Let's try this again.
I doubt anyone remembers me, but I hung around these forums from time to time a couple years ago when I was dieting over the summer of 2008 (I went from 168 lb. and overweight to 148 lb. and healthy). I remember finding a lot of kind words and great ideas here, so I thought I would come back again with an update, and hopefully regain my determination to keep my weight down. So, here I go...
I graduated! Aaaand gained a bunch of weight back in the process. Dang. But, I don't feel all bad about it - my last month or so in college was my last chance to spend time with good friends, hit all my favorite restaurants, party, and be generally celebratory. It was a unique time. Then I took about a month off to spend time with family and move to a new place for work (read: no steady gym routine), and now I've been getting into the swing of the work routine for the past few weeks.
In short, I have unfortunately slowly put all the weight back on that I lost two years ago. This probably does not upset me as much as it should, but I guess that's a good thing because it means I've learned that my entire self-worth doesn't depend on my body mass. But, I still am not feeling super great about it, so on Monday I made the decision that it would be my first day back in the weight-loss saddle.
So far, so good. Gym on Monday and Tuesday (30 minutes of elliptical, and assorted ab/arm exercises), and I plan to go again today. I've been biking to work (about 3 miles each way) about half of my weekdays since work started, so that's good too. I'm eating healthy cereal for breakfast, and bringing a healthy sandwich and fruit for lunch, and trying my best to make healthy dinners. Trying to also drink enough water every day.
Hurdles to negotiate: eight hours in a cubicle five days a week, plus coworker(s) who like to get dessert every day and who insist that I "look fine" and I shouldn't worry about it. I appreciate the sentiment, but as I've clearly stated that I'm trying to eat better and exercise, it isn't super helpful. Also, the fact that I'm living alone, while awesome in certain respects, also tends to lead to me overeating in the evenings because nobody's there to yell at me for it.
So, I am hoping that getting back on the 3FC boards will help me get the last piece of my puzzle that I can tell is missing: the friendly support to make sure my determination doesn't die a merciless, calorie-filled death by week's end! The good news is that I'm glad to be back on the healthy eating and exercising kick - even though the scale hasn't noticed yet, I already feel better, and that's helped my motivation at least here in the beginning. Here's hoping that with your help I can keep it up!