This is the awful photo that spoke to me and made me say OMG!!! who is that?
Well that person started a 30 day self-imposed smoothie challenge for one full month. I had 2 smoothies a day plus snack and dinner. I lost around 10 or so pounds doing that. Then in June I started tracking my journey on sparkpeople where I began my year count down.
My focus was to stay consistent with exercising for one complete year. Not to quit or give in but stay on it. I wanted to lose weight too but I really just wanted to break that habit of starting a workout and then stopping. I did it!!!
My daughter moved to Texas on July 3rd 2012, I went to the gym that day and continue to go 5 days a week for no less than 30 minutes. At first it was hard work. I went to the gym, started with the treadmill and could only do 20 minutes at about 2.4 - 2.5, no inclines. Now I can do 60 minutes, speed anywhere from 2.6-3.2 and inclines to 6. I eventually tried the elliptical and could only handle that for 10 minutes and I was dying during those 10 minutes.. Now 60 minutes are easy breezy. Squats I could do a few but I recently did a squat challenge and was doing increases of 5 every day and made it up to 120 in one day.
I've loss between 20-25 pounds and some inches, I've gone from a size 22 bottoms to a size 18, my tops have gone from a 22/24 to a 18/20. I don't ache as much and I can go down stairs without my knees crying. My back feels better when I'm standing and/or walking. I don't have to use my c-pap machine to sleep but on rare occasions versus every night.
I have stayed on SparkPeople with my wonderful spark friends for a year continously. I've had some challenges this past year with my health but I didn't quit. I had female problems and if anyone knows the challenges of TOM and working out is not easy...but I did it. I had surgery where I thought after being down for 3 weeks and recovering for 6 weeks total -- that I would lose my momentum but I didn't. I held my ground and went and completed the Breast Cancer walk too.
I do have regrets and know I have to improve. I didn't lose as much weight as I wanted to lose but I loss weight. I haven't gotten my eating regimen down to a science but I'm working on it. I thought I'd be jogging by now but hey...my body is weighed down, older and I have some medical issues...but I won't let that keep me from doing so. There have been some days that I let sweets over take my body and keep me from sticking with my plan but that is my biggest enemy.
In my after picture I really don't see much change in my body. However, I can see change in my face. I feel better and considering the changes in my clothing size I know I'm accomplishing something. However, I know I could have accomplished so much more if I can stop mindless eating. But one thing I know, quitting is not an option.
My next blog post, I will set my new yearly goal and I will share my upcoming 3 month plan or 6 month plan or plans. One key thing I know I got to make a habit of journalling my food intake. I started my count but lately I've been off my game so once I come back from vacation I'll start that.
Now what have I decided to do to celebrate this accomplishment you may wonder?
I'm going to see my daughter and her friend in Texas for a few days!!!
I invested in some hair
yeah. As a naturalista whose crown isn't grown fast enough I wear wigs for protective styling. Synthetic wigs don't work well with working out and sweat. So I'm going to get the real stuff that will last a lot longer. Those are my gifts. Yeah I spoil myself really well. Here's my after photo in the same outfit I took this week.
Well that's it for my one year anniversary speech. I've come a few miles, but I got many miles to travel. I'm not giving up on me and I won't give up on you. Change takes time and I got plenty of that.