No more 300's. Not this time!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Friday I officially hit the 200's. When I jumped on the scale Friday morning, the display showed 299.4. I was ecstatic. There is something so gratifying about moving from the 300's to the 200's and it's been a long time coming.

When I first started this process, I weighed 357 pounds. This was more than I ever had weighed before. I was 20-30 pounds higher than I've ever been when I tried to lose weight. Getting to the 200's was a LONG road. 57 pounds had to be lost to reach this point. In the past, I started at 320 or 330 and still couldn't make it here. I would get very close and quit. Whenever I have started losing weight in the past, I made the 200's into some mythical land where anything could be possible. I'd say, "When I reach the 200's, I will try a class at the gym." or, "When I reach the 200's, I will try running". For some reason, I thought that I couldn't do the things I wanted to do until I lost more weight and left the 300's.

Not this time.

Things I've done BEFORE I reached the 200's:
Gym classes: Zumba (2 or more times per week), Power Pump, Spinning, Nightclub Cardio
Completed my first 5k (walking)
Started C25k
Bike Riding

It felt good to try those things and I now know that stepping out and trying things that made me uncomfortable at a weight that made me uncomfortable was what got me this far this time. I have to push myself. Nobody other than ME ever told me I was too big to do the things I wanted to do.

Not this time.

This time I faced my fears. I entered the classrooms at the Y with people much smaller than me and danced, rode, jumped and lifted with a group. I got fitted for running shoes and ran in the middle of a store filled with runners. I went to the track and ran. I signed up for and completed my first 5k EVER. I will never again place limitations on what I can do based solely on my weight. That is just a number and I am more than that!

This time I will search out activities that are exciting to me. Things that will motivate me and keep me interested. I know what I need to do to succeed. It is ultimately up to me to make those things happen. I will continue to push my body to its limits while treating it better than I ever have before. I will continue to prepare myself for the rest of my life because that is why I'm doing this. I'm ready to live the life I've missed out on for so many years.

Next on my agenda is to get serious about C25k. I backed off from running just a bit because of some pain, but supplemented those days with long walks instead to strengthen the muscles. As the weather continues to cool here, I will start adding running back into my schedule. I have 3 5k's coming up soon. Race for the Cure, a diabetes walk and Memory Walk (Alzheimer's). I don't know whether they will be walked or ran, but either way they will be finished and each one will finish a bit earlier than the one before.

I'm not going back to the 300's again. Not this time! The next time I talk about any 'hundreds', it will be to celebrate ONEderland! I will make it there and I can't wait to share that with all of you!

Now for some fun stuff from this weekend:

I went to the Texans/Cowboys football game Saturday night, which in itself is something I was really looking forward to. I bought DH and I Andre Johnson jerseys last year for Christmas and hadn't had a chance to wear mine yet. Well, I'm happy to say that it is still hanging in my closet with the tags on because it was TOO BIG! I wore DH's jersey instead (btw, it is now MY jersey). His was an XXL.
I took my daughter, her boyfriend and his sister to the game because their parents play in the Texans Pep Band and get 4 free tickets to every game. His mom is a good friend of mine and she told me 2 times Saturday night how great I looked (YAY!!).
Midway through the game, I looked over at my daughter and said, "You know what? I just realized that I fit in my seat. I'm not uncomfortable and I'm not taking up your space!". That was a good feeling.
I made a point to eat a late lunch Saturday from Chick-fil-A so I wouldn't be tempted to snack at the game. I stopped on the way home and ate a Fresco taco and tried one of the cantina tacos from Taco Bell (it was close to midnight). Yes, I ate 2 meals out that day, but I made good choices at both and stayed far away from the stadium food.

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