Back in the Saddle Again

Friday, April 03, 2009

As a child I was very active. I spent a lot of time outdoors- mostly riding my bike, swimming, spending time at the park, the community beach and even though we lived twenty minutes with two schools in our neighborhood: I’d take the bus to school in the morning, and walk home in the afternoon.

I attended summer camps consisting of thirty minutes gymnastics, trampoline, and karate and swim classes. It was great to be active, to have a high metabolism and to eat anything without worrying about my weight, since I’d just burn off my food in a matter of minutes.

In Junior High (Middle School), I started putting on the weight. Sure, I exercised, but the only workout I got was swimming. I love the ocean a lot and living in Tampa, you’re never far from the ocean or a pool.

In High School I started gaining massive weight. I remember being told all the time I was chubby by my parents and classmates. I was constantly nagged all the time about my weight, and in my freshman year of High School I started taking up dancing.

I would work at the dance studio in exchange for two free classes, and also took many classes in ballet, tap, hip hop, modern, lyrical and Pointe. I also taught toddler ballet as well.

I loved dancing so much, it kept me active through High School.

After High school I stopped dancing and working out. I noticed my weight fluctuated so much and it started becoming harder to shop for clothing. I was ALWAYS drained of energy; I stopped taking pictures and stuck mostly to hoodies and blue jeans.

In 2005 I decided that I had enough of looking chubby, so I joined the YMCA. I worked out 3 hours every day. It was then that life mostly consisted of working, eating, exercising and church.

I had all the energy in the world, a high level of self esteem, I felt muscular all the time and I looked taller as well. It was GREAT to wear fitted clothing and to go into Bealls Outlet (My favorite store in Tampa), Outlooks, Marshals, TJ Maxx, Ross and Kmart and to wear skinny clothing.

Once again I was out there taking up rock climbing; jet skiing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boat, surfing, and hiking.

I worked out at the YMCA for a year then stopped when I reached my ideal weight. The weight came back 6 months later, and I tried the Slim fast Diet, but it didn’t’ work.

Let alone, I noticed that every time I started to work out then stopped for various reasons, or when I started seeing results, I’d quit, thinking that I’d keep the weight off for good.

So once again, I’m getting back into the saddle again. This first month has been extremely hard in establishing a workout routine, getting motivated and it really does seem like forever before I’ll wear fitted clothing again, be able to stick to the Florida fashion, and wear a dress for the first time since 2002.

Yet this time around, I’m committed to counting calories, eating healthy, working out more and keeping the weight off for good. I’m blessed to have found Spark People through the web site and I want to once again, loose all this fat for good.
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    Sounds like you were following in my shoes! I took the same route before you... THIS time I realize that to return to the way it was when I was young....... I have to return to that lifestyle: very active ALL THE TIME! So no more putting it on and leaving it behind...

    Let's do it this year!
    4221 days ago
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