Monday, January 23, 2012

Movin' Right Along, Livin' My Life, Doin' It My Way

Nevaeh, Isaak, Grandma (Diana) and Riley 1/14/12

I'm feeling so good mentally.  Physically I'm not doing so well.  My Arthritis pain, diagnosed 1/12/12, has been tough to deal with on a daily basis.  I'm taking pain medicine daily and it helps, but it is NOT what I wanted to use to ease the pain.
It's tough to workout like I had been.  No more heavy weight lifting or hard/fast treadmilling for me anymore.  I did change my workouts to 60 minutes on the treadmill to get a good cardio workout, but have limited my weight lifting to avoid further injury to my joints.  
As soon as my burn is healed I'll get into the pool and do some good pool workouts. 
I've done well the last 2 weeks on my weight loss. I struggled over the New Years holiday and put a few pounds back on :-( and that made me mad because I hate to lose the same pounds again. 
It's been great to put on clothes and see a very positive change in my figure.  I'm down 2-3 dress sizes and 2 pant sizes as well. I'm taking in my pants to put off buying new clothes.  
I know this is a journey and I won't wake up a size 10, but I am enjoying the time it takes to reach my goal.  I've set mini goals so I feel motivated to reach them one at a time.  My Chiropractor always says to me "Inch by inch it's a cinch".  I have to agree with him on that one.  I'm losing inches and cinching my clothing more and more.  The pay offs have been when someone hasn't seen me on a while and they say "You are looking so good".  I'm sure it's not just the weight, but I am much happier with my life now than I was 10 years ago.  I have so many things to look forward to and so many great friends to share my life with now.  My family is behind me 100% and they are becoming more interested in losing weight too.  It's nice to see my healthier lifestyle is inspiring those around me to want to do the same.  My boss told me just last week that he has started to eat healthier too.  Since I'm joining my companies Wellness Counsel I guess my efforts are paying off already.  I hope I can help other people to choose a healthy lifestyle that includes better eating with moderation and exercising by just getting out and moving.
What will you do with your journey? You have choices each and every day, Make them wise choices! 
I fit into this outfit 1/13/12                     

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012 A New Year for a New ME!

New Years Eve 2011 Diana and Thomas
I rang in 2012 with a weight loss.  I'm down 11.4 pounds since joining Weight Watchers in October.  Down 42 pounds since I hit my heaviest in 2008. 
I'm happy that I got thru the holidays without packing on pounds.  I did enjoy the sweet treats as well as healthy foods.
I did a lot of "Oh My Gosh it fits me" dances when trying on clothes. I've gone down 2-3 dress sizes since May 2011. 
I'm committed to my workout routine and my healthy eating plan.
I've even started to inspire other people to embrace a healthier lifestyle.  Eating with more awareness of what types of foods we eat and what they do to our bodies in a positive way or negative way.  
The main foods we should all eat are fruits, vegetables and protein.  Proteins can come from more than meats and fish.  I know vegetarians get their protein from tofu as well as legumes. Also, quinoa is anther good source of protein.  
Making better choices when going out to eat is very important.   I know I'd rather have a deep fried piece of chicken over a broiled or grilled piece.  However, I like taking pressure off my joints by reducing my weight a little more each week.  I struggle with the temptation to eat the "bad stuff" versus the "good stuff" every single day.
I'm now struggling with a flare up of my arthritis.  Osteoarthritis is very painful and has been stopping me in my tracks these last few weeks.  It was bad enough before, but lately it has gotten much worse.  I almost cry when the now familiar needle pricking feeling hits a joint.  The worst has been in my hands the last 4 days.  I really try to "suck it up buttercup" and not let it bother me, but it's just not letting up on me.  It is just getting worse.  
Now my problem is HOW do I keep doing my workouts when my knee hurts along with my foot and hands? 
I know I have to fight thru it, but then again I'm only hurting my joints more by making them rub bone on bone. UGH!!!! 
I need a new swimsuit so I can go do pool workouts now. The only swimsuit I own is 2 sizes too big and you know how the water make them bigger anyway.  I do look quite funny with my droopy butt suit on and my straps sliding off every time my arms go down.  I can't be flashing the whole gym when I do my jumping jacks in the pool.  Oh dear!
I detest the aqua aerobics classes at LA Fitness.  They are boring and not fun for me.  I'll be bringing my iPod speakers so I can do my own workout with GOOD music. Ha ha take that song Mr. LapSwimmer!
Now how would you handle this change of plans?  Would you throw in the towel and give up or whine about it to anyone who would listen?
 Or maybe you'd suck it up and keep at it because there really is no going backward on this journey that is life!!!
I can't complain too much after all I do have a lot of good stuff happening in my life right now.  My Grandkidlets are getting SO big and are the Lights of my life. 
My family this Christmas from left to right My Dad Curt, Lizzi with Isaak, Christy, Riley, Diana, David and Nevaeh