I’m Shrinking!

I must say, that now that I’m down 87 pounds, I feel GRRRRREAT! 😀 Over the past week, I’ve really noticed a monumental difference in the way I feel. It’s as if I suddenly got smaller, seemingly overnight. My thighs feel leaner, and my clothes are starting to really feel roomier! I had a 7 pound loss this week, too! I bought a couple shirts in a men’s 2X (I typically wear a 3X), knowing that they’d most likely fit soon. Well, I got home and tried them on, and they fit already!

By the time I go to Florida for Christmas week, it’s looking like I’m going to be down 100 pounds from where I was last year when my mom and I last went (and from June, for that matter!). I never would have imagined that this could actually HAPPEN! A year ago, I had no game plan yet, no thoughts of even considering Ideal You. It wasn’t until around late April when I was sitting in the recliner one day, munching on Easter candy, that my mom said to me, “when are you going to do something about your weight? You’re slowly killing yourself.” I had been wanting to lose, and had TRIED to lose, for the past 16 years, to no avail. I had gotten to a point where I figured, “what’s the use? It’s never going to happen.” We had seen Ideal You advertised on TV and on billboards, and my mom made a deal with me: if I agreed to at least go to an open house to check the program out, she’d go with me, as a support. I figured it couldn’t hurt, and that’s where it all started!

So, here I am, just over 5 months and -87 pounds later! I can MOVE. I have stamina. I can now sweep a floor, mop it, and then move on to other tasks, whereas before, I’d be winded just from sweeping a room! I can sit comfortable again. I no longer hover over a chair with caution as I go to sit in it, wondering if it will collapse under me. I look in the mirror, and a see myself: overweight, yes, but NOT obese (ok, technically I am, but I don’t FEEL it like I once did). I look HUMAN again.

The more progress I make, the more I want to keep pushing forward. I’m about halfway there, and there’s no turning back! Here’s to hopefully reaching my goal by my birthday!

Bigger Things!

The exciting news I’m about to share is that I’ve accepted a position as a Behavior Management Coordinator! Finally, after years of aspiring to work in the behavior sector of the human services field, I’ve made my dream come true! I will be working for the same organization that I’ve been working relief for over the past 14 years.

As hard as it was to break the news to two of my supervisors that I will have to leave behind my regular shifts, what made it a little easier was the fact that I’m going to stay on the schedule as a relief and respite staff. Therefore, I’m not going anywhere! The new position is Monday through Friday from 8am-4:30pm. I will continue to pick up relief hours at the apartments I work at under the same organization, at the house I currently work full-time, and in residential for the agency where I work after school. I’m sad that I have to give up my after school shifts, but at the same time, I’ll continue to work respite with some of the kids. All in all, it’s the best of many worlds! I’m going to officially have 4 jobs!

As a Behavior Management Coordinator, I will be assisting with behavior support plans and ensuring that staff are following them. I will also analyze behavior and come up with possible solutions to maladaptive behavior. I will be working alongside a Behavior Intervention Specialist. This position will feed my analytical mind which is always ready to learn something new, as well as allow me to continue to do what I enjoy most: helping others!

My start date is December 10th. A new adventure awaits!

Slow and Steady Wins the Race…

After reaching my first mini-goal of under 300 pounds, I had a small setback. According to my next weigh-in, it was discovered that I had gained 1.4 pounds. I know what the culprit was though: Prednisone.

About a month ago, my ankle began to hurt. I didn’t think much of it, until I noticed the pain increasing and my range of motion becoming narrower. The pain and stiffness still weren’t keeping me from any of my regular activities, but I wanted to nip any potential issues in the bud. I researched using my trusty friend, Google, and came upon posterior tibial tendonitis. An appointment with my podiatrist, complete with x-rays, confirmed this. I was given the brand name of insoles that would help to support my arches, and prescribed a round of Prednisone as well as physical therapy, all of which are seeming to help so far!

I was distraught over having gained at first, but everyone I talked to assured me my gain had been due to the Prednisone, as it causes water retention. The following week, I was down almost 2 pounds again. Heading back in the right direction, I’m hoping to be down in the 280s come Saturday! 294 pounds and counting DOWN! 🙂

I Made It!

I received what was probably the best news at Saturday’s weigh-in that I’ve received yet: I FINALLY DID IT! I’m 294.6 and OUT of the 300s! I was hoping that I would get there this week, and thought that maybe I could do it, but after having lost only a smidge under a pound last week, I wasn’t convinced. Well, to hop on that scale and discover that I lost a whole 8.2 POUNDS – that’s my greatest loss to date – I was elated!

The end is in sight. While I’m still a far cry from 200, I’ve reached a milestone. I could easily be in the 280s at my next weigh-in. I’m losing quickly, and it’s getting real. I’m confident that I’ll be celebrating in February, or at least early March. I’m already feeling LOADS better, and things are only going to continue to get better from here on out!

Not Out of the Woods Yet, and Other Adventures

Well, the results of last Saturday’s weigh-in revealed that I’ve still got 2.9 pounds to go until I’m under 300. While I had been hoping to get there, I’m not letting it get me down.

To follow the trend of how my weight loss has been looking, it seems that whenever I have a week where I’m slow to lose, I pick back up the following week. You may remember from about a month ago, that I only lost .2 pounds one week, only to lose 6 the next! I’m continuing to follow my diet, eat a lot of veggies, and I’m trying to remember to take my vitamins every day. I did it today! 🙂

I also had the busiest day of my LIFE yesterday! After working the overnight on Monday, I went right to a training at 9, followed by a podiatrist appointment at 11. Then, I grabbed lunch and stopped home for about a half hour, only to head to after school at 2:15. I left at 5 so I could get to the sensory-friendly trick-or-treat event I was volunteering at by 5:30! Finally, I picked up my takeout dinner, some chicken souvlaki, at the Olive Tree, where I ran into my aunt and uncle. Once I got home and enjoyed my meal, I crashed at about 8:30! I woke up breifly around 9:45 and headed to bed, where I slept until 7:30 this morning.

My appointment with my podiatrist went well. The reason I went was for the ankle pain I’ve been experiencing for about the past month. It hasn’t been bad enough to hinder my regular activities, however it had been only getting worse, and I wanted to nip it in the bud. It turns out I diagnosed myself correctly once again: posterior tibial tendonitis. Once I researched my symptoms, I was 99% certain that was the culprit! An examination and a few x-rays proved me right 🙂 My podiatrist gave me the name of a pair of insoles to purchase, sent a script for Prednisone to the pharmacy, and wrote me an order for physical therapy. So far, the insoles and Prednisone seem to be relieving some of the pain!

The trick-or-treat was fun! I went decked out in a Pikachu t-shirt, hat, and tail, and enjoyed seeing the faces of all the trick-or-treaters as we presented them with the option of a glow stick, a piece of candy, or a bracelet. Most of our “customers” were small children, and the candy seemed to be the treat of choice. A few of the kids were very excited to see Pikachu 🙂

Today was a decent day as well. After being awake for a couple hours this morning, I started to get tired again as I often do. I set my alarm for 11:30 so I could take a short nap. Well, 11:30 approached, and I told myself “one more half hour” and set my alarm accordingly. I dozed back off and had a slew of vivid dreams, and never heard the second alarm. The next thing I knew, I woke up and it was 1:40! I went straight to work and got there about 5 minutes late. I felt really bad and kept beating myself up over it, but reminded myself that I didn’t intend for it to happen on purpose. I promised my supervisor I’d be there at 2:15 tomorrow like usual! Aside from all of that, after school was fun and relaxing! I hung out with two kids in the sensory room, where they took turns on the swing, and I tuned my phone to Sirius XM 50 The Groove. Before I knew it, my shift was over, and I then took one of said kids to McDonald’s for dinner, and dropped him off at home.

So that’s where I’m at…not too much lighter this time around, but keeping busy! I can’t believe tomorrow is Thursday already. I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend in a couple days 🙂

Another Four Pounds Gone!

I’m 4 pounds lighter as of this past Saturday! My current weight is 303.4. My goal of 200 is slowly approaching, as I get closer and closer to it each week.

I’ve been managing to stick to the diet. I must say, my favorite foods on the plan are Chocolate Soy Puffs (which are similar to Whoppers except they DON’T taste nasty, haha) and the Chocolate Crispy Squares (they taste just like a Rice Krispy Treat, complete with icing!). Being able to eat 8 grams of lean meats a day has been nice, too…that’s a decent portion, when you think of it! Salad has been my best friend, as I eat it multiple times a day.

While I really DO miss my sweets, pasta, pizza, and breads, it hasn’t been hard to cut them out, at the same time. The key is that I need to keep reminding myself that I WILL be able to eat them again in the future, and that next time around, I’ll be used to eating proper portions, so I will know how not to go overboard. I’m hoping to make the “200s club” this coming Saturday…fingers crossed! 🙂

Making Progress!

After about 3 months on the Ideal You diet, I’m happy to announce that I’m down just shy of 60 pounds! I weighed in at 307 this past Saturday, which is a far cry from where I started, at 366. This is the most I’ve ever lost at once in my LIFE.

The more progress I make, the more motivated I am. Early on, in any journey, whether it be working towards better health, going for a walk, reading a book, etc…it’s easy to want to give up, turn around, and go back the way you came. I’ve gone too far to turn back now. I’m here, I did it, and the only way to move is forward!

I’m looking forward to what the next couple of weeks have in store. All I know is that I’ve been feeling worlds better than I did at my highest weight. 200s, here I come!