Saturday, February 04, 2012
My 15yo son si 6'9". He's a tall skinny thing, not much muscle. In the past year he has grown 8" so he's been having an adjustment period to his body (and, No, he's not done growing).
He's currently on his school's JV basketball team. The varsity coach knows he'll be an assett to them as he keeps growing, getting stronger and improving his skill level. One of his JV coaches took him to our church's gym one night after his school practice. They worked out until 10pm.
The next morning my son said to me, "Mom, look at this weight vest. My coach made me where it while I was working out. You should give it a try." Yeah, RIGHT! "Uh, NO THANKS" I said, "Besides I already have my own weight vest on, it's just under my skin".
The vision of The Biggest Loser episodes when they have to put back on all the weight they've lost flashed through my mind. Wouldn't it be great if I could put 160lbs on my athletic boys so they could understand how much weight their mom lugs around each day.
After my kids left for school yesterday I noticed that the weight vest and bball gear had been left in my entryway. I decided to clean it up and put it in my boys' room. As I picked up the weight vest it didn't come up as easily as I had first expected. It was HEAVY! So I was curious, How much does this thing weigh?
I went upstairs and weighed myself then stepped back on the scale holding the vest. It weighed 15lbs! Oh, My STARS that's less than I've already lost. As of yesterday I had lost 18.4lbs
What a great visual that was! I couldn't help to share my revelation so I texted my son to let him know. Then I told him I only have 9 more weight vests to lose!
It's an amazing realization that I had been carrying extra fat/water around with me daily that weighed as much as the vest. I'm excited seeing the numbers come down on the scale but I'm more appreciative of the hard work having held weight, that is less than what I"ve lost, in my hands and could actually FEEL my accomplishment!
1 Weight Vest Down, 9 To Go!
Thursday, February 02, 2012
Yesterday was the day I "officially" weigh in and input it on SP. I actually weigh myself everyday, not allowing the up and down fluctuation to play with my mind. I use it as motivation for my day.
When I got on the scale this morning I saw..............299.6!!! YES, That's Right that's a TWO in the front!!! I wasn't expecting that for another week. I was shocked, it caused me to pause a bit. I stepped off and got back on. Yes, stayed the same. YAY!!!
I wanted to shout it on the roof tops! The only person awake was my husband, and sadly enough I didn't want to share it with him.
He's been wonderful, supportive and caring through this whole journey. I KNOW he would have been thrilled for me. So what's the problem? ME! I'm sure my husband already knew I was in the 300s. I've been here forever with very, VERY short visits into the 290s. My husband used to be 330. Now? 275. Wow, that's great, AWESOME! Yeah, except he hasn't done anything to lose it. He has diabetes and he's ignored it. His untreated, dangerous health condition is making him lose weight. He sits on the couch and eats ice cream each night. He probably has at least 84oz of soda a day. And inbetween that he eats poorly! Last night for dinner he had 5 items from Taco Bell (I oredered the Fresco chicken soft taco, brought it home and made up a huge bowl of steamed veggies).
I just didn't want to share with him that I had been in the 300st. I've always been lighter than him, except for the last year.
Right after weighing myself I got on the treadmill for an hour. My husband poked his head in the garage to tell me bye before he left for work. I had the urge to tell him my exciting news. I blurted it out and immediately started crying! Of course he was thrilled for me but my confusing emotions were right at the surface. I'm thrilled to be out of the 300s but at the same time I'm completely embarrassed that I had even let myself get that obese.
I'm fine now. Very proud of myself and my hardwork. I texted my mom, two sisters and my college-age daughter to let them all know. They are my long distance cheerleaders!
I'm thankful for my family's support, especially my husband's. I know he might be lighter than me but in reality he is sicker. He told me, as I cried, how proud of me he was and wished that he had the determination that I've been showing the past month. I so hope he'll have the desire to take care of his health!
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
January found me making a comeback to SparkPeople. I'm so thankful I did. Wasn't able to start on January 1st due to the stomach flu but I began my healthy eating and exercising on Jan. 3rd.
Still worked on sticking with the calorie range 1200-1550. Most days I stayed within that range. Some days I was full, even stuffed, and was surprised to find my calories were low. And there were a few, less than a handful, days when my calories went a bit over. I always tracked so the overage was not a surprise, or ignored.
My workouts I started small. Began on my treadmill at a pathetic 2.7 speed. Now, just four weeks later, I'm doing it mostly at 3.2 speed, an incline of 3.0. Sometimes I've been able to do 3.6 for a minute or so. My stamina is so much stronger! I usually do my treadmill for 45min and once this month did a 5K in 56:59 min!
Two weeks ago I started going to the gym. Just 10min on the elliptical was a KILLER! It's amazing how each cardio activity uses such different muscles. I'm trying to mix it up more. At the gym I do ST 3 days a week, warm-up with the elliptical, then finish with the recumbant bike.
I failed to take measurements at the beginning but I did take them today! I feel so much stronger, energetic, energized and all in only 4 weeks! And a perk from this dedication?.....
GOAL for February:
1. Lose 10lbs
2. Figure out a more comprehensive ST program
3. Increase monthly exercise minutes to 1920 (Jan was 1880)
4. Drink 72 oz of water each day.
5. Schedul appointment with trainer for body fat
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Have you ever been camping where they have signs posted advising you to keep food out of smell, reach and sight of the bears? Whenever we go my younger kids are always very vigilant out of FEAR. Before we leave for a hike or turn in for the night they make sure that everything is locked tight in coolers and even into the car. That no scrap of food is to been seen or smelled so the bears STAY AWAY!
Well, I am a BEAR, and you better keep that food AWAY FROM ME!
I'm finding I can't have food left out where I can see, it smell it, or get to it. I can make meals for my family and daycare kids but if I leave the food out after it's served my cravings kick in and I become a Starving Bear. My glands start salivating, I can taste the food just through smell and I MUST have it. If I allow myself even just one bite when I'm in Bear mode it will not stop there.
Have you ever tried taking food away from a raging bear after just one bite? Not a pretty sight!
Of course, I'm a pretty civilized bear, once the food is portioned for someone or is in front of them I will leave it alone. I won't frighten the poor child away so I can access it.
I know where I have to hunt for my food. I have spots in my cupboard that are for me. My family is welcome to it as well but that's the area I can go to. I also have a section in the fridge as well as the fridge out in the garage.
But there are times, when food is left in my sight and smell, when I just can't stay away. Thank goodness there are some BIG hunters at my house. Last night I was reaching for the scrumpteous yellow cake with chocolate frosting, when my 6'8" son came and scared me off. I wasn't about to come back for it with him standing guard.
So, Please Don't feed the bears! They know where to find their food and it is MUCH healthier for them (me)!
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