Our Family’s Weight Loss Journey Begins Today

I’ve been a yoyo dieter and inconsistent exerciser(for lack of a better word) for many years. I’ve tried every diet I’ve heard of and can never sustain it. I would go on periods of working out and can’t sustain that as well. I’ve read all the diet books I can get my hands on, but to no avail. Every year, I see the numbers on the weighing scale creeping up and up. In the last couple of years, I’ve basically given up on myself and hardly believe that I can still lose all my extra weight.

But I’ve never been the kind of woman to dwell on my losses. The reason I’ve been on and off the dieting and exercising route is because I also keep believing that I can do it, over and over again. So as a follow up to my Weight Gain Journey post, I’m writing this first post on this weight loss journey that I’m taking on again. This time it’s going to be different and you’ll know why in a little bit.

 Today, February 20, 2014, is the first day of our family’s weight loss journey.


So that’s my declaration that I’m posting for the world (or for my blog readers) to see. The difference between now and then are these:

THEN: I never shared it to anyone that I’m in some sort of a diet or that I’m exercising to lose weight. That makes it easier for me to cheat or just give up altogether.

NOW: I’m posting it here on my blog for my interested readers to follow along. Now I’m sort of accountable to a lot of people to continue with my journey.

THEN:  I don’t have an accountability partner or even someone who will just walk with me through it all. Maybe others can do it all on their own, but I can’t. I’d rather hide and eat than announce to the world that I’m off on my weight loss program.

NOW: I found a blogger friend who offered to journey with me. In fact, we already have an agreement to do a 5K run when they come back to the Philippines.

THEN: I would do things on my own – find a workout video online that I can do on my own. I’d lose some weight but had no direction. I’d also find some book about dieting that I’d try on my own. These have not worked.

NOW: I hired a personal trainor to help not just me, but the rest of my family as well. Okay, before you react that it’s so expensive to hire a personal trainor, here’s how I think about it: If I or any of my family gets sick, we would be spending even more than what we’d be spending with the trainor. Add to that the time lost, the fact that we’re sick and the effect on our bodies. I’d rather do this now than wait to get sick before I start doing something about it. Along with the trainor is his partner chef who I’ll be meeting real soon to learn about good nutrition for the whole family.

THEN: I’m never honest to anyone about how much I weigh, except for my insurance company, I never admitted to anybody what my current weight is.

NOW: I will share it now because I want this weight to be my last heaviest weight, then I want to see the numbers going down from here.

Follow along as I narrate our journey to health and fitness. If you would like to, you can also do it along with us. I believe that doing this difficult thing within a community could inspire us to do better. Leave a comment if you’re also taking on a health and fitness challenge this year for yourself and/or for your family.

I pray for victory for our family and victory for you as well.

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I am so excited for you mama Michelle! One thing that worked for me was accountability. I used to be shy about it too and try to do things “on my own” but announcing my intent to the universe (and accountability partners) worked! I admire your courage for even sharing about your journey in a blog post! I can’t wait to for our families to meet healthy.

Michelle Padrelanan

Mama Cheryl, I believe this is the way to do it, at this point. We need the accountability and the encouragement from others. Looking forward to our 5K run in the future. See you soon and see you healthy!

Dawn Stephanie Ong

Hi, Michelle! You might want to explore this: http://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf
It has changed my life! You get to eat all you want, avoid a host of diseases, and see your weight come off like crazy 🙂 It’s also completely healthy, completely sustainable, and suitable for the whole family.

Michelle Padrelanan

Hi Dawn! Thank you for the link you sent me. You’re my peg that’s why I got a trainor, too. I can’t forget how you also worked hard to reach your goals.

Michelle, you can do this! Praying for you and your family!

Michelle Padrelanan

Thank you for the prayers and encouragement Julieanne. 🙂

I’m so encouraged by this post! Love you, you can do it, by God’s grace!

Michelle Padrelanan

Thank you,Loe. We love you, too! I know that the family has been concerned for us. It’s only by God’s grace that we can sustain this. Keep us in your prayers. 🙂

Nathalie | Mental Snapshots

That’s an admirable feat. Go go go sis! 🙂

Michelle Padrelanan

Thanks for the encouragement Nathalie.

Hi Michelle. My family is also starting a healthy lifestyle journey. I’ve gotten a 2-week program from Healingpresent.com for my eldest son who suffers from asthma.

Our journey involves drastic change in our eating habits. From now on, we will only be feeding ourselves with nutritious meals. We’re going back to basic. Juicing and raw foods.

You might be interested to check out http://healingpresent.com/ or contacting Dr. Eleanor Rivera (https://www.facebook.com/eleanor.rivera.184?fref=ts)

Michelle Padrelanan

Hi Joey, thank you for the link you sent me. I already checked it out. It looks very interesting. I hope you can also share the things you do as you go on your own journey to healing. God bless you!

May De Jesus-Palacpac

So exciting! 🙂 and you have a personal trainer? wow! that’s awesome. wish I have one.

Michelle Padrelanan

Yes, we finally just took a plunge and got a trainer. It’s too hard on our own considering the amount of weight we have to lose.

Just like you, I used to have a program (sarili lang) for weight loss. Parang yoyo din, I can easily loose some pounds but easily gain weight din. For now, I am into weightliftings. hope this will help together with diet and cardio. hehehe

Michelle Padrelanan

Thank you for leaving a comment. 🙂 I hope you will experience success in your quest for health and fitness. 🙂

I know you can do it, good luck!

Michelle Padrelanan

Thank you, Rosegen!

Meikah Ybañez-Delid

Way to go and I wish you all the best! I’m like that, too. And with all the illnesses these days, I really have to go back to being healthy. Thanks for this inspiring post!

Great to hear that, Michelle. Go on! Wish you all the strength! 🙂

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