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.