Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Like many people, I have struggled with my weight since I was an early teen. I have yo-yoed through out my life and found it much easier to lose weight than to maintain a healthy weight. For the most part, I won the weight "battle" and was healthy through my 20's. However, in the past three years since taking a high stress demanding "desk" job working crazy excessive hours, my weight ballooned 70+ pounds. It wasn't until one of my co-workers pointed it out that I realized how far I'd let myself go. That makes my co-worker sound bad-but, that wasn't how it was intended. It wasn't intended as a put down. And though I maintained an active lifestyle in my obesity, I wasn't going to be hiking the tall mountains or competing in any races as I had only a few years ago. I needed to make some changes. The nearly 250 pound person I'd become wasn't acceptable. That's when I decided I wanted my life back. I can't blame my job for everything, I guess I used it for an excuse as to why i didn't need to exercise anymore (I was wrong!).
Most of my weight gain came from convenience food and take out ordered while working 12 hour shifts. So, I've cut out the convenient "convenience" foods and started packing healthy meals. I also am a Diet Pepsi addict! Water was not something I consumed very often. So, I have cut back my soda intake to one glass a day and only caffeine free. That was a battle in itself when you are used to having more caffeine in your blood than...well, than blood, lol. I haven't kicked up exercising yet, I'm taking it slow. With a body that was use to a terrible, horrible diet, caffeine, and only minimal exercise, I don't want to send my system into shock! Next week I will cut out soda all together and start exercising more diligently.
I joined SparkPeople one week after deciding I needed to change my current path, that I needed to lose weight. I started my weight loss journey at 242.2 and am down to 230 in three weeks. I have a long way to go to get to my ultimate goal, but each pound lost is a pound closer I get to my goal. And I feel already this site is helping me in my journey :)