Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Hello? This is your wake up call~

Today I got the ever lovely wake up call. I don't know if I ever really had that moment where I knew I had to lose weight. You know the "its now or never" type thing. I've just always wanted to lose weight. Every week since I was 16 I would be trying a new diet. It sorta defines me-sad but true.

Then today at work we had some student nurses come in with their teacher to take blood pressure readings. As you can see from the pic I didn't do so hot. I have a really high blood pressure and it totally sucks.

I guess I really enjoyed the not knowing. It was a simpler time-haha-It is a huge motivator for me to step my exercise into gear. I feel I really have a handle on my diet. I always try to get all my servings, choose the right types of food-whole grain, etc. My exercise is something that I have been struggling with.

In the fall I did so good with exercise and honestly that is when I see the biggest results weight wise. Today I went for an hour long walk after work and felt great. I need to make time for exercise every single day for me-FOR MY HEALTH.

Here I am after my walk-my face is both cold & sweaty at the same time-so cold out. I took a copy of the healthy food guide and this wheel thing that will tell you how much you would have to exercise to burn off a food item. For example for 1 plain chocolate bar (40 grams) 215 calories you would have to Walk: 54mins Swim/Jump Rope : 24 mins Cycling: 31 mins
During my walk I thought of all the reasons I really want to lose the weight and keep it off. A small list includes :
  • To lower my blood pressure
  • To someday be a healthy mom
  • To look good in my wedding dress/at my beach wedding
  • So Cole could have a hot woman (even though he thinks I'm hot now)
  • To not feel bad about myself
  • To feel good shopping for clothing again
  • To not feel embarrassed of my size
  • To do things I want to do ex: down hill skiing-get really winded climbing back up the hill
  • To lose my double chin (the ban of my existence)
    Two important things for my list are to be around for my niece Gabby
And my nephew Benjamin. Seriously have you ever saw such gorgeous children? They are healthy, happy, funny and we are truly blessed.I've made every excuse in the book to get out of exercise and really and truly I am the only one suffering from it. I need to put this ahead of everything else and to kick the excuses to the curb. This is too important to let slide year after year. I deserve to have all the things I want and I'm gonna get them.


  1. First of all I love that pic of you! What a great smile!

    You CAN DO this Candace. I need to get my ass in gear too or this weight is going to take forever to come off.

  2. What a great post, and you look SO cute in that hat, seriously!!!

  3. Great pictures! Great Great Great!
    It is so freaking hard to get motivated-but you are doing great.

  4. Exercising again will definitely help lower your blood pressure. You've got some great, motivating reasons to get healthy, you can do it!

  5. I absolutely love the pic of you! You look beautiful- cheeks are flushed from the cold. You look full of life. Even when we don't want to exercise, we always feel better when we are through. Your picture shows how great you feel. Good luck on meeting your goals!

  6. you can do it!!!!!
    what cute kids they are
    and your gonna look smokin hot at yoru wedding

  7. wow thank you for such a nice comment

  8. I have high blood pressure as well, even with all the weight loss/exercising. That's one of the things that keeps me the most motivated - one day I want to be off my BP drugs!

    I really think that all of this boils down to habits. The more you make yourself exercise, the more you will do it without a thought. (Well, maybe not completely without a thought, but it will be easier!)

    You are doing great - and I'm like the others, that picture of you is too cute!

  9. I love that list of reasons to get healthy - you're in this for good, and you're going to succeed!! Funny thing about blood pressure - I thought I was drinking enough water, and my BP was on the high side close to yours, but I did an experiment one week and drank water CONSTANTLY, like, I thought I was drinking too much, but I felt better and my BP went down to normal. Now I know dehydration is a huge part of BP and try to drink huge amounts all the time.

  10. Great post! I love your list of reasons. That little calorie-burn, food-guide thing is neat! Realizing that you need to exercise for YOU is big! You deserve that. You owe that time to yourself!