Me at 156. 40 to go!
Me at my heaviest, 240? I never weighed myself or looked at myself in a full length mirror :(
156. Just a few more angles. I almost look normal. Size 8 :) Down from 18
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My evil twin ruled my life for over ten years. She stayed indoors all the time, eating junk, drinking pop, binge eating, hiding from the world, losing out on life. I needed to get rid of her. She weighs 120 pounds. When she finally fades from my life, I'll be 115 lbs.
And good riddance.
I'm an artist/writer, and spend oodles of time on my rear end. It's a requirement, a command. In fact, my bed bears a permanent butt imprint since I do all my writing there with my laptop. Because of my rather sedentary lifestyle, and holding down crappy retail jobs in food (I will freely blame Meijer's breakfast pizza for my downward spiral into fatty kingdom) I gained weight pretty quickly after highschool.
And no, it wasn't due to my metabolism slouching on the job; I have a very fast metabolism. If my metabolism had lips I would never stop kissing it thank you for not letting me get 400 pounds with all the crap I ate. An entire box of Mac'n Cheese for dinner? served with rolls, butter, and then candy? I ate that way ALL THE TIME. And I never exercised. My heaviest was 230ish with that kind of diet and no exercise.
I was 115 back in high school, 125 or so graduating in 95'. I ate what I wanted, took for granted that I would stay that weight. The only reason I stayed 115-125 back then was due to walking home every day, 20 min a day, five days a week. After I left school, I never exercised, never stopped eating. It piled on pretty quick. All my twenties and three years of my thirties were spent FAT and MISERABLE and ALONE.
I kinda tried to lose a few times, but both attempts were like a overloaded train chugging uphill only to run out of steam and roll back again. In 08' I lost around ten pounds going to Bally's Total Fitness, but then clever me sliced my thumb at work and had to stop going for a few weeks. Those weeks turned into months, and all my newfound muscles melted away leaving me with more fat than before.
Then in Feb. 10', my aunt brought me as a guest to Planet Fitness. I went a few times and liked it so much I joined two weeks later. Bally's had been out of my way, requiring me to deviate from my regular route home from work, and I didn't care for the atmosphere, the stares, the "lunks" as PF calls them. Big burly men who like to throw weights around and scream. PF has a clean, pleasant atmosphere (lol, I sound like an advertisement), no weirdos oogling you, and lunks get asked to leave.
And the best part: PF is down the road, and on my way home from work.
I did a bunch of research on nutrition, exercise, and pretty much am obsessed with getting to my target weight of 115. My biggest pitfalls are that I HATE being hungry, and I burn through 300 calories in less than 2 hours. It's very frustrating when your stomach is stomping around like a child demanding to be fed when you only have so many calories you're "allowed".
Biggest fears: Plateaus and Loose Skin.
On Plateaus, I'm making sure to have a day where I go over my maintain cal by 500 or so. And I'm varying my cal counts within the 500-750 range. As for Loose Skin *shudders* I'm strength training, core training, drinking a buttload of water, moisturizing twice a day, and will begin dry brushing starting 5.24.10.
I'll update how that goes. I'm so afraid of getting these hanging flaps of skin...it's bad enough I have stretch marks. Hopefully my skin will bounce back :)
To lose 100 pounds by March of next year. I also want to stop procrastinating on art/writing projects, taking long long naps, being useless in general. I want the high blood pressure to go away, the edema around my ankles (it's a pain when there's high humidity). All the weight related issues I intend to eradicate one by one.
P90X (modified Classic) Round 2 (graduated in January).
Cardio 5x a week 45-60 min.
Drink half my weight in water each day. (currently 10 glasses) More if I work out.
Maintain a 500-1000 deficit every day with calories/exercise.
Limited hydrolyzed oils, high fructose corn syrup.
Limited processed foods.
Food: I do eat treats, but I keep the potions really small. I work at Panera, and the day baker, Arayna bakes samples just the right size :)
But overall, I eat veggies, fruits, lean dairy, lean protein.
Limited portion sizes (no more box of mac 'n cheese for dinner), avoid buffets like the plague, and control my sugar/salt intake.
Green tea, every day. No sweetener. I'm so used to the taste now, adding honey or something sweet makes it taste funny.
Michigander and have been all my life. I'm also an artist, writer, and play too much zooworld on Facebook. I love horror movies with an actual plot (few and far between) dark fantasy, video games, reading and looking at art.
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| current weight: 180.4