I've had that Meatloaf song stuck in my head for a week
This is the third time I'm losing the weight, and time I plan to make it keep it off!
Hi, I'm B. I am a 28 year old married full-time Section 8 housing caseworker and part-time Ivy league graduate student (writing my thesis
). I have 3 crazy cats. No kids as of yet.
Let me lay out my weight history. I started getting bigger at age 8, and by the time I graduated high school I was over 200 lbs (I'm 5'5"). I went to college for about 6 weeks and withdrew due to complications from depression. I took a few month to get my head straight and worked full-time. After a few more months, I decided to try again. At that time I was 235 lbs. By the end of my freshman year, I was down to 170 pounds. This was when I met my future husband. I kept the weight off for about 2 years. As a senior, I gained it all back plus and graduated weighing about 265 pounds
After graduating, I served as a local VISTA member in a rural anti-poverty program for a year. The second year, I was promoted to the VISTA Leader position. By the end of the first year, I was starting to lose weight again. By the end of the second year, I was down to 165 pounds. I was on 3FC back at this time, and I loved it. It was a huge help and a great outlet.
Then I started graduate school. I was working full-time and carrying a course load only 1 credit below full-time student status. I kept the weight off for 2 years. As I began to work on (and freak outabout
) my thesis, the weight came back - plus another 35 pounds. I had no time for anything it seemed - no time to work out or eat healthy. I stopped coming to 3FC.
I was up to 290 pounds - and terrified that I couldn't stop it this time. Luckily when I switched jobs, a curious thing happened. I lost 20 pounds in about 3 months without even trying. I used to eat lunch with my (also heavy) mother in restaurants every work day. Alone at the new job, I started eating a 6" subway sandwich every day instead. When I realized that I could wear pants again that I had recently grown out of - I knew I had a fighting chance.
I started this time at 290 pounds. It's been a year since I started the new job. I have lost 64 pounds currently, and I'm down to 226 pounds. In another 11 pounds, I will be back down to my wedding weight from 2 years ago. One year to gain it (or gain quickly and level off), one year to lose.
I have 46 more pounds to lose ... and I'm looking to build a support network so I don't fall on my butt again. Feel free to kick it when necessary, just so long as it keeps my standing and fighting