I can't believe another year is nearly over, but I'm excited for all the possibilities the coming New Year will bring.
Resolutions is a dirty word. Like a new diet, it always sounds like a great idea in the moment of deep clarity (ha) right after you ate that third piece of pizza or had one too many of those addicting drinks. In the light of day, the brilliance fades, you fall off the wagon and you are left feeling like a failure..AGAIN. Why do we set ourselves up every New Year's Eve for the reoccurring nightmarish ritual? One word: HOPE. Hope that this year will be different, hope that this year will be the year that they make a chocolate with zero calories and zero carbs. You get it, HOPE.!!
Get your motivation, set gaols, but make sure you have the incentive to stick with the plan.
Many times we take on too much at one time.
We try to be everything for everyone , and we as a person gets lost along the way.
It's never to late to address your health and fitness.
Sometimes we feel we are too old, BS, age is just a number.
If we feel old, act old, that's the image we project to others and ourselves.
An unhealthy lifestyle can be changed.
An inactive lifestyle can be changed.
You just have to take the first step and keep on taking steps toward that change.
We all deserve to live our lives in comfort and good health.
If that means making changes in your life, welcome them.
Every pound you lose, every minute you exercise will add quality time to your life.
When you raise your glass on New Years Eve, let's toast to a fresh, clean slate and embrace the New Year for what lays ahead.
I'm so thankful that so many wonderful Spark members have been on this journey with me.
I have experienced amazing success in 2011.
I started the year at 197 pounds. That was the goal I had set in 2010 , to be under 200 by 2011. From my starting weight of 333 on Jan. 2010.
This photo was taken Nov. 6th , 2010. By the New Year I lost another 25 lbs.
In January I started going to the gym 5 and 6 days a week..
I had been working out at home ,but I needed the structure of regular class's.
I have to have a schedule and follow it.
As I saw the pounds go and I got more confident in my ability to do more.
I would swim longer, take more classes different machines and . lift heavier weights.
My body began to be one I could be comfortable with.
But it wasn't just the physical changes, it was my attitude, my personality. As I lost weight I changed from the lonely , sad, with drawn person to my old out going, full of vitality self. People started to remark how different I was. People that had known me prior to the weight gain said, "It's good to have Tisha back".
This year also brought about change in my mobility. I had both my knees replaced. Right one in April, the left one in September. Now I am able to get around with no restrictions. No more canes, walkers or wheel chairs.
I have walked 5K's. Hiked over 10 miles. Skied down Mt Hood. And this past week I was able to walk the concourse at the airport on my own two feet. No airline transport like in the past.
I remember once the poor man pushing me in a wheelchair, he was huffing and puffing, sweating like crazy trying to get me from one plane to another. I told him we should wait for the electric trolley, but he said he could get me there in the wheelchair faster. I know he regretted uttering those words. I tipped him very generous, against airline policy. But he deserved it. I must have weighed close to 300 pounds at the time.
I stopped flying when I realized I could no longer fit in a seat comfortably. I would either have to buy two seats, get an extension in my seat belt or fly first class, where the seats are larger. Plus the looks the others passengers would give me, were not pleasant . No one like to sit next to a obese person in close quarters.
And just moving down the aisle, to the restroom, was a night mare. Trying to use the tiny restroom another nightmare. So some years ago I stopped flying.
Well that changed this past week.
I traveled to La Jolla, Ca. to see my Mom.
I flew regular class , wheeled my own luggage on board, sat in a aisle seat, used a regular seat belt. Had no qualms about getting up to move around.
I didn't get any unpleasant looks. Just the opposite, everyone was very friendly .
Tomorrow I fly back home. I decided to fly first class. Since the planes are so crowded I do love the extra room and service 1st class gives you.
But I proved to myself that I don't have too.
I am sure there will be other things I might want to prove to myself or experience, but I can't think what they might be right now.
I am more or less at the weight I feel comfortable at, which is 136 pounds.. My gaol now is to work at getting more fit in muscle tone and strength.
I was reading about this women who is 66 years old, Jane Hesselgesser, who walked into a gym, 14 years ago and fell in love with the art of bodybuilding. Here's her picture.
I know I will not get that toned , but I am going to work on getting more shape and definition, lose some of the flab the weight loss left and have fun doing it.
People have asked me what's in store for me now? , So it's working out, trying to improve my body, that's what I intend to do in 2012.
In the same article called, "America's Super Seniors, was a story about Gladys Burrril. Last year at age 92 she completed a 26.2 mile marathon race., 9 hours, 53 minutes and 16 seconds. She jogs and power walks 50 miles a week. She says,"Age is only a number. People can be old at 40. It's important to think positive and to dream."
I thought my 27 miles of walking this week was good. Yeah it's good but just a start to what I can achieve.
Here I am today
This is what I have to work with.
This photo where I have clothes on was taken this month
2011 has been a successful ,fun year, but with 2012 knocking on the door its time to say: Adieu, Auf Wiedersehen, Gesundheit, Au Revoir, Arrivederci, Adios, Sholm, Farewell. Happy New Year.
It's time to make 2012 your year, find your motivation tap that inner strength, and achieve your success.
I will be right here every step of the way to encourage you in every way I can.
Never give up , think positive, and believe in yourself. You are stronger than you know.
Peace and Love