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Now Healthy! BMI below 25! 97lbs down... and still working hard

Friday, January 15, 2010

For the past year I have been working at getting healthier. Over the past 13 months, I have gone from a BMI of 40.1 to a BMI of 24.7 -- that is down 97lbs from my original weight, or 61.2% of my original weight. It means I am now considered "healthy". As for what my ideal body weight should be, I am still working on loosing another 15-20lbs. But its not just my weight that has changed in the past year... Its my thought process... Its how I look at nutrition and exercise. This has been a lifestyle change! I have changed many of my "I can't do it" have been changed into "I can!" A year ago if you'd asked if I could run, the answer would be NO... this year I will be running a half marathon.

The changes I have made are life changes and I have enjoyed most of them...

emoticonI am enjoying the benefits of eating healthy. Lots of energy, great food....
emoticonI am enjoying spending time doing active activities with my family.
emoticonI am enjoying my running - even in the rain. And am pleasantly surprised on days like today when it stops raining during my run so I don't get completely soaked.
emoticonI am enjoying my strength training - and this year I will stick with it.
emoticonI am enjoying buying clothes in regular stores (no more plus size).

There are still a few things I find difficult and am continually working on
emoticonSome days eating within 1200 calories, especially when few around me keep to such low calorie consumption. Some days I'm sure my 4yo eats more calories than I do!!! Yes my kids are eating healthy, but they do eat foods that I won't eat (or can't fit into my daily limits)
emoticonCooking for a family with a variety of food likes, dislikes and nutritional requirements!
emoticonKeeping up the motivation to run in the pouring rain. I do it, but its hard to stay motivated!!!
emoticonGetting time for other things I love to do, now that I've added running and exercise into my life
emoticonShopping - I've never liked shopping, and still don't -- its now necessary as I have so few clothes. I'm now buying a few items every month or so. I'm always on the lookout for the next size down... I got new jeans for Christmas in a size 10, previous pair from early November were a size 12 - and I'm on the lookout for a size 8 in the same style. I found a pair that fit my body shape, for a reasonable price so would love to find the next size down to have when I get there....I do find it hard to shop, when I have no clue what size to buy! And forget bra shopping I've gone from a 38/40DDD (4 years ago) to a 34A, or possibly even a 32A/B -- unsure as I'm having difficulties finding anything with a 32" band....
emoticonPlanning ahead for goals. Its harder now to loose 1lb that it was a year ago. It takes more commitment to get the scale to move a pound.
emoticonThe other item that I'm getting better at accepting is the praise... The compliments... And my body image is improving, I am looking skinnier and will admit, if I don't look at the lower part of my body, I am skinny...

emoticonAnd the M&Ms that are in the cupboard as part of my Christmas present. I took them out of the container to put the container away (as it was a Christmas cookie jar), and filled up a sandwich size ziplock bag, which I then weighed... It was slightly over 1.5lbs -- yes that is right a pound and a half of M&Ms - and not even peanut M&Ms... Out of curiosity I used the nutrition tracker to figure out how many calories were in that, and it came out with a number of3400 calories, 142g of fat, and 440g of sugar! So what am I doing with these... My older two kids have birthdays coming up and I'm going to divide some of them up for the goody bags, and possibly use some to decorate the cakes at the birthday parties... I don't need 3400 calories -- and if I'm going to have chocolate, I'll have some dark chocolate please....

Some goals moving ahead...
emoticonRun a 5k -- will be running on Sunday
emoticonRun an 8K -- signed up for on in March
emoticonRun a 1/2 Marathon... still trying to plan which one I will run
emoticonGet to my goal weight. I would love to be there by my anniversary, but realize that that is highly unlikely and unsafe as there is only 5 weeks until my anniversary and I have 18lbs to reach my goal. BUT I hope to reach my next goal of loosing 100lbs by then. And would love to be at my goal weight by my birthday, so I can get some new clothes for my birthday!!!

Remember anything is possible. It is possible to change and get healthier. Is it easy? No. Most things aren't easy -- Many things in my life have been wonderful but not easy - getting my glider pilots license, getting my private pilots license, going through the Electrical Engineer program and keeping good grades (or at least high enough to keep of probation!). Raising kids isn't easy - sometimes are fun, somethings are easy, but it is still worth it. And so is weight loss! The journey is hard, and it is a lifestyle change, so in order to stay in the healthy weight range going forward it will require constant monitoring of my nutrition and exercise. Will I need to track everything? Probably not, but still need to be aware of what I'm consuming. Can I eat whatever I want going forward? No, but I do and will continue to include treats into my diet.

How can I think that this time I can keep the weight loss off? Last time I lost weight (other than when I was pregnant) I lost weight for a goal - my wedding... That has been my most successful weight loss in the past, but I didn't change my lifestyle then... I "dieted", I didn't change! This time I have... I've done more than just the WW diet. I've also committed to this for over a whole year, I have changed in my outlook, I see how it has changed my life (for the better!) and I'm not going back.

For those who are just starting their journey, or nearing the end, or struggling somewhere in the middle, remember its not about the day or two you go over, its about the whole journey! Some days may not be great, but if you have more good days that bad, you will get there... And it takes a while to change... it takes weeks to change habits, but it is possible!

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KUANGIE 1/16/2010 10:35PM

    Wow! Great job! You are a true inspiration.

Good luck with your upcoming races.


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NANAOF3LUVSJC 1/16/2010 11:12AM

    emoticon on yojur accomplishments. You are living a healthy life and The Rose Petals are so proud of you. Keep up the good work and you will reach your goal weight. emoticon and you have done it.

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KATELJM 1/15/2010 8:51PM

    Excellent, my friend! I knew you had gone under 25 BMI. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I especially enjoyed how you quantified the M&Ms and declared them unworthy of your consumption. Raising the standard for what we will eat is a great way to stay on track.


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MOLLIEMAC 1/15/2010 5:40PM

    Well done- fabulous blog about your incredible year. I had to laugh about your conundrum with bras- I hope you can treat yourself to a fitting, the results are truly uplifting:)! Woohoo...MJ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RENEEFL7 1/15/2010 5:35PM

    WOW! You are my inspiration. *I* want to post my blog like this in a year!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 1/15/2010 5:06PM

    Great blog and congrats on the 97 pounds lost. That is incredibly awesome. You have done great!

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Things are a little calmer here today... my youngest and I are at home for the day and the truck has been serviced and is all fixed up so we have wheels if we need to get somewhere. Thankfully it was just a broken hose, and is now all repaired, and my husband stopped by one store and picked up the item I needed from across town, so I didn't even need to do that....

We walked to school this morning, in the rain drops... I still have my exercise and some sewing to get done today... and my water to drink

ETA: Hopefully the headache I have will disappear soon.... I really dislike hormone related headaches... Wish it would go away! Acetaminophen and Ibrophen aren't helping it!!! Wish I had some Tylenol with Codeine left!

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COOKINMAMA 1/14/2010 3:01PM

    good for you... I can really see your body changing in your pictures... you're doing great!

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Mid Week Updates

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

This week has been crazy... and therefore this midweek update is LONG so you've been warned!

emoticonRUNNING emoticon
Monday morning I ran with two mom's that really pushed my pace. We ran nearly 5km on hill's and managed to keep under a 7min -km. Today I ran 6.7km with them and kept to the same pace at 6.9min/km...

The pace has been good, but really pushes me especially when we hit the hills, which living where we are is very frequent. These hills aren't particularly long or great elevation changes, but the road undulates. But Friday I will give my legs a break as I need to be at a meeting for 10AM so I will fit in a 20-25min run by myself on a flat track....

And yesterday when I didn't have time for a run, I did get 60min in on the exercise bike!

emoticon Spark Bootcamp emoticon
I have been able to keep going with these videos as well as some extra crunches and wall push ups. My right arm has been bugging me a bit (carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms), so I've been avoiding real push ups, etc....

emoticonNutrition emoticon
I have been doing well including more protein into my diet. It has generally meant some for of protein bar or protein shake everyday as well as some nuts or soy butter.

emoticonWeight emoticon
The scale looks like it is headed in the right direction. I will weigh in on Friday, but my daily weights have been heading below 155 by a bit for the past 3 days... so hopefully this is the end to this plateau.

emoticonEveryday stresses emoticon
Yesterday was very stressful - actually only about 1/2 an hour was stressful! A forgotten parking pass, a forgotten colouring bag, and a broken hose (over heating engine) all played into the confusion. Of course this all had to happen just before 6:30pm on a rainy winter night. First I met up with my husband and son and handed over the parking pass, then headed back to get the bag, then got the call the truck was overheated and headed to pick up my husband and son. Luckily it was close to home and there was a safe place to leave the truck, so there it was left until after band to be dealt with, the girls and I were left at home, and my husband and son managed to make it to band on time! Once they got home, we called AAA and had the truck towed - today one of the hoses was replaced!

Today is a little better, but since I'm without a vehicle, I've been needing to calculate the walking time to and from the school... Not too bad, except after my run, I had only 8min to have a shower and dress before I headed out the door again to pickup from preschool.

Christmas UN-decorating is progressing. I have about 1/2 of it in boxes... hope to finish the rest tomorrow and then I will attempt reloading the closet.

The washing machine has a hole in the seal, but my husband was able to pick a new one up the other day, so it should be fixed by this weekend (laundry is still possible as it only creates a small leak from the door!

The front door latch is broken (and has for a bit) -- just need to ensure the deadbolt is locked at all times. I pulled out a replacement part and hope to fix that today! Hopefully they are the same size!

And this week stays busy right through Sunday with a Winter Cub camp for my son this weekend, a Highland Dance Competition & Workshop for my oldest daughter and my first 5k race! (and a birthday party)

If my husband didn't need to head out to pick up my son from Cub Camp, we all would have gone out to the race... My daughter's dancing is in the same area as the run. But because of Cub Camp, and Dancing... my mom will take the girls and drop one off at the Workshop and hang out with the youngest, my husband will be heading out to pickup my son and I will be going to the race by myself. I am not worried about the race, but wondering what I will do between the end of my 5k and the ceremonies at the end.... Debating whether I will stay to the end.... (I'm running the 5k and there is a 10 & 15K distance too!

Hope everyone is having a great week!

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KATELJM 1/14/2010 8:10PM

    Don't inconveniences always seem to happen in bunches?

You balance a lot. It's obvious you have made exercise important to you and your entire family. I love you for it, you certainly inspired me!

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ONCEMOREAGAIN 1/14/2010 11:40AM

    Wow, you sure are busy. It is wonderful you have such a great attitude and sweet spirit to get you through all the stressors that have come your way. You are a real inspiration to me.

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NANAOF3LUVSJC 1/13/2010 10:33PM

    You are one busy lady. I am glad everything panned out and you did not have too much stress. I know you will reach your goal soon because you are a determined lady. I get tired just by reading your blog. Keep up the good work.

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Spark your body bootcamp - Week 2

Sunday, January 10, 2010

This will be my entry tracking my second week of bootcamp www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i

Starting Weight:155pounds

Day 8: Video emoticon
Cardio -- 84min Walk & 10-minute Jump Start Cardio workout -- DONE
Challenge -- Eat dinner without distractions with the family-- DONE

Day 9: Video & 30 minutes Cardio emoticon
8-minute Lower Body Workout with Ball Video-- DONE
Cardio -- 33min Run plus 14min warm up and cool down.
Challenge: Additional abdominal workout video -- DONE

Day 10: Video & 30 minutes Cardio emoticon
8-Minute Upper Body Workout with Ball Video -- DONE
Cardio -- 60min on Bike -- DONE
Challenge: Eat a Healthy Salad with Lunch or Dinner -- DONE

Day 11: Video & 30 minutes Cardio emoticon
5-Minute Core Workout with Ball Video -- DONE
Cardio -- over an hour of running/walking --DONE
Challenge:Boost your Fibre -- get 25-35g GOT 37g!

Day 12: Video & 30 minutes Cardio emoticon
10-Minute Lower Body Workout -- DONE
30min walking (all I could manage had a migraine) -- DONE
Challenge: Try something new -- DONE -- Applesauce with walnuts, craisins, and flaxseed

Day 13: Video & 30 minutes Cardio emoticon
6-Minute Upper Body Workout with Ball Video -- DONE
30+ min walking & a short 3km run -- DONE
Challenge: Get 7-8 hours of sleep -- going to bed now! REALLY tried to get in the sleep but the caffeine in the T1's I took kept me awake....

Day 14: Video emoticon
15-Minute Abs Workout -- DONE
Challenge: 15min brisk walk -- kinda -- was helping at a Dance Competition all morning, on my feet doing various tasks all morning, and then went shopping. No time for an actual walk....


A photo comparison

Sunday, January 10, 2010

This morning I pulled out an exercise top I hadn't worn in a few months... and couldn't wear it ... it was way too big. Here is some before (from Mar 28 at 218lbs) and today photos (155lbs)

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CRISTYKG 1/17/2010 12:42AM

    Lookin' Good!

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FITCHICK421 1/16/2010 10:58PM

  I love photo comparisons. You look great!

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BIKERCHICK74 1/16/2010 10:41PM

    well DONE!!!!

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KUANGIE 1/16/2010 10:36PM

    Wow- great job!

And that's a really cute top!

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JSOL170 1/12/2010 11:43AM

    Now that's impressive! You look emoticon

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TWINMOM512 1/12/2010 2:01AM

    That's wonderful!!! Good for you!

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HOLLYSOTEROS 1/11/2010 10:02PM

    That's awesome! How inspiring!!! Thanks for sharing your success.

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CJMOMMIE820 1/11/2010 1:31PM

    Leah--you continue to be an inspiration!

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COOKINMAMA 1/11/2010 7:59AM

    That's great! What a good feeling!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 1/11/2010 2:34AM

    WOW...I mean WOW emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PHOTOMOM109 1/10/2010 11:00PM

    wow- awesome!

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JLK7TIGER 1/10/2010 10:21PM

    Wow, great job, Leah!!!!

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KATELJM 1/10/2010 9:29PM

    Whoa, all that spandex, and it's so loose!

Your dedication to becoming fit has been awe-inspiring. Look how lean your face is, and your torso, compared to last March! You certainly do deserve to be a SparkPeople Motivator!

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ONMIWEI 1/10/2010 9:19PM

    Great job!!!!!

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DAISYDAY25 1/10/2010 9:14PM

  Great Job Congrats

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    That's GREAT! Way to go! I hope that someday I will have to purchase new workout clothes because the old ones are too big for me!
Way to go! you're an inspiration!

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JKQ2010 1/10/2010 8:54PM

    wow, amazing

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