August, 2008: Biggest Loser may be just the catalyst I need to get in better shape. I'm so tired of being so overweight. My head is getting so fat my ears blend into the side of my head; I haven't been able to cross my legs in I don't know how long. For decades I've been very much overweight. After 36 years of rearing my 4 children, I now have an empty nest, and I'm single. I'm ready to do something about my weight and health.
8-15-08: I am a member of the Laurelaires, the square dancing group in Laurel ; I do so love to dance. And just last Fall I biked 22 miles on the Longleaf Trace-from Jackson Station to Sumrall and back--with some friends from church. And I keep my yard up at home in Laurel. It's my plan to have a house built within the next year, and it would be so much better if I were in good health and had the stamina that I've heard I need to tackle such an undertaking. I work for the City of Laurel in Human Resources as an office assistant.
9-5-08: I am so pleased and blessed to have been chosen as a contestant in the WDAM Biggest Loser contest. It is my sincere hope to be a success along with Yolanda, Amie, Matthew, J. R., and Alicia. I'm sore from last night's workout but optimistic. Encouragement from friends and acquaintances sure is great.
9-8-08: I had a great weekend, invigorated from the exercise and better eating that I've been doing. I look forward to working out at the Live Well Center tonight after work! I feel so much better! I'm also planning to join an indoor cycling group this week or next at JCJC for my "local" exercise. I go square dancing on Tuesday nights. I might as well sell my house and live
out of my van. I'm not home much. But I do need a place to keep my "stuff," so I guess I'll keep the house for now.
9-15-08: I am still so thankful for this contest. For the most part, I have done very well and am so looking forward to all the progress the six of us can make. We have such potential. I feel like the tortoise in the hare and tortoise race; I'm losing weight slower than I'd like, but I'm doing pretty much what I'm supposed to do as far as diet and exercise. As long as I keep on track, I AM a winner. It was great for all 6 of us to be together Thursday p.m. I'm glad we have the weekly weigh-in and meeting. That way I feel close to the group and more connected and involved. The encouragement I'm getting from friends and relatives is extremely helpful. I feel so loved!
9-17-08: I took the opportunity to get some groceries Monday night. I read more labels that night than I ever have before, I guess. Put some stuff back, too. It's really a good thing that we have labels on food; it's surprising some of the stuff we shouldn't eat!
9-18-08: I'm going to the Live Well Center at least three times a week and working out for an hour or two. Sometimes it's a bit tough; but it seems once I get started I get a little peppier and pick up the pace. I also go square dancing Tuesday nights at the Laurel "Y," and I have a Gazelle (exercise equipment) at home facing the TV. I watch good ol' Smokey Mountain videos with great background gospel music which makes it enjoyable. I also have a nice bike; now that the weather is cooling off, I plan to ride around Laurel on my lunch hour and hopefully go to the Long Leaf Trace, which is great. I do know the two weeks I've been working out have been a tremendous help to me. I feel better, healthier, stronger....
Encouragement I'm getting from friends, family, and acquaintances is such a great help to me. And I'm so happy the other 5 contestants are doing so well, too. We had a great meeting last Thursday evening with over 50 pounds lost among us! Pretty good, huh?
9-19-08: We had weigh-in yesterday evening. I lost another 4 pounds which brings my total loss to 11 pounds. Yippee! I also had my first beginner indoor cycling class yesterday morning. First of all the seat feels as if it's made of concrete; secondly, that indoor cycling is not easy. I plan to cheerfully stick with it about twice a week in addition to my other workouts.