Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My Weight Loss Journey...some tips





You all know that I started my weight loss journey last January. It wasn't really a New Year's resolution, but a decision that it was time to get healthy. Over the past year, I have lost 67 pounds,lost 5 dress sizes, have come off blood pressure and cholesterol meds, and cut my bad cholesterol from 134 to 60. Now that some have been asking for my tips and diet info, I will try to make regular blog posts on habits that have helped me along the way. I am no professional nutritionist or physical fitness trainer, but I can share what has worked for me. I have been there , and I know how it can be so hard and frustrating to get the weight off.




As I have mentioned before, I come from a gene pool with high rates of heart attacks, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, stroke, and cancer. I was so tired of feeling tired and sluggish...not to mention that I hated looking at pictures of myself. It was definitely time to do something about it.So.....





I did. In fact, I was featured in a local health and fitness magazine. Here is the link with a before and after photo. This link takes you to the magazine, and then look at page 16. Much improved, don't you think?







If you can't link to the magazine photo, here is my version of before and after pics.





Tip #1: Drink Your Water

Drinking water is so important to our bodies. In fact our bodies are made up mostly of water. Water is calorie free, it promotes weight loss, helps flush toxins from the body, aids digestion and elimination, helps to increase energy, prevents dehydration,boosts metabolism, and aids in clearer skin. Carry a water bottle with you at all times, and drink a glass as soon as you wake up, with your meals, and in between meals. My Tervis Tumbler glass pictured above goes everywhere with me, and I mean everywhere.





In the upcoming weeks, I will try to post a few more of those helpful tricks I have found along my journey. In the meantime, get moving a little more, and start drinking more water.








9 comments:

Denise Rose said...

Oh I am so excited to see this! I need the encouragement and I could have written the same stuff about myself as you have above! I am so encouraged by you and I will keep my eye out for more tips! Thank you for taking the time to help others like ME!

Keelie said...

WOW! So awesome that you made a decision and stuck with it! Your before and after photo speaks volumes!! Congrats. I look forward to reading your tips.

Keelie

Pine Tree Home said...

Great post. Love to hear success stories!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, you look fantastic. I don't drink enough water. This is something I really need to do. Thanks. Hugs, Marty

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Congratulations! Looking forward to reading more of your tips. I need to walk more, but when it gets cold or hot I don't do enough.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

you look great.. congratulations

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

Congrat's! You look FAB!!

I'm looking forward to following along as you share what worked for you.

Have a blessed day.
Kim~

Flat Creek Farm said...

You are amazing, Sheila.. and very inspiring to me. Timely post!! At 51, it's no longer just about looking good and fitting into my clothes more comfortably (or a smaller size). It's about *feeling good* too. After the holiday eating binges, I really noticed a difference in that (duh!). Time to drink up, move more and be healthy.. which I am doing. Thanks so much for the inspiration. You look fabulous, and hubby even looks a bit more svelte too ;) Great job!! -Tammy

~Sue~ said...

You look wonderful, congratulations!
Sue