My fitness Journey
Thursday, October 22, 2009
My fitness story...
Before I tell you how I became to embrace fitness, let me give you a bit of a background about myself.
I was the fat kid that was teased in school. When I was 9 years old, I weighed 150 pounds, when I was 12 years old, I weighed 230 pounds. My weight continued to climb until I reached my highest weight of 302 pounds last year. I remember being that young child. I was terrified to draw any attention to myself for fear that I would be made fun of. The kids were so cruel to me. I was tormented on a daily basis. The teasing continued all the way up through high school...
Fast forward 12 years later. I was with child and lost the baby during week 6 of my pregnancy. This was in February 2008. Feeling overwhelmed with the loss of my baby, the last thing that I need was added stress. Then I was handed a copy of the doctor's report. As I was reading through it, I came across the line that read "morbidly obese, 26 year old female". I was devastated. I mean, I KNEW I was heavier, but morbidly obese?!?! I was shocked, and embarrassed and angry at myself. I was angry because I allowed it to happen. I didn't want to be morbidly obese. I knew that things needed to change, and quickly!! I was depressed and miserable. I wanted to know what it felt like to be thin. I started searching the Internet for anything I could find on weight-loss. Then I remembered what my sister had told me months before. She raved about this great site called sparkpeople.com. So, I signed up in April of 2008. And I have been with spark people every day since!
I was 300 pounds and never really exercised a day in my life. So, I began walking every evening after dinner for about 15 minutes at-a-time. That is all I could manage. The walking lasted about a month before I became really bored with it. Some people love to walk, but I needed to go to the next level and spice things up. I read on the message boards about this fun and exciting workout program called TURBO JAM and decided to give it a try. That first workout was fun, interesting and made me want more! It made me feel powerful and alive. It was exactly what I needed. I loved working out to turbo jam so much (and still do) that I did one video in the morning, then another one again in the evening. I have a variety of turbo jam workouts, so I mixed it up a lot. After one full year, I lost 150 pounds! =)
The last 6 months I have continued to work out with Chalene. I started Chalean extreme and I mix it up with turbo jam a few days a week. I usually work out everyday. I have built some serious muscle from doing Chalean extreme. I needed to tone up from my 150+ pound loss, and I have! Working out makes me feel accomplished. I don't think I will ever go back to my sedentary lifestyle. How could I possibly with Chalene by my side!
Thank you spark people and Chalene Johnson! I am a brand new me!