My Weight Loss Journey...Two years ago, my partner of 18 years left me....it was probably the very BEST day of my life!!! Shortly after, I started a new journey, a journey to re-invent myself. In my 18 year relationship I had gained well over 120 lbs...After the first two years of my relationship I became unhappy and started turning to food for comfort. Mostly ice cream, but I wasn't a discriminant eater, if I could stuff it in my mouth...I would. At the time, I smoked cigarettes as well. I guess I was one of those orally fixated peeps. Still am, but use my mouth in a much more delectable fashion these days (wiggling eyebrows). The year before my 13 year old daughter was born, I quit smoking. That act, although supposedly a huge health move, added even more poundage on my small 5'4 fr
When the partner of 18 years left and became my ex., it was my defining moment, my moment of truth. The day I grew my wings, the day my prozac pills got flushed and bottle tossed. It started the journey...my two year weight loss journey. The first six months of the journey, my mantra was to decrease portion sizes of my food, eat out less and join a gym. I also managed to pick up a new girlfriend along the way. I lost 50 lbs those first six months. However, when the holidays hit, I gained half back. Putting me at only a 25 lb loss....a mere scratch on the Queen Mary. This past November, I ditched the girlfriend, who always claimed she never ate, then would sock down two or three turkey and avocado sandwiches at one sitting...I kept the gym membership and added more cardio (zumba) twice a week. I began to realize a couple of things. First of all....no one can lose a significant amount of weight, unless they are READY to! You can tell everyone, including yourself how much you want to lose weight, but until you are really READY, it won't happen. Another thing, you have to identify your trigger food. What prompts your eating, what is your most diabolic, fiendish food that you can't stay away from? Mine was sugar and dairy. And although I wanted to lose weight and I was most definitely READY to lose weight, the thought of giving up the things that made me happy in life...sugar and dairy...was not a savory thought. So, I compromised. I gave up all items sugar for two weeks but kept dairy such as cheese, skim milk and plain yogurt. The other foods I ate for the first two weeks were meat and nuts. Basically it was a lo-carb type diet. It was my jump start! So, I was going to the gym 5 days a week, walking of the treadmill and do some light weight work and going to zumba twice a week. 7 days of exercise! A lot more physical activity than I was used to! By January I had re-lost the 25 lbs plus some and had put back some complex carbohydrates back into my diet. By February I had decided that food really wasn't all that important to me. I needed it mostly for energy and fuel to do stuff. A typical day of food was, a slice of cracked wheat bread (toasted) with a smathering of peanut butter for breakfast. A half of a turkey or ham or whatever sandwich on cracked wheat, a piece of fruit and a bottle of water. Dinner was usually a glass of milk and a bag of microwave popcorn. I snacked during the day on unsalted nuts, skim milk, cheerios w/skim milk, or a spoonful of peanut butter. I have since lost 103 lbs. I am still considered obese, but will rectify that soon when I hit my final goal of losing another 27 lbs. I will then be 150 lbs, which is considered normal for my height. The worst is getting stuck on plateaus where it seems like the weight will never come off again! What I have to do to get past those is to trick my body. I do that by maybe eating more one day. I still eat healthy, but it's used to eating just a limited amount of calories (honestly there are days I don't even know if I'm hitting the required 1200 calories). I may go "wogging" walk/jog for 1 1/2 to 3 miles....it's an exercise my body doesn't do too often, so it's not used to it. Take a night or two off of exercise. Because my body has gotten so used to routine work outs, a night or two off tricks it into losing.
Another tool I use to help get through the exercise part of my life is to imagine myself doing the routine and then I get myself up and go do it. Like "wogging". I also use a free app on my phone to help track the distance I wog. The app is called RunKeeper. In April I learned to golf, and in June I took up a Taiko drum class. Both of those things helped me with more movement and kept my exercise routine fresh. I'm currently contemplating a martial arts class of some type or a recreational sport. I will run my first 5 K in June.
This journey has been great. I'm no longer pre diabetic. My cholesterol is under control for the first time in years, my blood pressure is finally good and I believe my sleep apnea is gone. My confidence level is way high and I'm a hot babe to be reckoned with.