I started a program in January 2009 that finally worked for me. When my size 14 clothes got snug, and I didn’t want to go out in public due to being self-conscious, it was my breaking point. I had been as big as a size 18 before, 225 pounds at my heaviest when pregnant. I had no excuse anymore, and at 170 pounds, I just felt awful.
It took me 7 months to drop the weight, and I’m still going strong. I’ve lost 50 pounds and gotten down to a size 2. It’s not always easy…there’s temptation around every corner. I never thought I could do it and keep it up for this long. I’m looking forward to sharing the details of this journey with you, and the bits of wisdom I’ve gathered along the way. It has shown me that change is possible to achieve and hold on to, and believing in yourself is priceless. I’ve come a long way baby, and I hope you’ll join me.
These pictures are of Amanda Wilson and Ange Alex not quite two years ago:
Here they are as of July 2010
Note from Ange Alex: Amanda is such an inspiration. I hope you will all join in reading her journey and free yourself from the Roller Coaster of Chub! She will inspire you and help you, so feel free to reach out and leave comments for Amanda to answer…. Go Amanda!
What Is Your Excuse?
2. I don’t have the energy.
3. I don’t like to exercise.
4. I don’t want to give up my favorite foods.
5. I don’t know what exercises and diet plan to follow.
6. I don’t get the results I want, so why bother?
Running For My Boys
Who would have thought a few years ago that I’d be running races?!? There was a time that I couldn’t even run a mile.
The Georgia Race for Autism was my 1st road race, and my second ever running competition (Warrior Dash was my first). I was excited to participate in this event to support a worthy cause- Autism. I found out about this event just a few weeks ago, so we didn’t have a lot of time to fund raise. A few generous souls donated though, and we totaled $90.00 in donations.
I had Merritt and Remy on my mind during the race. I hoped to place in the Top 3 of my age division, and had my mental game planned. Imagining the cure for Autism existed past the finish line if I were fast enough to catch it made me pick up the pace.
I started near the front and hoped I didn’t overestimate my ability. I didn’t want to get in anyone’s way, but I really didn’t want to get passed. ;) I tried to pick the perfect pace as I ran…not holding myself back too much, and not wearing myself out too soon. I guess I picked a good spot in the crowd. I passed a few people and kept pace with a few runners for most of the way. A kid that must have been around 14 years old and an older teenager running together went past me between mile 2-3. I couldn’t help but smile. The younger one reminded me of Merritt in a way, and somehow I could just tell he was probably on the Autism spectrum. That kid was booking it and it was inspiring.
I have to admit, I was happy to split off from the 10k runners right after that. ;) Last mile to go, time to crank it up a notch!
With the end in site, I sprinted hard neck and neck beside another runner. Just after passing the finish line, runners were handed cards to write down name, bib number, and finish time that was shown on a screen as the finish line was crossed. Tables were set up with boxes for the cards, divided by age group and gender. I dropped mine into an empty box…Wait a minute, could it be? Was I really 1st in my age group? It took a minute to sink in, and I really couldn’t believe it until I was called up by the announcer during the awards ceremony. I won! Holy crap, I won!! I was ecstatic. :)
Just like losing weight, I surpassed my goal and it felt fantastic. You never know where life might take you, and usually the one thing holding you back is you. Surprising yourself by breaking through those self-imposed limitations is the sweetest victory of all.
Diet or Exercise – Is One More Important?
So I’ve been debating over what to post next. There are so many aspects involved in the weight loss effort-Diet, Exercise, Mental and Emotional- that I’m hard pressed to make a decision. And I don’t want to lose your interest in something so important.
Diet or Exercise- I was recently asked which I thought was more important. The two really do go together. Focusing on one is better than not doing anything, but that approach can be discouraging and lead to frustration. Results are the ultimate motivator, and there’s no faster way to lose weight than to get on board entirely with your efforts, by exercising and eating healthy.
I’m more conscious of making good food choices if I’ve exercised. I’m more into my workout if I don’t feel like I’m simply erasing past diet transgressions. That all-or-nothing thinking again, to a degree. Letting go of that is hard, but that’s where the patience comes in.
It can be a vicious cycle either way you work it. Balancing willpower versus guilt (or paying your dues) can be an exhausting effort.
Food Issues- Controlling my environment, triggers, and potential excuses makes it infinitely easier. For example…
Make a grocery list and stick to it! No junk or snack food should be on this list. If it isn’t in the house, you won’t have to muster the willpower to resist when defenses are down. Go for lean meat, veggies, fruit, and whole grains as you shop. Less processed equals better.
Go to the store on a full stomach. If you happen to go when you’re hungry, drink a water bottle and have a protein bar as you shop. They can ring up the wrapper, no biggie (unless you cave to impulse buys, then you’ll be the biggie ;) )
When free day rolls around, you are FREE to go grab whatever you waited for all week long. Single serving sizes of chocolate and chips from the gas station are what I normally get on Sunday. You can get a variety of goodies at a low cost and without leftovers.
Water Intake- Drinking plenty of water is difficult for me, and it’s so important. I have reusable water bottles, cups, plastic bottles, I’ve tried them all. The product of the week for me has been the mini plastic water bottles. Easier to carry jogging, faster to refill, and not as much of a commitment. ;) 10 ounce bottles with a goal of 8 per day…I’m a Diet Coke junkie, so this is a change I’m shooting for, even now.
The need for water can be mistaken for hunger. By the time I feel hungry, I want food, not water. I’ve been trying to drink first and save some calories along the way. It takes mindful effort to remember. Change is hard. Grrr ;)
These are tricks that you can probably find all over the internet if you’re looking for them. The sheer volume of information can be overwhelming. It’s hard to put into practice and remember all of these things. Changing one or 2 habits at a time makes the effort more manageable for me…and these are the baby steps I’ve taken along the way. Common sense from one point of view, but actually put into practice, it makes a world of difference!
So there are a few starting points, as far as diet goes. Exercise is next on my mind, but I’m really interested in what YOU would like to hear about and discuss. We all have our challenges, and sometimes it amazes me how similar they can be. :)
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