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Changed my focus, Exceeded my goal!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I have been trying to hit 2.5 miles on the elliptical (set to interval) in 30 minutes. I have been gaining and increasing my distance, but just barely missed it by .01 miles on Tuesday.

So I decided on a new strategy yesterday. Rather than watching my mileage as I worked, I set it to watch my strides per minute (basically speed). I was really able to push myself harder! When my heart rate went too high, I simply slowed down slightly until it was in a better ranger, then sped back up.

I didn't check my distance until I was done.

And I blew my record out of the water! I went from 2.49 miles on Tuesday to 2.56 miles yesterday!

Lesson for self: Focus on the moment, not the destination. emoticon

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PRAYING4THIN 3/23/2012 8:40AM

    You rock!

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IMAJEAN0178 3/22/2012 2:08PM

    emoticon Great job.

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LUVSBULLDOGS 3/22/2012 12:04PM

    Great job. New records feel good, don't they?

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TARAFROMTX1 3/22/2012 11:03AM

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I'm an inspiration??? Are you sure you called the right number???

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Today my cell phone rang, and it was a girlfriend I don't see too often, but keep in contact with on FB. She said she wanted to call and say "Thank you" for inspiring her to get back to the gym and join her gym's 12 week challenge. This girl is NOT overweight! But in talking with her, I saw that she had been very unhappy with where she was and was struggling in her own way. She told me that my posts about the gym, trainer, and changes to my diet had motivated and inspired her to a return to fitness and nutrition. Her words.... "I figured that if you could do it and weren't making any excuses, then my excuses weren't any good.". WOW.

Yesterday an old friend from HS messaged me and told me a similar thing. Her weight is higher than she'd like, and she was inspired to join a gym and hit the elliptical... because of me sharing my journey. That is AMAZING!!!

A few weeks ago another HS friend emailed to tell me that what I'm sharing has motivated her to recommit to nutritious food and start running again.

This BLOWS ME AWAY! Here I am the LEAST likely example of health, being so overweight. I share my journey and make it public because it keeps me accountable, the encouragement I receive is needed, and it's just a part of my day to day life. To think that it is helping others thrills me! It makes me feel like maybe, JUST MAYBE, this part of my journey is happening for a reason. Maybe I'm part of God's plan to propel others towards their own health goals.

This completely made my day!

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2BFREE2LIVE 3/21/2012 4:58AM

    Congrats on being so amazing. The lord works in mysterious ways and uses each of us to help others. We are blessed to be his messengers. Keep up the fantastic work. Sandy

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WILDRICE99 3/20/2012 8:06PM

    Keep up the good work! You never know when you inspire someone to change their life.


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PRAYING4THIN 3/20/2012 5:27PM

    You are doing a awesome job!

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TARAFROMTX1 3/19/2012 2:47PM

    That is Awesome!!!

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CCASKEY37 3/19/2012 7:22AM

    You lead by example. Sometimes all we need is someone in our lives to start the journey.

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SUZZQ4LIFE 3/18/2012 10:13PM

    You are an inspiration to al who you share your story with. I just read a chapter in The Spark book and you are a coach; you're inspiring others with your story and you didn't even know it. Keep up your positive attitude and helping so many as you go on your journey. You inspire me and I appreciate that. Thank you for your determination and sharing.

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SUCCESSN2014 3/18/2012 10:11PM

    That is AWESOME!

I could of written this same blog. I've had several of my friends & family that have said the similar things to me that your friends have. I figured people would get sick and tired of seeing all my posts on FB about my daily progress, my weigh in every Friday, etc etc. However, it turns out I'm inspiring as well. I would of never imagined in a million years.

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Sometimes I forget I used to be 140# heavier (pics)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

It's been about 11 years since I changed my life. At 27 years old, and 420#, I was sick. Malignant hypertension, pre-diabetic, and living with constant and severe joint pain. My nearly 5'5" frame was so tired. I was eating myself to death.

I walked into a hospital in May, 2001, with a 30% chance of dieing on the table, and underwent a huge surgical procedure. My gallbladder had stopped working and needed to come out quickly. Due to my size, laproscopic surgery was out of the question. My surgeon and I talked about it, and decided to have a modified gastric bypass surgery done at the same time. They also repaired a severe hiatal hernia during the surgery. I coded on the table that day. By the grace of God, I woke in the ICU alive and feeling like I'd been hit by a train. But I felt like if God had seen fit to bring me thru the surgery, I would fight for my life. And I did.

My drivers license picture at about 410#

I lost 130# that first year. Another 55# came off over the following year. Then I hit a wall, and maintained at about 235# for about 6 years.


Then I got pregnant. Bedrest, heart complications, infection, etc took their toll on me. I never lost the babyweight, and gained about 45#. In the past 3 years since my daughter was born, I've gained another 25#. I think I, like a lot of people, thought that weight loss surgery would make weight gain impossible... the magical solution. Guess what? It's not! You can eat around it. Your stomach can stretch back. My choices were poor, and it showed on my body.

In January, the full impact of what I've allowed to happen has hit me. If I didn't make changes to my behavior, I would regain every single pound that I worked so hard to get off my body. I felt like I was letting God down... He'd spared my life in that operating room, and here I was working my way back into the same position.

January, 2012

On January 3rd, I joined a gym and pre-paid for 12 trainer appointments. Since then, I've burned an average of 3,000 calories per week, and maintained a healthy, well balanced, nutrition-focused diet. I have lost over 25#. (And my hubby has lost about 15#!) That first day in the gym, I nearly fell off the elliptical after 10 minutes. Today I kicked out 2.44 miles in 30 minutes. I feel strong. I feel like I am honoring the second change God gave me.

I HATE that I'm re-losing weight that I'd already worked hard to lose. But that is the consequence of my own behavior. What matters is now. What matters is the lesson that I have learned: apathy leads down the road I have once traveled.... illness, pain, and the threat of an early death. That is not the example I want to set for my child. I want her to grow up loving her body and taking care of it. I want her to feel beautiful because she's STRONG, not because she is skinny. I want to be a mommy she can be proud of. And when she lifts her little arms as I lift weights, I see that she is. In her eyes, I am the woman I want to become.

Last Saturday before going out for dinner with my girlfriends

So here is my new motto:

I've been starting over since childhood. I am done starting over. Therefore.... I can not give up. I will stumble, and I will fall. I will make poor decisions here and there. Celebrations and holidays will come and go. But I can not give up. When I fall, I will get back up. And go to the gym.

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WILDRICE99 3/20/2012 8:13PM

    This just makes me smile.


Keep up the emoticon work!

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PRAYING4THIN 3/20/2012 5:31PM

    After reading your story how can you not think of yourself as inspiration. You are awesome, keep up the hard work! You are an inspiration!

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2BFREE2LIVE 3/20/2012 3:45PM

    So very proud of you. Your going in the right direction and your health will improve much more as you lose more. One day at a time and one pound at a time.
You have overcome so much in your short life and you know that it will be a well earned victory when you reach your goal.
Your doing great. Sandy

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DAREDEVILME 3/18/2012 12:18PM

    You've come a long way!! Good for you. You're an inspiration.
Keep on Sparking.

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IMAJEAN0178 3/17/2012 10:04PM

    Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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KRYSTL719 3/17/2012 9:23PM

    Hi, Your doing such a great job, I had to stop by and read the blog. Thank You for being one of many that are an inspiration by the strength in what we can achieve. emoticon

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CCASKEY37 3/17/2012 7:44PM

    So proud of you. The past is the past. I can tell that going forward from now you will do fine.

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TARAFROMTX1 3/17/2012 3:28PM

    emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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Passed the 25# mark!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

In 10 weeks, 2 days, I have lost 25.4 pounds. I am extraordinarily proud of this. Not only did I lose that amount of weight, but I did it the RIGHT way. I KNOW that it was fat I lost, not muscle. How do I know? Because I have more muscle on me right now than at ANY time in my life. I did it eating plenty of healthy, nutritious food. I did by stepping outside my comfort zone 5-6 days a week and working out at a *gasp* gym... in front of other people! I put my journey on facebook... I'm done hiding. I'm doing this strong and PROUD.

I had a little break thru, as well. I am a total perfectionist. The classic Type A personality. To the point that I have struggled with OCD for about 20 years. (Yes... all the labels in my pantry face forward.) And I think I can finally admit a shameful truth to myself.... I think I would rather have failed at losing weight because I didn't try, than try and not be perfect at it.

But we're human! We aren't perfect! And losing weight doesn't require perfection. It requires consistency. I can't always do perfect. But I can do consistent. I can do this. I AM DOING THIS!

Also had a dr's appointment today... B12 and blood iron levels are bottomed out, as well as bone marrow stores of iron. Starting Rx iron and B12 injections and should have my levels up soon. Dr is otherwise completely supportive and on-board with my weight loss goals and plans.

So, I finally get to use another one of these:

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CCASKEY37 3/16/2012 5:16AM

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I'm so happy for you.

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2BFREE2LIVE 3/16/2012 2:13AM

    emoticon emoticonJOB!!!

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STACIA_ANGEL 3/16/2012 12:26AM

    Awesome job! Congrats!

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WILDRICE99 3/15/2012 10:23PM

    Great job! Keep up the good work.

Make sure to take care of yourself.

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AEROGIRL1594 3/15/2012 9:17PM

    Congrats on your weight loss :) that is a huge amount to weight to lose! My goal is to lose that twice!

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    CONGRATULATIONS!!! that's an excellent mark to make! keep it up!

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2.41 miles!

Monday, March 12, 2012

That was my distance on the elliptical today in exactly 30 minutes. I pushed to reach that. I was drenched in sweat and feeling the burn. But I did it.

I remember about 2 months ago, being SO PROUD of hitting 1.80 miles in that time frame. Because that was a milestone! Better than literally about falling off the elliptical after 10 minutes my first day just 10 short weeks ago. I chuckle at the struggle of my first few days in the gym (it was NOT amusing at the time). And I smile at my feeling of pride and self-accomplishment the first time I completed 30 minutes on the machine (I think I got about 1.5 miles). I have proudly told my husband each new distance I have achieved. And today I exceeded my previous high distance of 2.81 miles! I am taking a moment to savor my progress.... yet also take a bit of delight in knowing that in a month or two I will smile at my this moment from the vantage point of a new accomplishment.

The scale hasn't been doing much of anything! Seriously.... I've lost 1 pound in about 3 weeks. NOTHING. I'm staying in my calorie range and doing my cardio and strength training. If I was going solely by the scale, I would have given up by now (which I've done countless times before). But this time I'm going by the overall achievements.... the 10" that have disappeared from my hips. The slight definition of my biceps and triceps that I haven't seen in at LEAST 20 years. The fact that I really need to go buy new jeans because what I'm wearing is just plain saggy and unflattering. That I see my dimple again each time I catch a smile in the mirror or picture. That my face has angles that weren't present 2 months ago. That my wedding ring in a little loose. Because when I look at that big picture, I know that the scale has nothing on it. I AM making progress. It's slow, but it's there.

Today I did 2.41 miles. Wonder when I'll hit 2.5? emoticon

Taken this morning with my daughter

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PRAYING4THIN 3/20/2012 5:33PM

    You and your daughter are beautiful and I bet you will hit 2.5 very soon

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STACIA_ANGEL 3/14/2012 12:25AM

    Yay! That's great! You are doing awesome!

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TARAFROMTX1 3/13/2012 11:24AM

    emoticon emoticon You have alot to be proud of!!! Way to go!!! And you are so right if we only depended on the scales alot of us would be given up but there are so many reason to keep on going!! That is awesome!!Keep up the GREAT WORK!!!!! emoticon

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OBIESMOM2 3/13/2012 9:14AM


you are so right about the scale. It's EVIL! Don't let it rule your life. You are obviously making progress.

My DH kept telling me, "don't worry. You are doing everything you should be doing. Eventually you will get where you want to be." I'm still working on dropping those last lbs, but I am back to my goal clothing size and in the healthy BMI range.

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CCASKEY37 3/13/2012 8:41AM

    Great victory for you! emoticon

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2BFREE2LIVE 3/12/2012 10:52PM

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