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For the First Time in 21 Years!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Today I fit into a brand new pair of size 16 denim crop pants!! The first time in 21 years!! I April I was in a size 24!! And the top is off the regular rack size large!!



The collage photo is my weight loss journey so far there are photos ffrom Nov 2010 through to today

  
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CALGARYNEWF 7/22/2011 6:13PM

    Great Job!

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CLASSYLADYMAY 7/22/2011 5:01PM

    Awesome!!!! so proud of you..!! Shows that you really are doing it,.! Keep going.. hugs Geri

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STUBBORNLOVE 7/22/2011 4:40PM

    Thank you 100 pounds to go but I am so pumped!!! emoticon

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BABYBY2012 7/22/2011 4:37PM

    emoticon you look amazing!

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20 Mile Urban Hike - DONE!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Well, we did it. I did it! I must admit that I had my concerns and doubts about the fitness challenge goal my hubby and I set for ourselves. He is on 2 weeks vacation and instead of going away we planned a fitness challenge of a 20 mile Urban Hike around the perimeter of our fair city. Whew! We did it!

|We left at 6 in the morning and set out to our starting point and then we proceeeded over a nine hour stretch to complete the goal! we did schedule in pit stops ( usully about 10-20 min stops - Except for lunch which we gave ourselves almost an hour for.)

I am type 2 diabetic and so we had to plan in the stops for sugar checks and for rehydration and snacks. It was an amzing hike! It was fun to say hello to folks during our travels and to see areas of our community that we do not get to very often.

When we finally stopped for lunch at a local establishment around noon we laughed as we talked to the manager and she told us she had passed us at 7am way over on the other side of town. LOL

It was a fun time. A lot of work and yes, a lot of pain. I had purchased some very good walking shoes and broken them in a week before the challenge - Thank God for that!!

At the halfway mark I was really uncertain of I could finish the goal but I chose to push a little farther and at each pit stop I questioned my ability but would chose to press on to th next pit stop - sometimes a mile or two away. In the end I lasted the entire 20 miles!! I am so proud of myself!

What a sense of accomplishment!!!

  
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STUBBORNLOVE 6/30/2011 3:30PM

    Thanks Jonica! Trust me I took the Advil darlin! Today the calves are tender but I did 40mins walking this afternoon to loosen them up again. Now resting and some more Advil. LOL.

After we were done the hike we chatted and were talking about our upcoming anniversary we laughed - it is our 20th. So yesterday we walked one mile per year! LOL can ya see us on our 50th??? emoticon

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JONICACALDWELL 6/30/2011 3:22PM

    OMG!!! I'm so proud of you! It sounds amazing!!! And with the hubby, what could be better!!! Take some Advil you might need it!!! emoticon

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Continuing On The Journey

Friday, June 17, 2011

I have not been on in a while and a lot has changed since then! It was April 6, 2011 the last time I blogged - today is June 17. I am thrilled to say that though I fell off the blogging wagon I have stayed on the weightloss and Lifestyle Change wagon! HA!

I am now down 22lbs, I have gone from a size 24 jeans to a size 18-20 (depending on the style). I am wearing an XL top from the regular aisle instead of a 2-4X from the plus sizes! I am still off the Metformin. I have reduced my insulin at meal times from 27 units to 10 units , and as of this week I am off of the Levemir (bedtime insulin I was at 30-35 units).

I am now working out every day. Anywhere from 30 to 90 mins a day. Walking, Zumba, stability ball, whatever i feel like doing sometimes multiple items in a day.

This Sunday I am wearing a size 16 dress to Church!

Attitude? You bet! I am darn proud of myself and I am working my butt off and anything else I can get rid of. I am determined.

I am beginning to get reactions from people when they see me and have not seen me for a while and you bet it feels good!

  
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KRISTINBIRD 6/18/2011 4:35PM

    Way to go! That's awesome!

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Back In The Drivers Seat

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

I did something in the last 24 hours that I should have done months ago. actually, I started to two months ago but I did not go far enough. I took control of my own health care and disease management.

I am a type 2 diabetic. I have a family doctor and a specialist I deal with and also a diabetes nurse. It can be so frustrating dealing with different people, they all have their own way of doing things! And if i do not listen and obey then I am labled noncompliant. Ok, that just will not work when they all have different plans and orders they want me to follow.

So, yesterday, my family doctor was frustrated and said "You are killing yourself". I was furious! Do not tell me I am non compliant when you are not on the same page as the specialist and you all tell me something different!

So after having a total freak out about it and absolutely driving myself into the ground for yet another failure I began to think it through and try to fuigure out the plan. I also seriously considered saying forget it and throwing away all the plans. But I set out a meal plan, a diet plan an exercise plan etc.

then today I stopped and thought it through. In the end they all want the same results they just do not agree how to get them. So, who knows my body best and how it responds? Me. So I stepped out and took control of the plan.

I took myself off of the Metformin (I hate taking it), I planned out a meal plan with lower caloric intake and I made sure I followed it and took my insulin. Within 24 hourss my sugar has dropped from a range of 13-25 doen to a range of 4.4-11.5 at the highest and I have had to cut my insulin intake by half.

I am determined to do this and succeed. Our healthcare system is trying to lean more towars a patient and family centered care system. Today I stepped into that care model. I retook the control of my own care and health.

I am journalling everything and as I go I am making adjustments as needed. this is my life and my bosy and no one knows it like I do! I am choosing to be back in the drivers seat!

  


New Challenge Tonight - ZUMBA

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

I was completely stressed out tonight - family illnesses and just overloaded so I decided to fight the urge to crawl into a hole and hide and chose to go to my first ZUMBA class. Whew, talk about a flippin workout! And talk about stress busting! WOW! What a rush.

Looking stupid is easier to do in a crowd of women who are doingthe same stupid moves. Okay, so I was not thrilled with the thought of the mirrors being in front of me but it reminded me to smile!!

The music is amazing - upbeat, a little chaotic at times. The foot work made me thankful for my walking DVDs because the leg moves are very similar. The hand work?? Well, lets just say it was not pretty but it was funny and it was easy to watch, follow and learn. The best part was I could adapt where I needed to.

It is an amazing stress buster. By the time we were done I was sweaty (wring me out), I was breathing a little harder (actually a lot) and I was spunky and upbeat. The stressors were more managebale.

I really like the sign at the dance place we were using. There was a list of rules on a piece of paper and the first rule was: 1) Leave the distractons at the door and focus on dance. One of the other rules was Have fun. Though it was meant for the dance students chose to take the rules to heart. The troubles got let at the door and I had a lot of fun.

I am beginning to really see the value of working out and being active. It is a matter of Quality of life.

  
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XMASMOUSE 8/4/2010 8:18PM

    Wow, sounds like fun and a great workout. Way to go and find an alternative to the stress. This is the first I've heard of Zumba but sounds like something my knees and hips would not survive, LOL. Be proud of you!
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LIQUEURLADY 8/4/2010 12:29AM

    Glad you enjoyed it! I LOVE my Zumba class, and I'm going to be sorry to miss it when I'm out of town later. Have a blast! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUVY2010 8/3/2010 10:56PM

  THANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT, I WAS LOOKING INTO TAKING A ZUMBA CLASS AT THE Y. I AM A LITTLE HESITATE, BUT I HAVE DONE THE STEP CLASS. I NEEDED TO FIND ANOTHER CLASS TO ATTEND THAT COULD FIT INTO MY SCHEDULE. I MIGHT JUST TRY IT OUT.

THANKS AGAIN

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