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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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  • SUGARBABY60
    very inspiring journey that you are on congrats on all your success!
    1715 days ago
  • 1BEACHWALKER
    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
    1715 days ago
  • LISALGB
    Fantastic!! You are a great role model!!
    Keep it up!
    1715 days ago
  • RUFFIT
    Love it!!! Keep walking one foot in front of the other!! Moni emoticon
    1715 days ago
  • TINAJANE76
    What a great job you've done getting healthier. You must be really proud!
    1715 days ago
  • MOTLEM
    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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    1716 days ago
  • ITS_MY_TURN_NOW
    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!
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    Julee
    1716 days ago
  • APRIL_IN_MN
    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!
    1716 days ago
  • CHERIRIDDELL
    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 !
    1716 days ago
  • MNABOY
    It is a process and you are doing a great job, keep it going.
    1716 days ago
  • SUSIEPH1
    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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    1716 days ago
  • GRAMMAMARY
    great going. continue what you are doing and you will reach your goal
    1716 days ago
  • TXGRANDMA
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    1716 days ago
  • MOTIVATED@LAST
    Awesome work, and I am glad you are seeing improvements in your overall health and lifestyle, as well as just the lost weight!
    1716 days ago
  • LILY8486
    Woo Hoo!! Absolutely inspiring and encouraging!! I am so proud of you!! Keep up the victorious journey!!!!
    1716 days ago
  • ESILBO
    GREAT JOB...ONE DAY AT THE TIME, YOU DESERVE IT
    HUGS
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    1716 days ago
  • WENDYWITKOSKI
    You are doing great!!!
    1716 days ago
  • GRANNYSUE9
    What an awesome journey you have been on so far! You are doing great! Thanks so much for sharing.
    1716 days ago
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