A beautiful LOVELY LIME tree....and 28 Lovely Limes!
Its that time of year when here in Connecticut and throughout New England, the leaves are beginning to change. It is a reminder that things are not meant to stay the same. CHANGE is a part of the rhythms of life and it IS good! I also know that we can fight change, or help it along. And this autumn I want to cooperate with the PROCESS of change and really see some positive things happen! I'm ready for my BREAKTHROUGH!
Thanks to everyone here on SP sharing the journey with me as I work to take the LIMITS OFF MY LIFE and the WEIGHT off my BODY! It is TIME! (It is well PAST time is more the truth!) The Spring Biggest Loser Challenge is over and I didn't really do so well. I am determined to make some EXCELLENT progress over the next 13 weeks and that means I've just got to GET SERIOUS! I'm so determined to see some new successes in my life! Blessings to all of you who are joining me on this journey to better health!
I have often joked that the last time I was a size 14 I WAS 14, but it is true. My body is really speaking to me about the effects of being overweight for 40 years! In the last few years I've had knee surgery, been diagnosed with sleep apnea and type 2 Diabetes. Enough is ENOUGH! I'm making changes and I WILL win this battle with God's help most of all...and yours...and plenty of hard work on my part, I know.
A dear friend of mine has a motto about "Loving Myself Healthy, One day at a time". It made me think about what loving myself really looks like. Jesus said "love your neighbor as yourself" (Matt 19:19, Mark 12:31, Luke 10:27, Romans 13:9b, Galatians 5:14, James 2:8, Leviticus 19:18). Yep, he said it a LOT. Love your neighbor AS YOURSELF. Really. I came to understand that I really can't love anyone else properly if I don't know how to love myself.
So what does that look like? Well, it looks like ALL the things I want for those around me that I love. 1. That they know and love Jesus. 2 That they have good health. 3. That they have enough provision that they are not perpetually struggling, that they can enjoy what life has to offer, and they can happily give to others. 4. That they have purpose and joy in life, peace with themselves, and people they love to share that with.
Well, it's TIME. It's time to learn to love myself. 1. Thankfully, I know and love Jesus. 2. Health is not always in our control, but I have an obligation to myself AND all those I love to do WHAT I CAN DO to take care of God's temple and get my body in good condition. And I can more fully accomplish 3 and 4 if I have a healthy body to do it in. So I'm going to take the words of Jesus to heart! I'm going to Love MYSELF healthy, (lose weight and get fit) so I can properly show love to all those I care about!
I'm not LOSING weight, I'm GETTING RID OF IT! I have NO intention of finding it again!
My first goal was to lose 13 lbs in 13 weeks (by my 55th birthday). With the help and encouragement of all my friends on SP, I started with 10 minute walks, and improving my eating. I am now able to walk a mile at a time, I've done really well with sticking to my meal plan, I've been maintaining normal blood sugar readings AND I have lost not 13---but 20 lbs in those 13 weeks! I ended the Summer challenge at 314 lbs.
My next goal was to get rid of another 20 lbs during the Fall Challenge--Unfortunately that didn't quite happen. So, I'm resetting the time component, but the goal is the same...get the rest of the way to 294. I love the LOVELY LIMES team, so I'm going to participate in the Winter Challenge as my point of focus for 12 lbs in 10 weeks (by 2/19/15). And while my eating seems pretty much on target, I really need to keep working on consistent activity especially as the cold Connecticut winter is coming upon us...BRRR...
Okay, the Winter challenge was a bust for me. Didn't lose weight, and over the course of the challenge I actually gained back about 7 lbs. Working 3rd shift, irregular sleep, and eating too many convenience foods took their toll. But I am NOT a quitter and I WILL persevere. Right now I'm working on bringing the quality of my foods up another notch. Lose the wheat, lose the weight! Consistency in eating AND exercise plan is key...SO looking forward to some warmer spring weather and really getting more active again.
OKAY, Spring, Summer & Fall later and I'm at about the same weight. Too much yo-yo-ing going on here! It's been difficult to carve out time for physical activity with 2 or more jobs going on, but I've got another respite, and I intend to make the most of it! Setting my goal for the "Summer Strong" Biggest Loser challenge to take off 15 lbs in the next 13 weeks.
Lose weight and get healthy. Ultimate goal is to lose 200 lbs. Interim goal is to get moving physically and lose enough weight to be active and enjoy the little people (toddlers) in my life. I want to feel good in my own body getting out and doing active things with my friends and family
Goal 1: Drink 10-12 glasses of water daily
Goal 2: Get in those fruits and veggies every day
Goal 3: Get moving...get out and walk for 15-20 minutes OR swim 15-20 laps at least three days a week.
Goal 4: Pack lunch daily so I don't find myself looking for a sweet blood sugar fix.
Goal 5: Use food for fuel, not comfort,distraction or boredom.
PROGRESS GOAL: Lose 5% of my body weight each quarter of the year.
(Lost 20.5 lbs from 5/29 start date to end of BL Summer challenge on 8/21/14 and during the
Fall challenge lost 8 more lbs.)
Currently live and work in Windsor, CT
Real estate broker for The Master's Key Realty LLC
Married 32 years to my college sweetheart
Magnificent 24 y.o. daughter who is wise beyond her years and makes me proud every day!
Born again, spirit filled child of the Living God and ambassador of his son Jesus Christ!
Favorite food: eggplant parmesan (I know, weird choice for a favorite!)
Favorite book: The Bible
Favorite activities: bible-study, reading, singing, photography, scrap-booking, connecting with friends...
Favorite thing I do to help others: Finance & budget counseling, negotiating bill settlements, and helping people get out of debt!
Secrets of Success
| current weight: 330.6