More Progress In The Weight Wars

  1. Another MAJOR breakthrough in my battle against morbid obesity: Yesterday I found out that I've regained enough control over my abdominal muscles to do....(drum roll) REGULAR SIT-UPS!!! :hatparty:

    A small accomplishment, perhaps, to the millions of people who've never had a problem with sit-ups. But I haven't been able to do a single one in TWENTY YEARS---not since I had my first Cesarean. Granted, the majority of that time I didn't care whether I could do sit-ups or not, but on the few occasions when I tried, I couldn't.......I just didn't have enough muscular strength, and there was far too much abdominal fat in the way even if I had had the "oomph".

    Now that I've been doing crunches for a couple of months, however, a miraculous transformation has occurred in the central area of my body, a zone which should actually have been condemned years ago: I can actually hold my stomach in a little bit. Not only that, I'm developing what I think would ordinarily be called.......mmm, let me think.......oh yeah, a WAISTLINE!

    Who'da thunk a little exercise could do this old, saggy carcass this much good? And better yet---what's it going to be like when I'm another 75-100# less than I am now? I have no idea what I weigh at this point, I've had no access to a scale in over a month, but with my clothes getting bigger and bigger and my co-workers telling me they're seeing less of me every week, I know it's going in the right direction. In fact, I think I'm well on track to drop the whole hundred pounds I'd vowed to get rid of by Christmas.

    Of course, the fight won't be over then, fact, it'll be just shifting into another phase, because I still won't be thin, and given the number of years I've been seriously overweight I probably will never get there. But if I can get below the 200 mark and stay there, I'll be a whole lot better off than I am now, let alone where I was four months ago (or 15 months ago when I topped out at almost 340).

    In the meantime, I'm just going to keep working at it, patiently, increasing my endurance and strength and yep, relishing the fact that I can do sit-ups......even if crunches are actually better for you (not to mention easier on your back!) Thanks, everyone, for your encouragement and kind words over these past few months......I couldn't have done any of what I've accomplished so far without you. :kiss
  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   nursemichelle
    :hatparty: :hatparty: :hatparty: Yeah!!! Good for you!!! Keep up the good work!!!! :hatparty:
  4. by   jkaee
    :hatparty: :hatparty:

    Happy day!! Because of the last thread you posted, I told my husband to go out and buy that Nordictrack treadmill, and we've been using it everyday! You feel so much better after doing a good workout, with all those endorphins pumping through you. You are truly an inspiration for get off the couch and get moving! It was kinda freaking me out, I'll be turning 30 this year and after 3 kids things just aren't the same as they used to be!

    Keep it up!

  5. by   gypsyatheart
    Wow! You go girl! I am impressed. You are a motivation to us all!
  6. by   Energizer Bunny
    FABULOUS!!! My big problem is my back starts to hurt, as does my neck. I have a support bar now, but my back still bothers me. I just got under 200 a couple weeks ago, and can't seem to get any further.

    Good for you!!!!! You'll do it...I know you will!
  7. by   manna
    That is great! Congrats on your weight loss - you're an inspiration!

    I remember in high school, when we were picked to choose an exercise in gym I always chose sit-ups. Apparently I had nice abs back then... :chuckle
    I remember the other people in my class hating me for it, and I always wondered why... now I know! :chuckle
  8. by   Tweety
    That is so awesome!!!! I'm so amazed and proud of you. What an inspiration! Woot!
  9. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from CNM2B
    FABULOUS!!! My big problem is my back starts to hurt, as does my neck. I have a support bar now, but my back still bothers me. I just got under 200 a couple weeks ago, and can't seem to get any further.

    Good for you!!!!! You'll do it...I know you will!
    Are you talking about the Ab Roller? I bought one a couple of weeks ago, and that's what's helped me progress so quickly.......I'm up to 150 crunches per workout session (I do them in sets of 30, trying to work up to 50). I've had lower back problems since I was only 14, but I think it's helping mine, as one's back tends to get stronger along with the abs.

    Congratulations to you on reaching the under-200 mark!! :hatparty: WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!
  10. by   WickedRedRN

    GREAT JOB!!! I am happy to see others succeeding !!!! You are doing a great job and I am with you all the way. I will confess here that I, too have been waging the obesity war and am making progress. I refuse to go the surgical route (too scary to me) but applaud any one who can and does lose the weight with whatever plan/method they choose. I myself am down 52 lbs since Dec 7 and will continue on my phase 1 program until May 24. I soon will be out of "morbid" status and only considered obese (sounds silly to be happy about that, but I am)

    Onward and Downward!!
  11. by   Energizer Bunny
    nah, not the ab roller, just an ab bar that supports my neck when I do regular came with a richard simmons video. Thanks for the support!
  12. by   VivaLasViejas
    Right back at ya, Kim!
  13. by   AliceanRN2B
    I need inspiration and motivation, so reading your email was a pleasure. Can you give me more information on the "ab roller?" I'm went back to school at 32, quit smoking during nursing school, and now it seems like metabolism is acting like some autoimmune disease...everything I eat is turned into fat and I really need to boost my exercise program so I can be an effective person, healthy person, and happy person both at work at home. So, if you have any info on that ab thingy, I'd appreciate it.
  14. by   VivaLasViejas
    I bought mine at Target, it's not a "brand name" but it does the same thing as the ones they advertise on TV, and I paid only twenty bucks for it. It has a head support and bars you can grab onto while you do your crunches. (I also do pull-ups with mine.)

    Good luck, and let me know how you like it once you find one.