April 30, 2014

The Dukan Life

Day 3 of the Dukan Diet- Attack Phase is coming to a successful close and I am down 5 lbs. already! This is the lowest I have weighed since starting my fitness journey over a year ago.

I will be on the Attack Phase a total of 5 days and hopefully I will have lost a total of 10 lbs on Attack Phase before I start the Cruise Phase. Sticking to the strictly pure protein diet has not been difficult for me. Mostly because I have already been eating "clean" for quite some time now. I am however looking forward to eating broccoli this Saturday and all my other vegetables I've been avoiding these past few days.

I am very excited to see what my final results will be and what my true weight will be. So far I've experienced no real side effects other than dry mouth. It will be very interesting to see once certain vegetables are introduced to my daily diet which ones I will crave the most and how many vegetables a day I will eat. I'll keep you posted!

April 12, 2014

Stamina Increase

I am so excited about my increase in stamina and distance with regards to my daily runs. I am a long distance runner and could not beat a snail in a sprint if my life depended on it. When I first began running again a few months back I was only able to run about 2 miles or so. It had been years since I had ran because let's face it running, jogging, even walking at 215lbs. for 2 miles is just not easily done or really even done for that matter.

So after loosing some of my weight that runners call kept getting louder and louder in my heart. I was scared to run my first try, afraid to find out I couldn't do it anymore but I did do it and that first try was all it took to spark the flames of passion for running in me again.

Soon my 2 mile runs became 3.1 mile runs because I had set a goal for myself to run a 5k in 2014. Then after a few weeks I decided to push a little farther and soon my daily run became 5 miles. Well this week I managed to push myself again and after weeks and weeks of running 5 miles a day and managed to go 6 miles.

It was rough and I doubted myself. I thought "oh this is too much go back to 5 miles" but I kept at it and this morning it happened! My body adjusted and accepted  the new distance of the run. When I got home I felt amazing! Not exhausted and sore but fantastic. I know come Monday when I push for 6 my body is going to respond with "We got this girl" and that is a satisfaction words can not describe.

April 9, 2014

Losing Myself

WOW!! I have not posted on my blog since 2012. Although I'm sure no one has missed me because I'm fairly positive that no one really reads my blog, my absence from my blog was a necessary one.

I needed to focus on myself, to focus on my health. I was in trouble and in danger of cutting my life short. I have Hypothyroidism and I was obese. Now when I say obese I mean obese. Not chubby or pudgy or whatever other cute name you want to use for slightly fat. I was OBESE, FAT, Fatty -Fat -Fat- Pants.

I  was weighing in at a very unhealthy 215.lbs which was a lot to ask of my 5'4 frame. I squeezed myself into a very tight size 18 when I really should have been in a size 20/22. I was one of those awesome people who thought no one could see my muffin top through my fitted cotton shirt.

I hated my life, I hated my body, but above all I hated myself for continually deceiving myself into believing there wasn't a problem that needed to be addressed. I convinced myself I was simply genetically unlucky. I wasn't born with the "you look like you haven't had a baby" gene. I at one point or another sold myself on all the lies we try to sell ourselves. The "I'm big and beautiful" lie, the "I want to enjoy my life and eat cake" lie, The "my husband loves me just the way I am" lie.

Now when I say lie, understand I am speaking of people who are unhappy with their weight and instead of doing something about it try and convince themselves of being happy. If you identify yourself as big and beautiful good for you. I am not one of those people I do not have that kind of self-esteem.

So after not being able to believe my own lies anymore I decided to be brave and try to lose weight. I knew I needed help because I knew it was going to be hard but I didn't care. I couldn't live one more day hating myself.

I started my weight loss journey October 2012. To date I have lost 67 lbs. and wearing a size 6 pant. I am not at my goal weight but I am happier and healthier than ever.