Sunday, September 20, 2009
I was watching the re-broadcast of the season opener of The Biggest Loser. I don't like reality T.V. shows, but I love Biggest Loser. I know that it can be bad, people don't lose 20+ lbs in a week in the real world, and that can set people up for disappointment if they think they can, but I think the important message about changing your life style and getting healthy out weighs the bad. Anyway, I'm watching and listening to each contestant talk about themselves and one of them said he gained a hundred pounds after he got married, and that when people asked him he said he didn't know how he gained the weight. I don't think I am going to root for this contestant. I hate that kind of cop-out. I can tell you how I gained every pound I have ever carried. If you put a lot of calories in and don't burn them off, you gain weight. Fact of life. I don't eat a lot, but what I was eating was high in fat and sugar. Not enough water, too much soda. I did not exercise. All it takes is one or two pounds a year. Next thing you know ten years have passed and you are ten to twenty pounds heavier.
I was a skinny kid. My uncle used to tease me about my knobby knees and elbows. I became a latch key kid at the age of ten. Until that point, the babysitter would kick the kids into the yard and we got a snack of one cookie and juice. As an LKK, I had to stay inside, and I often ate out of boredom. I remember one day, my sister and I ate an entire loaf of bread. We made cinnamon toast as a snack. It tasted so good, we kept deciding to have just one more piece. Next thing we knew, no more bread. Then came the wonderful joys of puberty. Hormones did not help. By high school I was eating the typical teen diet full of fast food. I weighed 155 lbs and wore a junior size 13 through out high school. I got married and had my first child and gained 45 lbs. By the time my son was a year old I was still 189 lbs. I saw my self in a video and freaked. I managed to lose about 45 lbs in six months. I had baby number two and gained 55 lbs. I did drop most of the weight off, but I stopped exercising, so I was a "fluffy" 155 lbs. I was able to live with that, because dealing with the rest of my life got really complicated. Like I said earlier, it only takes one to two pounds a year. Next thing I know My big boy is graduating and I am 179 lbs.
Now I am sure if the contestant really thinks hard, he can find all the things he did and didn't do and he'll know exactly how he gained the weight.
I am taking control and trying to live healthier. I vowed I would never get as close to 200 lbs as I did when I gave birth to my second child. I am completely responsible for the shape I am in, and I will be responsible for the shape I will be in. I am taking this journey with my mom. She has type II diabetes and is on the verge of starting insulin therapy. Her goal is to lose 20 lbs in twenty weeks. She is even more sedentary than I am. Her goals are really small, but they are big steps for her. I always set my goals too high, so I am trying to be more realistic. If you set a goal you will never meet, then of course you'll fail.
How did I gain this weight? I know exactly how. How will I lose this weight? By using Spark People to the fullest of my ability.