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Monday, 5 May 2014

Losing it and Winning!

Hey all!

I'm going to get a little personal on here today.

Last Fall, a very good friend of mine passed away due to complications after a bladder surgery.  She was having surgery because two years earlier while training for a bike race, she went over her handlebars and severed her spinal cord, becoming paralyzed from the shoulders down.  Up until that point, she had lived a very active life and had a very strong, healthy heart and lungs. This is what kept her alive for two years,  along with her sheer determination and pure stubbornness.

Why am I telling you this? My friend Tracy's death, motivated me to change my life and deal with my health.  I've let too many things slide over the years, while I raised my kids. After Tracy passed, I realized that my young kids, will one day be adults and they might still want a healthy mom around, and I needed to make some changes. I need to get my body back, and I need it to be strong.

Last summer a friend of mine, mentioned that she had participated in a local "biggest loser" type of challenge at a gym near our home. So, a few days after Tracy's funeral last November, I mustered up the courage and went in and spoke to one of the trainers about the program.  I made up my mind right there and then and put a deposit down for the next 3 month challenge which was to start this past January.

Well, my challenge ended three weeks ago, and let me tell ya,  it was the hardest thing I've ever had to do physically (other than birthing my children).  First class, I couldn't lift any of the weights.  I couldn't run past a #3 on the treadmill for more than 30 seconds, and forget it if there was an incline on that treadmill. That first week, I couldn't walk up or down the stairs.   I was one hot mess.  Slowly, I was able to keep up with others in the classes.  I was able to progress from lifting 5lb ketlle bell weights to 15-20 lbs weights. I could run on treadmill at #5 with 15 incline, even thought it was only for a minute or two, I could do it.  My body still hurt every week, but it was a good kind of pain. It was a gentle reminder that I put in a good effort.  I dragged my sister and my husband Scott to the classes a couple of times.  After one the classes I asked my sister what she thought and she said "I taste blood."

In the end I lost about 22lbs, or 11% of my initial weight.  My clothes were looser, I dropped two pant sizes. I slept better at night. My headaches went away.  It was a tough challenge, both physically and mentally.  I had a few things that derailed my success (a concussion) and a few medical procedures, that kept me from giving it my all every week and loose even more weight.  And then at some point, I got frustrated and I stopped paying attention to what I was eating and the weight stopped coming off as fast as I wanted it to.  I kept working out though.  In case your wondering, my workouts consisted of one 1 1/2 hours Sunday group HIIT workout and then 2-3 one hour HIIT workouts during the week  and also running on the treadmill. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Workout, and they are challenging, especially for a former couch potatoe like myself.  I went from being a couch potatoe to working out 3-4 times a week.  I'm proud of myself, and I believe I'm setting a good example for my kids.

And guess what?  I'm motivated to get the rest of the weight off, so I joined the next session of "Biggest Loser: Season 11" at my gym. We started yesterday. And yes I'm quite sore today! To top it off, within two hours of my finishing my 1 1/2 hours HIIT workout, i got a migraine (I had had one on-and-off for 4 days.)

I thought this time I need to be more accountable and I need to keep better track of my progress.

Here are my starting measurements as of Sunday, May 4, 2014:

Weight:  172.3 lbs
Bust: 41 1/2"
Waist: 39 1/4"
Butt:  40"

Yeap, there is not much change between my top to my middle to my butt.  One big square.

I debated on whether I should post this BEFORE picture or not, but.... here you go. (Sorry for quality, bad lighting in the room, and it was gloomy out). I figure the AFTER will be so much sweeter (I hope).

I am determined to WIN this challenge this time.  The winner gets a free year membership. In order to win, it means I probably need to lose 28-30% of my starting weight, which is 48.24 - 51.69 lbs.  I know that it is a lot to lose in 3 months, but it is possible, I've seen the other previous winners due to it. I've spoken to a couple of them, and a year later they have kept the weight off (plus or minus 5 lbs, and they have stuck to the workouts and healthy eating.

I will be posting here weekly to let you know of my progress, what I did, what kinds of foods I ate or didn't eat, and generally let you know how I'm feeling, physically, mentally and emotionally.  Through out the week I'll be posting on Instagram what I've eaten and show you my meals.  This first week, you won't see anything interesting, as we are doing RESET (that's not an affiliate link by the way). The Reset consists of 3 meal replacement drinks and 2 bars, plus 1 vegetable and 1 fruit choice for 5 days.  We drink alot of water; 4 litres to be exact.

As far as the workouts, I signed up for 4 HIIT 50 minute classes this week, and I plan on running 5km (3.1 miles) on treadmill and also doing some extra cardio weight lifting on my own through out the week.  This is all in addition to my 30 minute daily walks with the pup.

Through out the 13 weeks I will also be posting healthier meals that I will be serving my family and what I'll be eating myself. I will also share links to other bloggers that share great info on losing weight, working out and leading a healthier life.

I know it's going to be a tough 13 weeks, but I'm motivated and determined!

Will you follow along on my weight loss journey?  Any tips for keeping my "head in the game"? Is anyone else in their own Weight loss Challenge?

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