It's Delle!

Someone on the WW boards mentioned they read my blog (news to me, I didn't think anybody stopped by here aside from my best friend!), so I thought I should put a little blurb about me. I made this journal so I can keep track of the things I'm doing and how I'm thinking and feeling as I journey along the road to getting thinner. It's not intended to be written to an audience, it is honestly something I am writing to myself, and I find it so helpful to be able to look back even 4 months ago and see what kinds of things I was many of our experiences in life slip through the cracks, and I want to remember as many of them as I can in relation to my weight loss; the good, the bad, and even the oh so ugly ones!

So many people say they've struggled with their weight for years, but this is not tue for me. I've been overweight from my earliest memories, and morbidly obese all of my adult life, but I was not the type to yo-yo diet, so in that sense I was not struggling. I don't know what my highest weight was because I didn't have a scale to weigh myself when I started getting set to lose weight. In the year before I started WW I started trying to eat less junk food and to get a little activity into my routine. When I started WW I was 288 lbs and wearing a size 22, and I know the year before I was wearing a size 26 (which was tight on me), so I'm guessing I was easily in the low 300 lb-range at my highest weight.

For the first year of my weight loss journey I was incredibly focussed and motivated. I was keeping my weight loss a secret from my family back home in Newfoundland, and my goal was to surprise them on my trip home in July. Needless to say it was quite a shock to a lot of people when I showed up over 100 lbs lighter without any warning!

Right now I am getting back on track after my trip back home. I wasn't following WW for a while due to comp issues, not to mention life issues, and I've gained back some of the weight I had lost. I got away from journalling, but I'm back at it again and am using it to help me get my focus back. I also like using it to keep track of my activity, although I've not had an organised execise regime for a few months now due to an injury. I'm getting back into my activity, however, and I will be updating all my numbers soon.

As I said, I don't write in this blog with an audience in mind, but if anyone had any questions or comments on anything here, please don't hesitate to post!

BTW, the name of my blog came from a comment my supervisor at work made one day when I was in the middle of a full-blown rant about something I had to do that was infuriating me. He interrupted me and said something to the tune of, "Don't worry about it you don't have to do it. And my goodness look at you! Where are you going, everytime I see you, you're smaller! It's crazy, you're the incredible shrinking woman!!" The moment was funny and unexpected and seemed to sum up my life right now, so I came home and re-titled my blog.

Now all I need is a cape...

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Praise Jesus!

Miracles do happen! No gain for my WI this week, that is always so motivating when I am expecting one! Two pounds to go till I reach my 50...maybe next week!

Right now I am disgustingly proud of myself. I did something that I have been contemplating for months, but have never been brave enough to try until tonight. I tackled the stairs in my building and attempted high-intensity exercise for the first time!!!!! With dark coming so early, and me getting home so late from work these days, I'm not having a chance to get my river walks in. I had intended to go today, since I didn't have to work, but it was raining and with the temp dropping my ice phobia starts to kick in. I've known once winter sets in I'll need some other way of getting my activity in, and the more weight I work off, the more I'll need to step up the intensity if I don't want to spend every free moment I have exercising. The stairs in my building have always been there, and I've always thought about them, but to be honest I was scared of them too. When I decided earlier today to give them a try, I was in a state of low level apprehension all afternoon. I was worried I wouldn't be able to handle it, that after a couple of minutes I would poop out. As long as I didn't try, it was always there as my backup, but if I tried and couldn't do it, then it would no longer be an option, and I'd be in a bad space come winter. Not to mention how down I'd feel for not being able to do it. Stairs are somewhat of an issue with me, I hate being in public and huffing after a few flights when no one else is, especially when taking them with a friend who is fresh and fine and I end up feeling so self-conscious. Well, I just showed myself that I can kick those stairs' ARSE and then some! 20 MINUTES BABY.....OH YEAH!!! Yes, after a while I was huffing and puffing, and yes, I sweated like a pig, but I still did it! Silly me forgot to keep track of how many times I went up and down, but according to how long it was taking me each time, I think it was 8 times up 7 flights of stairs and down again. I am so thrilled!!! Once a couple years ago I had to take the stairs here, and I thought I was going to pass out....that was one time going up! My legs were shaking and I was panting for air, I think it was 15 min before I got back to normal physically. It's not just working off pounds, I am getting in shape in other ways too! I'm gaining muscle, and I am getting more fit aerobically, or however you would say it. I don't care how you say it, all that matters is that it is working, and I am doing things I never thought I could! Now, to make soon as I get the bones back in my legs...LOL!

Earned 11 APs today: 20 min low-intensity DDR, 60 min mod-intensity DDR, 20 min stairs

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