Sunday, October 28, 2012
It has been about 5 years in the making since I was in the 100 lb range. My current weight loss journey started on November 26, 2009 and now totals 112.2 lbs!
At first when I started the efforts to get healthy, the weight fell off easy climbing 4 flights of stairs each day and just bringing my intake down to a maintenance level. I went for several months dropping weight and frequenting the gym. Then I progressed to Zumba classes and Social Dance classes. Eventually I got equipment for a home gym including an elliptical, weights and an exercise ball.
After reaching about 80.6 lbs lost, I had to drop my Nutrition level and get in more exercise. This is when I started the Social Dance classes, which was all new to me. It presented a great challenge at 232.4 lbs and my body responded well to the change. The Nutrition drop was the most significant alteration and it wasn't easy.
From that point, until now, I have spent much of the time in plateaus, changing my fitness and I also dropped another Nutrition level but only one food item. My variation in exercise and eating a variety of food is what gets me results. Although my results are slow, I am making progress to the finish line.
I have 40.8 lbs to reach my goal and begin the lifelong dream of having a family!
I am .9 from reaching ONEderland and 5 years is a big gap in time since I have been at that weight!!!
Yesterday I walked 13.4 KM in 3 hrs and 19 minutes to the center of my town from my house. This is the farthest I have been even on my bike in just over 1 year since moving into my new house! I was extremely sore last night but I feel pretty good today! Nothing beats the feeling of pride finally reaching 200.8 on the scale, after being within 4 lbs of it since September 2012!!!
After my extra effort yesterday, today follows with needing a similar effort to get .9 off to get to that mythical ONEderland.....I am ready to make the valiant effort to realize my dreams.
Thank you ALL for the support and all the best on YOUR journey too!!!
Friday, October 26, 2012
I harbored the desire to be at a weight that was not excessive for many years. Throughout my childhood I was tormented by even the closest people who surrounded me. I vowed one day that I would be at a weight I could accept.
That one day came, in 2007, after 2 years of 2 hour workouts at the gym, strict Nutrition with a Weight Loss Program and lots of determination. I didn't recognize the person I had become and I didn't feel comfortable in my own skin. I felt sexy and strong, never before in my life had I known these feelings. I wasn't the only one uncomfortable with my new body, everyone around me from coworkers to family were saying negative things.
Once again commenced the bad habits and unhappiness and over the course of 2 years, I ending up gaining back 153 lbs. Unhappiness dictated my life and I always had the thought in the back of my mind, as I did before that I wanted to get rid of the excess weight. As is myth, losing weight doesn't guarantee happiness. Happiness comes in resolving issues in your life and learning to not use food as a coping mechanism.
In November of 2009, I decided to make the valiant effort once again to take off the excess weight. Over the course of time, I have lost about 111 lbs and discovered that confidence I once knew. The feeling of sexy and strong returned and I am trying to embrace it this time around. Having the courage to see yourself as worthy and following through is a daily struggle but the longer you spend in that state, the more you get used to it.
I live the healthy lifestyle and have for the last 3 years, of course there are a few days when you don't follow the straight and narrow but it is what you do habitually that counts. I have found great happiness in my life and I want to continue to feel deserving of the sexiness and internal strength my hard work has brought me.
I have uncovered a whole lot of confidence beneath the fat layers as I uncover the authentic me. I feel happy to be who I really am and there is no need to hide behind things that damage you greatly.
The most important lesson, in this difficult journey is that coping skills do not include self-destruction. We must love ourselves and take good care.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
On October 19, 2011, I signed up on Spark looking for inspirational stories to keep me motivated and following through.
In the one year's time on here I have dropped 24.6 lbs, I had lost 87 lbs before I found the site. I found lots of success stories to continue with my own effort. I have a few supportive people who regularly follow my status.
When I recall all of the fitness I have done in that one year's time, I am so proud. From a 7K, 15 obstacle Spartan Race to 2 hrs at the pool, it is has been a great year. I have to give lots of credit to my husband for being by my side through the immense struggle. I have another 41.4 lbs to reach my goal weight and 1.5 to reach ONEderland!
The journey is a difficult one, with other people sometimes as obstacles and sometimes myself as an obstacle. With a lot of finesse and perseverance, I am trudging my way to the finish line.
The happiness my success has brought me and the body I have now is enough pride to continue to the finish line. This is not easy but it is doable and I don't let setbacks get me down.
Thank you to ALL the Spark members who have encouraged me and continue to do so! Also, a great big thank you to Spark for having this free site!!!!
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