Sunday, 3 July 2011

getting fit..weight watchers...calories counting and getting on with it.

I have had a few emails from people wanting to know what sort of exercise i am doing, diet etc.....so i thought i would share a few words about this today....i don't normally share personal stuff on here...but here it goes...

After i had my son, i had a lot of medical problems...my body and being pregnant didn't go together (hence only having one child) i spent alot of the first four year of my sons life, not being able to move much, feeling sorry for myself and  most of all feeling angry about the fact that other people had children and were the same after...why did that not happen for me.

During that time i put on a ton of weight, i mean about 4 to 5 stones in weight.....and then one day my sister called and asked if i wanted to join weight watchers with her...........and i did...

Everyone wants to see the before and after pictures.....mine is a two part story..........the first time i lost all my weight, got to 9 stone and loved it, but i was always looking for the cheat.....the part of weight watchers that let you eat chocolate if you wanted to, you just had no other food for the rest of the day...i took that road alot....it was more about losing the weight and not much else.

Here is my before photos...my son was about two and a half years old at the point...he is now 7.

I hate this photo...in this i was miserable, sad...still in alot of pain form medical problems...and just downright unhappy.................i ignored what the doctors were telling me, lose weight and the pain would ease...i was to depressed ( on depression tablets at that point) to even face the day let alone look after myself....

So a few years past and gradually the weight started to go back on...i added another stone and a half to what i was...and all that work that i did was for nothing.

The reason behind it??? i had not changed my way of thinking, i was still looking for the easy way out....but over the last few months things have changed.

I am now on a calorie controlled diet....i eat healthy...i think about my weightloss in a different way.....i think of it as a healthy lifestyle rather than a diet...and this time things are different.

I take an hour for exercise a day...i change it up so not to be bored, running in the fields, running at the beach, weight training etc etc...it is built into my day now and it will stay that way.

I do still have medical problems some are being worked on ( hoping for an operation next year)some will never go away...
 My biggest one is i have something similar to interstitial cystitis...A hard medical condition....that affects me everyday.


The hardest when you are trying to lose weight as you cannot eat anything that has acid in it.........that rules out 99% of fruit............yep no fruit...no apples, no bananas, no tomatos....you name it alot of healthy things are not in my diet..................it is hard..you have no idea how hard...


But i have rambled enough.....after my 3 mile power walk this morning i got my husband to take a photo of my now...............I still have seven more pounds to lose before i can up my calorie intake and sort out my exercise to maintain this weight....and with my holiday coming up soon....that is going to be hard...but i will make it.

Please excuse the funny photos...........i hate having photos of myself taken and my husband was making me do stupid poses!!!!!! though i may scrap these!!!! lol







If you are thinking about losing weight and worrying about how hard it is going to be............trust me when i say...it is a long road....but it is worth it in the end...and if i can do then you can!

21 comments:

Kim Sonksen said...

You are looking awesome girl - keep going you are on the right track.
I can totally relate to many things you have said and I agree that it is a long, hard road...we tend to forget that we did not put the weight on within the matter of a few weeks but it built up over the months/years, and that is the same way we should look at loosing it (if we want it to stay off).
Just one thing I am doing religiously these days, the word 'diet' never enters my vocabulary - I am eating healthy. The word 'diet' subconsciously puts a negative thought in our minds as we tend to think immediately:I cannot have this or that. If you always consider yourself to be on a healthy eating/healthy living plan you are thinking positive.
Congratz on your achievement so far - keep going!

sherryann (aka Sherry Eckblad) said...

You look fabulous thanks for sharing.

Anja (scrappie) said...

Wow you look amazing wendy keep on going you are on the wright track. I completly understand you struggle isn't it a struggle for many of us? I tend to say diet it's for live it's simply changing your eat patron and for as long as you live. Sometimes I have good days and sometimes I have bad days.
Succes you are doing great.

Michelle said...

U look gr8! Well done for sticking at it! I keep trying and failing miserably :( My bad back is very restrictive, so I cant exercise as much a s I want - I really wanna do zumba... Congrats and thx 4 sharing!!!

Anneke XOXO said...

You look great !!! It's just really great that you've bitten trough! Keep going!

Katy said...

Wendy thanks so much for sharing you have seriously inspired me today, I need to loose weight very badly, I have many health conditions and need to do this to help them to, also to help me not feel so sad about the way I look :( I need to loose 4 stone and that's a lot to me, and like you I need to stop thinking about the word DIET more of the healthy living/eating.

Well done and you look amazing, when I'm brave enough I will do a post to share the before and after.

Katy xx

Mary Ann Jenkins said...

You look great!!! Way to go!!

Cornelie said...

Great job!!!! I have to loose weight too!!!!!!! and I know how diffecault it is!
I als o want to say, you are making great!!! things! I'm a follower! My English i snot that well, sorry for that!
Kind regards Cornelie

hotpotato said...

you do look so much healthier now, just proves retraining your brain to a healthy active lifestyle helps.

Jackie xxx said...

WOW - you look really great. Glad you have got where you want to be. Well done.

Heather said...

Looking good Wendy!! Well done for getting where you wwant to be. You are an inspiration girl!! Now just send me some determination & willpower & I'll be there with you xx

ann hunting said...

You look fantastic! Way to be!

kjjc said...

you look great. Well done.

Me, Myself and I.... said...

WOW!!! You look UH-MAY-ZING!!!! I totally and completely admire anyone that can change his/her eating habits as well as exercise regimen!!! Yay you!!! Praying that the journey ahead is an easy one to walk for you and with great success in the end!!!

Thanks so very much for sharing your story!!!

lisa said...

One word. CUTE!!!
: )

Laurie LaRiviere said...

YOu look fab!! I know what you mean about WW, they tell you that you can have something sweet, but it always adds up in points and then you don't get dinner...I lost 55 pounds with WW, walking my son in the stroller, now he's 3 1/2 and won't go in the stroller, so I stopped and put back on 17 pounds and feel miserable and have no ambition to start over, I love to eat too much and it's just soooo hard to be strict...but I don't like not being able to fit into my clothes either, so thanks for the inspiration to get going again, you look great!!

Anna Sigga said...

WOW!!!!!
You look fantabulous girl!!!!! A total stunner!

Soni said...

hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!
my name is soni
from india
im new user
i made blog also...........
i saw ur creativity...it is amazing....

good work.......

Scrap Savvy said...

Wow Wendy! Thanks for sharing your story. You go girl! I am so happy for you. You are such an inspiration.:)

teacher jessy said...

Wow you look awesome!! Gosh I so want that kind of determination!!

nasuha ahmad helmi said...

i just found your blog. and i pinned this post at my pinterest. so that i can remember how amazing crafter you are. you made beautiful cards and still manage to lose weight and live a healthy life. amazing!