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100 lbs gone, a long, long journey!!! (now with pics)

Friday, March 15, 2013

March 15, 2013 has been one of the greatest days of my life besides so far the greatest day when my fiancé proposed. I have finally lost 100 pounds!!!! My weight loss journey began September 25, 2009 I stepped on the ole dial scale and watched it spin around and stop on 10, woo hoo I weigh 10 lbs….or 310 lbs…ominous music plays. That night watching late night infomercial feeling sorry for myself and not sure what to do I finally decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and take action. What made me decide this? Well other than weighing 310 lbs a little infomercial came on, you might have seen it before…thigh master…just kidding P90X. I watched the moves they were doing on the tube and decided I could do that it was good solid fitness, push-ups, weights, jumping. I knew I couldn’t wait a week to get started or it was just not going to happen at the time I was in a very unhealthy relationship that was about to end thankfully. I went to work and asked a co-worker to borrow his copy since he was not using it at the time. I started the videos on September 27th and it was a moment where it became a reality check as to how out of shape I was. I had been fooling myself for a long, long time that I was just bigger, big boned, muscular whatever I was huge and I was unhealthy. I would sweat and hurt going up the 15 steps to my bedroom, I was struggling to breathe at night, I was having heart palpitations, and I was scared I was going to have a heart attack at 29 (pause here because I was crying this might actually be the first time I have admitted this). I had just watched my mom have a heart transplant in May and as much as I love her I didn’t want to be her. My measurements were disturbing: Hips 52 inches, waist 46.5 inches, thigh 33 inches (might I point out that now my waist is 33 inches my thigh was as big as some people’s waist!). I modified and modified and managed to get through the 90 days. I lost 38 lbs, 6.5 inches off my waist, 4.5 inches off my hips and 2.75 inches off my thigh I was feeling pretty good. I kept going with P90X and started Insanity as well. My sister had started losing weight and was going to run a half marathon so I decided not only would I run a half marathon I would sign up for the Chicago Marathon in October that was 3 days after my 30th birthday. I thought surely by then I would be down to 190 lbs and super fit (my runner friends can laugh at this because we know how running really is for weight loss). I ran my first half marathon with my sister in May 2010, the Indy Mini. I continued to train for Chicago all summer, running my second half marathon in July. One thing I will say is don’t give up no matter how people hate, I once was jogging and someone made cow noises at me, I had someone who saw me running and said I was really slow (well yeah I weigh 250 and I’m in the middle of 8 miles), I had some guy make fun of me at a race, and I just kept going. In October 2010 I completed the Chicago Marathon at 243lbs I think (trying to decipher a couple years of training logs, I keep a training log and a food log) I did it in 7:09:18 in almost 90 degree heat and in a race where many quit and some went to the hospital. I may have been slow but I made it! Then post big race blues kicked in and while I kept working out I slowly gained 20lbs over the winter, but it was also around this time I met the greatest person I know, my fiancé Mike who not only encourages me but you can’t live life with him being out of shape. With Mike I go swimming, fishing, canoeing, bike riding, rollerblading, kayaking, (this part is for my sister to laugh about) and any sort of sweating possible!!! In short 2011 is a blur and I mostly just maintain weight losing a little but nothing major I just enjoyed life and activity I ran the Indy Mini again and in September I completed my first sprint triathlon at around 245 lbs. In 2012 I did much of the same mostly maintaining I spent most of the year around 230-235 and at one point I got down to 225 this is my first little taste of getting closer to onederland. I completed an Olympic distance triathlon in August due to an ankle injury training did not go well and I decided to drop down from the half iron distance that I wanted to try. While I did well in my Olympic triathlon I was very unhappy, I had never not completed something I said I was going to. This led me to some laziness and some bad eating habits. I knew once again I had to stop feeling sorry for myself, stop making excuses, and do the work! In January 2013 I started the Ultimate Reset. The first thing I had to get back into control was my eating. On January 2nd I weighed in at 244.6 lbs I followed the program to the letter and I lost 22 lbs. This was just what I needed I did feel truly reset I had the energy for my workouts. I started my running again and I was faster! I kept up the good eating habits and the weight kept going down the measurements kept going down. Here I am now 100 lbs lighter 13.5 inches off my waist, 10 inches off my hips, and 5.5 inches off my thigh. I am happy that it has taken time and not always been easy because it means that it is a lasting change, truly a lifestyle change. Now time to get back to work and on my way to onederland!!!
My before is as close to the 310 as I can find I avoided the camera at all costs when I was heavy so there aren't probably any true before photos in existence.

  
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KLAD_COCKERS 3/16/2013 9:15PM

    You look fabulous and your story is SUCH an inspiration. You have done what we are all here to do, and even though you hit some bumps in the road, you kept on going. Thank you SO much for sharing your story!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/16/2013 11:05AM

    wow i nearly missed this blog love.awesome,so so proud of you knew you could do it just like i know you will soon be in one-der-land.wished i knew someone by me that had the P90X that i could borrow as i would love to try it but it is way out of my price bracket.any way i have started doing group exercise classes reacently and now do 4 hours group exercise on top of my normal workout .now that was really stepping out of my comfort zone as there is also men in the class.i just think you are ábsolutely amazing love .keep up the good work emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon what reward did you get yourself for the 100lbs lost? emoticon

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ADARKARA 3/16/2013 8:08AM

    You look FANTASTIC! Way to go!!!! I'm at about 78 lbs lost with 37 to go, and I'm really looking forward to the 100 lbs lost mark. =)

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TCANNO 3/16/2013 8:02AM

    emoticon after all this it must be motivated to just keep going.

I think you will make it as you do have the mind over matter to keep going.

Have a good weekend and week
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RUSSELL1960 3/16/2013 6:38AM

    You are an inspiration! Thanks!

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JULESJET 3/15/2013 10:34PM

    WooHoo! That is awesome!
And thank you for posting this up!
Your determination is a definite inspiration!

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PRINCESSAMY 3/15/2013 2:47PM

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VHALKYRIE 3/15/2013 2:37PM

    100lbs is an outstanding milestone! Congratulations on all your hard work! You put in the time and sweat, and got the results!

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CAROLJEAN64 3/15/2013 12:22PM

    I am soooooo impressed. You are an inspiration to everyone. Thanks for sharing your story.

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2BEHEALTHY2014 3/15/2013 12:01PM

    Thank you for sharing your encouraging story!

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OTTAWABOUND 3/15/2013 11:45AM

    Inspiring post. I'm one quarter of the way into dropping 100 pounds (my current "big" goal). Thanks for sharing the ups and downs.

And--CONGRATULATIONS.

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MIZZKINS 3/15/2013 11:42AM

    Way to go! Wow! emoticon

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Working Hard Each Day

Friday, March 08, 2013

School has started back up and I am back working on that so I generally have less time to get on SP. Did some great activities the past few days went snowshoeing taking advantage of what will most likely be the last snow of the season I also went sledding, that is a workout for sure and a fun one at that. I got in a good run yesterday. I also started Insanity the Asylum on the 6th and I am working my way through than in an effort to improve my athleticism. It is a challenging workout and it induces no shortage of sweat. I am keeping in training for any road races that come up in the meantime and focusing on a couple half marathons that I want to run April 21 and May 18th. This could be a really good year for my running I am running significantly faster and have been able to put some good mileage in. Weight has been steady since I think mid-February which is good I think that I am seeing progress even though the scale hasn't moved things seem to be firming up which is definitely good. Alright enough break for now back to studying I love all of my spark people and can't wait for school to be done (October 8th I will have my Bachelor's degree!) so that I can spark more often.

  
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KLAD_COCKERS 3/9/2013 1:21PM

    Good for you! Keep it up!

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TCANNO 3/9/2013 3:58AM

    You are doing well as you are so busy.

If it is snow that you want come to England this week because that is what hey say we are getting. I can asure you that if you take it we will not miss it emoticon

Have a good week and good luck with the marithon

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SISTERPRETTY 3/8/2013 3:12PM

    emoticon Insanity is a very challenging workout...I've been doing it with a guy that comes to the gym...but it's a great workout emoticon
Good luck on the marathon emoticon and emoticon on your upcoming graduation emoticon ...proud of you. I am a big supporter of higher education. Good luck with the studying emoticon

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Meeting one of my fitness heroes Shaun T

Monday, March 04, 2013

I went to a training for Beachbody this weekend and I got to workout with and meet one of my fitness heroes. Shaun T he is such a real guy I wish the event wasn't running long so I could have asked him a million questions but still great and my abs hate him today must have been a good workout!

  
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KLAD_COCKERS 3/6/2013 11:27AM

    That's pretty cool! Lucky you!

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TCANNO 3/6/2013 3:37AM

    Now that is motivation for you, good luck

Have a great week
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SAASHA17 3/5/2013 7:53AM

    wow.... emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/5/2013 6:14AM

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Say What? I should be offended but I'm so flattered

Friday, February 22, 2013

I finally got into a size smaller in work pants. I wore them for training on Wednesday. Toward the end of the day I was taking one of our rifles back that was dirty and I said to one of the guys "oh jeez I better hold it away from my body so I don't get my new pants dirty" His reply was "yeah look at you skinny waist and tight butt" maybe I should have been offended but I was quite flattered it has been a long time since I have heard the term skinny associated with me and the tight butt thing well he wasn't wrong I don't do squats and lunges for nothing!

I am feeling so good lately my health is super improved and my running is improved. I know that I am getting better at running because I can actually do extended runs on a treadmill which was a huge no way a few months ago. I am still working hard to get to my 100lb mark I am being patient mostly because I am not a number on a scale I am Kara who has a skinny waist and a tight butt emoticon

  
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KBRADFORD88 3/4/2013 1:53PM

    freaking hilarious...don't ya love that skinny part! You are rocking it

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HICKOK-HALEY 2/24/2013 9:40PM

    What a nice guy. emoticon

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TCANNO 2/24/2013 3:58AM

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At least you feel good about yourself and that is good in itself.

When I started way back every time I tried to run it felt like my bones were jumping up and down inside, a horrible feeling.

That doesn't happen now.

Keep up the good work and have a good weekend


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KLAD_COCKERS 2/23/2013 10:11PM

    Sometimes those "inappropriate" comments feel so darned good!!!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 2/23/2013 12:03AM

    LOL I can see why you're torn on how you should take that comment...but I'd take it as a compliment too. :) Congrats!!

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IMNAHA1 2/22/2013 4:47PM

  You really should be proud of ypurself

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CHEETARA79 2/22/2013 3:38PM

    A well-deserved compliment!

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4 Pounds away from 100 lost

Monday, February 18, 2013

I am nearing the century mark of weight loss. It has been a long journey and I expect the journey to continue as I am not yet to the elusive but oh so close onederland. My highest known weight came in September of 2009 when the scale dial spun all the way around and stopped on 10...I took action the very next day. I asked a coworker if I could try out his P90X DVDs and I got to work a couple days later eating right and exercising. The past few years have been full of ups,downs, and plateaus but I have stuck with it and have become a "healthy for life" advocate. Meaning I know that you can't just reach your goal weight and then stop its a forever kind of thing. A friend made a weight loss bracelet with 100 on it that I have to earn. It is taped on my locker at work to remind me to get after it! 4lbs no biggie then it is on to reaching my forever weight...which includes making it to onederland.
Awesome things over the weekend I had a great 8 mile run, I ran 1 minute per mile faster than I ever have at that distance. Really focusing on my nutrition and weight loss has improved my running a lot. I ran hard enough to throw a puker, which is the first time I have felt comfortable enough to run that hard. I actually feel like a runner for the first time since I started running. Sunday I challenged myself to catch my sister in Fitbit steps I had finals last week and had some lower totals during those days. I not only caught up to her I beat her by 2000 steps!

  
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MISSPALMERBEE 2/27/2013 9:49PM

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KLAD_COCKERS 2/19/2013 10:53AM

    Wow, HUGE congrats for achieving some great goals, and for being so close to losing a monumental amount of weight! You have a lot to be proud of and a lot to celebrate!

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TCANNO 2/19/2013 4:16AM

    Well Done.
You are doing a great job and seemed to have the right motivation to keep you going.
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Keep it up and good luck

Have a good week

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KBRADFORD88 2/18/2013 12:49PM

    Awesome girl...We can do this...mind over matter emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/18/2013 9:00AM

    photos please love.i think it is awesome that you and your sisters have fitbits to compete with one another.how do you think the finals went?when do you get the results?re the weight loss emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon i am so proud of you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon don´t forget to invite me to your virtual centery party.

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CHRISTINASP 2/18/2013 8:45AM

    emoticon emoticon Congratulations. That's impressive.

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BOOKWORM27S 2/18/2013 8:35AM

    Congrats! Good luck in your weight loss journey!

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