The Journey begins

The Journey begins.

Published in: on February 25, 2011 at 4:23 PM  Leave a Comment  

The Journey begins

On November 24th, 2010 I decided it was time to get serious about my weight. I had ballooned up to 178 lbs. This was discovered when I stepped on the scales at my last doctors visit.  Considering that I am only 5 61/2 that is a lot of extra baggage to carry around on my small frame. It mostly manifest itself in big hips, jelly rolls around the gut and love handles. Now I have been in the gym for quite some time and it’s embarrassing when you are working out as much as I am but gaining weight all at the same time.  I do have to be honest and tell you that I do love my wine, bread, cheese and all the other comfort foods that come to mind. I am a big fan of Tosca Reno but I can not make myself go to the grocery store to purchase all the tireless ingredients that go into an eating clean recipe. Cooking is not and has never been my thing. I will visit the Earthfare  grocery store every so often and go up and down the isles, but I usually come out empty-handed or with maybe a bag or two.

So now I’m feeling like I need to apologize to my doctor for the weight gain, after weighing 10 lbs  less at the last visit. Instead we go over my weight gain and look at my lowest weight of 154 (that’s when my husband’s friend thought I was getting too skinny) in 2002.  Also the year I had decided enough was enough and used Weight Watchers as my last and final straw. It was a good ride too. I lost 24 lbs in about 4 months. The problem was that I could not imagine myself keeping a food log each and every day. It just kind of took the fun out of eating.  Regardless, I kept the weight at bay for about 4 years.

In 2009 my employer started a WW meeting and I joined of course, lost about 8lbs and  then fell off the wagon.  Okay, so by now I really getting sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’m hitting the gym at 5 a.m. four times a week, going hard with the weights and still pigging out like nobodies business.  So I decide to give WW another try. I find a meeting in my area and go. I’m paying $10 per week and working hard to get back to my ideal weight because by this time I’m a lifetime member. Once I reach my ideal weight I no longer have to pay for meetings! Yiiipppee. The problem is I can not focus. I go wholeheartedly for 3 full months, tracking every morsel put in my mouth. I lose 10lbs and then decide I can no longer be a slave to tracking points. I wanna try something new…but what?

Realizing that I am fighting a losing battle a friend of mine turns me on to P90X. I’m excited, but what is it?  It’s a 90 day workout program that promises to deliver extreme results. Okay, I’m listening so tell me more. He says hey, I’m doing the program and I’m getting great results I think you should try it. Okay, so I’m in the gym 24-7 and I’m no stranger to hard work so I agree. I do the workout for a week and fall off the wagon. Too hard, too disciplined. I wanna do my own thing. So I go back to my regular way of eating and working out until the day the scales tips at 178 in the doctor’s office and I feel too ashamed to weigh again ( remember this is where the story started)

My friend comes back to me  about 4 months later and says hey, I’m doing P90X again it was awesome the first time and you should give it another try.   Then he adds “can you imagine the way you would look once you’re done. You would look amazing, and for your age OMG.” Okay, so appeal to my vanity if you will, but I bought it hook, line and sinker.

I started  P90X the week before Thanksgiving 2010 but kept eating the way I had always ate. I felt my body getting tighter and I was committed to doing this program. I still went to the gym every now and again but continued to work the program as it is written. Then  with Christmas fast approaching and I still kept eating holiday foods but thought, hey I’m doing P90X  as well as all cakes and cookies I could lift, but in the  words of MC Hammer in reference to my food “Can’t touch this.” 

Okay so I’m about 35 days into the program, and feeling stronger and although I can feel the tightening of my skin the pounds are not miraculously dropping off. Yep, just what I thought….this program does not work. Self pity and loathing came in but I kept on pushing. Then on January 10, 2011 my church embarked upon a fast of only eating fruits and vegetables  for 21 days. I joined in on the fast and continued my P90X AND thats when I saw P90X start working. So far I have lost 11lbs and I finished P90X on 2/21/11. Now had I been eating right from the beginning there is no telling where I would be at this point.

I then joined the Beachbody team as an Independent Coach and I am still eating clean. On yesterday I started a new BB program called the Brazil Butt lift, designed to get rid of saddle bags (yep, I have those) and lift and shape your back side. The boom boom!!!! You should have seen me and my sister last night doing the first workout. Hilarius. Yep, we have to work on the whole balance thing. We took our measurement and  we hope that after the program we see those measurements shrink. My weight last night 167lbs. Her weight at 5 7 160. My goal is to get down to 150 and hers is 145. Well we will just see how it goes. In addition to eating clean I have also replaced one meal per day with the Beachbody wonder called Shakeology. It’s a wonderful protein shake loaded with fruits and veggies.

Over the next few months I will share my weight loss stories. My prayer is that it is filled with only downs and no ups!!!!  If you would like more information about Beachbody feel free to look at my website and partner with me at www.teambeachbody.com/vstyles

Published in: on February 22, 2011 at 2:41 PM  Comments (1)