Sunday, December 29, 2013
I like to re-examine this blog from time to time and reflect...
There and back again...
The past decade or so seen a world of change in me: inside and out. I have worked at the same restaurant since 1986. That business remained in the same building until the summer of 2001, when the owner shut those doors and moved a few blocks east to, what would be, an enormously more profitable property. The new store opened in October of 2001.
It was around this time that I reached my highest weight of all time. I didn't weigh myself often back then and not many photos remain, but I must have been hovering around 250 pounds and here is a photo of me from the night of the store's grand opening. Through 2001 and 2002, I remained single and worked nights; eating and drinking too much and of all the wrong things! Sometime in 2003, I finally had had enough. I asked to be moved to the day shift...
So, in the fall of 2003, my lifestyle changed drastically. I started going to bed early, waking up early and learning more about exercise and nutrition. I began slowly, walking and walking and walking. When winter hit, I took to the gym where I began swimming. I tracked my calories and tried to do a bit of exercise each day. When I couldn't go out, or didn't quite feel like it, I used my 'stepper' and did my own step routines; sometimes alternating with strength exercises.
I went back to school, began socialising more and became more confident. Gradually, I began to see my body change. I still remember, once, while taking a shower, I looked down at my legs and noticed that they looked like legs! No! Not The Marshmallow Man's legs, not the Michelin Man's legs, but a real woman's legs! I was thrilled: giddy, even and was fired with a new enthusiasm! I even began (what I now know is called) wogging. And the weight REALLY began to melt off of me then!
Throughout 2004 I kept losing weight until I reached 150 pounds, or so. I finally felt like a 'real person'. I was as happy as I had been since elementary school!
2005 did not start well; my best friend, Boots died on February 20th when he ran across the street to see me and was hit by a car! I was inconsolable! For a while I didn't exercise and really struggled to maintain my weight in the 140s. Sometime that year, I reached my lowest (adult) weight of 145 (ish) pounds. I managed to ride out the year at a healthy weight AND with collar bones!
Shortly after the new year, I began a new job in a different industry. I thought I was finally getting a 'real' job...all it did was make me 'real' miserable! Almost immediately, I began to regain my weight. Six months later, after suffering through chest pains and many tears, I quit the 'real job' and returned to my restaurant. I was back up around 165 pounds; over-weight, but still not obese! Sadly, by this time, I had let my good habits lapse and the pounds started creeping back up...
BUT...2006 wasn't a total loss. Some time, in September, I met Derek: the love of my life! In 2007, we shared a trip to Edmonton and thus, began our love of travelling together! Of course, with travelling, come lots of eating on the road! By the time we took our trip to Edmonton, I was back up near 200 pounds!
In 2008, I brought Derek to one of my favourite places; Las Vegas. We moved in together as soon as we came home. Later that year, we adopted our first two babies! Lexi and Amber! And shortly after that, Derek brought home their mother, Lunar!
We got married in Las Vegas in March of 2009 and shortly after brought Dillon under our roof! I managed to lose a bit of weight for the wedding, but I was still obese.
Calorie-rich holidays to Barbados, Toronto, Regina and Minnesota in 2010 brought me back into 200-ville *sigh*
Robbie entered our lives in August of 2010 and now we have a full house, indeed!
In November of 2013 I had breast reduction surgery from which I am still healing. I don't have a new bra yet and don't even know what size I am now. That will be my treat for the new year!
Enter 2014...we have no trips planned, no visits from friends or relatives so I have no time constraints. I am just going to strive to get healthier throughout the year: making baby steps.
I'm also going to work on my savings. With nothing planned for 2014, saving for a trip in 2015 might be just the distant incentive that I'll need!
Now, where to go...