Been such a busy week! But, I have been exercising and losing weight!
I donate plasma now... and they actually weigh you every time you go to donate. Last friday, I weighed per their scale at 250, and the previous Tuesday at 251 (this is at the end of the day, having had lots of water, as I have to be fully hydrated)... I'm fully clothes, plus sometimes with a coat, actually, although I'm trying to lose that now. Anyway, last tuesday, it was 246, today it was 244. But, this morning, naked, I was 238. So, I'm sort of all over the place. I'm setting my Sparkpeople weight to the 238, but using the losses from the Biotest just to see how much I've lost from visit to visit. Regardless, it feels good to show a loss at each visit.
Also, I was featured in my company's website for my weight loss story... It posted today. Here is the article:
Where Is She Now?
Story update: UPSer loses 140 poundsÖand more
Last year, Marie Smith shared her story about her weight loss success. Since it aired, Marie has lost 10 more pounds towards her weight loss goal. During the past year, sheís faced obstacles including surgery, a car accident, and rehab.
In spite of these challenges, Marie continues to focus on her ultimate goal of maintaining a healthy life style.
To see her post from last year, (click here *story link to internal company website*) and check out her update below.
As told by Marie:
Last May, I had a total right hip replacement, which has done wonders for my health and well-being. The new hip has aligned my body so well, that now, my back has few issues and my back pain has lessened tremendously. I feel 20 years younger!
But, as we all know, life has a way of throwing us curve balls. A mere six weeks after my hip replacement surgery, my son and I were in a car accident. The car was nearly totaled but luckily, we were both fine. I was jostled a bit in the car and my hip took a hit. However, I got right back to therapy and worked hard. Six weeks later, I celebrated with a hike that truly tested out my new hip.
I have used this opportunity to get back into ďlifeĒ and start living it! I have become a lot more active. I get out as often as I can, and I walk as much as I can. I try to find places to hike, and Iíd like to start biking.
As for the weight - it is an ongoing struggle. I know that I didnít get to nearly 400 pounds and stay that way most of my life because I had will power. To this day, I love food. But, through my weight loss journey, I have learned so much and what foods to eat. I know what the healthy options are and I know that my body feels better when I eat them.
Like others in my situation, I do struggle when I donít see the scale move towards my goal. And sometimes that will trigger an old pattern of overindulging. But then I remember to take a step back and look at the big picture. Iíve worked hard and done very well for not gaining and at least maintaining. I know I have the tools to lose the rest of the weight, and I know that I will do it.
What really keeps me motivated is what Iíve accomplished. Iíve been surrounded by supportive friends and family from day one and I know that support is HUGE in the weight loss journey!
Just the other day, I got this text from a friend, ďI have to just say that I will always remember your words to me: If I can do it, anyone can do it. So when I work out, I remember you saying that. So donít ever think you never inspired anyone, because you inspired me.Ē
Marie's Words of Wisdom:
* Weight doesn't come on overnight and it's not going to go away overnight.
* The best anyone can do is make those changes that will get them on the healthy track and help them live longer.
* Definitely get active. It's the best thing I ever did and the cleaner way of eating is so important.
* Listen to your body, you may think it's asking for a burger and fries, but then you are hungry an hour later. It's only because you didn't give it the nutrition it was really asking for!
* start listening. You are only given one body in this lifetime... treat it right. It will do the same for you.