April 29, 2010

Biggest Winner Ultimately Thinner

It's that time again. The competition is getting ready to begin. Hilarie and Dan are holding the Biggest Winner Ultimately Thinner contest again. The competition the first time around was so much fun and so motivating. It really made us ALL push harder than we normally would. We fed off each others successes and broken through barriers individually and as a group. Believe it or not the workouts were amazing! I did things I would NEVER would have imagined myself doing. From doing bench presses to pushing Dan's truck. That's right...I said truck. Not to mention the friendships that have been made.

For my Central Florida friends I really encourage you to check it out. It's time to test your limits! Are you in?

April 27, 2010

"Moral Support"

"Moral support" is something my brother and I heard a lot growing up. As a matter of fact I think it’s my Mom's favorite saying. Well...it seems that my Mom was on to something after all! If it’s one thing my journey has taught me; it’s the power of moral support. I've done the "diet" thing before; many times. However, I have been fortunate this time around. This time it’s different because I have allowed myself to be helped. I have allowed myself to be on the receiving end of the moral support.

God has blessed me with an amazing husband and a wonderful family who are joining me on my path to a healthy lifestyle. My husband Manny is doing the Couch to 5K program. My brother Marcos and sister-in-law Marlene have begun eating healthy and combined have lost over 30lbs in the last month! My sister-in-law Vanessa has joined me for Boot Camp, and even my Mom is making healthier choices. It’s so amazing to see how the small changes you make can impact those around you.

Thank you for all who have taken the time to read my blog. An even bigger thank you for all the comments and kind words you've shared. I must say, I am so incredibly overwhelmed with the attention my blog has received. I did not set out to inspire; however somehow that changed along the way. Thank you for believing in me.

As my Mom would say "I'm here for you for moral support" and thank you all for being mine.

“It is amazingly empowering to have the support of a strong, motivated, and inspirational group of people.
~Susan Jeffers

April 21, 2010

Things I do now that I couldn't do before...

It's amazing what you (and your body) can do when you drop bit of weight. Sometimes I sit back and look at my life now and see how different it is from just January and I'm so amazed. I work out all the time, I eat right and best of all I feel great. Even my conversations are different now. If I'm not talking about Boot Camp, I'm talking about Zumba, or how to properly do a squat (LOL thanks Hilarie!) I can not wait to see what else I can do as I get closer to my goal. In the mean time here are some snap shots of my accomplishments thus far:
I could not get into these pants before, well I could but only if I didn't want to breathe. Now...they will need to be replaced soon.

I've replaced my desk chair with a stability ball. This is supposed to work on your core and give you a "work out" while you work but quite honestly this darn thing is so much fun! (Thank you Linda Romsey)

I can cross my legs! I can actually sit like a girl now.

I remember on Day 2 of Boot Camp I was asked to do this move and I couldn't. I felt terrible, how did I get to the point where I couldn't even grab my own foot? But look at me now! :) I grab my feet as often as I can now, just because I can, well it also is a great stretch.

I am very excited about my accomplishments yet to come. Moments like these always remind me of the theme song from The Biggest Loser; "what have you done today, to make you feel proud?" I wrote about the things I can do now that I couldn't do before!

April 20, 2010

So it begins...

Here it is my first ever blog post! Here is the ugly truth of how much I weighed, how much I currently weigh and the journey that still lies ahead. Normally, under NO circumstance would I EVER in a million years EVER tell anyone my weight. I would avoid going to a doctor's appointment for that very reason. However, I decided for me to truly transform I have to be comfortable with where I was, and where I want to be. So here it is...
This is my weight at my heaviest (284.6). This was in April of 2009. I was motivated and decided to do a Biggest Loser type of weight loss program with my friends. It didn't last more than a week! I did however; manage to snap some "Before" pictures.

   April 2009/Before-284.6lbs

I didn't really stick to this "diet" very long. In June of 2009 I was diagnosed with Psuedotumor Cerebri and after a very harsh scare I decided to finally do something about my weight. I really watched what I ate but I didn't necessarily exercise and I was able to go down to about 269lbs. Which like usual my efforts stopped and I gained the weight back. On 12/31/2009 I was driving to work and decided to take a different route than what I normally take. As I was driving I was thinking about New Years Resolutions and how I always have the same one at the top of the list 'lose weight' and year after year...NOTHING. I started to pray and ask God for guidance and strength to really do it this time. As I was praying I passed by a local park and noticed a sign with a Biggest Loser like message. I read the name of the website on the banner over and over again all the way to work so that I wouldn't forget. When I got to work I ran straight into my office and typed in http://www.hdfitpro.com/ and read about boot camp and their upcoming Biggest Winner Ultimately Thinner contest. I was so excited my prayers were answered. Lose weight and maybe win shopping money for new clothes? AWESOME! As soon as I got home I talked to my husband about it and decided this was it! I was going to lose weight and he will support me every step of the way (and he has every single day since!). I started boot camp on 1/4/10 with a starting weight of 277.2 and I haven't stopped since. Here we are, April 2010 a year after my before pictures were taken. I decided to take "for now" pictures in the same outfit to see the change I've been feeling. So here they are:

    April 2010/For Now-255.2lbs

I still have a long journey ahead of me. I am confident that this time there's not turning back. I intend to never weigh that much again. I'll keep you up to date with my progress, my recipes, my workout regimen, and my frustrations! LOL

I think this is it for the first post. I hope you enjoyed it.