On July 24, 2015 I made the decision to stop drinking pop (soda for my linguistically-challenged friends). I had gotten to a point where I was drinking an average of three cans or 20 oz. bottles a day. Originally, it wasn’t about weight loss as much as it was about me feeling like crap.
August and September didn’t see very much weight loss, but I was feeling a whole lot better. In cutting out pop, I added a ton of water. It’s amazing what drinking plenty high-quality H20 will do to/for your body.
In October, my life was forever changed. On October 14 – seven days after her 62 birthday – my mom passed away unexpectedly due to complications from breast cancer. I lost a huge part of myself that day. The weeks following, were filled with planning a funeral, playing hostess, making sure my dad and sister were OK, and vacillating emotionally between four of of Kübler-Ross’s Five Stages of Grief (still working on Acceptance). I also, apparently wasn’t eating enough, because I lost a few pounds without even trying. But, hey, I guess grief will do that to you.
In November and early December, we were all still processing my mom’s passing. And, like with most things, everyone processed it differently. I can’t speak for anyone else, but my “processing” include a major freak out worrying that I’d get sick, die unexpectedly and leave the hubs without a wife and the kid without a mom. Luckily, something good came out of my freak out… I decided it was time to lose weight and start living a more healthful life. Now, this wasn’t the first time I’d made the decision to “get in shape.” Heck, like most people, I’d made many attempts in the past that all failed miserably. But, this time my motivation was something solid. I wasn’t only doing it for my husband and son, I was doing it in honor of my mom as well.
Come late December, I’d made the decision to seek professional help. I found out that my health insurance would pay for my to join Medical Weight Loss Clinic, so long as it was “medically necessary.” And, since my BMI of 32.4 put me in the obese category, it was definitely necessary.
When I started my journey one year ago, I was 50+ lbs. heaver. And, so very unhealthy and unhappy. I’m not going to say the process was easy, because I had to give up pop, fast food, fried food, most junk foods, bad carbs, etc. I drank tons of water, ate tons of grilled chicken salads, exercised and took the stairs. I’m still doing these things because it’s not a gimmick or short-term thing, it’s a lifestyle change
Now, between exercise and eating healthier I have so much more energy. And, I feel like I’m providing a good example for the kid. I’m trying hard to not use the word “diet” since it has such a negative connotation to it. Instead I talk to him about me eating healthier foods and being more active.
Unfortunately, there is a downside to losing weight… Well, three actually:
- Going shopping for more clothes. I loathe shopping. It’s one of my least favorite things to do. And, when you’re losing weight, you have to go a few times, as your sizes change.
- I lost my butt. Seriously, I’m in donkey kick hell over here, trying to get it back.
- Stretch marks. The. Damn. Devil. I didn’t get them when I was pregnant, but now they decide to appear.
Long term – finding the balance between adding calories and certain foods back into my diet, and maintaining my weight while working to build muscle definition.
Short term – the next part of my journey will be MuckFest MS on August 6, which raises money for the National MS Society. 100% of the donations go to support the life-changing work they do. I am equal parts excited, nervous and terrified. Friends, this is, by far, the most “out there” thing I’ve ever done. But, when they approached me to participate, I thought it’d be a great way to start the next chapter of my health and fitness journey. And, from what I understand, MuckFest MS is doable for all ages and athletic abilities. I can go at my own pace and if I don’t feel comfortable with doing one of the obstacles, I can skip it.
All that said, MuckFest MS just seemed like such a fun way to push myself. Pushing yourself is how you grow, and without growth, you’ll wither away and die. And, I don’t know about you, but I want to live.
If you want to do it with me, the awesome folks at MuckFest MS are offering my readers a $7 discount. Just use the discount code SPORTY7 when you register.
Disclamer: The folks at MuckFest MS will be providing me with a ticket to participate in the event, in exchange for this post and an event review post run.