. I’ve got something to offer. And I don’t need to be thin to feel beautiful anymore.
But with accepting my body, I’ve also got to understand the difference between allowing bad habits to destroy my health and embracing who I am, at any size. I can’t fill my body with garbage and then shout self love, knowing I’m damaging my body. Isn’t that kind of the opposite of self love? I know that losing just 10% of my weight can be beneficial to my health by reducing blood pressure and can affect the markers used to identify diabetes (source), something of which runs rampant in my family, putting me at greater risk.
Along with tracking my goals and food intake, I’m also taking alli® Weight Loss Capsules. I understand that weight loss requires long term behavioral changes, such as eating right and exercising. And I also understand how hard that can be, especially for a busy work from home mom like myself! By making these changes and taking alli® weight loss aid, the only FDA-approved over the counter weight loss aid, I can boost my weight loss efforts because of the fat blocking properties of the product*.
Back to school season is the perfect time for me to refocus, reorganize, and refresh myself to achieve my weight loss goals. For me, if I don’t write something down, I have a hard time remembering it or staying dedicated. I know that with my weight loss, I’ll need to track my daily exercise, alli® weight loss aid, food intake, and multivitamin on paper. And as a stationery addict, there are few things I love more than cracking open a new notebook to have some fun with!
- plain notebook
- pretty paper
- scissors or paper trimmer
To make my own custom Weight Loss and Food Diary Notebook, I used an inexpensive notebook and measured out a piece of pretty scrapbook paper over the top. I marked where I needed to trim using a pen.
Next I trimmed my piece of paper to size.
And then I secured it to the cover of the notebook using a glue stick.
I used some letter stickers to label the front, but this is optional. I’m a stationery addict, so I have a collection of these stickers laying around!
The finished cover is super fun and I love that it’s a little reflection of me.
On the inside of the front cover, I’ll stick my before photo.
For the inside, I created my first page as a goal tracker. I wrote down some personal goals I’d like to meet along with my current weight and BMI. I left space for me to track each month’s loss over the next several months.
In the following pages, I kept things simple just jotting down dates and creating spaces to mark off my before meal alli® Weight Loss Capsules, multivitamin, and water intake (eight glasses per day).
I chose to use alli® weight loss aid because their capsules are the only FDA approved over-the-counter weight loss aid on the market. The capsules work by blocking 25% of the fat I eat from being absorbed by my body. It is for overweight adults (with a BMI greater than 25 – mine is 37!) who are 18 years or older. I found alli® weight loss aid at my local Walmart while shopping for ingredients for my new leaner and greener meals, so I also like that it’s convenient for me to pick up while I’m out doing my normal grocery shopping.
I plan to use alli® weight loss aid alongside a reduced-calorie and low fat diet. I’ll be taking one capsule with each meal (no more than 15g of fat per meal), for a total of three capsules daily. Along with drinking plenty of water, I’ll also be taking a multivitamin before bed each night. I’ll be using the handy alli® Brand Startup Guide to ensure I start with the best possible chance at success. I love that it isn’t a quick fix magic solution, but rather a tool to help me change my lifestyle so that I can continue to embrace my body as it is while ensuring I keep myself healthy.
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*alli® (orlistat 60 mg capsules) is for weight loss in overweight adults, 18 years and older, when used along with a reduced-calorie and low-fat diet. Follow label directions. In studies, most people lost 5-10 pounds over 6 months.