Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dream Word for 2014

It has been forever since I posted anything to this blog.  I did pick a word for 2014 and here it is the end of October and I haven't shared with you my word for 2014. It is DREAM. 


It would seem the dream became becoming a healthier me!

In Jan  2014, I found myself back at 200 lbs and feeling bad and looking bad.  I had done fairly well and in 2010 was down to 175.   Then my life as many of you know took a terrible turn.  Dennis' sudden death August 8, 2011 of cardiac arrest at work rocked my world.

For almost two years I functioned in a fog.  I would call it my new "normal" even though there really was nothing normal about it.  Making dinner became a difficult task when you suddenly have to cook for one.  It became easier to just eat things that where easy and quick.    

Yesterday, I weighed in and I was at 155.5 lbs.  155 is the goal I initially had set for myself and I was happy to have finally met it.  I have had a couple of people ask me how I did it.

I signed up for Health Firsts "LIVFIT" program. It was costly 255.00 but it was the best money I have spent. I have spent a lot of money with Weight Watchers too!  But this 15 week class helped me to work on the three different aspects of successful weigh loss.

1. Tracking food faithfully.  I use My Fitness Pal app on my phone. I track every day.
2. Physical activity that dreaded exercise.  I go to the gym, or walk six days a week. One day I go to Yoga class which has been really good for flexibility and motion.
3. Behavioral aspect.  Why do I eat that when I know it's BAD for me?  I work on identifying am I really hungry or thirsty?  What emptiness in me am I trying to fill?  Am I hungry, lonely or tired.?  Lonely or tired are not fixed by food!!!

It has been a fun journey and I have made new friends that I cherish more than they will know. The encouragement to keep at it and learning how to push just a little harder to achieve a goal is easier when you have others cheering you on! My joy for living has returned and I am beginning to love this new life I have been given.  I can't wait to see what journeys it will take me on!