Me at Old Faithful. I wasn't sure who would pop first, it or me. 231lbs before
This is me now almost at goal weight.
At new years 2000, I remember wearing a size 10 pants to a party. I had struggled for a year to lose a few pounds and was keeping it off successfully working out and eating right. Then between the spring of 2001 and the spring of 2005, I lost each member of my family in only a short time, first my mom, then my dad, then my only brother. I was in a state of shock thru it all and at each loss, ate my way thru it, until the journey ended at 231 pounds. After some soul searching and therapy, I finally knew what I had to do. I didn't want to be the next person in my family to die.
I started this journey 3 years ago and lost 15lbs that I kept off, then as a new years resolution, I joined the Y and have taken off another 50 officially for a grand total of 65lbs.
Update 9/12/10- Have maintained the 65lbs until the last couple of months, 4 or 5 lbs have crept back on and I know exactly why, but trying to recomit is the hard part. Sugar is an addiction for me and allowing even the smallest amount of real sugar has triggered my cravings. After attending my 30 year high school reunion where I was proud of myself, I went on vacation and let myself "Celebrate". I know better. Now I have fallen off the wagon and have to admit to myself that I have a food addiction, it isn't just about maintenance of the body, it is maintenance of the mind, and spirit. I find myself struggling to make myself go to the gym and when I am there, I can't WAIT for it to be over. All my enthusiasm is diminished by these negative thoughts. So I woke up beating myself up again for the umpteenth day in a row and decided to take a look at Spark. It was there for me before and hasn't gone anywhere, it is Me who went somewhere. So here I am back and trying to humbly find myself again, the one that was motivated, encouraged and proud. I have to have some accountability and keep this as my lifestyle, not as the end of a challenge.
After a lifelong struggle with yo-yo weights, I vow that now that I am 47, the yo yo ends here. My goal is to continue to find ways to make excercise a part of my day, eat like I want to live healthy and make new friends along the way
I am insulin resistant, so I eat only healthy carbs, nothing white, no white rice, potatoes, bread, etc unless they are whole grain. I eat tons of beans and whole grain rice, chicken, fish, and a huge salad everyday. I don't watch my healthy fat intake, I use olive oil, olives, walnuts, almonds in lots of dishes and it works for me. I splurge on sugar free klondike ice cream sandwichs which have only 2g fat and allow myself one russell stover sugar free chocolate candy once in a while. I don't feel deprived and I lost weight.
I'm 47 and married with no kids. We own a business and love to take vacations whenever we can.
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| current weight: 172.0