If I Can Do It, So Can You!

Chris before and after

(The following blog is from my wife, Christine.)

I know many of you have been following our journey into health.  Especially Dave’s personal journey to losing weight, getting fit, taking up running and getting off his diabetes and heart medications.  I thought that it is time I finally wrote from my own perspective.

Last July, I’d just about had it and decided to lose weight and get fit at age 47!  I know that many people would agree with this.  Heck, so do I!  Sure, I have struggled with my weight since before time, (well if it *was* before time I would weigh nothing!) Ok, so it was as far as I can remember well into my teen years!

At first, I was only 30 to 40 pounds overweight.  Not so shabby!  I looked good in those size 14 jeans!   But, with the years and the stresses of life, came the stretches of fat!  Yes, I have tried most things.  Yes, even Weight Watchers.  Yes, I lost weight but then guess what?  Ah, you guessed correct!  More years, more stress and more stretches of the dreaded three letter word that begins with ‘F’!  (At least, I didn’t say a four letter word that begins with ‘F’! *grins*)

Fast forward to last July.  One day I will write a bit more about my struggles and life.  Now, I am very happily married to Dave, for nearly eleven years.  In the last year I have seen him take real charge of his health and fitness, kicking his diabetic and heart medications to the curb!  I have never been more proud of him than when he wrote his first novel.  He has taken up running and uses My Fitness Pal to log everything.  He has lost weight and is fit!  I am watching him and loving what I see and more importantly, what our doctor said to him, ‘you do not need to take your diabetes and heart medications anymore!’ I want the doctor to tell me I don’t need to take my high blood pressure meds anymore.  I want to look good and feel great!  I want to join my wonderful husband in our journey together in getting healthy!

Dave was my inspiration!

It isn’t easy, (who said life is easy?), but using a calorie tracker, My Fitness Pal, joining a gym, eating healthier, taking the Peak Performance Pack and of course with Dave by my side doing this with me, I have lost a total of 69 lbs and 8 inches from my waist and 6 inches from my hips. I am down 5 pant sizes. I am turning my fat into muscle and I feel great!

Dave was going through some old photos and found one of me from October 2005. I was at my cousin’s daughter’s one year old birthday party and dancing away. (This photo on the right is from Dec 2015.)

For other people struggling with their weight, it is never too late to get started! I am willing to help anyone who asks.

So, stay tuned.  The best is yet to come!

2 thoughts on “If I Can Do It, So Can You!

  1. Christine: Your story is already an inspiration. Good for you! I can say without reservations – the reason you will continue to find success is because you have someone by your side who is pursuing similar goals. I have been running with a friend from work about once a week for the past twenty years. He gets the credit for at least half of my workouts (those inevitable “I don’t feel like it” days), and he and I have achieved fitness goals I never would’ve pursued alone (including a half-marathon). Ideally I would choose my wife as my fitness partner, but it has been no less effective with a friend. I wish you well and look forward to reading about your continued progress.

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    1. Thank you, Dave for your kind words! Yes, it definitely helps having my husband on the same health and fitness path. Sure, we both tried this and that together and it was always the same thing. In fact, what I saw in Dave when he finally said, enough is enough and saw his results, is what gave me an internal kick in the you know where to get going myself. He always said that he wouldn’t force me but would always love and encourage me. It is the same thing with us being vegetarians. I have been a vegetarian for over 20 years, but I never forced Dave to become one. Sure, I would make delicious non meat dinners that he loved. But, he used to always still eat his meat and love his bacon. He woke up one day nearly two years ago and decided on his own to cut out all meat! And a week later, he did more research and opened my eyes to being a vegan. We do try to eat vegan at home, but when we eat out, it is hard. So, getting back to the topic, we greatly encourage one another but never force it. I just wish that I did this years ago when we were trying to get pregnant. (Ok, well, *I* was trying to get pregnant! LOL) That journey is another story.

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