Tuesday, September 30, 2008

It zips, it fastens!

Thats right...It is still September and I am 3 weeks away from our wedding anniversary, my goal date...and it zips all the way, it fastens all the way, the dress is on and a bride is born-again!

Hallaleuia!!! Hard work and determination prevail. I tried the dress on today, only to see how much further I needed to go to fit into it and low and behold it zipped, allllllll the way up and fastened at all the fastening spots.

Shock, excitement,, pride!!!
I was literally jumping up and down with joy at Curves today in my wedding gown that was done up all the way.... Did I mention that my wedding gown fits...I still can hardly believe it. I have been saying for years that I would love to get back into it...and finally I have done it. The support and encouragement from so many wonderful, caring people. Family, friends, staff, members, the entire Niagara community. I love you all for supporting me and believing in me. I cannot be happier. I am ready to give back every ounce of support and encouragement to y'all in whatever way I can. Please allow me to do that. If I can do it , so can you. I want to give hope and believe to every women that has ever doubted herself, to every teenager that has questioned her value in this world, and to every women that has ever said "I cant" ...because YOU CAN!
You are not alone! And...yes you too can aquire the Power to Amaze yourself!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Felt like Rocky today!

Felt like I was in a Rocky movie today...running up bleacher steps at a baseball stadium. What a great feeling. I felt like yelling out
Yo Adrienne. I ran up and down each set of steps then ran over to the next set and just kept on going.

You should really try it some time. My grandma always told me that to have "a firm butt" walking steps was key. Dont ask me why my Grandma and I were ever talking about firm butts. Not really a typical topic of conversation that I used to share regularly with Gramma.

Anyway, burned close to 500 calories in my Curves workout today and also managed to run for 10 miles. More than I have run in many years. I was supposed to do my run last night but got back too late from my Mom's Birthday celebration to run. So, I did it today.

I feel like I am really making great progress. I am fitting into clothes that I used to wear as a teenager. Whoo hoo and I think I even look better in them now than I did back then. Did not have my Curves workout back then to enhance and define "my Curves".

Things are busy but good!

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Just call me Jerimiah, you know from the song Jerimiah was a bullfrog, a very good friend of mine.

I am aching from head to toe from pms cramps, severely...and the last thing I wanted to do last night was go do my Curves workout but I did!

Then, went for the hardest run ever. Research has shown that although you really do not feel like exercising when you are on your period, its really the best thing for you...So back to do my Curves workout again today...Whoa...it really did make me feel better even though I was convinced it wouldnt at the time...But it really did.

Keep that in mind when you want to just curl up on the couch or in bed and cover your head with a blanket, that is when you need it the most. So, if you are ever feeling that way...march over to Curves...or even just march down your street for a good brisk walk...It really will do you more good then you can even imagine.

And then remember, that it will be over a few more gruelling days! And... we will be okay once again...once the swollen body and brain recovers, we will be okay!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

More Determined than EVER!

So many people read last week's newspaper article and were worried that it sounded like I have given up on my goal.

It may have sounded like that in the paper, but rest assured I have sooooo NOT GIVEN UP!

Quite the contrary. I have become even more strict on my healthy food choices and even more aggressive in my workouts.

I am down 3 pounds from that newspaper article last week.... Yes, the one that stated that I may not get down to 145 by October 23rd. I may or may not get down to that weight by that date, but for the record I have not given up! I will give it my all from now until then and all I was really trying to say was that due to the fact that I have increased my LEAN MUSCLE MASS and DECREASED MY BODY FAT so much from my strenghth training and cardio workouts at Curves, that I may need to weigh more than I did on my wedding day because I had never heard of Curves back then and I was not as committed to a regular strenghth training workout like Curves.
So, stay with me and lets remain more determined than ever, TOGETHER!
Where there is a will, there is a way...I boy do I have the WILL right now!!

I hope you do too!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

I would love to hear from you

I get so much motivation from others, its like a synergistic fire that gets ignited when I get positive feedback.

Thank you so much for those that have responded with comments on my blog. You will never know how good it feels to think that you are with me.

We all really are in this together and if we can inspire each other and share our stories, its amazing how many lives we can touch.

In case you are not sure how to make a comment on this blog, all you do is click on comment and then type your comment and you will just need to sign in with a username and password and voila, you have done it.

NTW Reporter, Gord Bowes is on holidays this week so if anyone is looking for the update on my success story in tomorrow's paper, it will be delayed a week until next Friday. Nick thought I should let you all know.

It inspires me when I hear that someone is faithfully following my blog or my story. It makes me even more determined to reach my goal...So, if you are up to commenting, you would not believe how just hearing you are out there will play a huge role in this amazing journey.

Thank you again for all your support and kind words.

If you would like to comment the old fashioned way by emailing me directly, please do so at linda.andras@sympatico.ca and in the re: line please put Weight Loss Journey...or an even older fashioned way , the good old telephone at 905 358-1977 or 905 468-9900. Or simply drop by one of my two Curves locations at 7000 McLeod Road in Niagara Falls or 1615 Niagara Stone Road in Virgil, NOTL.

Thanks, and I wish you all tremendous success in all you do!


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

6 weeks to go till D-Day (dress day)

Well, there have been many obstacles along this journey, but each one has been incredibly rewarding once I overcame it.

Obstacles really do make us stronger. At the time, it feels like the most frustrating and overwhelming situation you can imagine....but looking at it from the other side feels really good.

I am trying to find things that actually fit me now and are not literally falling off me. The more I wear fitted clothes, the more people are noticing.

I am down to 167 and am feeling great. I am aiming for 5 Curves workouts per work and worst case scenario, sometimes I end up with 4 in a week...and thats okay by me. Then 2 cardio runs per week and walks to take Brooklin to school every day. I cant tell you the last time I plunked myself down in front of the tv,,,, its probably been over a month. I have so much more energy that the last thing I want to do is plunk on the couch. It used to be a daily routine to drag my exhausted self downstairs to watch tv...and then look for entertaining things to eat while I was down there. Not any more...I've turned over a new leaf. I would be more than happy if we got rid of the sattelite. the family is not ready for the plunge yet. Maybe in time. Brooklin is spending way less time in front of the tv as well so thats a good thing too!