I currently weight 254 lbs. 21 lbs less than my highest ever weight (275). 16 lbs of this loss has been after I joined sparkpeople in the end of Aug. 2011
It has been a very slow ride for me and after losing hope couple of times I have finally begin to enjoy my slow but steady success.
Shout out to my spark friends Kibaisready, Sarabengsch, Aimee, Yoitle, Rudysgirl76 & Smileshine81 for believing in me & making me believe in my self numerous times in the past couple of months.
I do want to point out that losing hope was partly because I injured my back in the end of Sep 2011. Thatís right, only one month into my new lifestyle I ended up hurting my back while working out. I have tried everything from massage therapy to chiropractic visits & recently got a MRI done. (Still waiting on the results) I AM feeling better since this past week (thanks to my chiro) & if MRI results come out in my favor then my physician wants me to try physical therapy.
I am also participating in a BLC, Go Pistachio Pirates
For now it has kept me motivated enough to at least watch what I eat. I am telling ya spark friends. Even if you are not able to work out for whatever reason, eating right can do its wonders too. Yes the progress will be slow that way but youíll definitely see success in the long run.
Now back to why I am blogging right now. Since my teen years I have been carrying an extra baggage of 10-15 lbs. (Iíll probably get into that in a separate blog, too many things to add) If I look back at what habits, thought patterns, family, environment or anything else caused me to overeat or become less active. I can count many things.
Working full time & going to school (my days would start at 9:00 am & end at 10:30 pm
Having a fat best friend didnít help much either (yes people you hang out with do have an influence on you.)
Being diagnosed with cold induced, exercise induced, allergy induced & stress induced asthma
Skipping breakfast & only eating 2 large meals in a day
Eating dinner an hour before going to bed
Eating junk food for snacks at work
And most of all not knowing the right way of doing it (I have had instances where I worked out for 60 minutes & then had Popeyeís after that) talk about working out & still not losing anything.
Now if I look at the list above & think if I can change it, then yes I can. In fact I already have changed almost all of the things.
I donít work anymore or am not currently going to school. I am a stay at home & although I think we are given less credit than we deserve. I have learned one thing & that is. ITíS NOT ABOUT LOSING WEIGHT, RATHER CHANGING YOUR LIFESTYLE FOR GOOD. I know that the only way you can do something is if you push yourself even harder.
I am around people, including my husband who are only in their mid 20s & early 30s & are health conscious. That just makes it more motivating.
I have learned what exercise work for me without giving me an asthma attack. Its trial & error people, First few times will be intimidating. I still remember my first Zumba class. I had to take a break every 5 minutes, breath deeply through my nose & drink water. After 45 minutes into it, I was sure Iíll get an asthma attack but I knew I had to overcome this somehow & instead of panicking which would have definitely induced an attack, I just tried to breathe properly as much as I could & voila, I had completed my first 60 minutes. The drive back home that evening was scary, I was dizzy, hot, adrenal pumped, & achy. I had to take an Aleve to sleep that night. But I had the biggest accomplishment that evening. An exercise session without an asthma attack in more than four years. So most of all I have learned to push AND believe in my self.
I donít skip breakfast no matter what. If I know Iíll have an early start. I prepare the night before but never ever skip it. I eat my 3 proportioned meals & 2 proportioned snacks. I try not to stay hungry for more than 3 hours max, where as before I would literally not eat anything for 8 hours. The most hurtful thing one can do to their metabolism.
Instead of snacking on chips, cookies, chocolate bars, ice creams or fries. I snack on fresh fruits, almonds, yogurt, or snack bars if I am out. (I always keep snack bars in my pantry for times when Iíll be out of home for long hours, or grapes & bananas do well too. If I am prepared in advance, there are less chances of me buying unhealthy snacks & the bonus is I get to save couple of dollars that way
Last, I have to give credit to spark people & Chef Meg's cookbook. I would have never learned the importance of counting calories & other nutrients, eating right & still enjoying what I eat, work out & how to make the most out of it.
I am losing weight slowly but surely. I know itís a long ride. But I know Iíll do it.