Thursday, March 26, 2009
I would not have told you that, on Dec. 27, 2008, when I went to the doctor for an ear infection...that within a few days I would put into motion a plan to lose weight. There I was at 191 lbs.
Where did my motivation come from? I do not know. My kids?? Partly...yes. My kids would mock the size of my tush and tell me I had a 'poofy' belly. I guess, after a while...I wanted to change that. I made changes in some (not all) of my children's eating (e.g. skim milk instead of whole, diluted juice in the morning to cut sugar, keeping fruit and yogurt handy)....yet I was not doing the same for myself. On top of that, my husband is struggling with high cholesterol. He is on meds and the numbers came down...but still not enough.
So the wheels started turning, and I decided on a few key things:
1) Due to age, and having lost weight a few different ways before (or not)...I knew I had to commit to exercise. I had, at my disposal, a very nice elliptical. No need for a gym membership. Hop on and get it done!
2) There were foods in my day to day life that had to go. Portioning was a must. I cut my coffee to one serving a day. I completely stopped the use of flavored creamer. And the garbage that was always at my fingertips...like no bake cookies (they are tasty but not good for you at all)...had to go.
3) Freggies were a must. I started buying even more than I did before.
Slowly, my stamina increased. I increased my time on the elliptical at about the same resistance. Then I hit a plateau and researched how to fix it. I moved on to interval training and varying my caloric intake. Hello furnace! I found the trick to trigger more loss. One day, I decided I would give jogging a try. I would do it slow and steady, and see how far I got. I didn't ever think about not finishing the route I went on. I just stayed focused on finishing. I bought a pedometer (I know...not the most reliable measure b/c you jostle around...but it's a start). I bought my first 'official' pair of running shoes. And here I am...officially 22 lbs down since I started. I still have more weight to lose....but I have to say...I was on the right track before joining SP...but I do not know if I would be where I am without being pushed to succeed by my SP friends. The wealth of information here (the my nutrition tracker is my drug of choice...i track everything), and the encouragement cannot be found anywhere else.