Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I took some new pictures this weekend and was totally surprised by what I saw. Although I have only lost 0.9 lbs in the last few weeks, and just a little over 4lbs. for the month I'm obviously losing inches (I've gone down 2 dress sizes). Furthermore, I'm moved to tears by the overall weight loss.
My lifelong dream (vision) is becoming a reality (victory).
Years ago when I lost my first 30 lbs, my Pastor asked me if I was keeping a photo diary of my progress. He said that taking pictures of my progress would help to keep me on track and those same pictures would serve as a testimony to others.
I hadn't even thought about it, but I'm so glad that I heeded his wise advice. Thankfully, I have never been camera shy. Most of the women in my family are full-figured and carry themselves as if they are the smallest people on the planet…so we’re all super model wannabees!!! I have a photo album completely dedicated to capturing my journey and am so thankful for SP where I can now monitor my progress on my Spark Page.
Speaking of Spark Page progress, a few weeks ago, I was visiting someone’s page. This Sparker admitted that she had been avoiding taking pictures with her husband and children simply because she was so disappointed with how she looked, but then she realized the importance of remembering every special moment with her family. I was so happy for her epiphany. It reminded me of my own journey through pictures. Those pictures told me what a scale could not and more importantly I was able to take some good pictures with people who are very special to me (i.e. My Father who is now watching my progress from Heaven).
Another good thing about pictures is that when you're in a weight loss slump or on a plateau comparing your pictures (and measurements) are some good tools to keep you motivated and those same pictures could be a blessing to others.
So, I said all that to say, if you're not periodically taking pictures of yourself...START NOW...regardless of your size, shape or weight!!! You're beautifully and wonderfully made and you're a work in progress...don't forget that!
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:14 (NIV)
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Just like any other day, immediately after work I raced like the speed of light to get to one of my favorite places on the planet. THE Y-M-C-A! It's fun to stay at the.....anyway back to the subject at hand....While driving I felt tired, but dismissed it as another "challenging" day at work. I knew I would feel more energized once I got to the gym--I always do. Afterall, it's Thursday night which means SPIN CLASS~one of my favorites!!!
So I decided to "warm-up" on the elliptical machine--high ramp, high resistance, no hands. Those 11 minutes felt like an hour, doing the elliptical without holding on to anything is no joke! Well then I was off to Spin Class.
Midway through the class I was wondering if I was going to make it, I spent most of the class in the seat even when the rest of the class was off the saddle. Nevermind the fact that I did not adjust the resistance when I first got on the bike!! So the resistance was already high from the last person who rode the bike, then I kept adding more--have mercy. Did I stop....NO! I thought to myself, if I pass out, my Soror (fellow AKA) who happens to be an RN was next to me so I was covered...kept on peddling. At the end of class she commented about how it looked like I was struggling (very unlike me). I told her that I was tired then she asked me when is my rest day? REST DAY...WHAT'S THAT?!
Then I thought about it. When was my last rest day??? I decided that I would check it out ONLY after finishing the rest of my workout. Afterall, along with my morning workout I had ONLY completed 70 mins of cardio for the day!
Well after I finished riding the recumbent bike and doing upper body strength training, I decided to check my activity year to date on the Fitlinxx system. July 26th is the 207th day of the year. I have missed working out ONLY seven days so far and my last off day was June 14th. HAVE MERCY, NO WONDER I WAS TIRED!!!
I had to ask myself, "What's wrong with you girl?" Then the 286 lb. New Year's Eve Deondra spoke up. As it turns out way way deep down, I'm afraid that if I miss exercising even one day, that I'll make it a habit then back to 407 I go. Afterall, it has happened before. As a matter of fact, it happened just last Summer, when I stopped exercising and was heading for 300lbs.
Then I started thinking about all the new and improved habits that I've developed in the past few months the 175 lb. Deondra (I'm claiming that goal weight) spoke up and said, "you've come too far to turn back now~so taking a day off doesn't mean that you'll start slacking, plus it will do this body good."
Good point, so oddly enough, I'm making plans to take a break....we'll see!!!
Monday, July 23, 2007
Today I'm having a hard time focusing at work, so I decided to take a few minutes to vent/blog instead of snacking (new technique). Late last night I had a conversation with my best friend that's been weighing heavy on my heart. She's been battling breast cancer for a little over 3 years now. We've been best friends since our freshman year of college and is more like a sister than anything else. She is hopeful and optimistic, but to quote her, she's "tired of being the patient."
The cancer started in her breast (lumpectomy performed as well as chemo and radiation), then moved to her skull (part of her skull had to be removed and reconstructed, more chemo and radiation), then it moved to her back and hip (more chemo & radiation). She's had a hysterectomy last year. She fell and broke her hip in several places a few months ago and had to have surgery. So she's currently on a walker and is undergoing her 4th round of chemo to attack the cancer that is "trying" to move to her kidney and lungs. So the specialists that she's been seeing have placed so much emphasis on treating her diabetes (yes, she's diabetic too) and cancer, that they've disregarded her blood pressure. A STILL QUIET VOICE (there's a reason that's in all caps) spoke to her and told her to go see her primary care physician...and it's a good thing she did!!! She was at a level where she was a prime candidate to have a stroke...thank GOD for His Voice!
Anyway, I have and have had so many loved ones go through this cancer fight and I'm soooooo sick of it! I'm the type of person who always likes to have a solution and/or be in control. I feel so helpless!!! Nevertheless, I am encouraged in knowing that GOD is in control and that He is able to do more than I can ask, think or imagine. So, I will continue to pray fervently, not only for Lisa but for every life that is impacted by cancer.
Okay, I feel a little better now. (Praying and Blogging = Zero Calories)
"Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things."~Phillipians 4:6-8
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Last night I went to a birthday party that could have been a potential danger zone. The party started at 9pm (we got there around 10pm--too late to be eating) and the menu included fried chicken, baked spaghetti, macaroni & cheese, birthday cake and I'm not sure what else. When I saw the spread I decided to sit on the other side of the room away from the buffet. I knew that I had approximately 350 calories that I could still consume for the day, but I didn't feel like having the servers measure my portions while I tried to calculate calories in my head, Plus, I knew I would get home late and wouldn't feel like loading everything in my nutrition log.
DISCIPLINE or LAZINESS?
I don't know, but as the night went on I didn't feel tempted...instead I found myself calculating how much time I was spending jamming on the dance floor (TWO HOURS OF INTENSE CARDIO!) and how many bottles of water I had consumed. At the end of the night, I felt proud that the old Deondra didn't rise up and inhale everything on the buffet table...instead the new DISCIPLINED Deondra enjoyed the evening which was centered around fun and not food. So I think I've found my answer. YAY ME!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
In my pursuit to attain those Janet Jackson Abs, I've decided to modify my workout for the next few weeks. I still plan to work out 7x a week (incl. cardio and strength training); however, I am planning to ONLY do 45 mins of cardio a day and place more emphasis on strength training.
So, I'm only three days in and I have muscles talking to me that I didn't know existed! Plus, I'm amazed by how much strength I've lost. It has been almost a month since I've consistently lifted and I am struggling with machines and weights that were almost effortless a short while ago. At the end of my workouts I'm a little sweaty, but it's nothing compared to the buckets of sweat that I dropped last week when I was doing back to back intense cardio workouts. SO WILL THIS WORK???
I'm hoping that the changes to my fitness plan help to give me the results that I'm looking for...I'll guess I'll see on my next weigh in day.
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