Friday, March 15, 2013
March 15, 2013 has been one of the greatest days of my life besides so far the greatest day when my fiancé proposed. I have finally lost 100 pounds!!!! My weight loss journey began September 25, 2009 I stepped on the ole dial scale and watched it spin around and stop on 10, woo hoo I weigh 10 lbs….or 310 lbs…ominous music plays. That night watching late night infomercial feeling sorry for myself and not sure what to do I finally decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and take action. What made me decide this? Well other than weighing 310 lbs a little infomercial came on, you might have seen it before…thigh master…just kidding P90X. I watched the moves they were doing on the tube and decided I could do that it was good solid fitness, push-ups, weights, jumping. I knew I couldn’t wait a week to get started or it was just not going to happen at the time I was in a very unhealthy relationship that was about to end thankfully. I went to work and asked a co-worker to borrow his copy since he was not using it at the time. I started the videos on September 27th and it was a moment where it became a reality check as to how out of shape I was. I had been fooling myself for a long, long time that I was just bigger, big boned, muscular whatever I was huge and I was unhealthy. I would sweat and hurt going up the 15 steps to my bedroom, I was struggling to breathe at night, I was having heart palpitations, and I was scared I was going to have a heart attack at 29 (pause here because I was crying this might actually be the first time I have admitted this). I had just watched my mom have a heart transplant in May and as much as I love her I didn’t want to be her. My measurements were disturbing: Hips 52 inches, waist 46.5 inches, thigh 33 inches (might I point out that now my waist is 33 inches my thigh was as big as some people’s waist!). I modified and modified and managed to get through the 90 days. I lost 38 lbs, 6.5 inches off my waist, 4.5 inches off my hips and 2.75 inches off my thigh I was feeling pretty good. I kept going with P90X and started Insanity as well. My sister had started losing weight and was going to run a half marathon so I decided not only would I run a half marathon I would sign up for the Chicago Marathon in October that was 3 days after my 30th birthday. I thought surely by then I would be down to 190 lbs and super fit (my runner friends can laugh at this because we know how running really is for weight loss). I ran my first half marathon with my sister in May 2010, the Indy Mini. I continued to train for Chicago all summer, running my second half marathon in July. One thing I will say is don’t give up no matter how people hate, I once was jogging and someone made cow noises at me, I had someone who saw me running and said I was really slow (well yeah I weigh 250 and I’m in the middle of 8 miles), I had some guy make fun of me at a race, and I just kept going. In October 2010 I completed the Chicago Marathon at 243lbs I think (trying to decipher a couple years of training logs, I keep a training log and a food log) I did it in 7:09:18 in almost 90 degree heat and in a race where many quit and some went to the hospital. I may have been slow but I made it! Then post big race blues kicked in and while I kept working out I slowly gained 20lbs over the winter, but it was also around this time I met the greatest person I know, my fiancé Mike who not only encourages me but you can’t live life with him being out of shape. With Mike I go swimming, fishing, canoeing, bike riding, rollerblading, kayaking, (this part is for my sister to laugh about) and any sort of sweating possible!!! In short 2011 is a blur and I mostly just maintain weight losing a little but nothing major I just enjoyed life and activity I ran the Indy Mini again and in September I completed my first sprint triathlon at around 245 lbs. In 2012 I did much of the same mostly maintaining I spent most of the year around 230-235 and at one point I got down to 225 this is my first little taste of getting closer to onederland. I completed an Olympic distance triathlon in August due to an ankle injury training did not go well and I decided to drop down from the half iron distance that I wanted to try. While I did well in my Olympic triathlon I was very unhappy, I had never not completed something I said I was going to. This led me to some laziness and some bad eating habits. I knew once again I had to stop feeling sorry for myself, stop making excuses, and do the work! In January 2013 I started the Ultimate Reset. The first thing I had to get back into control was my eating. On January 2nd I weighed in at 244.6 lbs I followed the program to the letter and I lost 22 lbs. This was just what I needed I did feel truly reset I had the energy for my workouts. I started my running again and I was faster! I kept up the good eating habits and the weight kept going down the measurements kept going down. Here I am now 100 lbs lighter 13.5 inches off my waist, 10 inches off my hips, and 5.5 inches off my thigh. I am happy that it has taken time and not always been easy because it means that it is a lasting change, truly a lifestyle change. Now time to get back to work and on my way to onederland!!!
My before is as close to the 310 as I can find I avoided the camera at all costs when I was heavy so there aren't probably any true before photos in existence.