Friday, September 4, 2009

Weekly Update Number 1

My Week In Review:

1. Exercise: I started power walking twice a day which is a HUGE step for me because I am finally moving and it both feels great and is helping get these pounds moving in a negative direction. I am also working out with 1 pound weights every other day. I have to stop occasionally, but that is okay because eventually I won't have to. I am walking further and longer each day...point the point is, I am moving. Eventually, I want to get a bike and sometime after the new year, I want to join a gym.

2. Healthy Eating: This is going really well. I have been eating 3 well balanced, and "Clean" meals and one snack a day. I don't eat after 7pm and I don't eat carbs after lunch. I keep a notebook of everything I put into my mouth...even if it is a piece of gum. I know that may sound obsessive, but with a tendency to overeat or eat subconsciously, this is really helping to keep an accountability factor in my daily life. I am currently consuming about 1,800 calories a day, but am not counting them...I know through much practice how to stay near that goal number.

3. Water: Drinking lots of water...sometimes to the point where I think I might float away. I still have been true to myself, by not drinking soda's either diet or otherwise.

4. Self Talk and Stress: I am practicing being my own cheerleader more and not listening to those tapes of negativity that are stuck in my brain. I plan, plan, plan...and I anticipate. I have to until I know there is no way I can be derailed by unexpected events. The added bonus of the exercise is that it helps a lot with stress.

Hard Working Man agreed to take my initial start photos. These were taken last Friday, August 28, 2009. My weight was 261.4 I look at that ass and cringe...where in the hell did that thing come from? It has to be a tumor. One good thing is on it's way outta here! The second photo should be a poster that reads....THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU OVER EAT AND DO NOTHING ABOUT IT!!!

One thing I notice is...I was standing up straight, but because the size of my middle, it looks like I was hunched over. This was a very sad woman who was using food as a drug...not any more.

Now...the part we have all been waiting number for this week is: 258.2!!!! I have lost 3.2 pounds this week. I can not begin to tell you how excited I am. I feel like for the first time, I am changing my life for the better. Like I said before, this is not a diet for is a life style change.

Would everyone else, PLEASE do me a favor and post your updates...the good, the bad...I don't care if you get on here and tell me to just shut up. I don't want to be the only one posting...and your posts really do help me so much...they encourage me and when I get those quick pangs that I can't or don't want to do this...reading them puts me right back on track.


  1. WOW Marlene! That is fantastic! 3.2 pounds! Go YOU! I love walking. I think by adding that is why I have lost a few pounds. And I feel so good afterwards. It could be why I am feeling better. I am sooo very proud of you! You can do this! No wait....WE CAN DO THIS! You are my hero!

  2. It has to be a tumor -ROFL!!!

    Seriously, you are an inspiration. And I know this is the last time we will see you at this size. The ever-shrinking Marlene!! You are awesome!!

  3. I can't wait until the baby is born and I can work on losing this weight (again). You all have inspired me to start trying again! Will you have room for another member come December? Support is most definitely one of the most important steps in success!

  4. You go girl!

    I'm so proud of you and I love the new tone I hear in your writings!