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From 250lbs to 168lbs, 82lbs LOST - My Journey

Monday, November 10, 2008

When I started my journey February 2008, my main concerns and goals were to achieve a higher level of fitness and eat healthier. Actually, to eat healthier was my main goal. A higher level of fitness was an afterthought. :- )

February 2008 (started @ 250lbs)
I started out by walking to the subway stop (approx 2 miles away) near my house every morning. Once I got to work I would go into the gym for an hour and walk some more. I'd then take a shower and go to my desk before my shift started. In the evening, I would walk home from the subway, change into workout clothes, and walk for another hour before going in the house to relax. During this same time, I started eating healthy. I slowed down drastically on eating junk foods.

March 2008
I found Sparkpeople (it was recommended by a friend) and joined. I started logging the food I ate and the exercise I completed. At the same time, I completely stopped eating junk food. I started walking longer times on the treadmill.

April & May 2008 (ended @ 200lbs)
I increased my time on the treadmill, started walking at an incline of 4, and exercising during my lunch (I was fortunate enough to be able to eat lunch at my desk). I also started doing Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred.

June 2008
I stopped exercising and trying to lose weight so I could focus on lifting weights and building muscle. I ended up exercising a little bit and lifting weights a little bit while eating maintenance calories instead of weight loss calories.

July & August 2008 (@ 180lbs sometime in August)
Seriously focused on lifting weights and ended up building a lot of muscle. :-) I was also still eating maintenance calories.

Sept & Oct 2008 (still 180lbs @ the end of September)
I stopped lifting weights and went back to doing cardio heavy so I could start losing weight again & eating weight loss calories (not as low as before since I'd recently been eating maintenance calories). I realized (silly me) about mid-October that my newfound & favorite hobby of running was making me lose inches instead of pounds and so I stopped running (quite sad about that, but for my sanity, I cannot continue to lose inches).

Nov 2008 (@ 168lbs on 4 Nov)
Now that I'm done with losing weight, I am back to eating maintenance calories and running. I intend to run 2 miles twice a week and 6 miles once a week.
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    WAY TO GO!!! I'm so proud of you!! You are my new inspiration!! :) emoticon
    2991 days ago
    Congratulations on reaching your goal!!! You really are an inspiration to others, including myself. I weigh a bit more than you did starting out but you did it and that gives me the motivation and inspiration that I can do it too! Thank you so much and again, congratulations! You look wonderful!!!!
    3178 days ago
  • LYNN227
    Good for you!!!! I am so happy that people like you who reached their goal can inspire others to do the same. Thanks for sharing your story. All the best in maintaining your weight.
    3178 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/4/2009 2:08:24 PM
    Congratulations! You are most definitely a SP Motivator. You have inspired me to get up and get moving. Thank you so much!
    3178 days ago
    I'm so glad that you were featured today because I really thought about giving up because I never seem to be able to kick this weight problem. You have given me the needed motivation to get up and do what I have to do to win my victory. Thanks and congratulations on a journey well traveled. You are one of my hero's.
    3178 days ago
    Are we allowed to say just amazing , maybe we should say powerful, I just don't know the right word to say to you. I know maybe, it's you are my hero, naw that sound like I am worshipping you. What is the right word or words to say, at this moment. I know, you did it. Thank you so much for doing it and doing it the right way. Congratulations and you look Fabulous. Wow what a transformation. Look what you can accomplish, with God on your side.
    3228 days ago
  • MYKIDS11
    You should be so proud of your self i can't even imagine how you feel. keep up the good work and congrats on your transformation. emoticon
    3232 days ago
    Congratulations. You have had an amazing journey!
    3234 days ago
    Conratulations on reaching your goal!!!!
    3260 days ago
    Your personal journey is inspirational Alexis! ;o) It is very reassuring to hear that with nutrition and exercise any goal (no matter how large) is attainable.

    3262 days ago
  • JCL129
    Girl, you are awesome!!
    3263 days ago
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