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Thank You 2013, and Here's to 2014!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Here it is 2014. Where does the time go?
It's time for me to sit down and reflect on time that has past.
I feel that 2013 was very successful for me. I started off with a determination I have never felt before. Late in December 2012 I decided that it was time. I was miserable at 5 feet 6 inches and 276 pounds. With the OK from my doctor and a lot of support from my family--especially my husband--we joined the gym right next door to work. No excuses! I drive right past it at least twice a day! For the first time in my life, on January 3, 2013, I stepped foot in a gym and climbed on a treadmill and put one foot in front of the other. In February I found SparkPeople.com. That's when the fun began. The site contained SO MUCH information, I was on it exploring for DAYS. I learned about nutrition, food portions and how to exercise self control.
My A-HA moment came when I looked back over my first week of tracking. The amount of calories during workouts burned compared to how much I take in during eating was an eye-opener. Now I understood how I gained so much weight.
I was going right along losing about 1-2 pounds a week.
In May, I experienced my first injury. Stressed tendon in my ankle due to overuse. No cardio for 4-6 weeks. Thanks, Doc! Paranoid that I would slip out of my routine, I scoured the internet for seated workouts. I wasn't burning many calories, but, I was keeping exercise in my daily routine. As of today, my ankle still hurts every once in a while, I know what my limits are.
Fast forward to October. I was busy getting my sister ready to get married and I started to experience flu-like symptoms. Great! She was getting married in 8 days and I was going to be sick. I decided to deal with it. I finally went to see the Doctor 3 days before the wedding when a rash began to appear on my scalp and face. My primary doctor sent me to a skin specialist, and it turns out I had contracted Chicken Pox! Here I am over 40 with the chicken pox! My doctors were stumped. I should have been hospitalized with serious implications.
But I was busy with the wedding and the upcoming holiday season, and trying to work In sweat sessions and plan healthy meals.
To be honest, I really didn't feel all that bad. I credit the fact that I had lost 75 pounds, was drinking lots of tea and water, ate healthily and exercised almost daily.
I realized, if I take care of my body, it'll take care of me!
December arrived. My gym featured my husband and me in our local newspaper and in our gym newsletter as success stories. Then on December 18, WKYC Channel 3, Cleveland aired our story, LIVE, on the morning news. I was very nervous, and almost did not participate, but figured that this was an opportunity I would regret I didn't take. I would not let my insecure feelings run my life anymore!
The holidays were a challenge I was ready to embrace. I decided I was not going to deprive myself. I would keep fitting in workouts, eat right and indulge in the parties....just not so much as I did in the past. Christmas is all about Jesus, family and food, right?
So here I am, 90 pounds lighter, my husband is 140 pounds lighter. We feel great, I have more confidence and a new outlook on life.
My only regret? I should of started sooner.

Make the commitment today.
Take one day at a time.
Plan your meals and schedule in your sweat sessions.
Expect challenges and figure out ways to fix them.
It's worth it.

Here's to a New Year, a New Me & a New You!

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  • no profile photo CD13354694
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    2707 days ago
  • SHEILA1505
    What a wonderful year! Here's to an even better 2014
    2724 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11898821
    Congratulations on your success!
    2724 days ago
    You two are SUCH an inspiration!!!
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    2725 days ago
    What an amazing story I can see why they wanted to do a story on you and your husband, you both look amazing and your right you were treating your body right and that's probably why chicken pox didn't put you down for a while.
    I wish you even more success and thanks for sharing your beautiful story, you even look more confident in your after picture GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon
    2725 days ago
  • no profile photo ELRIDDICK
    Thanks for sharing
    2725 days ago
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