Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I took a long walk this morning; a gentleman and I kept "leapfrogging" up the hill as he was taking pictures here and there. We eventually struck up a conversation and he was impressed that I wasn't huffing and puffing like he was. I told him I'd lost 102 pounds in the past year, he went on to say he'd lost 56 pounds in six months. He talked of other things and then looked at me and said "I was never really fat, even at 304 pounds, just big" This was followed by......."You must have been really fat with another 100 pounds on you.......not to hurt your feelings or anything, just the truth, you must have been really fat" He kept right on talking and jogged away after a while. I was rather speechless but thought he was right.....I was really fat.
As I pondered what he'd said I thought a year ago I would have cried all the way down the hill to my car, gone home and eaten myself into a stupor. I didn't cry, I didn't eat anything but an apple when I got home and I finished the last six miles of my walk with a smile. I feel like I have grown so much in the last year, good thing it was my mind that grew and not my hips (-:
Monday, January 10, 2011
One year ago I was on the verge of diabetes. I was so unhappy. I was close to housebound because I hated to show myself in public. I would sit rather then stand, drive rather than walk.
Today, I am happier than I've ever been. I am healthy, energetic and I love life! I've adopted a healthy lifestyle. I'm not dieting. I can keep up with my grand-kids....running, climbing, swinging, sliding. I can walk for miles and I can even run. I can't think of anything that hasn't improved in the past year.
January 8, 2010
Chest 45 in.
Waist 45 in.
Hips 57.5 in.
Neck 15 in
Arm 17 in
Thigh 34 in
calf 19 in
January 8, 2011
Chest 36.5 in
Waist 32 in
Hips 40 in.
Neck 13 in
Arm 12.5 in
Thigh 22.5 in
Calf 16 in
59.5 inches gone!
I used to wear size 24W pants (they were getting tight), a 2X or 3X shirt and size 8-8 1/2 shoes
Now I wear size 12 pants, medium shirts and size 7 1/2 shoes but they are getting roomy (-:
What I do differently
I always use a kitchen scale, measuring cups and measuring spoons when preparing or serving food. When I'm making pasta I measure out four ounces before I cook it so Hubby & I can't have seconds!
I move more and try not to sit. I keep a mini trampoline in my family room to walk or jog on while I watch TV.
Unless I am asleep or in the shower I'm never without my pedometer. I love watching the steps add up.
In restaurants I don't look at the regular menu. Instead I order from the nutritional menu......seeing that a cheeseburger is 800+ calories without the fries keeps me looking for low cal options.
I'm inefficient. I carry my groceries in one bag at a time, I use the bathroom upstairs when I'm downstairs, I park far from the store and walk my cart back, when I just need a few things I walk to the grocery, pharmacy, Target etc.
I spend time on SP everyday. I'm encouraged, educated, inspired and cared about here.
If I'm tempted by certain foods I don't keep them in the house. We haven't had ice cream in the freezer in a year!
I spend more time Sparking than on Facebook
My pants fit on a hanger now without folding the edges under.
I can walk 10 miles or more, half of it up hill, and live to brag about it.
I can tie my shoes and not get winded.
I can sit in any chair and not worry about it collapsing under me.
I fit in any restaurant booth.
I can see my feet.
I like having my picture taken.......I even ask to have it taken.
I love my reflection......and I'm a little embarrassed by just how much I love looking at myself. It's like I'm making up for all the times I avoided my reflection.
I have a lap! I used to be so jealous watching others lay a baby with it's head on their knees and bottom against their abdomen. Now I can do it too and have two grand-daughters to practice on.
I fit through turnstiles.
I fit on all the rides at Disneyland.....with room to spare.
I fit in the backseat of my daughter's compact car, next to the baby's car seat with room to spare.
All seat belts fit me.....
I don't tug at my clothes to make sure I'm as covered up as possible.
I'm not embarrassed to order at a restaurant these days.....I used to feel like servers judged me about everything I ordered.
My bottom & hips fit when I go down the slide with my grand-daughter.
My BMI is 27.3, mildly overweight. My previous BMI was 45 or morbidly obese. I'm 14 pounds from a normal BMI.
I can shop anyplace!
I don't mind stepping on the scale in the doctor's office.
The normal blood pressure cuff fits me.
The gown in the doctor's office closes in the back.
My bath towels fit all the way around me.
My feet never hurt anymore.
I can cross my legs at the knees.
I can get up off the floor easily.
I can hold a plank for 65 seconds......when I started it was 5 seconds.
My bowel habits are so normal.......there were times I was afraid to leave the house in the past.
I can sit in a chair with arms and have room to spare on each side.
I used to wear loose clothing to hide under......now I wear semi-fitted tops to show off.....blushing.
My hands never go numb anymore.
My Blood pressure is about 110/65
My resting heart rate is 51
I have collar bones, hip bones and ribs!
I can feel as well as see the veins in my arms.......no more digging when I have a blood draw.
I don't avoid social situations anymore......I dress my best and go!
I am no longer the fattest person in the room.
My grand-kids will never know me as a fat person........I hope they will look at old pictures and ask “who is that”?
I don't hide when I'm out and see someone I haven't seen in a while.......I stop & chat.
I gave birth to a 12lb 2oz baby. In the past if I told someone they looked at me as if it wasn't a surprise given my size. Yesterday I told someone and they looked me up and down with a look of disbelief. I smiled!
My husband can lift me!
My husband can hug me and touch his elbows.
My husband has lost me at the grocery store because he didn't recognize me......he says I'm so narrow now!
I can climb six flights of stairs at the doctor's office and barely breathe hard.
I can jump, run, skip and climb!
My favorite breakfast is plain Greek Yogurt, berries, slivered almonds and Fiber One Cereal. My favorite breakfast used to be stacks of pancakes with lots of butter and syrup.
My blood sugar is in the normal range.
I am more agile and sure of my steps. While I'm still something of a klutz, I'm not as afraid of falling as I used to be. I was built like a jeep-top heavy and easy to flip. (I stole this from AIMEEM77....she said it so well!)
I no longer have to do the walk of shame when I fly, seeing the "oh no God please not with me" look on peoples' faces while I look for my seat. (Stolen from AIMEEM77....again)
I have confidence to spare!
I am happier and more content then I can ever remember being........
Me with my daughters......January, 2004
Me, 102 pounds lighter, January, 2011
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