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Hi all, It has been a while since I have been updating how I have been doing with my accountability. I am hoping to start a new trend. My journey has been similar to so many others, with my own twits and turns.
My journey started in December 2008. I was taking my son on the polar express and I could not fit down the walk way. I was 300 lbs, and just not comfortable in my own skin. Honestly I did not know how I let myself go that much. I struggled with depression and other factors that contributed to the weight gain, and the lack of motivation to get off my butt. Looking at myself in January 2009 I knew that something had to change.
That is when I started to watch what I was eating. I started by trying to eat healthier, but it wasn't until July or August that it clicked that I need to start writing down what I was eating. I needed to do something to be accountable. That is what I did. I started to track my food. By the end of 2009 I had lost almost 100 lbs and was feeling great.
I had come far, but still had a ways to go. In February I joined Weight Watchers, I needed some more motivation to help me move. I also started running on the treadmill, which started a passion for running. In 2010 I lost an additional 30 lbs, but what amazed me more was that I became a runner.
I have accomplished a hand full of 5k races, a 10 K, a 10 miler and 2 1/2 marathons. I have accomplished so much more that the me of 2008 would have ever dreamed of accomplishing. I am taking so many positive steps.
I have struggled losing the last 25 - 30 lbs, including gaining some weight as I was going. When I started gaining was mostly when I stopped tracking what I was eating. I slowly started going back to my old eating habits, which was not what I ever wanted to happen ever again.
My goal in 2011 is simple - to reach my goal weight. In saying that I just want to continue tracking what I eat. I am also currently training for my first marathon that I am running May 15, 2011. This is just something I never thought I could do and losing this weight has made it possible. I am taking each day one step at a time. Struggling some days, and succeeding others. All in all I found a passion in running because I can use the time to clear my head, and focus on things that are pressing in my life. I find it prayer time for me, and time to not worry about my children and husband.
I am proud of where I have come, and I still have a ways to go. I am hoping using this forum to update my progress, will help me to keep moving and achieve my goal of being a healthy BMI and look and feel great.
You're story is such an inspiration. I've enjoyed following you on it. I'm so glad that you joined the Health, Fitness, & Accountability Group here. I look forward to posting my results weekly and hope to come here and be an encouragement to you as well.
Well I decided to post every day looking back on the day before.
The first part of the day went well. I stayed with in my points. I ate healthy and drank all of the water that I needed to drink during the day. After dinner my children started to act up, and my stress level started to go up. The one thing I struggle is managing stress and not eating sweets when I am in a stressful situation. So my wonderful husband went up and got me a sundae from Baskin Robins. I don't feel guilty about it. I chose to eat it, and I chose to make that choice. There are going to be days I am going to live and eat things like that, so I must move on. I will not allow that to change my way of thinking for the rest of the week.
I did a good job at the gym. I decided to back down on speed but still ran for an hour on the treadmill. I also worked in my weight training. This is one of my newest activities to help me tone up and prepare my body for future runs. I also decided to get the ice off of my driveway since we were due freezing rain, so that is another physical activity that I did.
One of the newest part of my physical activity, I am working on focusing on breathing and clearing my head of everything negative, and that is what I did. It felt good. Why I did not do this when I was stressed, I am not sure. It was new to me. I did 15 minutes of meditation.
Over all Grade:
Over all the day was not bad, I would give myself a C+ or a B- for the day. I hope to learn from that to move forward and be successful.
Sounds like you coped pretty well with a stressful situation. By the way, our friend Tony Horton recommends 15 minutes of quiet time daily, too. ;-) He says you can use that in whatever way you choose, whether it is prayer, meditation, etc. I need to get back into that habit.
Please forgive us husbands for making mistakes when trying to do a good deed. I know I have done the same to my wife. Well, there are certain "times" when chocolate ANYTHING is called for, of course, but in general maybe a different form of comfort would be a healthier choice. Enjoy it for what it was, and move on. Today is a new day, and that's what matters.
Today was another stress eating day. I do well, and then out of nowhere I am hit with stress, and there goes the eating and making healthy choices. I need to figure out another way to handle stress.
I set two goals as I walked into the gym today 1- 45 minutes on the elliptical, 2-4miles. Well I did it. I worked hard, but did achieve my goals. I felt good.
Today I did 5 minutes in the morning with the intentions of doing another 10 later in the day, but I let it get away from me. I need to focus more on this.
Over all Grade:
The day did not go bad, but the stress eating is becoming a problem. I need to figure out how to over come that.
Well yesterday was hard. I agree with Cliff that I know my tendency to "stress eat" however now I must tackle how to over come this. I am not sure how, but more I hear about Candace Cameron Bure's book from Stephanie, how I want it for my iPad. I am planning on getting that soon. I think that might help. I go through this every so often.
I don't know if I have shared before, but I have suffered from sever depression at times, and it comes and goes. When I stay with my eating and exercise I feel better, but sometimes it just gets the best of me. However since I have lost the weight it is few and far between. I know that is part of my problem.
With that being said, I am proud that even through the struggles I am facing right now, I am still getting in my daily work outs. I am not the best with the food, but I am making better decisions, but still over eating. I am focusing on eating better, and trying very hard.
I am hoping to get over this in the next few days. It is a constant struggle in my life, that one day I am praying that I am able to fully overcome, and not worry about.
I did not meditate yesterday or drink my water. But I did think more, and started to focus on the root of the problem. I pray that that helps me work out my problems and move forward.
Jenn, I'm sorry to hear about the struggles you've shared. I typically deal with a bit of depression about twice a year. It sometimes lasts a day or two or as long as two weeks. I've, also noticed that this happening less since loosing weight. Though I did have a week or so that got me in December. ;)
I've found my early mornings of devotional time have been very helpful to me, since then.
I pray that you get back into the swing of things soon.