Wednesday, September 01, 2010
September 1, 2010, and I’ve left 300ville And I promise me that I will never go back
I honestly do not remember the last time I was below 300 pounds. Most milestones stay burned in our memories but crossing over from 299 to 300+ is a blur of humiliation and disappointment… it’s no wonder I put it out of my mind. What I do remember is hovering at 303 for decades (big number I know but when you’re in your 60s you start counting by decades instead of years) Then I’d inch up a few pounds… I remember being 312 for a long time. I never told any one how much I weighed. I was so ashamed. Then 316, back to 312, up to 316… you know the drill. I stopped weighing myself. Slowly I began to have less mobility and felt like crap. My knees were shot and I was using a cane. One day I realized I could actually describe myself as disabled
I was convinced there was nothing I could do. I can’t exercise so how can I possibly lose weight? I was absolutely hopeless about ever being fit and feeling good again. It was the first time in my life I couldn’t see any light at the end of the tunnel… even if I squinted reeeeeeeeally hard.
So what did I do?
I got on the scale and I wept.
On June 1st of this year I weighed 326 pounds. I knew that if I didn’t do something NOW the next time I got on it would be more, and then more and then even more. That was my “tipping point”…. how little things can make a difference. I decided to use the same theory and start tipping in the other direction. Yeah, I can’t run… I can’t even walk around the block (I still can’t... yet) but I can eat less and make plans to start a water aerobics program when the pool warmed up. I can stop telling me “I can’t” and started answering back “YES YOU CAN” Three weeks into my new attitude my daughter told me about SparkPeople and our family started an 11 week challenge to get fit. Coincidently, the start date was the day before my 63rd birthday. So on June 21, 2010, I joined SP. I weighed 322. My first and foremost goal was to feel better, with an open ended timeline. My 1st short term goal was to lose 10 pounds. My mid term goal was to get below 300 pounds by the end of our 11 week family challenge on Labor Day 9/6/10.
Today, 9/01/10, I have met and surpassed all those goals. I felt 100% better in less than 2 weeks. I lost 10 pounds by the end of week 5 and today, 10 weeks into our 11 week family challenge, I weighed 299 pounds. That’s below 300 baby!!!!
My weight ticker was originally set for a 23 pound loss and since I’ve met that and still have five days to reach the end of our 11 week family challenge I’ll give my little swimmer a few more yards to swim, as needed, before I reset my tracker for my next goal.
I’ve experienced several “Ah ha’s” a number of and one huge in three short months. All these milestones will stay burned in my memory so I never visit 300ville again…. so help me SparkPeople