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andoreth
06-18-2006, 02:29 PM
Today is the 6 month anniversary of my new lifestyle, and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the changes that have taken place.

Before: I spent almost all of my life lying down or sitting down. I was either sleeping, working (mostly desk job), sitting at my computer, or watching t.v. A very large portion of my food came from fast food restaurants, and all of my food was in outrageous portions (Hmm, I'll have the number 3 Large Size, and a chicken sandwitch.) What food I did buy for home was 90% "quick cook", microwaveable, and pre-prepared. Oh, and I weighed 363 pounds.

Now: I still sleep, of course, and I have that sedentary job- but now when I get off I can hardly wait to get to the gym. I spend about 1 1/2 hours there 4 days a week, and I love pushing myself to reach new personal bests on the machines and at the weights. My SO and I play racquet sports for at least an hour 2 times a week (mostly racquetball). We love it. At first we pretty much played like we were a double's tennis team- with the idea mainly being to keep rallies going cooperatively, each of us covering 1/2 of the court. Just this week we started playing where we take turns hitting the ball no matter where it is in the court, and I'm pleased as punch to report that we aren't that bad at it! We take little walks more days than not, and now I think nothing of walking as much as a mile just to get to a destination. I cook most of our meals, from scratch and with always keeping portion and balance in mind. We eat plenty, from 1800 to 2200 cals a day. I find that I just don't have very much "computer and tv" time as I used to. Oh, and I weigh 293 pounds.

That's right, 70 pounds down in 6 months. I'm floored! My whole philosophy on this has been "enter maintenance now and let what happens happen", but I never expected changes to happen this quickly.

So, what's next? Couch to 5k!


dragonwoman64
06-18-2006, 02:58 PM
Awesome! Congratulations!

HadEnough
06-18-2006, 03:51 PM
70 pounds in 6 months, Holy Mackerel! Way to go, girl! Have you posted pics? I would love to see some!


kykaree
06-18-2006, 04:16 PM
I am really inspired by all your posts, you have really taken to this new lifestyle, and your a real role model for us all.

Well done on a great job so far, and all the best for your journey into running - it's truly addictive!!

DishyFishy
06-18-2006, 04:54 PM
Great post! You've got a really good attitude, Jen, and that's reflected in your success. Well done! :cp:

midwife
06-18-2006, 05:13 PM
Congrats!!

Heather
06-18-2006, 05:22 PM
Just want to echo your great attitude and approach to all this -- seems like something you may be able to do for life! And I've really been enjoying your posts since you joined!!!

taekwondomom
06-18-2006, 05:53 PM
That is terrific! It is amazing what one can accomplish is just 6 months!

ValRock
06-18-2006, 06:00 PM
Awesome!!! What an inspiration! Keep up the GREAT work!

roundRN
06-18-2006, 06:11 PM
WTG.........that's awesome!! It's amazing to look back at the way things were....we ate out soooo much...I would stop for a fast food breakfast almost every morning after work....and like you...I wouldn't just get one meal...I'd get a number two and an extra sandwich..yeek.

Anyways...congrats on the lifestyle changes and the awsome weight loss!

Hugs,
Liv

ScarlettDrawl
06-18-2006, 07:49 PM
Congratulations! What a difference, indeed!

andoreth
06-18-2006, 09:04 PM
Thanks for you kind words, everyone!

Hmm, I don't have any digital photos of myself (I've never really liked being photographed- I always tell people I'm wanted in 6 states and can't have it taken :)). I can tell you that I was almost too big to wear my size 32 work pants, even with the elastic panels on the sides, and I can now get on a pair of 26 jeans and zip and button them, but I'm not quite ready to sit while wearing them. ;) Shirtwise: I started very tight in a size 4x men's, and am now very tight in a size 2x.

Mainly, though, I am happy with the health changes. I was getting some very serious knee issues (pain and stiffness in the left knee, extreme popping in the right) before I started and both have been problem free for a while now. My resting heart rate was down to 70 bpm on last check, and I can do that thing called "running" albeit for just 7 or 8 feet at a time.

And, as a bonus I've become a fair cook and home baker, which is earning me major bonus points from my SO. ;)

mindydaisy
06-18-2006, 09:27 PM
WOW...... 70 lbs in 6 months is soooooooo awesome :bravo:, that is truly wonderful. Keep up the good work and get those pictures posted :D

irisheyes213
06-18-2006, 10:02 PM
:cb: :dance: :jig: :bravo: Happy Dancing for you! That is awesome! Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

Even-Ends
06-19-2006, 11:06 AM
Congratulations! 70 pounds is quite an acomplishment!!!
I've very proud of you! Keep up the good work!

Glory87
06-19-2006, 11:29 AM
Andoreth, you are a real inspiration, I love your attitude about health and exercise! I didn't have a lot of before pictures either (I never used the "wanted in 6 states excuse, but it's a good one!), I hope you took measurements so you will have a measure of your progress :) I didn't take measurements until about a month after I started and it's been a little frustrating that I really don't know how many inches I lost!

andoreth
06-19-2006, 12:24 PM
Thanks Glory87. No, no measurements. Even though I do weigh myself, and it's nice to see the number going down, I'm trying as much as possible to make this about actions and not results. I try to focus on what I am doing, what I'm eating, what I can add to reduce my sitting time even more, and let the body do whatever it is going to do.

I'm a very competitive person by nature, and if I let this become about "the numbers" I too easily begin to compete with myself- and then heaven help me and those around me when I get in a plateau or stall. By making the competition over those things I have direct control over I have greatly reduced that frustration, and my homelife is much happier.

I also think this is a good way to keep from feeling "finished" when I reach my goal weight and risk re-gaining the weight. I don't have a specific goal weight, and my goals are ones that are on-going, so I won't ever be finished. :)

KristasMom
06-19-2006, 12:39 PM
"enter maintenance now and let what happens happen", but I never expected changes to happen this quickly.


I love this philosophy - I think it's what I've been doing.

My success hasn't been quite as dramatic as yours - I'm older, and that knee popping has progressed to "They have to be replaced," so my exercise isn't as intense, but, hey, 30 lbs is still nice. And from a tight 28 to a loose 24 is even better.

Yesterday DH and I went to Rec Center. I worked on the seated stepper for 40 mins, then swam laps for .5 an hour. When I fell asleep on the couch, it was cause I was tired!

I really enjoy your posts. Thanks for being here. You're an inspiration.

Sue

Goddess Jessica
06-19-2006, 04:36 PM
Take some pictures! You'll want them for yourself (even if you don't share). I am very proud of you!

Heather
06-19-2006, 06:41 PM
I didn't take measurements until about a month after I started and it's been a little frustrating that I really don't know how many inches I lost!

I did the same thing!!!



I also think this is a good way to keep from feeling "finished" when I reach my goal weight and risk re-gaining the weight. I don't have a specific goal weight, and my goals are ones that are on-going, so I won't ever be finished. :)

I really like that philosophy. I never verbalized it like that, but you're absolutely right, behavior is SO important! And attitude. And commitment.

The ABCs of weight loss: attitude, behavior, commitment...?? Can't tell if I like it better than the 5 C's in my sig...