It seems since my contest with Julie is over a lot of people want to know if I’ve given back in too my old ways. While I have others tell that they were motivated too lose weight. So I’ve decided to keep doing it.
I thought I would share some background first. Almost 4 years ago my son was
born. It wasn’t till than that we
really started taking a lot of pictures and it was then that I noticed that I
thought I looked like I had put some weight on. But the really kicker was when a buddy challenged me to do a
5K when my son was about 1 year old.
It coincided with Jax (my son) walking at 8 months so by 1 year he was
on the ball. I would notice that I
would get tired/exhausted very quickly.
So I thought about this 5K challenge and said what the heck, I’m not in
that bad of shape. Boy was I
wrong…. My first time out I made
it about ¼ of mile and my heart rate literally hit 211 YIKES!!! That was my first real sign that I
needed to do something. I got on
the scale and was weighing 250 lbs.
Did I mention that I had a gym membership for the last year and I can tell you exactly how many times I went in that year 0 (I know this sounds familiar too some of you).
I decided that day to hire a trainer. I knew if I just went to the gym on my own I wouldn’t stay with it. Not because I’m not motivated but because I was scared. I have plenty of friends both male and female, both heavy and light that will tell me the same thing; that they hardest part of working out is just going to the gym. It’s true but here’s the conclusion I’ve finally come too…. Everybody has to start somewhere.
From there I started running and working out and I was pretty happy that I had dropped 25 lbs and really have maintained that for the last 2 years. My Cholesterol dropped from 235 to 183, my waist dropped from 38-40 – to easy 36. My heart rate on a jog improved to about 150 bpm and my mileage increased to about 18 miles at one point (training for a marathon). I very rarely get acid reflux or heartburn and at one point I think I lived on tums and pepcid. Oh and bathroom breaks are really quite different :)
Than Julie challenged me and I thought I might be in trouble by accepting. I was already working out on a regular basis and I guess you can say I plateau’d. I also have used the excuse for being hypothyroid (slow metabolism) for my lack of more weight loss. I even asked my doctor at one point about what else could I do to lose weight. His answer was not only shocking but also quite simple. Eat fewer calories! I told him I was carb loading for my 10 mile run and he said why? He told me that our society has told us that we need 2000 calories and that I should try dropping to 1500 and the weight will really come off.
I guess I inspired him because he took his own advice and the next time I saw him he had dropped 20 lbs (which I didn’t think he had 20 too lose).
So here I am today. Working out hard at least 5x a week. I try to make sure the calories I take in are important calories. I hate wasting them on things that just won’t satisfy my appetite. For example, a Hershey Kiss 21 calories (and the sugar makes you crave more than one). I would rather just eat a ¼ cup of blueberries. I weighed in this morning at 193 lbs. I went to the gym and burned 800+ calories and today I will allow myself a day off from concerning over food (not totally). I’ve made the promise to myself to not say, “why did I eat so much?” I’ve signed up for the Chicago Marathon in October and I will stay focused. I will set the example for Jax so I will have longer and healthier life. If he picks up a few good things from all this I’m sure that will help too :)….
I hope this inspires and motivates... I would love to hear others stories and maybe a year from now we can do a whole blog of before and afters.