HAAAYYYY!!!! Your girl is finding her fire again! It's boiling and raging to the top! You can only stay down for so long before you either put on your big girl panties and WOMAN UP or jump of the bus completely. The CONSISTENT support I receive from you all is
. In a past life I would have thanked you all with
but this time around I will just say thank you. How did I get my mojo back? A couple of things happened:
1. I kept working out and moving until it felt good again. If you do something long enough, it will wear you out. But if you keep at it and then approach it a different way, from a new perspective, with an open heart and mind, you will remember why you fell in love in the first place.
2. I am getting braces!!! How in the HELL does this help. I will tell you how. First of all, I am getting Invisalign which are the clear, molded containters. With those, not only can you NOT snack with them on, if you choose to snack, you are supposed to brush and floss before replacing them. Ain't nobody got time for that!!! SO basically, I will be forced to reduce my snacking greatly in order to make this five grand investment to my smile, worthwhile. For me, that is a huge deal because 1/3 of my daily calories comes from snacking. Just by cutting that in half, I will save myself about 350 calories a day.
3. My company just rolled out their 3rd Annual Wellness Challenge! I am super amped. Since it begun I have led a team called The PepSteppers. For the past two years we have placed #4 out of the more than 200 teams that have participated. I am the Bridezilla of team leaders! I give daily updates, motivational emails, I check people's pages and track their progress. I coordinate workout events for my team throughout the challenge to ensure they are on track. I do this mostly because I like to win and I loathe losing. Actually, I don't mind losing when the effort to win is there. But I have to see the effort. The first year of the challenge coincided with my first successful weight loss attempt years ago, but I gained that weight back soon after the competition ended. By the time the second challenge came around, I was at my all-time high of 272.1 lbs. Many of you have seen this pic, but this was me on day 1 of last year's challenge with half of my team:
That was May 21st of last year. The first day of the rest of my life. Ironically, I was the team leader, but I was the heaviest person on my team. Nonetheless, our team placed #4 and I continued my journey PAST the eight competition. As I my Spark dwindled, I secretly prayed for another competition to start. To my delight, I got the email yesterday stating that we will be beginning a new challenge on April 1st.
4. Now I see endless possibilities. With the challenge ahead, I am re-inspired. After 10 months of weight loss, you can lose your creativity and things can become pretty mundane. Once I set my team up, it was like I was hit with a
and all these ideas flooded my mind. First, I decided that I will walk to and from work half of the week. Right now it is still too chilly to do that but in a couple of weeks, the weather will be perfect for it. I am on a 5 minute drive from my job which is about a 25-30 minute walk. If I walk to and from work, I will already have a workout done by the time I get home and anything else will just be bonus. And should the weather turn while I am at work, my brother works here as well and he can drop me off at home. That is more gas money in my pocket and a tighter tush for my wedding!
5. I can get my sister back on board. This year the Wellness Challenge has a twist: family members can now join your team. Thank you GOD! I was losing steam with my sister; as much as I continued to invite her to join me for workouts, I would get turned down everytime. Her health has taken a backseat and it shows. I hadn't seen her in nearly a month with all of my travelling but yesterday she came over. I was floored. I honestly believe that she has gained back AT LEAST 30 of the 42 lbs she had lost. I would guestimate that she was about 319 when I seen her yesterday. She had gotten down to 291 from her high of about 335 lbs. She was on board for those first six and a half months or so but I think once she realized that this journey had no end date, she threw in the towel. BUT, she is as competitive as her big sister so when I told her about the challenge, she was with it. Plus, my stepmom is moving down the street from her and I think that will really help. SHe has been a health fanatic for most of our lives and she is quick to get up and go for a walk, so having that extra support will really help.
This blog is getting pretty lengthy so I will set you free. I am pretty dang hungry right now but I am going to wait it out another 30 minutes before I grab lunch. Have a FABULOUS day!!!