Wednesday, March 07, 2012
It's amazing how fast time goes by. March 6th would have come today whether I was here on SP, had lost weight, or not. Thank goodness I am here, Have been here, for the past 9 weeks. I'm really enjoying the results! But it's just the tip of the ice.
I guess my results have been enough to have people notice. Last night I ran into a friend at the high school orientation for our 8th graders. This morning I received a phone call from her. "How are you doing it, how are you staying away from the junk?" she asked. With a bit of a pause from me she then said, "Or are you?"
That's the thing I'm NOT staying away from the junk. Am I eating it every day, NO! Is it the main dish for my meals like before? NO! I was honest and told her I've been to the movies with my husband and had popcorn and M&Ms. I had cheesecake with cherries for our family Valentines dinner. I've had birthday ice cream for my kids and, yes, even a cupcake. But the key, at least for me, I told her is that this is a lifestyle change. I can't realistically give up 100% all those things for the rest of my life. But I pick and choose what I want and when I want it.
At the last two basketball games for my son my in-laws came too. And with them they brought hot tamales, chocolate pieces, cashews loaded with salt. While there they purchased soda and popcorn and skittles. All of those items were offered around to our group. I said No. I had my almonds, water bottle and dried apricots to eat for my snacking if I had the need. I will not accept everything offered to me, I will consciously make my food choices.
I felt great getting the call from my friend, saying she's noticed my hard work. Later today I saw a lady I haven't seen since before Christmas. She too noticed that I've lost weight. What a great feeling. I have to admit I did stand a bit taller and tucked my belly in (as much as I could).
I've had very satisfying results for these 9 weeks. I can't wait to see what another 9 weeks will bring, then 18, 27, and even 99!
Sunday, March 04, 2012
At the beginning of this journey, for 2012, I had set the goal for me to no longer be Morbidely Obese by my 45th birthday (March 21st). To do so my BMI needed to be 39.99 or lower. Starting on January 3rd, with a weight of 317, (all time high 325) my BMI was 44.21. To get out of the Morbidly Obese classification I had to lose 31lbs.
Well, as of this morning I DID IT! I weighed in at 285.6 A total pounds gone of 31.4 My BMI is currently 39.83
I'm still in the Obese category, Class 2 but that WILL change too. To get into the Class 1 Obese range I have to lose 35.6. That will happen this summer!
On to another note, a NON Scale Victory. Yesterday, being Saturday, I decided to try a longer workout on my treadmill. I watched an old episode of Biggest Loser. The online program said it was 1 hr and 25 minutes. I've walked for 60 minutes before so felt confident I could add another 25 minutes to my workout. (I did lower my incline to a 2).
It was quite the workout. My cardio and lungs seemed to be fine but my hip area and feet were the problems. I think for long workouts I need to find better socks. No aches today so I know I didn't overdo it. But as I stayed committed to working out until my show was over I ended up walking 96 minutes. Hmmm, maybe the little commercials they throw in weren't counted towards the 85 that were listed. According to my treadmill I walked 5.1 miles in that time. I kept my pace mostly at 3.1 with a few moments of higher (actually jogged for just one minute at 3.8).
I'm feeling great and looking forward to upcoming challenges I have. One team is starting another blackjack challenge tomorrow. Instead of trying to walk 21 miles it's to see who can exercise for 21 hours. Then the Biggest Loser Spring Challenge starts back up on March 15th!
Gotta LOVE my Spark support!
Sunday, February 26, 2012
That is what my 4yo daughter said out loud yesterday, as she layed on the floor, to no one in particular.
I was cleaning in the kitchen and overheard her. My response? "They can come true." "They can?" she replied as she jumped up and ran in next to me, wanting to hear more.
"Sure they can! But they don't come true with Fairy Godmothers, Genies or magic spells. They're something that YOU make happen."
She was so excited with this news and gave me a HUGE hug around my legs and ran off to play again.
For a brief moment I was sad that my little one had such a depressing thought going through her mind and wondered exactly what had brought on that thought process. But thankfully I was able to turn it around to a positive outlook.
That brief conversation brought my biggest dream to the front of my mind...Getting healthy, losing weight!
Just like I told my daughter, I won't have a Genie come with 3 wishes, there is no magic pill sold (Jack and the Beanstalk) and I do not have a Fairy Godmother to wave a wand over me to make my dream a reality. So HOW will it happen?
Me, pure and simple.
But before that dream can become a reality I have to make it a goal. It has to become a goal with action plans, short-term and long. Will there be ogres, trolls and evil magicians in my way. DEFINITELY! Will I become discouraged and lost in the frightening forest? Possibly. But the one thing that will make it happen is my determination. How badly do I want this Dream to Come True?
I WILL make it come true. Because this girl believes in Fairy Tales. Except for in my story I'm the one who holds ALL the Power!
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