Monday, October 11, 2010

Hello From Paraguay

My name is Rita Vernoy and I am married to a church planting missionary in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. We have been missionaries for 26 years and I have lived in some amazing places including Mexico, Venezuela, the Amazon jungle and now, Paraguay. I feel very blessed!

I am excited and a bit nervous to begin this challenge. I am the mother of 4 children, only one still at home, and have three grand children.

I have struggled with my weight since my 20's but  never more than 15 lbs or so until I developed back problems which led to two back surgeries. Prior to the first surgery I was bed ridden for several months and on strong medications including a steroid. Not being able to move much at all and feeding my self pity with chocolate, I ballooned up to 238lbs! Of course, after three months of being in bed I had not stepped on a scale or seen myself in a full length mirror and when I did ...on my!

I lost 40 lbs quickly just by being able to return to my normal family life and eliminating the medications. I was ably to lose another 15lbs slowly, over several months, with diet but still very little physical exercise. This has put me at about 185lbs for the last 5 years.

Until... my hysterectomy last December!

My weight has slowly creeped up and yesterday I stepped on the scales to weigh in for this challenge...202lbs! I have not weighed this much since my second back surgery! I feel that the hysterectomy has made it more difficult for me to maintain  my weight and I also moved a few months ago. I have a hard time with  changes in my routine and they  can be  an obstacle to my diet.

I finally feel that I have a better schedule and the ability to begin some simple exercise, like walking. Because of my continuing back problems and chronic pain, I am very limited to what I can do physically but I can walk!!!! Well, most days.

I want to lose at least 10 lbs during this challenge but know that proper food choices, exercise, and a healthier life style will be a blessing to my family and our ministry. My prayer is that I might find this group an encouragement and a way to be accountable for my daily choices.

And now...I'm off to take my measurements... (scary!)



 My family, March 2010
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