Happy Summer, Friends
Monday, June 17, 2013
I am back for the summer. As you can see, I took a long hiatus from January-June. That's because I was in India volunteering at an orphanage. It was an amazing experience. I blogged faithfully for the first half of my trip. You can read a little bit about my experiences at www.koriegoestoindia.wordpress
.com if you are interested! I'd like to keep writing on the blog to share more about some of the things that I did, but I haven't yet.
I lost 8 pounds while I was in India. I have been back almost 3 weeks, and I just about gained all 8 pounds back. Whoops.
I stepped on the scale yesterday and realized just how poorly I had been eating. In India, the diet was pretty controlled, so I didn't think too much about it. In 6 months, I probably could have lost more than 8 pounds, but there was an ice cream cart and aloo tikki cart that came to the farm nearly every day, and I indulged a little more than I should have. I also was living a very sedentary life, because I did a lot of computer work while I was there. I tried to exercise sometimes, but it was difficult.
I plan on blogging and being involved on Sparkpeople this summer, and hopefully this is the last summer I will be trying to lose weight.
I lost 40 pounds very quickly. I reveled in my smaller body, in getting to shop for cute clothes, in having much more energy, and feeling much healthier and more attractive. I went from a size 18 to a size 10/12. My size 10s are getting tight, so I need to be diligent in sticking with it and losing more weight. Since I've been the same size, basically, since September, I am starting to get used to it. Before, my thought was always, "Wow, my stomach is so much smaller!" Now, I'm starting to think, "Hey, my stomach is still pretty soft... It still sticks over my pants when I sit down..." It was difficult to continue to lose weight because I was SO happy being as thin as I was. I was so satisfied to finally be a "normal" size for the first time in my adult life. Yes, I was on the big side of average, but much smaller. At 220 pounds, I entered a room or a party or a cafe, and looked around. More times than not, I was the biggest woman there. At 175 pounds, I enter a party and notice that there are a couple people the same size as me, and maybe someone a little bigger. I'm hoping at 150 pounds, I stop looking around to see if I am the biggest one around!
When I was gone, my mom began working out a lot and eating better and lost 18 pounds. She still has two pounds to go. I'm proud of her. She went from 130 to 110. She isn't even 5'0, for the record, so 130 is considered overweight. It's nice to have someone else around also interested in being healthy and losing weight!
So friends. I am here, and I am ready to rock and roll.