Wow what a difference 3 years makes. 300 pounds down, and I am still losing weight. Sometimes I am angry that I am not done yet. Other times I am awe inspired by my journey. Then again, I just get tired too.
So what does weight loss come down too? Choices. You know in life we are born with the ability to learn. Part of that is learning the choices that we make are good and bad for us. How did I get to be 589 pounds? Because the choices I made for myself were typically the bad choices in regard to food and exercise/activity.
So how do you change? You have to change your mind set and realize that you, yourself are making the choices that effect your life every day. You yourself have the power of influence to change your lifestyle. What if you thought of those bad choices as the ultimate deception of your spirit. The ultimate deception of the person who you want to be tomorrow?
Truly what clicked for me was, I am accountable to the person I want to be tomorrow today. Every choice I make, effects the person I want to be tomorrow today. That was my quote when I lost 100 pounds and I started to think now what? I worried that I would revert back–That quote came to me. I’ve been living by it since. How amazing is it that I control the ultimate outcome to my story?
People wonder if it is as simple as that? YES it is. But, the other key to weight loss or making any change in your life, you must remember that people are fallible. We make mistakes.. In fact we are apt to make bad choices. What happens when you make those bad choices? In the past if I ate a cookie, had a pizza, or missed a work out. I would say, oh well–I messed up so I can mess up all day long. I’ll get back on track tomorrow.
When tomorrow came, well… I guess I can start tomorrow…. Those are MORE bad choices. What if….. In one instance you ate that cookie… You know that oatmeal, cinnamon, buttery goodness of a cookie, that is bigger then your hand… What if you ate that? Then said.. Wow, I know that was a bad choice.. I forgive myself for this instance and *I* OWE myself more good days and more good choices than bad. What happens??
Rather then making excuses… Acknowledging the bad choice and forgiving yourself. This gets you back on track immediately. You accept you ate the wrong thing. You work harder to not do the same thing again.
Can weight loss be this simple? CAN you truly find solace in forgiving, acceptance, and moving forward? I simply say this…. It is your *choice* to try!
YOU CAN do it!!! I CAN do it!!! Stay healthy everyone!
SO, I have 10k+ emails in my email box and in my Facebook account. I can’t possibly answer every email, and for that I do apologize. I’m going to do my best to answer questions on this blog. If I miss something-Please comment on the blog!
What diet did you use?
Well I hate to tell you this–THERE IS NO MAGIC BULLET… There is no easy prescription. There is no easy road. There *IS* no diet. I started eating less then 2k calories. The last year I have been focused on the quality of those calories. I eat brown rice, egg whites, chicken mostly, turkey, lots of veggies, complex carbs (potatoes, whole wheat breads), fruits, and oatmeal. I *CAN* eat anything……….Within reason! (Which means within the calorie count). Every year I have learned more and more about the quality of the calories I intake. I am learning about the importance of clean foods now. As I get better and stronger, I continue to tweak how I eat. BUT again—NO diet!!! Diets don’t work!!!!
When you started how often did you work out then?
At 589 pounds walking was painful–Did I immediately hit the gym hit weights and work out? No… I worked out alone and didn’t want to work with a trainer then. So I joined the gym. Bought a swim shorts, and shirt.. I bought swim shoes. I would go to the pool an hour a day every day and just walk. Back and forth. I hate the pool now by the way. I hate being trapped indoors now.
When did I start walking outside?
I started about 9 to 10 months after walking in the pool. I felt strong enough at that point. However my back and legs were not ready. I’d walk a park that had a loop. Thank goodness benches around it as well. I’d walk 50 to 100 yards at a time. Than sit and rest. I went back everyday. Seven days a week walking the park alone. Yep……. Alone! You have to realize you can not count on someone being there. You have to count on YOURSELF!
Why did I hire a trainer?
I hurt my knee doing a 5k. I ended up in physical therapy for the knee injury. Worked through it, but didn’t trust my knee or feel good about my knee. My Physical Therapist told me to hire a trainer. For every exercise she gave me, I accomplished more than she asked me too. She said being as competitive as you are, and how hard you work for perfection—–HIRE A TRAINER!
How much is a trainer?
Depends–SHOP AROUND!! I interviewed 7 trainers before going with Matt Ellison at 24 Hour Fitness in Broomfield, Colorado. I buy packages of sessions. I believe it is a bit over $57 a session for my trainer. (I really budget it in and just pay it… He is worth every penny and I find a way to pay it). Some outside trainers cost far less, some more. I stand by the fact that no matter the cost, you need to hire the trainer that fits your personality. Matt is the best trainer for me and has been a blessing to my life. I can never repay him for his kindness and friendship. Yes, I do realize I pay him to be there. But, I don’t pay him to really be a true friend. Yet I count him as one.
Alright–That is my first set of FAQ’s.. I will continue to post them!! I hope these help. I’ll also post some of my favorite snacks AND those snacks I count on when I am craving bad foods.
I’m excited to share with you my story and journey. I started out on a journey 3 years ago to lose weight. At the time I weighed 589 pounds. I’ve since lost 300 pounds in 3 years. I’m in my 4th year of my journey, and am hopeful that I will reach my goal this year! I have been featured on the local news stations in Denver http://www.thedenverchannel.com/health/28034920/detail.html, as well as on Good Morning America. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/amazing-weight-loss-woman-sheds-300-pounds/story?id=13803154
This blog will be dedicated to those who wish to learn about my story. I will update my progress, what I am doing, and how I am continuing to make my lifestyle change to keep the weight off and to stay healthy. I will answer your questions as well. Thank you for your interest in my journey. It has been an amazing few years and I can truly say it is a blessing to have my life back!