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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

The idea for this blog came from the comments by a Spark Pal on one of my tri-photos in my album. He suggested that a write a blog about what my life was like at each stage. What a fabulous way to contrast the quality of life I have gained over the past year.

For the purpose of contrast I want to start with a picture that is not in my album. Just a couple months before this pic was taken, I was 267 lbs. and could barely stand at the sink to do dishes for more than 10 minutes at a time. I was on high blood pressure medication and had my epiphany moment that told me if I didn't change something, someone I loved was going to have to help me get in and out of bed, up and down off the toilet and in and out of the tub. My worst fear was that I would leave my sons to try to pick up a casket with my obese body inside. My first motivation was, seriously, to lighten the corpse. Sexy ain't it? LOL!

August 2009. I had lost approx. 20 lbs. Weighing approximately 245, wearing size 20 jeans.

Activity level: At this stage I was actually getting a little more mobile. I was able to ride by bike a couple miles every evening and use the Wii Fit for exercise. Before this, I could not walk to the end of my subdivision without being in great pain. Everything hurt from the waist down. Hips. Knees. Ankles. Feet. I rushed home from work every evening and got on the Wii Fit and challenged myself to stay on it just one minute more than I had the time before.. . . it's a small victory, but it worked!

Typical Food Intake Before I started: (jeez, let me see if I can remember) Breakfast mid morning - pack of Lances Peanut Butter Crackers, cup of coffee with hazelnut cream and two sugar packets. Lunch: Cold Cut Sandwich on Whole Wheat, bag of peanut M & M's. Dinner: Hamburger Helper, canned green beans. Snack: Bag of microwave popcorn.

When I started making changes in my food choices, I didn't want to make any I could not sustain for a lifetime. I had been on and off of diets my whole life and I was strongly opposed to 'diet food'. So, one of the first changes I made was when we ate out at Arby's twice a week, I would still get my favorite Turkey Swiss sandwich, but I would not get the fries or a soda. I would order a bottle of water and the sandwich only. I did that for one month, without really changing any of my other food habits. I lost 10 lbs. the first month. The second month I would order the same sandwich, only eat half of it, have a bottle of water and an apple with it. I lost 10 lbs. the second month.

January 1, 2010 Weighing 208 lbs. wearing a size 16? I know my running pants were XL

Typical Food Intake: Breakfast - whole wheat english muffin with one whole egg + 1 egg white, spinach, tomato, laughing cow cheese spread Snack - 1/2 tomato + cheese stick Lunch - Tuna in a whole wheat wrap with romaine lettuce Snack - peanut butter + celery Dinner: Chicken Breast, brown rice, green beans Snack - handful of almonds

I was just starting to learn more about eating clean and lean to burn fat and increase muscle.

Activity: I had just graduated from the Couch to 5K running program the day after Christmas and had started training for a half marathon. I was working with a personal trainer two days a week strength training in the university gym. So, three days I was in the gym strength training or cross training and three days I was out running. Running is a subjective term there. But I was important to my mindset to see myself as a runner who was training for an event. It kept me focused and moving forward

Ugh! This picture made me cry! I was working soooo hard! Eating the best I knew how and working out 6 days a week. I felt trim and tight . . .but the picture spoke a different reality to me. For a moment I felt like giving up. But, gaining weight was not an option. Being complacent was not an option. So, it was suck it up butter cup time!!! I was at the lowest weight I had been as an adult since pregnancies (approx 180lbs.) wearing a size 14. Which when I started at a size 22, just a year before, seemed like an impossibility.

Food Intake: Started learning about the glycemic idex and learning (from FlexChef) how to eat regularly spaced meals that combined protein and complex carbs at each meal.
Typical day: 4 egg whites + 1 whole egg, spinach. Oats w/cinnamon. Snack: greek yogurt w/granola. Lunch: Chicken breast, salsa, black beans Snack: Protein shake 1/2 a protein bar Dinner: Steak, broccoli, sweet potato

Activity: Lift 4 x a week, started running 4 x a week to train for a full marathon (thank you Carie (hotlikehubby) and Christine (you know who you are!).

Today, well actually, yesterday! Weighing 151, wearing size 6/8

Food Intake: Breakfast: Nectarine. 3 egg whites + 1 whole egg, spinach, tomato. 1/2 a sweet potato. Snack: Chocolate Protein Iced Coffee. Lunch: Burger (50% grassfed beed + 50% lamb sausage) in a whole wheat pita w/spinach and greek yogurt tzeki (sp?) Snack: hard boiled egg, cup of tomato/zucchini soup. Dinner: Cabbage soup + White Fish + 1/2 a sweet potato.

Activity: I am training for a duathlon event (bike/run) I love to lift heavy and am usually in the gym 4x a week. However right now I am doing a lot of Crossfit training in between my training 'bricks' for the dua. A typical week for me right now looks like, three nights of combination of biking/running. Three nights of Crossfit or TRX training (google it). Right after this picture was taken I completed the 1,000 rep challenge, which is 100 reps of each: air squats, lunges, mountain climbers, push ups, sit ups, lateral jumps, shoulder press, jump squats, tricep extensions and squat kicks. I love these kinds of workouts and feel like the results come quick for me when I am doing them.

So there ya go! There is you compare and contrast.

267 lbs vs. 151 lbs.
Couldn't walk to the mailbox without being in pain and out of breath to running a full marathon!
Could barely carry my own weight, to lifting, pushing, pulling and pressing extra weight all over the gym!!!
Exhausted by life to can't get enough of it!!!

Create the transformed life you WANT to live . . . this is the good stuff! I wish I could bottle up how I feel and give you a little taste . . . you would want more of it for YOURSELF!!!

Believe, the exhaustion I feel or the soreness after a workout is NOTHING compared to the daily pain and exhaustion I felt two years ago!

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