An updated picture of my beautiful family.
Sometimes it stinks to have a verb for a name. You hear your name all the time. But now, I embrace it. A verb is an ACTION word. Like an Action hero, or "lights, camera, action!" I'd rather be run, or fly, or jump, but Carrie will have to do. Now that I have successfully reached my goal, I can carry a lot more than that weight around!
A very wise man once told me that I needed to stop carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders. For a large part of my life, I did carry a lot of emotional baggage. As I freed myself from it, it allowed me to free myself of the extra physical weight I carried as well.
I spent the majority of my life at a healthy weight. My 80 pound weight gain began 11 years ago when my husband and I moved our family back to our hometown and our extended families. It was made worse by a skiing accident which shattered my leg and left me in a wheelchair for months.
I lost 40 pounds in a neighborhood weight loss challenge in 2010, but the weight loss stalled. Finally, in January of 2012, I decided that I was punishing myself far more the way that i was living than any diet had ever punished me. I went to Weight Watchers, and over the course of 6 months, I lost another 50 pounds to reach my goal weight. I continued to lose for a few months before settling at 130 pounds for a total weight loss of 100 pounds. I have maintained this weight, +/- 4 pounds, since then.
Now that I have achieved my weight loss goal, I want to maintain it. I realize that this can be as hard as losing it. I will be diligent. I will monitor myself carefully. Monitoring my behavior and weight is a lot easier than monitoring blood sugar and blood pressure -- which was my future without weight loss.
Continue to exercise and eat healthfully. I will now be setting fitness goals so that I continually have something to work towards.
I am a former financial professional. I retired 17 years ago to raise my son and 2 daughters. After choosing to marry my husband 23 years ago, it was the best decision I ever made! My kids are the greatest bonus I could have ever received!
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hope you had a good run yesterday! thanks for commenting on my blog - jag älskar dig is what your mormor or farmor (mother's mother or father's mother) said to you:-)
269 days ago
Morning Carrie. So you like to feel silly? Good idea. It is probably less of a burden than taking oneself too seriously.
270 days ago
thank you for stopping by my blog and your kind comments - i'm glad you enjoy my photos, i have fun taking them!
272 days ago
Hi Carrie. Thanks for your visit to my blog yesterday.
I am loving the Mediterranean Plan. It is not exactly a diet in the traditional sense. There are Mediterranean recipe books and such but there is a lot of information that is free on the internet to learn how to do it. It began with scientific research. Several studies about other issues or subjects began to notice that people in the Mediterranean region ate whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, nuts and beans and legumes, cheese and yogurt, and small amounts of fish and chicken. They ate beef rarely. No pun intended. They cook with olive oil. The studies also found that the people who ate this way tended to be at a healthy weight and to have healthy markers and lower rates of the diseases that plague our own society. A very good description of the plan and its history is on the Mayo Clinic web site.
To make this eating plan work for me as a diet I am using the Spark food tracker and the recommended number of calories for my height. I am losing .2 pound per day and it is a safe level of weight loss for me. I eat NO processed packaged foods, no artificial sweeteners or foods with additives. I am finding the diet to be really comfortable and delicious and satisfying. It is going to be a great way to maintain I can already see.
Best to you! So glad to meet you here. Hope you check this one out.
272 days ago
Thanks for putting that comment on my page, so much appreciated!
When I got cancer in 2009 I had people (including family members!!) tell me that it was "my fault" because I had smoked, briefly, over 30 years earlier. Why, how kind and supportive of you!! (And it's amazing what people say to cancer patients: I was at a party last night for a friend celebrating 1 year survival after a terminal melanoma dx, given 6 months ago: he's still with us, but tells amazing stories of those "comments". Another friend there whose hair is just visibly returning after her breast cancer chemo: also very encouraged to see me 6 years out, so obviously healthy and happy!)
Anyhow, I don't blame myself for having had estrogen-triggered cancer in 2009, 8 years after recovering from obesity. And if I have a cancer recurrence I won't blame myself then either.
But if I didn't do everything I reasonably can do to lower the likelihood of breast cancer recurrence: I would feel less optimistic and joyful every day. And that matters.
(Incidentally, my cancer treatment team were so kind and wonderful. I'm sure the work your DH does is stressful: and that you help him loads in managing that stress . . . )
273 days ago