Hi, I'm Tonya. I've also been working on this for a long time. It's kinda 3 steps forward 2 steps back... I joined in April of 2012. My weight has always been a yo-yo. I hate exercise, so I really have to make myself do it. I do best if I make myself form a habit, then do it 7 days a week so I can't make excuses. Back in 2003 my doctor told me I had to lose weight, start to exercise, get my blood pressure and triglycerides under control. He asked me if I wanted to die, and said if not, I had to start working on it. The crazy thing is my weight didn't really sound that bad. I worked really hard and lost about 40 pounds in a year and a half. I formed good exercise and diet habits, then we moved and my routine changed and it all came back.
So I started again in 2009. That time I lost 15 - 20 # but was very happy with my size and how I felt. My regular tests at the doctor were coming back good. Then I'm not sure what happened! But I gained most of it back. So when I joined Spark people in 2012, I started again. I never reached my goal, but came a long way. I formed healthy habits, was eating well, doing a regular workout routine, and was pleased with my tests at the doctor. Then on labor day, I was in an ATV accident. I cracked 3 ribs, got stitches in my hand, and fractured my knee. I was "Non-weight-bearing" for 12 weeks, then had to wean myself off the crutches. That pretty much took me to mid-December. That was so discouraging. I had to just sit and wait. of course my weight went back up because I had NO physical activity. Not even my normal busy lifestyle where I'm always on the go. So I planned to resume my workout schedule after the first of the year...it's a good time to start something, right?
Well, I tried, and couldn't even do my "walk away the pounds" without causing significant pain and soreness... not the sore muscle kind. So my husband has purchased an elliptical for me and I'm trying with that. The first day I did 10 minutes and I thought I was going to die. I couldn't believe how out of shape I'd become. The next day I did 15 minutes on the lowest settings. That worked. This week my goal is to do 15 minutes each of 5 days. I'll see how that goes and adjust from there. I've already begun to journal all that I eat. I couldn't believe how much food I'd been consuming and calling it normal! So last week I lost a couple pounds without even exercising. Eating reasonably will be a challenge to get back in the habit of, but I'll do it!
Edited by: TONYASUEST at: 1/26/2014 (19:32)
Mom with a Plan
| current weight: 150.0