Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I am one of 10 children....#8 in line and youngest girl. When young, I was always slender. When I graduated from college, I was 115 pounds. Marriage, working, raising two beautiful daughters...I forgot self. Little by little my weight increased. Off and on I would lose a little weight, but I was never consistent with a weight loss plan. It seems like every time a decade came around 30, 40, 50...I would think "I must get in shape." When my daughters married, I hated that I was as big as I was in the pictures. My highest weight was 234.
I have tried quite a few diets. I have never gone for the severe fad diets. I tried to follow reasonable plans - First Place, South Beach, etc. I have seen people find success with Weight Watchers. I found inspiration in Chantel Hobbs. But I would eventually get back to old habits. I think there are a lot of great plans out there. The trick is finding the one that works for you - that you can stick with. I didn't have the time or money to join a class. I didn't like the diets that gave you a specific menu to follow. I didn't find the right plan for me that gave me the guidance and motivation to stay with it.
So what is different now? I had minor knee surgery in October 2012. During subsequent doctor visits my blood pressure was always high (upper number in the 160s). The nurse said I was consistently showing high blood pressure and needed to consult a doctor. Visions of my father with high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and borderline diabetes flashed before my eyes. I didn't want to go there. I was about to turn 60...a big decade mark. This time I HAD to get hold of myself.
I can't even remember what made me stumble on SparkPeople, but I am so glad I did. I have found my "plan." I joined in January 2013. I decided to buy the coach sessions for one year to get me through and I have found it to be great for me. I get a lot of advise and motivation. On January 2, 2013, I started this journey, weighing in at 228.
Today is March 27, 2013. I now weigh 203 pounds - 25 pounds down. I am a high school art teacher. I have been having the school nurse monitor my blood pressure. My last reading was 120/70. Whoo hooo. Sparkpeople gave me a goal to lost 50 lbs. by June 20th. I divided that up into monthly mini goals and I have been reaching those. When I get to that mark...178...I will still be too heavy. I will reset my goal. My eventual goal is to be around 135-140...around October.
So, how am I doing it? I started out with small steps...learning to track my food and drinking 8 glasses of water. I am learning to make better food choices. I started adding exercise little by little. I have a morning routine now where I log in to SparkPeople and go through my coaching session. I track my breakfast and lunch and do a short 10-15 min. exercise video. I do additional exercise in the evening. I feel so motivated. Even when I hit a plateau or the few times I have gone a little over on my calorie intake, I don't want to quit. I am going to make it this time!