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Posted: September 23rd, 2011

I’m sad to think that this competition is going to end soon. I’m already seeing the other girls less frequently than I did over the summer, and I’m afraid I’ll see them even less after the competition. Hopefully we’ll still run into each other at the gym. We’ll always have zumba, right!?

It’s kind of amazing how changing your size can have such a good effect on your life. I started to lose weight in January, and since then I have lost about 45 pounds, which feels amazing! I still have a lot more to lose, but I’m really proud of what I have done so far. Physically, I feel sooo much better. I don’t get winded walking up just one flight of stairs, and I don’t dread talking walks with my husband. At one point, I wasn’t able to sleep on my back because it actually hurt me, so I had to lay on my side or my stomach. Fortunately, I don’t have that limitation anymore. I can sleep anyway I want.

I still am leary to try a lot of new things because I’m not sure if I’ll be physically able to do it, or if there is a weight limit, or size limit. Typically, I try to err on the side of caution, and if I think there is a chance that I might not fit, I won’t bother to try. I would tell people that I prefer to ride rides alone because I wasn’t sure if my butt would fit with anyone else, or I’ll make a fat joke to alleviate tension so it’ll be easier to laugh at the situation if i don’t fit. There are a lot of things that run through my head about my size that typical people probably don’t think about with regards to their own size. I’m not trying to be Debby Downer…I’m just saying, this is just some stuff that I have to think about! I know that if I keep going and continue to get healthier I won’t have worries like that anymore. I also know I’ve already come pretty far, but dang, that finish line still seems pretty far away!

Posted: September 16th, 2011

I’ve picked up the pieces of my toppled balancing act. A little rearranging was in order, but I think I’ve found a nice way to balance everything out again. I have a little bit of time for everything now, and I’m feeling pretty good about it. I’ve even improved my mile time again, only by 5 seconds, but it’s still a step in the right direction! I’m going to have to start running outside more now to get ready for that 5K, it’s less than 3 weeks away!

Earlier today while Rita, and Casie, and I were outside running up and down the hill, and basically getting our butts kicked by Todd, a Flab to Fab member came outside and approached us. She told us that she thought we were doing a great job and that she can see a difference in all of us. That was such a great feeling :) It is so nice when people recognize the work you have put in, and they go out of their way to acknowledge you for it. We have all been working so hard, and it’s nice that people notice it. Especially since, let me tell you, all it takes is one person with one stupid comment to bring you back down to feeling bad about yourself (even if the comment wasn’t really meant to be hurtful). Maya Angelou said “
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Words can have a lot of power, and the feeling they leave can stick with you for a LONG time. We try to teach kids that “Sticks and stone may break your bones…” but words can hurt worse than stones at times.

So, positive words are always welcome, but please keep negative ones to yourself, because once they escape your mouth, there is no way to get them back. A little encouragement goes a long way, and I think it helps to build up some good karma points :)

Posted: September 9th, 2011
This week, life happened.  My balancing act has toppled and I’m trying to pick up the pieces.  I’ve really struggled this week, and as much as I am trying to stick to my diet, I find myself cheating a little bit here and there, and then justifying it with lame excuses.  I’m learning that I’m a veryemotional eater, and have a REALLY hard time saying “no” to junk food when I’m feeling down.  My bad food choices turn into a downward spiral, and it gets harder and harder to make good choices after I give in to that first bad one.  It’s also harder because I haven’t been to the gym as much.  I wouldn’t want to work out hard just to cancel it with some bad food, so I stayed away from the bad foods.
I’m not able to go to the gym everyday like I did in the summer, and now I’m starting to see how I ended up as big as I was.  I work some kind of long days, and then I come home, eat, and watch TV and sleep.  I just don’t feel like doing anything else.  Grab and go foods are too easy, a quick run through the drive through, or a microwave meal for lunch.  I have a lot on my mind lately when I go to sleep, which makes it hard to sleep, and then I wake up the next day with very little energy and even less motivation to go and workout.
I know what I need to do, but doing it is hard.  It’s kind of an “actions speak louder than words” situation.  I keep saying that I want to be healthier, and I’ve definitely made some big steps in the right direction.  I just need to stay on the planned route, and quit making so many pit stops.  I know I’ll get there eventually, but it’s a long trip, and sometimes I want to just hang out at one of the rest areas when I should just keep going.
Posted: September 2nd, 2011

I did a 12 minute mile this week! I was so excited that the natural high seemed to last all day!  It was a great feeling, and a big accomplishment for me.  I’m slowly but surely preparing for that 5K!  Running outside where the pretty much anyone can see me still makes me nervous, but hopefully after I run a few more 12 minute miles, I might be feeling a little more confident.

My life this week has turned into a balancing act.  School is back in session, which means my life picks up the pace because I work with kids in school.  I’m trying to figure out how to balance my time so that I have time for everything.  I need time for work, working out, preparing meals, spending time with my husband (who has a birthday this week!) spending time with my family and friends, and of course, at some point I need to sleep!  I haven’t been to the gym this week as much as I want to, but I’m hoping to settle into a good schedule that allows me at least a few hours a week to work out.  A guilty feeling starts to roll over me on days that I don’t workout, and I don’t like it!

 

Posted: August 25th, 2011

I think committing to a vigorous workout is kind of like waiting in line for a huge and terrifying roller coaster.  It’s something I really want to do.  I know I’ll get up there eventually…eventually I’ll take that big step onto the ride, but for now, I’m waiting for that moment.  I’m building up some energy, watching other people on the ride to see how they do, and what their reactions are.  The closer I get to the ride, the more anxiety I feel, and I might even have doubt about whether or not I’ll be able to follow through and actually get ON the ride, it’s looks intense!  Then it’s my turn. It’s time to put up or shut up.  If I don’t get on the ride I’ll never know that amazing that I might have had if I had taken the ride.  I think I’m going to get on the ride. Good thing I love roller coasters :)   I might have some second thoughts while I’m sweating my butt off, and I might swear that I’ll never do it again, but I know that after all is said and done I’ll be glad that I did it.

So all in all, I think I’m ready for another big push (the first one was making it though the first half of the competition).  I started with the mini roller coasters, time for the big ones.  I want to come out on the other end of this competition feeling awesome and accomplishing things that I wasn’t able to before I started this.  I’m really feeling great…I’m feeling very motivated, and to quote one of my teammates/competitors “I’m just brimming with love and rainbows and sunshine” (Very well put Adria!)  If there was ever a time for me to meet my goals, this is it!

 

Posted: August 18th, 2011
Now that we are almost half way through this competition, I’m starting to look at what is going to happen after it’s all over.  Will I stay committed to working out and eating healthier?  Will I be able to keep losing weight on my own without someone keeping me accountable?  Am I going to gain back some weight?  Will I be able to stay friends with the other girls in the competition? Well, I hope the answers are yes, yes, heck no, and heck yes!
I’ve started running again, and I feel great about it.  When I first started working out, I think my best mile time was something ridiculous like 22 minutes (all walking of course).  This week when I tried running, I was able to complete the mile in 13min and 30 seconds!  I know that still isn’t a good time, but hey, YOU try running with an extra hundred pounds on your body and see how fast you can go!  I was pretty darn proud of myself for being able to do that!  Hopefully I’ll be able to steadily work towards a better time, and I’ll be ready to run that 5K!
Posted: August 11th, 2011

Since we’ve completed four weeks of this competition, I kinda thought maybe we were past the point of being sore. I was wrong!  We are taking classes and doing exercises that still leave me aching for the next few days.  It’s a good ache though, and I still think the pain is worth it.

My life style has had a big change in the past four weeks. Everything from the way I eat, to the activities I do has changed.  I eat salads everyday.  I eat fruits and vegetables everyday.  I workout everyday.  I drink plenty of water every day.  When my husband and I talk about spending time together, we talk about kayaking and a picnic instead of going out to dinner and a movie (I’m pretty excited that we might go kayaking next week!).  We’ll take a walk, or a bike ride.  All of these little steps have added up and helped me make the progress I have made, and I’m proud of it!  I’m very grateful for the support that I have from everyone, especially my husband!