What a cutie!
Me with Gizmo and Charlie (our new foster dog on left)
Gizmo finally has someone to play tug with... and we're relieved of the duty!
My name is Kimberly and I live in Omaha, NE. I'm a single, independent woman that has gone after everything that I wanted and have succeeded at most... except weight-loss and maintaining.
This is my story about my life (the beginning) to where I am today. Growing up I enjoyed eating, but was never over-weight until after I started college. As a kid I was very active, not into sports, but active. I loved riding bikes, hanging outside drawing chalked floor plans on the driveway and playing house, pretending to be a secretary in my room using my mom's large paper-roll calculator, and playing teacher of my stuffed animals. I was a pretty happy kid until high school. I was the typical teenage girl who hated her parents because they said "No" a lot. I thought the world hated me at the time, and spent A LOT of time in my bedroom when I was home. I hated arguing with my parents so decided to avoid the arguments by staying in my cave. I started to eat in my bedroom a lot keeping a stash of snacks in my closet. For the last two years of high school I had boyfriend that kept me very active, which I determine is the reason I didn't gain much weight during high school. We went camping a lot, washed our cars by hand almost weekly, and spent a lot of time outdoors (except when we watched movies... tons of them).
We dated through my second year of college. I went away for the first year (about 30 minutes) from Omaha, and was talked into coming back to Omaha to continue my schooling. We moved in together and found out that it just wasn't working. We both wanted different things and started growing apart. We split up shortly after, and went our separate ways.
Over the next two years I started looking at houses. It was too much living with my parents again after being on my own for 2 years. At 22 years old I found "the perfect" house for me, which I still live in today. For the first couple years of living in my house, I partied a lot. After parties were the thing to do as I was the only one of my friends that had a house rather than living at home with parents or in an apartment where you had to be quiet at night. There were at least 4 nights a week of hard drinking, food binging at Taco Bell afterwards, and lots of sleep. I stopped being active, exercising, and doing much physical activy at all (i.e. dishes, laundry, etc.). During that time I also had a girl roommate for a short time that loved to go out most nights of the week to drink and party. I fell into that groove for a little while and started to notice that my pants no longer fit... so I moved up another size without worry. Over a span of 5 years I remained single mostly dating guys online or those who I met in bars, but none of them lasted more than a month. It was always me not interested in them or vice-versa and I was depressed from being on a hunt to find the "right" guy for me. My mom thought that all I wanted to do was party and didn't care about my family anymore and honestly... I didn't see my family that often as friends made me feel better about myself than they did. I was wild!
About 4 years later after I bought my house, years of wild partying, and getting promoted at work with a new work shift, I started settling down a bit. I went to the bar about 1-2 times per week but limited it to the weekends mostly. I'd hang out with friends from work, shoot pool, and drink a few. One day during this time, I looked into the mirror and said "Things have got to change". I was 2 sizes bigger than I had been when I bought my house. I knew that my body was out of shape, tired, and needed help. I was so depressed with how I looked and totally self-concious about my body (which I think was noticeable to all those around me) as my guy friends would come up to me and said I had a great body, but inside I thought "not when I'm naked..." It didn't help that my mom criticized me my entire life saying things such as "You should curl your hair it looks too flat" and "You need to wear jewelry to look more lady like" to "Your hips are too big" and "Your stomach is bulging". It was mostly negative things about my looks and appearance. By the way... I was a tomboy most of my life and didn't feel the need to be lady-like. Plus, my mom was never a skinny thing when I was growing up either... and never once lived by example of eating healthy and working out so the comments I took with a grain of salt. I liked to be comfortable, which I was in my oversized mens shirts and jeans. I never wore shorts after junior high either as my legs are pale white with the nasty spider-veins that I inherited from family genes. Still have them and still don't wear shorts very often.
Anyway, back to my story... I've always been self-concious and never had confidence on my appearance. People would never know by being around me at work or school when I was driven to accomplish the things I wanted. My lack of confidence only appeared when it came to my looks.
About 2 years ago I broke up which I thought I loved, but I realize that it would have never worked out with his bad temper and rage. I'm glad he ended it and not me. After that, I got focused and determined to move more, eat healthier and try to lose some of my excess baggage. I was unhappier than ever and at my heaviest I've ever been. I started biking on trails around the city, and even biking to work 2-3x per week which was about 4.5 miles each way. I watched what I ate, drank lots of water, and started shedding pounds quickly. I was determined to succeed this time as it's the one this in my life I'm never done successfully. In a 3-month period of extreme exercise and healthy eating, I lost 28 lbs! Then, I started hanging out with work friends again and drinking on the weekends. I kept maintaining though... until I met Dustin. We started dating a little bit and seeing each other about 1x a week at first. I kept up with my diet for about a month into our relationship. Then we started hanging out more often ordering pizza, dining out regularly, becoming less active by watching movies at home or going to the theater and enjoying a large bag of popcorn together. I continued to weigh myself with suprise that I didn't gain that fast. It was .5 lbs here and 1 lb there for awhile... until one day I woke up and had gained ALL 28 LBS back!!!! I was depressed, self-conscious around Dustin, and unhappy when my pants were too tight and my sides rolled over the top of my jeans. I couldn't wear my old shirts as my back bra rolls would stick out too far to wear I looked like the Michelin man. I hated myself for all the hard work that I had done to lose it... and I let all that hard work go to waste! I tried dieting with using my Weight Watchers books and doing it on my own, which worked for a few lbs at first, but then I gained back. I tried the Nutrisystem for awhile and lost about 15 lbs, but then gained it all back when I switched back to normal food. The yo-yo diets have been my life of trying to get healthy, succeeding with some weight-loss and then giving up and returning to old habits causing it all to pack back on. There is nothing more frustrating than fighting with your weight.
So, last November (2007) I decided that I need to get my butt in gear once again before the holidays hit. I almost convinced myself to wait until after the holidays as there would be too much temptation, but I pressed forward anyway. I started at my heaviest again (178 lbs) and started the Weight Watchers plan one again, but on my own. I didn't pay to go to meetings or weigh in as I hadn't had the money to give... and the previous times I gave up 1/2 way into it. For the first few weeks, I did okay. I lost about 6 lbs. and started bouncing up and down as I still indulged here and there because I knew I wouldn't be held accountable for the things I ate. I recognized this and decided to just sign up for the Weight Watcher program. My feeling was that I WOULD be accountable for my actions and any weight gain as they will weigh me in each week and someone else will see that horrid scale. I felt that "I" was worth the extra money to fork out because of my health, but mainly to boost my self-confidence about my appearance.
I lost about 5 more lbs in the first 3 weeks of joining WW. Then I hit a plateau! It was hard and I struggled with working out and getting my exercise in. I had a vacation coming up at the end of February (08) and needed to get toned while losing weight, but the scale just didn't budge. I was losing inches around my body, but that horrid scale was haunting me. One day, Dustin and I were in our gym and noticed they had a special going on for "The Biggest Loser". It said lose 15 lbs in 6 weeks with 5 personal trainer sessions for $49. Dustin and I decided to sign up together. We did and I liked my personal trainer. He kicked my butt during the work-outs, was motivating, and told me that he had confidence in me and that I would succeed with a little hard work. I was hooked! I bought 10 more longer sessions with him after the initial ones ran out. I started seeing him 3x a week to help me get fit for my vacation, and again bought 5 more when I ran out them 1 week before my Cancun vacation. I've never worked out so hard and so often in my life and that is why I decided that it's expensive for all those sessions, but it is totally worth it to me as I know for a fact I couldn't have done it on my own...
I started my new lifestyle on Nov. 15, 2007 at 178 lbs. Through the Weight Watcher program and my exercise routines, I've lost a total of 21 lbs today. Yesterday (2/21/08) I weighed in at WW at 156.8 lbs., which is 1.8 lbs more than my goal weight for my vacation, which is tomorrow by the way.... :) I've also calculated my measurements and compared them to my start date which resulted in a total mass body loss of 21.25 inches around my body including calves, thighs, arms, stomach, hips, and butt. That is just amazing!!
My plan to keep it off while on vacation is to drink lots of water each day, exercise each morning for at least 30 min to get my metabolism going for the day, eat lots of fruits and veggies and induldge a little bit, as well as keep active on the beach, shopping, fun actvities, and sight-seeing.
Thank you for reading my story and I'll be back in 9 days to continue it and provide updates on my plan went. :) Cheers!
3/5/08 - I'm back from a wonderful vacation, but now I'm finding it's even harder to get back on track. I stuck to a lot of my planning while I was away, but still ate a lot of food and gained some weight back. Now that I'm home, I feel like I'm starting over for the first time again. It's hard to get refocused, stay on track, and limit my food portions. :( I'm going to work hard today and follow through into the night this time with no constant snacking, especially on candy.
New Goal: Next month (June) is my 10 year high school reunion. I hope to be a super fit, lean, hottie machine. I CAN DO IT!!!
Eating more fruits and veggies, keeping track of my food intake and W.W. points used, moving more whether it is exercising in the gym or playing tennis, walking, etc., and not eating during those activities that I associate food with (i.e. popcorn at the movies)
I am from Omaha, NE and my name is Kimberly. I live with my boyfriend and have a dog name Gizmo that is adorable. I just finished college last year so now I have time to volunteer at some of my favorite animal shelters and help Habitat for Humanity build houses for people in need. It's an amazing feeling to be able to give back after having so much this early in life.
I love movies, music, tennis, playing pool, bowling, and shopping.
My favorite books are True Crime stories, and my favorites movies are comedies and horror flicks. I also love the occasional chick flicks, however most of those are the same story over and over again with different actors.
| current weight: 177.0
Aww, you foster parent dogs? What a sweet idea. Your little guys are so cute! Hope your weight loss is going well too!
2957 days ago
Just stopped by from W8Watchers checking out your page, your story is inspirational. We all fall it is what we do with the fall that makes the difference. Keep it one at a time - K
2980 days ago
I was just lookin' around to see who joined from the Metro Area...and I checked out ur's. And read ur page...GOOD LUCK!
3032 days ago
I stopped by your page today and read your story! It was great and thank you for sharing! Very inspirational! You are doing an awesome job! Keep up with the good hard work!
3039 days ago
Thanks for the smiley! It made me smile! Hope you have a great day. I love your dog. He looks so cuddly.
3058 days ago