Saturday, April 27, 2013

The start of something big...

or someone smaller!

My sister and I recently returned from a lovely vacation in Cancun, Mexico -- a time to relax and recharge.  We spent most of our days in leisure -- lounging poolside, warming in the sun, floating in pool, strolling along the white sands of the Caribbean.

One day we went snorkeling, which while a great deal of fun, could not be called leisurely!  The tour was on a schedule:  x amount of time for snorkeling, x amount of time for lunch, x amount of time in the tourist town on Isla de Mujeres.  It all flew by much too fast as we were moved here and there through the schedule!

As is often the case on vacation tours go, a professional photographer was on hand to capture the moment for us and, of course, sell his finished product.  We bought two of three photos, deciding we didn't want to pay $15 for a photo of the whales in the water - we looked HUGE!  I wish now we would have purchased that photo.  It would be the BEST before shot of me ever.  If the TV camera adds 10 lbs to a person, a "from the boat while you are in the water" shot seems to add 25 lbs.  The reality?  It didn't ADD those 25 lbs.  They are there, taunting me.

Well it's time to say a final Adios! to that extra baggage once and for all. 

I'm approaching 54 years old and have carried this extra baggage for way, way too long. I've decided by 55, I want to be healthier!

Today I START!

Before photo - taken at the Holiday Inn Arenas, poolside, Cancun, Mexico.  That's me on the right.

Starting Stats:

April 27, 2013

Height: 5'8"
Weight:  249 lbs


Food:  Green Juicing, protein smoothies, limit wheat and sugar, eat more lean proteins and vegetables

Exercise:  Start with stretching and walking, utilize the pool when it opens for the season.

Goals throughout the journey:

1.  Report weekly progress
2.  Find some great recipes to tease my palate
3.  Try one new vegetable or spice each week

Weekly goals:

Weeks 1-2: Juice 5 of 7 days each week, gradually reduce Caffeine Free Diet Coke intake while adding water as a replacement until reaching 1 per day.  Eliminate sandwiches to reduce carbs and sugars.

Week 3 - continue with the juicing/eating/drinking plan above, add walking around the neighborhood working up to two complete circuits of the wishbone streets.

(More weekly goals to come.)


The plan is achieve the ultimate goal by my 55th Birthday on May 13, 2014.  That means average weight loss of approximately 6 lbs per month.  A totally achievable goal!   I will be working with my doctor, getting regular check-ups, while I move to a healthier me!

It took almost 54 years to get where I am, I won't change over night. 

Forgive myself my errors, learn from my missteps and keep moving forward, even if I wobble off the path!

Aaaaaaaand sheeeeeee's off! 

First step taken - green juice for breakfast today, glass of water at my side...

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