Ok, so I’ve been meaning to start this blog for weeks now and I just keep putting it off. :-P Now I have a bunch of stuff to catch up on. Well, here it goes:
I suppose I should start with my history. I was not a chubby kid. I weighed about 135 when I graduated high school and wore a size 8-10 jeans and meduim-large shirts because even when I am skinny I have hips and boobs. I remember thinking at the time that I was fat because there was no way I was fitting into size 2-4 like some of the girls I knew. Silly me!
Anyway, then college happened. You’ve heard of the Freshman 15? For me it was more like the freshman 40. By time I was done at 23, I weighed about 200 pounds. I have no excuse, no deep seated issues, I’m just lazy and like junk food. Time went on, had a child, and finally topped off at 220.
In February 2010, I decided it was time. I realized there was nothing I could do to change the past, but sitting around complaining about my weight wasn’t going to get me anywhere. My philosophy is do something about it or shut up. Whining gets you nowhere. I decided that my goal was to get under 150, since that would put me at a healthy BMI. So, I started cutting out junk and soda. Then I discovered calorie counting and did some research on it and how to lose weight in a healthy way. I added exercise to my weekly routine. By November of that year, I was down to 153.
It was great! I lost at a really even steady rate and I felt awesome. My energy was way up and I actually craved activity over food. I had managed to almost completely eliminate my desire for unhealthy food, even if someone ate it right in front of me.
But then I hit a plateau and lost less than a pound in a month and a half. It was horrible. On top of that, I was sick to death of all my exercise DVDs and the gym (we lived in an apartment that included a workout room) and it was too cold to do anything outside. I decided to take a week “off” and eat at maintenance calories to kind of shock my body back into weight loss. I was so close to my goal, it was maddening.
Well, a week turned into months, then a year. And maintenance turned into going back to all my old ways. I wound up putting 45 pounds back on. I’m mad and disappointed with myself, but it is what it is and the only thing I can do now is work at it. I didn’t want to start before the holidays, so I waited until January 2nd and that’s my official start over date. No, this isn’t a New Years thing, it’s just when the timing worked out.
So far so good. I’m tracking my calories and I aim to have between 1200 and 1400 daily. This does worry me a bit, because I know I shouldn’t go below 1200, but my calorie needs will be less when I get down to the 150s. That might have been part of the issue before. But I’ll take it as it comes. I also take an hour long exercise class M/W/F which is light weight training mixed with cardio. It’s a pretty good class and she changes the routine every month, which is exactly what you want to do.
In addition I’m doing a local Weight Loss Challenge that’s put on by Signature Nutrition (local business that sells protein shakes, more on that later) and Anytime Fitness. The top prize is a one year membership to Anytime Fitness, so I’m pretty excited about that!
I lost 3 pounds the first week I was doing this and one pound last week. I’m not too worried that last week was a little lower, since I was bad over the weekend plus it was TOM and I had a day there where I just couldn’t stop feeling hungry. So I was actually pretty excited that I still lost one pound, to be honest. Unofficial peeks at the scale show that this week should be pretty good also.