Today I am wearing a pair of pants that first brought me to my journey of losing weight. When I first bought them about 5 years ago they were so freaking tight I had 2 options, keep them and lose weight to fit them or return them and get a bigger size. I picked #1. I did NOT want to admit I was bigger than a size 18.
Wearing these jeans I had 2 options. Stand all the time or sit and not breath, that is how tight they were.
So I started out by eating right, no longer getting food from work, I was working in a restaurant at the time, and it was so easy (and expensive) to just grab something off the menu. Always something fattening (wings, hot dogs, full meals, poutine), so I started packing my food with me, eating instead of waiting to eat. I would go over 8 hours without eating. And I bought an elliptical trainer.
I don't know how much I lost, but I did have to buy a belt to keep these pants from falling down. I did buy pants as low as 12's but I think they were a little on the big size of 12. I guess was about 15 lbs.
Well I quit the restaurant and became a school cook. I have been doing that job for 3 years now. I gained weight there because I have too much time to eat now, I was always giving into temptation, (muffins, snacks I had just made for the kids, if someone brought in donuts, I was there picking out my favorite). Then I started walking training with the school and thought I was burning mega calories so I would easily polish off 2 sandwiches when I got back. I justified snacks. Well I gained and now these pants are getting a little snug. They do fall a bit but not like before, but I don't need the belt anymore.
So now I have 2 options again, let these pants fit me once again or get it so I NEVER have to look at them again. I want #1 again. I have smartened up.
Thanks to Spark. I tracked my walking training, with some help from "track my route" and I guess about how far we walked by markers on the side of the road, and I realized I wasn't burning very many calories at all. So I re-organized myself. I stopped eating at recess, I stopped grabbing donuts when they came in, eating hot cereal in the morning to feel full longer, I watch how much I eat at lunch, I bought exercise DVD's, I started writing down when I exercise on a piece of paper that sits right in front of me on my desk.
I do weigh-in everyday, I have to do that for me, if it is up I know I haven't been eating right, so I have to adjust myself. With the walking training and the additional videos I have almost lost 10 lbs. The pants are snug, but you know what I have found motivation in that.