Bonnie Takes Your Questions!

Good morning folks! Many people have asked me some great questions about my 130 pound weight loss journey through facebook. I am sharing the answers here! Keep the questions coming!

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Good morning folks! Many people have asked me some great questions about my 130 pound weight loss journey through facebook. I am sharing the answers here! Keep the questions coming!


Q:
How are you handling your excess skin issues? – Robin


A:
That is a great question. I am 46 and have lost 130 lbs, so I do have some excess skin. But, it's very small amounts. Thankfully because I burnt off the pounds carefully using weight lifting and lost only about 8 lbs a month, the skin has shrunk back very nicely! Now I'm proud of my muscles. The little bit of skin remaining is part of my history. It's a reminder that I NEVER want to go backwards. I can live with that! I am not seeking perfection. I am proud to wear a sleeveless shirt now!


Q:
How do you see your body now? Are you still the obese person you saw at the beginning of your journey, or do you see the new fit, you? – Diane


A:
Diane, that is an excellent question! I am only seeing the new 'real me' for who I have become. I am fascinated with the new me. 


I keep looking at myself in the mirror and saying, who the heck are you? But the good news is, yes, I do see myself as a healthy, fit woman who is strong and conscious of self. I do not see myself as obese or fat any longer! That person does not exist anymore, I am proud to say!


The first step came with the reality of what I saw in the mirror. I saw this sad, large woman who I didn't identify with. I woke myself up and said, enough is enough. My first step was getting over the fear! I chose to put a conscious effort into my own well-being. I chose to take on this challenge of weight loss and healthy living as if it were a job, a very hard job that I had never applied for before! It was a job that I had no qualifications for, but I learned. And I went to the gym every single day for 18 months.


Q:
Since you began your journey have you fallen off the path, and if so how did you get back on track? – Dawn


A:
Well, of course there were some setbacks, mainly in the food category. Rethinking one's whole life-long relationship with food doesn't change dramatically overnight. Undoing one's behavior takes a conscious effort. I would have the occasional extra portion of something, but thankfully it was usually a healthy food rather than something like ice cream. I have not had ice cream in over 19 months! 


Dawn, I stay on track most of the time because when I think of all the hard work at the gym, and how far I have come, I don't want to sabotage all that hard work! I think, well, if I have that extra piece of toast with peanut butter that equals another 15 minutes of cardio.


Q:
What is your favorite healthy snack? – Jennifer


A:
I have my favorites! On the run, I keep a handful of raw almonds with me. I also keep a can of smoked oysters in my bag. They are full of protein and no sugar, and are yummy straight out of the can. For a late night snack at home, I have frozen peas with a little olive oil and cracked pepper. Sometimes a few bits of non-fat cottage cheese is just the thing to tide me over in the evening.

Q: How often do you weigh in? – April


A:
I was weighing in about once a week on the way down. Now I do it every few days, mainly out of curiosity rather than concern for the number. 


I'm mainly looking at body fat numbers now rather than weight. I weight 140 now even though I appear to weigh about 125. It's because I'm very muscular now and that weighs more than fat. I am fine with that!

Blog written by Bonnie Matthews
At age 44, Bonnie decided to take control of her body and health. Despite having never exercised before, she lost 130 pounds the...