Yes I know I’ve been gone a while and I’m sorry about that. I have been back in the saddle for a few months now, but wanted to make sure I was going to stick with it this time before I started writing again.
I was all prepared to talk about my big come back, but first, I think it’s important to tell you about a recent hiking trip Kristy and I took first.
A few weeks ago, Kristy and I decided to go on a hiking trip in the north Georgia mountains. The place we hiked to is named the Len Foote Hike Inn; a beautiful lodge that parallels the Appalachian Trail and the only way to get there is by hiking a 5 mile trial that begins at Amicalola State Park.
My post today isn’t about the Hike Inn; that will come another day. Today, I want to tell you about Kathy: an amazing woman Kristy and I encountered on the trail. (more…)
Sorry I haven’t been around lately. I have spent the last three weeks traveling for work. Trying to stay on my healthy eating plan proved more than difficult for me.
In the past, my favorite thing about traveling was to stop at fast food joints and eat things I wouldn’t normally eat when I am at home, then I would buy more snacks each time I stop for gas. Traveling for me was like an eating party. This time, however, before I even pulled out of my driveway, I packed a cooler with lots of water, yogurt, fruit and healthy snacks. Additionally, I loaded an audio book onto my iPhone to keep my mind off of eating. (more…)
Icepocalypse 2014 hit Atlanta this week and the entire city came to a screeching halt. The same can be said for my dieting efforts. Being stuck in the house for several days really tested my will power and for the most part, I came out unscathed. I finished up the week with only a 1 pound weight loss.
Because my bike tire went flat, I was unable to workout on the trainer; however, I did workout to the Wii’s Biggest Loser Challenge. Unfortunately, it was very difficult to workout and fight off my dogs who thought I was playing with them. The only other exercise I got in last week was on Thursday when the snow melted enough to get the dogs out for a walk.
It’s funny how my lack of exercise affected my eating habits. I tried to stay with in my calories, but I really struggled and found myself going over my calories almost every day. I didn’t go crazy with my eating, but it isn’t anything I would like to brag about either.
Next week, I am traveling for work and am a bit worried how I will handle that. Wish me luck. I will report more later.
Have a great week.
For most of my dieting life, I’ve followed only Weight Watchers as my way to lose weight. Mostly, it was a non-thinking way of dieting. It didn’t matter what I ate as long as I stayed within my allotted points. Even if I did go over my points I could borrow against my banked or “Flex” points to make up the difference. Additionally, there isn’t any limits on the amount of fruits and vegetables you can eat, so I never really ever had to stop eating. Mind you, I was successful several times, but got tired of calculating points for everything I put in my mouth, so I would just stop and on came the pounds.
Today’s week 1 weigh-in for Decatur’s Biggest Loser Contest, I weighed in at 257.5 which is a loss of 8.9 lbs and 3.34% loss in body weight. To date, Pre-Biggest Loser, I’ve lost 12.5 lbs.
Well today was my first back to the gym in several months and, It was a grueling experience. It was as if I’ve never worked out before. In less than 10 minutes, my calf muscles started going into spasms and I had to stop and stretch. I went through that routine 3 times.
After 35 minutes on the elliptical trainer, I moved on to the stationary bike where I spent 20 minutes spasm free.
When I got home, met my friend for a 1.75 mile walk with the dogs. I had to turn back because my back and legs were knotting up so bad, I thought I was going to have call Kristy to come pick me up.
Following the suggestion of a very good friend, I have come back and started writing on my blog again. I’ve been in hiding for a while, because I’ve been too embarrassed to come out and show my face in public. Truth is, I’ve failed miserably in my weight loss journey and have reached an all time high weight of 270 pounds.
I dropped out of boot camp back in May or June due to a knew injury and haven’t been back. When I hurt my knee, it was like all the air had left my sail. I was completely deflated and just gave up all hope of ever becoming the person I’ve always wanted to be. I started self medicating with the only pain reviler I could easily get my hands on. Food. With every bite I took, the pain of my failures were numbed just enough for me not to think about them for a little while.
I’ve over medicated so much, that I can fit into any of my clothes. I went out and bought 1 pair of jeans and that’s the only pair of pants that I have that I can squeeze into. Because I work from home, it really hasn’t been a problem. I just sit around in sweats all day. So here I am bigger than I have ever been with no hope of it getting any better until now.
A couple of weeks ago, I read an article about Decatur’s Biggest Loser Contest, so I went and signed up. Trying to lose weight on my own hasn’t worked for me so I joined about 75 other people in a weight loss competition. So, hear I go again folks.
To kick of this journey, I’ve updated my site and have lots more additions I’d like to make. I invite you to follow me one more time as I restart my weight loss journey.
Wish me luck everyone.
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”. A great quote that I came across by Milton Berle and what keeps me inspired as I start the next chapter in my life.
Now, I’m not going to get into the details, but last Friday, I left my job without another to turn to. I now find myself in a place where my future is unclear. The one thing that is clear, however, is the fact that I was unhappy and my personal life was beginning to pay the price. I was stressed out all the time, and was bringing that stress home with me. My health was also suffering. I was working so many hours, I was too tired or lazy to cook, and found it was just plain easier to order out. Additionally, I was too tired or lazy to get my butt out of bed and go to boot camp in the mornings. Because of all of this, my weight was going up and down (mostly up), as well as my mood and attitude (mostly down).
As I work on the blue prints for building my new door, I am also going to take this time to work on myself by going back to boot camp and start cooking healthy meals again. Kristy and I both, are so much happier physically and mentally when we are living a healthy lifestyle and that’s what I want to get back to.
I feel certain that when the time is right, my new door will open and I will find myself where I am supposed to be.
January 14, 1991, a beautiful, sunny day; the same day my mother died of a heart attack and complications of diabetes. Mom was only 48 years old when I lost her – the exact age I am now.
I’ll never forget that day; I remember calling her several times at the store where she work but never being able to reach her. How in the world would I know that during the time, paramedics were on their knees at her side trying to resuscitate her on the store floor where she dropped.
On that awful day, I was 26 years old, over weight, and smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day. I never thought twice about my own health. Of course, the older I got, the more my health became more of a concern. I quit smoking in May of 2004, but it wasn’t until I was admitted to the hospital for high blood pressure, and the cardiologist told me that I had less than 10 years to live at the rate I was going. Even though I quit smoking, I still never got control of my eating.
Because I am so much like my mother and it appeared that I was headed down the same path as her, I have been living with the constant fear of not making it past 48 like my mother never did. Her death, over 20 years later, is the main reason I started boot camp. I have been determined to live past January 14, 2013.
Now that I’ve gotten past that day, and can finally breath a sigh of relief, and focus on living each day to my fullest potential and in turn, get into the shape I need to be to reach that potential. Though I cannot control when my final day will be, I can control how I live each day I have left on this earth, and I choose to what it takes to live as healthy and long as I can.
Happy new year everyone! I know, I know, I’ve kind of disapeared for a while, but I’m back now and ready to start the new year off running.
Today, was the first day back to boot camp of the new year and I am so ready to get back to the almost athlete I was before my injury. No more complaining aches and pains just hard work and dedication from now on. Ready to join me? Here we go:
This is what I weighed in at on New Years day, 264.2 pounds. Yes, I have to say that’s my biggest weigh it yet. This is what I weighed in at today:
261.0 pounds which was confirmed when I came into work and had the dietitian weigh me again. So, that’s a loss of 3.2 pounds in my first week. I was able to acheive that by simply taking my lunch to work and not drinking alcohol during the week. I also started back on Weight Watchers today and have promised myself to stay within my points and track everything I eat. I am also going to drink lots of water and get plenty of rest. I’m eager to see what next week’s weigh in brings me with a whole week of boot camp under my belt.
Stay tuned for more results.