The Beginning or How I Decided to Get Off The Couch …

I started thinking of things that I needed to do to make myself a better person. I did some soul searching and found that the first place for me to start was to get myself healithier. The fact that taking  blood pressure meds plus giving myself insulin shots plus my cholesterol meds just didn’t seem right for a thirty five year old. I knew I was really overweight but part of me wished it would go away without putting in the effort. Part of me was scared to even start. A little voice in me kept urging me to just try. What did I have to lose?

I started working out with a trainer twice a week and eating right on April 19, 2011. At the beginning, I had a body fat percentage of 41% and a BMI of 43. Not good. Exercising was rough the first two weeks. I almost passed out the second session but I believe that, made me even more determined to succeed. Each week got easier to be on the treadmill or eliptical. It got easier to do push ups and kettle bell exercises. As I got stronger, I started running outdoors. It brought back memories of how much I enjoyed training/ running for marathons. Somehow the runs allow time for me to quiet my mind and focus. There are times when I run where I talk to God and ask him things or to help me. Sometimes God gives me the answers but most of the time I find the answers in my day to day interactions and musings.

The eating right part was easier than I thought. No more Sausage McMuffin with eggs plus a Peet’s coffee latte and soda for breakfast. No more Roast Beef Sandwiches with Provalone and Mayo… Now, it’s oatmeal with fruit or egg whites with mushrooms. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to eat but it’s all in moderation. If anything this journey into eating healthy has opened my eyes to all the bad stuff I was eating. These days red meat and rice are not in the diet.. I thought I would miss it but I don’t.  I had a hamburgur about a couple of months  ago and I just felt gross and heavy after eating a little piece of it. WTF… I guess my taste buds are changing for the good.

The weight loss complements are very nice from people. How good I look. How it looks like I am glowing and seem happier… Less tired looking. All great complements but it’s still hard to take it all in. I just smile and say thank you… It’s amazing how much I have lost in a year and a half. It’s been a lot of hard work but it’s all worth it. Maybe I can do anything I set my mind to. The furture can only tell.

Here we go

So I am venturing into the world of blogging to keep track of my runs and fitness adventures. I am sure there will be other stuff to write about like my love for food and travel. Let’s see where I take you..