Thursday, April 28, 2011
Today is one of the happiest days of my life.
Today, I reached the 100 pounds lost mark. I am so excited and elated, I just can't contain the excitement. I am so proud of myself for reaching a goal that, at times, seemed unattainable. I have experienced: joy, happiness, discouragement, disappointment, setbacks, etc. - all are building blocks to SUCCESS.
I started my weight loss journey at the beginning of Jan 2008, only a year later did I discover SPARKPEOPLE. I began my lifestyle change and weight loss journey at a whopping 246 pounds, 5 feet 4 inches, with the goal in mind of losing 100 pounds.
I have been faithfully logging my food and the past 18 months I have really amped up on the fitness part. I've learned that all calories are not created equal. I used to eat within my calorie range (1200) filling my mouth with fried foods, bread, etc. Then I discovered that losing weight had to be a lifestyle change and that I would have to cut out all the bad foods. I left behind the fried and greasy and turned my meals into fruits, veggies and lean meats and I haven't looked back. It took me a while to figure it all out but I now eat within an almost perfect balance of proteins, carbs, sugar and calories. I hardly ever eat processed foods, only whole grains, lean meat and tons of fruit and veggies.
My journey has been a total life changing experience. I have had a great support group and I have learn so many wonderful things from SP articles that now a healthy lifestyle is my way of life.
I just recently ran my first 14K and I am so proud of the fitness routine I have in place now. I run, lift weights, enjoy all types of cardio, kickboxing is my favorite. I am no longer a couch potato. SPARK has been slowly taking over my life in the fact that I am healthy, happy and I crave good foods and exercise and I have totally changed everything about me, including having a great self esteem in knowing that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.
New goals: I would like to lose another 15 pounds and I have my sights set on running a 1/2 marathon in the November 2011.
I love the new me and I owe it all to SPARK. I am no longer ashamed of the fat person I used to be but proud of where I stand now at 146 pounds, 100 pounds lighter, knowing that I made these changes for myself, the natural way, no diet pills, no weight reduction surgery. Spark has given me the confidence to be the ME I was destined to be.
I love to share my enthusiasm in helping others to stay on track with their weight loss journey and I find joy in encouraging fellow sparkers every day, like I said previously, SPARK is a happy part of me that I want to share with the world, shout it from the rooftops. I LOVE SP.
Believe me when I tell you, if I can do it, anyone can. It just takes determination, never let failure be an option. Hang tough. The most satisfying taste in the world is success. Best of luck to you, I'm here to help and encourage you along your way. Make today and every day a great one.
P.S. Today is my 800th day on SPARK, woo hoo
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Last night we went to the prom dress shop to return the dress that the tailor messed up. The manager and owner for the store were totally mortified at how bad the dress was screwed up. They were so apologetic and nice. They did not have another dress like the one she had originally chose as they were going to replace it with the same dress, sooooo....
The owner came out and talked to us and told my daughter she could have any dress in the store to make up for their boo boo, price was not an issue, for her to pick the one she truly wanted. I was in total shock, I expected them to just give us a dress that was around the same price.
The owner went back into the stock room and brought out a brand new dress that had just arrived, no one had even tried that dress on before, and there was no price tag attached. Well my daughter totally fell in love with the dress. She "Said YES to the DRESS". She didn't want to try on any others after first putting that one on, but we tried on several more anyway.
It fit perfect, no alterations needed, just a simple bustle on the back. She is picking the dress up today. I am so pleased that everything turned out great. I had previously decided that I was going to be nice to start with and then if they weren't being reasonable I was going to flip on the alter ego, Queen Biach if I had too. But the Queen didn't have to come out. I was so happy they made a bad situation right.
The best part about it all, my daughter is truly, truly happy and thrilled with the new dress. She says "its over the top Mom". So all's well that ends well. Here is a picture of the new dress she picked, it's a Jovanni, and it cost $100 more than her original dress, so I'm happy. The excitement has now been put back into prom, woo hoo.
As a special bonus last night, I did my first post surgery run, 3.2 miles. Not too shabby for being outta play for about 5 weeks. Got up to run this morning, but it was raining, so we scheduled a make-up for tonight as long as the rain holds out. Hope everyone has a fantastic day.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Ugghhhh, I have a teenager in the house that has senioritis. The last few weeks of school for a high school senior are the worst. It's boring, you're over it and ready for graduation. Soooooo, everyone in the house is miserable with Miss Senioritis among us. All the arguing about the importance of going to school these last few weeks is getting pretty exhausting. I don't know who is looking forward to graduation more, she or I? I'm betting right now, it's ME. This too shall pass.
And to further complicate and upset the craziness, the tailor at the dress shop totally screwed up her prom dress. They hemmed it too short, so now I have to go back to the shop and argue with the manager to make it right. They can't un-hem it, they cut it, so I don't know how they are going to resolve this. The whole thing makes my stomach hurt, I paid a lot of money for this dress. I hate confrontation, but surely they will undue the damage in a way that makes all parties happy, I certainly hope so, or I will be forced to open my can of whoop a$$ on them. Ooooh my, the stress of being a mom of a graduating senior.
Do you think she has put forth any effort to send out her graduation announcements yet? NOOOOOOO!!!! Another thing for me to nag about. All I do is nag, nag, nag, just ask her.
What's a mom to do? Well my remedy is simple.... I'm just going to exercise my self to death to escape this teenage stress, just kidding, but I am going to throw it into overdrive for the next few weeks. Mom has to have an outlet.
Wish me luck at the dress shop today, I have to wake up from this nightmare.
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