Tuesday, June 21, 2011
It was on Feb 26, 2009, 2 years ago my new life as a post op Lapband Begin. I know it's has been a while since I've posted. But I have truly been Living life to the fullest. I'm training for my first 10k run for Sept 2011. I'm so excited! I was recently featured as a Weight loss Success Story of the Month on my Dr's Website. Check out my story below : ( picture of me and my biggest supporter my Husband.
Cassandra: LAP-BAND Success
!Reflecting on Victories Throughout My Lap Band Journey
When I think back to February 26, 2009, I was at my highest weight of 235 lbs with a BMI of 50. Half of me was fat! I was digging my own grave with a knife and fork. Now it’s my 2 year Anniversary. I’m at a Healthy Normal BMI. I weigh 149 lbs. And I have maintained this weight for the last 2 years. since reaching my goal weight in 8 months. I lost a total of 86 lbs. I’m so proud of myself. Consistency, Commitment, and Compliance from Dr. Cywes and his staff has truly made all the difference.
With Hard Work and Determination, and refusing to Give up or Give in, I’ve consistently lost weight. The journey is not easy, but it is worthwhile. My biggest challenge was certainly overcoming bad habits. What most people don’t realize is that losing weight is not just a physical battle; it is not just about eating healthy and plenty of exercise, but more importantly the mental and physical habits that you have to break along the way. I had to change the way I thought about food, exercise, and I had to stop caring about what people thought of me and start focusing on myself and what I needed. I owe it all to re-learning how to eat and re-learning about food. how exciting and motivating those changes have been. I continue to celebrate victories every day. Some of them are mine personally, and others are those shared with the many people in this community . Thanks for having the ear to listen and the heart to receive
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Fourth Annual Captain Chuck Cornett Navy Run Hundreds turn out for 5th annual run April 3, 2010
Last nite I thought You're crazy if you do that race tomorrow! You should stay in bed!” Considering that I did not get to bed until 2:00 am since our son's flight was delayed. I got up at 6.00am and felt like a walking zombie. It was so sunny and beautiful outside. However, that was deceiving since it was 49 degrees!!! I grab my husband sweat Jacket put on my shorts and T-shirt, and headed to the race.
This was the race I had planned. And was looking forward to it. The festivities began early as we stretched, and warmed up, before the race. After observing morning colors, NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Jack Scorby Jr. welcomed the runners, including members of the Cornett family. With the firing of the cannons by the NAS Jax Security Department, the race begin and we were off. My pace was good while enjoying the sounds of my ipod.
The course was marked and there were volunteers at every turn. Before I knew it I was at the home stretch. I felt great throughout the race. I never walked and I sprinted through the finish line. In fact, I know I could have ran faster with proper rest. But all in all oh Yes, I think my training paid off. (oh what a feeling! and a sense of self Accomplishment! I finished with a time of 40:00 min.
I'm still happy because it was my first race this year. The snacks after was fresh fruit, water and very surprising to me they had beer where people were lining up to get a cup. And at the awards ceremony, I did not place in my age group. But I won an Awesome Prize in the drawing One pair of Asics Performing Running shoes Valued at $150.00 dollars. I was so Elated! Whoohoo!
My Photos Below: me on the top left, alone with race take off, navy band and other snapshots.
After I arrived home, Had to get my shower head out to my Hair Appt at 1:00 PM this was Easter weekend ( Resurrection Sunday) as always looking forward to Sunday school andSunday morning worship. I Thank God for giving me renewed strength Daily.
My Favorite Quotes
“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” – John Bingham
“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong
“There is no better feeling in the world than to take your mind and body to a place you thought it couldn’t go; a place you thought it didn’t belong. You should all try it sometime.” – Shauna Reid
“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just never give up.” – Dean Karnazes
"I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement." - Steve Prefontaine
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! HAPPYBIRTHDAY! HAPPY BIRTHDAYTO ME!
Two days ago on March 28, 2010. I celebrated my 47 Birthday. It was one year of not using food for anything outside of healthy nutrition. (Not that there weren't periodic temptations to dive back into the sugar barrel.)
It was a year of firsts. Living in a world without processed foods. I survived birthdays, anniversaries, illnesses, holiday's and day to day life events while maintaining my goal weight. Now one might think this was all frills and joy...that I spent the nights twirling around in my new single digit dress size... not so my friends. Having food-sobriety meant feeling every single feeling that passed my way.
Gone were the nights of late night grazing. I had to use every coping tool (Thank you lapband ) I have to allow myself to feel instead of eat. This is just as much work, if not more, than the actual lifestyle change. The good news is that, in the face of peril, distress or just boredom was just about gone. Most days I have felt great and full of energy. On the bad days instead of living in a denial fest, I engaged in reality and dealt with it.
The biggest adjustment being that since I hit my goal weight 5 months ago I could not just return to my old habits of eating. Nor did I want to. It took me far to long to lose this weight and celebrating the loss with food just seemed like an oxymoron. I thank God for my Family and Friends throughout each walk of my life that I have taken, those who I have met as a volunteer, as a professional or through means like sports or social networking, I thank you for all the things that you have passed on to me. I thank you for being human enough to care and to share. So for today, I have hit a first time mile stone Happy Birthday to me!
PS: Check out my story below on slideshow : click on the link or copy and paste
Monday, March 01, 2010
It's My 1 year bandiversy and I can't believe it! When I think back to February 26. 2009 , I was at my highest weight of 235. Now its my bandiversy, a year later, I'm at a Healthy Normal BMI. I weigh 145 lbs. And have been maintaining this weight for the last 3 months since reaching my goal weight in 8 months. I lost a total of 90 lbs, I'm so proud of myself. Consistency, Commitment, Hard Work and Determination, and refusing to Give up or Give in. I've consistently lost weight. The journey is not easy, but it is worthwhile. My biggest challenge was certainly overcoming bad habits. What most people don't realize is that losing weight is not just a physical battle; it is not just about eating healthy and plenty of exercise, but more importantly the mental and physical habits that you have to break along the way. I had to change the way I thought about food, exercise, and I had to stop caring about what people thought of me and start focusing on myself and what I needed. I owe it all to re-learning how to eat and re-learning about food. I've had only two fills my first 4 cc, so I'm at 6 cc in my 8 cc band. I've transitioned from plus size clothing to size 6-8 misses. I plan on getting certified to be a personal trainer early next year., and on April 3rd, I will be doing my second 5k run. I'm no longer Pre-Diabetic. Pre-Hypertension, or have high cholesterol I love my band....It saved my life, it saved me from me! If I can do it, anybody can do it! Today I celebrate my one year Anniversary. I'm 46 years old. I will be celebrating my 47 birthday on Mar 28. Happy, Healthy, and Fit!
Half the Size, Twice the Life!
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