thought I would make my first blog post a little introductory. You see, I never thought I would ever let myself weigh over 200lbs, let alone 268lbs. But there I was. I blamed it on my mom (because at one point I was eating healthy and exercising daily until she moved in and started criticizing every little thing I did), but after she moved out and I moved on, my weight still crept up. I blamed it on a busy schedule, after all I was working full time, going to school part time and was a musician in a band. I blamed it on an a broken leg and torn ACL. I was just full of excuses, when in all reality, it was my fault. I could have ignored the criticism and still carried on. And, yes, even though I had a busy schedule, I could have still made time to eat healthier and work out. After all, I certainly made time to do other things. And, even though I had injured myself, and could not move around to freely, I could have still watched what I ate at least, but I didn't. I just continued to make poor choices, while I got bigger and bigger. It got to the point where I was so uncomfortable with myself, inside and out. Every day I was tired, my body ached, my stomach always felt nauseous, I consistently had heartburn, and I was starting to fear for my health. So much so, that I decided I had to do something about it. January 1, 2011 I began my journey. Now, I did not start because it was a new year or because I decided to make a resolution, it just so happened to all fall into place on that day.
Now for anyone who may stumble across this and think that losing weight is too hard, eating healthy is too hard, exercising is too hard, you are right. It is very hard, it takes dedication and hard work, but YOU CAN DO IT. You do not have to be a rockstar when you first start out. Let me tell you, I started very slowly. I was still on the mending side of a broken leg, so at first, the only thing I did was change my eating habits. I went from eating anything I wanted, any time I wanted, to making a meal plan for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. I went from probably consuming around 2500-3000 calories a day to 1200-1500 a day. I started logging everything that I ate with another site. I must mention that I happen to live with my best friend, who started eating healthy with me so I wouldn't be doing it alone. In February I got a job (at the same place as my best friend) which forced me to be a little more mobile, so I started walking. At first it was just down the street, then it became around the block, which then turned into walking to work. It was not easy. It took about 45 minutes just to walk the 1.2 miles to work, which my best friend did with me. I am so grateful that she was so patient with me and willing to slow her pace down just to walk beside me and encourage me. As the weeks went by, I got faster and my injured leg started getting stronger. Mid April I decided I wanted to start running. It is something I always wanted to do but never really got around to it. So, I looked up various running programs and decided to start one, with my best friend right beside me to help. We started out with I believe 3 minutes walking, 1 minute running, for 6 reps each. I thought, hey it would be easy. It's only a minute of running, 6 minutes total. Let me tell you I could not even make it halfway through. Running for 1 minute straight what was I thinking??? We ended up repeating week one, but I made it through. We kept going through the progam, some weeks we'd have to repeat, and our pace was like a turtle's, but I was doing it. Again, thank goodness my best friend was so patient with me, she is the type that could take off running with no prior experience and probably run a marathon, but she stayed always by my side, motivating me and giving me encouragement. We ran our first (straight through) mile at the beginning of June. It took me about 17 minutes to do it, but it was such an amazing feeling to know that I could actually do it. We have been running now for 6 months, and while I am not where I had hoped to be by now (which was running at least 3 miles) my leg injury hardly ever bothers me anymore, and I can run faster. Now my average mile is at 12 minutes, I can run about 2 miles before I lose my stamina, and I know that I am a lot healthier.
To date I have already lost 70 pounds. I still have 70 pounds to reach my goal, but already I feel fantastic. I no longer feel the need to take a nap everyday because of being tired. I do not have the aches and pains I used to have. My stomach no longer feels sick all the time, nor can I tell you the last time that I had heartburn - it has been that long. I tell you all this, because if you think that you cannot make a change because you can't move around that great or that fast or even that far, you are wrong. I am proof that you can do it. I started at nothing and achieved so much, and I am not even done yet. You have to want to make the change, but believe me it is well worth it!
Here is a little comparison picture to show how far I have made it so far. The one on the left is from October 2011, the one on the right was taken the last week of September 2012.