Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Today's my 35th birthday and what a gift I've given myself over the last six months!
Six months have gone by since I joined this site. This time losing the weight has been a true lifestyle change rather than a diet. While I would love to drop around 80 pounds in six months like I did back in 2007, the reality of maintaining my weight has to be handled one day at a time with changes I can live with FOREVER. Back then I was working out sometimes as much as 3-4 hours a day. I took time away from my family and my friends. I was happy with what was happening to my body, but very unhappy with what was happening outside the walls of the gym. My life revolved around elliptical machines and weight lifting and 1200 calories per day. That program wasn't something I could keep up with, so naturally when I hit the place of being unable to "live" at the gym, 65-70 pounds creeped right back on to my body! This time I'm going slow and steady, making changes that fit in with my family's needs rather than excluding them from my life due to the "need" to be at the gym.
Since joining SparkPeople I have dropped two pants sizes.
I've gone from a 24 to a 20.
I've gone from a 3x to a 1x.
I took these pics to serve as a reminder of how far I've come. I may be slow and steady, but I believe I can win this race!
35 years young, 31 pounds down, feeling great, and LOVING my SparkPeople friends. I can't wait to see where I am next year!
Thank you all for your constant motivation, support, and encouragement. YOU ROCK!
Friday, May 04, 2012
If you have 5 minutes to spare, or even if you don't... you NEED to watch this video on YouTube!
From the video's description: "Arthur Boorman was a disabled veteran of the Gulf War for 15 years, and was told by his doctors that he would never be able to walk on his own, ever again."
Arthur Boorman proved those doctors wrong.
Being given the diagnosis of Probable Multipe Sclerosis in early 2011 almost took me down. I spent a year feeling sorry for myself and taking a mental and spiritual beating. But I found hope in the Lord and I found the help I needed in SparkPeople... and I have faith that I can be healthy.
This is me after losing 15.5 pounds since I found this place, and I know that if people like Arthur can do this, I can do it too. This is me now, but it's not me forever. I can't wait until what's on the outside matches the hope and determination that's on the inside.
Arthur's story inspires me to keep going and to
Last week's weigh-in was discouraging to me for about a minute... I didn't lose any weight. But I didn't gain any either. I know that's expected sometimes, but in the past that's what has given me the "excuse" to give up. I always gave up because it's too hard. But now thanks to SparkPeople and people like Arthur, I realize this is a difficult journey, but I'm ready to stick it out.
God bless you all. Please share Arthur's video if you are able.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Confession: I used to keep a bag of powdered sugar in my cabinet so I could mix up a quick "fix" of butter cream icing when I wanted to snack. Sugar has been my drug of choice pretty much all my life. It used to be the thing that made everything better. Not anymore.
Tonight, my snack is made up of fruits and veggies, and I'm topping it off with eight ounces of skim milk.
If I'm gonna give up my nasty sugar fix for something uber healthy that I'm not used to, I'm gonna make it as pretty and prissy as possible. I'm gonna make it fun.
Who needs a bowl full of butter cream icing when you have this? That's right. Skim milk in a wine glass, baby!
Whatever works, eh?
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