Monday, May 20, 2013
Alright....so here we go.
I am Laura, I am 25 years old and I am overweight. Always have been, and if you go by the BMI calculators - I always will be. But who actually pays attention to that?
I've always said "I am big boned!" or "my boobs weigh a ton!", "I'm not overweight, just curvy!" "It is stress weight from school!"...I have used every excuse in the book. I have, and I never took responsibility that I was fat because I let myself get that way.....
When I was in high school I was around 140...I was athletic and played 3 sports. I ate whatever I wanted, and I was okay at 140. However, once I started college - the lbs started adding up. My freshman 15 was looking pretty realistic - so I decided I was going to fight it. I started weight watchers half way into my freshman year, and instead of gaining the freshman 15 - I lost it! I was down to the lowest I had been since middle school maybe! I was 127lbs....at 5'-0" (at the time)...that still was "overweight" by the BMI calculator - but I was healthy, and I was good.
Then came the stress of Architecture school. 6 years of it actually. I did not know what I was in for. 6 years of all nighters, stressful presentations, little sleep, eat whatever you can get your hands on....6 years of not worrying about myself basically. I did it though, I graduated with honors for my undergrad - and just missed it for my masters. BUT - I graduated with a Masters of Architecture....in December 2011. I had even started working, and so the last thing I thought about was my weight. I was a career woman! I was working hard and making a name for myself....
In May 2012 - I met some guy when he was renting me a car for work....I didn't know anyone in the area I was working at the time - so I emailed him and started chatting. We went out on a really incredible first date, and I went back to my home state. I started making trips back and forth non work related until October 2012....My company opened an office where he lives, and I was the 2nd employee to join the office - I moved 750 miles south, for work, for him, for ME. That's when it hit me - that I am doing ALL of this for ME and my happiness - so it was time to change my weight too. (ADD to it my best friend got engaged and I was asked to be a bridesmaid...). So with my sweet boyfriends help - we added me to his gym membership, and I started working out again. Lost some slowly, and then on January 15 - I started weight watchers again.
I started that day weighing 182....and I may not always stick to what I am supposed to, but 4 months later I am down 22lbs. In that time we have looked for and found a house, and moved in...(and if anyone knows the stress of buying a house they will understand when I say I didn't lose any weight for those 6 weeks even when I was trying!).
So here begins another journey. Documenting the other 15lbs I have to lose, and then understanding what works and doesn't work to keep it off.