Thursday, December 04, 2014
My journey with Spark has been a very positive one, I started out by losing 30 lbs, got too sure of myself, and decided to strike out on my own, well I didn't fare well, I gained all the weight back.
I learned through that experience that I need the support and encouragement of my Spark friends. I'm back and have lost 17 of the 30, I have much more to go, my goal is 150, so 66 more lbs to shed.
I have learned that if I eat healthy, watch my portion sizes, and exercise that I will lose weight. Well this round was a hard one for me, I had 2 mini strokes, and had to have surgery to clear the large artery in my neck, then I ended up in hospital with a bad case of diverticulitis, I also found out I have to have a full shoulder replacement. I suffer with COPD, spinal stenouses, and have had 2 knee replacements,diabetes, and an under active thyroid, so the cards have been stacked against me, it may have slowed me down but hasn't put me out of the race.The most important thing I have learned is you only get out of the program what you put in, wishing to be healthy won't cut it, you have to apply yourself, and believe it can be done, and work toward it! Little by little, day by day, you will feel yourself improving and becoming stronger.
The progress I have made is great, I learned to drink water to keep my body hydrated, I plan my menus so I eat healthy, and I exercise everyday, now mind you I have to do chair, dance, videos and modify a lot of my other exercises, but I am still in the game, and very proud I didn't give in to the pain, and quit, because there were many days I wanted to.I have lost some weight so that is encouraging!I have also learned to control those late night eating sessions, no eating after 7:00 pm rule is working, no running to food when I'm stressed, find something else to do to keep your mind busy.
I also improved all my numbers, A1C, blood pressure, cholesteral, very good to have those back in control, so it isn't all about the scale, I have also lost some inches, so it is all good!
The team Azure has been great, I have found so much support and encouragement, the girls on the team are doing great and always share their tips on how they are being successful on their journey, the camaraderie is the best! The team is a lot of fun, so this makes the journey so much nicer.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Learn from yesterday... live for today... hope for tomorrow... The important thing is not to stop Learning... and to not give up... Keep Going... Go... Go
This is a blog about what is right and wrong about my journey for BLC 26. I am actually struggling right now, filled with the sense that the journey has taken over my entire life, I live , think and breathe, food and exercise and Spark, I wish I could get to the point that it just flowed with everyday life, I am trying to make some changes to my whole routine, I have started the South beach diet, to get off this plateau I seem to be on, gain a few, lose a few, back and forth, seems like I do a lot of work for so little reward!
I am diabetic, and have many health issues that hold me back, so it is imperative that I regain some of my health back, it is painful for me to exercise, and that frustrates me, but I will just do what is possible for me, some is better than none at all. It is because of my state of health I realize that I have to keep going!
I stop and ponder that when I started I was 233, now I am 216.2, it's 16.8 lbs so far, and that took forever, but it is progress even though slow. I had previously lost 30 lbs, and got off the routine and promptly gained it back, I am now losing this weight for the second time, I did learn a lesson, and that is to stick with it even though I get discouraged, because it does work, and my health is more important than whining about diets and exercise. I see from this blog that I have to regain why I joined Spark in the first place, and get the "sparkle " back!
Thursday, November 13, 2014
We were asked to post a blog about being out of our comfort Zone, well this is a welcome challenge to me, I found I was getting bored with the same ole thing everyday! I have come up with 2 ideas to get things going in the right direction again!
I am trying the South Beach diet, with some of my teamies, this is a big departure from what I have been doing, I was eating everything in moderation, and that didn't seem to be working, so I am going to stick with South Beach for the remainder of the challenge, and see if any changes occur.
No 2 I need to rev up my exercise Regime, I will keep a few of my ritual exercises, but am changing the rest, I will be checking out new exercises here on Spark in the form of videos, articles etc.
I really needed this I was getting in such a rut, and was getting bored with my routine, my body will be in for some big changes, I will let you know in four weeks time if it made a difference in how I'm feeling and losing weight!
I am going to start my day feeling and being positive, I am going to make me number 1 priority!
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