Monday, June 6, 2016

Hang In There!

Hi Everyone!  Happy Monday!  So I've decided do something about my health and my weight. The years between my sister's terminal cancer diagnosis and the year after she died I gained over 120lbs.  Sad by true.  I've always had problems with my weight and have successfully lost almost 100lbs twice in my life and here I am working on lucky number 3.  Before Lisa died I was doing low carb for about 2 years and had gotten down from 280 to 200 and then we found out her cancer had again returned and was terminal.  Between that year--2009 and 2010 I gained all that I had lost and more.  I'm a depressive eater and believe you me no one says salad makes them happy.  Mashed potatoes and gravy, chicken & dumplings, tapioca pudding, mac n cheese those are the things that make me happy.  So that's what I ate and ate and ate and ate and soon here I was heavier than I had ever been at over 300lbs.  For the longest time I didn't care.  I didn't care it happened to me again, I didn't care I knew better and shouldn't have let it happen.  But then slowly things in my life started to level out and I realized how lucky I am at my age--53 and my size 323lbs I didn't have diabetes like my father had or like his mother my grandmother had.  I was lucky I still had my gall bladder.  I was lucky I didn't have high blood pressure.  And honestly how long was that going to last??? I am like a ticking time bomb for some serious health issues to hit.  So I could either just give up and be old and fat or I could do something again about my weight.

So I started back on low carb.  Which as a blood type of 0- works really well.  It's actually not difficult for me at all to do low carb even though all my comfort foods are high carb foods.  In February I started following a low carb lifestyle again and in April I started walking.  Walking is hard for someone who is large like me and it hurt like hell.  I started by simply walking around my office once every hour.  Then I started going into our huge warehouse and walking that every hour.  Then I started going in early in the mornings so I could walk around the warehouse twice.  I graduated to walking around the warehouse several times on lunch and on Saturday I did my first 4k walk in forever.  I wanted to do it very badly and even though I had only been able to go for 35 mins at one time I was successful on Saturday.  I did the whole 4k AND I didn't come in last!  I had A LOT of support from my family and friends.  Even though I was pretty wiped out on Saturday I walked a mile on Sunday and today for lunch I walked two miles.  It's hard and it's hot and it's sweaty as hell which is so gross but I'm doing it.

I'm doing it because I have to.

I'm doing it because I need to.

I'm down 29 lbs I still have a long way to go.  I'd like to only weigh 200 lbs for my niece's wedding June 2017.  If I don't make it, I don't make it but it's not going to stop me from trying.

I have to give myself these little pep talks so last night I decided to do this really cute little "Hang In There" mani
How cute is this??  Born Pretty Store BP-59 over OPI Susi Says Feng Shui and Kiko 655
I topcoated my Kiko because I need to have glitter in my textured polish LOL!
Even though all I've been doing isn't easy I keep saying to myself "just hang in there" I can do it I just need to stay focused.

To anyone fighting the fight against obesity and working on getting healthy--HANG IN THERE!


  1. Most inspiring nail art blog post ever! I'm 42, weigh in at 270 lbs (need to be more like 170), and sometimes wonder if I'm too old and fat to get away with nail art. This post makes me want to not give up, to keep trying to lose weight, and to keep on painting! Thank you for your honest post!

    1. You're never too old for nail art and trying to be healthy. Keep on on trying and hang in there!

  2. Good for you Laurie! I'm so proud of you! Keep up the good work <3

  3. Congratulations on your weight loss. I think that is fantastic. I have high cholesterol and high blood pressure. I started this week. I have lost 3lbs far. Try looking at that sight. They even have recipes for healthy brownies and cookies.