Thursday, March 19, 2009

A New Beginning!


This being my first post, I guess I should explain this a little bit. I have spent the last 10 weeks enveloping myself in weight loss blogs and the amazing transformations many of you have undergone. I am mesmerized and encouraged everyday, that not only can this be done, but that "I" can do it as well. So I thought, what a way to record my progress. A record of the struggles and successes I will encounter. So that hopefully when I reach that ultimate goal, I can pass along the same inspiration that so many others have given me!!

I have dealt with weight issues for much of my life. I guess I've lived with the fascination that miraculously I would wake up one morning and just be thin. Really??? This doesn't happen?? Man....What have I done to myself. I have tried everything under the sun to lose weight. It never worked and I ultimately blamed it on the program and that it wasn't my fault. The diet just never worked. Now after 10 weeks of changing my "LIFESTYLE", I know that it wasn't the diets that didn't work, it was ME that didn't work. I just gave up! I said a few weeks ago that counting my calories and exercising to my full potential was the easiest thing I have ever done, and why didn't I do this before?? A friend of mine told me that it wasn't the way I was doing it that was working, but the reason I was doing it. A light bulb went off for me. Hey.......she's right I!! I really want it this time, and I'm ready for this next step. I'm ready to finish my search for thin. :)

So the last 10 weeks of my life have been exhilarating, enjoyable and rewarding all at the same time. At a starting weight of 234 lbs, I am now down 16 lbs, for an up to date weight of 218. Only 83 lbs left to reach my goal of 135. I have been counting my calories, making rational decisions about what I put in my mouth, and being active 3-4 times a week. I work out 3 times a week at the gym, with strength training and cardio, and then take my boys swimming once a week. Never in a million years would I think I would enjoy going to the gym. I really don't like the part of going there, but once I'm there, I love the endorphins I get. I love the feeling of accomplishment at the end of the workout. I am happier, getting healthier, and on my way to success!

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