Friday, September 21, 2012

The Way It Was…

I am reposting this old post from September 2012 to update you on my weight loss program. 

"I believe I have been on a diet of one kind or another, all my life.  Now don't get me wrong, I haven't always been overweight but I thought I was (even when I wasn't…and sometimes….. I WAS."

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"In 2009, I spent several months, working out, walking, swimming and had lost 28 pounds. I felt good about that but it had been a major struggle to lose even that much. I was down to 160….not where I wanted to be but it was a start.
As you can see….a year later I was pushing 180…again!  Yep, that’s me.  Obviously, I didn't have many pictures taken, why would I? "

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"I don’t look very happy (I know I was very unhappy) and it was a struggle to find the energy to do the things I wanted to do… one being my vintage trailer remodel.  I was also struggling with health issues; thyroid, depression, and unbenounced to me, insulin insufficiency.  I never wore anything but sweats…ugh!"

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"Last winter, I took the bull by the horns and decided I had to walk an hour, 5 days a week for the rest of my life or I would never keep it off.  Luckily, I live near a facility at Eastern Washington University, where I can walk indoors in inclement weather. 
At the end of June, I decided to get help with the last pounds and fine tune the flab.  My daughter had been seeing a local trainer, Cindy Bourgoin, and we got dialed in and she has helped me tremendously!  I love that what she does involves every part of the body, diet, health, spiritual; she‘s just wonderful.  So encouraging….and she makes you toe the mark, and no guilt trips.  She also does Skype, so you don't even have to leave the house!
I had a goal to get myself on a horse and ride through the old Lewis and Clark trail this month and she helped me make that happen!  Thanks, Cindy!  It meant a lot to me to reach my goal! "

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"Today, I am at 145….haven't seen that in years!  I am feeling great and I think it shows!"

"I reposted this, as a request, and thought I would update you....I am still working out with my trainer twice a week, walking and have added additional yoga.  Love that yoga, if anything, this probably has helped me the most.  When I started I had plantar fasciitis and it was so painful to walk.  None of the home remedies helped but the stretching in yoga did it.  I haven't had an issue with it since." 

"I love the way I feel after a class.  Relaxed and centered.  And it has trimmed and strengthen my core.  And I am now down to 138.  Never thought I would see that again....that is now 3 sizes.  I still have to wrap my head around what I look like...I still see an imperfect person...it may take more time to get the mental in place...ha!"  

I now weight 136 and I am darn proud of it......haven't seen this weight range for eons!  I still work out with my fantastic trainer, Cindy Bourgoin, twice a week.  I walk and do yoga.  I have just incorporated it all into my life.




17 comments:

  1. wow Karen, you look fabulous!!
    you must be so proud of yourself!
    xo

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  2. You look mahhhhvelous. Congrats ... I know what a struggle it has been for you and I'm proud of your accomplishment my friend.

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  3. Karen you look fabulous, and YES, it certainly shoes when you feel good!!! I know too!! I lost 55 pounds 5 years ago, through Weight Watchers, and running 5 mornings a week. I had a huge life change, and had to stop my morning run. I have, over the past 5 years, regained about 30 of those pounds, and really must take it off now!!! You have inspired me!!
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  4. That's wonderful! Congratulations!

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  5. Not only does it show in the body but I love how it shows in the smile! Way to go!! Now what is you next adventure goal????

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  6. Yes, it shows. And, by the way, you look awesome. Keep up the good work.

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  7. You look amazing and you are my daily inspiration!! I love you to bits you skinny minny you!!

    xo

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  8. You look great and I bet feel even better overall.
    I had been one to gain and loose 20-35 lbs my whole life. (mother did the same).
    Last summer, my son was getting married and I decided on July 1 to drop 20 lbs for the wedding on July 30th. Did it and surprised at how easy it was walking 2-3 brisk walks a day and doing the paleo diet (protein every meal, all the fruits/veggies I wanted)cut out dairy and grains) except for small amounts of cheese & ice cream. I went on to get down to my drive's license weight 2 months later. Have kept it off plus another 9-10 lbs for a year now. The secret to keeping the weight off for me is weighing myself everyday. If the scale is up, I cut the bad carbs for a day or two and then walk, walk, walk.

    Keep up the great work.
    Nancy, Olympia, WA

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  9. Oh my goodness...... I thought you looked good in pictures I've seen of you previously, but you look absolutely FABULOUS!!!

    I know and understand the weight issue. When we're short it makes it harder..... I struggle with 10 lbs off and on.... grrr!

    Taking the weight off and getting in shape sure helps the mental attitude for me.

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  10. hey cowgirl,,,, so true, you look fantastic....
    Check out your photo in the last SOTF luncheon photo.... yep, you look Mah-vo-lus Dhaling! lol!
    >^..^<

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  11. In my head I did the happy dance for you, not sure it's the same one you think of, but it means you go girl!

    ~Bliss~

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  12. Good for you, Karen. It is hard to make these changes and keep at it....but you did and you look marvelous!!! That was a great accomplishment!

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  13. Congrats on your achievement! They always say, "the first step is the hardest."

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  14. I've been dealing with thyroid issues for a couple of years now too...you are an inspiration!

    Terry

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  15. thanks Karen...that last pic is amazing!..i will e-mail you in a bit

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  16. My daughters want me to go to yoga with them, I'm a chicken. Haven't done it since I was a young woman.

    Bliss

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  17. What a great story! I'm starting slowly trying to live a more healthy life. I've cut down on coffee and candy and now I need to bundle up and get myself outdoors and WALK! I used to walk every day when we had a dog. When she passed away, I quit. Now I need to get back into a routine of exercising to get my energy back. Keep up the good work!

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