BJ- Nov 2011

Lite Your Fire Mondays- BJ’s Journey

This is my Mama and I am so happy and proud that she is making healthy lifestyle changes to better her health!! 😉

Not unlike a lot of women after childbirth, my weight has never returned to what I was pre-pregnancy. It was not because I had my beautiful children, but because of the poor choice I made before, during, and after each of their births. You know, ‘I’m eating for two now’ and I did, only things didn’t change after their births, I just continued to eat for two. I didn’t stop to take time to focus on me and getting my weight off. I’m one of those people that will always do for others before I do for myself. Doing for others is what I know our Heavenly Father wants us to do, but I forgot to use another principle He wants us to do also and that is to care for my body as if it were a temple. I have never taken that time for myself. All I can say is that old habits are hard to break. I will always be a helper, that’s just who I am, but starting now it is MY time to do good things for ME. I blame no one but me cause I am the one that made the choices that got me here. So I am looking forward to this new journey of my life. The sky is the limit….I am ready to SOAR.

First Name/Age:

BJ /57

Have you struggled with weight/body image issues throughout your life?

I was thin or strong and healthy until I started having children.   I was active in my early years.  I then became a mom and had to take care of this small little bundle of joy and then there came another and then another.  In a short span I soon had three children that I loved more than I loved myself.  My first priority in life was to see to their every need.  Then one day it seemed that my children were grown and I looked at myself in the mirror  and wondered how in the world did I get so big and out of shape.  But in reality along the way I would try all kinds of diets and tried to go to the  gym with a cousin of mine to try and lose weight but one thing or another would get in the way of succeeding.  Lack of money, lack of energy and/or time to fit myself  in with all the daily things to do.  We did not live close to the gym so money for gas was always an issue.


Was there a significant event that triggered your changes?

No not really.  Just that my kids and grandkids telling me they want me to stay around for a while.  Also the fact is that I have developed Type II diabetes and hypertension and would love to get off my meds.  My oldest child is my inspiration although she does not live close she still inspires me.  She herself has taken care of herself in the way I wish I had when I was younger.


Did you have someone that inspired you to make changes?

My daughter and finally my husband who has been over weight for awhile but not as long as I have been!  I see my daughter and the success she has had in losing weight makes me feel as though I can succeed also.


Do you incorporate a certain diet? Restrict calories? Or follow any certain plan?

Because of my diabetes I try to watch my carb intake for two reasons for #1 they really make me drag around and I feel like I can’t function very well-tired, lethargic and very sleepy and #2 it has been the best way for me to lose.  I do try to eat the more complex carbs that take longer to break down into sugar.  When I was diagnosed with diabetes and the Doctor told me all the things I could not eat it was like turning on a switch in my head that said your on crave mode for all those foods that are no no’s now.  EAT GIRL EAT-GO CRAZY!-YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE IT-AND I MEAN NOW RIGHT NOW!


Do you exercise? If so, what type of exercise do you enjoy? Do you work out with family or friends?

Well I’m not good with that yet.  Although I do a lot of walking at work I know I need to start exercising.  I  use to like it but now I guess age with all of the aches and pains that go along with it and the years of not exercising it’s hard to get motivated along with bad knees.  I’ve had surgery on one already.


Is it taking a while for your mind to adjust to the new you?

My mind tells me I’m thin and young but my eyes still see a very large woman like when I look in the mirror or at a picture.


How do you measure your success throughout the process?

I guess by the way I feel, I’m not huffing and puffing from carrying the extra weight around and how baggy my clothes fit.


Do you feel like your confidence has improved?

I believe my confidence in losing weight yes has improved.  I know I need to get motivated to move more on my days off.


What do you eat on an average day?

I try to eat more healthy although I don’t succeed every day on that but I do make those choices more often than not.  I try to choose steamed veggies instead of a loaded baked potato, grilled fish instead of fried and I eat hamburgers or breakfast sandwiches with only half the bread.


Is there anything else you want to tell us?

Well the only thing I think that really helps me keep off what I have lost so far is that for me I need to weigh myself often.  It helps me to adjust the way I eat.  So if I see the scales go up a couple of pounds then I know to adjust my eating instead of not weighing myself and in two weeks I’ve gained ten to fifteen pounds.  So I’d rather watch what I eat for a day or two instead of for months to lose what I had gained.  I would suggest everyone  to invest in a good set of scales and use them at least once a week to monitor if you are gaining weight so that you can take a couple of pounds off right away instead of having to lose 150 pounds because you haven’t weighed yourself in several years.   I wish everyone good luck and to (like my daughter says) just keep on keeping on.  Also do overs are allowed as many times as it takes to get you there.


16 years old and 128lbs


 19 years old about 128lbs

Christmas 2009


Today at 221lbs and dropping! 😉

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About Carman

36 year old military wife of 18 years and stay at home mom to 4 incredible kids (3 girls ages 17, 11, 11 and our son is 6). After my 4th, and final baby, I decided I wanted to be more active, healthier, happier, and to be an example to my kids. I joined Weight Watchers and started using the Points Plus program to learn portion control, moderation, and develop healthier habits. I also used the dietSNAPS app to track my meals and it was such a life changer for me to literally *see* what I was putting in my body! Cyndi, Lexy and I created this blog to be accountability partners and that has been a huge key to this journey! I love to cook and I love converting my favorite recipes into a healthier version for my family to enjoy! I love the after effects of exercising :) I love challenging myself to fitness goals to change things up and in doing so I have run numerous 5K/10K's, several half marathons, one full 26.2 marathon, and a Tough Mudder. I love circuit training, weight training, and running sprints. My goal is to inspire others to take their health seriously, and to show how small changes can lead to big results.

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