Saturday, July 31, 2010

Getting Healthy One Step At A Time















One year ago as of July 28Th 2009 hubby and I decided to get healthy having your Wii Fit insult you is a motivator;)
We started out by making changes to our diet and a fellow blogger threw out a challenge and we accepted Robyn's Raving's.
We cut processed foods and butter out of our diets and started out eating fish and lots of fruits and veggies.
I lost 20 pounds in 8 months hubby lost 30 pounds.
When I went for my blood panel in April I thought the doctor would give me good news but he instead told me my bad cholesterol had risen from 206 to 268 and that he wanted to put me on a second cholesterol medication.
I said this cant be I lost weight he told me that the only way to lower my bad cholesterol was threw excercise I asked him to give me time to change things he told me I had until my next blood draw.
I started out walking 3 miles a day drinking 2 liters of water a day and eating 5 small healthy low fat meals as time progressed I have upped my excercise to weight training for upper arm strength as well as water aerobics and yoga and now I walk 7.5 miles a day in under an hour although Iam tired most of the time I have lost another 20 pounds for a total of 40 pounds in 12 months:)
This was one of the goals I had set for myself.
I went into see the doctor the other day for my blood panel results and although I still have to keep taking my cholesterol medicine I wont be put on a second one as I have brought my bad cholesterol down to 101.
Our new life style has to be a permanent one and it has been alot easier since hubby and I are doing it together.
My H1C is now 5.5 and I have cut my Diabetes medicine in half it is so great to be able to say I did it Iam on my way to being healthy:)
I saw a friend today I hadn't seen in a year she said hey you lost half of yourself that put a big smile on my face.
Setting realistic goals for yourself and reaching them is a good feeling we cant change everything over night just one step at a time:)Hugs Darcy

21 comments:

Renna said...

As someone who seriously needs a lifestyle change, you've inspired me!

Robynn's Ravings said...

I am so inspired by YOU!!!!! Love what you've done and you look BEAUTIFUL!!!! What a darling picture. :) Hey, I left you a LONG comment on my current post with lots of info about your questions. I am amazed that you walk 7.5 miles a day. No wonder you've done such a fabulous job. God BLESS you, Darcy. Thank you so much for telling me and motivating ME!

Tina said...

Congratulations!! Enjoy the new body and the new lifestyle :) :) You look great!

Meg said...

You are amazing! Of course, I already knew that. ;) congrats on all the changes and your fabulous results! hugs, Meg

SusanB-knits said...

Congratulations! Keep up the good eating habits and exercising. You deserve a pat on the back!!

Sara said...

Well done! My husband is a pharmacist. When he was in school and they studied disease, the first step was *always* to change diet and then begin exercise. If that didn't work *then* try drug therapy.

Julie said...

Congratulations, Darcy! And to hubby too! Wow - it just shows what will-power and stick-to-itness can do.

Turtle said...

yay to you both! I am right with you, although i did not have the problems with any health concerns i was just tired of being fat! I am down 38 pounds and am now starting to re-add yoga and cardio. 12 pounds to go to my goal but life is much nicer! Good for you Darcy (((hugs))) to you!!! It's tough but a good life change huh!!??

Winona said...

Darcy, good for you. I am struggling to get healthy too. It hasn't been easy, but as you say, 'One step at a time." Great advice. You have inspired me to step it up a notch. I try to walk 3 miles a day. Keep up the good work. Winona

Channon said...

Congrats, Darcy! It does help a lot when you and your hubby are on the same plan.

Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

Thankyou everyone for your encouragment and kind words it means more to me than you can know.Hugs Darcy

Robynn's Ravings said...

Hi Sweet Friend!

Left you a long note on raw milk on my blog. I put it there so others might benefit from the info, too! HUGS TO YOU!!!

Yarn Miracle said...

Darcy, that's amazing and wonderful! What willpower! Not to mention 7.5 miles in an hour - good gravy that's speedy walking. I used to do 4 (pre-Ellie back in the days when there was time for that kind of thing) but that was just small potatoes.

Woot to you!

Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

Yarn Miracle if I didn't have a helpful hubby I dont know how I would have the time to excercise we have 1 going into preschool and 1 going into 1st grade so when school starts in 2 weeks it will be an every day is busy busy but we will figure out a schedule to work around taking the girls to and from school and homework meal preperation bed time ect...
When there is a will there is a way:)

You could knit me a wee monkey I would take him on my walks and to the gym and take pictures and we could do a whole blogging thing he would need a swimsuit and a hair cap for water aerobics;)Hugs Darcy

Katherine said...

Darcy, that's fantastic!! I would love to do the same thing and have been putting it off but you have made me realize that all I need is to START. Thanks and keep up the good work!

gMarie said...

Oh I would so love to have my hubby on board with getting healthy. You are very lucky! And way to go on the meds and the speed. Amazing. g

Anita said...

That's wonderful news!!! I'm so happy for you! :)

Nell said...

Congrats! Those are hard changes to make and to stick with.

Vanessa said...

Look at you little mrs. Hotty lol... How are you??? I saw you posted on my Erie trip. I hope my little one get's into the Preschool here we will not find out for another 2 weeks *sigh*. Miss our chats, and hope your doing well you look fantastic!
HUGS
Ness

Caffeine Girl said...

Congratulations! You are so right about the lifestyle change. I've also been insulted by my Wii and am back on Weight Watchers permanently!

Patt said...

That is so super Darcy, you and hubby are role models for all of us.
I'm changing my food and eating habits as well. but really just started so lets see where it takes me.
Hugs Patt