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It's 2012?!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

So I guess itís been a while since I last blogged! So I thought Iíd write again, so much has changed in a year!
SoÖ After my last post back from 1.23.11 (!!), I had started running (using couch to 5K) and taking Spinning Classes, so I was working out 5-6 days a week. I was also eating about 1400 calories a day. I thought I should have been losing weight, but I wasnít! I quickly got frustrated. I know things take time to notice, but my weight wasnít budging at all. By the end of February 2011, I was beyond frustrated, I was on the verge of an all out Give Up. But, my husband had to go to LA for work, and wanted me to come with him. Since I had never been, of course I went! (And in style, flew first class!) We of course didnít get any formal exercise while we were out there and ate out for every meal. I thought the trip would be rejuvenating, being in the California sun and all. But when we got back to Ohio, the bad eating continued. I was sliding down a slippery hill, and had nothing to grab on to. At this point I had been in a plateau for so long, nothing seemed to work. There were so many options of paths to take when you still have 40-50 pounds to lose, but canít get anything to budge. My husband and I were out shopping one afternoon, and we stopped to have lunch at Steak n Shake (my favorite meal was chicken fingers and fries). I finally broke and told my husband how I was feeling. I was drowning. And I was lost. I didnít know what to do. After talking about it, we decided to look at getting a gym membership. I was kind of terrified that I wouldnít be able to break out of this. And I knew if I was going to, I wasnít going to be able to do it alone. I needed help, STAT! Our aunt and uncle belonged to Lifetime Fitness, and we thought weíd at least go check it out. Of course, we fell in love instantly. They had no contract, so we could cancel at anytime, and it was pricier then we wanted to pay, but they had a lap pool, and theyíre open 24/7. There were literally never going to be any more excuses. I could come here and workout at 9pm, or on Memorial Day, theyíd be open! When new members join, they get a free health assessment. Pretty basic stuff, but you get your weight, strength, flexibility and body percentages done. A nice little visual when youíre struggling. Plus, I had always wanted to work with a personal trainer. I had been at the stage before, not being able to budge my weight, and not knowing what to do about it. I always thought it would be nice to have someone 100% focused on you for an hour, helping you and steering you. So I signed up for that too! I was eventually hooked up my still current trainer, Stephanie. She specialized in weight loss clients. She had been training for 7 years, used to be a vet tech, and now was also in school full time for Nutrition. Perfect! When I first met her, I explained everything about where I had been, what Iíve done so far, and what not to do with me: weight machines. She was very blunt with me. She told me right from the start that I needed to workout doing cardio for an hour, 6 times a week, plus meet with her for full body strengthening once a week. She also wanted me to keep a food journal and turn it in to her weekly. She would review it to see where we could make improvements. We would weigh every other week, to make sure we saw progress. And the biggest blow? No eating out! No cheat meal/week! And no fried foods! Not that this surprised me at all, itís just still a shock to hear it out loud. So I did as I was told. And Iím still doing what Iím being told. When I started with her, I weighed in at 189 on March 19, 2011. Now, I weigh in at 157! Iíve lost 32 pounds with her so far and have gone down 2 whole sizes! It feels amazing! I couldnít have gotten this far without her!
Whatís the takeaway from this? Recognizing when you need help. Itís ok if you feel you canít do it by yourself anymore. Sometimes weíre helping ourselves by asking for help from someone else. In my case, I opened up to my husband about my drowning and got the support I needed from him to do what I thought I needed to do to reach my goal. Also remember that this is a Journey. Steph reminds me all the time of this. She always tells me that this is a journey, and weight loss is meant to be hard, and meant to take a long time (forever!); that if it was something that happened over night, we wouldnít appreciate it and weíd be back to our old ways. She says that even if she could change it for me, right now, she wouldnít. Because I still have more to learn about myself.
So, please, everyone remember that this is a Journey! A true journey! Do the best you can, work hard, and pick yourself up off the floor when you slip. Itís ok to give yourself a break when itís needed, and itís totally ok to push yourself hard when you need to. Thank you all for listening, and thanks again for all your support!

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DIETZ24 2/6/2012 5:43PM

    You never cease to amaze me! I want to be that success story someday. It's such a mental battle isn't it?! You're amazing!

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BILLALEX70 2/5/2012 6:02PM

    Great job of fighting your way back and out the hole!


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    I am seriously considering trying to get help somewhere. I hit a goal weight I had set for myself back when I weighed 328. On April 15, 2011, I hit 160 lbs. It was my "goal," even though it was still in the overweight range. However, I kept working at it and on Oct. 30, got as low as 139! That was a healthy BMI. I liked it there. I never saw the 130's again and am currently just lucky to be below 150.

Now that's still 10 pounds below my "goal" weight, but also 10 pounds more than my all time low, so I hate it. I can see it going up up up, and wonder when it will stop. Right now it's just 10 pounds, I don't want to let it get to 15 or 20!

So far I have done this all on my own--with the help of Spark of course. But the eating plan, the exercise plan have all been of my own creation, done on my own. It worked for a long time, but now I seem to be losing some of that great control and restraint I had for so long. So maybe it's time to go to a gym, join a program, do something to stop this upward march. It seems to be working for you--you look fantastic in that red dress.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Well, as the my Spark Anniversary is coming up, I wanted to reflect on where I am and how far I've come in 1 year. There are so many differences, it makes me so happy to have my life back under my control! Thought I'd start off with some pictures first.

I call these my fat pictures! I'm going to start carrying them around with me. To remind me why I don't need that delicious smelling cheeseburger or stack of onion rings. And, people often ask me how much weight I've lost. The picture in the black dress is the eve of my wedding - June 26, 2009. The bathing suit picture was taken on our Honeymoon the week after.

This pic was taken around March 2010

This picture was taken in June 2010, after I cut my hair real short.

And this pic was in September 2010.

I don't really have any full body shots yet, just this one:

I also wanted to give a re-cap of all the changes I've been able to make in the past year and the things I can now do that I've lost 5o pounds!

- I can ride my bike 23 miles at 16/mph (working on 30 miles!)
- I can cross my legs AND my arms!
- I fit into work clothes that I wore 3 years ago.
- I now eat shrimp, tilapia, orange roughy and lobster as part of my regular diet (I never used to eat fish, I'm still slowly working up the fish list)
- I can bend over and touch the floor with no problem!
- I think I've kicked the diet pop habit for good!
- I eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day. Some days are better then others
- I've been able to hit all my fiber and protein needs every day
- I walked 10 miles in 2 hours and 16 minutes
- I've started wearing an insulin pump and lowered my A1C to 5.4%
- I've also raised my good cholesterol and lowered the bad
- I'm able to make the healthy food choices at least 80% of the time
- I currently hold an 8 day streak of not eating out!
- I've got my headaches under control
- I've gone from a size 18 to a 12 - And still going of course
- I work out consistently
- I now drink red wine!

Things I'm still working on, and want to do this year:
- Work out 5-6 days/week
- Strength train consistently
- Do more Yoga
- Eat fish 3-4 times/week
- Eat more veggies
- Eat out less often
- No Pop

And finally, reach my goal of 150 pounds/size 8 by June 17th (or at least by my birthday - Aug. 16th)

I've also come to realize, more so then ever, and on my own, that things happen and sometimes we need a break, and that's ok. If I mess up, it's ok, I just need to count it and move on. Consistency does matter. And you HAVE to be willing to make the lifestyle choices necessary to live a healthy life. It's hard, and you have to just keep working at it. It's not a quick process, but a very (very, very) slow process, and that's ok.

I have felt so much better in 2010 then I have in like 4 years! I don't have heart burn or intestinal issues anymore. And most nights I sleep like a rock! I'm not tired or sluggish, but instead feel so light and energized. I never want to feel like I used to ever again. I sometimes can't even believe how much better I feel, and that I ever let myself get to that point. But because of Spark People, I have learned so much! I never thought I'd ever be a calorie counter (or carb counter) but now can't imagine any other way. I love reading other people's success stories. And logging on when I need some support or inspiration stories to get me moving again. I know I can do this, I know this will be the year I reach my goal and feel like myself again!

Thanks for listening everyone! I wish you all good luck on your journey!

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BILLALEX70 1/24/2011 6:37AM

    You've done emoticon over the past year and look great!

Keep up the hard work and soon you'll look like this emoticon

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FLORIDAGHOST 1/23/2011 8:23PM

    Fantastic! You are AMAZING and a Winner! Way to Go!

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Happy New Year!!! Bring on 2011!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

So.... As you can see, I never posted on October 10th like I said I would... oops, my bad. Things got sooo crazy last fall! I'm still comprehending that it's Januaury, the fall went so fast! Between weddings, parties, football, holidays and stuff breaking, and of course work, I barely had time to breath! But here I am, dedicated once again. I haven't lost a whole lot of weight since the summer, but I have gone down a size officially in clothing. I joined the gym at my place of work and started the spinning classes (I love spinning!) after work 3 times a week. I took the month of October off. I really needed a break. I flew into November with new found motivation, however with all the work parties and holiday parties and visting friends... the diet portion from November to December wasn't very good. But here we are in January, a new year! And new goals!!

So, I just wanted to post publicly what my goals are for this year. I still have about 40lbs I'd like to loose, but I wanted to shift my focus slightly to help me get there. I've decided that I'm cutting out high fat food and fried foods - these are my comfort foods, and I don't need them anymore - for good. The hardest of those are going to be chicken wings, chicken fingers and french fries. But I know I can do it. I just don't really want that food anymore. I'm leaving it behind in 2010! I'm also cutting out pop. I love Diet Pepsi, but I don't need that anymore either. I only drank it for the caffeine and taste. Since I've been working out and watching what I eat, I don't need either anymore! I'm really hoping this helps me be more successful this year.

The other goal I have this year is to ride 30 miles in the Tour De Cure here in Columbus. I'm really looking forward to it. Last year was so much fun, and I can't wait to join the biking/diabetic community here and meet new people. Like I said before, I've been taking spinning classes to help me get stronger over the winter so that 30 miles will be nothing!

Other then my goals explained above, I'm back on track in counting my calories (and of course my carbs). I've also lowered my carb in take slightly for the day. I just have a new found motivation and determination that I can't explain. I hope it sticks around for a long while so I can reach that goal of being 40 pounds lighter and wearing (at least) size 8 jeans again!

I wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous (and successful) New Year!! Keep on tucking and chipping away!!


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BILLALEX70 1/11/2011 4:20PM

    WooHoo for 2011!

You'll need to join us local riders for some cycling events this next year. Maybe 43 miles at Pelotonia 11!?

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Summer Goal Update

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

So everyoneÖ As you all know, I had a summer goal to lose 20 pounds by the first OSU football game (which is tomorrow) and to fit into an OSU shirt I bought my selfÖ Well, turns out I hit a snagÖ I plateaud all summer! I lost maybe 5 pounds! And the shirt fits, but is a little snug. Ö Iím disappointed and frustrated to say the least. But I realize I have to look at the good and not be focused on a number. I lowered my A1C to 5.3! I got a job, I got a pump, I celebrated our one year anniversary, I had to get my rings made smaller and I can ride my bike for 23 miles at 15 mph! I also have to remember that I am 47.6 pounds lighter then I was this time last year and feel a TON better now, more so then I have in the last 2 years!

So, I have a new plan to try to get me out of this hole. Iíve made a new workout schedule that incorporates more strength training and alternates between biking and walking. Iíve signed up for a 10 mile walk and a 25 mile bike ride in October to help me stay motivated. Iíve also made changes to my eating schedule and carb intake. Iím really hoping that on October 10, I can report some good news; weight loss in pounds, and down a pant size!!

I just want everyone out there that is in the same boat as me to not give up! Itís not all about the LBs! Itís inches, itís health, itís progress and itís happiness. Even though I havenít lost more than 5 pounds this summer, Iíve come a long way in 9 months. My body (and mind) has been through a lot, and sometimes, it just takes a while for your body to adjust. Give yourself a break and then jump right back on it! Itís a lifestyle change and slow is good! (I have to tell myself this every morning) And thanks for reading! Good luck on your journey!

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BILLALEX70 9/2/2010 4:33AM

    We've all hit those snags from time to time. This summer I've actually gained weight, so I feel your pain. Keep plugging along and the results will show.

I'm guessing that you're doing the Trek ride for breast cancer. I've done that in the past, but this year the Columbus fall Marathon is the next weekend, so no ride this year.

Best wishes!
O - H!

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KATYBUG48 9/1/2010 9:29PM

  Good luck to you

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Summer Time Updates!

Monday, June 21, 2010

So, I am so excited about summer time! I love summer, it's my favorite time of year. To kick it off, this past weekend my husband and I did our first Tour De Cure for Diabetes! My husband and I have been riding bikes together for 3 years. It was his hobby that I just kind of picked up to do it with him. Now it's my absolute favorite thing to do! This Tour was my very first experience riding with lots of other people. It was an interesting 15 miles... Also, we went to Cincinnati, since we missed the one here in Columbus. The ride was much more hilly then we were expecting! It felt like we were climbing the whole time, both ways!! LOL. But it was at least a good workout for a great cause! It has rejuvenated my motivation and reminded me that I must keep working hard! We can't wait for next year to do it again! Our goal for next year is to do the 30 mile so I will be biking all summer, improving my speed and time to help aid in my weight loss and reach my goal. It will be interesting to see how loosing weight and getting smaller will help me in my biking.

The other exciting news for the summer is that I am currently in the process of ordering my first insulin pump!!! Yay!! I decided to go with the Anamis One Touch Ping. It seems like a great product, and it's waterproof! And the meter can also be a remote! Super excited, I can't wait until it gets here! It's going to be a huge life improvement. In addition to that exciting news, my husband and I will be celebrating our first anniversary this weekend with our parents back home. It has been such a challenging year. We bought a house, a puppy, I got diagnosed only 5 months into our marriage, then a week later laid off, then laid off again 5 months after that. I think if we can get through this year, we can get through anything. We have truly been tested. We make such a great team. My husband is amazingly supportive, without him, I don't know how I would have handled everything or if I would have been able to accomplish as much as I have. He's my rock. And I'm super excited to celebrate with him this weekend and look forward to many, many more anniversaries to come.

So, here's to summer time! The best time of year! And a great time to reach above and beyond our goals!! Good luck everyone!

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THEMRSH 6/22/2010 8:34AM

  emoticon blog to read. Isn't life great? Enjoy your rides this summer. emoticon

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BILLALEX70 6/22/2010 5:57AM

    WooHoo on the ride!

My first of riding I capped it off with a 25-mile ride. This past year I rode my first century and this year I'll be doing my first multi-day bike event; 180 miles with Pelotonia. Cycling is addictive!

I hope your new pump works the way you hope it does.

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HICKOK-HALEY 6/22/2010 3:17AM

    Wow...Your doing great. Keep up the faith! emoticon

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