Sunday, February 27, 2011

Weigh in day....We both lost this week!

Weigh in Day...Six Months of Change

Well it has been six months since we began this life changing journey. Thank you all for your support, your comments, your praise and your love. I really don't think we would have done as well without all of you cheering us on! I can not believe how far we have come.  Not just on the outside,but on the inside too.  God has changed us from the inside out.  We are still growing and changing every day.  I am amazed at all that God has allowed in our life in the last six months.  We are not the people we were then.  I just realized We have lost a complete person between the two of us! That blows my mind.

Our stats for the week
Dave Starting weight-- 380
Dave's starting weight with fawn- 330
Dave's weight last week 270
Dave's weight today- 266
Weight loss for the week- 4 pound loss
Total weight loss with Fawn- 64 pounds
Total weight loss- 114 pounds!!!

Kathleen's Starting weight-- 270
Kathleen's starting weight with fawn-260
Kathleen's weight last week 209
Kathleen's weight today-207
Weight loss for the week- 2 pounds
Total weight loss with Fawn- 53 pounds
Total weight loss-63 pounds!!!  YEAH!!!! (I want 70!!!)

Weight loss of Dave and Kathleen for this week- 5 pound loss!
Total weight loss of Dave and Kathleen- 176 pounds- In 12 months
Total weight loss with fawn- 116 pounds! (in 6 months!)

Positives for week!
*I was afraid it was a fluke that I could fit into size 16 jeans, that they just ran big...so I went to the mall and tried on my lee rider jeans that I always wear.  Guess what? They fit in the size 16!  I did not buy them I just tried them on! I was so happy!
* We are back on our exercise program again. Dave has been doing something here on the days he   does not go to the gym.  We have upped all of our weights at the gym.
* One of the ladies at the gym wants me to work with her and help her loose weight
* God is providing shows and our bills are being paid PTL!
* We are outgrowing all of our clothes again and need new ones!  Don't want to spend money on that!
* I can not think of anything else negative... our life is going great and we are very happy right now.
Thank you all once again for your love and support!
We love you guys!
Dave and Kathleen

Friday, February 25, 2011

We are back at the gym! Springcreek has changed our life! Yeah!!! I missed it!

We Are Back at the Gym!
We are back at the gym! Spring Creek has changed our life! Yeah!!!  I missed it!It has been crazy here since I saw Fawn!  We have had shows every day, and I have worked at the school a lot.  Which means we are having a hard time getting on schedule at the gym. We have gone, but not on a schedule like I was.  Dave and I always went together.  This last week, when I am free Dave is not and vise versa.  Well, we went at two different times today. Rachael has been helping her daddy with shows, so that frees me up during the days.  I went yesterday morning by myself.  It was so awesome.  I pushed myself like crazy, but it felt soo good!  (I am paying for it now!.)  

Now here comes the exciting part.I had time to go over my stats while I was there with Gary, the owner.  I told him I had lost 31 pounds since I started there 4 1/2 months ago.  He thought that was great...but when we looked closer I did even better.  I really had a positive weight change of 57 pounds since I started going to the gym. I have lost 43 pounds of fat and gained 14 pounds of muscle! He said that is amazing.  My percentage of body fat has gone from 57% body fat to 42%. That is still higher then I want to be ( I want to be 23-33%) but it is going down.  I was so excited when I got out of the gym today!

I am considering starting to train for a triathlon.  It is July 2 that would give me 4 month to train.  I would have to practice my bike riding, speed walking ( I cant run because of my neck) and my swimming. It sounds scary but exciting to me!  Will let you know if I am going to do it.  Anyone want to join me???

Monday, February 21, 2011

I bought my first pair of size 16 jeans!!!!

I Bought My First Pair of Size 16 Jeans in Years!
I went to Maurices, a clothing store here in Springville, to look for some new smaller clothes!  I went to the "ladies" section and realized that most of these clothes were way to big for me.  I now fit in a size 0 in the plus sizes or a large in regular sizes.  They had a pair of jeans there that looked way to small, but I decided to try those on along with a cute shirt and a white jacket.  They were all size 0, and the jeans were a size 16...skinny jeans.  They all fit perfectly!  I was so thrilled.  I am finally back into a size 16!  It seems like forever since that happened.  I can't remember the last time I was in a size 16!  We walked around Wal-Mart just to show off my new clothes!  Wouldn't you know it this was the only time I did not run into anyone I knew!  I felt good anyways!  This is me in my new outfit!!! I am thankful that I am getting smaller and smaller!  Thank you God for helping me!
The best part of the whole thing was when I got to the register.  Both items were marked down to 30 and then when I got up to the register they were 75% off.  I got them all for $20.00 total!!!  That was awesome! 

Friday, February 18, 2011

We had a ball with Fawn!!!

We Had a Ball With Fawn!

We went down to Elmira this last week to see Fawn. We had booked shows and then went to Larry and Marcy's house for  4 days...what a fun time.  We were video taping most of the time.  We felt like movie stars.  She video taped us talking, walking exercising, cooking food, grocery shopping, setting the table and eating.  It was sooo good to see her.  It made our journey so much more real.

 I feel honored to be able to work with someone so dedicated to what she is doing.  It was fun to see Carolyn, who is also on journey with us. She has continued to lose weight and looks great. She is wearing my clothes. She is sooo beautiful.  It was fun to see her in my clothes!  Although we have been running non stop since we have been home, we found time to go to the gym.  It felt so good to work out again.  We are ready to loose the extra weight we have left and are energized!  We had a great time!  I am so thankful that God brought Fawn into my life.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Two people....whose lives were changed...two different ways.

Two People...Whose Lives Were Changed Two Different Ways!

This summer, before anything with Fawn started, I met a friend of my daughter's mom.  She said she wanted to loose weight.  We were going to get together and try to loose weight.  That was in July. As Summer came we both got busy and never got together. Then School started up.  I tried to get together.  She was too busy, so it never worked out.  There always seemed to be an excuse, and finally I stopped calling.  I saw her for the first time this last week....and thought "that could have been me".  That was me.   She has gained more weight and has grown at least a size since I last saw her.  She was shocked at how much weight I had lost...It hit me.  The outcome could have been so different.  It could have been me that had gained weight, and was like that.

We each have choices to make in life.  We each can choose to get healthy, or to continue on our path of self destruction. I was drowning in my fat.  I was unable to live life to the fullest.  I chose to make a change.  I chose to become a better person.  I chose to embrace life...What was the difference...I can not say.  I came to a point in my life when I said, "That is Enough!" (as my friend Bobby says!)  I thank God that I came to my senses before it was too late. 

I feel more alive now then I have in years.  I have more energy and life then ever before.  If you have not come to that point yet....think about it. It is worth every drop of sweat, every aching muscle, and every time you say you can't do it.  Your body was made to be worked and it is amazing to see it change.  God created us in His image...we just loose that image when we fill our body with junk, and cover it with layers of fat.  My heart hurts for my friend, as I see her struggle to walk...like I used to.  I know that if she would have made a different choice six months ago...she would be celebrating each day like I am.  I pray that soon she will come to the point in her life when she is ready to make a change...it is sure worth it!  I am forever a different person because I was willing to say..."I am ready to make a change!"

Saturday, February 5, 2011

It is weigh in time again...We have both reached goals this week. I have officially lost 60 pounds and Dave has lost 110!

Weigh in Time Again!
It is weigh in time again...We have both reached goals this week.  I have officially lost 60 pounds and Dave has lost 110!Wow!  I have been waiting to fall below the 210 mark!  It was a tough week. I continued to be sick up until yesterday.  I was finally able to go to the gym.  When I stepped on the scale I almost fell over when I was at 209!  Yeah! That was one of my goals for a long time...Now I need to get below 200!  199 sounds sooo good!

Our stats for the week
Dave Starting weight-- 380
Dave's starting weight with fawn- 330
Dave's weight last week 266
Dave's weight today- 270
Weight loss for the week- 4 pound gain
Total weight loss with Fawn- 60 pounds
Total weight loss- 110 pounds!!!

Kathleen's Starting weight-- 270
Kathleen's starting weight with fawn-260
Kathleen's weight last week 211
Kathleen's weight today-209
Weight loss for the week- 2 pounds
Total weight loss with Fawn- 51 pounds
Total weight loss-61 pounds!!!  YEAH!!!! (I want 70!!!)

Weight loss of Dave and Kathleen for this week- 2 pound gain!
Total weight loss of Dave and Kathleen- 171 pounds- In 11 months
Total weight loss with fawn- 111 pounds! (in 5 months!)

Positives for week
* People say they don't even recognize Dave!
* I was able to buy a size large exercise pants!!!!
* I can go into store and do not have to go to the "Women's" section...they are too big
* My size 8 underwear I just got are to big!
* I was back to the gym yesterday!  Felt good
* Should be healthy enough to go swimming this week
* Friends commented on how skinny my face looked
* Have not had peanut butter for 3 weeks! (don't need it!)

* The gym seems harder for both Dave and I
* We need to get back into the routine of going to the gym again. With being sick got out of the habit
* Dave is sore from shoveling snow!
* Children in family  greatly effected {in growth development}by lack of coco and sweets.{Per Cate and ray}

Fawn is coming up this next week. We will not see her for another week, but just knowing we are going to video tape and see her should motivate us to have a good week this week.  I can't wait to see her and Carolyn!

Yesturday I looked in the mirror and saw someone I haven't seen in a long...long...time!

Today I Looked in the Mirror and Saw Someone I Have Not Seen For a Long Time.

Did you ever walk past a mirror and look quickly and not recognize the person in the mirror?  That has happened to me quite a few times since I started this journey.  If I look quick I expect to see the "BIG" Kathleen.  But yesterday I looked and I saw an old friend...that I had not seen in such a long time.  I looked, and looked again, because I saw a glimpse of the Kathleen I used to be.  I saw the younger, prettier, happier Kathleen of yesteryear.  I had to stop and look closer.  You know what, she did not disappear!  I look younger.  I look healthier....and I look happier, then I have in a long time. My face has lost most of the fat that made my face look "So Cute and Pudgy" as I used to tell my kids.  It now looks skinnier and fresher.  My eyes are not drooping the way they used to, longing for  a nap...They are alive and looking for the next adventure.  I am excited by the face in the mirror.  I remember when Dave got to this point, and thinking..." I will never get there!" And here I am!  I am so grateful that God brought Fawn and I together. That it happened when my mother could be there at the start of it to cheer me on.  I am also so thankful for all of you.  You have faithfully followed me, prayed for me, and encouraged me. I could not have done it without all of those things happening.  You are my inspiration...and I thank God each day I have you all in my life!