The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Time for a change...









It's time for a change...

I've made changes in the past and modified my diet, exercise, etc... but I usually don't stick with those changes for long. My love for chocolate and sweets is great, and my old habits return quickly. After a yearbook committee meeting yesterday morning at the quaint "Crane Hollow Cafe" I realized that everyone around the table was healthy, active, and looked different than me. I desire that healthy lifestyle, not because I want to "look like" the other ladies, but because years of sweets and overindulging has resulted in 20 extra pounds, high cholestrol, a mouth full of cavities, and plenty of excuses.

So, yesterday I walked 3 miles around the lake, I watched the squirrels and prairie dogs play, and I gave a lot of thought to what I am putting into my body, and what changes I can make to ensure a healthier life. At the beginning of the summer I lost 12 lbs. and was exercising and felt great. Quickly I started eating my favorite cookies and candy and have regained it all.

If I start a new plan will I gain it all back once again? What if I don't stick with it, and put on more weight? Do I want to do Wieght Watchers and will I be able to cook "normal foods" for my family and lose weight on my own? I don't know the answers to those questions yet, but what I do know is that any reason not to start making changes is just an excuse. I'm done with excuses, and ready to turn over a new leaf.

It's time for a change!

7 comments:

Liz said...

Good for you lady! I'm also trying really hard in this department, but it's getting hard. Cold weather, holiday potlucks. Sigh. This takes SO much will power.

In related news, I'm having a Name Your Metabolism giveaway on my blog this week, so at the very least your metabolism could win you a cute X-mas banner!

Shannon said...

I'm ready for a change too! I just took your poll and I might have been the only one who said we eat out 4-6 times a week. I'm tired of doing that. :) I want to cook. :)

Beth said...

Good for you, Denise. By the way, when I saw you the other day, you looked great, but I know that you have to feel that way on the inside too. My friend Erika just started Weight Watchers and I know tons of people who have been successful that way b/c they can eat normally and just pay closer attention. Not that I am a true example of healthy eating, but I have some great recipes I can share with you. Also - how about picking a fitness goal (like the 10K Bolder Boulder on Memorial Day?) to get and keep you motivated? You could walk or run depending on what feels right for you and your body. Can you tell I love this topic? Anyway, good luck with your "change!" I know you can do it.

sue bakalar said...

YOU GO GIRL!! I know just how you feel and I too just made a change! Funny how the timing hits all of us at once. :-)

Keep up the great work and remember that I'm here if you get discouraged and just want a friend (that's not a cookie! haha)

Go get 'em!!

Melissa said...

I like what Sue said about a friend thats not a cookie! I so relate to that...

You are very brave (and determined) to put this out there to everyone. Good for you! I know at our house we do so much better at eating our fruits and veggies during the summer. Then winter hits and its all meat and potatoes, or chili w/cheese. Your post is a reminder to me to serve more green veggies and try to instill good eating habits in my kids now!

glitzen said...

I feel ya! Went to my dr today for some pain I am having in my arm, and we started talking about how my body doesn't like gluten, and he said "well, if you know that, why do you eat it?" Good question. I have SO much more energy, feel great, no foggy fatigue, and lose weight if I quit eating wheat.
So what am I waiting for? I have quit wheat lots of times, and love that feeling I get. So its time to do it again.
Good luck! hang in there, and pls inspire me! LOL.

Lorri said...

add another gal to your list...I had the same day as you only with out the walking 3 miles part!

Love you and thanks for being so transparent! Lorri