bridal boot camp - crystal's blog
Crystal began her Bridal Boot Camp by following Dr. Ian Smith's SHRED diet which combines a low GI diet, meal spacing and meal replacements. Crystal keeps us updated on her progress.
Bad food is no longer an option for me. When I’m feeling sad, depressed, stressed or even happy, I no longer have to “eat” because I have these emotions. I have since realized that I can express my emotions through different ways, I can go bike riding, walking, I can play with my children, or even do house chores. The key is to keep myself busy! I find myself less hungry because I now have other things to focus on while I am trying to keep busy. It has been a rough week, but I am a strong Latina! With that being said, NEVER go grocery shopping hungry! lol
WEEK 2 -16lbs
My journey this week has been more progressive to a healthier lifestyle, each day has been more easier for me. I still have a long way to go but with the devotion that I have and the support from friends and family will be worth it in the long run.
WEEK 3 - 21lbs lost
Hey, ladies and gentleman. Well, this is my third week on the weight loss road it has been an uphill battle and every week it doesn't get any easier!
Temptations are greater and greater, but I'm a fighter - it's the Latina in me what can I say! I just went thru the hardest challenge this week! This tested my will power and motivation. My stepsons were visiting for the week and I had to cook a Tres Leche Cake. In the Mexican culture, it is like a sponge cake with three different milks, like carnation milk. I like to add coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk to give it a sweet and juicy taste also whip cream topping and coconut shavings. We cooked rice, beans, pasta, and etc. They love to eat when they come over because the food is wonderful! However, I didn't fall into temptation --no taste test or anything! My fiance even made my favorite chicken alfredo with shrimp and sliced tomatoes. I wanted to cry! However, determination set in and I didn't give in! So, another week of dieting success!
I feel more energetic and motivated! I am noticing certain clothes and jewelry are starting to fit that didn't fit before! I'm trying hard not to weigh myself, because I feel that I will disappoint myself and will not like my results. So far, I'm staying strong and keeping my diet going. A lot of cardio and aerobics. I am very determined to get this weight off once and for all! I'm not just doing it for myself but for every female that has been in my shoes at one point of their lives and have tried and have given up. I'm also doing this for my family and friends! They are my biggest supporters through this! For you ladies I want to show you I'm here for you and support you through your journey! It's not easy believe me, but it is possible. You noticed how I didn't write impossible! So ladies, you can do it. Stay positive and lets do this together! Tweet me @5ofromans and show your support! I would like to hear your success stories! This can help us encourage each other when we are having a rough time through the weight loss! I encourage the moral support! Dr Ian's (Shred Diet) book has been a real help on showing me the benefits of eating healthy and portion control. Don't worry it's not a boring book on weight loss. He is helping those who want to make a life change and lose the weight. I am looking forward to next week and sharing my weight loss journey! Please don't forget to Tweet me, Write me on facebook or Write me on my blog! Take care and God Bless your weight loss Journey!
Love you always,
WEEK 4 - 26 lbs lost
Just wanted to let you know what's been going on. For starters I've been doing really good on my Shred diet but I believe that something out there is testing me this week. I have three sisters left and one of them was in the hospital a few days ago for breathing problems. After the hospital visit, we found out she’s diabetic. I don't know what to do anymore. She's like the Madea of our family. She is the one we run to when times are rough; she's the one who will take off her shirt to keep you warm. This week, feels like my breaking point I feel the urge to give up, sometimes to just end it all.
Right when I feel like that, I take a step back and look at the videos, and see the difference that is happening right in front of me to my face and my body. I like when people compliment me on my weight loss journey, and I love when random people on my Facebook or Twitter write encouraging words to me. I’m tired of crying, and it’s the little things like that, that make life a little easier I suppose.
Hi everyone! It's your favorite Latina, Crystal! I wanted to check in and see how everyone is doing and give a bit about myself as well. I started this journey a month ago, debating on going to the Ricki Lake show or not. Many things held me back- the death of my sisters so close together, my lack of self-esteem, my lack of ability. I want this wedding with my fiancé more than anything but I'm not willing to come outside of my comfort zone to achieve it. My best friend and fiancé Rob and my family helped me by encouraging me daily, sometimes several times a day, and they do it free heartedly. Not only have I been their inspiration, but have helped so many other people that I could never have met if it wasn't for Ricki Lake. I am so thankful everyday for the Shred diet and how it has completely transformed my life AND the way I think and feel about foods.
I have an old friend who emailed me this;
"What’s up Crystal congrats on your losing weight. I must say that you are inspiring me. I just saw your pic and girl you just doing it.
Help a sister out lol. Tell me what keeps you going because I started and stop again. What do you do to keep it going? What’s your motivation???????? Girl I am happy for you and I hope you enjoy your well deserved wedding, you earned it. Congrats again. Take care. Keep up the good work."
From someone who I don’t know;
"Hi Crystal...you may not be able to say because of a follow up show..not sure, but I really think you look so thin and even prettier now. Congrats and sure wish I had the trainer and help like you did...however when it comes right down to it you had to do all the HARD work. So happy for you sweetie. :-)"
WOOW! I can go on and on with emails :) I am so happy to be an inspiration to others that keeps me motivated.
I have a long way to go and that’s ok because I know if I keep up with the motivation I have and how others are asking me....PLAIN ME for some advice I know I will meet my "other" long lost love Mr. 160 pounds lol.
I miss my sisters more than I ever thought possible, but at the end of the day I know at my Wedding Day my sisters will be with me, and be proud. I thank everyone for this wonderful opportunity :)
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