Friday, January 01, 2010
I have been heavy since I was ten years old. I donít think I really realized the problem until I was about to graduate from high school.
I had friends and we would eat the same things. We would walk to the store and buy potato chips, the same size bag, and I would gain and they would stay thin. I ask you, how fair is that??
Then in my senior year I decided I needed to do something about it.
Thus began my yo-yo journey. I did very well and lost 55 pounds in about four months. How? Well, I was, as I recall, eating raw cabbage, boiled eggs and I donít recall what else. I do recall having ketchup on a lot of it. I kept that weight off for a little bit but then, bang, it all came back with some added in.
I joined TOPS and, again did very well and lost 80 pounds. How? Well, I was starving myself until the evening after the meeting and then I would go home and eat anything that didnít move fast enough.
Again I kept it off for a bit and, look out, here it comes back and then some!!
Over the years I have tried low fat diets and again lost a lot of weight. I tried Slim Fast; drinking a shake for breakfast, eating a bar for lunch and a meal for dinner. Same thing~~~~~~~I lost and gained it back. I tried a diabetic diet as my daughter was gestational diabetic and lost weight during her pregnancy instead of gaining. Well, I can do that, I said. And I did. But the same thing happened again. Then I tried eating cereal for two meals a day. Lost and gained. I thought maybe I could eat in diet fashion four days a week and as I wanted the other three. NOT!!
What I canít understand is, I am a reasonably intelligent person so how did I allow the weight to come back??
I found the answer to that question here at SparkPeople.com. I had been Ďdietingí instead of learning a new life style! Dieting does not work because when you stop, any weight you have lost comes right back.
I have been a member here for just a little over eight months, I have lost 52 pounds (please donít count the couple Ďholiday poundsí that snuck back.) I am exercising, which was never a part of my life before. I am drinking water which also was never a part of my life. I have gone down three sizes in slacks and I know that it will just continue going down.
I have friends that I could never have done it without. Teams that inspire and motivate me. I tell everyone I meet that they need to check out Sparks, whether to lose weight or to just get healthy. It is the best thing that has ever happened to me. And now I am reading the book which will help me even more to reach my goals.
Thanks Chris Downie!!