Tuesday, November 13, 2012
I hate running, so what am I doing training for a half marathon? One of my best friends asked me a couple months ago if I would be willing to run one with her. At the time, it sounded like a challenge I was up for. Then, life happened. 2 foster children who desperately needed a Christian home fell into our laps, and my training went by the wayside. Here I am, 3 and a half months later, with only 10 weeks left until the race. I started training 2 weeks ago, walking mostly with a little bit of running thrown in. Today, I am proud to say that I completed 5 miles in 1 hour, 6 minutes, and I ran half of the way. I am completely excited that I was able to go so far, and it makes completing a half marathon much more attainable! It really is amazing what we can accomplish when we put our minds to it.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
I just can't believe how amazing making lifestyle changes can be. This weekend, I have gone off my normal routine and diet, but I have been tracking my calories and mindful of what I eat! I have been trying to make sure my body gets the adequate fuel--from fruits and veggies to liver supporting herbs. The best news is that this weekend I have lost 1.2 pounds and i am down to a size 12! I feel amazing and thank God for my success.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
My thoughts are not the same as they were 31 days ago.
-Yesterday, I had a cup of coffee with cream and sugar. I didn't feel guilty, I just decided I would forego my friendly carb for the day.
-Now, when I get hungry, I now am able to push the thought of grabbing something quick and unhealthy out of my mind and instead look for a lean protein and veggies.
-I no longer think that taking 4 months or more to lose 30 pounds is a long time, considering I am making lifestyle changes.
-I am ok with not having sugar in my diet. I no longer crave it, and I know that for me, sugar is like a drug, so I need to stay away from it until I can find healthier alternatives.
-I no longer have the "all or nothing" mentality. Because this is going to be a lifestyle, I can now have something off my diet and not feel like I have to binge just because I've already messed it up.
-I actually like and look forward herbal tea.
-I am now making plans for my diet and exercise future. I have made a plan to slowly add foods back into my diet and see if I have adverse reactions, telling me which foods I'm sensitive to. I also have plans for how to build my strength and endurance.
I never thought I would be at the point where I didn't constantly think about unhealthy food and what quick fix would help me lose weight. My way of thinking is evolving, so that healthy is now becoming a way of life.
Sunday, November 04, 2012
One month ago, I (re)began my journey to a healthy lifestyle. I was the heaviest I had ever gotten, weighing 204 pounds on my small 5'2" frame. I had outgrown all of my clothes, my feet ached constantly, and I had to use powder to keep the fat between my legs from rubbing together while wearing skirts. I felt like hiding from the world, from reality. I had tried several quick fixes, only to regain the weight plus extra and add another failure to the list. I knew that what I needed was not a quick fix, but a lifestyle change.
I sat down with my husband and we decided our plan of attack--he would cut out the alcohol and decrease his portions, and I would follow the Fat Flush Plan. We planned our first week's menu and took a trip to Whole Foods. I remember walking around Whole Foods feeling skeptical. I wondered if I could really stick to something long-term. I wondered if I would cave in to sweets and then fall off the wagon.
One month later, I am happy to report that I have completed one whole month of healthy eating, through prayer and the help of my wonderful husband. Here are some of my accomplishments in one month:
-I no longer sweat while sleeping
-I can comfortably fit into my size 14 jeans
-I no longer have to put powder between my legs
-My feet aren't killing me by the end of the night
-I have increased energy and actually desire to go outside
-I have walked/ran several miles this month
-I haven't had sugar for 28 days
-I have lost 16 pounds.
I am excited to see next months accomplishments, and beyond!
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Today I did something I haven't done in over a year--I got in a bathing suit! My goal while I am on Spring Break is to get a little bit of sun, and to do that, I have to actually BE out in the sun.
While I don't look the way I would like to look, I remembered that I should be happy with the body that God has given me. I took out my bikini, put it on, and went out to the pool. While it was embarrassing being the heaviest girl at the pool, I was proud of myself for having the courage to get out there. I know that tomorrow, it won't be as hard to get out there in a bathing suit. I also know that if I continue to work hard, I will eventually look the way I want to in a bathing suit!
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