Josamarie

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from Madison, Wisconsin (Anytime Fitness - Midvale)

"Healthy is not about looking good, its about feeling great."

I Burned 25K Calories! I Lost 10 Lbs! I Burned 5,000 Calories!
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    Getting there

    Holiday weekends are always difficult, but I was happy to see that even after a little splurging at Dave and Susy's over the weekend (whoever decided pudgy pies were a good idea was NOT on a diet), my weight didn't spike up. Still hovering around that 150 mark,and with my next weigh in with Elan in another week and a half, I am determined to get under 150 for the first time in almost 2 years... something to look forward to. Still plenty of weight to go, but I finally feel like I'm making some progress. I just keep focusing on the fact that I'm 1/3 of the way there, and that's nothing to sneeze at!

    Posted over 2 years ago by Josamarie

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    Importance of support

    Last weekend wasn't a great time for my diet. Saturday started out ok, Charlie and I went to the farmer's market (I drank a protein smoothie before going) and ate a good veggie packed lunch at the Green Owl. Then Ashley came over for dinner, and things went to crap. Dinner itself wasn't horrible, a salad and fish with artichoke pesto pasta... maybe a little oil/cheese heavy for a great meal, but not awful. Things were going well and we were sitting around chatting, when Ash decides we need to make cookies. I tried telling her no about a million times, but no kind of will power can win out over that kind of determination and peer pressure. She was appalled that I don't keep butter, sugar, or milk in the house, so at least the cookies we made were a *little* bit healthier than they could have been, and I did only eat one. Still, I was disappointed in the amount of peer pressure that I experienced from a grown friend; I guess that Ashley isn't the best diet buddy because as a runner she's never really had to freak out about it... eat a cookie, run an extra mile. But with my metabolism being so off and my hormones all out of whack (not to mention my dislike of exercise), I can't afford to think like that. I guess I'll just have to chalk it up to learning experience and not agree to eat with Ash again... at least no anywhere that cookies could potentially be involved!

    Posted over 3 years ago by Josamarie

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    Milestones

    Had my first weigh in last week since coming back from what Elan likes to refer to as "the incident;" To my surprise, I lost 4 pounds and 1.5 inches off my waist. It's funny because it doesn't feel like a lot, and I definitely feel as fat as ever when I look in the mirror, but it is good to know that I'm making progress, even if I can't see or feel it. Don't get me wrong, there are definitely things that I notice (mostly that I don't feel like I'm dying after 90% of my workouts... I've finally discovered that there is a difference between "This is hard and I hate you" and "Please kill me now!" The basic difference is that hard may suck but it's not impossible, while it would be quite difficult to exercise at all if I were dead!). I'm looking forward to seeing more progress in the coming months (I joined a naturalistic WW style meeting that will run for 13 weeks and really get to the bottom of my weight loss resistances), and am still working hard to convince myself that the number on the scale is not the thing that matters most; what matters is how I feel inside and out. It's a work in progress, but it's progressing!

    Posted over 3 years ago by Josamarie

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    Back on track

    Good news is not only did I avoid having surgery, but they took me out of the cast 2 weeks early! The doctor gave me the ok to go back to the gym, as long as I'm not using my wrist while the new bone heals and hardens. Been back training with Elan for almost a week now, and I'm amazed at how quickly you loose what little you gain; when I broke my arm, we'd been working together 2 times a week for a month and while it was still tough some days, I had gotten to a point where I wasn't sore the next day. My first session with her was last Thursday, and it was Monday morning before I really felt like I could move without pulling something! Just another reminder that what you don't use, you lose, and that I'm so ready to stop losing my fight with my weight!

    Posted over 3 years ago by Josamarie

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    Setbacks

    Working out with Elan last week, I tripped over my own clumsy feet and broke my left arm pretty badly. The pain killers that they have me on, compounded with the fact that I've gone from working out 5 days a week to zero, means I have no appetite at all. When I do eat, though, I'm not being conscious or careful. I need to get back on track with at least the eating portion of my lifestyle if I don't want this to be the thing that puts me over the line from overweight to obese. I find out on Friday if they can cast the break, which would mean I can at least do cardio while it heals, or if I'll need surgery, which would take a lot longer recovery.

    Posted over 3 years ago by Josamarie

About Me

I have struggled with my weight since high school, gaining and losing in a perpetual yo-yo cycle. In 2010 I was hospitalized with life threatening blood clots in my lungs, just a month before my wedding; A year and a half of (often frustrating) recovery and denial has resulted in me being at my heaviest ever. I know what it can be like to have a life threatening health condition, and I know that I need to get my weight under control if I'm ever going to feel in control of my health again.

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