Monday, October 22, 2012

It's a Fight to the Finish! Journey post #1

This is a regular statement at the Chiropractic office.  For us it means that staying healthy is a lifelong "race" to the end.  
I'm going to share my story today. 
2008
 From left to right, my sisters Jen and Michelle.  I'm on the right!
I have struggled with weight issues for what seems like my entire life.  I was heavy as a kid but slimmed down in high school.  I gained again between ages 19-24.  In 2008 (above)  I was the heaviest I have ever been.  I was heavier than my sister who had just given birth!
My niece and nephew love when Auntie comes to visit
When I met my now hubby I was heavy again.  This time from a nasty car accident that left me without the use of my right hand.  With his help I was able to regain full use of my hand, keep the migraines away and get back to the gym.  

4 years ago I lost 51 pounds!  How you ask?  I changed the way I ate and drank, made time for the gym and let go of the negativity that had overtaken parts of my life.  For over 3 years I kept off the weight.  
April 2012
 But (and the butt is getting bigger) in the last 6 months I have gained about 15 pounds back due to one excuse after another.  I don't have a picture but I can't quite fit in my skinny jeans.  It's not just about weight...It's about how we feel and I just don't feel good!

Today we agreed that the excuses need to stop.  As the "cook" in the house I will provide lighter meals and more protein/veggie shakes.  As the "motivator" of the house he will push more gym regularity.  No more excuses!

I started thinking about this post as "starting" my journey.  I'm actually continuing my journey and would like to encourage you to share your own.  If you are interested in a guest-post you can send me a private email at mari_backtonature@yahoo.com.

For the next few weeks (maybe months) I'll share with you my ups and downs of trying to get back to living a healthier more organized life.  You'll find that Mary's Kitchen will have a bit of a makeover as well.  With the holidays fast approaching I know this will be no easy task.  I started Broccoli Sprout seeds this morning so stay tuned!


For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.   ~Steve Jobs


Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?  ~Bob Marley 

9 comments:

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Good for you! You look great and I know you'll do what it takes to feel your healthiest!

mary_smith said...

Thank you Lisa!

OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique said...

Yay!! Good for you! And I love the quote by Steve obs! Happy Monday!

Chris said...

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Sinea said...

I totally identify with the need for change. Mine is also the weight control struggle. Started Weight Watchers (again) this week. I know it works. I know it's balanced and healthy. Now I've just got to DO it!

Joyce said...

I totally sympathize with you, I have been on the same journey since I was 17. It is a never ending battle, but after all these years I do not crave certain foods I used to, and even when I get a bite from something someone else eating that I used to enjoy it does not taste as good as I remember. I'm in your corner, you will do it again.

Joyce said...

I totally sympathize with you, I have been on the same journey since I was 17. It is a never ending battle, but after all these years I do not crave certain foods I used to, and even when I get a bite from something someone else eating that I used to enjoy it does not taste as good as I remember. I'm in your corner, you will do it again.

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Take Care!

Bella @ Bella before and after said...

Look at you girl, now I see :)

Yeah, when I saw that other pic, the one at the bottom in the other post, i though, hmmmm..... what do you need to lose, lol. You look GREAT!!!

Well, my friend, yup you've come a long way, 50 pounds is HUGE.... that's a lot. I can't even imagine. Sadly, putting it on, thought, doesn't seem all that hard, does it. Sucks how that works.

So wonderful that you've come all this way, and I guess that's life isn't it, getting there is only half the battle. It takes work everyday, to maintain the good things in life. Nothing comes for free. We have to work to make money, to live, and we need to work to maintain a healthy body so it can in turn take care of us.

So glad I met you, I love how you've changed your life around, good for you girl :)

Hugs, Bella :)
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