“Picking Myself Up”

Hi there,

I lot of you probably wouldn’t know that I have been on a weight loss journey since October 2016. I have a back injury that the Neurosurgeon thinks I have had since birth and it has deteriorated through a life of hard physical work.  I didn’t know what my work future was going to be 6 months ago and it was heading to a back fusion, which may or may not work.  I decided that; this is not how I was going to end up, so the specialist gave me 6 months to lose 10 kg and I have lost 12 🙂 It wasn’t easy. I made it a lifestyle change and I have been supported by the dietician, my doctor and Physio. I know I would have given up if not for them, but I have so far avoided the operation by maintaining my weight goal.  I only have to look at photos of me earlier last year and I think, ‘was that really me”

Over the last few months with mums health declining my focus went to mum and dad and what they needed. I haven’t been eating or sleeping properly for about the last three months and I have only put a tiny bit of weight back on. I know it hasn’t been long since mums funeral and I miss her a lot, but I know she would want me to look after myself.

I don’t feel anywhere near as good as I did before all this happened. I have always been active, as I played tennis right up till Jayden was born. I will use the Hydrotherapy pool, which is really warm and it is amazing how it makes you feel. Even after the first session, I felt better.  I’m not allowed to do any land exercise as it’s too hard on my back.  Something I had to get used to as I used to walk three times a week with my friend.

So…………………..I have picked myself up and decided it’s time to get my act together and get back to feeling and looking better. I am doing this for me as much as my boys and I know they are proud of me.  Cody has really been great as he goes to the gym and looks after himself.  He shops with me sometimes and showed me how to read the labels, which is just a habit now.   I am starting back in the morning with my first Hydrotherapy session, where I do all my exercises set by my physio in the water. On Monday nights I am going to do the Water Aerobics Circuit that I do at my own pace. I know I am going to be sore and some mornings I won’t want to go but I think I am back in the right head space to just do it!!!

Physically and Mentally I have never felt so strong and I know once I put my mind to something there is no stopping me. Yep, mum always said I was determined and strong-willed growing up:)  I wish I could turn back time and I was that skinny 16-year-old again but lol!  With mum’s health problems with her legs, that made me even more determined to look after myself.

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Jayden bought me a new ‘cool’ water bottle to take with me to the pool and  I am ready to go. I have Wednesday’s off so the time suits me and I have dropped a settle shift on the Monday night which has worked in well also. I really need to buy new clothes but am waiting till the Spring/ Summer, when I’m where I want to be with my weight.

Once I get back into to it I won’t look back as I already know how good I felt and looked. All my hard work paid off and it will again! It is so good to not be in pain, to be off all the heavy drugs that I have been on and know that I have done this for me so I will be around a lot longer for my boys!

 

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Thanks for stopping by. I hope I may have inspired you to look after you also 🙂

Kerri x

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