Let the Life Transformation Begin! Weight Loss Day 1

by Sami

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I’m ready to let the life transformation begin! It’s officially day 1 of my weight loss experience with Blue Sky MD.

I realize some of you followed my online weight loss journal back in the summer of 2010, you’ll remember that Ricky and I did lose some of this extra weight that crept up on us suddenly as we rolled into our mid 30’s. But it seemed that family tragedies, travel and health battles seemed to win out over our weight battle and we’ve both crept back to sizes we’re not fond of.

We’re not obese, mind you, and I recognize that. A few of you have asked why I even need to make such a production over losing weight. My simple answer is this: I want to feel like myself again. Not the 125 lb professional tennis playing pageant winning Sami from 15 years ago, but the 149 pound, energetic and active female I felt most comfortable being.

I guess this is as good a time as any to spill the beans on my starting point…

Weight: 174.8 (I’m 5’6″ for those of you closely keeping score)
BMI:       28.2
Fat %:     40.2% (OUCH! This is the stat that hurts the most!)
Waist:    34 inches
Hips:       44 inches

Ok. There. I said it. But that’s not the worst of it. I decided to be truly transparent (and use the fear of online community/accountability to help motivate me) and post pictures every week too. <GULP> Here goes nothing:

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I’ll go into more detail about what the plan is about, but just know right now that I’ve never realized the power of education combined with community until my appointment with Amanda and (Nurse) Jenny at Blue Sky MD yesterday. I feel empowered to really make a life change this time. After being a tennis pro and teaching college-level fitness classes, I really thought I knew all I needed to know about keeping me and my family healthy, but I was wrong.

The biggest thing I learned yesterday was this: CHOICES. I wasn’t treated like a number and I wasn’t told there was a ‘one size fits all’ approach to weight loss. I was given choices – how much I want to lose, how fast I want to lose it, whether I wanted to use appetite suppressants, whether I want those suppressants to be a pharmaceutical or natural, if I want to get vitamin injections and so much more.

I did opt for a pretty aggressive plan (this girl is motivated!) and for the natural appetite suppressants (that have things like Apple Cider vinegar & Green Tea Extract in it). My problem isn’t over eating. In fact, it’s the opposite: I literally forget to eat. Thus, I’ve tanked my metabolism. So it will be interesting to see how this goes…

I want to tell you everything that’s swimming around in my head now, but it’s getting late so I better stop. Suffice it to say that I have started the Blue Sky MD weight control plan and may or may not start on the bio-identical hormones (based on my lab results that come back next week). I’ll have to wait until tomorrow to give you the details about what exactly I am and am not doing this week on the plan.

I hesitate to even push ‘Publish’ right now, because I know once I do, I know there’s no turning back. But I really feel like this will be different and that I won’t just start the race, but I’ll run the marathon and finish strong.

So here goes nothing….


Just so you know, Blue Sky MD has agreed to waive my fee for the program in exchange for me documenting my journey online (like my own little reality show!). I am not getting compensated financially in any way and (obviously) these opinions are all my own.


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Krista Lord January 7, 2012 - 8:10 am

Love this. Can’t wait to follow your progress. You can do it. I’m in the same boat you are and working hard to lose the weight. Can’t wait to see you at Blissdom.

sami January 7, 2012 - 9:21 pm

We’re going to look hot at Blissdom, Krista!!!

christa January 6, 2012 - 10:14 pm

Good luck.. I will be there soon enough trying to loose all this baby weight. Thank you for sharing your journey

sami January 7, 2012 - 9:21 pm

Thanks Christa! Hopefully I’ll be able to help you with that later this year, but for now, just enjoy that baby bump!

Priscilla January 6, 2012 - 9:46 pm

Good luck!! I am on the same journey myself and I am loving it! You’ll do great!

Lisa Thompson January 6, 2012 - 9:36 pm

You can totally do this! I can’t wait to see the transformation!

sami January 7, 2012 - 9:20 pm

Thanks Lisa! I REALLY appreciate your encouragement. Yes, there’s just something different about things this time, so I’m really optimistic 🙂

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