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I know this is a new community and some people already know me, but I figured I'd give an intro post and outline my journey thus far.

I have been overweight almost as long as I can remember.  As a kid I was chubby, as a teen I was plump.  I lost some weight in Sophomore year of high school and I was at my (then) lowest grown/adult weight.  I met my fiance (then bf) and what do 2 crazy kids have to do at 1AM but go to the 24 hr McDonald's drive thru!  I think we did that almost every night that summer.  Needless to say we both gained a ton of weight, I know I gained 50 lbs in a year.  Then throughout the years I gained another 10+ lbs and there I sat at 230+ for over a year until we decided to do the Atkins diet.  We both lost about 20 lbs, then with the help of Weight Watchers I lost another 10 lbs, which I gained back, and then with Jenny Craig I lost that same 10 lbs to put me at 200 lbs for a long time.

April, this year, I decided enough was enough.  I'm getting married October 2008 and I'll be darned if I'm walking down the aisle a size 18!  By this time I had long since given up on Jenny Craig.  So one day I just started counting my calories, everything I ate and drank I wrote down in a little notebook.  We went to the gym semi-regularly so we just upped our exercise to 4-5 days a week.  I got the bright idea to start an LJ dedicated to my weight loss.  I was committed, I was sick and tired of being discouraged and disappointed in my image and health.  I couldn't remember the last time I ran for anything.  I didn't think I was that pretty--sure I had a pretty face, but as someone once said to me that's what you always say to a fat girl: she has a pretty face.

I spent many nights crying myself to sleep saying "I can't do this, I just can't.  I'll never be skinny, I'll never be healthy, I'll always be winded and pudgy no matter what I do."  But my problem was that I was lazy and I was waiting for a miracle.  As my fiance's father says, "You can wish in one had and crap in the other and see which gets filled first."  Although the motto is a little crude it's very appropriate for all sorts of life situations and I think of it often.  So I put my nose to the grindstone.

My original STG was 50 lbs by the end of December.  I am now at 41 lbs lost.  Although I won't meet my STG I will come pretty close and that's just amazing to me.  I never thought I'd be here, and just leaping this hurdle has given me more confidence than I ever thought I needed.  Knowing that I set a seemingly impossible goal and here I am conquering it is such an empowering feeling.

My LTG is 130 by my wedding, which I'm confident I'll be able to do.  Say I'm at 155 in the beginning of the year, that's 25 lbs in 10 months.

I feel healthier than I think I've ever felt.  I ran for the first time since elementary school, and now I run regularly at the gym.  I eat lots of vegetables, and my fiance and I are looking into an almost-vegetarian diet.  He has embraced this lifestyle change alongside me and without him I would not be standing here today 41 lbs lighter and a million times enlightened.

And, importantly, I could not walk this road without the support of my friends.  So, I am here to help anyone who asks it and who is willing to lose weight in a healthy manner.



Dec. 25th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
Well I will be right there alongside you as I have definitely gotten lax these past few weeks. I really need to push myself in January, I need to over come this bump in the middle of my weight loss road!


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