Saturday, November 28, 2009

I lost 30 pounds!

I'd been a little overweight all my life. When I was 18, 19, 20 I weighed around 140-150 and wore a size 10-12. Even then I wasn't totally happy with that, but it wasn't terrible. I figured I could still lose another 10-20 pounds.

Then I began dating my husband, and immediately put some weight on. I'm still not entirely sure why, I think it was mostly because I just stopped caring as much. I was comfortable with him, so any sense of self control I had when it came to food just went right out the window.

Then I got pregnant for my twins. I was 22 years old. I gained 100 pounds during that pregnancy, and only took off about 50 when they were born. That other 50 continued to stick around.

I tried numerous times through out the years to take that weight off, usually losing up to 15 pounds before giving up and putting 20 pounds back on. So for almost 7 years I hovered around 190 pounds.

This past summer I attempted to quit smoking, and was actually successful for 4 months. However I put on a lot of weight after quitting smoking. I still don't know exactly how much. Anyone who's ever gained unwanted weight knows the scale is an evil demon when you're heavier than you'd like to be, so I avoided it like the plague.

I ended up going back to smoking, partially in hopes to lose that extra weight, which of course was a silly idea. After awhile some of the weight did begin to come off, very slowly, but I was still a lot heavier than I should have been.

Then September rolled around, along with all the new TV shows. My husband and I are big fans of Dancing With The Stars, and watch it every Monday and Tuesday night. The only problem was on Tuesdays we'd sit down at 8pm forgetting the show didn't start until 9. So while flipping channels trying to find something to watch, we came across an episode of The Biggest Loser. For a couple weeks we'd watch the first hour of Biggest Loser before switching over to Dancing With The Stars.

Eventually I decided to go on the Internet and watch all of this season's episodes of Biggest Loser that I'd missed. That was the night it hit me! I'm watching this show, where some of the people only started off at about 250 pounds. During a bathroom break I decided to see how bad I'd let myself go. My scale said 225. How devistating! By the third or fourth week some of the Biggest Loser contestants already weigh less than I do!

The very next morning I started my diet and excersize plan. I stopped drinking soda, and drink nothing but water through out the day (that is after my single cup of coffee in the morning). I began eating breakfast, something I don't normally do. I chose healthier lunch and dinner options, plan a couple healthy snacks throughout the day, and gave up the late night munching, which was my biggest downfall.

Having cable can be a blessing sometimes, because I have access to an Excersize On Demand channel where I can choose a work out anytime I feel like it. There are many work outs available on that channel from Jillian Michaels (a Biggest Loser trainer). I've begun doing one of these work outs each day.

I've been on this diet and excersize plan for about 6 weeks now, which is phenomenal for me, I've never been on a diet longer than a month in my life! And I've lost about 30 pounds, another huge accomplishment, I've never lost more than 20 pounds while dieting. I'm currently down to about 195 and loving it. I'm back to fitting into all of my clothes again, which is a great feeling.

But right now is about the hardest part of my diet. It's been really hard to get much further below my current weight, so I've been comfortable here for 7 years. I do plan to continue on this diet and excersize plan. I'll actually be joining my local YMCA within the next week or so, so then I'll have access to gym equipment, aerobics classes, a pool, and a number of other fitness activities, which is very exciting for me. I just worry (as I've been doing since the day I began this diet) whether or not I'll be able to continue to lose weight and maintain my diet and excersize plan.

Wish me luck!