Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sandra's Journey

Reader Sandra was the first to respond to my "Show me your picture" post. Here is Sandra's journey toward health and fitness...

Hi, my name is Sandra, I'm going to be fifty in a couple of years and really wanted to get into the best health and shape of my life. When I first saw the Clean Eating book by Tosca Reno and how fit and healthy she was at 50, I thought I could be too. It's never too late in life to make good changes.
I've been overweight all my adult life. I've yo-yo'd up and down many many times and quite sure I have done some damage. In 1999 I tried the Body For Life program and I did really well and lost 50lbs. Then I lost my Mom to cancer in 2001 and I just ballooned back up again. At my heaviest I weighed in at 230lbs and for someone who is only 5'1", that type of weight doesn't show well. Back then, at my highest, I had tried the Master Cleanse to jump start my dieting and I lasted 10 days and lost 18lbs. I bought a juicer and juiced some veggies for about a week after but soon got right back into my bad eating/drinking habits. I am an emotional eater and my marriage was not doing so good then so I ate/drank my way through the emotions.

I fluctuated between 215 and 220 up until 2008 where I saw a picture of me taken in Vegas. I think I was around 215 then and it is also about when I found the Clean Eating book. So I started eating cleaner and got on my treadmill. Before the end of November 2008 I had gone below the 200lb mark - I reached Onderland.

Then I discovered the world of blogging. What a fantastic place this is, you meet (virtually) an huge amount of fantastic people that are going through or have been through the same struggles you are facing and you are no longer alone. I came across Andra's website one day and read about how she juices every morning and that reminded me that I had that old juicer from 2003 and how much better I felt. It took me a couple of months, but for the last 3 months, I have been growing my own wheat grass, and getting organic vegetables delivered to my home and I juice one ounce of wheat grass and 12 oz of all sorts of veggies every single morning. My skin alone shows the benefits.

So along came 2010 and for some reason I am more determined than ever to get this weight off. I weigh 184lbs (as of Friday Jan 15th..l have a self challenge of only weighing once a week) and I would love to get down at least another 45lbs. I will know when I get there when I am at the perfect weight. Through my new love of Hot Yoga, walk/Jogging and weightlifting I am where I am today and it will only get better.

Thank you, Sandra, for sharing your story and photos with us! I was so excited when I saw the photo of your juicer. You look great!

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  1. GREAT JOB!!! sandra, u look great! this was really inspiration! knowing we are all going through this together! I've just started my journey and everytime i feel the urge to eat a Big Mac (damn mcdonalds) or to skip the treadmill.. i hope onto this blog. i'm the only heavy one in my family gaining 80 lbs during a pregnancy 2 years ago. i feel like the black sheep.. but this blog gives me a sense of family. i'm not alone and i love that!

  2. Thank you. I still have a long way to go but I certainly feel so much better than I did years ago.