In February 2010, weighing in 252lbs,
Carma decided to give Marilyn Jenett's
"I Create My Body" Program a try.

This blog documents her journey.

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I Can Feel New Muscles!

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Posted by Carma | Posted in Exercise | Posted on 07-01-2010

NOTE: My computer’s hard drive started to die today, so I’m writing this from my iPad today.

The other night, my husband and I played bowling and frisbee golf on the Wii Sorts Resort game. The next day, my right arm was so sore. In fact, it still is sore.

But the thing that really stands out for me is how muscular my forearm has become.

I’ve never felt muscle there before. That’s pretty cool!

And not only there. I’m starting to notice increased muscle tone in my legs, biceps and abs. Yes, there is still a layer of adipose over that muscle, but increased muscle mass means increased metabolic rate, as well as reduced inches.

All is right with the word and I feel very good. As my I Create My Body Lesson suggests … 210lbs here I come!

Going for the Cookie

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Posted by Carma | Posted in Exercise | Posted on 06-28-2010

Weight: 228.4
WiiFit Age: 22
Waist: 39

Back when I had my first Mac, I had a game called Shanghai II. It was a matching game using Mah Jong tiles. The tiles would be stacked in a pattern and if you matched all of them, you got a fortune cookie.

I relished getting that cookie.

I would play that game over and over just to get that cookie.

The tiles were three dimensional. I would play so long I would see non-dimensional things in 3D. I’d be reading a book and the words would seem to pop out of the page. It was almost like an addiction.

Eventually, I upgraded my computer and the game no longer worked. I miss it, but that’s O.K.

So why am I sharing this?

Because I’ve noticed that I’m having the same kinds of feelings about the island cycling game on WiiFit Plus.

I believe it’s because of the flags.

You cycle around the island and tag flags. Once you’ve tagged them all, you go back to the finish line. The faster you accomplish the task, the better your score.

I keep trying to beat my score. It can be quite addictive.

Today I kind of tanked because I kept falling in the river while trying to jump it to save time. Erg.

False Plateau?

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Posted by Carma | Posted in Body Image | Posted on 06-21-2010

Weight: 228.6
WiiFit Age: 36

I just confirmed something I suspected was going on … my plateau is weight alone. My body is still getting smaller.

For the past three weeks, I’ve been measuring my waist on Mondays. Today, my waist was 38″. Last week it was 38.5″ and the week before that it was 39″.

During this two-week period, my weight has stayed roughly the same.

What does this tell me?

It tells me that I’m still moving toward my goal, even when it doesn’t show up on the scale. This is because my ultimate goal really isn’t to achieve some number on the scale (although that would be nice). My ultimate goal is to have a slender, healthy body that looks and feels good.

Because muscle tissue weighs more than fat, you can actually weigh more but be thinner when you are toned. And that’s O.K. with me.

So, I’m happy that during this little weight plateau my muscles have been improving, because that also translates to a higher metabolic rate. (Muscle tissue demands more energy than fat tissue.)

I’m going to count my blessings, focus on the positive and look forward to the coming reduction of the numbers on the scale.

A Revelation in the Shower

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Posted by Carma | Posted in Food | Posted on 06-16-2010

Weight: 228.2
WiiFit Age: 22

I had a revelation in the shower this afternoon.

I’ve always held that much if not all of my excess weight has been caused by my mind. But I was never sure of how.

I mean, all this time, I’ve been eating the same amount I ate when I was 143lbs. How have I gained all this weight? Why was I gaining weight during these 13 years and not before?

And it struck me today, while I was in the shower after my afternoon workout, that the mind is so powerful, it can slow down your metabolism to satisfy an unconscious thought.

What my particular unconscious thoughts were is irrelevant to the conversation at hand. But suffice it to say, I’ve certainly had some reasons that I am now prepared to let go.

I believe that this is why other diets have not worked for me, but the I Create My Body program seems to be doing the trick. The crux of the program is working on the root of my issues — my mind and unconscious thoughts.

Through this program, I am using universal laws to reprogram my unconscious so that it will pull me toward my ideal body and weight.

Look for the Lemonade

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Posted by Carma | Posted in Mindset | Posted on 06-14-2010

Weight: 227.3
WiiFit Age: 26

I subscribe to an inspirational newsletter called “Motivational Nuggets” from Carolyn McCormick. I think it’s daily, but it could be weekly.

Any way, today’s quote was:

“You are fortunate if you have learned the difference between temporary defeat and failure; more fortunate still, if you have learned the truth that the very seed of success is dormant in every defeat that you experience.”
– Napoleon Hill

This quote really hit home for me. In case you haven’t noticed, my weight has been pretty stable the last few weeks. I haven’t been loosing and I’ve been a little bummed about it.

That said, I’m not looking at this plateau as a failure, but more of a “temporary defeat” … if even that. In fact, the plateau could very well hold the “seed of success” for my goal to reach 143lbs.

Think of it this way:

  • My body could be resetting the set point to a lower point. It is easier for the body to do that in smaller increments. So this is just a resting stop on my releasing weight journey.
  • My body could be building muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat, so as you lose fat and gain muscle, you can actually be getting thinner while gaining weight.

One thing that makes me think the latter may be happening is that my waist got half an inch thinner since last week. You see, the WiiFit Plus has a place for you to record waist measurement. So last Monday I measured at 39″ … today I was 38.5″. This could be measurement error … or I could be getting thinner. I’m going to go with the latter. 🙂

So what does all this have to do with Lemonade? Well, when life throws you lemons (a weight loss plateau), make lemonade (look for the positives)!

Walking at a different time

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Posted by Carma | Posted in Exercise | Posted on 06-13-2010

Weight: 228.8lbs
WiiFit Age: 31

Yesterday, the temperature dropped enough that I went for both a morning and afternoon walk.

It is amazing how different the neighborhood looks in the afternoon.

In the morning, I see a lot of cats, doves and pigeons. In the afternoon, mostly sparrows.

In the morning, there are very few people (I’m usually walking around 7am). In the afternoon, many a front porch sported one or more people taking in the lovely day.

Also, when I walk, I usually have my mp3 player on. This time I brought my husband … I thought it would be rude to put on the headphones with him there. 😉 So the feeling of the walk was different, too. I spent some of the time pointing out the things that I usually saw. And he spent some of the time commenting on the things he noticed about our neighborhood … things I hadn’t thought about.

It made for an interesting walk.

A Yummy Experiement

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Posted by Carma | Posted in Food | Posted on 06-12-2010

canned peachesWeight: 228.2lbs
WiiFit Age: 22

I’m trying to clear out my cupboard so I don’t have to move (or throw away) a bunch of food when I move to Los Angeles at the end of July. This goal has led me to experiment with ingredients. Last night, I created a concoction I call “Chicken Peach Cobbler”:

3 chicken thighs
1 can of peaches in light syrup
3/4 cup frozen veggie mix (I used Trader Joe’s Vegetable Melange)
1 1/2 cup pancake mix
3/4 cup vanilla soy milk
1 egg
3 tbsp butter, melted
grated cheese (for garnish)

I trimmed the fat off the chicken and placed it in a greased cake pan. Then I drained as much of the syrup off the peaches as I could and tossed them on top of the chicken. Then I put the veggies on top of that.

In a bowl, I mixed the pancake mix, soy milk, egg and melted butter together until all the mix was moist. And then I spread that on top of the chicken. Then I put some grated cheese on top of that.

I baked at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, then dropped the temp to 350 and baked for another 10 minutes.

Because the chicken was still a little frozen, I ended up having to bake another good 20 minutes at 300 to 350 degrees.

I liked it. Rich thought it was “interesting.”

What would I do differently?

I would cook the chicken before putting it in the cake pan so that it doesn’t require such a long baking time. I’d probably cook it in some the peach syrup from the can, because baking the chicken with the peaches gave it a nice peachy quality.

I think I’d also add some more veggies … maybe 1 cup or 1-1/4 cups.

A Relaxing Swim

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Posted by Carma | Posted in Exercise | Posted on 06-11-2010

Weight: 228.6
WiiFit Age: 37

Yesterday, for my afternoon workout, I chose to go for a swim in my apartment complex’s pool. It has been so long since I’ve gone swimming, I’d forgotten how relaxing it can be.

In fact, for me, swimming is almost like having a Long Island Ice Tea … without getting drunk.

I mean, I was so relaxed I could barely stay awake…

I could barely rub two brain cells together…

I practically slurred my speech!

And I went to bed early, too.

That was nice.

I’ll have to go swimming more often … but make sure I don’t need to do anything afterward.

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

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Posted by Carma | Posted in Mindset | Posted on 06-09-2010

Weight: 228.8
WiiFit Age: 29

Yesterday I put in more than an hour of exercise and I didn’t even notice because I was having so much fun! I love my WiiFit Plus!

That said, whatever you are trying to accomplish … be it weight loss, increased business, whatever … I truly believe it becomes easy if you make it fun.

I don’t know who said it, but there’s a saying that goes something like this … it’s not work if you love what you do. And so it is with everything.

One thing I like about the I Create My Body program is that it focuses on your mind … and so you can make loosing weight and achieving your ideal body fun!

Embracing the Warrior Within

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Posted by Carma | Posted in Emotions, Exercise, Mindset | Posted on 06-08-2010

Weight: 228.4lbs
WiiFit Age: 31

When I first started toying around with Yoga a few years ago, I fell in love with the Warrior Pose. It started with Kathy Smith’s Personal Trainer DVD. The routine was challenging for me but I loved the way the Warrior post felt.

Later I also tried out Yoga Zone’s DVDs and eventually got Suzanne Deason’s Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss DVD.

Each and every time I came upon the Warrior pose … in any of it’s three variations … I was smitten.

One of the yoga poses that is part of the WiiFit and WiiFit Plus programs is the Warrior II post. I make sure I do that one at least once a day.

When I am fully focused in the pose, I feel powerful … like I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. I feel like I am poised, I am strong, I am ready and capable to take on any challenge that comes my way.

Interestingly enough, the pose has a somewhat violent origin. It comes from scenes in as story about Shiva’s vengeance on his wife’s death. You can read about it here.

That said, as much as I’m a non-violent person, I do understand the pure physical power that can come from warrior training. Which reminds me of a conversation I had with Jack Hoban, who is both a respected martial arts practitioner and a leadership speaker. He told me about the concept of being an ethical warrior … be protector first, only resorting to violence when more peaceful tactics don’t work. Basically, “the Ethical Warrior protects and defends his life, the life of others, and all life if possible.”

Maintaining a healthy body is a holistic undertaking … requiring focus on body, mind and soul. That’s why I really like the approach taken with the I Create My Body program. It helps you cultivate the mindset that naturally and easily sets you on the path to doing all the right things for your body. Within a week or so of starting the program I already noticed a shift in my food cravings … and I hadn’t even tried to do that.