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My journey: from morbidly obese to healthy and fit

Sunday, February 24, 2013

I guess I should reflect on my journey and by putting it in writing for every one to read might actually be a good thing.

I've always been heavy and been picked on by kids because of that. I was good at sports because I was clumsy but I always did a little anyways: rode my bike and walked a lot.

After having my daughter, I wanted to lose the weight and managed to lose about 30 lbs. But gained it all back in a matter of months and a few bonus pounds too.

Then, went through a rough break off and lost a good 70 lbs because of all the stress and all the bad stuff that was happening. I was 175 lbs! Back to my teenager's weight. Wow.

But it didn't last long. The weight came back and I found myself weighting 250 lbs in less than 2 years. Imagine this, 250 lbs on a 5' 2" frame. I was almost as large as I was tall. I stayed that heavy for 8 years.

Fortunately, I didn't have health issues, no pre-diabetes, no high cholesterol, no joint pains, I was just borderline with my blood pressure.

Then, at the end of 2005, as I was reflecting on things, I realized I was going to turn 40, still be obese and health issues would creep up on me if I didn't do something. So, as a gift to myself from myself with all my love, I decided that I would lose the weight for good.

I started 2006 at 250 lbs and lost a total of 85 lbs during the year. At the beginning, I just cut out soda and sweats and dropped 10 lbs really fast. It encouraged me to continue. I then started a food journal to keep count of the calories I was ingesting. Then by the end of February, I started to exercise. I just started with walking, a lot of walking and a little bit of yoga twice a week. As the weeks went by and the weight continuously dropping, I added exercise DVD's to my regimen.

In October 2006, I reached 165 lbs. I was ecstatic! I thought I looked pretty good now and that was a big mistake because I then plateaued for a very, very long time. I then started to gain an lose the same 10-15 lbs, over and over again. I kept my weight between 165 and 180 from October 2006 until December of 2012, when again I decided to lose the final 40 some lbs I still have to shed to have a normal BM╠.

So since January 1st, I went from 180 lbs to presently at 165 lbs, and I know that this year will be the year I finally reach my ultimate goal because I am in the same state of mind as I was 7 years ago when it all began.

I tackle it 5 lbs at a time, eating clean most of the time, exercising moderately so I'll be able to increase and vary my workouts when I reach a plateau in order not to stay on it for long periods of time.

So there you have it, my journey to becoming healthy and fit.
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  • BOTTLEDIGGER
    I have enjoyed reading your blogs. Your goal setting caught my attention and I had to read more of your blogs. I so very much needed to read this on this Monday morning...I have been stuck around 223 for so many years that I can not count...I will say that my son is 17 and I have not been under 200 since he was born...I reached my all time high last June at 244...have been working on getting it off...now, somewhat depressed because I think it has been a whole year almost and I am still at 223 (probably 225 after a weekend of eating crazy). I have always wanted to run. I ran a 5K many years ago (probably 20 yrs now..omg) and was probably the next to last to finish, but I had not trained properly...but i was so happy at completing it ...I like the way you set your specific goals. I realize after reading your goal setting that I have not been specific in my goals...gosh, you are an inspiration...thank you for sharing your blogs..I am truly impressed!
    1238 days ago
  • CAZADORES
    Thanks for sharing your story!

    Your perseverance and enthousiasm will get you there!

    You can do it, you are doing it! That's awesome.

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    1307 days ago
  • GETTINGSLIM69
    Keep it up! Loved hearing your inspirational story.

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  • DOVESEYES
    Thanks for sharing your journey with me , what an inspiration you are. Amazing work. Aren't the 'light bulb moments' awesome. emoticon emoticon
    1309 days ago
  • PURPLESPEDCOW
    Thank you for the encouragement! I can do this.
    1309 days ago
  • JESSICABOOTY
    Wow! what a journey you've been. I hate plateaus with a capital H. But you've overcome that and you should get a medal for that. Keep working on the 5 lbs since they are more doable than one big number.

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    1309 days ago
  • MAISIA
    Great blog!!! You can and will reach your goal!!! Rooting for you!! emoticon

    matalynn
    1309 days ago
  • CIZETHEDAY124
    emoticon job and emoticon blog. Thank you for sharing with us!! It's so encouraging to reach others struggles and triumphs. Go you!!! I am sure 2013 will be a fantastic year for you!

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    1309 days ago
  • GETSTRONGRRR
    Great story....congratulations....none of that was easy, but it sure was worth it!

    Keep at it and stay strong!
    1309 days ago
  • TCANNO
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    Varying your workout really should help and in your case it has. All the books say 6 week and change.

    Good luck
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    1309 days ago
  • FINZFANATIC
    Wow, what a journey!! Such a happy ending though. It goes to show you that life has its ups and downs but don't lose focus on the end goal. You are an inspiration to us all. Congrats!!
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    1309 days ago
  • GR8ERJOY
    Congratulations. Great spirit. emoticon
    1309 days ago
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