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clipart_sickI’ve been home sick with a really bad cold yesterday and today.  This particular bug has been making the rounds through my school, and I’m actually surprised that I evaded it for as long as I did.  The usual winter cold – bad sore throat, stuffy head, runny nose, and a bit of trouble breathing.

In the past I would’ve found this to be the perfect excuse to skip my workouts and just sit on the couch all day and watch TV or read.  Well not this time.  This time I was determined to fit some form of workouts in anyway.  I’ve heard that if it’s above the chest, you can still workout, but if it’s below the chest (meaning a stomach virus, etc), you should take it easy.  So I decided to see what I was capable of.

Yesterday I started out on the stationary bike, figuring that it would be a lot less taxing that trying the elliptical.  I did it while watching The Bachelor (this season my deal with myself is that the only way I watch the show is while I’m working out), and made it through the first individual date, or 18 minutes. Not too shabby.  I followed it up with Tone It Up‘s Love Your Arms & Abs workout (15 min).  Later in the afternoon I took Sofi on a short walk (15 min) around the neighborhood, just to get some fresh air.

Today I again watched Juan Pablo entertain the girls on a group soccer date while I rode the stationary bike (18 minutes).  Then my mom came over to try Tone It Up’s Love Your Booty routine (30 minutes) with me.  I’m also planning on taking Sofi for another short walk later this afternoon (about 15 min).

I can’t tell you how proud of myself I am!  Sure, the cardio workouts weren’t that intense, but with this cold, I definitely felt like I was pushing myself.  And the toning exercises are challenging, cold or not.  Either way, I didn’t let being sick become an excuse to skip my workout as I surely would have in the past.  I mean, c’mon – I’m sick and feeling lousy – what better excuse not to workout?  But that’s not who I am anymore.

These days I actually miss my workouts when I don’t do them.  I used to hear people say that when I was heavier and think they were full of it, but I can honestly tell you now that it’s true for me.  How times have changed! I feel like a completely different person than I did when I weighed 315 pounds, so it was almost like I NEEDED to workout when I had this cold, just to show myself how much I have truly transformed.  Mind and body.

It’s little moments like this that add up to show me the new person I’m becoming.  Now excuse me while I go make another cup of David’s Tea.


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This morning I made the call to the SF Medical Weight Management program (now known as SF MWM on this blog), and found out some great info:

  • The start-up costs are $325
  • The monthly fee for blood work, urine analysis, and group classes is $350
  • The cost of the “food” (shakes, bars, etc.) is $78 per week
  • The have “intake” days once a month, and the next one that I can join is April 3rd
  • One week after the intake date, you begin the fasting program
  • Even though MV is starting a month before me, she and I will be in the same weekly class.  It will be nice to have someone I know doing this program with me.

So, I’ve decided to do it. I am extremely excited about this chance to make a life-changing effect on my weight. It is a bit surreal to think that I can lose so much weight so quickly and completely transform my body. Not only that, but I will finally attain the “thing” that has been at the top of my life’s To Do list for years — lose 100 pounds and be a healthier, happier me. It’s all within reach, and I can hardly believe it.

Now I know this is no miracle cure. As I’ve written before, I know that many people have done this and failed because they saw it as a short term solution and not part of a longer term process of committing to a new lifestyle. I see this fasting program as a means to an end. By that I mean that it is a way for me to lose a good deal of weight in a relatively short period of time. This way I can stay motivated and get on with the rest of my life. If I only had 30 pounds to lose, I would continue SBD and that would be that, because the goal would be attainable in a reasonable amount of time. I’m not in a huge rush, but c’mon, I’ve been over 200 pounds for more than 10 years, and it’s time to be back in the 100s. I deserve it, and I want it to happen sooner rather than later. Call me impatient, but it’s how I feel. I’m not getting any younger, afterall, and there’s so much more life for me to live, and I want to do it at a healthy, normal weight.

Now, I know that I need to make significant changes to my lifestyle and attitude towards food in order for me to be successful in the long term. But, I’ve proven to myself that my mindset is different by beginning the SBD. I’m determined to make a positive change, and I know that once I spend all this money and go through these sacrifices, I’m not going to throw it all away by not maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

I’ll let you know more about this once I go to the intake day on April 3rd. Until then, I am going to concentrate on SBD and begin gearing myself up for this fasting.

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