Sunday, January 01, 2012
What a year it has been. I started 2011 at 260 pounds! I had no idea in January what a transformation my life was going to take. Many of you know, I have a son with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy and severe Autism. (Questions, please ask, I know more than I ever wanted to about these two disorders.) He has trouble getting off the floor, and I could not help him at 260. I had been thinking for a while that I was going to have to do something to be able to better care for my son. In January, both my kids, (I also have a beautiful neurotypical daughter) had dental appointments, and my daughter had 7 cavities, and was told she could only drink water between meals, and then milk or juice at meal time. I promised her I would do it too, and lost 7 pounds only drinking something aside from water at meal times. We had treat days when we would grocery shop and get a coffee for me and tea or something for the kids. I am also a pharmacy tech, and for some reason in the month of January, my now team leader, was a floating pharmacist, and spend a lot of time at our store, he runs and kept telling me I needed to start running. I have no (zero) desire to be a runner. This was my January.
In February, in the middle of the week, I was off work, and was going to use our tax return check to join weight watchers. I researched weight watchers, it's $33 dollars a month. I thought I could find something less expensive than that. So I googled "free diet plans" and found this awesome website, Spark People, and I joined. This was like a Tuesday, so for the rest of that week, I just paid attention to what I was eating, and recorded it on the nutrition tracker. You remember the old Nike commercial, "One day she ran out of excuses and just started running", this is where I was on that Tuesday in February. This tool has become part of my daily life. I thought I would start the plan in full on Sunday after we had grocery shopped. That is what I did. By Sunday, I had lost 3 more pounds, and started the lifestyle change at 250. Now, I am at 198. I have lost 55 pounds in the last year, and am amazed at how different I feel.
I have written a whole blog about all the things I have gained in the last year. One of them being I can help my son off the floor again. That's a good feeling. I also can run and play with both my kids, and yeah I may play hard enough that I get winded, but I never mind. I can not wait until I get to my goal weight, I have given myself until the end of the year to do so.
March, was just following the plan, I was steadily loosing weight. In April, my stepdad was told he had pancreatic and liver cancer. Yay for me, I did not turn to food, I turned to exercise in dealing with the emotional stress of that. The rest of the year, other than the steady weight loss, was uneventful until December, oh, well in October I walked a virtual 5K, my first. December hit like a freaking hurricane. The week of Christmas, I did ALOT of emotional eating, what with my Aunt's funeral, and my stepdad's hospitalization, but I stand (well sit) here today, ready to hit it hard. I am going to get back into stretching / yoga on Sundays. This round of trying to lose weight is the first time I have done yoga, and I love it. It is so relaxing, I am going to attempt to do it every Sunday.
I could not have done it without Spark People and the support of each or you. Thanks to all of you for supporting me, and being my friend. I could blog about something, or mention in my status that I needed support or help, and count on a comment or a goodie from one of the friends I have made here. I wish each of you luck on your goals for 2012.