Saturday, January 04, 2014
Hey guys! It’s been way too long since my last update. Wow, I accomplished so much in 2013, where do I start? Well first off I only lost about 27 pounds last year and guess what I am more than happy with that. I started this journey at 288 pounds (much larger at one point in life I am sure) and dreamed of being 180 pounds (hence the name Purple180, lol) but as I approached 180 I knew I could do much more so I set my eyes on 150 (ya know that magic number). Well today I sit here at approx 162 pounds and I couldn’t be happier.
I learned something in 2013; I learned that it is more than the number on the scale it is about how I feel, look and all that I can accomplish. I can honestly say that I am in the best shape of my life (cliché I know but TRUE). I ran my first official 5K race in 2013 and I look forward to running my first half marathon in 2014. There was a time when I could not even walk a half mile without being winded and to accomplish this is amazing within itself. I have also taken up weight lifting (no ladies you will NOT get all bulky and scary looking) and although my weight stayed the same (165 pounds) from June until early December I lost 2 pants sizes going from a size 10 to a 6. I credit lifting heavy weights, plus it (weight lifting) really shapes the body (in my opinion).
I just wanted to touch basis with you guys as I know many of you are wondering what the heck is going on with Purple180. I still log on almost daily to log my workouts but I track my food and workouts on MyfitnessPal as well so I spend a great deal of time over there (love you guys to pieces). I am so proud of you all, many of you are trucking right along even with life obstacles that are set in your path. Midnighter1, I am so proud of you, no matter what you are always there for not only me but everyone else even if it’s just a note of encouragement you always reach out. Thank you and I am so happy to have you as a SparkFriend. Wishing you ALL the very best in 2014 and may your goals and dreams come true. Remember if you can dream it you can achieve it and FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Sorry Sparkers I have been SUPER busy the past few weeks and have not been able to update you on my progress. Well on February 7, 2013 I officially hit my goal weight (actually about 2 pounds less than goal), I was and still am ecstatic about this accomplishment, I mean wow I have lost over 100 pounds! So my original goal weight was 180 pounds (hence Purple180) but as I sit here at 177.4 pounds I think that I want to get down to 160 pounds. I know 160 still seems like a big number for some but for me I think that it will work. The BMI charts say I should be around 150 (for my height, age, etc.) but for me I think 160 will work.
I have learned so much on this journey.
1. I can do anything I put my mind to.
2. Running will NOT kill me.
3. I don’t need to feel like I am busting at the seems to be full.
4. Veggies and fruits are my friends.
5. I CAN live without soda (I so love water now and drink well over the 8 glasses per day).
6. I can and DO motivate others.
7. Working out actually gives you more energy (who knew, right!?!?).
8. SparkPeople and my SparkFriends are AWESOME!
I truly and sincerely thank each of you for all of your support, encouragement and words of wisdom. I am cheering each of you on, If I CAN DO IT anyone can.
Friday, January 04, 2013
So…I wasn’t going to blog today but then I realized that today is my 2 year Spark Anniversary and what better way to celebrate than to also be 100 pounds down! Yes, so I peeped at the scale this morning and I am 187.4 ( a little over 100 pounds down, I will change my ticker on Thursday).
To begin, for all who don’t know my story here is a quick “Get to know me.” I started SparkPeople on January 4, 2011; I was standing in the checkout line of the supermarket and I saw a magazine cover that had a lady on it that lost a lot of weight the caption read, “I lost weight with SparkPeople”. The cover struck me and as soon as I returned home I googled SparkPeople and came across this site. I thank God for that moment as it truly changed my life. I signed up but at first I was hesitant, I didn’t post any pictures of myself due to being uncomfortable with the way I looked and also leery of posting pictures on the Internet. Anyway I started Spark that day; I read articles, searched pages and made friends. I started slow, no soda, no eating after 8 pm, no fried foods, etc. Then I started doing the Spark People videos, at 288 pounds boy were they a challenge but I did what I could and gave it my all. I remember my heart pounding and sweating profusely while trying to do the 6 minute Butt Blasting video (which is so easy to me now by the way). Then I started walking, with dreams of jogging…I would go to JMERLAU, ABSOLUTEZERO and SANDIEGO JOHNS pages and see how much they have accomplished and I aspired to be a runner like them (still a work in progress). Well late Jan. 2011 I started jogging slowly and not far but I was moving on May 7, 2011 I ran my 1st .25 mile non-stop (a big accomplishment for me at the time). After I realized that I wouldn’t die from running/jogging I decided to push for 1 mile (boy did that sound far) after getting advice from my running SparkBuddies I set out gradually jogging to increase my distance to a mile and on June 1, 2011 I ran 1 mile non-stop and my time was 9:59 at this time I had also lost well over 70 pounds in 6 months (dedication).
Fast forward about 2 weeks, now I am totally hooked on running and shedding fat and pounds like crazy. One day after running the bleachers at a local high school with my husband and son I come home and felt faint. I immediately knew something was wrong, I sent my husband out to get a pregnancy test and low and behold it was POSITIVE! This was such a wonderful blessing as the doctor had just told me in Dec. 2010 that I would not be able to conceive a baby without fertility meds (which I tried in Dec. but the hormones made me way too sick). I continued to try to work out at first but pregnancy makes me very ill so after getting down to about 216 pounds I had to stop working out, due to sickness my eating habits were not on par either. I drifted away from Spark while pregnant; I tried to check in every few weeks and was always happy to read messages from my SparkFriends while I was away.
June 2012, 1 year after my break from Spark I am ready to come back, I had my wonderful daughter Feb. 5, 2012 and it took be a few months to get my butt back in gear. After I had her I was 250 pounds but by June I had ballooned back up to 270 (OH MY). On June 7, 2012 I started over just like before, full force and with my goal in mind. Now here I am 7 months later 100 pounds down (from my heaviest Spark Weight) and over 80 pounds lost in 7 months. 2 years into my journey and I feel younger and healthier than I have in ages.
I credit my SparkFamily for giving me the guidance and the PUSH that I needed to succeed and for always being there for me. KIBAISREADY always stop by my page when I was inactive to check on me and to cheer me on, this meant so much to me and gave me the motivation that I needed to come back. I have met so many wonderful people on this journey; I cherish every friendship that I have made. I am so excited and blessed to be at this point and so near my goal. For any newbie that may read this blog please know that YOU CAN DO IT! Trust me if I can, YOU CAN. Get up, get active and know that YOU ARE WORTH IT.
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