Thursday, August 8, 2013

Just One Life ......


I guess none of us need reminding that we get just one life on this earth and how important it is to make sure we look after ourselves.  7 Years ago I used to smoke - I saw the light and one day decided that I didn't want to smoke any longer so I just stopped. It wasn't easy - Tobacco is a destructive addictive drug and I fought the usual demons for a very long time - But I won..........  Then the weight began to build over my frame.  I have gained 40kg's over that 7 year period.  Just under 6 kilograms per year.

2 Months ago I decided enough was enough so I began to watch what I ate - Or rather how much I ate and the quality of the food I was consuming.




I have made many sacrifices and almost have myself off sugar - except for fruit which I won't give up !  I no longer drink soft drink and limit myself to 1 cup of coffee a day.  I drink copious amounts of water and I just purchased myself a juicer so our family can enjoy pure fresh vitamins.  I am pleased to say that I have kissed goodbye just over 8 kilograms in 10 weeks. So I am heading towards losing 2 years worth of weight gain in the coming weeks.


I am extremely proud of myself and know that I have such a long way to go but just wanted to share with you that it can be done....  Baby steps......  You are totally worth the effort - Remember that.

For me the next little barrier is excercise.  I have had 2 knee reconstructions over 20 years ago which have now worn out but I bought a treadmill and try to do a little on it every day.  Slowly but surely this weight is coming off !!  What about you - Do you have any tips for me or any demons of your own you're trying to battle?  A problem shared is a problem halved.

Love and Hugs,

Fee xx


49 comments:

shez said...

hi Fee my story is the same,i have put on the same amount of weight and i gave up smoking 11yrs ago,i need to do something also,thankyou for the motivation and good luck my friend.xx

Melody said...

Well done, that is a fabulous effort.

Helen said...

Fantastic effort great read keep going you should be very proud. I know it can be a battle but keep up the great work.

barb's creations said...

My wake up call was a Christmas photo someone took of me a few years ago and didn't recognise myself I'd gotten so much fatter in the face, had the spare tyres and I had the dreaded canckles :( One of the ways I lost the weight I'd piled on was also like you to watch what I ate and how much I ate as well as just walking 3 times a week for 45 min's ( not going at a fast pace, just getting my body moving ), I soon lost the Kilo's I'd piled on doing it slowly and gradually over a 6 month span. I think like you I need to start doing this again as I can feel the weight starting to re-settle again. Good luck with your new you & lifestyle and remember we're all here cheering you on :) Barb.

Jo in TAS said...

You go girl! Such an inspiration! My demon is the bars of chocolates and packets of chips I walk past everyday. If I could get my colleagues to go without then I would too!

Heleen Groot said...

Congratulations! That is one great result! I keep saying.... It is a lot more fun to get the weight on then it is to take it off again.... I have managed to loose 27 kilograms last year. I did it with Dr. Mike Moreno.... Well not in person, but by using his book. The 17 day diet. It worked wonders for me. And let me tell you, my body doesn't do exercise. I joints are to loose, which give a whole host of interesting challenges. I used my physio exercises as the recommended daily grind. And it worked! It is however, a life long struggle. I will have to keep watching what I eat.....But I do look fab now! Good luck and keep it going. Remember: You can pause, but you cannot stop!

De said...

Well done to you Fee. Keep up the good work. I am needing to start my journey to healthier eating and its a struggle.

Vicki ♥ said...

Well done hunny and I am proud of you too :) it's amazing what we can do when we make up our minds to do it :) keep up the good work and you have inspired me to get my juicer down off the shelf and use it. Hugs Vicki xxx

KaHolly said...

You're doing a great job! Keep up the good work.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Congratulations Fee...you should be so proud....I gave up smoking 25 years ago...best thing I ever did...we try so hard to eat healthy...but my portion sizes are just way to big....you are a great inspiration....

Jeanette said...

Great effort Fee. Yes you should be proud. My weight gain has been worrying me for a while now but i just don't know where to start. Your story has given me motivation to get myself in gear. Hugs,xx

Kiera Vanella said...

Congratulations for taking charge of your health and keep up the good work! You'll never regret taking care of YOU!!

Mimi said...

Way to go Fee!!! I'm at the change of life stage and somehow in the last two years have put on some extra beef!! It isn't excessive but I am short so it shows more!! Thanks for your inspiration and motivation, you are doing it right!!

Noela said...

Good on you Fee. I didn't smoke but gained weight over the years. Lost weight only to gain it again. I have now lost over 14 kgs since before Xmas last year and my weight has been steady for a while now. I still have a treat every now and again and I think this has helped me to stick with it. A trick I use is a smaller plate and a glass of water a 1/2 hour before I eat. Hugs.....

Larissa said...

Well Done Fee!! That's awesome!!! ... I have also started on my journey of weightloss, though I am only in my first week :) I began by working on my exercise, and after losing 4lbs (looks nicer in pounds going down, lol!) in one week of working out every day (I'm working my way through Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred), and writing down everything I eat, I am disgusted to realise that if I'd eaten cleaner I could have lost even more in this first week! ... Soft drink, specifically Pepsi Max, chocolate, and soft cheese are my downfall ... REALLY need to cut out the soft drink, and lower my sugar intake. Thanks for the inspiration to start working afresh on my diet/meal plans :) ... Bet you are feeling amazing!!! Keep it up!! I'm cheering you on!!! xx

desertskyquilts said...

I'm so glad to hear about your success, Fiona! When you started, I did, too, but something came up (a friend's terminal illness) and I need to start over. I've been stress eating, but because of the stairs, I haven't gained! (or lost =P )

Liz said...

that is great .that you have had a complete lifestyle change (that is the buzz word) for losing weight).
Looking forward to hearing more of your loss. I have started walking again after having severe bursitis so I am hoping the weight will start to shed as well.

Dawn said...

You'll have to wear a hat with big flowers on it at the airport so I'll recognize you.well done.

Wendy B said...

Oh hunny, so proud of you!!!!! And I'm with you.....baby steps and the best advice I've got is DONT beat yourself up if you let yourself down one day.......keep on going.....you can't eat an elephant in one bite!!!!! (a bit of a funny dieting analogy isn't it?? LOL....but it works)
xox love n sweet hugs
Wendy :o)

Vicki said...

Well done, Fee :) That is fantastic! Won't need any future knee reconstructions after your weight blitz. XX

suz said...

Congratulations! I'm working on losing weight I've put on over the last 30 years. I'm eating lots of vegetables, fruit, turkey, chicken and salmon. I eat Cheerios (an all-oat cereal) in the morning, I eat a large lunch and a light dinner/supper (I get home late from work) I drink tons of water and go to the gym 4-6 days a week. I've lost 55 pounds since January. I think the biggest thing is to forgive yourself if you "slip up". Don't get concerned or fret, just make sure the next meal is what you are supposed to eat and go forward. This is going to be a life-style change because as we get older losing weight gets harder. Also, don't "forbid" yourself if occasionally you really, really want something - just have a tiny bit of it; otherwise, you'll start craving it and possibly go overboard. Surprisingly, I've discovered that things I really, really had to have...aren't all that great anymore and sometimes just that taste is all I want and I'm happy. Good luck!

Debbie said...

Congratulations that's fantastic. Give your a pat on the back. Keep up the good work.

Vicki said...

Well done Fee, that's wonderful. You should be very proud of yourself. Vicki

Jan Gartlan said...

Great work! You should be very proud of yourself

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