Molly & I hanging out..we used to NOT fit in the chair together. Now, she loves sitting with me.
weight 150....Gotta have my coffee! Haha
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Moving forward....once again
Im 45 yrs old, widowed 3 1/2 yrs ago, and have 2 boys (15 & 21). I have spent most of my life overweight and unfit. It seems like Ive always been on some type of diet..and all that dieting left me MORE out of shape and heavier. Feb 06, I had an awakening when I tried but failed to go on a family bike ride. After 2 blocks, I was exhausted!! I felt ashamed, let down and defeated! What had I done to myself?? Why had I given up on myself and let it get so far out of hand? Yes, I did wallow in my ...
Im 45 yrs old, widowed 3 1/2 yrs ago, and have 2 boys (15 & 21). I have spent most of my life overweight and unfit. It seems like Ive always been on some type of diet..and all that dieting left me MORE out of shape and heavier. Feb 06, I had an awakening when I tried but failed to go on a family bike ride. After 2 blocks, I was exhausted!! I felt ashamed, let down and defeated! What had I done to myself?? Why had I given up on myself and let it get so far out of hand? Yes, I did wallow in my own pity party for a few hours, but then something clicked and I knew my life HAD to change and I had to do it NOW! NO MORE EXCUSES!!! The next day, I got on my treadmill and went 10 min. (thats all I could last). Slowly, I gained strength, endurance and confidence. I lost a total of 130 lbs and became more fit. I vowed that there was no turning back...I had changed not only the numbers on the scale, but my whole lifestyle.
In April 07, my husband died. That started a whole different journey and one that I didnt want any part of. It consists of being a single parent, living with the grief that surrounded me and trying to move on with my life. I learned to view each day in a positive way...see the blessings in my life and not let what I have lost destroy me. Jeff will always remain in my heart, and I will live my life carrying on his memories and stories..so that he also continues to live, within us (his family). It truly is.. One day at a time, one step at a time. Forward.
I have slacked in my program and gained. (Im 182) Im not happy about that because I had such determination to lose the weight and NEVER go back to unhealthy habits. However, that is exactly what happened...unhealthy eating/not watching my portions/lack of exercise. However, I am making the committment to get my healthy lifestyle back in sinc. I have started on my eating plan/ made out an exercise routine per week/and going back to portion control 101. I cant let emotional eating WIN....I cant/and I WONT. It had its claws in me for YEARS, but I am stronger now. I know what it takes and I will succeed. Once again Im on the journey to improve and get stronger. I have had many changes in the past 4 yrs...most recently moving to Virginia and settling in a way of life. Along with that is job hunting again, getting my son in a school, dealing with the whole packing up and unpacking and the turmoil all that brings. I always say Im NOT moving every again, but it happens. All in all, stress cannot be my excuse to turn my back on the habits I instilled in me and kept as a constant to lose and keep the weight off. Its not an easy battle...we ALL know that, and I respect and applaud every person that has been on this journey to get healthy and fit. We succeed, we fall back, we pick up again, we slowly move forward, we lose track at times, we fight with old habits....but in the end, we come out with small victories and lessons learned. Maybe today, you went a little farther on your walk...maybe today, you could cross your legs and that made you smile...maybe today, you reached down to pick up a toy on the floor and you realized it was effortless...maybe today, you made that decision that an orange was rather tastier than a snickers. Ok, maybe that was a bit much...LOL! But I think you understand what Im getting at....each day, as we progress thru our journeys, we find little things to keep us plugging on. Lets celebrate the small victories!
MARCH 2012...In view of my upcoming birthday, I have looked back on all the changes I have gone thru these past few years. Some good, some bad and some that were unbearable. But all in all, I have learned a valuable lesson. No matter the mountain that laid before me, I found a way to reach the other side. With one day at a time. I know I am more confident, stronger emotionally, and yes...even a little more stubborn in my ways. But not in a bad way. Im living my life in "slow motion,but plugging away forward". I have a job now that I really enjoy, friends that are supportive, and being a single mom has its rewards too. I still struggle with weight loss but being back on track with healthier foods and exercise will help me succeed.There will be no birthday cake for me...but instead a stir fry dinner and a frozen yogurt for dessert. We all have choices..and making those choices shape our lives. What were the choices you made today...and how will that effect tomorrow?
| current weight: 176.0
Member Since: 9/15/2006
Fitness Minutes: 0
1) to lose 2 lbs per week until goal
2) to walk/run every morning...(2 miles) when the weather permits.
LONG term goals....
1) amusement park with the family. (met that goal! Aug 07)
2) to have the confidence to go to the beach without feeling like people are staring at me.
3) to stay with this lifestyle ...no more going back to unhealthy choices and inactivity.
4) to wear a size 8. (met that goal, but now back in a size 10)
5) to learn a new sport....going to take up tennis.
6) to take an adventure vacation...no laying around the hotel pool, get out and ENJOY! Rock climbing, kayaking, snow skiing...those kind of vacations.
I eat 3 meals a day plus 1 snack. Consume 1200 - 1300 cals a day. My workouts are ....
MONDAY...30 min elliptical workout
TUESDAY...30 min cardio workout + 20 - 30 min weights.
WEDNESDAY...30 min elliptical workout
THURSDAY...30 min cardio workout + 20 -30 min weights
FRIDAY..30 min elliptical SATURDAY...30 min weights
SUNDAY...easy day. only do some stretching.
Hi....Im Deb! Im from the midwest, but not really a "farmer''s daughter". Im a small town girl that enjoys the simple things in life. I like doing crafts, scrapbooking, reading, cooking, SHOPPING (its a new hobby for me..never enjoyed it before) and doing activities with my family & friends. My free time is spent with my boys. Thats important to me.
*size 24 jeans
* wearing 3x shirts
*shoe size 10 1/2
* no fitness level
* high blood pressure
* acid reflux problems
* on thyroid medication( 12 yrs now)
* aches and pains in joints/knees
* sleeping problems
* fav snacks....chips/dip, donuts, Butterfinger bars, ice cream sandwiches
* size 7 / 8 jeans
* wearing lg/med shirts
* shoe size 9 1/2
* fitness level soars..enjoy working out now
* blood pressure under control..no more meds
* acid reflux gone..no more meds
*still on thyroid meds..( it can be done, losing weight)
* aches and pains gone...knees much better
* sleep more sound and feel rested in the morning
fav snacks...pretzels, fruit, yogurt, and an occaisonal butterfinger MINI bar.
**elliptical (my favorite equipment)
**pilates (so good for the core)