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    BELLAMAGOO78   34,035
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Improvements I've noticed since starting my journey...

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

If I think back to before I started my weight loss and healthier living journey - I remember TRYING To start with walking and I COULD NOT walk for more than 10-15 minutes without getting excruciating shin splints. I had plantar fasciitis that CRIPPLED me everyday when I woke up in the morning and every time I stood up after sitting. Not only was it painful and difficult to get moving towards my goals but also incredibly embarrassing.

Somehow, someway I got motivated watching the biggest loser and bought all the cookbooks, joined weight watchers online and started tracking my foods. What an eye opener. I started making simple swaps... Coffee cream to creamo to homo milk to 1% milk (and that's where I draw the line!!). I started scrambling or poaching my formerly fried eggs. I started making lower fat and lower calorie choices and slowly I lost my first 10 lbs. i ended up leaving weight watchers online as i felt defeated with my eating - no matter how hard i tried, keeping in my points range was extremely difficult and i decided that it wasnt working for me. I was not able to be too active but was doing biggest loser challenge on my wii. I was still crippled with my plantar fasciitis and actually it was so bad i actually went to my podiatrist and said i want surgery to cut the fascia. He wasn't on board with that idea at the time, so we opted for a last attempt with orthotics. I then got sick with a stomach flu which allowed me to skip from the 280s to the 260s. That somehow was a break thru for me and I soon started to walk more On my treadmill. I was using a heart rate monitor and challenged myself... Trying to walk more or to walk faster or burn more calories. I remember starting the c25k program and my calves were burning during the 1 min interval. I didn't think I'd be able to make it thru the 1st week!!! I did and I continued on and fell off the wagon at week 4. I continued to walk thou and lost a bit more weight. I think it was around the 250lbs mark that I realized one day that I wasn't having any pain in my feet! I was so shocked that I wasn't conscious of that change right away. Since then, it's not been an issue for me and I am SO grateful!! I eventually moved back to Vancouver and got down to 228 lbs. I was so excited and so proud to have lost over 50lbs. But then winter set in, I was feeling a bit depressed, had a stressful job that had me driving most days all day which meant going thru drive thrus and eating fast food in my car while driving... I gained some weight back and struggled with fitting into my clothes and stopped being active as I was always too tired to do anything.

Before I knew it, I realized I was almost 260 lbs again!! So earlier this year I managed to get back on track with the support of the "team tangarine" girls on a Spark biggest loser challenge group. The first 10 week challenge I went from 255 lbs to 250. During the second 10 week challenge which just finished I went from 250-243! I feel solid in what I am doing right now - I'm making healthyIER lifestyle choices that I can sustain over the long term. I'm not "dieting" and restricting what and/or how much I eat but focusing on tracking it so I can be accountable for it. I am focusing on being more active - walking my dog for 5km 3-4 times a week. I also do walk/run intervals on my treadmill for 45 min or more regularly (when I'm not walking the dog outside) while watching old seasons of Biggest Loser. I started to play tennis this summer and LOVE it. I try to get out 1-2 times a week to play with friends. I signed up for 2 tennis clinics this summer (each clinic was 1.5 hours tennis 4x/week).

I notice that I take the stairs more now without thinking about it. I enjoy tennis and feel like I belong on the court. In feeling better about myself over all. I'm engaging with friends more and busying myself up with social plans. I'm dating again and being "me". I can run on treadmill and have been consistently doing 5km walk/run intervals. I realized that I actually like doing run intervals but don't like running for 1/2 hour straight - so I do what I enjoy - I do a few 5-10 min run intervals and allow myself to 'just' walk if I don't feel like running. The point is I'm doing something, and something is better than nothing.

The key for me is that I have decided to do activities I enjoy - so I can keep with them. Life's too short to spend time doing things I hate. Let's face it, if I don't like it, I'm gonna try to procrastinate or get out of it, and then I feel guilty which leads to poor self image and so the negative self talk builds momentum. Instead I just focus on what brings me enjoyment and positive feelings.

So - I am feeling better all around - physically, mentally and emotionally.
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ANNROW0354 8/30/2013 9:49AM

    Great blog and I love how your journey has brought you to the point of doing what it is that you actually ENJOY doing. I too have tried running and I did feel a sense of accomplishment when I ran a mile w/o stopping but then I realized I was happy with that accomplishment and went back to doing enjoyable workouts. emoticon

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GRACILU 8/29/2013 10:21PM

    Great outlook. Keep being an inspiration.

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MYAKAYAH 8/28/2013 2:04AM

    keep going you can do it~

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BELLAMAGOO78 8/26/2013 11:59PM

    emoticon for all your kinds words and support! It means so much to me and I appreciate the time you took to read my experiences and comment!

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KAT808 8/26/2013 11:51PM

    Thanks for sharing your story!! emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 8/26/2013 8:17PM

    You are doing wonderful, I am not a runner, but oh, I love to walk, and I do, I also go the the gym 3 times a week, get to visit, make new friends, and just really enjoy it all around, it is hard to do too much socializing when you are retired, and do not live close to your family. keep doing what you are doling, it is working, and that is great

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YUMES_HUMAN 8/26/2013 12:16PM

    I loved this post. We've had a very similar journey and I'm trying to get back on track now. Keep up the focus.

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RENATA144 8/26/2013 10:38AM

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PRINCESSAA12 8/26/2013 9:28AM

    Oh that's awesome. And I'm sure you're doing such a fantastic job! Congrats to your painfree life.

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NOTSPEEDY 8/26/2013 1:30AM

    This is a very inspiring blog. Thanks for posting.

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CHALLENGEME4 8/25/2013 9:01PM

    WTG! Iam proud to be part of team tangerine with teamies like you
FanTabulous!!!

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FITFRIT 8/25/2013 7:43PM

    Your story is something to be proud of, we all struggle, but you came back and are making progress! Kuddos to you!

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DEANNATN 8/25/2013 2:50PM

    Congrats on your progress so far!! emoticon Good luck on the next challenge!!

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GRAYLADY13 8/25/2013 1:14PM

    emoticon and inspiring blog. I am barely able to walk 5 mins, 10 some days. It is encouraging to read how sticking with it can increase ability. emoticon emoticon

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CAROLLEE57 8/25/2013 10:13AM

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TROOPER1961 8/25/2013 6:12AM

    Great blog Diana!! Now let's make this challenge even better!! emoticon

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FORESTPAL 8/24/2013 7:37PM

    A word of caution; I'm a lot older, and learned to my regret, that carrying extra weight is hard on joints & back. I got a recumbant exercise bike, that doesn't stress those parts.

Thanks for your blog.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/24/2013 6:54PM

    Way to go! Keep it up!

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AHAPPYLIFE 8/24/2013 4:08PM

    This is awesome & inspiring! Thank you!!

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