This week I was collecting all my data from the Livestrong site and transferring it over to My Fitness Pal; i.e. previous weigh-ins, etc. It struck me to evaluate how much weight I had lost per week since I started to track. I've lost give or take 45 pounds in 11 weeks which is an average of 4 pounds a week, some weeks as little as a pound, but some as much as six pounds. I know that is a significant amount in a short time, but I've been doing it in a very healthy way; through diet and exercise. Also, I had (and still do have) a tremendous amount of weight to lose, so everyone says that makes it easier to lose at the beginning. I would agree with that on paper, since I've lost 45 pounds or so it would seem that it must be relatively easy. News flash: it's really not that easy to go from being simply a mom on the go to actually working out six days a week, especially when you're obese. It's not that easy to go from eating any foods that I wanted just because I wanted them, to then track everything that I eat, to stay within a 1200 net calorie limit. Did I mention that I absolutely love to cook & bake?! It's not that easy to break years of unhealthy bad habits. I'm not sure how I've managed to stay on this regimen except that I really want this!
So, I've remained quite positive throughout my journey, results = happiness right? Of course they do! Welllllllllll, this week has been a rough week, and I lost my stride for a couple of days. Monday and Tuesday I ate some crap food and too much of it, Wednesday until supper time I was at negative net calories because I was stressed based on the weight I gained after my Monday and Tuesday binges. I decided to make a high calorie supper that was as healthy as possible to make up the calories and finished okay. I was in a funk though. Thursday morning I woke up and decided that gaining back a couple of pounds was not going to be the start of a downward spiral. I was still in charge of my life and my journey to get healthy. I've already learned so many good habits I wasn't going to sabotage myself and gain those 45 pounds back. So, here it is Friday and I haven't really lost anymore, but I haven't gained either and I know that I'm not going to hit my goal overnight. My options are to a.) keep making smart healthy choices, workout regularly & vigorously or b.) give up. I'm NOT giving up! I have a little over 90 pounds left to lose until I hit my goal weight, and though there might be some rollercoasters along the way I know that I can do it. My challenge isn't a one day challenge, or a week long challenge, but in this year (one year anniversary of tracking will be June 13, 2013) I will meet my goal. I am up for the challenge! Oh yeah, I've got this!
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I am inspired by people that make difficult decisions. I am inspired by people who work hard. I am inspired by people who pursue their dreams. I am inspired by people who never give up.
I am that person & I want to inspire others!
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As my first blog post I wanted to give a little background info...
When I was younger I wasn't overweight, I loved playing sports & being active. I remember times during high school where I'd be standing in my Grandmother's kitchen and she'd be begging me to eat something. After high school as the years went by I gained more and more weight. A few failed attempts at joining gyms, working with trainers, losing a few pounds and then giving up I had reached the point that I was considered obese. Obese? How did I get here? Growing up my mom prepared home cooked meals every day, I knew what it was to eat healthy. As an adult I made very poor decisions with food and exercise. From age 22 I started working for a company where I worked 50, 60, sometimes even 80 hours a week. I had no energy to do anything but drive thrus. I put my company's revenue & profits above my own health. After 8 years of this kind of life it clearly had taken its toll!
In November 2010 I received the greatest blessing of my life; I gave birth to my son! My husband and I were so happy to welcome our son into the world! My son is the best thing that's ever happened to me & I thank God for him everyday! The only problem that came with my pregnancy was another 25lbs... As of September 2011 I was fortunate enough to become a SAHM so now what excuse did I have? Being a mom is long hours, hard work! So, I lived on that excuse for a few months...
Fast forward back to present times... I am so very lucky that I have managed to avoid any weight related illness, I'm not going to push my luck any longer. I have decided to change my life. On June 13th 2012, I decided enough was enough. I was 30 years young, yet I was feeling old & unhealthy. I wasn't proud of myself, I was overweight. I began tracking all my food & exercise on the Livestrong app. I've tracked every single day since then, switching to My Fitness Pal recently, and I couldn't be happier. I'm not even quite sure how this has happened, but I've actually managed to stay within my 1200 calories per day goal all but one day. Friday, July 13th; my one month anniversary of tracking I went over my calories by 414 calories aka an Entenmann's cinnamon roll. I hate to say it was a Friday the 13th curse, but come on?! (; What I can say is thank goodness for working out and earning more calories, because otherwise I don't think I could do it!
To be continued...
In future blog posts you can expect updates on my progress, adventures in tracking, and anything else that comes along with me getting fit! I'm sure there might be the occassional blip about the best kid in the world or even my pretty amazing husband! Thanks for reading, please come back for more! I hope to be posting at least once per week!