Friday, July 12, 2013
First, let me say that it was hard for me at the end of this challenge as so many of my co-workers who are new to the ways of healthy eating and exercise had some very dramatic results, while I, who have been towing the mark for six years, had positive results, but far less dramatic. I had to take a moment to think about my journey and all it has encompassed and to realize that much of my "dramatic" progress happened years ago (and in the past 60 lbs.).
Now for the results:
I have shaved 4 years off my "real age" and it is 4 years less than my real age, which is where I was when we started the challenge. Yea!
My blood pressure, triglycerides, and most of my other bloodwork were all down.
My cholesterol was a bit higher, but at about 175, well under 200. My good cholesterol was low, but no different than it was. It always is, no matter what I do.
My eating habits were input honestly and deemed "Excellent".
My treadmill cardio workout test put me at the "Elite" level, as high as it could be. These were both true three months ago. Hooray for consistency!
I dropped 8 lbs. I now comfortably wear a size ten, from a twelve.
I lost inches (again yay!) and gained muscle. Happily, my BMI is almost to the normal range, with 20 lbs. left to lose.
So overall, I am really happy with my efforts and the results.
My company is offering the challenge again, but not to those of us who participated this time. I will be in charge of heading it for the next round.
But I've been thinking about the basis of Sparkpeople and this Wellness challenge. I am going to develop my own challenge to begin on August 1st. I am going to incorporate some new exercise, eat more cleanly and see if I can't get closer to my goal weight at the end of 12 weeks. I will take measurements and do the "at home" exercise tests and see where it takes me. I'm sure I'll be seeing my doctor for blood work in August and sometime again after my challenge.
So if you have any ideas to share that I can incorporate in my challenge or you wish to join me, please let me know. And when I rejoice for my co-workers dramatic results, and wish mine were more dramatic, I think back to the woman who six years ago weighed 205 lbs., couldn't be on the elliptical for more than a couple of minutes, couldn't run a 5K, wore a size 18-20 plus, had no energy, didn't enjoy wearing clothes.....and wouldn't trade being where I am at now for anything in the world.