Monday, January 16, 2012

57

In my lifetime I’ve probably gained and lost the total weight of the New York Giants. I couldn’t believe all the love I received when I recently posted I’ve lost 57 pounds. I’m a little over a third of the way to my goal. In case you were wondering that’s a whopping 150 pounds total. I know that sounds like a lot of weight because it is. It’s not that I want to be “super skinny” or even a single digit size because I won’t be. I would be at a size that is healthy for my height, age and bone structure.

Writing about weight loss is a very personal and difficult thing. I’ve lost weight before. I’ve written about it before, but never in the “middle” of the process. My journey started last June when I went to the doctor’s. He wanted to put me on medicine for diabetes. I didn’t want that. He said lose weight or else he’ll have to give me medication. He suggested Atkins or South Beach. He said it was the best for high blood sugar.

I’m not here to advocate a diet program. There are so many ways to lose weight out there. A person has to do what is in their heart to do and what works for them. For me it has worked and I need to keep in mind - eat less, eat better and exercise more. I followed my doctor’s advice and I’ve lost 57 pounds without exercising.

I tried about a month ago to exercise. I put on a dance exercise DVD. I know it’s important for my body to warm up and cool down so I started with those. I didn’t expect to not make it through the warm up. What I needed was oxygen and a paramedic.

I’m happy to report that I tried that same DVD again and got through the warm up, 95% of the exercise and the cool down with no need for paramedics.

This has not been an easy journey but it’s a rewarding one. My knees feel better and I can walk easier than before.

Even though people have told me I have great discipline, I really don’t. What I have is determination. What I have is a goal I want to reach. What I have is 50 years of life and I’m just too tired to keep going up and down the scale anymore. What I want to do is stay healthy for my future grandchildren.

I’m pleased with my progress so far. I’m grateful for a husband who loves me no matter what that scale reads. He’s told me I’m beautiful and that he loves me everyday of our married life regardless of my dress size. He just wants me to be happy.

Hopefully in the future I can report continued progress towards my goal.

© Nadine Zawacki 2012

14 comments:

Ginnie said...

Thanks for sharing the truth of your journey. Not easy I'm sure, but it will encourage so many. Including me.:0}

none said...

((((Nadine)))) You are doing a great job. It's good to see you FLY (finally loving yourself) Flylady motto. You are good at so many things. I recently read the reviews of your book on Amazon.com They make me want to buy the book and start reading it. May the God of all Comfort be your comforter and give you grace to reach your goal, one day at a time. You are worth it, and you can do it. The LORD is your helper. Love, Donna

Dawn said...

Congratulations on the journey so far - you have come a long ways. I am having a very hard time getting back on the wagon after falling off and gaining back all that I lost starting two years ago - got to my goal. I don't know what triggered the way back up - I MUST get back on track. Thanks for the inspiration.

Grace said...

(((((LOVE)))))

Cindy Campbell said...

That is not an easy thing- both losing it and owning up to how much you want to lose. I applaud your efforts and think you look great! You really are an inspiration to many around you- you don't even see it!

Jillian, Inc said...

Good for you, Nadine! What an accomplishment. You are beautiful!

Julie said...

I am so proud of you!!! You inspire me...I have been working out & eating well since Nov and just tonight Ive started p90X. Its intense but after losing 20 lbs, I knew I needed to kick it up to make my goal by next Nov. I love reading your posts so keep them coming...and thank you so much for your vulnerability...I of all people know how incredibly difficult that can be.

Susan said...

Thanks for posting this and sharing with us. It encourages me, as I need to lose 37 lbs. I hope you'll keep us posted as you go along.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for opening up and sharing - great job!

Brenda said...

That's great, Nadine! Keep up the good work! And has the Dr. released you from needing the meds?

Shionge said...

My weight is like a yo-yo all the time :D

Wishing you all the best :D

AudreyO said...

I just stumbled to your blog. I too have gained and lost and gained and lost over the years. A huge congratulations for where you're at right now. About a year ago or maybe 2 years ago, I began walking. At that time my goal was one mile per day. Sometimes I did it in one long walk and sometimes in two shorter walks. Today, I usually walk at least 2 miles per outing and often walk 2 or 3 times per day. Keep at it day after day :)

Heather said...

Hi I’m Heather! Please email me when you get a chance! HeatherVonsj(at)gmail(dot)com

Debz said...

Ha Ha! Looks like I'm not the only one behind on my blog! lol