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How did I end up like this?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

As a teen I can remember someone telling me I have thunder thighs, I was 17 years old and had just finished Cheerleading for the year. I was so upset and really felt "fat"... I was 110 pounds at the time and very fit. I have to say this has stuck with me all these years. As a teen I never ate right, pizza, Taco Bell, Wendy's and whole bags of Cheetos (the puffy kind).

I never gained weight until college and I feel like it never stopped. I would eat pasta with butter on it and pizza. My dorm was across the street from a McDonald's, I was there everyday. There was beer and junk food for the weekends. I was in college for 6 years and for all 6 years I slowly gained weight, I went from 135lbs to 170lbs when I graduated. When I moved home after graduating more of the same as it came to the food I was eating. I got sick of the way I looked so I joined Weight Watchers. I had great success but just could not keep it going. I slowly went back to poor eating habits.

Fast forward in to 2005. I got married this year and I started to go to the gym to "get skinny" before my big day. I did go a few times a week... with my friend... so we talked more then really doing a good workout. I never got to where I wanted to be with my fitness and weight loss before my wedding.

After we got married I still did not pay attention to my eating until one day I could not take looking at me in the mirrors... so I went back to Weight Watchers. Had some success but again could not stick with it. I had it in my mind I know what I need to do so I just need to do it... a few gym memberships here and there but more of the same. I just could not stick with it.

Before I knew it I was well over 200 lbs (227 when I was weighted in a my 1st prenatal visit in 2008, I am sure it was more at some point I just would never get on a scale or look in a mirror). When I was pregnant I used it as a reason to eat what ever I wanted to. This did not help me in my weight issues. I was very sick during my pregnancy and I ended up losing 20 pounds right off the bat. I gained some back as the time went on.

After Kyla was born I would pay attention to what I ate here and there but never really but much work into. I just wanted to weight to fall off... news flash it does not just fall off. Kyla turned 1 year old and I was still blaming my weight on having a baby.

After looking at the picture from her birthday party I knew I had to do something. I started to count calories using an online group. It worked but I was not working out and at one point I ended up just standing still with my weight loss and giving up.

I started a new job in 2011 health and fitness became a bigger thing at work. We tried to workout together after work but were never constant with it. My one friend and I started to skip out for Happy Hour after bad days a work... this did not help at all.

In 2013 a coworker (now friend) started a challenge group at work where we would workout with DVDs.

I did it here and there... at least 2 times a week but I was not putting my all into it.

I thought I was paying attention to my eating but looking back I know I was not doing that . We started to do a workout called T25. I fell in LOVE but was not ready to commit to it. Now looking back I wish I had started in July 2013.

But I know I was not ready then to give it all I have to make these changes stick and go from being a diet to being a lifestyle. I started T25 in October 2013 and made a such a difference in me I decide to become a Beachbody Coach. I have fallen in love with the products and how they help with this journey to change my life and my families as it relates to health and fitness.
I hope to make this blog about my journey in losing my weight, changing my eating and teaching my daughter about healthy living. I can not wait to share this journey with you. This has been the biggest change I have ever made in my life and the best part... watching my 5 year old daughter workout with me and ask to eat healthy food! That makes it all worth it.

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PROPMAN1 8/14/2014 2:12PM

  emoticon emoticon Good Luck! I wish you all the best.

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CARRIE1948 8/14/2014 2:05PM

    Children learn to eat from our example

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MJRVIC2000 8/14/2014 1:47PM

    Faith makes everything possible; Hope makes everything work; and Love make everything beautiful! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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3 Day Refresh

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

This is my 3rd day with the Refresh and I am loving it! I am down 5.8 pounds. I know that some of this is water weight but I can see a difference in my skin and my looks in the last 2 days.
This has been such an easy program to complete. I am learning how to eat better and that I do like different veggies. I tend to stick with green beans all the time for dinners.
I love to eat food and I was worried that I was going to hungry and I am not... I think that is the crazy part. I snack at night the most... these last 2 days I have not even thought about it at night.
I am excited to see how tomorrow ends up when I weight my self...
So this post is more about my accountability... I am putting it out there that I am going to start to eat from my 21 Day Fix eating plan and stick to it starting tomorrow. I have all the tools I need to be successful so I just need to stick with it.

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JLMCLUCAS 8/14/2014 1:11PM

    I loss 7 pounds total on the 3 day refresh and I have gain 1 pound back. It was great. I miss the vanilla fresh now LOL. It really filled me up. I will do it again. I have been more focused on my eating now. I am now doing the 21 day fix eating plan.

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SLIM4LIFE09 8/10/2014 7:52PM

    Awesome! I ordered the program and can't wait for it to come in! I have many of the same fears- that I'll be so hungry and missing "food"- but you are reassuring me :) Congrats!!!

PS- I need an update- how did the whole thing go? Now that you're done- what was your total loss and review of the program?

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Friday, July 05, 2013

So I weighted myself this morning and I am was very happy to see I am down another pound... so that is a total of 16 pounds emoticon .
So I wanted to see what my weight loss has been in the past. I signed up for SP in January 2011 with a starting weight of 220 as of June 2011 I was 203 pounds then I stopped tracking and looks like I dropped of SP until September where I weight 215. In 2012 I has a starting weight of 222 and was able to lose 12 pounds of that weight to go right back to 222 in January of this year...

This scares me... I was so close to onerland in 2011... just like now... and something happened and I lost my way. I want to lose this weight so bad and I want to show my 4 year old daughter how to make healthier food choices. I want to fit into all my cute clothes that I have not gotten rid of over the years BECAUSE I will fit back into them...

I just have to keep going... I do have to buy a new bathing suit this year because the ones I have are WAY TO BIG and I look like a fool at the pool... this has made me feel better even if does mean I have to go bathing suit shopping and continues to motivate me.

Each month I have set a goal of 5 pounds... this time I am going to do slow and steady and not to do it as fast as I can... I have learned that I need more calories to eat each day not just 1200 like I was trying to hit... I need more like 1800-2000 a day at this point... thank goodness for my Fitbit it has really helped me...

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FITFRIT 7/5/2013 11:05AM

    I saw a recent post by my niece-in-law about how she has lost 109 lbs and someone asked her what her secret was. Now my niece had a gastric sleeve surgery last December, so that's her secret but this comment got me to thinking. There is NO secret and all of us know this. We all know it takes hard work, diet change, and exercise to lose the weight and to KEEP it off. You can do this, you know you can, you know you have the tools to do it. The only thing stopping you is you. Don't be your worst enemy, be your best friend instead. Good luck!

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/5/2013 10:17AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss! I believe your goal of five pounds per month is reasonable and attainable!! However, do NOT tie your success or failure in a number on the scale... there is so much more to getting healthy than the number on a scale.... Keep moving, keep drinking your water, keep eating healthy... just keep on keeping on..

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CHRIAMARIA1983 7/5/2013 9:32AM

    That is why we need to make this journey I lifestyle. Yeah, it sounds awesome to be losing 2 or 3 lbs every single week, but is that really attainable? I think so many off us fall off of the wagon because we do not set attainable goals and we do not make changes that can be sustained life-long. I for one am trying to make this change. I am trying to have set breakfasts so that if I don't feel like tracking, I know that I have made a healthy choice. And I try and stick to around 400 calories. I try and stick to about that amount for lunch too. Its an easy number to remember. I can concievably have a 400 calorie snack and an 800 calorie dinner and still lose weight (for now). That is something that I can live with longterm- even if I am not really tracking but just being mindful of what I am eating.

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AMARILYNH 7/5/2013 9:32AM

    You KNOW the answer - DON'T GIVE UP! NEVER, NEVER, NEVER give up - if you keep trying you WILL reach your goals!! I'm not saying you'll never see a gain on the scale, but if you ignore it and keep doing the right things, the scales WILL go in the right direction!!

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being more awear of my body

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lately I have been noticing my body more. It is a nice feeling when I have lost weight... but I think it is weird that I can tell just by a feeling. I feel that I have to get use to this feeling I am having because it is so new. I have a issue when people start to complement me on my weight loss I seem to start to gain weight (not sure what that is about) I just don't want this feeling to do that same thing to me.

Today I am so happy because I woke up with the feel that I have lost weight and I got on the scale and it was true.. 1 pound down (now I am 1 pound away from my June goal of 5 total pounds gone). Now I have to keep in mind of what I have been doing to lose the last 13 pounds and keep going... wow that is a lot of weight emoticon

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CANDACEMM 6/18/2013 11:42AM

    Way to go! Keep up the good work!!!

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ANGEL32192 6/18/2013 9:36AM


I know whatcha mean about feeling it AND about not being comfortable when others notice too. I often think to myself "If they noticed i wonder what they used to think.?" And that tries to sabotage me!

You are on your way to a healthier you and we both need to work on not letting people's positive words turn negative in our minds! ;-)

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Just Keep Swiming

Monday, June 03, 2013

So I added a new background on my sparkpage because I was just about to give up... I log in every day 1st thing in the morning to start my day thinking about making changes I drink so much water I am in the bathroom every 20 min it feels like, I work out 2-4 times a week, I am eating better ( I could always do better) but nothing seems to change... what am I doing wrong? What Can I do to get over this hump and start back to losing weight? I am about to give up... so frustrated!!!!!

I am hoping looking at my background will help with motivation... I guess we will see...

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ZENRYAKU 6/17/2013 4:48AM

    There is a saying that changes only occur when things don't stay the same emoticon So if what you are doing is not working for you, track like JENNIK2 said, and see what you can change.

Btw, I'm one of the slowest losers. But, there is a team for this emoticon

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JENNIK2 6/3/2013 10:45AM

    I'm not sure if you are doing any of these things, but my suggestions are to track your calories and exercise minutes to see exactly how many calories are going in compared to getting burned. Also maybe change your exercise routine. I've done well with circuit training. It has strength training built in and that's an important part of exercise too.

Good Luck!

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