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No more 300's. Not this time!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Friday I officially hit the 200's. When I jumped on the scale Friday morning, the display showed 299.4. I was ecstatic. There is something so gratifying about moving from the 300's to the 200's and it's been a long time coming.

When I first started this process, I weighed 357 pounds. This was more than I ever had weighed before. I was 20-30 pounds higher than I've ever been when I tried to lose weight. Getting to the 200's was a LONG road. 57 pounds had to be lost to reach this point. In the past, I started at 320 or 330 and still couldn't make it here. I would get very close and quit. Whenever I have started losing weight in the past, I made the 200's into some mythical land where anything could be possible. I'd say, "When I reach the 200's, I will try a class at the gym." or, "When I reach the 200's, I will try running". For some reason, I thought that I couldn't do the things I wanted to do until I lost more weight and left the 300's.

Not this time.

Things I've done BEFORE I reached the 200's:
Gym classes: Zumba (2 or more times per week), Power Pump, Spinning, Nightclub Cardio
Completed my first 5k (walking)
Started C25k
Bike Riding

It felt good to try those things and I now know that stepping out and trying things that made me uncomfortable at a weight that made me uncomfortable was what got me this far this time. I have to push myself. Nobody other than ME ever told me I was too big to do the things I wanted to do.

Not this time.

This time I faced my fears. I entered the classrooms at the Y with people much smaller than me and danced, rode, jumped and lifted with a group. I got fitted for running shoes and ran in the middle of a store filled with runners. I went to the track and ran. I signed up for and completed my first 5k EVER. I will never again place limitations on what I can do based solely on my weight. That is just a number and I am more than that!

This time I will search out activities that are exciting to me. Things that will motivate me and keep me interested. I know what I need to do to succeed. It is ultimately up to me to make those things happen. I will continue to push my body to its limits while treating it better than I ever have before. I will continue to prepare myself for the rest of my life because that is why I'm doing this. I'm ready to live the life I've missed out on for so many years.

Next on my agenda is to get serious about C25k. I backed off from running just a bit because of some pain, but supplemented those days with long walks instead to strengthen the muscles. As the weather continues to cool here, I will start adding running back into my schedule. I have 3 5k's coming up soon. Race for the Cure, a diabetes walk and Memory Walk (Alzheimer's). I don't know whether they will be walked or ran, but either way they will be finished and each one will finish a bit earlier than the one before.

I'm not going back to the 300's again. Not this time! The next time I talk about any 'hundreds', it will be to celebrate ONEderland! I will make it there and I can't wait to share that with all of you!

Now for some fun stuff from this weekend:

I went to the Texans/Cowboys football game Saturday night, which in itself is something I was really looking forward to. I bought DH and I Andre Johnson jerseys last year for Christmas and hadn't had a chance to wear mine yet. Well, I'm happy to say that it is still hanging in my closet with the tags on because it was TOO BIG! I wore DH's jersey instead (btw, it is now MY jersey). His was an XXL.
I took my daughter, her boyfriend and his sister to the game because their parents play in the Texans Pep Band and get 4 free tickets to every game. His mom is a good friend of mine and she told me 2 times Saturday night how great I looked (YAY!!).
Midway through the game, I looked over at my daughter and said, "You know what? I just realized that I fit in my seat. I'm not uncomfortable and I'm not taking up your space!". That was a good feeling.
I made a point to eat a late lunch Saturday from Chick-fil-A so I wouldn't be tempted to snack at the game. I stopped on the way home and ate a Fresco taco and tried one of the cantina tacos from Taco Bell (it was close to midnight). Yes, I ate 2 meals out that day, but I made good choices at both and stayed far away from the stadium food.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TRIPLE_EMME 9/8/2010 11:56AM


I am so happy for YOU!!! I am so proud of you, too!!!

Thank you for sharing your observations and insights; the strategies that you employed to get to this milestone; and your experience.

I'm glad to be one of your friends and will keep cheering for you along the way!!!


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CMBELISLE 8/31/2010 12:48PM

    Woo Hoo!!!!! Facing the mental and emotional hurdles along the way is just as important as everything else. Keep up the great work and keep on enjoying it!

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MAGPIE17 8/31/2010 11:20AM

    Congrats on the 200s! Woohoo!!!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 8/31/2010 7:34AM

    Holy crap!! That's amazing! YOU are amazing, I'm excited to read more and more about your continued progress!

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EUPHRATES 8/31/2010 6:09AM

    GOOD FOR YOU! That's awesome progress!

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COURAGEG 8/30/2010 9:48PM

    You should be so proud of yourself! Congratulations on fantastic progress and a great blog! You've got it all! A sense of who you are, a sense of humour and a sense of modesty.

I too remember 299 like it was yesterday, but my goals and ambitions weren't as clear and driven as yours! You inspire me to keep going.

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LOVEAZ 8/30/2010 9:45PM

    Woohoo! Keep up the great work!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 8/30/2010 6:41PM

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Good job! Way to go!

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JECKIE 8/30/2010 6:05PM

    awesome job!

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    WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!
When I hit 299 I did a dance... You are doing amazing, and it only gets better from here girl!!! proud of you!
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CALLIKIA 8/30/2010 5:16PM

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You are friggin' awesome!! You know that, right?! You are awesome!!!

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-POOKIE- 8/30/2010 3:49PM


Brilliant going, but even more so the loss of mental baggage... you are WAY ahead of me on that score. I really admire that!

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CDHORBACH 8/30/2010 3:36PM

    Keep up the good work!

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ADDI1255 8/30/2010 3:22PM

    p.s.s. Was that the view from your seats????

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ADDI1255 8/30/2010 3:21PM

    Congratulations on moving on down into the 200's...oh what a feeling!!!

I am so jealous that you got to go the Texans game!!! I'm so glad that there are other Texan fans out there besides DH and me! We have been Texans fans since before they officially organized the team. DH was an Oilers fan too when they were in Houston. It's rough living in Saints country being a Texans


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PEACEJENN 8/30/2010 3:21PM

    WOW!!! That is amazing girl!!! INCREDIBLE!!! Congratulations and welcome to the 200's!!! It's got to feel great! xxhugsxx!!

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