Thursday, May 27, 2010
Sunday was my 1 yr weightlossaverary. What motivated me to start this journey. Many things. First I knew I was fat (it might surprise some people to realize this- when you're fat, you know you're fat- I mean you see yourself naked) I was tired- all day long all the time - tired. I ran into an ex-boyfriend's mom and she didn't recognize me. (of course when we dated I weighed like 100 lbs. literally) and my father-in-law announced he had lost some weight and the number he quoted was less then me- there's a wake up call for ya when your 6 ft , disabled, 71 yr old father in law weighs less then you - it is time for a change sister.
So what to do?????? I had already done the low carb thing, a couple times, the starvation thing - I could never be anorexic - could never have that much self control, and I love food too much. Also I was completely inactive (have I mentioned the tired all the time thing???:) I started with the easiest thing I could think of Slim fast- I followed the plan for a couple of weeks and it was working - but I realized I would rather eat those calories then drink them so I modified there plan. Eat a protein filled breakfast, morning snack (less then 200 cal containing fiber and protein) lunch , afternoon snack , and dinner. stay within 1200-1400 cal range, drink water, less white flour- more fiber. The moving thing - well My hubby's aunt is a retired gym teacher who loves to keep my kids active so she bought us a membership to the YMCA in our town, which is fabulous- seriously nicest Y you will ever see. So I had a free gym membership , and my kids were enrolled in day camp there, I had to drop them off, so I was already there 3 days a week - literally no excuses. I picked the only thing I felt i could do- I got on the treadmill and started walking, and walking, and walking.
Then I remembered Sparkpeople- ( from a previously unmotivated episode). I hopped back on here and never looked back. This community has been my motivator, when I felt like giving up, My laughter, when I felt like crying. and my friends when I felt all alone.
It has been a year of sweat, lost lbs. ( sometimes found and re lost) goodies, sparkpoints, and finding my inner light again. It has been one of the hardest and best experiences of my life. I am so proud of myself and all my sparkfriends who never give up- never stay down and accomplish so much . I know the year ahead will be challenging, and exciting and rewarding. I wouldn't want it any other way.
these pics are Mother's day 2009 and Mother's day 2010.