Saturday, August 29, 2009
I'm Christina, and I'm 31 years old. I have been married for five years and am Mommy to a very sweet 2-1/2 year old boy. I work full-time in IT and live in Madison, Wisconsin. I grew up and went to college and grad school in Florida so getting used to the Wisconsin is tough. Between September and March I am usually just BRRRRRRRRRRRRR!
Anyway, I never really struggled with my weight during childhood or young adulthood. When I got married I was in the 135-140 range, and I felt pretty good at that weight. When I got pregnant with my son in June 2006, I started eating a LOT (and stuff like potatoes, potatoes, and more potatoes since just about everything else grossed me out) to keep my morning sickness at bay. Even once I was done with the morning sickness, I kept on eating and eating, and I gained way too much weight during my pregnancy. After I delivered, I was at a weight of 160. During the post-partum weeks, I was feeling down on myself, stressed about being a new mommy, and just generally blah, so I ate to comfort myself. I kept eating like I had been when I was pregnant...NOT good.
When I was three or four months post-partum, I made half-hearted efforts to lose the weight. I did South Beach Diet for a little while and got down to about 152, but I struggled to stick with the program and couldn't stay motivated. I also had very little interest in exercise. Then, when my son was one, I got my first job in Madison, WI. I was thrilled, but also nervous. It was a high-pressure job and we'd be living 1400 miles away from my family (and 800 miles away from husband's). I got started with my job, and turned to food whenever I was feeling stressed, homesick, worried, whatever. That 152 started creeping up to 155, 160, and up and up. After 160 I was too ashamed to even step on the scale.
Around my birthday, I decided enough was enough. I was looking at recent photos of myself and didn't like what I saw. I decided to step on the scale, see where I was at, and if I had more than ten pounds to lose (which I almost surely did) I'd start Weight Watchers. One of my good friends had done it with a lot of success, and I wanted to have the same experience and feel better about myself. So when I got on the scale for the first time in MONTHS, it said 173. The next evening, June 10, I attended my first Weight Watchers meeting.
I've been on Weight Watchers ever since and have already lost 21 pounds. I love the program because it fits my busy lifestyle and gives me a lot of flexibility in the types of foods I can eat. I don't have to give up the foods I love forever, but I just have to make sensible decisions. My goal weight is 140 pounds and I am about 10 pounds away from it.
I also started the Couch to 5K program a couple of weeks ago. I NEVER saw myself as a runner before and was always the slowest one in my high school P.E. classes. I never really "got" running or why anyone would enjoy doing it. A couple of months ago, another friend did C25K, and I was amazed by reading her blog entries about it. It just seemed like such an inspiring, confidence-boosting experience for her, and I thought, "Wow, it really seems like there could be something to it!" At the beginning of this month, I decided, "Why not?" and ran my very first C25K at the gym. I got SUCH a rush during that first minute of running, and I knew I wanted more. I am taking the C25K program at a fairly slow pace, and will likely take longer than the prescribed nine weeks, but I LOVE it and I have caught the running bug FOR SURE! It's not without its bumps, and I've had a couple of difficult workouts, but I feel so proud that I have already gotten as far as I have with it.
My first 5K is on September 20 at my local zoo. I entered in the walking division, so I won't be timed (officially) and I don't expect to run the whole race. I just want to get my feet wet and have some FUN! I'm also planning on a Turkey Trot 5K in November, and am also considering a literacy 5K in October. In the new year, there will be lots of other great events, like Race for the Cure, that I already have my eye on. My DREAM race, however, is to run a 5K or half marathon at Walt Disney World in 2010 or 2011. How COOL would that be to go back to my home state and my favorite place in the WORLD to run a race?! I'm totally going to do it!