Wednesday, July 04, 2012
It's my Party & I'll cry if I want to - but I won't! Why? because yesterday was my birthday and I'm 76 pounds lighter than 3 Birthday's ago!!!
Yes! 76 pounds!
Three Years ago, I turned the big 5 O ! Here's a picture of me on my 50th birthday.
If you wish, you can read about how my sisters embarrassed me on that day. Being in a parade and overweight was not the way I wanted to spend my 50th. For more details read the blog "The Story behind the Red Hat." As I look back now, I count it as a blessing. This was the beginning of realizing I needed a change in my life.
But that change didn't start until the last days of December 2009 right after I ate all the chocolates and goodies from my Christmas stocking! This photo is my last "fat" picture.
I joined a small little group of 5 Sparkers from "Wildflowerr Live-It's" team. Wildflowerr aka Donna was our fearless leader and was my biggest support and help. I logged my food, exercised, drank my water and joined our weekly challenges Donna posted for our team.
I lost my first twenty pounds within two months. Although there was not much visible change, I felt very good about myself. I knew I was on my way.
By end of April, I had lost a total of 30 pounds. Here's a picture of my photo shoot I rewarded myself with.
On my birthday I had reached a goal of 50 pounds down! I had to take a picture of me carrying 50 pounds of flour! Now that's a lot of weight!
60 pounds down!!! two months later! Oh yeeees!!
Gotta add two 5lb bags of cornmeal to the 50 pounds of flour! Whoa!! 60 pounds! NOW that's a lot of weight!
Another two months later, I reached my ultimate goal of 70 pounds down on November 7th, 2010. Now...unfortunately I didn't take a picture of me with more sacks of food. But fast forward to the present, I have kept my weight off and even lost an additional 6 pounds for a total of 76 pounds down! It's hard to believe I carried that much weight for all those years. Can't lift the sacks of food now...... but yay I can pump a pound of butter!
A 70 pounds photo shoot!
My life has been active since 3 years ago.
I starting hiking with my family.
One of my best friend Patty and I started a "Runners and Walkers" Club. We now have about 50 members.
Patty and me.
I'm a trainer for our local gym, the Soul to Sole Health Center.
And I teach running clinics seasonally.
My 1st "Couch to 5k" class.
My new goal is to reach 80 pounds weight loss! Now that'll be a lot of sacks of flour to lift. Maybe it should be 81 pounds! A one pound butter weight is easier to lift.
My new "before" after "picture" at 53 years young!
I pray you are encouraged! You can do it! I know you can! Blessings on your weight loss journey and may each year be better than the last!
I can't wait to go to your party and shed no tears!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
I stopped tracking my food and I've gained weight! There you have it!!!!
I stopped weighing in about a month ago because every week I saw my weight creep up. My husband said it was muscle but I told him " muscle doesn't jiggle!!!" I finally faced the scale and have changed my weight tracker to reflect my current weight.
So I ask myself, how can this be? I was running weekly with long runs up to 23 miles? And.....eating healthy too!!! I am here to tell you my friends, a person can still gain weight if you don't watch your intake; no matter what level of activity you are doing!
I been out of the habit of not tracking for months, closer to a 1/2 year. I am telling you my friends, it has been a struggle getting into the habit of tracking my food again! Am I the only person in the same boat? Are you struggling with just the basics of tracking your food? Do you need accountability and encouragement to help you with this area in Sparks? I'm here to help and in hopes you will help me too.
So here's my plan to get back to the basics of Food Tracking 101. Everyday when I complete a day of tracking I will give myself a the smiling face "goodie". By the end of the week, I want to see at least 6 smiling faces fill my goodie page, then 12, then.. 18.............until I have established tracking my food intake again. My goal is to collect 30. Are you with me? If you have any questions on how to give yourself a goodie, let me know and I will be happy to help you out. I also would like to know who is with me so click on the following link or go to the "General Team Discussion Forum" under the topic "Basic Food Tracking 101" and let me know if you would like to join me!
By the way..... when I first came to the "Live~It's" team, our leaders posted weekly and monthly challenges as they are doing right now. I was losing an average of 2 pounds a week participating in those challenges, losing a total of 70 pounds! I fully believe joining in their challenges is the way to go and would encourage you to participate with them. Trust me, you will see results!!!
For those who want to establish or reestablish just your food tracking I'm here for you.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Yes.... who would have known? A year ago this month, I was running a 5k at Aimee's in West Virginia with spark friends, a time I will never forget!!!
Since then, I have run numerous races and decided in April 2011 to do my first 1/2 marathon. I know, I know, I didn't blog about it. They say you never forget your 1st 1/2 marathon. Too bad!!! It was not a very good experience! By the end of that month, I registered online for the "Big One" Portland's Marathon. Maybe it would be a better experience, plus it would leave me plenty of time to train.
You know something funny? My bib number issued was 666....0! Yikes!!!! My husband, who is my biggest supporter, kept on reassuring me, "your number is 6,660! a huge difference!" Hmmmm......
I started seriously training almost immediately and reading anything and everything on Jeff Galloway's walk run method. For my birthday, my wonderful husband bought me the Garmin's 610 Heart rate monitor watch! WOW! what a watch!
I was doing 16-23 miles long runs during the hot months. Again, my wonderful husband would go out and stash water in strategic places to ensure I would be plenty hydrated. Then my children chipped in and bought me a fuel/ hydration belt. I think there should be medals for them!!!
I was doing pretty good except I ended up bruising my heel in July. We had gone to the water park and I ran up concrete stairs sliding down the water slides time and time again, having an gay ol time! I don't know who was having more fun, me or the kids! Yes! I wore a bathing suit ! Back to the foot.... the next day, it felt bruised and being the person that I am, I paid no attention thinking in time, it would feel better. NOT! How was it suppose to feel better when I was not letting up on my fitness minutes and having longer training runs? By the time I decided to go to the doctor, it was a month before the marathon and I couldn't see her until, mind you, 3 days prior to my big day. I had too much invested both in training and money. I decided I was going to do the marathon regardless. Needless to say, I had everyone praying for me and my foot.
Saturday, we drove into Portland, Oregon and picked up my racers packet. We spent the night at my in laws home and I was so indecisive on what to wear. The weather predicted some rain showers and 65 degrees. I love running in 65 degree weather, it's perfect to run in. A short sleeve shirt would work out great.... but the showers??? And which shirt to wear? The bright green shirt is our runner and walkers club shirt. I wanted to wear it because my friend Patty and I started the club. But to wear the Portland Marathon shirt would be awesome too!
In the morning I'll decide. How was I going to sleep soundly tonight???
Eventually I did sleep and the alarm went off by 4 am. We were out the door by 5:00, having an hour drive to the race. We found parking 3 blocks away; another thing I worried about last night. But we had plenty of time. It was dark and people were arriving getting into their "timed" corrals. There was plenty of time to chat with the other marathoners.
Before long, my husband and children gave me their hugs and kisses and prayed for me; they would see me at the finish line.
My daughter giving me a kiss.
As we heard the gun go off for the fastest runners, there was excitement all around. We could see them in the distance; a blur of runners! Drums were playing, people were cheering and the adrenaline was high! Before we knew it, our corral started moving forward and it was our turn to go past the starting line.
I'm there some where.
The weather was holding and I was feeling great. Then to my surprise I saw my family at mile post five! They knew I would be coming through and waited to see me. I so happened to spot them first.
Yeah! my family! I'm here!! right here!! it's me your mama!
Getting high fives from the kids. They totally made my day!
And I'm off again facing 21 more miles!
This year, Portland Marathon celebrated its 40th anniversary. There were 15,000 runners and walkers and 5,100 volunteers. We had 82 groups entertaining us in 52 locations not to mention thousands of people cheering us on throughout the course. What a race to be in! I also had the privilege of running over one of Portland's historical bridges, "St. John's Bridge"
In my opinion it's one of the prettiest bridges and I have always wanted to see it. See it I did, every foot of it!
God was so good to me. My foot was not in pain. I did have a very slow mile going up to St John's Bridge and crossing it. I wonder if that is what they call "the wall"? Overall I felt good. Praise the Lord!
My family saw me again 2 blocks from the finish line and my husband Barry was able to take these pictures of me running the last stretch of the race.
Note the couple in front me! How cute is that?
The finish line is right around the corner to your left of this picture! Woo! Hoo!
I gave it my all and finally I crossed the finish line! My name was announced over the loud speaker and I was given a space blanket immediately. Volunteers in black and white formal wear put my beautiful medal around my neck! Everywhere I turned I was being congratulated. The finish line was restricted to marathoners only and was highly secured so I wouldn't see my family until going to the reunion area they set up.
There were tables and tables with plenty of food to replenish. I drank some orange juice and had a fruit bar, then some more juice. Moving along, I was given my finisher's shirt, a rose and a tree seedling. I stood in line to have my photo taken, putting on my finishers shirt over my existing one. I definitely wasn't indecisive on which shirt I should wear! LOL! I hurried so I could leave the restricted area to see my family. I wanted to see them so much!
Big hugs from my daughter Rebekah.
Josiah and Andrew (Andrew's is the one with the cap)
The kids checking out the finisher's medal!
My medal, rose and seedling! Oh I forgot to say I was very pleased with my time. When I was training on my last long run of 23 miles I timed in at 5 hours. I came in at 5:36 for the full 26.2!
One of the best parts of running is being able to eat a good delicious meal and not worry about the calories. My choice of restaurant was to go to "Don Pedro's" where they serve authentic Mexican food! Yummy! I had beef fajitas with beans, rice and a salad. Oh my goodness, it was so very good!
The food was worth the wait. Besides it gave me more time to proudly display my hard earned medal! Wearing your finisher's medal around your neck the day you earned it, is probably the only time a person can wear it all day so ..........I took full advantage of it.
Any marathoner's out there with me?
Yep! still wearing it after my shower!
and even to bed.
Good news! As part of the 40th Anniversary, Portland Marathoners were also given a poster and two little bags. With all the excitement and exhaustion I didn't even look what was inside.
Guess what was in them??? One had a 40th anniversary commemorative coin.
And the other held a little charm identical to the finisher's medal! How about that? God sure loves me and I think He's pretty proud of me too! ! I guess I can wear my finisher's medal tomorrow and the next day and the next day and the next....... :)
I am so thankful to my husband for his support all these months, my children, my friends who prayed for me and especially to my Lord and saviour, Jesus Christ. He is the very one that gave me the strength to finish the course set before me. May He be glorified and honored in my life!
Sunday, January 02, 2011
One/ one/ one one. Today is 1/1/11, News Years Day. I was looking forward to a race in The Dalles, Oregon called the "Freeze Your Gizzard Blizzard" Run. Of course all this depending on the weather. I wasn't too concerned about it because the race was at 2:00 in the afternoon.
When I checked the race online, I had read it had been cancelled!
I was so bummed because I was looking forward to a race that would start off my new year running. About 12:30, I decide to look online again and discovered I read it wrong! It was the race in 2008 that was cancelled! Go figure!
I yelled a happy squeal and quickly put on my running clothes so we could drive the forty minutes to The Dalles and make it on time.
Praise God! We made it on time and I was a happy camper or should I say, a happy runner!
I am all set with ipod in hand! But then I remembered I was in such a hurry I went out the door without my heart rate monitor! I know, I know, it's not a big deal. But I did feel a little naked without having it. I can't go around naked, so I borrowed a hrm watch from the P.E. teacher, Tom Conklin and coordinator of the race. I'm a happy runner again with clothes!
Here we are lined up and ready for the race. Even though it was two in the afternoon the temperature was 28 degrees. "Freezing your gizzard"
I could see my breath! brrr.....
And we're off!
It was very different running in the cold. I wanted to stop and walk. But instead started praying and asking God to help me. Check out the snow on the hills.
I made it! Praise God I made it!
I'm checking out what my time was and if I placed.
I placed 2nd with my personal best at 30:10
I am so happy that I won on one/one/one one!
Monday, December 20, 2010
I have two T-shirts that are my favorite and very special to me. Why my favorite & special, you may ask? Because these two shirts were given to me as gifts from my "Spark friends."
When Aimee invited the team to celebrate her "100 pound loss" party in West Virginia, I didn't know if I could go. But I prayed my little heart out and God provided my flight from Washington State to Washington D.C.
My t-Shirt is one of the official "Wildflower~Live It's" team shirts. Wildflower had it designed with pretty pink wildflowers and our motto "I can do all thing through Christ who strengthens me" Everyone on the team that went to Aimee's Party bought a t-shirt. I was going to purchase one, but I got a sparkmail from Donna saying, "Morning, someone else has taken care of the payment of your shirt. They have chosen to stay Anonymous!" I was so touched! I wanted to know "who dun nit?" To this day, I don't know who gave me the shirt. Donna has kept it a secret by honoring our friend's wishes. So you see, this shirt holds a special place in my heart, even before I got to put it on. But now, more so, because it holds the memories of our weekend together!
The team ran a 5k at the Beckley University, many for the first time! Surprisingly enough, I placed 2nd in my age division! My sweet spark sisters believed in me and said they knew I would place. I am overwhelmed by the confidence they had in me, something I didn't have in myself! Here's part of the gang on race day!
(l.to r.) Angela, Candice, Teresa, Jackie (in back) Me and my first trophy, Amanda( peeking around) Denise and Aimee.
I love my t- shirt and I love you my sisters and friends!
Oh, the back is cool too. It says, "I love sparkpeople.com."
My other special t-shirt is one I recently received. On November 7th I reached my goal weight of 70 pounds down! I didn't expect this, but in the mail there was a package from Teresa (TLMASSIE) and Aimee (AIMEEM77)! I was totally shocked. I'm wondering, what's going on? Why am I getting a package? I opened it up, and they were congratulating me for my accomplishment of reaching goal weight! WOW! That was so sweet of them. What took me by surprise was when I looked at the size. They bought it in a small! Me a size small? Nah! then I tried it on and it fit! It's all new and getting use to. But I'm starting to believe what you see, I guess I am a small.
Check out my shirt.
It says, Believe, hope, dream, courage, friendship, inspire, strength, future, love,trust, faith
This shirt means so much to me because it is describing you and through all your goodies, sparkmail and notes you have been saying the same of me! Me? Nah! Yeah!!! I guess I'm starting to believe this too. Thank you. I'm honored to call you my friends and so thankful to God for putting you in my life.
Me and my size small shirt and a JC Penny pose!
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