2018 No More Excuses Challenge 2nd place: Mary Mingles

The past 12 weeks have been a serious challenge.  Mentally, physically, and emotionally, I have been on a bit of a roller coaster.  When I signed up for this challenge, it was because I decided enough was enough, it is time for a change.  A permanent change.  I refuse to go back.  I haven’t made any drastic cuts, I still eat bread because its so darn tasty.  I still have my morning coffee.  I don’t want my soda anymore.  I have seen the destruction it has caused in my life and in the lives of those I love.  But I also don’t have my ice cream every night.  I don’t need seconds or thirds at my meals.  If I want a snack, it can still be healthy like a few nuts instead of the package.  My will power has become greater than ever.  Never before have I been able to start eating something and stop without finishing it because I had had enough.
I have had some challenges and thought about making some excuses.  I spent an evening in the ER after an allergic reaction to the contrast dye used in the MRI I was having because I have a high risk for breast cancer and am not having my bilateral mastectomy until June.  I call that stress piled onto stress.  Add to that having to dump my breast milk for 3 days because of it.  But while I would typically forget about the diet in those situations, get fast food on the way home and binge for the next few days while I recovered, I didn’t.  I had a single scoop of ice cream with strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries.  It was delicious and since I missed dinner being in the ER it was well within my calories for the day.
For the past few weeks, I have been applying for jobs and am actually going to an interview for a new job about 3000 miles away because my family is planning to move across the country this summer.  Add to all of this, my three children 3 years old and under.  I am so proud of myself for continuing to push to eat right and go to the gym and stop making so many excuses.  When I started in January, I could barely run 30s continuously.  Now I can make a little over 10 minute mile and keep going.  I have never been a runner, but I’ve built up to consistently running at least a mile five days a week.  And that is in addition to attending at least two gym classes a week (Zumba and a mixed cardio/strength class) and using some of the weight machines.  I can now leg press my body weight!
Starting weight: 215
Today’s weight 182
Multiple inches lost
Confidence at new heights!
A colleague told me the other day that I seem a lot happier lately.  And even my high school students have congratulated me on losing weight and looking healthier!