As requested, I am giving you the boring details of the how’s and why’s of my weight loss. Some of this is the email I sent a fellow blogger today, and I added some details/pictures for fun torture.
In 2008 I turned 30. I had had our sixth child the same year, and I decided I was going to stop hating myself. So, on my birthday I woke up with a new attitude. A friend took me shopping, and I embraced myself as I was- 218 pounds and a 1x. I bought pretty clothes and accepted me for me.
That lasted a week.
I realized in that week that I was not only good enough to accept me as me, but that I was not letting myself be the true me at that size. I was too good to live that way.
I made a plan and in December I started working out 5-6 days a week. I used Turbo Jam and The Firm videos at home, and I would drive a mile down the road to a friend’s house to do them with her. Wii Fit told me I was obese.
I did not change my eating drastically until March. I started out by only drinking water, then I bought the book from the biggest loser trainer Bob. “Are You Ready” I think is what it is called. I made bigger changes (types of food, and ways I prepared food) based on his recommendations. In May I bought Chalean Extreme, made by the lady who does Turbo Jam,(both can be found at beachbody.com) and the weight started flying off. I was eating 5 small meals a day, using Chalene’s meal guide, 1400 calories a day, and no eating after 7:00. I was about 170 at that time and I made it down to 143. My bone structure says I should be between 137 and 155. My goal was 160 and size 12. I made it to 143 and a size 6. I have never been a 6 in my life! Wii Fit says I am healthy.
As of today I hover around 149 and 150. I liked 143 better. I have been slacking in all areas. I’ll eat some ice cream, feel tired and skip a workout. I have missed several days now (vacation and chaos after vacation). I haven’t ever fallen off the wagon, but a week off feels like failure to me.
I workout around 7 in the evening. If I am missing a few workouts I am not as eager to get back in, but I make myself and I am always glad I did. When I am on track, I am always excited for the next workout. It is a lifestyle change, a habit that you need to give a month to really give it a chance to make the change.
February or March 2009
(Then Leah killed my laptop and I lost all of my photos…)November 2009
August 2010 Still in a 6, but wanting to lose the few pounds I have gained while maintaining.
It has been really hard for me, as I have a tendency to base my value on the scale, or how I perceive myself to look, and I am not kind. I need to just stay the course, and love myself. For me, it is easier said than done. When I am finished with dinner, I am jumping back on schedule (vacations have a way of throwing you off course) because it works and “Nothing tastes better than skinny feels.”
And to those who think you don’t have the time: I lost 78 pounds, while doing housework, running a home, homeschooling, teaching children at church and being involved in a ladies’ ministry to help shut-ins.
If anyone reading this needs a support person/sounding board I am more than willing. If you need more info, feel free to comment or email.
Don’t feel guilty about taking time for you, it will make you a better wife and mom.
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