Day 3 – Welcome to the Gun Show

Checking in for Day 3.

Life happened today and caused me to miss my workout.  I’m trying not to be too tore up about it.  I still managed to work out three times this week (and still have 3 days left) and we walked a mile at work each day this week.  I’ve also stayed in my calorie range every day and don’t feel the least bit slighted.

My coworkers went to a fancy lunch today at the Brown Hotel, but I elected to stay and have a free and low cal lunch with the hubby.  At first, I felt so guilty for not going and was afraid that I would miss out on something super important.  Then I got to thinking that, in the long run, I would rather feel a little bad upfront rather than REALLY bad when I stepped on the scale.

I normally don’t count calories for things like cleaning, but I really needed the pick me up today.  Plus I really got into it this time.  I cleaned more in a half hour than I usually clean in 2 hours.  Maybe I really am starting to pick up the pace.

I let the hubster take the picture for today (only because he has this weird thought that I look good in a tank top).  I was dressed and ready to go hit the elliptical when a buddy called and needed an emergency babysitter ASAP.  At least I tried.

Tomorrow is a new day.

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
C. S. Lewis

Day 2 – 48 hours and I’m still alive

Day 2 in the books! Still feel like I’m going pretty strong.  I know that 48 hours doesn’t sound like much, but when you’re my size every little step counts.  Literally. Cliff and I are still walking on both of our breaks at work.  We are currently walking a half mile on each 15 minute break.  I’ve also completed day 2 on my C25K experiment. I am a little bummed that I didn’t meet my goal of being under 300 pounds by the end of July.  I came within two pounds and then typical women issues decided that it was time to mess with all my progress at the worst possible time.  However, I’m proud that (for once) I didn’t let it break my spirit.  Normally I would have eaten a large Quarter Pounder meal with a Coke and a McChicken on the side to make myself feel better, but not this time.  This time I got off the scale, wiped my teary face and said to myself, that next week’s weigh in will be better. Then I went against the suggestions of every dietitian in the world and rewarded myself with a pudding cup after dinner (which was still within my allotted calories for the day). I feel like I’ve finally found a regimen that works for me.  I even had friends over tonight for dinner and explained that I would need to disappear for half an hour to work out.  At first I was super embarrassed at the thought of huffing and puffing away on the elliptical while my friends were just upstairs.  Then I realized that I was far more embarrassed when I didn’t fit on the roller-coaster at Six Flags about seven years ago.  Once I got it into my head that this is the life that I lead now it was a lot easier to say, “Sorry, but I need to step downstairs and work on making myself a healthier and happier person.”  That’s nothing to be embarrassed about.

If you’re going through hell, keep going.Winston Churchill

Day 1 – The Journey Begins

30 crept up on me…
Big time.
I’ve spent the last 10 years of my life morbidly obese. At one point, tipping the scales at nearly 400 pounds.

I always said, “I’ll start dieting after the New Year” or “I’ll lose the weight before my next birthday.” Before I knew it, I turned 30 and I still weigh over 300 pounds.

I’m done.
I’m tired of being out of breath after one flight of stairs.   I’m fed up with my weight holding me back from things on my Bucket List.  Most of all, I hate the thought of my weight and overall health causing me to miss any time at all that I could be spending with my best friend (who also happens to be my husband).
So today I started C25K and found out very quickly that I’m not yet ready to run. Instead I’ve decided to do the program on the elliptical first until I lose enough weight that I feel comfortable jogging.  Baby steps…
My plan this year is simple…
    • Lose 100 pounds
    • Post about it every day
    • Document it in a daily picture series
    • Add one motivational quote to each post
    • Run a 5K
    • Graduate with my Associate’s Degree
Oddly enough, seeing it all in black and white, does actually make it seem more attainable.
Up until now I think a piece of me was still scared of committing.  I never wanted to admit that the next large Blizzard would be my last (at least for a long while). Now there’s no turning back. I have a daily exercise routine, I recommitted to My Fitness Pal, and I’m finally ready to say hello to the me that I’ve always wanted to be.

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”  ~ Earl Nightingale