I’m On A Mission

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(I can touch my toes!! )                         (pigeon pose – well part of it)

I am on a mission…to loose weight and be healthier! Since being diagnosed with celiac disease almost five years and my intestines slowly healing I have put on about 35 pounds. I’m saying around because I am not one to weigh myself much but I know about what I used to weigh when I was constantly getting sick and what I weigh now. This is not an easy post for me to write because lets face it I am overweight, borderline obese – something I never thought I would say, ever.

My family has a history of being overweight and we all carry it as visceral fat. There is also a history of diabetes (both my grandfathers), heart disease (both my grandfathers), Alzheimer, diverticulitis, crohns disease, IBS, and more. In addition to the weight gain from my celiac disease, my family history, I also have: chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. So I have all that stacked up against me but I am determined to not let that get the best of me, my body, and my health.

Here are my current photos and anthropometrics:

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BMI: 29.3 = overweight (borderline obese)

IBW: 95     IBW Range: 85.5-104.5     AIBW: 106

Bust: 41 (I hope I lose weight here as well, I never have but I hope I do!)

Chest: 33.5

Waist: 33

Hips: 40

Calves: 15

Thigh: 23

Arms: 11 3/4

BEE Harris Benedict x Activity Factor: 1626 kcal

Protein Needs 9 oz

Fluid Needs: 7 cups

Bryan has been doing the Tapout workout – and that is WAY out of my league!! So I have been trying to find something that was more my speed and I think I have figured out that the work outs that incorporate dance to them are for me. I get bored with just doing squats and what not, but when there is dance involved, I’m all for it. Probably because I am working out but I don’t feel like I am working out. I can’t afford a gym or and type of class so I have resorted to finding videos online, TV, etc. We have Netflix but sadly they removed all of their workout instant play videos so I found some on our OnDemand through our cable company. I found these two videos that at first made me laugh but I tell you what – I felt it afterwards!! I started out with Beautiful Belly with Hemalayaa and then finished with Hemalayaa: Bollywood Booty. I’m sad to say though after doing them for two days they are now no longer available! So today I found an online Zumba “class” which was fun but it focused on the class and not what the instructor was doing so I hope I did it right! I am back to square one with finding a video that I like and have to remember that if it is OnDemand, it won’t be there for very long.

I have also started doing a little bit of yoga. Like I said I can not afford any classes so with the help of Bryan’s sister Leigha (who has been posting some kick but yoga photos on her instagram!) and the lovely folks over at Aurorae Yoga who sent me a link to some online yoga videos, I have been trying out some different poses. Starting with the basics of course and as I can I will slowly move up to some more advanced poses. I have to say my favorite one so far is the pigeon pose! I also entered a contest on Aurorae’s Pinterest page to win some of their awesome goodies. Seeing as I am just starting out, I could really use this! So if you wouldn’t mind heading over to their contest page and give my photo  (pink tank, grey pants, green mat) a like and repin I would truly appreciate it. “Voting” ends on March 8th! The person with the most likes and repins wins an Aurorae Yoga package including: Aurorae “The Ultimate” Racerback Tank Top, Aurorae “The Ultimate” Long or Cropped Yoga Pant, Northern Lights Yoga Mat & Sling Yoga/All-Purpose Backpack!!

We are also changing the way we eat…more whole grains, legumes, vegetables, leaner proteins, less processed foods, red meat, and sugary items. We do not eat out much to begin with but we are cutting back even more and making our favorite dishes at home instead.

I am putting all of this out there as a way to keep my accountable. I really want this and need this. I want this for myself and my health, but I am also studying Culinary Nutrition and hope to be a registered dietitian after school, and let’s be honest, who in their right mind would take nutrition advice from someone who is overweight or obese? That’s right, no one would!

So let the journey begin! Keep checking back for updates.

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7 thoughts on “I’m On A Mission

  1. Thanks for posting this. I think I’ll join you. My medical issues have been running rampant lately and I’ve been trying to find an exercise routine that I can do with my physical limitations. Yoga sounds like the answer I’ve been looking for. Good luck to you with your goals… actually, good luck to us both! ;)

  2. Saw your post about this on Twitter and wanted to say good luck. Although as someone studying to be an RD, you’re probably starting off with such a good understanding of nutrition that you won’t need luck, anyway! :)

  3. Brave post – inspiring! I too am on a journey to take off some recently gained weight, getting started is the hardest part I think. Good luck finding something you like – I personally really enjoy yoga, it’s a great strength builder while also being relaxing. I also get bored on squats, lunges etc, and I recently picked up the BodyCombat program and love it – definitely keeps me engaged and working hard!

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  5. Get it girl! As someone who has her own fitness goals, I know how challenging it can be. Just keep your eyes on the prize and remember that being healthy is a lifestyle…not just a set of temporary changes.

    Are there any yoga or fitness studios in your area that offer donation-based classes? Even in NYC I’ve found that’s a good way to get a cheap workout in. The class environment can be very motivating.

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