208 lbs, La diva de la pista de baile, febrero 2012
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185 lbs, Proud to Be a Work in Progress, June 2010
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Reclaiming My Life Through Improving My Health and Feeding My Spirit
May 2013 Update:
I have been bedridden off and on for a good portion of this last year, overcome by crippling pain, unable to walk. The pain keeps migrating, the diagnoses changing to accomodate. I have gained all but 8 lbs of my weight back. I got on the scale today (5/1/13) and took all my measurements again. I'm starting over. I am in physical therapy now, and it is helping. This time I will be able to deal with my emotional and mindless eating. This time I am ready to succeed. ...
May 2013 Update:
I have been bedridden off and on for a good portion of this last year, overcome by crippling pain, unable to walk. The pain keeps migrating, the diagnoses changing to accomodate. I have gained all but 8 lbs of my weight back. I got on the scale today (5/1/13) and took all my measurements again. I'm starting over. I am in physical therapy now, and it is helping. This time I will be able to deal with my emotional and mindless eating. This time I am ready to succeed.
Feb 2012 Update:
Ummmmm..... Soooooo.... Yeah. What happened to me? Well, I could analyze the bejesus out of it, but I think to sum it up, I would have to say I got side-tracked and paralyzed by stress , depression, and anxiety for a year and a half, and I turned to my poor, long-time coping mechanism of emotional eating to handle it all. I went through periods where I would exercise like crazy, but I never could quite get a handle on my eating long-term. I think that is why I have put back on half of the weight that I originally lost. I am not to the point of being successful at keeping it off, but I would still like to work on taking off the weight WHILE working on healing myself and changing my bad habits and coping mechanisms so that this time, every pound I take off will hopefully stay off. For good. For a permanently, healthier me.
Feb 2011 Update:
I'm around 180 lbs now and ready to incorporate more strength training, toning, and intense cardio into my daily routines. I am ready to up it a few notches and get this thing done. I am still dealing with some issues of emotional eating which have hampered my progress, but I am confident that I AM making progress, having maintained 180 lbs for over 6 months already.
30 lbs more to go. I can do this! ¡Sí, YO PUEDO! Let's get it done!
March 2010: The Year I Joined Spark
My life is a good life. I have my challenges, my obstacles, my triumphs, my joys, and my dreams. I have good self-esteem and have survived a variety of difficulties in the path of life. I would like to recover some or all of what I have lost along the way in the process of living in survival mode for a period of time. When a person is just trying to make it from one day to the next, it is easy to lose perspective of the importance of the actual quality of our lives. Two of the things vital to the quality of my life are my health and my spirit--two things that are incredibly intertwined in the mind/body continuum. My goals go much further than simply a number on the scale. They go further than simply very good nutrition and an acceptable amount of necessary and rejuvenating exercise. My goals go beyond reducing risk factors for obesity-related diseases. I have my spirit pointed hopefully towards the future, in acknowledgment of today, and with respect for the past but without continued entanglement in it.
| current weight: 233.2
Member Since: 3/1/2010
Fitness Minutes: 36,325
"Today, I will be good to myself." --This goal encompasses having a positive attitude, good nutrition and exercise, breathing through stress and drinking lots of water instead of eating my feelings and anxieties, attending to all my needs, and being mindful of my existence in the present moment and being at peace with myself and the world around me.
-lose 25 lbs (need to meet again)
-weigh 210 lbs, what I weighed when I got married (need to meet again)
-lose 50 lbs (need to meet again)
-be overweight instead of obese or morbidly obese (need to meet again)
-weigh 185 lbs, what I weighed when I met my husband (need to meet again)
-weigh 150 lbs, my normal weight
I am walking almost everyday, especially to reach my total calories burned total if my other cardio exercises for the day fall short.
At the gym, I take Zumba exercise classes, and I do water aerobics with buoyancy resistance weights. I used to be a water aerobics instructor in college and I have always enjoyed being in the water. It relaxes me and helps me center myself.
También hago yoga en español con una amiga boliviana muy cercana qué es una buenísima maestra.
I love to dance, especially bachata, cumbia y cumbia villera (de Argentina), cuarteto (de Córdoba), folklore, salsa, and merengue. Sometimes my husband and I dance together either at home or in the club.
I live in Northern Virginia, and I prefer to be known only by my pseudonym, Sage.
When I Meet My Final Goal: I have asked my husband to grow his hair out a bit temporarily so that he can dress up in an Elvis costume (my choice); I will dress up in a Wonder Woman costume (his choice); and we will dress the cat up in a ethnic-looking Latin poncho and have our family picture taken together. I plan to send that picture out (hopefully) as this year's Christmas card.
My Reward for Losing Weight During My Weightloss Journey: I have taken to opening vacuum-packed bags of clothes which I had put in storage until I could hopefully one day wear them again. Every 20 lbs or so, I get out the next bag and start to go through both it and my closet. Anything that fits but doesn't look good on me now or didn't look good on me even when I was the right size to wear it gets chucked. It's incredibly cathartic!