Some success here, not finished, but 1st major goal completed so I made new goals.
I've been working on my weight loss by just counting calories and exercise since I started in 2008. I'm now down about 40 lbs. with only 20 to go to reach my ultimate dream goal. I never thought I'd meet my goal of 40 lost.
Since having kids, my body loved to taper out at 170 and wouldn't drop below. My metabolism was screwed up from a past eating disorder (anorexia in HS) and learning I had crohn's at 22. My body yo-yoed between 170 and 200 after my daughter was born. I continued the same cycle after my son and found this site to help me monitor my eating and exercise habits. The nutrition journal has been the biggest help in my endeavor!
I started out strong in April when I joined, but then quit breastfeeding in May and packed on about 20 lbs. So boosted it me back up to 185. Ick! I struggled around that weight until my grandma passed away in October 2008 from diabetes and heart problems. All had to do with her weight issues.
At the time of her passing, I noticed we had a similar body shape and I was getting close to her size. Her health problems are genetic as my great grandma and mom both had/have them. I decided then and there that I will NOT continue the trend.
I began that end all battle the day of her passing and haven't quit yet. After a year, I was able to drop down to 150 which was the goal I set. I wanted to become a healthy BMI number and to be able to fit into my old wedding dress (since most women never can after having kids). Yes, I've had lax days even weeks. I still maintain portion control even on those days. I stopped using my nutrition journal for the last couple months because I've gotten fairly good at judging my calorie counting.
With the new year, and already tired of my new plateau weight of 155-150, I want to try and reach that dream goal that I never imagined I'd see again. My genes and health are against me, but I don't care. I will do what it takes to get there. I enrolled in a "fitness for life" class this semester in school (I went back last semester adding that to working part time and being a mother). So with the start of a new year and new semester, I decided I'm going to once again fight my way to a healthy body and heart and finish my long journey.
I know the weight loss is only one small accomplishment, the maintenance journey is life long. As long as I can keep up with my maintenance, I can improve my odds of NOT getting the multiple heart diseases and diabetes like my foremothers.
This is a great idea.....success....must be rewarded.....If I get time, I will send you something...I am very busy right now with a work project and my Spark time is limited.......but I am so glad they are doing this....good news...JO
One day at a time......in my red high heels, and my crown!
I am so done bein the fat girl...how bout you?
It's no longer a diet. I am calling it my live-it.
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