I'm interupting my wedding blogs for a challenge that we have for this weekend that is all about transforming ourselves. One of the pieces of the challenge is to blog about your transformation in health, fitness and wellness.
I started my journey in March of 2009 on SparkPeople at 204.5 pounds (highest weigh in ever was in September of 2008 at 208 pounds), but have been really dieting my whole life. It's been a constant, vicious cycle of losing weight, gaining weight and then losing, gaining again. I'm now at my goal weight and want to stay within a 2-5 pound range.
What has really helped me is the BLC challenges. Once I joined the Light Blue Bombshell team, I still had some ups and downs, however I had support like I had never had before! I also had Last Chance Workouts (LCW), Weigh in Wednesdays, Tone N Tighten (TnT) Thursdays and Weekend Challenges that lasted from Friday through Monday.
I won't say that it was the easiest thing to do. I still had my fights with food and fitness and doubting myself that I could ever do it. Believe it or not, even at my goal weight, I still have those doubts that creep in and tell me that I'll never be able to maintain it. However, I know that if I need support, I have the right people to help me through.
I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2008 with an A1C of 8.3. I take Metformin and Byetta (although it is a fight with Medco every time I have to have the prescription refilled) and my A1C was at 6.4 in December. I wish I could say that I have conquered it with my weight loss, as have many friends who have lost weight, but it doesn't want to seem to leave me. One day I hope to say that I am no longer a diabetic.
One thing that helped me with losing weight was to stop dieting and start living! I eat what I want when I want but in small portions. Most of the time, I eat very healthy (lean proteins, fresh vegetables, fruit, whole grains, no added sugar), however if I feel like having french fries with my grilled mahi mahi, then I have them. I don't eat the whole plate! Just a few will satisfy because I now live by the philosophy that if I deprive myself, I will overeat when I do allow myself what I want.
Starting a fitness program was hard, but like I said, once I got into the BLC challenges, it seemed a lot easier because I knew that there were others out on the team that were having some of the same challenges. I've gone from being barely able to lean over and tie my shoes to someone that loves cardio and ST! Now, do I have a perfect body? NO!!! I have bat wings that still need to be firmed up and a belly, butt and thighs that still need more work...however, I know that I will get there as long as I continue to perspire! I've gone from a size 22W to a 6/8 Misses.
I've gone from someone that didn't care what they looked like to someone that wants to improve their appearance, both internally as well as externally. I think that having the love of my life as well as my SparkFriends and Bombshells helps me a lot with the confidence I need to go forth in this world and spread the Spark:-)
As an old title on my page said, "You've come a long way baby!"
I want to continue to encourage and inspire those out there that if you stick to your plan and work it, even when there are plateaus or ups and downs that drive you bonkers, you will meet your goals!