Wednesday, July 11, 2012
So I have been going to Body Pump and Zumba now. I have to tell you, I love Body Pump. I hate it when I am doing it, but I love how it makes me feel afterwards. I already am feeling a difference in my strength.
I can get up easier off of the floor, and let me tell you at 50 that ain't easy! I can pick up my 47 pound 5 year old grandson like a sack of potatoes and carry him in my arms. I could never do this about three months ago even without complaint.
This morning I got up, and was looking in the close as to what to wear to work. I decided to try on a skirt that I have not had on in 10 years. Guess what, it fit me! An A-line skirt actually went on and looked good!
Can I tell you how excited I am for my new found control! I gave up letting the weight control me anymore. I gave up allowing food to consume me anymore. I walked away from over eating, and choosing the wrong thing, to SparkPeople, and the wonderful tools that it provided to me. I now know where I am at in my food budget each and every moment of my life. This has give me a new found freedom and sense of great accomplishment!
I look forward to moving downward and becoming the me I always knew I could be but was afraid to strive for. Anything worth doing is worth doing well, and Nothing tastes as good as THIN feels, I mean nothing!
Thursday, July 05, 2012
I am happy to say that I went to my first Body Pump class with Nichole yesterday morning. I had been wanting to attend one of these classes for years, simply because I heard how body changing they can be.
Let me tell you that is some work out. It was hard, but not horrible! I finished the class. I am sore today but I felt so good for going. I plan on going back, and back again because I really want the results!
I was rewarded for my hard work, when I stepped on the scale this morning my very stubborn body let go of another 2 pounds. I was thrilled to say the least.
I am moving downward and there will be no stopping me now.
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
This past weekend saw my beloved Nichole graduate from College. Not only did she graduate, she did it with honors....Magna Cum Laude. So very proud of her. She has had a rough go of it, she left college when she was 21 to get married and have a baby, she knew it would be difficult to go back. Her husband would not support her doing so, every time she mentioned it he shot her down. He was about keeping her down I do believe. In 2010 after the divorce, she was living with her father and I, and the two boys. We told her it was perfectly Ok for her to go back to school. So she did, full time. It certainly paid off. So proud of her.
I also am very proud of her because she has been overweight for all of her adult life, and morbidly obese the last 6 years of it. I am very proud of her taking the commitment to SparkPeople and working out with me consistently and she has lost 60+ pounds since last August. She is looking amazing!
I can certainly tell everyone here, it is possible to change. It is possible to dig down deep inside, and make things happen. It is when we constantly tell ourselves WE CAN'T that we certainly WON't.
A single mom proved it can be done, with two young boys, and full time school, she incorporated exercise and eating right and is reshaping her body and her life!
Don't waste another moment, join a team, start logging your food, get energized with clean wholesome nutrition, you will find that the depression, and lack of motivation completely disappears once you do!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Wow, what a wild weekend we had. Nichole graduated from College, and we had her party this past weekend. I began on Thursday the preparation and the baking of some incredible cookies. Then on Friday I made the Lebanese meal that would be served to everyone. I so enjoyed making all of her favorite things.
I am so proud of my daughter, she is a single mother of two beautiful boys. She was divorced in 2010 and moved in with us. She went back to school, and completed her bachelors degree. She graduated with honors, Magna Cum Laude, and we could not be more proud of her.
She had gained weight over a period of many years as well and she and I became work out buddies. She has lost 50 pounds and is working so hard. She finally realized she has the resolve and the inner strength to follow everyone of her dreams. I am so proud of her.
We have been doing Zumba together three times a week, and also walking between 3 and 5 miles about five times a week. It has been wonderful, this bonding with my daughter.
I had such a busy weekend, that I did not get on Sparkpeople and even log in, and I felt guilty about that, so I went back and retraced what I ate, and lets just say I did not come close to eating enough calories this weekend. Nor did I drink enough. However, with that I also lost 2 more pounds. I will take that even though it was not ideal.
I am back on the track and am determined as ever to keep this train heading in the right direction. I am looking forward to my BLOG trip to Chicago when my blogging community of Lap Banders converge on the Windy City for three days of fun and support!
I want to be under 200 pounds by then and I have much work to do, but I am certain with the help of Sparkpeople I can do this! I am working hard, and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I feel better about life than I have in a very long time, when it comes to my weight. I am grateful to have a daughter who loves me enough, to be honest when I ask how something looks on me, and who will take the time, to workout with her mother!
She is indeed one special person!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I have to say that this has been one hell of a roller coaster ride for me. Since my journey began back in 2005 to get this weight off. When I had the LapBand placed I thought it would be my last battle with weight! This was a total error in my thinking. You see, weight loss surgery, does not and cannot fix what is wrong inside of our heads! Let me explain.
If you only attend to the physical and totally ignore the emotional balance, you will ultimately see failure once again. I think that the surgeons who promote weight loss surgery are missing this bigtime. Yes, I had to have a so called "psych" evaluation before I was cleared for the surgery. That was a one hour appointment, where I spoke with a psychiatrist who asked me all sorts of questions.
I never was made to deal with what was wrong in my brain. I am here to say that is why I regained 70 of the 83 pounds that I initially lost in those first 18 months after banding. It was not until the light clicked on, and I realized I had to find out why I emotionally eat, and how to fix this, did I turn that train wreck around.
Last year, I did just that. I went to a therapist, and I spent time analyzing myself and how I see food. Why I use food in the wrong ways. Maybe it was the death of my 4.5 year old son in 1988 to cancer that got me choosing food as a way to make me feel better. I don't know for sure, I do know it was after this time, that I gained the weight and became morbidly obese. I was not this way before.
I rejoined SparkPeople last year, and I began to log my food and daily exercise again. I began blogging with other Lap Band people. I became in tune to my body again. As this progression moved forward, I saw the weight come back off. I have since lost the 70+ pounds that I regained and an additional 11 pounds besides. I could not be more happy about that.
All in all I have lost 163 pounds since November 9, 2007. I think that says a lot about my resolve. I have recently begun to run. I have never liked running, even as a small child in school. I was stick thin back then, and I still hated to run. I am finding out now that I began the C25K program, that I actually like the feeling of accomplishment, when I am able to run. It is not easy, it hurts, I am sore the next day, but I can already feel a difference in my body.
I have been doing Zumba three times a week, and swimming as the forms of exercise that I choose. I love them so much, and I do not think of them as working out! You see I used to think of work outs as something I loathed, dreaded like being beaten with a stick so to speak. I would find every excuse in the book to NOT do them.
No more, that woman is gone, and the new Kristin has taken her place. I actually look forward to my next work out. I am walking 5.25 miles 4 to 5 times a week as well. This has also given me great strength in my legs. I feel rejuvenated and reborn so to speak.
I have a ways to go to get to goal, but I now know that it is truly possible to succeed. I am already a huge success, and have taken great strides in changing habits and behaviors that got me where I was to begin with.
If you do not make those changes for ever, you will only see short term success. This is not a fad diet, this is not a quick fix treatment, this is a new mindset, and a new way of life! This is not a diet at all, it is how I choose to live my life forever.
You see "nothing tastes as good as thin feels" and I will never stop fighting the battle of my weight! Yes, even when I reach my so called "GOAL"! I will still be fighting, because I never want to lose sight of where I have journied from.
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