BLC20 12 Week Goals & Before Pic

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Part of our weekend challenge for the first week of the BLC20 is to blog about our goals and what we will do to reach those goals for the 12 week program, as well as post before pictures.

I was at my goal weight of 145 for quite awhile (fluctuating between a few pounds) and have gained since getting ill. I was at 164 this past Wednesday, however weighed in at 158 this morning. I'm not sure if it was water weight being held over from TOM or too much sodium (from eating those "healthy" soups) but I'll take it:-)

My first and foremost goal is to get my back into healthy shape. For those not reading my statuses, I hurt my back while picking up some heavy boxes when I moved in with my DH (at least I think that's what did it!). I have a herniated disk with L4 and an extruded right-sided disc herniation, L5-S1 with Thecal Sac and Nerve Root Impingement (diagnosis from the MRI) causing sciatica from the buttock to the ankle on my right leg.

I went through physical therapy with my chiropractor for 6 weeks, trying to get relief without medication. Although some days were better than others, I still wasn't getting the pain relief. I finally went to an orthopedist this past week and he put me on the Medrol (Methylprednisolone) 6 day pack and gave me Percocet for the pain. I am continuing Physical Therapy with my chiropractor as well as working on strengthening my core, hamstrings, glutes and quads at home. I go back to the orthopedist on 9/24 for follow-up. If this doesn't work, I may have to have the disk removed. Please pray that it works as I do not want to have surgery.

Two other goals are to start tracking my food and fitness again. I've really fallen off track with doing both of these and I know that they were the key to my success in the past. That's another part of this weekend challenge, so I'm glad it got me thinking about it again. I tracked yesterday and so far today. I thought it was taking me too much time, but really it's only 5-10 minutes out of my day and will show me where I need to change up some things based on how I weigh in.

I desperately want to get in cardio exercises, however my doctor has advised against this for now until my back is in more stable condition. I can't wait until I can start again as I also know that this was a key to my success.

I believe that if I can accomplish all of my goals within this twelve week period, I can get off some of the weight that I've gained and be much happier with myself.

So, here are my before pics taken this morning at 158 pounds and no make-up...don't get scared!

Here's to all of us getting healthy the right way! I've done it before and I know I can do it again!!!

PS...I love my Blazing Blue Bombshells! They are also a key contributor to my success as I know that I can always count on them to provide encouragement or a swift kick in the boot-ay, if needed:-) Love you ladies!!!

Big Hugs,
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    you look great....and beautiful with no make-up
    1906 days ago
    Go you...you can so achieve this
    1914 days ago
    You look beautiful as always, GF, and will get that weight off in no time. I have gained also as a result of stress and not being able to take care of myself. We will both get back to basics and get it done.

    I sure hope you have a speedy recovery and that you don't need surgery. My prayers are with you. Love you always!!
    1916 days ago
    Great pics and great plan! emoticon
    1917 days ago
    Pretty lady!
    1918 days ago
    Paula, you are so beautiful! I sure hope you start to feel some relief soon. Don't over do it and take it one day at time. emoticon plan too!!! Keep up the good work!
    1919 days ago
    Sending healing thoughts your way. You are still so adorable even though you may not feel it.
    1919 days ago
  • IXCHEL23
    Paula, great plan! Yes, you WILL do it again!! Will be praying for you you won't need surgery. Don't worry I didn't get scared seeing your pics, you look cute!
    1919 days ago
    Paula, you are a true beauty, makeup or not!!! You absolutely look awesome. Sure hope the relief of your pain is around the corner!!!! I know you will rock this round, your plan is super!!! I love your tatoo!!!! I'm so glad you are a Blazing Blue Bombshell!!! emoticon
    1919 days ago
    emoticon Great goals, photos are fantastic!
    1919 days ago
  • 2009-2016
    I'm not at all scared of your photos! I'm just sorry that you're in such continual pain. Just do what you can and leave the rest. YOU WILL GET BACK TO YOUR GOAL. And, as you wrote on my blog, I'm also VERY glad to have been on most of your Spark Journey with you. You are a great source of strength and support. xo
    1919 days ago
  • AGK3112
    I hope you get recover soon and feel better. I am sure once you will be ok you will do great. Good Luck
    1919 days ago
    Paula- so sorry you've been having so many back issues. Sending healing thoughts your way. You can only work within the doctor's set limits. So, cardio can wait until you get the ok. Love your eating plan- track, track, track emoticon
    1919 days ago
  • SUCCESSN2015

    I hope your able to get some pain relief and pray that you don't have to have surgery. Do what you can and don't stress about the rest. Your awesome team of Bombshells have your back emoticon
    1919 days ago
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