What I have gained by losing...

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Today is my 6th month anniversary. In January, I decided I didn't like myself, or the lifestyle I was living. I felt horrible mentally, physically and emotionally. My husband and I had stopped communicating, and if we accidentally touched, we both immediately apologized. I was sneaking and smoking again (I had smoked for 30 years, then quit for three years). I was setting a bad example for my grandson that I am raising, and feeding my family fast food 4 or 5 nights a week. I couldn't climb stairs without pulling myself up on the handrail, one stair at a time. I couldn't tie my shoes without difficulty, or even cross my legs. I stopped fixing my hair, or having my nails done (what was the use). I was on blood pressure medication, and Metformin for pre- diabetes. I couldn't walk a half mile without giving out. I was by no means being a good steward of this body the Lord gave me!
My doctor had told me about Sparkpeople a couple of years ago, and I signed up, but never followed through. At the New Year, I was thinking about resolutions, and how I wanted to be around to finish raising my 13 year old grandson. I wanted my marriage and my health to be good again. I wanted to wear a dress to church and be able to cross my legs!
I had yo-yo dieted on and off my whole life, and I realized I had to stop dieting, and CHANGE MY LIFESTYLE PERMANENTLY!
i STOPPED SMOKING THAT DAY! I joined Spark People, and started tracking my fitness, nutrition and weight. I stopped buying fast food and started cooking at home. I cut out MOST processed foods, and started eating more whole grains. I stopped buying junk. I bought a food scale, and started practising portion control. I started drinking a gallon of water a day. I started walking in my nei9ghborhood, and eventually, borrowed my daughters recumbent bike. Not all of these changes happened overnight, but I tried to add a new, healthy habit at least every two weeks.
The weight started to fall off. My energy level started to rise. As I started to feel better, I became even more determined. I had a couple of "cheat days", but even the cheat days were not that bad. From reading articles and blogs on SP, I learned that I didn't have to deprive myself of anything, but that moderation was the key.
I hit a plateau in April, and swapped the same four pounds around that whole month (one bad habit I can't give up is weighing every couple of days). I didn't give up! I joined the YMCA, and changed my exercise up, and the weight started to go again.
So, today, on my 6th month anniversary, what have I lost? 91 pounds and 50 some odd inches, and 10 dress sizes! I am no longer on any medication!
What have I gained? More energy. Better health. Better sleep. Self esteem. Re-newed respect from my family, friends and colleagues. A better marriage. A better relationship with my children and grandchildren. The feeling of being "feminine" again. Being able to find cute clothes. I have gained liking myself back!
Was it hard? YES! Do I still have a long way to go? YES! Was it worth it? YES, YES, A THOUSAND TIMES, YES! The best advice I got from anyone came from a "Sparkie". DON'T EVER, EVER, EVER GIVE UP! Even if you fall down, get right back up! One bad day will not undo all your progress. The YMCA gave me a tee shirt with a saying that I love: "You don't have to be fit to start, but you have to start to be fit"!
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    You are a true inspiration. I.m still fighting to get rid of 30 lbs. Thank you sister in Christ.
    1684 days ago
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    This is all so awesome. You have done so much in the last six months and you are setting a great example for your grandson. Keep it up, you are worth it.
    1750 days ago
  • NHES220
    What a SparkPeople success story you are and what a great example you are setting for your family! Congratulations to you for taking your life back! What a great inspiration you are! I am working on getting off of my blood pressure medication, working on getting my exercise in every day and eating healthier and people like you continue to show me how it's done!
    1751 days ago
    I am proud you gave up smoking. You reached deep down inside and figured out you are worth living for! Kudos for the huge changes and I am sure you'll get to where you want to be~ emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1751 days ago
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