Well here I am at week 47. Let me start out saying I have been busy otherwise I would have been posting more regularly….sorry everyone!! Now on to the post….
I am not anywhere close to my goal but I am learning a lot about my health. In the last 47 weeks and even before that when I first started, I started to do this because I was having the beginnings of major issues…anywhere from asthma all the way to high cholesterol. I was not in good shape and could not go and do things with my kids that I wanted to. I mean I was not even 40 years old and I felt like I was falling apart. I weighed almost 190 pounds and every joint felt it. I was at the heaviest I had ever been in my life. So I started on this journey with the decision not so much to lose weight as to get healthy again.
And it seems that I have.
I have not lost as much weight as I would like to and in the process I have gained some back and lost it again. In total I have lost 13 pounds since I started. I know that does not seem like a lot but considering I really did not go into this to lose weight but to get healthy, to me, it is a lot. It’s a lot because I have kept it off. I did not gain it back after losing it. It shows if you change your diet you will not only lose weight but will regain your health. Yes I know I should not tout any huge successes because commercial weight loss programs will “guarantee you that you will lose 50 pounds in 6 months or your money back (insert sarcasm)” but to me this is a huge success. Not in terms of weight loss but in terms of me taking my body, my health, and my life back.
I am going to continue doing just as I have and will continue to update my progress. I will change myself the better and teach my children to live better and healthier. I don’t want to leave them sooner then I have to and I want them to have a long, healthy, enjoyable life. The more I learn the more they learn. Maybe by changing my path, I have change theirs for the better.
Success is not the absence of failure; it’s the persistence through failure.
Hey everyone!! This post is a little shorter than normal because I am in the middle of getting things prepared for my Mom’s b-day. So let’s hit the highlights…on the plus side I lost a pound. That sort of surprises me considering the foods I ate this weekend. Whereas they were not the worst, they definitely were not the best. I guess my body has woke up and is using the calories I intake a little more efficiently. Which is a good thing…it means I am on the right track…YAY!! Something else that may have help it as well is I did start using weights again. I used to lift weights (not as a bodybuilder but more than casual) when I was younger. So now I have decided to start doing it again if for nothing else just to keep my arms and legs toned and even to alleviate pain I stated developing in my arms. Hopefully this will help me burn fat more…will keep you all updated as always!!
To be honest I really have not got anywhere near where I wanted to be when I started this. I am still a lot heavier then what I want to be. I still go back to my comfort zone when I let my guard down. It’s just so easy to do it especially when you are feeling down, tired, or (let’s be honest) lazy. I am not bashing myself….I am just being truthful. I am doing a lot better I think then when I started all of this way back when. I see the difference in the way I feel and the way my family feels but it doesn’t want to translate for me. That’s ok though. When I started this, I wanted to lose weight which I have but most importantly I wanted to get healthy. I have done this. It is still a work in progress, but I know things are changing. I no longer have severe breathing issues. I no longer have to stop to rest when doing high intensity exercises. And most of all I feel amazing!! I will continue on this path I am on to get where I want to be. It’s just going to take time. It did not happen overnight and this is not going to fix itself overnight either.
Back again for my weekly update…sorry about the delay but was really busy yesterday. Well I did not make much progress on my weight but I have started doing weight bearing exercises. I am making progress because again my pants are getting looser. I can’t tell you how good that feels 🙂 I also know that my internals are changing. This time last year when I started using a push mower to cut grass I could hardly breathe. It took me at over almost 2 hours to cut grass. Yesterday it took a little over an hour!! I am so happy that this is improving!! I am still waiting on that number to fall…but any way on to the numbers:
I bet you all thought I was going to never post anything again….that I had given up. Ha!! Gotcha!! No I haven’t given up. I have just been so busy the last few week and I let everything sort of slide. The only thing I did not let slide was my exercising. But I guess once you get in a habit of getting up every morning it becomes easier. Do I say I enjoy getting up before everyone else and exercising and then go into the rest of my day? sometimes I do…sometimes I don’t. I think it really depends on how I feel when I go to bed the night before.
Now onto the interesting stuff…the last couple of weeks I have not been eating as good as I should. So it’s kind of interesting I have not gained all that much back. I know you are probably saying well you did though…and you’d be right. But it really proves that if you continue to exercise…you can keep your weight under some control. Of course I can honestly tell you I did not go whole hog and pig out on everything I saw. I just ate more of what I had planned for on our menu. Instead of eating example a 1/2 a cup of rice I ate more along the lines of 1 1/2 cups of rice or instead of getting up from the table when I finished I sat and just had “a little more”. I am learning these things as I am improving my health and well being. I know you are thinking…well duh I knew that…but the thing is I don’t think any of us really know until we are there trying to manage what we are doing. Then we actually find out how far off we really are. I think by doing this, even though I am not there yet, I am not only learning how to eat but I am learning also about how much I have hurt myself over the years by what I ate as well as the lack of exercise. It really can be an eye opener at times.
Well here I am at week 40….I’m not going to complain because I am back on track. Hopefully I will stay this time. It is hard when so many things happen at once and unfortunately you end up putting yourself on the back burner. You try to keep yourself up front but it happens. As I said I am not complaining because it is not productive and it just makes matters harder. Anyway…. I do have some positive news…I lost another pound so I know I am getting back on track. Next week hopefully will continue on the same path.
Sorry guys…bet you thought I forgot didn’t you? I didn’t but this is the first chance I got this week. It’s been another hectic week but not as bad as the last few. I did better this week. I got back on track with my eating and watching what I eat. And for a reward I lost 2 pounds! I guess that is a good thing 🙂 It’s just that it seems that I am stuck but it could be me just being irritated with myself. I am not going to let it get to me because I have too many other things that I have to do for this to add to it. So here is to next week hopefully I will make more progress.
Sorry about the delay…it’s been a rough few weeks. I could get into that all here but it’s not the place. I might do it later in another post. Anyway….my nerves have been shot for the last couple of weeks and I fell back into old habits. I know I have no excuse and I know I should be doing better. I just slipped. I am human you know But unfortunately not much can be done and I am not going to bemoan about it. I did gain some weight back. I am not happy about but I am stopping it in it’s tracks. Because I do not want to go back to what I was previously. Hopefully next week I have better news for you.
Sorry abut the delay…my week has not been all that great as far as my weight goes. I can make every excuse in the book because we did have a rough week and a lot of things went wrong but in the end it still is not an excuse. I know did not stick to what I should do as far as my eating plan goes and I know I paid for this week with gaining weight back. But you know what I will get back on track.
Ok I know I am late but I do have a reason why….I had my yearly check up yesterday and wanted to post those numbers. My weight did not change from what I have been telling you here, which I guess is a good thing. My cholesterol numbers are doing ok I guess. Last year it was at 202, it’s at 204 this year. I know it’s still high but at least it is not what it was before I started this. My sugar was normal range 87 and my Dr. has actually lowered my meds for my thyroid. So in the grand scheme of everything, I am still in a better position then when I first started this but there is still room for improvement. My goal this year is to get my cholesterol under 195 without meds. On the whole I am getting healthier…I just have to keep at it.