Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Two years and four months - or 28 months total but I have finally reached the first of my goals weights 164. I am at the top of my class but I am no longer over weight!!!
61 pounds gone!!!
I remember when I first started in June of 2007 - my husband was away on TAD and I did what I call the walk of shame at the Air Station Gym. I was humiliated to walk in front of the other wives, the marines male and female, I felt like a shrinking violet and I wanted to hide. It's been a long up hill journey but once I put my mind to it and found out what worked for me - the pounds just started falling off it seems. I was loosing dress size after dress size. Just last week I tried on ball gowns for my husbands up coming military ball and I actually got a 10 on WHOOAAAAAA who saw that coming? I just bought size 14 jeans a couple months ago and now they are too big. This is huge as I use to be huge - 22-24X
Okay what worked for me:
First of all as my friends and family know I have a back injury so working out every day wasn't always possible - some time I went weeks before I could actually work out so it was important to eat healthy. I got hooked on fruit - daily - 4 and 5 pieces every day. Peaches, plums, oranges, kiwi, strawberries and bananas.
The next trick was to listen to my body... the first twinge of being full at meal time I would stop eating and wrap my meal up. Didn't matter if we were out to eat or at home the moment I felt that tiny nudge that I was full - I stopped eating.
Water... I bought two cute little water jugs with handles and they went everywhere with me - well not at the same time I always had one in the fridge so the water was cold. Also when dining out I started ordering water with my meal - no more sweet tea for me (this just started in March when we moved to California and we need water in our system due to the heat). So rarely did I drink a pop or tea.
Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds became my best friend. I bought 3 of her tapes...
Walk Strong - Walk Away the Pounds for Abs and the 5 Day Fit Walk. Now believe me at first I could barely finish one 15 minute section. But weekly I started getting strong and started adding light weights 2lbs - then 5 lbs and now 10 lbs. I popped in Walk Strong 3 days a week - Monday, Wednesday and Friday - these were my strength training days - and because Leslie Sansone is so awesome I always got a cardio kick with intervals. On Tuesday and Thursday I used the Walk Away the Pounds for Abs and this was my cardio - after two years I added Saturday work outs with Walk Kick from the 5 day fit walk.
I started cooking healthy and adding more veggies - soon I was on auto pilot ordering a salad instead of fries - ordering a turkey sandwich instead of a burger - I made sure all our meals at home had two great veggies and more fish, more chicken, more pork less red meat. Finally I did start substituting at meal time for my husband who is a big bad Marine and has to have his meat and potatoes - so I would let him have them once a week but I would eat something else. We don't HAVE to eat the same thing every night. Treat him while remaining healthy in my eating habits.
Now believe me - I still have moments with Candy (CHOCOLATE) and sweets like cinnamon buns or doughnuts - but I am not dead and I love these things. I would allow once a week or once every couple weeks - to have those moments - go ahead eat it - and sometimes it wasn't as fun because I knew I would have to work harder and longer on my next work out. Before long though I found a nice juicy plum was better or a really ripe peach that was soooo sweet or even eating a whole box of strawberries in front of the tv - so much better than potato chips RIGHT??
I just can't believe the transformation - Urban Mommy once told me "Once you get into the routine of eating and exercising correctly and daily - your body will change - it will shed the pounds and she was right - IT DID!!!"
Today my jeans are 11/13 - I like the junior size for my body type - I just bought some new ones and my husbands eyes about bugged out of his head - he couldn't stop looking at me, he followed me around from room to room and the big thing was NOW he wanted to be involved with my work outs - he said "Honey I can teach you some new moves with your arms" I have begged for him to work out with me for over two years and he "couldn't find the time" and now that I had lost all that weight NOW he wants to work out with me LOL too funny.
I feel good - I look good and I am sooooo proud of myself - this has been the longest hardest thing I have done in my life for years. One day you just wake up and say STOP, enough is enough - TODAY I STOP ABUSING THIS BODY THE LORD GAVE ME. One day you just say SO WHAT.... a lot of people have back injuries - JUST DO WHAT YOU CAN THAT DAY. My husband and I started taking hikes on the weekends rather than drinking a twelve pack - matter of fact I hardly drink at all any more - the calorie count just isn't fun - It is a lifestyle change - it's a whole new mindset.
But do it - start the change - your body will love you for it. You will love YOU for it....
I still have 28 pounds to loose before I hit my ultimate weight goal - and Spark People says it will take until Jan 20, 2010 - that's fine - I can wait - because I know I will be building muscle and toning and strengthening my core and when I do hit that final number - I am going to be a rocking grandma!!!
But today - I will relish in the fact that I am a HEALTHY WEIGHT - I am no longer over weight - I am no longer Obese and I am Proud of myself.