Sunday, June 10, 2012
Okay, first I have to say that I KNOW that some of you runners, etc, will not appreciate this...perhaps scoff (in a nice Sparkpeople way, of course) at my mere 8 miles, but today my husband and I went to downtown Tulsa where they have been having bicycle races all weekend (I understand that we have pretty good ones!) and did the family eight mile ride. I have done 10 miles on a level stretch and usually do six at home, but this had a few hills - not too bad, since there were children.
Anyway, I finished the ride (my hubby is one of those who does rides where they ride 35-70 miles per day , but he was kind)....I did PASS some women half my age on hills where they had gotten off their bikes and were walking!! (sly grin) I will admit that several of those children finished WAYYY ahead of me, but I beat the little four year old whipper-snapper with training wheels!!!!!!!!! (evil hahahaha) Also, I was REALLY glad, as I rode through the water being sprayed by the fire department that I had decided AGAINST the white t-shirt!!
Here are some of the pictures - I am the only recumbent there (of any kind) with the orange flag....was tired, hot, and sweaty but finished!!! Could not have done that 121 lbs ago!!!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Today, March 13, is my one year on maintenance anniversary! Wow. I mean, really, wow! It does not seem possible....I am attaching two pictures, taken almost 2.5 yrs apart at about the same place at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida. The second one was taken last week....I think it is crazy that I have on the SAME color shirt!! Not the same shirt, but the same color...
The teenie-tiny young woman who cuts my hair recently said something about keeping my weight off like, "it is really easy for you now, I'll bet" - I assured her that no, it was always a battle but I was just winning more often. I wanted to scream at her loudly something insane like, "What do you know!! You probably have never weighed 100 lbs soaking wet!!" But I restrained myself because she is really a sweetie...and she is armed with sharp scissors.
I have learned a few things about myself and maintenance:
Exercise, exercise, exercise....don't love it, but have to do it....sometimes enjoy it more than others...5-6 days a week for me.
Portions are REALLY important....I cannot and never could eat as much as my husband, although sometimes I think I tried....sigh...
I can still eat somewhat like the "real world" eats, just not as much and I have even gotten to where I prefer broccoli over french fries. Pizza (okay, I prefer veggie) is not forbidden, just much less and not more than once...okay, twice maybe a month. I carry my skinny flat ww bun with me to have a hamburger out once a week, but that may be my only beef that week....we eat alot of chicken and fish.
It seems like I am learning about myself on a daily basis and I turned 64 last Saturday!!! Guess we should never stop that learning stuff!! We got home from a week in Florida this weekend and both lost two pounds each....just by being careful, making the right decisions, and of course, walking our feet completely off!!!!
I have said this before to you, my SparkFriends.....If I can do this, YOU can...look how long it took to get through MY thick head - YOU CAN DO IT, TOO!!
Thursday, February 02, 2012
What a nice opportunity to get to preview this DVD!! As usual, Coach Nicole is personable, knowledgeable in her area, and cute as a button!! I found the workout to be well done...good warm up, cool down, and the bigger part of exercise, of course!! I liked that she had two other trainers there, doing the beginning and advanced levels...very helpful!
I get the majority of my exercise from walking and riding my bike, so this will be a nice change from time to time - thanks SparkPeople and Coach Nicole!
Saturday, January 07, 2012
Two years ago today, at 271 lbs, I was preparing to begin on a new diet. I had been told a few weeks before that I was an "early diagnosed" diabetic. I had taken the classes but had not seen much change in my dieting attempts over the last 30 or so years of being overweight and trying, then failing at losing weight. My doctor had talked about medicine....I asked if I could have some more time to do it on my own....I was frightened and looking at my own mortality at 61 years old. My husband has always been active, and I was wondering if I would always be heavy, afraid to try anything because of my weight, and ruin my health. I got online and started looking....I found the Prevention magazine Dtour diet....but what happened over the next 14 months has proven to be one of the biggest keys to my weight loss....I changed it from a DIET into a LIFESTYLE!! Duh...finally found out that it wasn't a case of going on a diet, losing weight, then going back to eating the way I did before!
I have also realized that something I did differently was doing things more slowly....not starting an eating plan, exercise, water drinking, etc., etc., all at once. I concentrated on my eating for at least 2-3 months before I started exercising, then added on other things at a slower pace.
Then there is exercise...I am exercising more now at 63 than I have for YEARS...I amaze myself regular!! :) I started exercising (the WOW walking program and riding my recumbent trike). I still exercise 5-6 days a week. My husband and I do more together - even went sea kayaking this year!! (would have never even tried before)
Somewhere along the way, I found SparkPeople...what a wonderful key to losing weight and keeping it off!! More knowledge than I can take in and a wonderful group of friends who know EXACTLY what is going on with me!!! Been there, done that!!!
I lost 121 lbs in 14 months and have kept it off for 10 months next week! My eating IS a lifestyle....I can have pizza occassionally, for example, just much less.... I eat breakfast every day....NEVER ate it in the past. I still walk those 5-6 days a week. I am working on getting more sleep...gotta have a challenge, I guess! I am off my blood pressure meds, my blood work is great, and my diabetes doesn't show up in my blood work!! My doctor tells me that I don't have to gain back 100 lbs to have the diabetes kick in....just 20 lbs could do it, so I am determined to be diligent!!!
I look at this picture of Christmas two years ago, me colapsed in that chair,
and remember how exhausted and hopeless I felt....gosh.....just TWO years!
Thanks to God, my family, and my friends, and, let's be honest here, to my hard work and determination....if WE aren't proud of ourselves, who will be?! I know I must be vigilent and continue the work....for those of you who are just beginning, DON'T GIVE UP!! If I can do this, YOU can! Just look at what just two years can do!!!
Monday, July 11, 2011
We just got home from a vacation in the beautiful (and cool-wear-a-jacket weather) of the northwestern states of Washington and Oregon! The weather was amazingly different from the over 100 degrees of here at home!! I also couldn't help but compare this trip to our trip to the same area of the country two years ago....right before I got serious about changing my lifestyle and losing 121 pounds!
The first was remembering how I almost pulled a shoulder muscle, fastening my seat belt two years ago, with it stretched all the way out....this time, I had a "tail" almost a foot long!
Here are two pictures of me doing some biking in Portland and some hiking in Washington....something I would have never done two years ago....no energy and avoiding "all things exercise" !
How about this one....me after walking up 163 steps to the top of this tower in Astoria, Oregon!! Two years ago, I wouldn't have even tried...no way!
This one amazes me...would you believe sea kayaking for three hours?? Two years ago the energy level would have never handled it and there probably would have been no way I would have fit with that extra 121 lbs!!
I don't have pictures of me at the indoor swimming pool...but even though I know I won't win the Bathing Suit Competition, I actually OWN one now and will be seen in public, drapey skin and all!!
To top all this off, I gained NO weight this week!! Thinking over what I ate, I was proud of my choices...I didn't eat rabbit food and be the long-suffering dieter, but I did make good choices...had pizza one night - only TWO pieces of veggie (my personal fav) and even Mexican....no chips, half of a chicken and black bean burrito.....used my head for snacks and other meals....
Now, don't get the wrong idea...I was tempted, just like everyone else...I think we need to pat ourselves on the back sometimes but not get big headed! It all returns to what I have said many times, "If I can do this, YOU can!" Small steps and a determination to NOT GIVE UP!!
.....what a difference two years can make!
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