Monday, November 18, 2013
In the past I have lost and gained a vast amount of weight.
At the age of 19 I was 250lbs and managed to lose 100lbs in about a year - this was mostly because I had been somewhat athletic up until I got to college. I did with the help of friends and Weight Watchers.
After completing my masters program I moved back home to the US from the UK. I got reacquainted with American food and portions. I also learned how to drive. My activity level went from walking everywhere to sitting all the time. I starting watching tv again. I went out with friends, but we didn't do anything active. I re-gained 80lbs in about a year. I re-joined Weight Watchers and essentially lost and gained the same 40lbs for the next 3years. I finally quit WW because it was not working for me. And I could not afford it on top of car payments at the time.
I plateaued at 250lbs for quite some time. I tried SP for the first time and found it to be helpful, but I never really invested myself in the process and just went through the motions. I eventually stopped logging in. At 250lbs I met the man of my dreams and he was fine with my weight as he also suffers with weight issues. We both shared a love of geeky things and food and drink. We moved in together in VA and later moved to CA. We both lost weight together and gained weight together. Together we did the HMR program and I got back down to 230lbs and he got back down to 300lbs.
We got married and then life started a rollercoaster for us. Immediately after our honeymoon we packed up our stuff again and moved to TX. About three months later I was offered a job with the State Department and I accepted (I had been working toward that goal for a long time and I have 100% support for my husband even though it meant dramatic changes to come). We prepared to pack up our lives and go to DC for training. During this period we both ballooned back up past the weight that we initially met each other. We moved to Hong Kong and we gained even more weight. I toppped out at 289lbs and there were no scales in Hong Kong to weigh my husband accurately, but we think he was just shy of 500lbs.
Neither of us were happy with this development. I rejoined SP and WW. I managed to lose 9lbs while in HK and keep them off. But I was still not really 100% invested in SP and the message that it promoted. Then the big drama hit. My husband got medevaced back to the US in May and I would not be seeing him until August when I finally got back to TX. I had to pack up our stuff in Hong Kong, prepare for a tour in Baghdad, and help my husband get back on his feet with his health. It was probably the worst three months ever.
He is better now thanks to being out of the mega-polluted air of Hong Kong and with the help of a CPAP machine at night. He is now doing a modified HMR program from home because he is comfortable with the system and knows what to do. We are not really sure of how much he weighs because his doctor's scale is not good for anyone over 400lbs. But he does seem to be losing weight as he needs to use a smaller hole in his belt now.
Since I have gotten to Baghdad I have successfully dropped 16lbs. I have found CrossFit as a new favorite exercise program. I have discovered the rowing machine. I have trouble with eating properly here as most of the food is loaded with salt and sauces - everything arrived pre-made and the Dining Facility (DFAC) just warms it up. There is a salad bar, but many times we won't get a food truck in for a while and the salad gets pretty gross. The food trucks also affect whether or not we get fresh fruit. It's a challenge, but the fact that I have lost weight here proves that even with the bad food options, weight loss is possible. I can feel muscles in my legs, back, core, and arms that I haven't felt since I was in high school and lifting weights. It's pretty cool. I think as this year progresses I will get more fit and will have a plan for when we go to Prague.
SP is helping me by keeping me accountable. The various teams that I have joined keeps me accountable. The support of people on here keeps me coming back. I have definitely committed to the process this time around and have my "mind right".
I stumbled, I got up, and I tried again - a few times... I will keep getting up and trying again. It's the only way to go for me now. I know that I can get myself to wher I want to be and that I can help my husband get to where he wants to be. We will be healthy together. And thanks to my SP friends I know I will succeed even when things are difficult.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Even though I have been active with CrossFit for the past couple of months I have not done much else other than some walking sometimes and a little dancing. Today we have the day off for Ashura so a friend asked if I wanted to join her for breakfast this morning, but before breakfast we would go rowing in the gym. I thought - why not? I rowed 2000m in 13.5mins at the easiest resistance. I think next time I row I will be upping the resistance to about a level 4 on the machine and I'll see if I can get the same or a better time for 2000m. I at least have something to beat now. I might start doing the rowing machine after work/before dinner during the work week except for Mondays when I have CrossFit.
The last week I was really sick with first a sinus headache that went away after 2 days. I had an evening and morning of feeling good. Then the following afternoon I started getting the chills and sweats - I thought it was because of the weather and ignored it for the first night. The second day I couldn't stop shivering in the office even while drinking hot tea and wearing a sweater. So I went to the Med Unit to get looked at - this was at 11am. They checked my blood pressure (elevated), heart rate (elevated), and temperature (102.8!!). I was then taken into an observation room and told to lie down. I was then given two bags of fluids and a heavy dose of antibiotics because my throat was so swollen I couldn't really swallow anything. They kept there until 17:00 when a nurse walked me back to my room. I was told to not leave my room until my temperature had been gone for at least 24hrs. A friend brought me food at each meal time - most of which I couldn't eat. Then I threw up my meds on the third day and had to have crackers brought to me. I almost got admitted - if I hadn't been able to hold down one serving of crackers I would have been admitted. Thankfully the crackers stayed down. On the fourth day I went back to the Med Unit for a follow up and got the all clear to go to work on the next work day (which was Tuesday this week). I am still feeling weak, but infinitely better. I did a deep clean of my room, 6 loads of laundry, and got a new toothbrush out. I do not want to get sick again. But I did lose 6.5lbs so that's one bonus.
Back to the oomph. I took a couple of days off of being active and today I did the rowing machine before breakfast. This afternoon I plan on doing a workout that I got from Back on Pointe backonpointe.tumblr.com/ . She has come up with several beginner workout plans and I have printed out the ones that I think that I can do at this stage. I hope to be able to do more of the workout plans that she has come up with as I like the fact that the workouts are bodyweight workouts mainly and that's what I think is best for me at this stage. I have no gear and am hesitant to go to the gym with all of the mega-buff guys. So I am happy to work out in my room with MY music playing. I recently discovered a site called Jango and have a few different channels that I have been listening to. The three that I am listening to the most lately are the Volbeat channel, the Lacuna Coil channel, and the Country Summer Mix channel. If I can sing along to it I like it. Plus these three have punchy music that *make* me want to be active! You can't beat that!
So I am going to work on being active in some way every day. Even if that's just dancing in my room to my preferred music! I am also re-watching the Harry Potter movies again as they really get me in a holiday mood. 22 days until I see my hubby again! He is going to get pounced upon!
Thursday, October 24, 2013
I kicked my own ass last night. I did the Walk Away the Pounds dvd last night and I did the 2 mile one - the only reason I got through it was becauase I was fuelled by hatefire. Seriously - why is that woman so damn perky? I guess I am a grump. Anyway, I am happy I did it as I am trying to be active on the days when my crossfit class doesn't meet.
I get to work some overtime this weekend which is nice. Nothing glamorous, just creating spreadsheets for the office and using a disintegrator to destroy some old badges. But the badges thing should last me several hours over a few days. We can use the cash for sure!
Tomorrow is crossfit and I am really looking forward to it. I never though I would be in the position to say that I was looking forward to exercise, but I am.
Not sure what I will do tonight. It will either be Walk Away the Pounds again or I might try a Jillian Michaels dvd. I will let everyone know tomorrow what I did.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
So far I have been able to get in my minimum of 8 glasses of water daily. Granted I am only a few days into my turnaround, but I think I can get to the 10 glasses of water a day soon enough.
Tonight I am going to be doing some exercise in my room - nothing too drastic, just some Walking Away the Pounds with Leslie Sansone. She irritates me to no end, so my exercise will be fuelled by hate.
I felt pretty lethargic yesterday so I only managed a 10 minute walk, but that's better that it would have been otherwise.
Hope everyone else is having a great day!
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