~NEW CLOTHES ARE COMING!~
Yesterday while jabbering away about Shabby Cottage Chic Easter Eggs I mentioned that I had recently lost 25 pounds. I do believe I received more direct emails about this than any other subject of late. And so today, I'm going to try and answer all your questions about how I lost the pounds in hopes you will be inspired to deal with your own weight issues.
~I PEDAL AWAY EVERY SINGLE DAY~
According to information I found at WebMD, I've never been in the obese category. For this I'm profoundly thankful. Losing any amount of weight and keeping it off isn't easy! Since my argument for years and years has been that I only needed to lose a FEW pounds, it became commonplace for me to 'excuse away' the excess weight I had gained over the past fifteen years as something that 'just wasn't a big deal'.
~MR. AGPMAN IS LOSING, TOO!~
Well~last Christmas I caught the FLU and it landed in me at my Doctor's doorstep. I had avoided stepping upon Dr. D's scale for some time, but after seeing a few photographs taken of me last September at a friend's wedding I figured it was time to face the music. I knew I'd packed on some unwanted pounds, but imagine my shock when I watched the numbers on the scale climb to an all time high! I was sick and near faint and trust me when I tell you it wasn't from the Flu.
~I ONLY WISH!~
I'm not sure what to call that moment of distinct clarity. I can only say that over the years of gaining and losing, gaining and losing more weight than I can say that I finally decided that ENOUGH was ENOUGH. No matter what I was going to get myself back down to a healthy weight and nothing and no one was going to stop me. I was stunned and totally disappointed in ME and I couldn't believe I had allowed my life to control me instead of me controlling my life. I've seen firsthand what obesity and heart disease can do to people I love and vowed to never fall into that often preventable trap if at all possible.
~FEELING YOUNG AT HEART~
And so...for me this new and fresh journey began with being totally honest with myself. I mean...I've heard all my life that you can't change what you don't acknowledge. I first had to admit that I needed to lose 35-40 pounds and NOT the 10-15 I constantly complained and whined about. The next thing I did was join Weight Watchers Online and I'm totally crazy-happy with their new Points Plus Program! Although I totally understand there are people out there who need outside motivation to stay on track with a weight loss plan, I am not one of those people. I'm happy to do the program within my own home...no weighing in public, meetings, etc.! My motivation was simply that I was tired of feeling sluggish and crummy as well as not recognizing the person staring back at me in the mirror. I also secretly knew that if I jumped on the Weight-Watchers-Wagon there was a good chance my Mr. AGPMan would do the same. I was spot-on in my hopes of him joining me, too! My guy is down 17 pounds and looking and feeling great!!! HANDSOME AS EVVVVAH! I'm soo proud of him!
There you have it! As of a week ago I've lost more than half the weight I hoped to lose! I have about 15 pounds to go to reach my goal weight and trust me when I say I feel the happy dance coming on! For me it's been all about getting healthy...the side benefit is that I have a great excuse to get some brand spanking new clothes and even shoes. Even my feet have SRUNK (not kidding!). Trust me when I say~ if I can do this then you can do this!
Love to you from...
The Ever Shrinking