In 2005 I weighed 200 pounds. I have lost 70 pounds.
Both of those statements seem ridiculous to me. The first because I vividly remember the day I weighed in at Curves in Auburn; I immediately felt all 200 pounds crashing down. The second because I never intended to lose 70 pounds.
So when I started to contemplate this post, I couldn't decide whether war or journey aptly described the past 10 years.
War: a sustained effort to deal with or end a particular unpleasant or undesirable situation or condition.I am definitely going with war. Journey sounds nice and poetic, but let's be clear, losing weight is a WAR. It is a war with your mind, your body and your relationship with food and sometimes other people.
Journey: a long and often difficult process of personal change and development.
|Circa 2007-ish. Weighing in at around 180-185.|
|Dad and I's engagement party (2007).|
When you decide you have to change your body, it starts with a "diet." Eat less, drink less; workout more, sleep more. For some people it starts with a pill or shot or prepared/packaged foods. Either way is fine; neither way is sustainable.
In it for the long haul and want to win the war? Get ready..."sustained effort" is part of what defines a war. When it comes to losing weight and getting healthy, a sustained effort is THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. There will be times of peace, when you are happy in your workout routine and in a good rhythm of eating healthy and maintaining portion control. Then there are the battles...when cake seems to be taunting you and french fries are your complex carbohydrate.
|Vegas 2009, slimmed down but still around 150.|
Luckily, I have a supportive husband and a good workout routine that helps keep me motivated. My goal is not to lose anymore weight, but maintain and feel good about what I eat and feed my family.
|Fall 2011, goal weight achieved around 135.|
1. Be prepared - plan your meals, including snacks, drinks and desserts.
2. Eat smart - the biggest eye opener to me was calorie counting. Working to lose weight does not mean you have to starve.
I'd love to share more about the changes I made in the last 10 years to get me where I am today. Feel free to reach out with questions or comments!
|July 2014, steady at around 130 for 3-4 years now...minus pregnancy #1 and #2.|
*Note: I wrote this article months ago, but am just now happy with the content. Since I am currently 23 weeks pregnant my food and workout regimen have been altered accordingly, but have not changed drastically.