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Day #3 Down or halfway down?!

Friday, August 06, 2010

Well the plan was to go stop at a couple of places to find the aqua shoes for the pool and a swimsuit (Yeah I know perfect time to try to find those!!!) Any way... I stopped at many places... none of which had a swimsuit BIG enough for me. Then I decided to try one last place. And since I don't normally shop in T I had no idea how the store was set up. So I was walking around looking at stuff. I couldn't find a plus size section. I found the "active wear" section and while just walking through and glancing at things a woman in the area gave me the ugliest look I've ever seen. It made me feel so very self conscience. For a brief minute or two I felt bad and wanted to melt away and hide in the comfort of my car or my house. But then I was like, at least I've started working on my weight, unbeknownst to that stranger. Granted I will never be as "skinny" as that stranger, but at least I will get myself healthy again. I did manager to get a new pair of tennis shoes, aqua shoes, two work out shirts and a pair of shorts... I think the shorts are gonna go back... they just don't look right on me!!!

Well my "shopping" and browsing took up more of my time than I expected or planned. So I didn't make to it to the gym as planned... I came home b/c my hubby was coming home for lunch. So he and I had one of those thin frozen pizzas ( I had two small slices and an apple and water).

After lunch, I got my stuff together and headed to the gym. The plan for today was 30 minutes of treadmill and then some lower body exercises. I managed to get 35 minutes of cardio on the treadmill done. I didn't get to do the lower leg exercises b/c my son's father called to inform me they were on their way. We meet at a halfway point to exchange our son.

So does it still count? I walked 1.36 miles in 35 minutes. It kept inclining so I got a good workout. My heart rate got up to 150 and averaged at 135 (according to the treadmill target for me was between 108 and 150).

For dinner tonight we had subs but I had mine as a wrap. And only ate one (it came in two as a footlong).

Any way, even though I didn't work out as much as I had planned I'm still proud of myself for going and doing what little I did do! It might be a small step but at least its a step!


Day #2: Cardio H2O

Thursday, August 05, 2010

So I started something new today... Boy this month is going to be full of new stuff! LOL Anyway... I went to the Cardio H2O class this morning. It started at 10 AM. I was in the water a little before 10. There were about 20 or so people there, mostly women. I think I was the youngest one there other than the life guard! But hey I was there and ready to go! I found out I have to get some "aqua shoes" and some sort of gloves for my hands in the water. I don't think I did too bad. My balance is WAY off. But I guess over time that will change. I did keep up to the best of my ability. Who knew you could sweat doing cardio in the water?! The work out wasn't really that hard, at least I don't think it was. The parts that got me were having to do with my arms and my abs... sheewww, my abs were hurting! But then again its not often that I've been using them. My arms were a little sore from yesterday's workout. And they were NOT so sore that I couldn't do the exercises today.

I'm just so proud. Day 2 done. I guess I just need to keep this positive attitude and feel good attitude. The instructor, Mary, asked if I was coming back and I told h er of course! That was so much fun! But when I got out of the pool I felt like I was so heavy... UGH that was a work out in itself!!! LOL Then the walk from the pool to the locker room was a brisk walk b/c that hallway was COLD!!!!

I am drinking more water. I don't know how but I manager to get 8 cups of water yesterday. I'm working on the same today. I'm trying to keep track of what I eat and what I drink so I can see what I am doing right or wrong. I've gotten a lot of "Advice" from people about the food I'm eating... Well when you were not really taught proper nutrition... Hamburger Helper and a vegetable was a meal in our house growing up. Everyone keeps telling me portion control too... Well when u go from a large portion of something down to a half its size, I don't know about everyone else, but that leaves me HUNGRY!!!!!! So I am cutting down on what I eat. But I am doing it slowly that way I can get used to eating smaller amounts.

AUGHHh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I work part time as a merchandiser. I just got a phone call about another merchandising job that is permanent. Every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 6 am. That would mean I would not make it to the Cardio H2O class.... What to do what to do what to do???????? I know we could use the money... So now I have to try to figure out how to change classes... I guess I will do cardio Monday, Wednesday and Friday, unfortunately I will not have the same instructor though :-( But we need the money...ooohhh this could help pay for my membership to the Y!!!! WOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am not getting discouraged... Nothing is going to stop me from this journey. Nothing will get in my way and nothing will prevent me from accomplishing my goal. One step at a time. One foot in front of the other. One day at a time... One pound at a time... That's how its done and will be done with the help of my God, my family and my friends....

Day # 2 down. WOOOOHOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SELF-LOVE 8/5/2010 8:44PM

    I live about 50miles NW of you and I go to a Y 13miles west of me, but they dont have CardioH20, I think it would be fun. I like the faster paced classes. Which Y do you go to now? And keep up the positive thinking and just keep giving the hard choices to God, that's the best way to delegate stress!


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Small Goals will equal Big steps

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Ok so on one of the Team's pages' they said to create small goals. First two goals being what your reward is at losing 5 lbs and 10 lbs. So here's my first two goals as well as my end goal all with rewards....

316 lbs.- Movie of my choice for date night.
311 lbs. - Manicure and Pedicure

175- Trip to DISNEY!!!!!!!!!!!

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KIMMYD73 8/4/2010 8:49PM

    I like it..I have always wanted to go to Disney..Good luck..You can do it..

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Starting over.. One step at a time

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Well yesterday I took a big step and joined the YMCA of Charlotte. It was mostly for me but my son and my husband are now members too. So today, I decided that I would take the second big step and go and work out. I decided that I would use the Body for Life routine and exercises. I have done that in the past and it did help me lose some weight. And I figured that was the best plan of action for me. Hey, at least I went in there with a plan of action!!! Granted I didn't know what I was really doing so I asked for some help. The young girl working in the exercise room was very helpful and she helped me out alot. So now I know what machines to use.

Today I did 23 minutes on the treadmill (I walked a mile.) I got my heart rate up to 140 which I don't know what it should have been but when I first got on treadmill it was like 103... So I walked for 23 minutes. Then I rested a few minutes b/c I was dizzy when I stopped walking. Then I headed over to the machines, got help with which machines to use and started the upper body circuit. I did 4 sets and it started like this: 12 reps, rest 30 secs, 10 reps rest, 8 reps, rest, 6 reps. Then on the next machine. But I managed to make it through them! I walked out of there today very proud of myself!

Tomorrow, I am going to go and do the Cardio H20. I'm looking forward to that. Then on Friday I will do lower body workout and on Saturday if I can make it back in time from my cousin's graduation party, I will do Cardio again.

I'm just ecstatic about starting. I have a long way to go but its going to happen. I'm tired of playing around with this issue. No more. I'm working towards my goal and I will reach it. One little goal at a time.

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KIMMYD73 8/4/2010 8:54PM

    That is what I say. No more believing in magic to take the weight off. Slow and steady wins the race. And I think rewarding ourselves a long the way is a great way to do it. Plus being able to talk to everyone on here. It is about the motivation. Good luck and I know you can do it..

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HOCKEYGRRL81 8/4/2010 4:11PM

    Awesome! Keep up this inspiring work.

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KERENSALMW 8/4/2010 3:48PM

  Wow that's wonderful! Keep the spark going I am so proud of you. Thank you for inspiring me.

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GOINGTOLOSE2010 8/4/2010 3:44PM

    Congrads!!! Sounds like you have a plan of action and you are excited about it. Best of luck to you and enjoy .. Life I have found is to short not to enjoy it sometimes.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAZZWOMAN1266 8/4/2010 3:44PM

    Take baby steps and you will get there! emoticon

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The Beginning

Friday, February 19, 2010

So, this is the beginning to a life long change. I'm tired of being tired. I'm tired of being morbidly obese. I'm tired of being depressed when I go to buy clothes for whatever reason. I'm tired of not being able to play in the yard with my boys or chase my step-grandson around the house when he wants to play. I'm tired of being embarrassed. I'm tired of having to have my seats changed at concerts and conferences because my hips are too wide to fit in the seats. I will not be tired of this any more. I'm changing... One day at a time. I lost weight once before without actually trying. I know I can do it now. I went from 314 down to 265! Now I am back up to 324 (my highest weight EVER). With me being this overweight I can't even get insurance if I tried! How insane is that?

My husband got a job in Charlotte on 12/20/09. Then I moved with him to Charlotte on January 17th. We're living with some amazing friends, and our bedroom is on the second floor. I'm so over weight that climbing those 15 steps tires me and makes me breathe very heavy.

Well "E" and I have been working out. She helps me a lot. Any way, we started working out last week. But I only worked out for three days. Well this week, I have to say so far I am quite proud of myself. I have worked out for four days so far. I've noticed that now I don't get as winded and tired when I climb the stairs. Although, when I go up the stairs I hear my left knee crackle!

Last night we did 20 minutes of cardio to something called Zumba. Which is a dancing exercise video. That was tough b/c the people on there are already skinny and in shape and they were moving so fast. I had a very hard time keeping up. I'm very large and I can't move that fast right now. But I kept moving. I have to work through the pain because I am so out of shape. My hips (well where my leg connects to the rest of my body) bother me so bad when I do exercises resembling skating. If I do what some people say and don't push it to pain, then I would not get anything done period! So I push myself through the pain to the point that I can't really take any more at all. And I do have a high threshold for pain!

So I begin this journey one large and tired person. But I will never end my journey, but just take a few different routes and become a smaller, energetic, life loving, happy person!

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SUZY1212 2/19/2010 10:52AM

    Sounds like you're off to a great start! emoticon

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SOOTHINGGLOW 2/19/2010 10:52AM

    Welcome to sparkpeople! Its unbelievably supportive here! You can do it!

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DWROBERGE 2/19/2010 10:43AM

    Welcome aboard. You can do it too. Go for it.

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