Sunday, March 21, 2010

Guest Post - Melanie

Hey everyone! If you missed it, make sure to check out Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 in Florida posts!

But without further ado, here is a wonderful post that I’m sure will inspire you from my sister-in-law, Melanie!


When my sister-in-law asked if I would post about my weight loss on her blog while she was on vacation I realized that I had never documented anything about it!  So here it goes...bare with me, but hopefully I can get my story across to you.

I couldn't even tell you the day or month, but it was sometime in the fall of 2006.  As a way to relive stress, I started working out.  Not even with the goal to lose weight.  I would always say, "I workout so I can eat whatever I want."  And I pretty much did.  Not excessively, but if I wanted something I ate it.  Then a couple months later, around Christmas I believe, I remember weighing myself, and the scale said 189.  Wow is all I could say.  I knew a lot of people around me that were larger than I was, and people always tell me now, "you weren't fat before".  But seeing the scale say 189 was a HUGE wake up call!  I was a size 14 at the time.
Since I was already working out to help with stress, I decided why not change what I was eating and see what happened.  I quit eating fast food, I cut back on candy, and started watching my portion sizes.  So to me it wasn't huge changes, but enough that in a month or two my pants were too big.  And let me tell you, it was a great feeling!

At the gym I started to increase the resistance levels of every exercise I was doing.  At this point I was just doing cardio.  The machine that I grew to love was the stair machine.  If you've never been on one, basically isn't a revolving staircase.  The first time I went on it I remember how bad my muscles burned and I hadn't even been on the machine 2 minutes!  But I was determined to do it.  Trainers at the gym said it was the best machine to burn fat, and I am proof of that!  I would do 30 minutes on the elliptical machine and 30 minutes on the stair machine.  I went from level 1 to level 14 and depending on the program I was on would do between 160 and 180 flight of stairs a day.

Besides working out I played volleyball 2 to 3 times a week, and when warm out rollerbladed and rode my bike as much as I could.  I kept watching what I ate and quit drinking pop.  But I never did give up ice cream!melb4after
The lowest my weight has ever been is 152 pounds.  So I lost 37 pounds total!  Right now I weigh in the upper 150's I still work out at least 4-5 times a week and have started weight training.  I wear between a 6 and 8, and am extremely happy i've been able to keep the weight off.  Most people say you're skinny, what do you weigh, 120 pounds?  I look at them and say, are you serious?  They don't believe me when I say I'm over 150 pounds.  Goes to show you, it doesn't matter what the scale says, just go by how you look and feel!


Thanks for sharing this Melanie, you were a big inspiration for me both with weight loss and fitness!! And I love how you pointed out that the number on the scale isn’t what matters!


Mrs. M said...

Wow, you look incredible! Thanks for the boost!

Cupcake Dreamer said...

What a cool idea. A guest blogger! :)

You have such a great story. I wish I had enough motivation that I could have also made small changes that made a difference. Unfortunately, I had to make an overnight change.

Thank you for sharing your story with us! I definitely enjoyed the read and look forward to hearing more from you.

You never mentioned your height?

Again, keep up the great work!

Syl said...

congrats on your weight loss Melanie, you look amazing!

I sometimes wish I could go by your lifestyle and cut back on the eating rather that calculating everything. It has become rather obsessive and I have taken a break from it for a little bit.

Leading a life with balance is so much better than being obsessed with calorie counting and what the scale says.

Thank you for sharing your story, you are a inspiration!

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