Today, my daughter's really stressed out me out. I won't go into what happened, but all I wanted was to get rid of all of this crazy stress I was feeling some kind of way. Automatically thinking of comfort food, the first thing I did was looked at the refrigerator. Of course before I even opened the doors, my food triggers list was staring back at me. Okay, I needed to find a healthier way to unwind, so I grabbed my workout DVD. I chose the 4 mile super challenge which is the final workout from my Walk away the Pounds.
I should probably mention that the most I've done so far on that DVD is the 3 mile advanced workout. I'd never done 4 miles and I didn't plan to get through the whole thing anyway. I just wanted to take everything I was feeling and push myself hard. I was amazed when I did the whole 4 miles. It certainly wasn't easy and I had no idea that I'd actually get through the whole thing, but shockingly I did. Yes!
Inspiration story: Janaye Murphy lost 122 pounds (Sparkpeople.com story)
Janaye's before weight was 288 pounds
How I Gained It: A little after my 21st birthday, my mom had a stroke and I moved back home to help my dad take care of her. Most of the day I sat around the house with my mom; she had a hard time walking and didn't get out much. I ate whatever I wanted, not worrying about what I was doing to myself. It was a really hard time in my life, and I comforted myself with food. In April 2009, we took my mom on a trip to Hawaii. I didn't recognize myself in the photos. I got on a scale -- I was 288 pounds.
Breaking Point: A few months after we got back from Hawaii, my mom's health got worse: heart problems, renal failure, diabetes, stroke and early Alzheimer's. I just kept thinking she wouldn't want me to end up like her and about how much I was putting myself at risk by being so overweight. At the beginning of August 2010, my mom passed away at 47. That was all the motivation I would ever need.
How I Lost It: I started working out six days a week with walking, yoga, cycling, weights and step aerobics. I stopped eating fast food, most processed foods and soda. People always ask me how I did it. There was no pill, surgery or diet -- it was a life change that requires a lot of motivation. I eat healthy and work out to live longer. There are days when I don't feel like working out, or I'm thinking about eating more than I should, but then I think about my mom and I know she would want me to live a long and healthy life. We fail to realize sometimes that we only get this one body, and we are only cheating ourselves by not taking care of it.
Janaye's current weight is 166 pounds.
Daily Food Journal:
Breakfast: Steel cut oatmeal with a sliced pear, flaxseeds and chopped walnuts, decaf
(I usually put berries in my oatmeal, but I was out. I had a pear left in the fruit bowl so I sliced that up instead. I probably won't do it again only because the pear and the oatmeal together was really filling.)
Lunch: peanut butter and bananas on multi grain toast and a side of broccoli (I've been wanting to try peanut butter and bananas for the longest, and I'm glad I did. It was also very good.)
Snack: 1 hard boiled egg
Dinner: baked sweet potato and sautéed kale with garlic, hot cup of green tea with honey
Sweat means your body is getting the movement it needs.