Posts Tagged ‘reshape’

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My Wedding Ring Doesn’t Fit…

October 17, 2010

  …because it’s too big!!

One of my very first, noticeable accomplishments during my weight loss journey (part deux) was the feeling of my beautiful wedding ring becoming more and more loose.  Thankfully, I hadn’t gained too much between my wedding and when I started my diet/exercise program, so we’re talking just a few weeks into it when I noticed this change. 

A small, insignificant thing to some, but a huge deal to me!  It was like dropping a dress size or something! 

Of course, my reaction was priceless; “Oh my gosh, honey!!  LOOKLOOKLOOK!  It’s too big!  I could flick my hand & it might fly off!”  That last part was NOT true, by the way, but you get the picture.

This is one of those things I’m always talking about!

Small goals

Baby steps

Make a big deal out of these little things, and you’ll find yourself noticing more changes, more often.  How motivating to celebrate every bit of progress, big or small!

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Takes a Licking & Keeps on Ticking

September 19, 2010

There was never a time in my life when I was not gaining weight, though until about 7th grade, I would say my weight was fairly normal; then it started becoming a problem. I was overweight from 8th grade into my early 20s.

I was at my max weight of 200 pounds when my dad passed away in 2003 from an aortic aneurysm. That’s when I decided it was time to get healthy. I saw an infomercial for Turbo Jam and I thought it looked challenging but fun, and Chalene seemed so motivating. That’s just what I needed. It took about a year, but I lost 60 pounds with a combination of Turbo Jam and SlimFast.

Over the course of the next 5 years I stopped working out, stopped drinking SlimFast and gained back 30 pounds. I thought I was fine! Normal. Healthy.

On Labor Day 2008 I was jet skiing with friends and started having chest pains. I (very) reluctantly went to the emergency room, and wound up needing emergency open heart surgery. I’d had an aneurysm, just like my father, but blessedly found myself in exactly the right place at the right time. I now have a mechanical heart valve (it ticks with each heartbeat), 5 inches of prosthetic material replacing my ascending aorta, and I take an anticoagulant and 2 blood pressure meds, including a beta blocker, every day. My condition is a genetic connective tissue disorder, yet currently undiagnosed. Extensive testing will eventually reveal Marfan syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos or Loeys-Dietz.

That was 9 months ago. At 30lbs over what I now consider my ideal weight, I was not doing my heart any favors. Since my surgery, I was told that SlimFast was not an option because it counteracts the effectiveness of my medications. So while watching my calories and doing Turbo Jam again I have reached my goal weight! I am as healthy as I can be and I am so proud to be able to share my story. I am a work in progress! I do not have my ideal body yet, but I will continue using Beachbody programs and sharing my success with you. Needless to say, anything that can do for me TWICE what Beachbody did for me, I am happy to share! The ride has been beyond worth it.

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