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Sunday, July 07, 2013

We always read about how each individual is unique and we agree, then we join a team or two and suddenly we are doing other peoples "what works for them". I refer to the weight loss challenge and boot camp groups I joined.
Neither of these groups are bad, or bad for me. But I derailed myself because I didn't MAKE IT MY OWN as I did initially.
For the first 3 months I followed my weight loss challenge by being carb free. I lost 12.5kgs (27.5 pounds). Side by side, I did boot camp 3 days a week and watched my body shape altering. I started developing muscles and got stronger and my asthma lessened as well as other health issues.

Then I allowed myself to get all excited about a boat cruise and started boot camp EVERY DAY which meant I HAD to eat carbs and blam....my winning streak was over. For the month of June I lost a mere .3 grams (.66 pounds) and whats more, I didn't feel great on carbs. I was diagnosed pre-diabetic and for health reasons taken off carbs...which was great because I felt wonderful off carbs.

On June 30th I spoke to my hubby and decided to "give up" on the cruise concept and go back to boot camp 3 days a week and get off carbs. In one week I have lost .7 grams (1.5 pounds)

Surely this is the best way for me as an individual with unique needs.

So, happily back on track and boot camp begins again tomorrow morning. I'm somewhere between excited and terrified lol because now I know how tough it is. But I love how I'm "shaping up" more so I will go back again. Its also tougher this time round because my sister cannot finance rejoining, so I'll be getting up at 5 am ALONE and going to boot camp ALONE lol where has the fiercely independent woman I am - gone?

In another 4 weeks the weight loss challenge takes our body measurements again, I cant wait to see how mine has changed again.

Today, I bought a brand new outfit but I have to lose another 5 kgs (11 pounds) before I'll fit into it comfortably, right now I can kinda jump, hop and squeeze into it. I'm THAT confident I will get into it before the end of July.

Tomorrow I am going to have coffee at my bible studies husbands work (lumbar yard) and he hasn't seen me since February so I can't wait to see his reaction to my 15.6 kgs (34,3 pounds) gone. His wife has been telling him about my weight loss, and he says he cannot imagine it, because hes always known me heavy. Well......I've got news for him...lol

I've got a super busy week ahead of me. My sister has also lost tons of weight and has pretty much nothing that fits her. Everything she now owns is either too baggy or its faded and looks terrible. Her dil's parents are due in a weeks time and they are very snooty people with pots of money and a condescending attitude. I mean it, the last time they were down, she kindly offered to take the whole family to a fancy restaurant in Fancourt and made sure Gale knew to please wear something descent. What a cheek. Anyway, I am busy taking Gales clothes in, dyeing them interesting colors and giving the old "worn, done look" ones some new spunk. So starting tomorrow.......I'll be busy busy busy.

Before I go I must tell you this cute story. Axel is 3 in September and still not saying much. He has suffered trauma and the creche he is in now, is using flash cards and reward system to catch him up and its working, he has 4 more words already. He makes himself understood, but its not conversation. Anyway, that's not whats funny...that part is sad. Here is what is funny. Every month, I post him an "Axel's packet" gift. It contains a few things I know he will enjoy plus a photo of himself and myself together. My dil told me that he keeps these photo's under his drum which is his favorite thing. But I have run out of Axel and Granny photo's with him gone. So this last packet had no photo. My dil says he dug through the items I sent, tipped the packet upside down and spread his hands like "so where is it?" At the time, she didn't know what he wanted, and she got frustrated with his oncoming irritation and tears. Finally, he ran into his room, fetched the last photo he was sent and put it back in the packet, took it out and went showing the family present the old photo. So she asked that I please send more photo's, even if they aren't of Axel and Granny....long as Granny sends a photo.
Shame, how sweet is that? So its back to looking for photo's of Granny that Axel will enjoy showing off with and then storing in the bottom of his drum.

I misssssss that kid like crazzzzzzzy.
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    1805 days ago
    Girl you this figured out!!! Sometimes it is trial and error... I have done enough to know!!! You do what works for you, and hang in there, you are strong and you will conquer this!!! emoticon
    1805 days ago
    1806 days ago
    I am back after a long break from Sparks, but am so glad to see your posts and that you are doing so well. Keep it up, you sound so motivated. And your relationship with Alex sounds awesome and very special. God Bless!! emoticon
    1806 days ago
    I so enjoyed your story about Axel and Granny!
    Please ask his mom to bring him over for another photo shoot, if at all possible?
    Bless you!
    1807 days ago
    Do you think the extra boot camp could have upped your cortisol (A stress hormone) levels, which slows weight loss?
    I am glad you are going back to what works for you. Now we know, if CELEST gets to the maintenance phase all she has to do is add a portion or two of carbs. Presto!

    1807 days ago
    It's great that you are back to what works for you. It's too bad about Gail's in-laws. You are so wonderful to fix her wardrobe. What a great Sis you are!

    I can't wait to see new photos of Axel and Granny too! I bet you miss him. He misses you too obviously. How is Michelle?

    Sending you hugs!
    1807 days ago
    Your one smart lady realizing you need to do what's best for you. That is cute about Axel and the pictures. Make sure he sees you as you change shape and weight so that when he comes home, he will know you. emoticon
    1808 days ago
    oh the last part breaks my heart --Axel is one special lil boy --- keep him up to date with pictures of you and his dad ect... he needs to remember at his young age.. I do hope he would be able to come home to you soon.

    yes keep the program that suits you!
    proud of all you have done -- keep moving forward!!

    LOL your sis's inlaws sound like people I know -- but don't need to know (hugs) to your sis.
    1808 days ago
    Love your analysis of what works for you and that you are going for it! I am so amazed at your success (and admire your hard work!)

    Next pkt for Axel..send a photo album for him to put his pictures in..so he can keep them together and have them to share. A small one ..kind of photo keepsake album would be just right. You can also send pics of Granny and the dogs, Granny and Papa (or whatever Axel will call Justin), Granny and Uncle Cole..etc. Do you write a letter to him each time? A written note to him (print it so he can pick out the letters and eventually the words) might encourage him to be more interested in communicating. Any word on how his Mama is doing? emoticon
    1808 days ago
    Can't wait to hear about your friend's reaction when you strut your stuff! Might even be an occasion for a Granny photo for Axel.
    1808 days ago
  • GINA180847
    Good for you determining what works for you and that you are working on your sister's clothes for her. Grandchildren are so precious. After spending an afternoon with our twin granddaughters I can't stop thinking of them.
    1808 days ago
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