Sunday, April 17, 2011

My Journey and Resolutions

I promised you I would share something in my next post. Well, here goes. I have decided to lose weight and get healthier. This is definitely easier said than done. I weighed more than I ever have, and found out my cholesterol was too high, as is my blood pressure. With a high family history of heart disease, I decided it was time to make the change. Mother and Daddy got us an elliptical machine for our Christmas present, and I have been faithful to use it at least 4-5 times weekly. We have been trying to walk outdoors when the weather is nice. We have protein shakes or high fiber cereal for breakfast, eat a lot of turkey, salads and chicken. We limit our red meat consumption, and eat tons of vegetables and beans.

Here are a few "before" pictures. double chins and belly fat

I am a nurse, and I know better. Weight is something I have battled all my adult life. In fact before I had children, I remember saying I would not end up like this. NEVER say "never".
I don't usually make New Year's resolutions, and I don't usually announce them so no one will know if I fail. I like to stay in my comfort zone, you know. I have lost 33.6 pounds, and I am continuing this way of eating and exercising, hopefully, for the rest of my life. I am not calling it a "diet", but just a healthy lifestyle. I go back to have my cholesterol checked in a couple weeks. It better be lower!!! I do feel much better, and I have more energy. There is just one BAD thing about it...all my clothes are too big. This can get expensive. I will continue sharing about this journey I am on. Here is my "during" photo. Much better, I think.


Shannon said...

I am SOOO proud of you Mom! You are doing a great job.

We are going to have to take an after photo when we get all hot and svelte!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Congratulations on your weight loss! If you have lost that much weight, you deserve a reward of new clothes. :) Don't buy to many, as it sounds like you are on a roll and will need a smaller size soon. :D You are dealing with the same issues I am - high cholesterol, and BP. I have tried so hard to control both with diet and exercise and could not get the numbers down enough, so am on meds for both. :(
Have a great week!

Tanna said...

Kudos to you, Sheila! You are making an amazing change in your life! blessings ~ tanna

Pine Tree Home said...

Awesome! Glad to hear you are not thinking of a quick fix but a lifestyle change. You look great and good to know even better you FEEL better.

racheld said...


I'm always glad to hear news of your beautiful family, and I'm glad for your happiness over your hard work.

I wish you BEST results from your tests, and am so glad to hear how good you're feeling.

Best to all of Y'all!!


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Congratulations! You look great! I would love to have the problem of my clothes being too big. I hope you get a great report at the doctor's office. laurie

Amy @ Keep'n The SunnySide said...

Wow.. you look great!! Congrats on your loss.. your doing fantastic!!

Sue said...

Congratulations on your weight loss Shelia, I can certainly relate to having had a weight problem but like you am trying to do something about it. thanks for sharing this post, it is very encouraging to me to keep on keeping on.
You look great! Wishing you and your family a most blessed Easter.