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Thank You Clean Eating!

Friday, May 13, 2011

I am coming up a big milestone! Actually several! My son is graduation from college and then marrying his sweetheart the following day. But the milestone I am referring to is the journey to health I started almost two years ago.

Two years ago I was 267lbs.
My blood pressure was 160/110 no, I'm no lying. My docs thought I had had a cardiovascular event or stroke.
I had plantar fasciitus so bad I could barely stand to do the dishes.
I was so depressed, overwhelmed and frustrated.

While at the pharmacy to get my blood pressure meds filled I was looking through the cooking magazines for some healthy options. I have always LOVED to cook and am pretty good at it. I had ordered some cookbooks from the American Heart Association and had made myself a 'student' of how to cook for my health. I was frustrated about the mixed information I seemed to be getting about lowering my blood pressure, getting healthy and losing weight. One menu plan seemed to contradict the other.

At the pharmacy newstand I saw a copy of Clean Eating magazine. I immediately had an Aha moment! This is real food, with real taste, for real people. I can do this!!! Before Clean Eating magazine I would cry in the grocery store thinking I was doomed to a life of tasteless bland foods that were only suitable for concentration camp victims.

Some of you may already know my story. You may have heard me say before how Clean Eating magazine lead me to make a Christmas list of the Eat Clean Diet publications I wanted for Christmas that year. Then on Jan. 1, 2010 I jumped in with both feet and gave up sugar, white flour and any artificial sweeteners that I may have been consuming. In June 2010 I took it a step further and started getting Oxygen magazine and really focusing on who to use Clean Eating to accomplish the physique changes I wanted to see.

I will never be a physique model, due to the fact that I was 115# heavier than I currently am and spent most of my adult life over the weight of 220 lbs. But, that does not make me sad in the least. I have the best body I can have AT THIS TIME. And each day is a new time. Today I am the best I can be. Tomorrow I will be the best I can be tomorrow. As I learn new things and try new foods my body continues to heal and grow. I have been rewarded 100 fold or more.

Today I weight 151 lbs.
My Blood Pressure is 107/69 (no meds!!!!)
I am in excellent health
I lift weights 4 days a week
Run a couple times a week
I have ran 3 half marathons + 1 full marathon
I teach yoga twice a week during my lunch hour
I lead a couple of teams that focus on clean eating and strength building

My future is very bright and I am excited to be me!!!! I get to live this amazing, healthy life! This body isn't perfect, but, it's mine!

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  • DEE797
    I really liked your blog. I've gotten some of Tosca's books and the Oxygen and Clean Eating magazines but haven't taken action as yet. After reading some of your blogs, I've been inspired to begin. Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us.
    3415 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3375540
    Awesome job!!

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    3415 days ago
  • KTTAYLOR21
    OMG!!! When I finish typing this response, I am going google and order clean eating magazine. Thanks so much for this post and proving what clean eating can really do.

    emoticon on your accomplishments, to your son for graduating college and getting married. Best wishes to him and his future. Sounds like your healthy and a great mom as well!!

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    3415 days ago
  • PINKNFITCARLA
    That's a really nice picture....shows how healthy you are. I know you must feel great.

    I have also gotten the Oxygen and clean eating magazines and love to make new things that I know are super good for me! Tonight I'm making the crab cakes on the cover of the April/May Clean eating mag. Can't wait!

    Congrats on the great job you've done for yourself and thank you for all you have done for everyone else!!
    3415 days ago
  • AMYMOHIO
    Oxygen magazine changed my life.. I was an eating disoredered person for a long time.. and looking at Oxygen made me want muscle, and health.
    3416 days ago
  • VERGE_OF_ME
    I am forever indebted to you for being bold enough, brave enough, and fierce enough to show just how FABULOUS someone at my age, and my size IS in the here and now...but mostly what I could achieve by taking my health, nutrition, and exercise SERIOUSLY...and what a transformation could take place for someone my age and my size, by doing so. If you had not had the courage and the generosity to share what you have in words and pictures....I don't think my spark would have burned hot enough to be where i am right now...and I don't think my commitment and determination to get where you are at would be what it is...and it is unstoppable. You have shown us all exactly what maximum effort gets....maximum and beautiful results for the body, mind, and soul as a whole. THANK YOU....live, love, and ENJOY every blessed second...you so deserve all the wonderful that is skyrocketing your way!!!!
    3416 days ago
  • ISHIIGIRL
    I never get tired of hearing about your journey! Thanks again!
    3416 days ago
  • KAMAPERRY
    I am going to subscribe to that magazine!!
    3416 days ago
  • PATTYFMFL
    I never tire of hearing about your aha moments and your journey to good health!
    3416 days ago
  • TRAINER_T
    emoticon Your so motivating to so many!
    Hugs T.
    3416 days ago
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