Saturday, July 20, 2013
As I finish my first week of my new nutrition and fitness regime, I reflect back on how my week went and I see a defining moment for me. My husband and I went to our favorite Chinese restaurant for dinner on Wednesday night. Now normally, I would order Chinese tea (with lots of sugar added), eat an entire bowl of fried noodles by myself (with lots of duck sauce for them), wonton soup, an egg roll, General Tso's Chicken, and sometimes a desert.
This time, when we went, I was very conscientious about what I chose to eat. Instead of having the tea, I had water. I ordered egg drop soup and shrimp in white sauce with steamed vegetables and brown rice. I ate half the serving of brown rice which was probably about 1/3 cup.
My husband asked me if I was going to have any of the fried noodles (they're my absolute favorite because they make their own noodles and they're so light and crispy!). I told him "no". "Not even one?" he asked with a surprised look on his face.
That's when I knew this was a defining moment for me. It proved to me that this time is different for me. That I'm motivated and determined and am willing to make choices that are going to keep me on my path to health and fitness. Yeah, me! Go Sue, Go Sue!
Saturday, July 13, 2013
You know, it's occurred to me all the time, effort and money I've put into trying to get in shape and healthy in the past, without lasting success.
I was doing some cleaning today and had to put some things away in the closet. My closet contains book cases full of diet and fitness books and magazines. I have invested tons of money on these over the years, not to mention gym memberships, food, and supplements.
If I put the knowledge that I've learned through these resources to use, I would have been at my physical goal years ago!
But I can't think about all that's been wasted, all the time and energy. I have to look ahead, to the future, to when I will reach my goal by utilizing and putting into practice what I know I need to do to get where I want to be.
I have some really great resources and today, I got some of them out to form what will be my new nutrition and fitness regimen. I know if I stick with it and be consistent, I'll have success . . . wish me luck!
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Let me just start off by saying I love surprises! And I especially love when I can get my son William who always ruins every surprise!
My son Justin is in the Marines. He's getting ready to deploy for Afghanistan. He's been gone since February in training. My other son, William, is in the Air Force. He's been deployed to Africa since February. So the brothers haven't seen each other in 5 months.
I found out a couple of days before July 4th that Justin was going to have a 96 hour leave but we live too far for him to come home. His girlfriend and I drove to Camp Lejeune, NC from Pennsylvania to see him. It occurred to me that my son William would be returning to the states from Africa and had a 10 hour layover in Virginia.
So you know what I did! I drove to Camp Lejeune, picked up Justin, then drove to Virginia to surprise William at the airport. He knew I was coming, but he had no idea Justin was going to be there. Talk about surprised! The brothers were glad they got to see each other since Justin won't be home from Afghanistan until next year. I drove a lot of miles, a lot of hours, but it was worth it! Gotcha,William!
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Ok, so it's time to face reality. I think I've been living in a state of denial but there's no more denying it ~ I'm overweight and out of shape. I think it just occurred to me relatively recently that I've been overweight more than half my life. I didn't have a problem with weight until I had kids. After the kids, well, you know how that goes ~ you take care of everybody else and don't have time or energy to take care of yourself.
I tried over the years to start a workout plan and eating regime, to live a healthy lifestyle. I would be successful for a little while but then my motivation would just wane. I think I wasn't seeing the results I wanted quickly enough to keep me wanting to continue.
During my adult years, the least I weighed was 155 lbs and that was working my butt off to look good for my wedding. Needless to say, after the wedding, the weight went back on after I stopped eating good and working out. In 2000, I reached my heaviest at 224 lbs. Over the course of the next several years, I would lose some weight and then gain it back, yo-yoing back and forth. I had gotten down to 172 lbs in the summer of 2012. That was the lightest I had been since my wedding in 1995.
I failed to mention that I am an emotional eater. Yeah, I know it doesn't help matters any, but that's what I do. I eat when I'm worried. Fast forward to the present. One of my sons is currently deployed with the Air Force in Africa, one of my other sons is getting ready to deploy with the Marines to Afghanistan, and I found out in March that my husband, 47, has cancer ~ so you can imagine the emotions I've been going through, how stressed I've been, and how much I've been eating and sleeping and not working out.
I recently took a good, long look at myself though. I'm tired of trying to get in shape. I want to do it. This is my line in the sand, this is where I draw the line. I'm tired of looking and feeling like this. I want to be my best self, which brings us to now. It wasn't easy, but I had my husband take my before photos for me to post on my Spark Page so that I will see them and realize where I am and where I want to be. It's simply reality. I'm overweight and out of shape. In order to know where you're going, you have to know where you've been. This is where I am now. Hopefully, I'll never be this way again.
I can't look back at all the times I've tried to get fit over the years and failed. I can't let myself get bogged down with guilt, regret, and wasted time and effort. I have to look to the future. I know I can change. I can have a different future, depending on the choices I make. Instead of looking at the big picture of getting to 135 lbs and 18% body fat, I'm going to concentrate on making simple, healthy, daily choices that will propel me to meet my goals. One good choice followed by another good choice, followed by days of good choices. Eventually, I'll meet my goals.
I invite you to visit my page, check out my progress photos, read my blogs, follow me as I go along this journey towards a happy, fit, and healthy lifestyle.
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