Friday, September 10, 2010
S is for starting a spark. It is also for SIX months. When I began, I felt old, terrible, cranky and fat. I was simply fed up with myself. I googled free online programs and found SP. I signed up, didnt tell anyone and decided to "try" it. I really loved the program from the start and decided I would track my nutrition and add fitness later. I also decided to not tell anyone until I had dropped 15 pounds with a few exceptions. I did tell my sister, husband and kids with one request. Do NOT say anything about what I am or am not eating. It was going to be up to me. I also left myself an easy exit for when I failed. So I began. What I didnt expect was the support, the welcome, the instant connections with everyone. It inspired me to not try but to DO this.
Then I shut up and started putting up.I cut out extra sugar (no cookies, cakes etc. and told myself it was for 1 week. Once I knew I could get through that week, I kept going. I lost 15 pounds in the first month. I tracked my nutrition and it kept me in check. Then I facebooked it so I would be accountable to lots of people.Then I began to walk.
I have now lost 43 pounds and over 20" which includes 3 bra sizes, 1 jean size and 2 top sizes.
Here is a picture of me before I started. I am holding a tray of sandwiches. Nice.
P is for my mantra: Progress, not perfection. I knew I was not going to be perfect, that it was impossible but that as long as I made progress, I would be happy. And I have been. Here are some progress pictures. I waited a long time to do the "pull-the-old-pants-waistband-out picture"!
A is for Activity. I do so much more now. It is embarrasing but I used to drive my truck along behind my husband and dog. I convinced myself I could not possibly walk. Now, we walk a mile or more, together, on most nights. My limp is almost gone (had knee replacement and am postponing another one) and I feel muscles in my legs that were buried under layers of fat! I walk now where I used to sit or ride a kart. I make up long ways to go around to get more steps in. I move instead of sit. I love to make plans to go places knowing I can walk and keep up with everyone instead of making excuses to do something else where I wouldn't have to move much.
R is for re-creating my self, my life, my habits, my future. To get healthy and active. To not accept the life in chains I had before. I have had many epiphanies since I began and going back over some of my blogs, the most important was that I CAN DO THIS! And also, for such a control freak, why was I letting food control me? DUH!
Here is a picture of me before, riding a seadoo. I still ride the seadoos but I look a hell of a lot better doing it now!
K is for the kindred spirits. I have made very close connections to some people here. If you are reading this, you are probably one of them. If you just found me, then I believe it was not by accident and we will probably be in touch more now too. I love the people here, the spirit of what we are all doing, the compassion, the outreach, the support, the love. I love hearing from you and cheering you on. I love that this WORKS!
I love that I am losing weight, getting fit, changing my life. I love that I may have some influence in your life as well. I know I will hit my goals, maybe not in a year but I will get there. I am forever changed, not just physically but emotionally and spiritually as well. I have been lifted up from my limitations and I try not to be mad at myself for letting it go on for so long. Clevagal asked me last night if I am always up. Im not but it is my natural, optomistic way of being. That is who the real me is. I really didnt like the Jan I was and I dont think my family really liked her either. It is good to be back. I can't wait to see the Jan that is coming in the weeks, months, years to come. Being a Libra, balance is very important to me. My "scales" had tipped for far too long and it feels wonderful to be more level again. These last 6 months have been completly life changing. I am heading to a great place. If I can, you can. Thanks for being on the journey with me.
Here's a before picture for your viewing enjoyment.
Doesn't everyone play the Harmonica with a loaf of bread in their shirt?