Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Weigh in #2

Well......the food that Aja has been preparing is AMAZING!!! I feel like I am eating all the time and it is low calorie and wonderfully good! She is blowing me away with how well she is doing. It has really inspired me to buckle down and try harder. I am very lax on the exercise though...have to work on that. My lunch today in leftover baked Ziti, so good! Last night had a fabulous salad and went to bed feeling good. My new weight is...............................209!!! TA DA!

Thanks Aja

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I'm such a procrastinator...

Well as you know I haven't been blogging, but I haven't been eating either! I weighed in yesterday at 212 pounds for a total of 5 pounds lost! That is 1 pound under my pre-vacation weight! Yippee!

I have to say that I have been floating on cloud nine. My life is going so well. I feel so at peace that if I felt any better it would probably be against the law or something. LOL.

My husband got saved, my daughter is changing to a healthier lifestyle, I have a job I love and the best family in the world...who could ask for more?

I am determined to lose this weight and help my family become healthier. Together we can do anything...with God all things are possible.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Day 1 of the rest of my life...

In January of this year I found out I had a stroke sometime in the past and ended up in the hospital for 3 days. Talk about an eye opener!

I had let myself gain back nearly 60 pounds of the 100 that I had lost after my Gastric By-pass in January of 2002 and had decided to make some changes. With the help of a co-worker I changed the way I ate and began exercising losing nearly 15 pounds when I found myself in the hospital with stroke symptoms, elevated blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides. I left that place with an even stronger desire to become healthy.

Upon returning to work I had a meltdown, not only was I reminded of my mortality each time I took my medication I was having withdrawals from chocolate and all the other junk food that had become main food staples. But I was determined.

On January 2, 2002 (the day of my Gastric by-pass surgery) I weighed 276 pounds. In less than 9 months I had lost 100 pounds and was feeling good... but I didn't listen to the experts and ate things I was told not to eat thinking, "I'm different, I'll never gain all that weight back." What a humbling and embarrassing experience to have a commercial on TV, ads in the newspaper and a billboard promoting Gastric By-pass to find myself almost right back where I started.

In March of 2004 through the grace of God I quit smoking (praise the Lord) unfortunately that is when I really began to put the weight back on. I just replaced one addiction with another. Now don't get me wrong, I am so grateful to be out of the grip of Nicotine but my weight was spiraling out of control. By January 2, 2010 I weighed in at 243 pounds! I was sick and ashamed but could finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. I had made a promise to myself and God to take care of the life He gave me. I believe I have a purpose here and it is not to look good in a pair of Levi's (although that would be nice too). I need to live a healthy and Holy life so I can be an inspiration to my family, friends and others I come in contact with. I want to live a long life and be able to be a part of my children's lives and to watch my grandchildren grow into the amazing people I know they will be. I want to grow old with my husband...

On 5/1/10 I weighed in at 213 pounds, having lost 30 pounds! Great, right? Except for the fact that as of 5/31/10 I weighed in at 217 pounds. I have gained back 4 pounds after going on vacation and not sticking to my plan of a healthy lifestyle. That is where you all come in... I need your help! I need you to help me be accountable. I need your help to stay on track. I will post pics (caution... they will not be pretty! LOL) and blogs of my progress. This is not a diet, it is my new lifestyle. I also want to help my daughters and husband become healthy and the only way to do that is to be an example. With your help and the help of my awesome Savior I know I can do it! And away we go...