Extreme Health Makeover

July 28, 2009 Categories: Extreme Health Makeover | 19 Comments  

I am embarking on a new adventure, called the Extreme Health Makeover. I want to tell you all about it, but I think some background is in order first.

I have struggled with my weight since puberty. I was overweight in high school and college (although when I look back at those pictures now, I think I looked pretty darn good!). I did manage to lose some my last year in college, but then I fell in love with the wrong person and tried to drown my sorrows in another relationship. When that one inevitably ended (he lived in another state), I was lonely, and I comforted myself with food, gaining back all the weight I had lost – and then some.

During this time, I went back to church after a long time away, and I met Kevin, and we got married. (Kevin thought I was beautiful, just the way I was. And he still does, many pounds later.) Unhealthy eating habits, four pregnancies, and comfort eating – you do the math. I am now at the heaviest I’ve ever been, and it’s taking its toll. I get out of breath walking one flight of stairs. I can’t keep up with my kids. I have acid reflux, back pain, sore knees, varicose veins – you name it. I can’t live like this anymore. It is time to make a huge change.

About a month ago, a friend of mine invited me to go to an event at the park, called Get Fit Colville. For the last two years, our community has been participating in Washington’s drive to become the healthiest state. They have a big kick-off event in the summer, and then people work hard to lose weight and get fit. There are prizes for percentage of body weight lost, and one pound of non-perishables are donated to the local food bank for every pound lost. So far, people in Colville have lost over 3,000 pounds.

The Get Fit Colville committee is also sponsoring Extreme Health Makeover. People who are determined to make a change apply and go through an interview process. 30 people applied, 11 were chosen – and I was one of those 11. I have received a year’s membership to the local gym, including an hour a week with a personal trainer. I will meet with a nutritionist to form a reasonable food plan, and will attend weekly meetings with the other participants for support and accountability.

I am very excited – and hopeful for the first time in a long time. I thought about setting up a specific blog for my weight loss journey – but this is my personal blog, and what is more personal than this? I will be sharing my journey and progress here, week by week. I am counting on all of you to help hold me accountable and get on me when I get discouraged or am tempted to give up.

I’ve already been attending the gym in the mornings – so far just walking on the treadmill. On Monday, I have my first appointment with my personal trainer, and in the evening, the first meeting with the rest of the participants. I’ll let you know how it goes!

19 Comments

  1. Debi

    Wow…I’ll be cheering you on and wishing you all the luck in the world!!! Perhaps you’ll finally be the motivation that will push me over the edge and get me to finally make some necessary changes as well.
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  2. Mother Mayhem

    Go Carrie! Go Carrie! Need another cheerleader? :o )
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  3. Andrea

    Go Carrie! You can do it!

    Heather from Camian Academy is also on a weight-loss journey here:
    http://alottolose.homeschooljournal.net/
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  4. Karen

    Sweets, you’re telling my story…. (well, except for the last part about doing the hard work to get healthy). I can’t wait to hear how it goes. (And I’ll take any tips you have!) I’m excited for you!
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  5. Ron

    Great news :) Looking forward to updates!
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  6. carrie

    Thanks for all the encouragement! You guys are so great. :)

  7. Sheila

    Congratulations! The first step is the hardest, on any journey.

    I’ll cheer you on.
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  8. Christina

    Congrats on being chosen out of all those participants! I am also trying to lose weight and it’s not been easy. I look forward to reading about your journey. Is there a prize in the Extreme Health Makeover?
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  9. carrie

    Sheila – thanks. :)

    Christina – actually, there isn’t a prize in the Extreme Health Makeover – other than a healthier me! In fact, we’re ineligible for the prizes for Get Fit Colville, because we’re getting so much extra help. :)

  10. JoAnn

    That’s great, Carrie! I’ll be here cheering you on…you can do it!!
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  11. Book Psmith

    That is awesome and I will be here cheering you on. I think you are very brave to share your struggles and I wish you the best.

  12. carrie

    Thanks, JoAnn and Book Psmith. :)

  13. Sandy

    Wow Carrie! I am so proud of you. It takes alot of guts to even publish what you have, but honestly I think that making it public will keep you motivated! It is so hard to stick with a program, but you will find support this way. I need to do something. This summer has been brutal, and I weigh more now than I ever have. I’m back on the eliptical trainer and once the kids get to school, I’ll be walking again. I will be inspired by you! Go girl!
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  14. Kathy

    This is awesome! I’m sure you’re going to be successful because you sound so determined. Good luck!
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  15. carrie

    Sandy and Kathy – you two are so sweet – thanks so much for your kind comments. :)

  16. Ali

    How exciting! This sounds like a great opportunity and I’m thrilled that you won it. Hope it turns out great for you.
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  17. carrie

    Thanks, Ali!

  18. M Light

    I’m cheering you on! This sounds like a great way to get in better shape.
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  19. carrie

    Thanks, Laura. :)