Nike’s Dri Fit Be Strong Capris

Today I went to the Nike Outlet Store. I decided to go there to buy some workout pants/spanx since nothing I own at the moment fits the right way. Plus, I wanted to try some stuff on to find out what size I wore in case I ever wanted to purchase anything on their website.

I ended up buying 1 pair of “training” capris, 2 pairs of running capris, and 1 shirt. Since I now know how this stuff feels while working out, I plan on going back to get a few more items.

Instead of posting just pictures of my purchases, I decided that I would do video reviews of my workout gear so that people could hear my words. 🙂

My first review today is of the Be Strong Dri Fit Capris. I got some black ones. They are really comfortable and soft. Man, my feet look really big….Haha!

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At first, I was skeptical to purchase them. I was afraid that they would be too tight, but they went up with no problem, and I wasn’t spilling out of them or anything like that.

To view my video review, click HERE to be redirected to my YouTube channel.

These capris really do hold in the moisture as you workout. You can’t feel or smell the sweat until you take the pants off. LOL They work really well to keep you dry.

I recommend these to anyone who needs new workout gear. They definitely do what the labels say they do, and they are really comfortable.

Until my next blog and/or review…..

 

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They Say The Hardest Part is Letting Go

When you experience a loss of any kind, there is always something that you hold onto. Whether it be a photo, letter, t-shirt, etc. There is always that one thing that is going to remind you of a special time, place, or person.

I’ve been on my weight loss journey since January 4th. Here we are August 12th, and I am having a problem with letting go. Letting go of what you ask? Well, I have yet to clean out my closet and dresser drawers to get rid of the clothes that no longer fit due to them being too big. I know that once I do decide to let go, my closet and dresser are going to look rather bare. I actually had a dream that someone went into my closet and removed all of the bigger clothes. I freaked out because my favorites were gone, and there were dresses in there that I just wasn’t ready to get rid of. I remember waking up, getting out of bed, opening the closet door, and being so happy that it was only a dream.

I cannot even begin to tell you how many articles of clothing I own. Right now, there are only a handful of things that fit the way they are supposed to. One thing is for sure though, there is not one piece of clothing in there that is too small. As a matter of fact, I need to go shopping to buy some stuff that actually fits without me having to fold the waistline over just to keep them from falling down. My dress shirts swallow me up, and the t-shirts are really big. Some of my most favorite dresses hang too low in the front and on the sides, and if I choose to wear them, I have to wear an undershirt or something with them to not expose parts of my body. LOL Sad, I know……

Then there is the decision of donating the stuff or trying to sell it to make some money to buy new stuff. I know that there are plus sized women who would rock the dresses I have, and they’d look awesome in the skirts, jeans, and shorts that are feeling neglected right about now.

Why am I so afraid to let it all go? I know that I don’t plan on going back to where I was before. I’ve come so far, and I do not want to take any steps back. I’ve lost 95 pounds, and I’m not done just yet.

I have favorite t-shirts from special moments in my life. I can’t see myself parting with a few. I will keep them to sleep in since my gowns and night shirts are just way too big.

So, here’s to letting go…. I’ve let go of 95 pounds, and I don’t want them back, so why can’t I part with the clothing to go along with it? I’m going to pray for peace to help me start the process of letting go.

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BLC 6 is Over

I have been participating in a Biggest Loser Competition with some of the Mommies in my January 2011 group. We started the competition on April 25th, and today was our last weigh-in.

This was the first time that I completed a BLC from start to finish and gave it 100% effort. Usually, I’d give up right at the beginning, take passes, not post body/scale pics, and I’d drop out. I’m excited to say that I was in the top 3 spots throughout the entire challenge. I’ve been able to hold onto the number 1 spot over the past few weeks. I’m anxiously awaiting the final chart post to see how I did!!

On the first day of the competition, we had to set a personal weight loss goal for ourselves. While my goal seemed a little far fetched, I was able to accomplish it!! I lost 32.4 pounds, which is a weight loss percentage of 13.94%. I was so excited to see the scale this morning. I honestly didn’t think I could reach the number that I was looking for.

The ladies in my group are awesome! We all helped each other get thru the competition. I compared my intro pictures to my pictures today, and I can see the difference. I’m still a work in progress, but I’m on my way…….

51.2…..but Who’s Counting?

ME!!! I’m counting…. Drum roll please….. 51.2 pounds gone! Good riddance….you’re NOT welcomed back!!!

At the beginning of January, I decided that it was time to make a change. I wasn’t happy with my outward appearance, and I needed to regain control of my body. The evilness of PCOS had commanded my body long enough. I decided that “Day 1” of the new me would start January 4th. Did I think of changing my mind? NO! Had I done all my research before doing the low carb way of eating? NO!! Is this new way of eating working for me? YES!!!!

I can’t even begin to tell you how different I feel. I can move faster, I don’t get easily tired, I look forward to doing my workout, I can wear some clothes that I haven’t in a long time, and I feel “lighter”. Sometimes I don’t recognize my body when I’m standing in front of the mirror, when I’m wearing an outfit that’s been sitting in my closet for a while because it no longer fit me, or when I’m wearing one of my favorite shirts/outfits that fits way too big for me now.

In reality, I’ve lost as many pounds as my five year old weighs, and I’m a pound or two from losing as many pounds as my seven year old weighs. I can’t even imagine the fact that I was carrying that weight on me. How did I not struggle to get things done? How did I function with that extra weight packed on? Crazy how my eyes are so open to that now!

I know that people are different, and what works for me may not work for you. I’ve tried things in the past that friends and family were doing to become healthy, and it had NO impact on me whatsoever. I’m so grateful for finding something that works with my body.

There is one thing that I could do without on this new journey. That one thing is the “food nightmares” I’ve been having. What are those, you ask….. Well, last night I dreamt that I was eating a saltine cracker. All I could think about was how many carbs I was consuming, and how I wasn’t supposed to be eating it. I felt guilty while eating eat, but I still did it. I also was thinking about how it was going to impact my weigh in, but I ate every single piece of that saltine. When I woke-up, I was relieved to know that it was all a dream. I’ve had dreams of eating handfuls of chips, cookies, pizza, etc., and in those dreams I spit out the food when I realized what I was doing. LOL Crazy dreams!!! Between those dreams and work dreams, my mind is in overdrive!!!!

My game plan is to keep moving forward from here. I appreciate all of the support I have gotten from family and friends. I will share more of my journey another day!

Until then……….

30, 44, and Losing Part of Me

You’re probably wondering what the subject of this post is all about. Well, I will explain it all now. It’s probably not as exciting as you’d like for it to be!

30 – That’s how many pounds I am down now. Some of it has come off quickly, while some has taken it’s time. I’m excited about what’s been lost, and I can’t wait until I lose more. I know the process is slow, and it takes more time to take it off than it does to put it on, but I’m ready to hit another milestone in this journey. Baby steps to the finish line!  Thank you to all of you who are by my side, supporting me along the way!

44 – That’s how old I turned today. I don’t feel my age. I feel younger. I remember when I used to think 40 was old. I didn’t really dread my 40th birthday or cry over it. I didn’t feel like I was really going to be in my 40’s at that time. It’s hard for me to sometimes believe that I am the age that I am. Being in my 40’s isn’t bad at all. Yes, metabolism and other things have changed, but it is all part of becoming older and more mature. At least that’s what I keep telling myself! 🙂 Today I was told, “just wait until you’re in your 50’s, it doesn’t get any better.” Haha! I don’t even want to know what will happen then. For now, I’m going to enjoy my 44th year of life that God has given me. I know I will learn more than I already know, I will give my best,  and I know that I will experience things that I never have as well. I know that some of you don’t believe that I am 44 because you think I am younger, but I promise you, I was born in 1972!!!!

Losing part of me – Well, see, what happened was….. I had a minor medical procedure yesterday. I had a cyst under my right shoulder blade for as long as I can remember. It ruptured once, but it came back. I consulted with a surgeon a couple of weeks ago because it had gotten bigger and it had started to hurt. He agreed that it needed to be removed. So, I had my procedure with him yesterday morning. I was awake during the whole thing, and I did feel some pain. I let him know when I could feel what he was doing, and he’d inject more stuff into my back. It took a little longer than he anticipated for the removal, and it was bigger than what he thought. For some reason, when I have surgery, that seems to be the story of my life…always more than the Doctors/Surgeon had expected. I wanted to see the cyst, as he took it out as a whole, but it wasn’t anywhere to be seen when I was finally able to get up, move around, and look around. Yes, I’m weird like that. That stuff fascinates me. For some reason, I felt the urge to cry after the procedure was over and I was walking out to my car. I don’t know if it is because something that had been a part of me was gone after all of these years or if my body was just going through emotions from the procedure. I did manage to hold back the tears, but they were right there had I let them flow.

So, that’s it! Thank you to all of you who take the time to read my blog!! ❤

That Girl/Woman You Just Called Fat…..Living With Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

In today’s society, everyone believes that a girl/woman is overweight because she eats a lot and does not exercise! This is not necessarily true! Many people walk around with health conditions that cause them to gain weight and/or do not allow them to lose weight no matter how hard they work out or how healthy they eat.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (“PCOS”) is one of those health conditions. PCOS is a hormonal disorder where women have cysts on the outer edge of their ovaries. Typical textbook PCOS ovaries, which I have, are said to have what is call the “pearl necklace” look. Close your eyes for a minute and picture a pearl necklace. Now picture that on an ovary. Not so pretty of a picture for someone who is going through infertility problems or for someone who cannot lose weight no matter how hard they try. Obesity can occur in women with PCOS, making them look extremely overweight. While not all women with PCOS are overweight, a majority of them are.

There are quite a few medical conditions that accompany PCOS, especially if obesity is a factor. Some of the conditions are:

Excessive dark facial and/or body hair
Type 2 Diabetes
Elevated levels of c-reactive protein (a cardiovascular disease marker)
Sleep Apnea
Abnormal uterine bleeding
Cancer of the uterine lining or endometrial cancer due to exposure of high estrogen levels
High blood pressure
Severe liver inflammation caused by fat accumulation in the liver (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis)
Abnormal cholesterol and lipid levels, such as elevated triglycerides and/or low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol)
Risk of gestational diabetes or induced high blood pressure during pregnancy
Infertility
High risk of cardiovascular disease (Metabolic syndrome)

I don’t know about you, but I do not remember discussing PCOS in health class. I remember them telling us that we would gain weight if we ate too much and were not active. Not once did they tell us that there are illnesses that cause people to be overweight/obese. I sure do hope that they are now teaching kids that if someone is overweight, they may have a medical condition.

Sure, PCOS does make some of us overweight, and sure we can exercise and diet to lose weight; however, it is going to take us just a little bit longer to see results as it would someone who does not have PCOS. It is very discouraging to workout during the week, eat around 1200 calories daily, and still see no movement on the scale. It makes us want to give up and not have to worry about counting calories, measuring out food, making protein shakes or making fruit juices. It makes us want to say, “screw you” to society and not care about the looks we get from people or comments that are said under their breath.

If you are living with PCOS and are living all of this with me…..major hugs to you my Cyster! We can get thru this. It is not an elective syndrome that we want to have. Don’t be afraid to share with your friends and family that you are living with PCOS. They may want to educate themselves a little to know what it is like to walk this path of your journey.

For those of you who know someone with PCOS, please be courteous to them and don’t cram a whole bunch of diet stuff down their throats. Trust me, we have plenty of other people, Doctors included, flashing diet type stuff in front of our faces all the time! Instead, be a friend/family member who is there for this person. Be their support system by offering to work out for them or teaching them how to eat clean. While we do have other Cysters we are in groups with and create bonds with, it helps to have the support and understanding of our loved ones!

So remember, when you see a girl/woman who is overweight, don’t be quick to judge her. She may be fighting the biggest struggle of her life living with PCOS. Instead, give her a smile and let her know that she’s not as invisible or alone as she feels that she is. One smile sometimes makes our whole day!!

Welcome To My Blog….

Welcome everyone! I’ve decided to step out of my comfort zone and share with everyone that I am not comfortable with who I am…..by that, I mean my appearance and my weight. I’ve decided that I’m going to keep a blog while I’m on my journey to being the person that I want to be. It’s going to be a struggle at times, and I can’t promise that my blog entries will be filled with sunshine and happiness! What I can tell you is that I WILL NOT tolerate rude or bully type comments left here on my blog. I will block those that leave any kind of comments like that. It’s hard enough feeling the way I do about myself, I don’t need anyone adding to that! The awesome thing about this journey is that I know I have an awesome supporter who loves me and accepts me for me! I also have some friends by my side who are walking the same journey I am! Even though I may feel all alone at times, I know that I’m not! Feel free to stay on this journey with me if you’d like! If you decide to bail, no hard feelings! I’ve got this!! Taking the first step is the hardest, and I’m ready to do just that! Besides, I’m the ONLY ONE holding myself back from getting the journey started! Here I Go…….