Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I discovered Sparkpeople one year ago. I had begun my diet several months before that when I went to the doctor and discovered, to my shock that I was considered obese. I had never thought of myself as THAT fat, but the charts at the doctor's office said I was and I was shocked. My cholesterol was also too high, as it has been for several years. I cannot take the statin drugs as they caused me to get arthritis and loose all my strength for several years after the 3 or so months I took the drug. I was wearing a size 12, though had at least one size 14 pants that I wore that fit. Going to the store to shop for clothes has always been difficult because nothing ever really fits very well and I was always disgusted when I saw myself in the full length dressing room mirror.
One year later I keep changing my date to reach my goal of 125 pounds and for the past several months have not budged from hovering at 129-134, depending upon the day and time of day. I am down to a size 2, which is amazing, but still have trouble finding pants that fit as they still gap at the waist in the back and some are still way too tight in the legs. The hanging jowls at my cheeks are way less hangy and the back fat is nearly gone. There is still a little roll at the waist, hang-over knees and chunky thighs, so I can sure see where some of that next 5 pounds needs to come from. I gave the size 8, 10, 12 and 14's to the thrift store and hope to never have to purchase more. Some of the 6's and all the 4's still fit ok but are a bit loose, so did not get rid of them.
Even though I have not reached my goal, I rationalized that it is ok to reward myself for haning in there for a full year with Sparkpeople, checking in nearly daily and reading articles and recipes. I bought a set of handmade wooden crochet hooks today that I had been looking at for a couple years. Thankyou sparkpeople.