Mar 2012: Back in 2010, I started this journey to become a Healthier Me. My last update from that original journey was November 2010. At that time, I thought I was going to keep on track and head right into my half-marathon plan the following May. Life changed. In April of 2011, my job responsibilities were increased 3 times over. For at least 4 months, I lived my work. I brought work home on evenings and weekends, I cam in early, stayed late, and worked through lunch. I was given a Big Problem that needed to be fixed. Recovering from that life change was harder than imagined and I responded by stress eating, making unhealthy stress based choices, and giving up on exercise almost completely. And I gained weight and lost fitness. I tried several times to get back on track but would fall back to bad habits within a day or two.
I took a big leap in February of 2012. I joined Weight Watchers- my first time really seeking help to get my weight under control. I am doing the online program. 1 month in and I have lost 10 pounds. I am back to regular gym workouts with fitness goals in place. We have also joined the YMCA. I am blogging weekly about my progress and encourage others to join me!
Get my weight below 200 lb. Run the Fishers Freedom Festival 5K in June. Experience different workouts and fitness challenges.
240 lb to 206 lb
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My starting weight on March 1 is 240 lb.
My weight on April 1 is 223 lb.
My weight on May 1 is 213 lb.
My weight on June 18 is 206 lb.
I've had 2 babies. I gained a lot of weight at the end of college and even more in my first marriage as I stuffed my feelings down with food and also celebrated with my obese husband and his obese family. I was down to about 190 when we divorced and then I met my husband- Jeff. I gained 10 lb back in my happiness with him.
Prior to our wedding, I wanted to lose weight. I started Atkins. I read the book and learned a lot about food and how our bodies work. I did Atkins successfully and felt good about it. But I chose to stop for our wedding weekend. And I never really went back.
Within months, I was pregnant. Then nursing, then pregnant, then nursing. So there I was- 230 lb, out of shape, eating poorly.
MAR 1 PLAN
Now... I hit a period of motivation and regular exercise- was succeeding in becoming healthier and stronger- in Aug of 2008. Lasted about 6 months and then my motivation floundered. And it was just exercise- I was paying no attention to my diet. I didn't feel like I had the time and energy to do both.
I have a close friend (we've been friends about 10 years and now we also work together) and we do our best to support and motivate each other- and sometimes we drag each other down.
Our gym is across the street from work. It's a small, intimate setting. No fancy bells and whistles. A cardio room, a large weight room. A personal trainer on site.
So the new plan, the inspiration, the new, healthier me:
I have signed up for my first ever 5K. It's the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. April 17 in Indianapolis. I could easily walk that distance right now. I don't want to just walk it. I want to jog at least half of it.
I am doing the Couch to 5K program. The 5K on April 17 will be my first Week 8 workout. My plan is to follow up this casual 5K opportunity with another 5K after I've finished all my weeks.
I am attending a "boot camp" on my lunch hour twice a week. This is run by the trainer at our gym. It's designed for just a few people to attend- up to 5 or 6. It's 30 minutes of high intensity calasthenics and cardio and some weights.
On days that I miss the boot camp or don't intend to hit the gym, I have a Wii at home. Sometimes, light movement with the games on the Wii Fit Plus and sometimes 30 minutes or more of sweating and increased heart rate with the Wii game Just Dance.
Along with all that activity, I'm making an effort to get extra movement in by taking the long way down hallways at work, parking far away, getting more active with my kids, and wearing a pedometer with a goal of 10,000 steps or more each day.
Food is an important part of my drive this time. I am making healthier choices. I am thinking about what I put into my body and what that food produces for me. I am using The Daily Plate on Livestrong.com to get a handle on my calorie intake and to track my workouts. So far, I come in pretty well under my daily caloric intake goals.
I don't measure success in pounds. I measure success in strength, endurance, ability. This isn't about looking better, being skinny, or whatever. I rarely get on a scale. I will weigh myself from time to time because with all that I am doing, the pounds should come off and if they don't, that will be an indicator that something else is wrong. So I will use a scale as a guideline, a reference. But it won't dictate my goals or my plan!
I'll post from time to time about my accomplishments, my struggles, my progress and I hope you will follow along- and maybe even join me!
APRIL 1 UPDATE
May 1 Pics
March 1, 2010 ~ My current pictures.