Hi my name is Adah and I’m on a weight loss journey.
I have been overweight for a long time…I just denied it! My hubby and I have gone on some amazing vacations (England, Spain, Ireland, Scotland, road trips across the US, and cruises) and when I saw pictures of myself I would cringe at what I saw but never was motivated to do anything about it. So basically I was looking past what was in front of my eyes…ignoring what I saw that needed to be changed in my life. I’m not sure what caused the push I needed to start on my journey but when the Shrinkvivor challenge started over at the Sisterhood I jumped in and never looked back. I love the show Survivor so maybe the title caught my attention, maybe it was the groaning I was doing when I sit down on the floor to play with my grandkids or maybe it was just the size 16 jeans that were getting tighter by the day.
I started that challenge at 186 pounds...way too heavy for my 5’4” frame. I have participated in each challenge since then and it’s those challenges that keep me pushing. I haven’t been at the top of any of the challenges. I have been guilty of not doing my best on more than one occasion. But I did each of the challenges and enjoyed it. I need the accountability to have to write down what my weight is and if I’m doing what I need to. It was the Virtual 5K challenge over at the Sisterhood that pushed me to try the C25K training. I do more wogging than jogging but I get out there and move. I never thought of myself as a runner but now I know I can do more than walk.
My hubby is my cheerleader and has pushed me out of bed on more than one occasion to go for our morning wog. He is always with me every step of the way. I love the feeling I get when I see the finish line at a 5K race and I push myself to go a little faster and finish strong. My best 5K time is 46 minutes and I’m trying to do one 5K a month and push myself to a new PR each time.
I have had my ups and downs both in weight and in emotions. It’s not easy trying to do what you know you need to do and working really hard but not getting the results you hoped for. It’s easy to get down and drown those emotions in food…my lover was chocolate covered pomegranates. Not a good lover to say the least! I have to push myself each and every day to drink my water and not Diet Dr Pepper…eat my fruits and veggies instead of chips or junk…exercise instead of sitting on the couch. It’s not easy and some days I just don’t have the push to accomplish what I know I need.
Right now I am partnered with Joanna for the Spring in 2 Action challenge at the Sisterhood. We have one week left and while we haven’t been on the leader board we have been working together as a team. We encourage each other to work hard…to not give up….to push past the bad day and attack the next one with everything we have. When I am down she picks me up and when she is struggling I try to encourage her. Even though we are a generation apart (my youngest daughter is 2 years older than she is and my grandchildren are the age of her kids) we are a team. We are both fighting the battle of weight loss and that is what makes us a team with a common goal. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her on my team. Go Generation Determination!
I started this weight loss journey at 186 in September, 2010 and this Wednesday I hope to end the latest challenge at 160. Writing those numbers give me chills...if anyone would have told me that in 7 months I would lose 26 pounds I would have laughed at them and ate some more chips and salsa. Today I am proud to say I have lost 26 pounds in 7 months and now I’m going to go and have a cup of tea and enjoy a little TV before I go to bed.
Thanks Joanna for sharing this journey with me for the last 6 weeks. You have inspired me…pushed me…encouraged me and made me a better person. You are doing incredible things in your life and I know that you will succeed at anything you put your mind to. One day and one pound at a time!
Thank you, Adah, for such an amazing post!! Be sure to go and check out her blog - she has such great motivation in the words she writes.
Till next time. ;)
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