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Losing 70lbs in 7 months

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What does losing 7o lbs. in 7 months look like?

June 16, 2009 - Purchases a Wii Fit could only stand on it for 6 minutes the first time because of problems with plantar fasciitis. Each day I would get on after work and try to stay on just one minute more each time.

July 1, 2009 - Started riding my bike everyday for a mile or two and made some small food changes. When we had fast food I would only order the sandwich and a bottled water. I carried a piece of fruit with me to have with the sandwich. I have never been a soda drinker so that was not an issue. By the end of July I was riding my bike 6 - 8 miles every evening.

August 21, 2009 - Started the Flat Belly Diet. I had lost approximately 20lbs. at this time. The FBD worked well for me, it was all the foods I loved and was not hard to stick to, I still use it as my core food philosophy. At this time I am riding my bike every evening and doing 20 - 25 mile rides on Saturdays.

September 2009 - I was challenged to a weight loss contest and the competitor in my rose to the occasion. There was an opportunity to work at with a personal trainer, through the university I work at, for only $2.50 a session. So this is where inspiration, motivation and opportunity all came together.

October 3, 2009 - I was reading a blog on another blog site that mentioned Sparkpeople and I was curious and checked it out. I jumped in with both feet and haven't looked by since. The stories of others was so motivating, I thought "If she can do that, I can!" The following week we were driving home from the grocery store and about a 1.5 miles from the house I asked him to stop and let me out. I wanted to walk/run home. He looked at me in bewilderment, I had been treated for plantar fasciitis for 9 months and haven't even been walking more a mile at this point. But I had been continuing with my Wii Fit and was working out with my trainer and she was making me run a little. It was tough, but I made it home. I was tired but I was not in pain and I was so filled with joy that I had done it. The next day at church a friend said to me "Hey, would you be interested in training for a half marathon with me?" At this point the BIG WHEELS of WEIGHT LOSS BEGAN ROLLING!!!

I had read a blog about 'Running While Fluffy' and heard about the Couch to 5K training program by Karvy. And I thought, 'if she can do that, I can, too!" So I started the training. By the end of October I had officially registered for the half marathon even though I had yet to be able to even run a mile.

November 2009 - I entered a Maintain Don't Gain Challenge for the Holidays at work. I was still working out with my trainer and running three days a week. Still on my FBD eating program and doing well. I adopted the mentality that I am an athlete, I am 'in training'. This helped me get through the holidays without eating junk because I kept thinking . . .food is fuel, I need good fuel for good performance.

December 2009 - Workouts were getting harder. The University gym was closed a lot for winter break and my personal trainer had gone home for the holidays. So I had to keep myself challenged. I did 30 Day Shred on some days, my Wii Fit and my new Wii Active and continued my running. I graduated from the C25k program the day after Christmas. Food choices were about the same. Staying around 1,500 calories, eating a lot of fish, chicken, veggies, whole wheat. My weight loss was slowing.

I was able to lose 10 lbs during the holidays bringing my weightloss to 60 lbs. in 6 months. And I won the challenge and got a new iPod Nano.

January 2010 - Inches are dropping, muscle is developing, but weight is not dropping. I gain a pound, lose a pound, gain three pounds, lose one . . . very frustrating! My running is more intense, longer distances, longer duration. I'm in the gym for 90 - 120 minutes six days a week trying to increase my endurance and strength. I'm to the point of tears, the harder I work the more problems I am having dropping weight. My trainer has been trying to convince me for over a month that I need to eat more calories. I am afraid to do this. I have learned to only eat when I am hungry and stop when I am satisfied. This is when I started learning more about being anabolic (building muscle) versus being catabolic (losing weight). You may be thinking "I just want to lose weight" but no you don't. You want to be shapely and tone. Muscle is living calorie eating tissue. Shrinking fat cells will make you lose weight, but you will have to continually eat fewer and fewer calories to make that happen. So, I bought the Eating Clean Recharged book by Tosca Reno and studied up on how to fuel my body. I was already eating pretty good. I had taken sugar, white flour and canned goods out of my diet back in August. Now I was increasing my protein intake, keeping my potassium intake high, eating whole grains, eating every 2 1/2 - 3 hours. And most importantly I was now eating 1,700 - 2,000 calories a day. Sounds like a lot, right? Well the proof is in the pudding, as they say. I weighed 208 the beginning on January 2010 and yesterday, February 9th I weighed in at 196.2.

I am by nature a very physical person. I love being active. Losing 70 lbs. has allowed me to honor how my body was created to move. I do best when I have a goal to train for. In May 2010 I will run a half marathon. In June 2010 I will ride my bike 30 miles in a fundraiser for diabetes. In October 2010 I will participate in a duathlon running a 5k - bike 20k - run 5k. In the Spring of 2011 I plan to participate in a sprint triathlon.

I could not do any of this without the love and support of my family and friends. I take my training seriously and because of that, so do they and they have pitched in to help me succeed. On Saturday when I went to lift and do core work, my husband swept, mopped and vacuumed (without being asked). When I came home we made lunch together. During lunch he said "we need to get groceries this weekend" I said, "Let me shower and pull myself together and I'll go" He said, "You need a nap before your five mile run tonight. Make me a list and I'll go get groceries" YEP, give that man a prize! I napped for two hours, when I woke up he was home with the groceries (he does a great job). He put away groceries while I got dressed for my run and then he drove me to the gym and ran with me.

Not everyone can do what I am doing. Not everyone has the desire to do what I am doing. Not everyone has the support to do what I am doing. I don't have little kids, carpools, elderly parents or anyone dependent on me to care for them. My boys are 21 and 23, they are now helping me prepare for my workouts and helping me with icing and resting after a run. I wrote this blog to say that I started little, little changes, few minutes and as I got smaller, stronger and more fit, I did more. If in June someone had said this is where I would be or what I would be doing I would have thought they had lost their minds. I heard it said one time that when a women enters a race there are two women emerge, the one she was and the one she will become. I am in the becoming. This is me. Who are you?
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