The first thirty years of my life, I was the person everyone “hated”. I could eat anything I wanted and yet remain skinny. In fact, I remember purposely looking for high-fat foods when I was a teenager because I wanted curves.
Then I crossed into my thirties. A few things happened at that time.
I stopped going to nightclubs because it was no longer enjoyable to me. The music and the crowds changed, plus my own energy level was waning. Although I was not the girl that always ran onto the dance floor to strut my stuff (I am not a good dancer), I did do some dancing when they played the irresistible songs. It was good exercise and it was fun. I have never been a high-energy person. I have always preferred to relax rather than go on excursions. Going out to eat, drink, or just chill with friends at their homes has always been my idea of fun. I do love the outdoors but it usually involves sitting at a bench in a park or sitting on the sand at the beach. After a while, I noticed the seemingly impossible was occurring. I was getting a little pudgy around the tummy! My friends teased me because they could not see it. I could.
From 1986 to 1999 I worked in retail stores. That provided many opportunities to move, stretch, bend, climb, squat, etc. for several hours most of the week. In 1999, I finally decided I wanted a Monday through Friday job with holidays off. That is when I left retail for an office job. My first day on the job, they were having a potluck for Mardi Gras … and then potlucks kept coming!
Oh, and let’s not forget that I bought my first personal computer in 1997! I was addicted to it and rushed home everyday to surf the web for hours.
Within a few short months, I could no longer fit into my clothes! One Saturday I walked into The Gap at our local shopping mall. I grabbed a few pants in their largest sizes to try on. After stepping out of the dressing room, I handed all of the pants to the store employee and declared with a sad face that I now need to go across the way to Lane Bryant. Thankfully the tiny girl working at The Gap was sweet so she did not add to my hurt.
A slowing metabolism, a sedentary lifestyle, and continuing to eat as much as I want all caught up to me. In 2000, I did join a beautiful new gym that opened in the same parking lot as our office building but that was short-lived. I loved the gym but my motivation wasn’t there.
From 1999, my weight has gone from 149 lbs up to 226 lbs! I am 5’10” so people have always told me that I don’t look very overweight. They don’t believe me when I tell them that my BMI is in the “obese” range. To be honest, it was a shock to me!
So here it is 2013. I am tired of being tired. I’m tired of aching knees, aching back, acid reflux, being self-conscious of my big booty, having a bulging belly, having a hard time finding cute clothes. It sucks being over-weight and out of shape! This is my year to get fit! I started the year eating more raw foods and eliminating most processed foods. I am still working on getting myself to exercise. However, I have been walking more, parking my car at the far end of lots, taking the stairs, etc. So far this year, I have gone down to 211 lbs! I have not weighed that in years! It’s still too much weight but it’s a very big accomplishment. I am proud of myself and will continue to lose more weight. I was able to quit smoking years ago. If I can do that, then there is no reason I can’t gain control of my weight!