My face in 2007
When I was skinny- My grandmother, my mother, and me.
May 26th, 2008
I'm back, again, to lose weight. I'm over 200 pounds and NOT OK with it. -February 2012.
-------------------before the weight-gain, I had this posted:
The end of 2009: I had gotten down to a size 8 and my stomach was mostly flat. I stopped paying attention to calorie intake and I also stopped walking. Things happened - I lost my job, my dad's mother became deathly ill.. But I still could have stayed within my goals. I just didn't. Now I am weighing over 150 and my work clothes hardly fit (got another job eventually) and I get winded just walking short distances. My grandmother passed away recently and I told myself after her funeral I would quit smoking (again) but I haven't yet... I also need to lose weight, but I haven't yet... She died of congestive heart failure/emphysema, and her husband died years ago from lung cancer. I know I need to get to healthy. So, I'm trying this again. Even though Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, I think I'll be OK if I "diet" before, in the middle, and after the holidays. Here's hoping.
From 2008: For almost my whole first year on SparkPeople, all I had in this section was this:
"I want to do this, I really do..."
Well, I am here to tell you almost one year later that I have lost 50 pounds so far! That included "bad" consecutive months, and times when all I could do was a few lying adductions while I was in bed watching tv. Things started picking up about four months after I joined SparkPeople. Even after I lost 20 pounds, I lost my motivation and had another lazy period.
So I now want to tell you what happened this past winter:
My best friend set a wedding date. She asked me to be a bridesmaid. I used that as a pick-me-up to stop eating in restaurants and getting fast food. It motivated me to get out the front door and walk, not even run, around a few blocks in the neighborhood. I pictured myself in the dress, at the wedding, two ways: If I lost weight, or if I didn't. The mental picture of seeing those two choices kept my determination going. When Becca first asked me to be a bridesmaid I was a size 14. When she walked down the aisle I was standing there in a size 10!
That was at the end of March, 2008. Since then I have tried to continue to improve. Again, I am using mental pictures of how I could look, verses how I currently look.
I have also learned that when I think I am hungry- I should wait a few more minutes before going to the kitchen. If I have eaten within the last 6 hours, I tell myself if I need to eat, I have to limit it to a snack less than 200 calories. Many times over the last year that has helped me make the right choice. I either don't end up snacking because the craving goes away, or I end up having a sensible snack that any dietitian would approve.
I have been posting a lot of blogs lately, and I hope I continue to do so.
I am now in my healthy weight range, so I am not dieting as hardcore as I was, but I still intend to lose another 25 pounds to get down to the low healthy weight for my height.
I am 5'3. Healthy weight range (according to a BMI Scale) is from 110 to 140 pounds. I think I would enjoy being 110 pounds.
THANK YOU SPARKPEOPLE!
Get to the low end of the BMI scale's healthy weight range for my height. Tone my body.
Exercise often and consistently enough so I never have to "start exercising" ever again!!!
I try to limit my calorie intake to 1200 calories a day and walk at least 20 minutes daily.
My name is Kate.
I live in Memphis and work as a legal assistant.
I am a recovering alcoholic, and consider myself spiritual.
"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." - Buddha
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