march 12th 2011 127 pounds
240 vs 140 the week before i hit the goal roughly at the end of December 2010
Me, in the middle, the heavy one. at my Brothers wedding in may 2009. THE picture as they say.
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I just updated this in summer of 2014 :)
I signed up for this ages ago. Months, and years have gone by. I have worked out for stints here and there since college (2001). But have never lost more than 25 pounds before my wedding, around 2004. I went from 220 to 195.
Somehow through work, marriage, moving far away from my family, playing warcraft (eep) and life in general I found myself at 240 pounds in the winter of 09. We started going to the gym three days a week and running and lifting. I never seemed to notice anything changing. (i wasn't decreasing my eating, just working harder) Finally after my brothers wedding in may (Green dress of doom) I just couldn't stand the way I'd become.
I have gotten The Firm in the past, and i enjoyed their work outs, however I could never (other than pre wedding) do them for more than three to four days a week. If that. I have broken both of my ankles and with all my weight it was hard on my knees to do all that stepping. I was unemployed after the Circuit City destruction and for so long just sat around getting worse.
Seeing the Slim in 6 commercials on a weekend shortly after getting another job in the end of June of 09, I decided to buy the program. I started eating slim fast and other healthier foods (more fruit etc) and cutting down on my portions at dinner time DRASTICALLY...this all began on the first of August of 09.
I reached my goal of 125 on the 4th of April, 2011!
I've been maintaining within ten pounds of that goal for a little over THREE YEARS, constantly going between chalean extreme, turbo fire with advanced classes, and the hybrid schedule of the two. I also got T25 for Christmas, and am just finishing my second round (including gamma).
Working out is my hobby and a passion, it keeps me going when things get difficult. Especially through the infertility that has been messing with my body, mind, soul, and relationships.
I never want to go back to the shell of myself that i emotionally used to be. I worked to hard to ever see it go to hell, and i love it too much to let it go. its just my life now!
More about me:
I got my ACE certification almost two years ago (September 2012). However I am still just a graphic designer who uses the knowledge for myself and my family and anyone who may ask! I also work as a receptionist at a vet clinic. This is still something I am very proud of, and someday, would still like to be someones personal trainer (besides myself!) I still feel very strongly and get very emotional about helping others reach their goals.
Around August 2012, after moving back to Minnesota, I was still eating 1650 a day and doing workouts, but for some reason felt like i was getting bigger. I even tried to go down to like 1350 again, and that blew up in my face too.
So I found eatmore2weighless.com, and started trying to feed myself for my workouts, because I was afraid I was damaging my metabolism as I had been eating so low (1350) to reach my goal weight of 125. I managed to stay between 124-128 for a year and a half, but I was tired, and really grumpy and got light headed easily. My fingernails never grew, I hardly ever (TMI!) had regular BMs, and my hair broke easily. So let that be a lesson to you ;p You might want to be a certain size, but it might not be realistic. That has been a hard lesson to learn.
I gained weight PURPOSEFULLY trying to eat at my TDEE and bulk for lifting to gain muscle before a cut. This was very very hard for me, as I felt like tighter pants/clothing even if done on purpose meant I was a failure...I knew inside it wasn't true, it was just a hard thing to face. I liked being super tiny :P who doesn't! But I also wanted to be strong! SO! I got my stuff together and sucked it up and did more research.
I did some math and decided 1850 was about right, with a week at my TDEE cals (2150) every six weeks. I've been doing this for almost two years now. I've stayed around 132-137 during this time consistently. I'm not pleased that I've gotten a little thicker, but I really only went up about half a size. I still get frustrated and want to just go back to hardly eating so I can be skin and bones sometimes...but I know that it was not healthy for as much as I work out. I have to remind myself that I'm STILL 105 pounds less than what I was when I started. I still track every day that the net is available to me, and I never skip my workout schedule. I still work hard and feel great afterwards and I just keep swimming.
I've been dealing with infertility for the last three years, and it has taken a little bit of a toll on my attitude, and my vision of myself..but I've gotten off the meds, and am taking a break and starting to remember how far I've come.
I will never stop. I've come too far. there is no success without sacrifice. tada gan iarracht (nothing without effort).
Be healthier, lose weight, feel good about myself, and be more comfortable with me. I want to prove to myself and to others that I can FINALLY stick to this. Also, I need to lower my cholesterol
being aware of my calories, eating more fruits and veggies.
Slim in Six
walking the dog 2x a day
I am a free lance graphic designer. My wonderful husband of almost 10 years and I share our home with two cats and a dog. We both grew up on farms in SW Minnesota. I enjoy working on computers, painting, watching movies, reading, talking to my friend(s), working on the family farm, and singing.
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