Monday, March 8, 2010

Living My Healthy Life

Hello Everyone!
If you have read my blog regularly then you know
that on 9/09/09 I started a new health journey.
For life.
I had been to the doctor and discovered my high
B/P was not going away and it was pretty scary.
I've been on two medications ever since.
It's now been six months and I'm ready to
report my newest health stats to you here.
Total weight loss 45 pounds.
B/P this am 98/65
I am t-h-r-i-l-l-e-d!
My goal when I first started was 43 pounds
and I have now passed it. I've lost 4 pant sizes!
I hope I helped to inspire you in some small way.
I promise you can do it too!
Join me here and I will share what I did.
The beginning is hard but worth it.
We should all treat our bodies well.
What was I thinking?
A normal blood pressure reading is below 120/80.
Mine was high for over 2 years and I kept ignoring it.
Bad idea. Mine is now super low and I am sure I will
be taken off at least 1 of my meds this coming week.
I feel fantastic!
My husband has been my biggest supporter.
He's my trainer! If you are wanting to start
a weight loss journey this is so important.
We walk our neighborhood together at least 3 times a
week between 3 to 4 miles. I wish we had this view.
I am not a runner at all but would really like
to work up to this goal. We also use our Bowflex
weight machine another 3 times a week.
We vary which muscle groups we work each time.
My legs are really shaping up well!
I still weigh every single day.
I have a notebook with each days recorded weight.
This helps me to stay right on track.
It must be my detailed nature at work.
Everyone is different but I would weigh
at least weekly to keep track of yours.
Many of you have asked me what we eat?
At least it feels this way when you eat well.
We have excluded all refined sugars and cut way
back on salt. I don't follow a certain book or plan.
We just eat fresh and healthy meals every day.
For me just being simple in my thinking is working.
Plenty of water and not eating at night is key for me.
My cut off time is right after dinner. Around 6:30.
I brush and then absolutely no late snacking.
It really works!
It is important to snack during the day
and one of my big favorites are cheeses.
I have sticks or I just slice some up and enjoy.
Sometimes I add a little fruit or nuts with it.
Another favorite snack are nuts of any kind.
Almonds, cashews and walnuts are my choices.
Just a few. We also add them to our salads.
We enjoy hot tea. It is so good for you too.
I drink a cup during the day and decaf at night.
I love earl grey and peppermint.
Don't these look good? This is what we do not drink.
I have not have a soda for 6 months now.
I was such a fanatic too. I don't even miss them.
Take time for you. Relax and think about what your goal is.
I'm glad I have finally taken charge of my health.
This is our way of life from now on and it is wonderful.
I am certainly not an expert but if I can help by answering
more detailed questions please feel free to let me know.
You can comment here or email me. I will get back to you.
Have a fabulous week!
I'm off to buy some more new clothes.


Patricia said...

Oh wow Melissa!!

You are an inspiration!!!

Many Blessings

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Congratulations Melissa! Bravo! You really do give me hope. I love hearing about how you did it. I haven't given up and many of the tips you shared are things I do as well. I just need to get more serious.It's really helping that my daughter has given up sugar for Lent and she wants to permanently give it up. I'm thrilled because she lives right next door and we are together all the time. Again I say bravo!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I so needed to read that today...that has been on my mind all day....Now I just need to do it....the eating late at night is one of my biggest problems...along with diet coke....I really want to give that up and I am down to one a day...

Jenglamgirl said...

I AM SO SO SO SO SO PROUD OF YOU! CONGRATS! You have made very wise decisions in your entire weight loss journey. WAY TO GO! How awesome to surpass your weight goal! I too am on the weight loss journey and am down 26 lbs. I would love to loose 36 more lbs. I am going to do it. I eat very healthy too! NO SUGAR, a gallon of water everyday too. HUGS, JGG. p.s. MY Easter Entry table is up on my blog. Have a good night!

Mary Ellen said...

Wow Melissa- that is just fantastic!! So proud of you friend!

Now- where are the pictures! We are all wanting to see your new look!


kim said...

Congrats on a job well done. I have always had to fight with my weight. I am trying to do like you and just eat healthy. Lots of water and fresh fruits and veggies and mostly chicken or fish and maybe red meat once a week. Mine will take forever to come off, but slower is better.

southerninspiration said...

Oh Melissa, you have done so, so well. I am still struggling with weight and thyroid, so hard, and yet you motivate me to know there is hope. So proud of you!


xinex said...

Congratulations, Melissa! I wish I could have your will power. Keep it up!...Christine

Love the Decor! said...

Woo hoo !! You are truly my hero!!
Congrats!! Great tips we can all implement.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

I'm so proud of you girl...and WOW!! 45 pounds...girl that a huge lost...YAHOO!! new clothes got to love that and tell Alex's thanks for the support and getting you healthy once again...Love ya girl...Hugs and smiles to you...Gl♥ria

Kathysue said...

Melissa, I am so proud of you and for you. I did this same thing about 15 yrs ago and I remember thinking no food tasted as good as it felt to be healthier and thinner. I swore I would never let myself do that again. Welllll, here I am in the same boat. I am so glad you posted this because I am having a fun Spring Fling shopping day tomorrow with a friend and we have decided to figure out what we are going to do and to encourage and hold eachother accountable. Your pep talk is at a perfect time for me. Thank you for the encouraging words. Now I need to commit and just DO IT!!! Kathysue

Tardevil said...

Congrats, Melissa! I wish I had the willpower to give up refined sugar. If I could do that, the weight would fall off. I don't know how you do it. Good luck w/ the rest of it!

Amy Kinser said...

Congratulations! I am so proud of you!!! You have done wonderful!!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

I'm so very proud of you, Melissa!! Way to go!! Now if I could just shave off another 10lbs., I would be happy, too. THink I just need to get off my bottom and excercise, toO!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Tara G. said...

I'm so proud of you! Way to go! Are you going to post a picture of the new you?! :)

Barb said...

I am soooo happy for you and thank you for explaining what you have been doing..

Frugal Vicki said...

Congratulations! I must say, you actually make dieting sound good!

Jo said...

Congratulations! I'm thrilled for you and your fabulous accomplishment.

Thanks for the suggestions and healthy tips. I need to get in shape for beach weather which is just around the corner.

Have a wonderful day~

Liz said...

Melissa, I am so proud of you. Congratulations, sweetie! =) What an inspirational story. You have inspired me more than you know. Your positive posts and outlook on life is truly AMAZING. I am proud to report that I have now lost 23 pounds. I still have more to go, but I know I will be successful this time...thanks to you. =) Thank you for sharing your story.

Big Hugs,

Kimberly said...

wow! what an accomplishment!! so proud of you! thanks for the tips on what you doing~~I would like to lose 10lbs. I like sweets too much!

April said...

Melissa...I am so happy for you! You have done such an awesome job at reaching your goals...and surpassing them! What an inspiration you are!

♥ Noelle ♥ said...

congrats!!! what a wonderful accomplishment!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Congratulations, Melissa! Good for you for taking back your health! I'm sure your doctor is pleased, as well, and wishes all his patients could be like you. It's so good that your hubby was with you all along, that support is so important.

Mari said...

Way to go. Wish I were doing as good!

Suzann said...

I am on BP meds and I hope to come off of them very soon. I have cut my cholesterol dramatically, but not quite enough. But I'm not giving up hope.

Lynda said...

Melissa, that's wonderful....Congratulations!! You inspired me earlier in your weight loss and 'living a healthy life', and I've managed to lose 15 pounds! I can already see a difference in my clothes. Feels great. I'm so happy about your BP. I'm hoping to get off those meds one day myself!

Robin said...

This SO inspires me! I had almost reached my weight-loss goal, only to hit a stressful time in life (I know, excuses, excuses) and gained nearly all of it back. I'm trying to re-reach (like my made up term?) my goal again and have so far lost about 7 pounds. Your eating plan and mine are very similar so I just wanted to let you know that I'm cheering you along as you work

Denise said...

Melissa, congratulations on the weight loss, you have done an amazing job and are such an inspiration to others. I love eating fresh fruits and veggies but snacking at night can often be my downfall! I'm still trying to do better :)
Have a lovely day

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Melissa... I am SO proud of you! You did a great job, and you deserve an ovation! :-)

Getting ready to get ready for Claudie's visit. Life is just crazy right now. I'm going to try to blog tomorrow, but then I will be off for a week to entertain Claudie and her friends who are coming with her. Can't wait. Wish you could be with us. There is nothing like meeting other bloggers.

I have finally gotten back on my diet (which is actually a lifestyle change), and I'm trying to be good. LOL!


Sheila :-)

call me crazy said...

Congratulations Melissa! I am so happy for you! :-)

Jolyn said... are such an inspiration I so wish you lived right here. I love the positive attitude you have and in reading this post I can feel that you are so happy...Love to you and enjoy every day and the new you..
Bless you,

Sandy said...

Hi Melissa, Thank you so very much for sharing this post with us. I really needed it! Congrats and Great Job as I know it can be hard, but you did it!!

Manuela@TPOH said...

Yay for you Melissa! Congratulations on achieving your goals. You are such an inspiration!


Morgan said...

Congratulations! You have done such a wonderful job and are such an inspiration to others! I am so proud of your determination and surpassing your goals!

Congrats again!

Lynda @ SportsMadGirl said...

Congratulations!! That is awesome. Your are an inspiration for me to keep at it. I know that as long as I keep working at it I will lose the weight. Thank you!1

Pamela said...
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Pamela said...

Way to go Melissa! I hope to achieve as good of goals as yours!!

Screaming Meme said...

I am so PROUD of you! Yay! I know that it is hard to change your whole life...I have Celiac Disease...I was very sick for a long time before I knew what was wrong...I too have changed my eating habits...and I feel AWESOME! You go, Girly! You should be proud of yourself!

Marla at Always Nesting said...

Great job!! I'm so proud of you. It's amazing that we take our health for granted when we are young and then it catches up to us. It's awesome that you've taken back and are controlling the things you can.

Aunt of 14 said...

Yay you!!! :) I need to work on the soda thing. I know it is not good to have bubbles or drink with a straw because it brings air into your stomach making you think you're full, then when it "pops" so to speak, you're hungry again in 5 minutes. But I just like the bubbles!!! :( How did you conquer that?

Lisa @ Another Day Today said...

Congratulations! What an accomplishment :)

I'd love to see photos!

Melissa :) said...

You are such an inspiration! Your calm tone & demeanor is so commendable. Do you ever get your feathers ruffled? LOL

I am SO proud of you. I know this is so hard. I'm currently taking charge of my own weight loss & I think all will be just fine - EXCEPT for giving up Sonic Diet Cokes. Truly, I am addicted!!

I know I have never met you but I really stand firm - I just know your heart is as warm as your home.

What a blessing to meet you! Congratulations! :)

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Good for you. I did that about 8 years ago and kept it off until my cancer. The steroids have aided in my being very heavy. Hopefully someday I will be off them and can lose the weight again!

~G~ said...

I am soo proud of you! You are an inspiration and very encouraging to me. I NEED to lose about 15 pounds, and those pounds are so hard for me. And the cokes....grrr. But I'm working on it. Keep us posted, and thanks for the encouragement!

Gigi said...

Congratulations, Melissa! I was in the same boat.....just let it all slip up on me so I am now taking my parents to the Mall and we are now Mall Walkers! It is good for all of us and I really do feel a lot better but some days....I just have to force myself to go and just do it! It seems like it is a lot harder to lose those pounds now that I am older! Now when I hesitate to get out there and walk....I will remember you and will get that walk on! Thanks for the motivation!

Good job!!!
Gigi (Cynthia)

Stacey said...

I'm so proud of you! You have accomplished something that many people only dream of. Think of all the additional years you and your hubby will have now!

Adge said...

Congrats Melissa. That is great. keep it up.

Jenn said...

Congrats! that's awesome!

Ann said...

Congratulations Melissa!! You've motivated me. I've been trying to lose weight through eating healthy but I don't seem to make any progress on the scale.

Beth at Aunties said...

Wow!!! Way to go Melissa!!!.I am so PROUD of you! (eeek a bit jealous too)! Congratualtions!!!
It looks like I was copying Patricia sentiments without even knowing it!
You truly are an inspriration to me. It is so hard, the older one gets and you make me feel that each and very day counts. I need to get moving. Thanks for the encouragement!
(Ps This 12 pack a day dietcoke acholic is 14 years free! Congratualtions gain!)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I need to lose 50 pounds and afer reading this post (high blood pressure and on two medications also) I think I can do it. I have my little note book...
Started out with cranberry juice (kidney infection) but had a blueberry bagel with butter. I need to drop the butter...
wish me luck..I will need it.

Congratualtions on your weight loss and for having the strength to hand in there and accomplish it!
That is SO wonderful and you have been an inspiration!

AND...Melissa, thank you for your sweet comment on my rather "down" post! It's been bothering me.
Lots of love and hugs,

Melanie said...

Good for you Melissa. You have done a great job.

I need to get off the cokes. I started drinking them about 6 months ago and it is hard to stop.

You deserve some new clothes:) Enjoy your shopping trip.

9405018--Pat said...

Wow Melissa, Congratulations...You really do give me hope...thanks for sharing...Pat H

Happy@Home said...

Congratulations on your weight loss, Melissa. It sounds like you have made an entire lifestyle change. That can be hard to do, but you seem to be doing it very successfully. I applaud you for that. I hope that you will soon be able to no longer need BP meds. Thanks for such an inspiring post. I do pretty well with the eating, but get a little lazy about exercising.

Sherri Blum, CID said...

Congratulations on exceeding your goal, Melissa! You are an inspiration! I had to go through a divorce to lose my excess got to do so without all the legal fees! lol! ;)

Deb said...

Good for you Melissa....I've basically done the same thing as you....going from a size 18 to a 6 has been the greatest blood pressure was in the normal range...but I took it today and it was 98/64....and that is just from getting healthy...loving the new healthy life...I haven't had a soda or cafiene in 11 years...keep up the good work...

Lisa said...

This is such great news!!! You are such an inspiration to all of us.:)

The Kusibab Family said...

Sis! I am so unbelievably proud of your dedication and spirit. You are such an inspiration. Your nephews Noah and Gray can not wait for you to take them for a stroll very soon. You can do all the pushing I'll relax :) HA!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Yay, Melissa!!! Good for you! Congratulations on your hard work & on getting healthy, that's wonderful! :)

Nancy said...

Buying the new clothes is soooooo fun. I shrunk 3-4 sizes and I love it! AND YES! IT IS A NEW LIFE STYLE! NOT A DIET! It also takes time. I also get on the scale each day. Just to stay on track. If I go up a pound or two then I know to scale back or work out more. I am sooooooo happy for you! REMEMBER~~ YOU WERE my inspiration and now I am an inspiration to others also! Good Luck to you on the rest of your journey! We must go shopping for clothes one day! HA HA HA Nancy from OHIO

Nancy said...

Oh yes, I surpassed my goal! I have now lost 30 lbs. I FEEL GREAT! I even got my hair high lighted more! Having fun in OHIO. Nancy from OHIO

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

CONGRATS TO YOU!!! Now I better start and you are my inspiration! I just feel sluggish and I know its the extra wt. I have right now! I hope I do as well as you!

BeautifulDees said...

Thank you for your inspiration, I have started this week on my journey to better health. I have 15 lbs to lose.
Congratulation's on your new you.
You are a gorgeous gal.

myletterstoemily said...

way to go, melissa! you have
inspired me to step it up.

sugar is my addiction. :(

bluecottonmemory said...

Congratulations! I am so excited for you. I need to do the same thing. The time of day that gets me is between 6 and 9 p.m. UGH!
However, simplicity has been a word nudging me lately! Inspiration? Nudging me in the right direction? I need that! Thank you:)

BTW, Orange Dulche tea is my favorite!

Megan said...

Stopping by from SITS!

Congrats! You must look and feel fabulous!

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...,that is great!! I too need to get on the living healthy life road. I did just join a gym and in fact going to bed as soon as I am done with this to get up and work out for the first time in a long time! I so want to lose the weight and be done with it. What an inspiration you are!! So happy for you! Thank you for sharing and being such an encouragement! Hugs friend,

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Melissa, We want pictures!lol...I bet you look great!! I am so proud of you...
Sounds like your hubby is a big help too. That really makes a difference. I know that it was probably really hard at first, but the results are worth it I'm sure. Glad you have made it a way of life. Congradulations!! Kristen

Becca said...

YAY, Melissa ... you go girl !! You MUST be so proud of yourself. You set your mind to something ... and you did it !! And, how wonderful that your husband has supported you and been your biggest fan along the way !! I can only imagine how many people you have inspired to change their eating habits. I know you can't wait to show off your figure in lots of pretty, summer-y clothes !! Hugs, Becca (And, thanks for your sweet words about my master bath revamp!!)

Kristin said...

That is AMAZING. You should definitely be very proud of yourself!

shaynaleahk said...

Stopping by from SITS - I hope you had fun shopping! I lost 75 pounds in 2009... I wish I could say it was a magic pill or potion... mostly it was cutting down on snacking, portions...not so much increasing exercise, although I am much more active now that I don't get out of breath so fast! I have to shop as well - Today is the first warm day here and I only own three short sleeve shirts that don't flash any one!

I'm chronicling what happens after the weight loss is done at

Sharon said...

Melissa, I am so proud of you and your weight loss journey. I just started one 2 weeks ago and you have inspired me more. Thank you for sharing and keep up the good work my friend.

~Kristen~ said...

Girl you are a ROCK STAR!!!!!! I am so proud of you my friend and I continue to be inspired by you in so many ways. I have a verrrry long journey still ahead of me but I think of what you accomplished and it helps me!!! xoxo

Pat said...

Melissa, this is just outstanding!! You have encouraged me so much and I want to thank you for that. Giving up Pepsi is like a HUGE withdrawal but hey, I'm getting better each day. I always drink a lot of water. I'm also mixing 0 calorie sparkling water with sugar free juices ~ very refreshing! I drink iced tea but have never used sugar in it. I go for bloodwork next week so wish me luck! :-) My BP is always low but I have a problem with triglycerides & cholesterol ~ lots of that in my family history.

Sorry, I'm off track talking about me. This is meant to shine a light on YOU and what you have accomplished! Thank you for all the pics too ~ very nice.

Brightest blessings,


GOOD FOR YOU!!!!! I am soooo proud of you!!!! I hope to be back on track with my weight loss. I have missed two or more of my WW mtgs!!! grrrr!!!! I love to bake and cook so that does not help!!!!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello sweet friend...

Ohh Melissa, I'm just elated for you, Sweetie! Ohhh my gosh...45 pounds??? That is simply fabulous...and you've gone down 4 pant sizes to boot! I'm just doin' the happy dance for you, Darlin'! I know that it's been quite the's never easy in the beginning but I bet you can't imagine doing it any other way now! You've done it the "smart" way...eating healthy...not falling for some fad diet! I'm so proud of you, sweet friend!!! Ohh my goodness, I have seen your wedding photo and Girlfriend, you were so thin and sooo gorgeous! You are so close to being that same weight...I bet you are just "pumped" about it! I'm also so happy to hear about your blood pressure! Girl, it's running kind of low now, I bet your Dr. takes you off at least one of those meds!

Such a fabulous success story, Melissa! You are such an inspiration to us all! Congratulations, Sweetie!!! You've worked so hard and now you are reaping all the benefits!!!

Well Darlin', I just wanted to come by to say hello and see how you are doing! What great news to hear!!!

Love ya,

Its So Very Cheri said...

Wow Melissa,
I am so PROUD of you. Great job.
Thank you so much for you sweet comments on my new site. It has been such a nice move. For some reason Google picked my blog and attacked it REGULARLY. It required so much time to take care of every problem. I have been super busy the last 3 weeks getting things done over there. I am super close to having the major stuff done and that means I can do all the fun stuff like projects and visits. It really does feel like a huge burden has been lifted off of me.


Angela said...

Melissa, that is amazing!


You should be so prouud of yourself. It was not an easy task and yet you did it. When you first started on your journey, you really inspired me to start getting healthy again too. I can't thank you enough.

You are such a beautiful person inside and out! I know you will be able to maintain this healthy weight because you're extremely motivated.

Have a great day!


The Blonde Duck said...

I'm so glad you feel so much better with your new healthy lifestyle!

Hope Filled Living said...

I love this post! I'm starting a weekly self-esteem class on my blog, called "The Journey", and would love to include an interview with you in the coming weeks. I hope you'll consider!
Mary :o)

The Random Blogette said...

Wow! What an amazing journey that you have been on! Congrats on getting your health in order. I know that it is very hard. I, myself, am working on doing the same thing. You are an inspiration to all women..and men too! Stopping by from SITS!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow Melissa! I am sooo impressed! You have really shown amazing sticking power! Mow I am inspired...maybe I can do it , too! Happy weekend...hugs...Debbie

Tam said...

OH Congrats! You inspire ME!

fiberdoodles said...

Oh Melissa that is amazing! Great job! You are such an inspiration!!

Karen said...

Oh Melissa - I am so proud of you. GOOD GIRL! I think that says it all . . .

Cass @ That Old House said...

Wow! That is such wonderful news, and such an inspiring post ... Howard and I both need to steer our eating habits toward more healthy choices; I like your plan.

Now go shop, and shop, and shop ... and this time for YOU, not the house!
BIG hugs.... Cass

Margo said...

Congrats on your weight loss and health improvements! I am on the same journey, and it helps to see others with success!
Stopping by from SITS!

Risa said...

Good for you! I knew you could do it. I'd love to know some of your fav recipes you use. Take care.

Connie said...

Good for you, Melissa ! Your news is terrific.
I'm sure it was hard in the beginning, but it all paid off. One common theme seems to be the soda pop ??

You must be anticipating quite a shopping day. With summer coming, will you go for a bikini now, lol ?
It just is so nice to hear good news.
You are a good inspiration and should be very proud of yourself.
Keep up the good work and have fun in the stores.

Angela said...

wonderful wonderful wonderful!!! I've been on a journey for 4 years now and have been released from 110 lbs,,and counting. I'm ALMOST at the
finish line. From a 3X to a size 6 right now...You have done amazing. Like you, I too feel SO much better and my energy level is

shelley said...

hi melissa,
i haven't stopped by in a bit so i thought i would and low and behold i found this post! YAY! and congrats to you my bloggy buddy! i know this is sooo much of a challange and change in life! just remember it's not a "diet" it's a "lifestyle" and you will be ok... i have been doing well, i'm down 10.51lbs in 3 weeks tomorrow is my weigh in date, i do that once a week now until i hit my "goal range" then i will hit the scale everyday! lol... i tried zumba last night for the first time and loved it! being a dancer you might too! love the fun movements, i might look like and old bag but meh who cares as long as i'm having fun, right? have a great weekend... and break... i can't believe it on the 6th will be my one year blogaversary, i want to do something special any ideas for a giveaway? i'm haveing an ellie krieger cookbook giveaway right now...anyhow, have a blessed day my friend!