14 April 2010
Weigh in: 137 kg
Weight loss to date: 17 kg
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Another week has flown by and I can’t believe how fast the year is passing.
I know that it may sound false, but you all don’t know just how much your words of support mean to me and how they help me strive to achieve my goals. The comments both on the blog and on the donation page of “Dragons Abreast” are truly uplifting.
Each week opens new experiences as I travel down the road of weight loss. I am now starting to experience everyday things that most people take for granted. Being able to bend over and pick up what you have dropped is no longer an issue – this is just one of the many everyday occurrences that you miss when you are overweight.
I never really classed myself as “overweight” – not in a body image sense – and I’m definitely not losing weight because I want to “look better”. I was always (and still am) very happy with the way I am. My decision to do something about my weight was solely based on health and wanting to feel better, to have more energy and to be able to deal with stress in a healthy way. I certainly do enjoy my job immensely and am even enjoying it more now that I have learnt of different ways to deal with the stress, no longer indulging in 4 glasses of wine, 6 cigarettes and a meal that could have fed a small town.
If you are reading this and you have a weight problem, I can hear you saying, “yeah yeah yeah, I have heard it all before.” Yes, I had heard it all before and I am not going to say that it’s easy, (it’s not and I am not going to candy coat this fact). I enjoy food, great wine, dinner parties and going to nice restaurants with family and friends. A Friday afternoon beer and cigarette with used to be one of my favourite relaxations. The point I am making is yes, it’s hard, however if I can do it you can do it and yes it does get easier. I set small goals and each goal I achieve, I then move on to the next goal.
I used the money saved from my pack a day nicotine addiction and my afternoon beers to spend on training session with Anton, and let me tell he has been one of the best investments I have ever made and it’s already paying off and will continue to pay off during the course of my journey. Again I had joined many gyms in the past (and I mean many) and they just didn’t work for me the way this does. Anton is there each step of the way, showing me the right ways to exercise so I’m not left standing at the gym, staring at a piece of equipment that to me looks like a lot like a torture device! Anton also helps me target the areas that are a problem. And even though I don’t really jump out of bed going “yeah I am going to training”, I do feel a sense of achievement after each session and I do feel good.
Who would have thought that exercise and eating healthy would allow you to lose weight? I always thought there was an easier way, well guess what, I tried all the easy ways and I know you know, they don’t work.
“Dragons Abreast” continue to receive money for each Kilo that I lose and again THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS!!!!
My sister is today receiving her results after her battle with breast cancer. She received a copy of an “A Dragon’s Tale” from Michelle, Founding Director of “Dragons Abreast Australia”. In her words:
I did indeed receive a copy of the book “A Dragon’s Tale” & a lovely letter from Michelle. I am really enjoying reading the testimonials written by women who have travelled the same road that our big sister has travelled & now myself. This is a great comfort and joy to read these stories.
I continually am in awe of the strength that my sisters display – they are true inspiration for me to continue on this journey and to raise money for a great cause.
Well down to this week’s weigh in and I am happy to report that I am now 137 KGs, a loss of 2 KGs this week.
For those who have asked, I do my official weigh in on each Saturday, I am hoping to achieve 135 KGs this Saturday which is the lightest that I have been in 10 years. Watch this space.
Please continue to send feedback and please send me any questions that you may have, I am happy to answers all feedback/questions.
I have been “galavanting” around Europe for the past 5 weeks on what I would say was a very well deserved break. After giving me that initial cup of coffee from the new Nespresso machine (something that our office has been dreaming of for months), Michelle proceeded to tell me what has been happening while I had been ‘galavanting’ around Europe. Most of the news I expected, but what I did not expect was to be told that a ‘wonderful’ man had come into our ‘Dragons Abreast’ world that not only wants to make life changing choices for his own health, but he wants to donate money to us – can you believe how that feels – it is like “WOW” things like that just don’t happen !!
Steven, you are such an inspiration, and I wish you success each week of this life changing experience that you have embarked upon.
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