Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I have decided to start my own team. It is going to be focused on parents with children with autism. My 13 year old son has Aspergers and I would like to be able to share his triumphs and his struggles, as we continue to lose weight. There will be weekly challenges, discussions, and games as well. I am looking forward to having people join my team. Would love to meet more parents who have children that have autism.
Come and join.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
This was me at my heaviest of 313 pounds. I had tried every diet in the book. Weight Watchers, self help books, diet pills, shakes, you name it I did it. I started Spark People in 2009, and lost over 40 pounds. I had surgery to remove my gallbladder and to fix a hernia, and I went off of my diet. I came back in 2011, and could not keep myself motivated, so the weight kept piling back on. Finally on March 1, 2013 when I had a hard time walking up the stairs at work, and had to step to catch my breath every few steps. Was the time I decided I had to do something about my weight once and for all. I want to be around for my four biggest supporters.
My husband and my three boys.
I started back on Spark People on March 2, 2013. I started tracking my food again, and got bac in touch with some of my Spark Teams. I even joined the Tame Your Sugar Challenge. I cleaned out my pantry of all of the sugar and the "White Stuff." Started buying more fresh fruits and veggies.
My first weigh in I had lost 9 pounds that week. I couldn't believe it. I was doing it, I was actually losing the weight. I kept up on tracking what I ate. When I go out to eat, I ask the waiter how the different foods are prepared and stick with grilled, I have been starting my meals out with a green salad w/no crutons, and a light dressing on the side. I don't order the burgers or fries anymore, and most importantly soda is out of my life forever. I have been drinking 8-10 glasses of water each day. Starting my day out with a glass of water.
My second weigh in on the 16th of March I was down another 2 pounds for a total loss of 11 pounds. Starting to feel a lot better. I was able to walk up the stairs at work, without having to stop. I am still trying to find my motivation to start going out and exercising in public again. I hate when people are watching me. I feel like they are judging me. I have to find my Spark and just get it done. No more excuses.
My weigh in on the 23rd of March. I was down another 5 pounds. 16 pounds GONE FOREVER. I was looking on Youtube last night, and came across Leslie Sansone videos. I heard another member talk about her workouts in the team forums, and even some blogs about her. All were very positive, so I decided to give her a try. This morning I did one of her exercises and felt great about it. Going to do another one tomorrow. I found that I don't have to go out in public to get in shape. I can do it at home.
16 pounds GONE FOREVER. Never Thought I Could Lose The Weight.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
This morning as I woke up, stretched, and got ready to face the scale for my weekly weigh in. I wondered did I gain or lose this week, and if so how much, or did I stay the same from last week. I slowly removed the scale from the cupboard, that I keep it hidden in. Put on the cold hard floor, and stepped on it. The numbers came up. 297.0. I adjusted my glasses, and wondered if I was actually seeing the right number. I stepped off the scale, re-pressed the button again, and restood on the scale one more time, and again the number read 297.0. Not wanting to wake up my husband I silently did the happy dance in front of my mirror.
Later on that morning as I was getting ready to go and get new tires put on my car. I was rummaging through my closet looking for a pair of pants. I pulled out a pair of pants, that had been tight on me. Without realizing I had grabbed them, I put them on, and I can button them. Wait a minute, I can button them up. They are still a little snug, but with another 10 pounds I know that they fit with ease. Another Happy Dance in the Mirror.
Packed the kids and I a healthy snack to take with us. Didn't know how long we were going to be, when I had new tires put on the car. Found a seat in the waiting area, far away from the evil candy machine. I knew that sitting close to that demon I would have tempted, and it also kept my two boys away from it as well. Happy Dance #3.
Was shopping at our new Super Wal-Mart the other day, I had my three boys with me. I told them, that since they were good at both school and home all week, that they could pick out a special treat. Thinking that they woud go for a sugary, sweet snacks. They asked if they could have a some fruit and some crackers with cheese. I gave each of the boys a hug, and we headed off to the produce section of the store. Happy Dance #4
Hoping to have another good week,and want to keep the Happy Dance going.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Yesterday was a totally awsome day for me. For the first time in a long time I was able to walk up the stairs at work to the third floor without having to stop along the way and catch my breath.
I was able to sucessfully conquer the "Sugar Demon." at a baby shower we had for one of our caregivers. I was totally amazed that there was no fresh fruits or a veggie tray for those who can't or don't eat sugar. There was plenty of cookies, fried foods, some of the food had cheese in it, candy. I stayed back away from where the food was being served, but was to close enough to enjoy the rest of the party.
Later in the evening as I was walking down the hallway to another residents room. One of my favorite residents stopped me and asked me if I was losing weight. She could tell from the back. She also wanted to know how I was doing it. By keeping track of the food I eat each and every day, keeping in calorie range, and doing some kind of exercise 30 minutes each day. She told me that her biggest downfall was in the dining room. She is right, some of the meals that are suppose to be diabetic friendly are not.
We have cranberry turkey wrap, that is served on a white tortilla not a whole wheat one. I just wish my place of work would serve more low fat opitions.
Thought I would end this blog with a little humor.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
First off I wanted to say HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY. To everybody.
This morning as I was looking in the mirror after my shower. I didn't see a woman who would just stand there and demean herself, call herself fat, lazy, no good for anybody. Today I stood there, and saw a woman, who is cofident, able to conquer any mountain that comes in her way. The other woman is out of the picture gone forever.
No more looking to what the future holds, going to live my life, day by day. Each day is a new day and a new blessing.
I have decided not to stress the small stuff, so what if my calorie counter is off or I didn't get in my 30 minutes of exercise for the day, there is always tomorrow, and tomorrow is another day.
No more living in fear. The fear of failure, the fear of thinking I have to be perfect all the time. Only one man was perfect, and his name was Jesus. I know I am not him. I know if I try hard enough I won't fail, and if I do. I can pick myself up, brush myself off and start over again. I know I can face success no matter what road lies before me.
Here is a Irish saying:
May the good saints protect you,
And bless you today.
And may troubles ignore you,
Each step of the way.
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