Daphene Baines – Some Highlights
From My Health Story
Daphene Baines running the 2015 Queen Bee half marathon in Cincinnati, Ohio
Hello, my name is Daphene Baines. I was born in 1966, and at this point, I believe that I am in decent shape. I am 5 feet 2 inch tall and weigh less than 150 pounds. I work on having a peaceful mindset, healthy eating, and getting enough exercise.
I am a runner, and I like to run 6 miles at least two days a week. Once a month, I like to do a long run. This is an 8 to 13 mile run on an early Saturday morning. I normally lift weights twice a week.
At my worse …
In 1989, I gave birth to my youngest daughter. When I went back to the doctor for my six week checkup, I weighed in at 289 lbs. (what a bummer). Like my husband (Robert), my greatest challenges at that time were poor eating and not enough exercising. I didn’t eat a lot of fried foods, but I loved my candy. If you are a GenXer you probably remember penny candy. Yes, there was a time when candy only cost one penny. I ate almost every kind of candy that stuck to your teeth. I also failed to eat vegetables and rarely drunk water. My breakfast consisted of a pack of “white powered” mini donuts and a 16 ounce bottle of orange juice.
Easter 1993 (size 20) Half Marathon 2015 (size 8)
What got my attention …
My husband said in his story that “I never looked terribly fat too myself.” That’s what I said about myself also. In fact, my husband did not give me any indication that I was so overweight (he is so lovable). In 1989, the doctor told me my pressure was out of control. I said, “Okay,” but did not do anything except take my medicine. My body was a mess.
Daphene Baines in 1989
I went back to school and discovered that I could hardly walk to my class from my car. That inspired me to get serious about my weight. Over the next few years, I went from a size 26 to a size 18/20. Still thought I was cute and I became comfortable with that weight. I became more conscious of my food selections when my oldest daughter gave up red meat at the age of 10 and Ricky Allen highlighted I ate too much candy. I lost more weight through my conscious food selections and exercising with step aerobics and dancing (Rose Alexander). I worked my way to a size 16 and stayed there for a few years.
My current attitude and actions …
Today, being healthy is very important to me. I believe that my body belongs to God, and I should respect it. I also have two beautiful daughters that admire me and are witnessing my transformation (I am still changing). I work with many clients as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, and health coach. They look to me for guidance.
The following are some of the key parts of my daily eating habits: I drink at least two and a half liters of water, try to eat at least five servings of vegetables, eat a combination of carbohydrate and protein about every three hours, and try to keep my carbs intake under 180 grams a day.
The following are some of the key parts of my weekly exercise routine: I run two and sometimes three days a week, power walk one hour a week, do a full-body resistance routine two days a week, two full-body stretch routines.
My loves, fears, and hates …
I would love to have good health and live to see my 80th birthday. I love being in positive relationships, enjoying my family, and being a companion to my wonderful husband.
I fear the people I love becoming sick due to unhealthy choices.
I hate the idea that people use artificial items to appear healthier (i.e., clothing items that make you appear a few sizes smaller), instead of doing the work to becoming healthier. I hate that all health insurances don’t pay for gym memberships.
As you can see, I am just an ordinary gal trying to live a healthy life. I replaced a life of a 289 pounds, size 26, and candy driven person with a 145 pound, size 8, and oatmeal eating person. Those that know me are probably clapping, because they know I have food texture issues – smile. I want to share my knowledge and experience with others, as I journey to get and stay in shape after 40.