Community blogger Muriel Watson writes: Starting weight as of Jan. 1, 2011-- 326/ Current weight -- 236. Goal weight: 185.
What prompted you to start a weight-loss program? A photo taken of me during our Thanksgiving dinner in November 2009. When I saw it, I cried the whole way home! I lost my weight by working out at the gym 6 days a week and eating a low carb/lean protein diet.
What did you learn? I have learned that when I get upset, instead of turning to food for comfort, I need to go to the gym to work out instead. I get the same comfort from working out that I get from binging out on food. Some say I am obsessed with the gym now, but I’m OK with that. I would much rather be obsessed with a healthy habit, than to held prisoner in a body because of food!
What’s next for you? I only have 50 more pounds to go and know that this will probably be the hardest to get off, but the eresult will be worth it. I will continue working out six days a week and going to my weekly visits at Medi-Weightloss Clinic. My diet will also remain the same even after I reach my goal, because I feel it is a very healthy way of living.
For you, what has been the biggest benefit of losing weight? The bigest benefits of losing the weight have been coming off all my meds. I have so much energy and feel great. My knees and back no longer hurt, and I can play with the kids without giving out of breath!
What advice do you have for others? You just have to start somewhere, whether its parking farther away in the parking lot or eating a fruit and some protein instead of the burger and fries you are used to eating at lunch. Just believe that you are worth it and can do it – and it will happen!!
I have experienced both highs and lows in my life during this past year and through my posting about it, have had the pleasure of meeting others who have experienced some of the same. I have lost a total of 174 pounds since November 2009. While working on my weight loss this year, I have been able to stop all my medications that I was taking for diabetes, high blood pressure and anxiety with my doctor's approval. I no longer experience the back or knee pain I use to feel. I have so much energy now.
I have had some ask me what happens from here. Well, I will continue on my journey of losing the weight. I still have 51 pounds to lose before I reach my goal of 185. I am going to continue my weekly visits at Medi Weightloss Clinic in Durham. This program has been such a blessing to me. Having the encouragement and support of Cathy, Shelley and Christine has been priceless. I believe in this program and how it incorporates a healthy lifestyle so much, that I have begun teaching my children (ages 19, 17, 14) the ideals that Medi has taught me to become a healthier person. My daughter (age 14) has started working out with me on a daily basis and they have all started drinking more water.
I will continue working out six days a week at Planet Fitness. Ace is my personal trainer who works with me on getting more tone and still losing the weight. He has designed a complete workout routine for me that is helping me to reach my goals. I love the atomosphere at Planet Fitness and it makes me want to work out even more. I have worked out at a lot of different gyms, but this one is by far the best all around.....friendly associates, comfortable atmosphere, quality equipment and very clean!
Many of my friends have asked me if I will have to do this for the rest of my life......the exercise and the eating habits? My answer is always the same: I sure hope so! I love how I feel and how I look. I love the results of these lifestyle changes. I could never imagine not working out now. I feel so amazing after working out and have so much energy!
As far as the new eating habits: That is so easy! My body is now used to consuming what I eat only for energy rather than storing it for later. I don't miss the carbs or sugar anymore because my body has become accustomed to not getting them...therefore you get use to not wanting them. I will continue this new lifestyle and work out routine for the rest of my life. I know that as long as I do, I not only keep myself more physically fit and healthy, but also pose as a role model to my children and others that they too can do this!
I just want anyone who reads this to understand that no matter where you are in life, no matter how large you are, you can start your own journey to a healthier and happier you ....today!
I was 387 pounds when I started my journey and could only do 3 minutes on the eliptical before my knees hurt so bad I was in tears! I ate between 3,500 and 4,000 calories per day! I was diabetic, had high blood presure, anxiety/depression issues, joint problems and back pain. I knew that I was killing myself with food, but didn't know where to start to change things around for myself. If you don't get anything else out of my blog, I just want you to know that it is possible to change your life style for the better, one baby step at a time. I had to learn that I did not put the weight on overnight; therefore, it will not come off overnight.
I now workout out two hours a day. I can easily do 100 minutes on the eliptical with no pain at all. I eat between 600 and 800 calories per day and yet never feel hungry! I am no longer taking any medications other than vitamins and natural supplements because my health has improved so much that I no longer require medication to control the previous conditions I mentioned above. It is all controled by my diet and exercise. I no longer feel that I am killing myself with food, but that I am healing myself by using food correctly, as the fuel for my body to function rather than the comfort when I am upset!
I will continue to update The N&O on my weight loss and how it is going. I would like to thank each and every one of you who has shared your support, encouragement, love and your time reading my blog!! You have become part of my success story because by opening myself to complete strangers, I have made life ong friends!! For that...I am eternally grateful!! I hope 2012 is a blessed year for each and everyone of you as you have been a blessing to me! Take care and know that no matter what.......YOU ARE WORTH IT!! Much Love and God Bless!!