Linda Boutwell's Biggest Loser Blog - Sept. 15-19

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.