Thursday, April 21, 2011
Today I am so happy!!! I weighed myself this morning even though I swore I was only going to do it once a month, but I was so close to a personal goal I couldn't help it. I'm so glad I did! The scale said 298.8! I know a lot of people would pass out if they saw that number because it's pretty high, but it's the first time I was out of the 300's in 8 years!!!!!
My weight has always been a problem in my life, but it got much worse as I got older. I went to a new doctor who said that she was concerned with how I gained weight and how I carried it. We kept a food log (and I was honest) and although I ate crappy, it didn't justify my size. After a series of tests I found out my thyroid was basically done and I had polycystic ovarian syndrome. I thought I found the answer to my problems! I was put on medication but figured I didn't need to change my lifestyle because this was "THE ANSWER". The medicine did help, but it took almost 2 years for 30 pounds to come off with failed diets off and on. When I started my medicine, I didn't even know my exact weight. My scale at home tops off at 350. Some days it said 348. Some days 349. Some days it gave me an error message, which means I was over that. I always use 350 as my highest weight, but it could have been more.
I joined Spark People about three weeks ago out of complete desperation. Weight Watchers never worked for me and it's because I didn't actually pay attention to what I ate. I could eat 25 points of crap and still be hungry. I knew that a bag of M&M's were 6 points. I know it works great for some people, but for me it was just a crutch. After joining here, I realized that I knew nothing about a balanced diet. I was so busy worrying about carbs when I dieted, I probably quadrupled my fat intake! For the first few days, I topped out my fat limit before everything else. I made a few changes and have lost 21.2 pounds since then. I know it comes off a lot faster when you have a lot to lose, and I know it will slow down soon, but I feel amazing! 298.8 could have been 125 today! THAT'S how good I feel!
I check in here first thing every morning while I wait the 1/2 hour for my synthroid to work it's way through my body and plan my food for the entire day. Then I go to the DONE GIRLS page and get my motivation! I read your blogs and support to each other, huddle with the team and I'm ready to go. Then I pray to God to give me the strength to get through another day. And it's working.
I can't thank you guys enough- even people I haven't personally chatted with because your blogs and support for each other are so motivating! It's a great start to every day! And thanks to God for the strength and for leading me here!
GOOD BYE 300'S. DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU ON THE WAY OUT!!!!!