Our Quest to change our lives began in Feb. 2010 and we lost 224 lbs. This is the story of our continuing Journey through the ups and downs of maintenance.
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Getting on schedule

My man and I have finally decided on a weekly schedule to get more work out time in. With 3 teens and a 10 year old, life is SO busy! So we have 2 nights a week that we'll go to the gym together and other days where we'll do our own thing. Last night we went to the gym after the kids were in bed and I walked a mile and then tried the elliptical machine. I was able to be on it for 5 minutes. When I was bigger, I could only handle like 30 seconds max! I am excited to build up my endurance for that and to eventually be on that machine for a whole work out!

I threw this meal together the other day. I sauteed some cabbage, tomatoes, and mushrooms in cooking spray and sprinkled them with "Mrs. Dash tomato, basil, & garlic". Then I threw in some pre-cooked chicken and sauteed a little longer and voila! It was a scrumptious lean and green! I am attempting to try more kinds of veggies and cabbage is one of them.


Some fun things I've noticed:
1. I am starting to get a lap again!!!! (I didn't have to rest my hymn book on my belly at church!). I like this!
2. I don't have to sit down as often when I'm shopping or standing for a period of time! I have to get used to the fact that I don't always have to search for a place to sit!
3. When hugging my man, we can get so much closer without our huge bellies in the way. I have missed that so much! I love being inside his hug!

One other thing I am noticing too, is different pains in my body. I think that as weight comes off, my body has to adjust to the difference of pressures and I find some aches in new places. I used to get very bad lower back pain, but now I get pains in my shoulder blade area, and even in my elbow joints. Yet I am excited for all these changes. I love these positive changes in our bodies and in our lives. I feel SO blessed to finally be having some success with weight loss... it is so humbling and brings me to tears often when I ponder the positive affect it has on our lives and in how we feel.

9 comments:

Auntie M said...

Keep up the good work. There is so much adjustment with weight loss, but you are seeing such positive changes. I am proud of both of you!

Laurie said...

Good for you for trying new veggies. I'm kind of stuck on my veggies. I don't really like any veggies cooked with the exception of peppers and onions. Well, and potatoes but those don't count. ;-) I've never really tried cabbage but maybe you've just inspired me. :-)

Those are such awesome NSVs! It will only get better!

Flabby McGee said...

I have learned one thing about the elliptical, it gets easier and easier. The first time I tried, i was on for about 7 seconds. Talk about weak. But I got on it one day and spent time talking to my friend, and I realized that once you push past the first 5-10 minutes, your legs get used to it!! SO you can get there, I know it! I loved looking at your comparison pics from the previous post! Great job!!

Juli's Journey said...

Fabulous 'fun things'. Keep it up and I love the fact that you and your hubby are working together. It is great to have that support system.

lynnss1 said...

Margene:

Good for you for scheduling your exercise... I'm not there yet, but working on it. Once the kids are done with school I hope to get out and walk before work. To the end of my road and back is a good, hilly 2 miles.

You come up with some really interesting lean & greens!! I'm going to look for that Mrs. Dash stuff, it sounds good. My PB2 came the other day. It's not JIF, but not bad either. I'm looking forward to trying some of the recipes on their website.

As you get closer to your goal weight, you will notice more fun things... like ribs! Mine are back, along with some other bones that I haven't seen/felt for a while.

Have a great rest of the week!

MaryFran said...

I love your thoughts on the aches and pains changing as you lose the weight. I loved the morning I woke up and the pain was just plain and simple gone! I cant wait for that to happen to you (and to happen to me again as I relose my weight!)

Nancy B. Kennedy said...

After losing 30 lbs, I remember realizing that it hurt to sit in the pews at church. The hard wood was finally pressing on bone, not fat! Now, I squirm more during the sermon than I did before!

Rettakat said...

I wanted to thank you for your comment on my blog yesterday. Especially this, it really made me think: "If somehow you could "fight" for what you WANT... instead of fighting the change."

Thank you!
Loretta
=^..^=

Sylvia said...

Your "some things I've noticed" made me cry. I'm not even kidding. Especially number 3!! Those are definitely good things to keep in mind and keep going on for. :)