Saturday, August 21, 2010
That's me when I graduated in 2006 from Tulsa community College. 233lbs
I was trapped or so I thought in a body that I couldn't do anything about...or so I thought. Had tried many times to lose the weight but then I started eating the wrong stuff again...and again. Food was my best friend. Never talked back or called me names. I went to food instead of His name. I had to repent for what I had done. I was living to eat and not eating to live.
So fast forward to when I found Spark. (Really led by God) Read an article about a great weight loss story in the Women's World magazine and found the website address from that article. I had the hook in my mouth. I joined in July but did not get real til the end of August. As I got used to all the great tools here I found my body changing and even my looks
I enjoyed the new me and the pounds were coming off. I lost my highest 50lbs in 2008. Some came back and they left again and then I let life get in my way but I kept on that track and got to this gorgeous size. From 24 to 16
eating healthy for sure.
Then fast forward to the end of 2009 I had been on this journey for 2 years and it was taking too long to lose the weight. I watched others who started with me lose and get to great goals and then I let it depress me in a way. I wanted this weight off of me TODAY!
I decided that I wanted to make a cake from scratch. This started in November 09. I started watching Paula Deen on the Food Network and then she made this:
I made this Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake.
This first one my daughter and I ate it not realizing that my son had not eaten any. But we told him it taste great!
Then I started making one or more of these different flavors each week: lemon, pineapple, sweet potato, and more. I made all kind of cookies and homemade cakes and homemade buttery icings. And I ate a lot. I ate so much in the month of December I gained 7 whole pounds.
2010 showed up and I was still not at my goal. So I became so determined that I was going to eat properly and meet this goal by the end of 2010.
So I stopped the madness and cooking all the homemade sweets. I don't miss it. Sometimes I want to throw some flour in a bowl and make one but if I do I know I will eat it because I don't like food to waste. lol
My new outlook that I acquired just the other day while reading the blog from Spark Member: Yoovie, blog titled "What the heck is this Sexy Breakfast she is always talking about." I do suggest that if you need some new and different information to motivate you read this blog. It's wonderful and helps me to get my priorities in order. She is raw in some ways but I like her outlook on life. Basically she's telling us to love ourselves now and do what we need to do to get our bodies where we want them and no matter what we are well able to perform this action.
It's all up to us friends. It takes the mindset that you want to lose the weight and that no matter what you can do this. There is so much support here and others around us all. We have to reach out if no one is reaching out to you.
*You can't be a fly on the wall you have to participate in board post and post to members blogs after you read them.
*Record your workouts because you need to workout no matter what you think. Yes you will lose a little weight by lowering your calories but face it walking can be done by most everyone.
*Get up and eat breakfast. One of the hardest things for me to do. I'm not hungry but it's very important and that's what drew me to that blog-"Sexy Breakfast". What Yoovie is saying is to beautify your breakfast to make it eye candy. Thus I guess, the name "sexy breakfast." I like it and it helps a lot of people eat there breakfast.
*I'm making another effort to go to sleep AT NIGHT. I am so tired of laying down when I see the sun come up. It's possible and I will do it. (Well, the sun is not always coming up..but close enough)Oh, yeah..getting the 8 hours of sleep that I know my body needs.
*I will stick to my current workout plan and add as I see fit because it is working for me. I will continue Core Rhythms, Walking and Running, Belly Dancing, Strength Training, Core Work, Circuit Training and other Aerobic activity at least 6 times a week of cardio and 2 times or more of strength training. Rest at least one day a week for sure.
*Mainly I'm determined to lose all the weight this year to make my goal by December 31, 2010. I owe it to myself. Now I'm not trying to get away from spark because I will need to stay here because I have some great friends on this site that I depend on for their support.
Thank you all!!!
I am so happy to continue to win this battle every day. When I get up each day it's another day that brings me closer to my goal and yours too.
I'm never giving up and I will reach my goal. No matter what. Like I always say, we are truly in this TOGETHER.
Much Luv to All and Me too!