Starting weight: 310
Weight goal: 170
"I have tried for years to lose weight and have lost and gained it plus more back each time because of not being able to afford to have a trainer, membership to a gym, or dietician to help me to keep it off. I am determined. I can be the biggest loser!"
Angie Estes Progress Blog
June is here and the heat has just begun. Walking outside is just about impossible unless you wait until late at night or early in the morning and then it is almost too hot. So I am thankful to have the gym to work out at.
Next week is our final weigh in for the Biggest Loser Contest. I plan to continue working out and losing weight until I reach my goal, and I am glad that I had the opportunity to be in this because it has helped me to stay on track and lose weight and provided me the opportunity to have gym access for the time. Now that I am going good on losing weight I will continue.
I also have enjoyed having the time to memorize scripture to help me each week, I have gained so much from that.
I have enjoyed being able to share with all that read the blogs weekly also. I have so many people tell me they are reading what we write, and that it is an encouragement. I am encouraged also by it.
I think something that I have learned through this, is not to give up, even though you eat a piece of that cake, or a meal at a get together, that does not mean you have gained all you lost back, you have to reward yourself and give yourself a break every now and then, just don't say" oh, I ate something I should not have so I am quitting. " That is not true, one meal won't do it, every day will.
Thank you for your support through this, and thank you for your encouragement, it has meant the world to me.
Don't give up, and have a great week.
We had our second weigh in, and it went well. Everyone has lost and that is the best part.
I went to the doctor for the first time since losing weight and he was very excited. But the key is not only that you lose it but that you keep it off, so he will be even happier if it is still gone in four months when I go back. The best part was that I will be able to come off of my blood pressure medicine soon.
Only a few more weeks to go in the Biggest Loser Contest, but I hope all of us continue to live this lifestyle afterwards, that is the real prize.
God has worked in awesome ways through this and I am so thankful for that, and amazed.
My verse this week, Thy words were found and I did eat them,and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart... Jer. 15:16 Have a great week, and keep Him in the front of it!!!
This week was much better than last week.
I did not have any of the "I don't think I will make it through this workout" days.
We went out to eat on Mother's Day and I kind of worried if I was going to have to really blow it to be able to eat. We went to a nice restaurant with a buffet. And yes they had the fried chicken and the fried fatback, and the mashed potatoes and oodles of deserts. I made up my mind at the beginning that I would skip the fried chicken and have a desert. All they had for salad dressing was not low fat, and I know you know that dressing is loaded with fat. So I did ask for light, and they accommodated. I got the baked chicken and pulled off the skin. I ate the vegetables, just not loads because this is South Georgia and they probably were cooked with things like meat grease and fat. I did eat a desert, and I LOVED it, but I did not eat two or three like I would have done months ago. And I did not go home and beat myself up. You have to treat yourself every now and then and one meal won't put all those pounds back on, but several will lead to it. My husband and I talked about it on the way home and were both amazed at how my lifestyle has changed so much, and how I don't miss the fat things that I used to have to have all the time to be happy with what I ate.
So, today, I got back to the tread mill and workouts and will move on to the goal.
I feel so much better, and so many people are such encouragements to me and notice. And that is such a help.
I look forward to the final weigh-in next month, and hope that each contestant though all of us won't win an actual prize, feel so much better and all of us will keep on with this new lifestyle change even after the contest is over. I plan to!
I received an email from a friend that told me someone she told of my blog was so inspired by my blog that she began eating healthy and working out.
I had another one that told me that a friend began memorizing verses a week to help her through physical therapy that she is having to do.
I think it is neat how God has used this to help me, and also to help others. He is good!
My verse for the week: ....draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8.
Tip: Give yourself goals. I have been setting 10lb. goals. If I were to look at the end and say I have over 100 lbs. to lose, I would probably give up, but the 10lb. increments are very achievable and you deserve a treat at each!!!
Have a great healthy week!!!
I would have to say that by far this has been the hardest week yet. I have had such a hard time having the endurance I need when at the gym. I have still gone each day, but it seems that even before I have gotten half way through with walking on the treadmill I am so ready to be done, and so wondering if I will make it to the end of the workout. But each day I have. I just kept saying the verses I have learned, and praying the whole time that He would help me to keep on until I was done-and each time He did.
My schedule has been very different this week with appointments for my children on each day, so maybe that is why I have had such a hard time.
Eating wise, I am doing great, I have had those moments where I just want to eat something I want, but don't, I remember that I would really beat myself up afterwards because the pleasure of having the one food item is only but a moment, and the results are for a long time.
My tip for the week-don't give up-keep going when you think you can't and when you are done, you will feel so much better.
I was told a statement this week that has stuck with me I wanted to share.
We have a physical body(flesh) and we have a spiritual body, whichever we chose to fill more, that is what will grow. So feed your spiritual body and fill up with Him, and the problems you have with eating too much, will be less because you are focused on Him.
My verse for the week is Psalms 46:10 Be still and know that I am God!!!
Have a great week-and don't give up!!!!
Another week is over, and it has been good.
We had the first official weigh in and I was afraid I would be so nervous with the cameras, but it was okay. And it was good to see where everyone is, I think it encouraged each of us in the areas that we need to work in.
I have had so much encouragement I have received from so many has been such a big help. It is harder for me to tell that I have lost because I see myself everyday, but others notice.
But I do not get a big head, I know I have a long ways to go to get where I need to be, and it has only just begun.
I met a lady last week at the gym that has just begun her journey of weight loss and getting healthy. God just really laid her on my heart to pray for her. I have been since. Not only that she would lose weight, but that He would bless her for the efforts she is making to be there. I told her of my adventure so far and told her there are days that I feel like I really don't want to work out or keep trying, but I remember where I was, and where I want to be and know that I don't want to go back. I go ahead and workout and when I am done, I am so glad and feel so much better.
The verse I memorized this week was :He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT
It is amazing how much faster time goes when on the treadmill, or how much I can endure on the different machines, when it gets really tough, if I just to myself say a verse I have learned to help me. He really is such an awesome God!!!
My tip for this week that I have learned. EAT! Don't eat less than you need. You won't lose. You have to eat all the calories you need or you won't lose and you will cause yourself to feel bad.
Have an awesome healthy week!!!
Well week 3 is over and we are almost to a month of workouts, healthy eating and a different lifestyle.
I am still enjoying going and working out daily and meeting so many unique people.
It is easy on days to get discouraged because it seems it will take forever to lose the weight needed to be lost, but we did not gain it in a month and it won't all come off in a month.
Support still is so overwhelming and such a wonderful help, especially on the days I am discouraged.
For those of you out there trying to lose weight along with us, make sure you have some positive support to encourage you on the days you just feel FAT!!!!! It is such a help!!
My biggest drawback is water. I am not a water drinker and I am really having to make myself drink water. But that is about all I drink anymore which is good.
I sometimes get bored with walking on the tread mill so this weekend I and my son walked a challenge and accomplished it to one side of our neighborhood to the other, something we never would have done before-and it is not a short distance-and it felt so good!!!!
This week the verse that I memorized was Romans 12:1 which says: And so dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you, Let them be a living and holy sacrifice-the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him.
When I am in the middle of a very rough day where I don't think I can get through the workout, the verses I am memorizing are such a help-and when there is no one there to encourage me-He will!!!!
Have a great and healthy week!!!!
The second week is over. Working out is becoming much easier or I am getting use to doing it so much. I actually look forward to going to the gym everyday, and of course am so glad when I am through and feel so much better knowing I worked out. There have been many friends who have called and wanted to workout the same time I do, and what a neat thing.
I am so thankful for being allowed the opportunity to work out at Tony's. The lady who is training and helping(Treana) is so helpful. And it nice knowing your child is well taken care of and likes to stay with Miss Michelle too:)
Sunday my pastor made a point that stuck with me that really has helped me this week. He said: You may not be where you want to be right now, but God is with you right where you are. I know that the weeks ahead are going to be tough sometimes, and sometimes that I may feel I am never going to get where I want to be, but regardless He is there and knows what I am doing and will encourage me the same.
Many people have stopped and talked to me about my scripture memory, and how cool that is. Well this week God had a sense of humor. He put in my heart Psalms 63:5, "My soul will be satisfied with the richest of foods, with singing lips my mouth will praise Him."
Eating less has become much easier and I feel so much better because of it.
I know that there is only one contestant who will win the prizes but actually all four of us will win because we have changed to a new lifestyle that will make us healthier, feel better, look better, and be better people.
Thanks to everyone for your wonderful encouragement especially my husband and kids!!!!! It has helped so much!
Okay, the first week is behind us and I am so excited.
It has been a week of many new lifestyle changes, a couple of hard moments but most of all many rewarding moments.
I weighed in today after my first week of eating healthy and working out-the amount-I lost 13 pounds!!!!
I am sure it will slow down in the coming weeks, but I am just excited that I lost what I did.
Something that I have decided to do in this is to memorize a different scripture verse that will help me in the days that I am really struggling. This week it really worked. My verse for the week is Philippians 4:13- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Believe me, this week when I thought oh I can not go on another minute, I just kept quoting it, and I made it through. I know each person has their different things that will help them through this, but mine is my faith that each day He will help me to keep on keeping on to my goal.
I received a big incentive from a local business of which I will share later, that inspired me to really lose, and it is amazing the people that have stopped me in a store or out somewhere that have told me they voted for me. Thank you again to each of you, and for your encouragement and prayers.
And my husband made sure today that when I came home from the gym he ran out and yelled and made a big to do just like on the T.V. program-something else to make me laugh:)
Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
I thought I would touch base and tell you how the first day went.
I was so excited when I got up to know that today was the first day of a new me!!
I went to Tony's and had my official measurements done and then began the first training session and workout. It really was okay. Yes, I was sore, and still am, but I knew that it is going to work and that pushed me further.
I laughed on the way home because I reached up to scratch my ear and my arm was so tired I could not. I called my husband and said" you know I have to laugh and everytime I get discouraged I will laugh too." It really made light for what one day might me a downer.
I began the 1800 calorie diet and I did fine there too. I found that as long as I plan what I will eat I do well. If I have to just hurry and stop and eat I don't.
When I went to church tonight, my choir family were all congratulating me for being picked and all were such a big encouragement and I know will continue to be the next three months. You find out just how many friends you have when you need their support as I have for this.
I look forward to the days ahead even though some will be grueling and tough, and just think next time you see all of us, you will see less than before!!!
Ps. 46:1 He is my very present help in time of need.