My Weight loss journey! How I did it! My aims for this 2012!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

It took me over 2 hours to do the first part of this blog! I finished it at 2am this morning! I started it before midnight on Saturday! I was so tired I forgot to say how many calories I ate and what I did for exercise so here goes!

I am a type 2 diabetic with Hypothyroid and Asthma! I get IBS from time to time!
On my wedding anniversary on July 12th 2009 I was over 13 stone. I tried the Ducan diet which I had read about and bought the book! But the oat bran and protein did not agree with me! I was only on it for about a month, but became very ill as it brought on my IBS. My constipation had got much worse but at times I was getting terrible diarrhoea! I felt really bad! But I WAS losing a little weight!

I was weighed in by the diabetic nurse in November 2009 at 12stone 13lb. She said I needed to lose weight and I told her what I had been doing! She gave me a few pointers, like eat low fat and wholemeal! I HAD been eating wholemeal when not on the Ducan diet! I had started weight lifting with a pair of plastic milk bottles filled with water as suggested in the Ducan book. They weighed 5 lb each. She told me to keep up the exercise! I had been walking every day and lifting Tiana and pushing her in the buggy! And she gave me a lot of encouragement!

I read the book I bought at the diabetic clinic at the hospital about losing weight as a diabetic! I started on a strict 1200 calories a day regime. I was eating vegetables, such as celery, cucumber and tomatoes with protein such as ham, egg or cheese for breakfast with a slice of wholemeal bread. I was taking psyllium as I am Hypothyroid and was having bad constipation. The IBS had cleared up after finishing with the other diet!

I started walking every day up hill near us! At the beginning I had to stop half way up and then sit on the seat at the top for 10 minutes before walking on! Then it gradually got easier and I was just sitting on the seat at the top. I started doing aerobics every day and some yoga stretches. About 30 minutes a day.

In July 2010 I had lost 2 stone (28lbs) when weighed at the diabetic clinic! But had hit a plateau and stopped losing although I was still on 1200 calories and exercising well. Adrian had seen spark people a couple of months before on the internet and shown me the site! I had read some of the articles and decided to join at the end of July!

I started tracking my food with Spark and my exercise too! I read up on strength training on the site and started doing that too! I did my own exercise routine and was doing about 1 hour aerobics a day! I cut that down to 30 minutes and did strength training as well 3 times a week. I was still walking every day. I started losing weight again.

I explored the teams spark had suggested and joined some more too! I joined the Mediterranean diet team after my friend Sheryl invited me! I had been eating quite a lot of that type of food! I am now eating a Mediterranean diabetic diet most of the time and really enjoying it!

Adrian and I started hiking! Not too far at first, but now we can do about 7 or 8 miles in a day. I have continued with my strength training and spark put up my calories a number of times. I was losing weight still!

I started joining challenges! The Official 10 minute exercise streak challenge was my first and I got my trophy! Then I joined the 5% weight loss challenge and have done several of those! Also the Dandylions team and challenges! I have been doing a number of streaks, but my walking one went to pot when we had snow last year! I joined the Facial exercise team and attempted the challenge! I am still trying to fit that in 5 days a week! It is definitely making a difference!

I started gardening again and in 2011 I grew my own vegetables without much help from DH! That was amazing exercise and I was really feeling fit and healthy! I was doing a lot of heavy digging! LOL! And entering it in my tracker!
Spark put my calories up to over 2500! I rarely eat that many! But I do have over 2000 now! I have been trying to lower it a bit as I cannot garden much in this cold weather! I have been spring cleaning instead so I can go out in the garden when it gets warmer and not worry about the house.

I have started using the exercise ball and resistance bands! I am able to use my son's weights and weight bench now! I exercise in the playground when we go there with Tiana. In the summer I use the free beach gym at Hayling Island and the ones in Portsmouth! I have been jogging in 2011 and can now run quite fast for short sprints. It helps a lot with chasing Tiana as she runs quite fast too!

I have put on a bit of weight over Christmas and am now trying hard to lose it!
This year I will grow more vegetables and some wild flowers! I am hoping to be able to swim with Tiana! I shall continue to train so that I can run and jog further for longer periods! I would like to enter a fun run, but probably not till next year! The one at Butser would be good, but its up a steep hill! Here is a photo of it between the trees in the distance which shows how steep it is! I hope!

I would like to lose a few inches off my waist, but its not happening yet!

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    very inspiring journey that you are on congrats on all your success!
    2230 days ago
    emoticon emoticon You have had such an interesting journey on your weight loss and getting healthy! So inspiring! So glad you are here at SP and glad that I met you! Keep up the great work and continue on! We need ones like you here at SP! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2230 days ago
    Fantastic!! You are a great role model!!
    Keep it up!
    2231 days ago
    Love it!!! Keep walking one foot in front of the other!! Moni emoticon
    2231 days ago
    What a great job you've done getting healthier. You must be really proud!
    2231 days ago
    Go to your SP and edit and uncheck the 'sparked me' capabilities that SP put on the blog pages. I think this was a sneaky on their part. Good heavens! Sparkpeople is NOT a popularity contest and we do NOT want our blogs broadcast all over Facebook where ANYONE around the world can see them!!!

    I clicked on the 'I Liked This' part of the blog. YES, because I reeeeeelllly think this blog should be put right up there with the best of them.

    I take my hat off to you Ellen for your determination and achievements. You are one cool fightin' weight-losing dude!
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    2231 days ago
    You are doing great!
    I am looking into the Mediterranean diet. I found a cookbook at a thrift store the other day! LOL
    Keep up the good work!
    2231 days ago
    What a great blog about your journey. Look at all the things you are doing now! You are doing great! I also had a rough time over the holidays and am determined to get back to my healthy lifestyle. I started using Couch to 5k last spring, finished the program and ran my first 5k in October! It's possible! I just blogged about when I started that even a minute was too long for me--I would be winded and gasping, using every second of the 2 minute "walk" between 60 second runs to catch my breath. I am still amazed at how much that has changed! Keep it up!
    2231 days ago
    You are doing brilliantly .I think you deserve extra Spark cheers for dealing with diabetes and IBS . You are doing so well with the garden plot too.I have a spinal injury but the garden plot is my saving grace. I love it !
    2231 days ago
    It is a process and you are doing a great job, keep it going.
    2231 days ago
    What a wonderful journey you are on !.
    Doing great my friend !!
    Keep up the Tracking and the Sparking! so very proud of you !!
    I have clicked like!!
    Love and Hugs Susie
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    2231 days ago
    great going. continue what you are doing and you will reach your goal
    2231 days ago
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    2231 days ago
    Awesome work, and I am glad you are seeing improvements in your overall health and lifestyle, as well as just the lost weight!
    2231 days ago
  • LILY8486
    Woo Hoo!! Absolutely inspiring and encouraging!! I am so proud of you!! Keep up the victorious journey!!!!
    2231 days ago
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    2231 days ago
    You are doing great!!!
    2231 days ago
    What an awesome journey you have been on so far! You are doing great! Thanks so much for sharing.
    2231 days ago
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