Monday, November 27, 2006
My story begins like I'm sure everyone else's does... one day I noticed that my pants were fitting a bit snug, well, OK a lot snug. This would be about 3 1/2 years ago, so I hopped on the try to lose weight band wagon, but I'm also very stubborn, so I wasn't trying very hard. And I like food - I have a very great weakness for cheese and crackers & chips (with dip, without dip, etc.)
Less carbs, no carbs with meat, no alkaline with acidic foods, more almonds, cabbage soup etc. etc. Sporadic walking etc. And the weight stayed on.. at this point, I had NO CLUE as to how much I actually weighed as my scale had bit the biscuit.
Then, 3 years ago, I made a bet with my hubby that I would quit smoking (you got it, not only inactive... but a smoker to boot!) but I was also determined not to gain weight when I quit, so we did the cabbage soup thing, I switched from double, double to black coffee & I did a lot of walking (there was an abundance of pent-up smoking energy to get rid of). I actually lost some weight and fit into some smaller clothes.. then summer came, the excercise slacked off & while camping I gained 15 lbs in one week. My whole metabolism ground to a halt - my body went on strike & the pants started to be snug once again... Then I sprained my ankle badly running down stairs (injured ligaments) in Oct. by December I was back into my heeled boots, in Feb. I sprained the other ankle.
I tried to get out walking, but again, it was sporadic... Summer came & none of my shorts really fit at all - although I managed to squeeze into 2 pairs, but it wasn't pretty. I still had no clue as to my weight, because I had yet to spring for a new scale.....
That fall I had an issue - nothing really fit anymore to wear to work (thank goodness it's casual, and I had jeans that fit - stretchy jeans)... By January, I decided I had to buy a scale. The day I stepped on the scale and saw 205 (more than when I went in to the hospital to have my daughter) I burst into tears when my husband came home (he, of course, said "I told you so" - what a darling!). I had to admit, I was huffing and puffing doing stuff now (like housework) and I had no energy either.
So, I decide I'm going to start walking again and do something, unfortunately, I learned the hard way not to walk in freezing rain. My extra weight made my fall a doozy and I ended up with a torn MCL & 4 months of physio.
It was in March when I decided to search on the net & see if I could find something that tells calorie content of food & I found Spark People. I was 200 lbs (well 199 the morning I weighed myself for it), 5'8 and considered obese.
I was still in physio and had a lot of knee pain & did not have the "go" to start walking until the snow was all melted, so.. I did the weight training as circuit training (to get in cardio). I religiously tracked my food and excercise. Low fat and whole grains became a staple in the house - chips were verboten (or were supposed to be.. someone in the house still brings them in) I found a chip replacement (Cheecha Crackles) which kept me sane & gave me that salty crunch I crave. I started eating breakfast, I have a V8 everyday & fall back on Fruit Sources (with veggie) to help me get my fruits and veg in. I learnt to look at those labels, look at the serving sizes and choose what would give me the biggest bang for the buck. I kept bumping up the strength training excercises that I would do in my circuit & started walking once the snow was gone & my therapist gave me the OK.
I started the Billy Blanks Bootcamp videos and abandoned my "circuit" - when I made the switch, I was up to about 15 strength excercises done in around 20 minutes and had lost about 25 lbs and 11 inches (waist, hips, thighs and calves).
It took me 3 more months to lose that last 15 lbs, and a lot of sweat... and here I am. Now the battle will be to maintain - and to never go so long without a scale again!