Thursday, August 02, 2012
So I am SO excited! Today I weighed in at 162.8, which means for my height (over 5'8") I am at the high end of a healthy BMI! 24.7 !! This is not something that I EVER dreamed possible; I was edging into the obese category a few months ago.
My first big goal was to be within a healthy BMI range by my 31st anniversary, on Aug 8. And I made it! OK, OK, i know I am always a couple of lbs more at the doctor's, because at home I weigh myself wearing nothing, first thing in the morning. But I don't care! I am going to get down to the middle of healthy normal, about 20 more lbs. I know it will come off more slowly when school starts, and I can't devote massive amounts of time to exercise, but I think it will come off. I will stick to the nutrition plan, and get in at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.
Next goal: get off my cholesterol meds. Dr's visit is Sept 6 and he better let me try. I have made radical lifestyle changes and am tired of the brain fog and other possible side effects. If I can lose 5 more lbs by then I don't see why he wouldn't let me try.
Final goal: my wedding weight (which I maintained until after my third baby) of 140-145 by Jan 1, 2013. That'll keep me focused during the holidays!
I have never really been that athletic, but have learned to love it. Now I WANT to do it! I think running is out, maybe forever, which is a bummer, but my foot just has too many orthopedic issues. At least I am back to walking and can do the cardio jumps with Coach Nicole OK. I adore biking and swimming. I am biking maybe 40 miles a week right now, hills too.
So: I know this is long, but I have to say thanks: Thank you God for giving me generally good health and the strength to do this, because "in Him we live and move and have our being." Thank you God for directing me to the Sparkpeople program. Thank you Sparkpeople and Sparkguy for starting the website. I never knew it existed until a few months ago. I could not have done it without the food tracker and fitness program. I have learned that it really IS about the calories. I thought I knew what I should do; boy was I wrong. I have learned a TON. Knowledge is power. Thank you Coach Nicole because you are AWESOME and the only fitness instructor I could ever follow. SO encouraging and kind, and not annoying like most. Finally thank you sparkfriends for cheering me on--you know who you are! You are a HUGE encouragement to me! Couldn't do it without you, and I'd love to meet someday!
OK, I'm not totally there yet. But this is a new lifestyle for me and I'm loving it! I'll be a Sparklifer!
Please excuse the celebratory navel gazing. :) *little happy dance*