I write to inspire, engage, motivate, and teach others who are trying to find their ground as they lose weight, as well as hold myself accountable for my own diet.
I am a lover of veggies, chocolate, cookies, pizza, pasta, and peanut butter (but not all together). Basically, you name it, I probably eat it & like it. Welcome to my blog!
WAY BACK WHEN…
We all have stories because we’re all different. Our experiences, perspectives, and lives are not the same. My story begins way back when. Ever since I could remember, I’ve only known myself as a rather larger girl. I was never into sports or was fast (especially in gym class). I was one of those stereotypical kids that was more or less picked last, and one of those kids that WAS last coming back from running a lap. I would get pained while catching my breath, and I knew that it wasn’t right to feel that way.
However, I didn’t do anything about it to make it better and it continued until I was about thirteen. Although I had seen a nutritionist a couple of years prior, whatever weight I lost with her was already gained back plus more; so I finally put my foot down and told my mother that I wanted to join Weight Watchers. With her consent, I took whatever I made babysitting and invested it in an all-new me. I was over 200 lbs when I joined, and lost 6 lbs within the first week! I was so motivated and excited that I continued watching my POINTS and lost an additional 50 lbs with the program. My lowest weight while in the program (and ever) was 170 lbs. I entered high school feeling confident and healthy, but unfortunately it didn’t last too long. With the stress of school and other things, I lost that spark that kept me going, and eventually ended up gaining some of the weight back.
I maintained at around 180 lbs for almost three years. Then, I gradually went from 180 lbs to 190 lbs to eventually to over 200 lbs! At that point, I wasn’t really monitoring what I was eating, and I was getting aggravated when my clothes were fitting differently. I then got some motivation back, and went back to Weight Watchers a second time, while I was a junior in high school. That time around, I only lost 30 lbs. After I plateaued, I basically gained it back again over the three years afterwards.
Looking back, and whether or not I showed it, I really felt self-conscious in high school. My weight really had an impact on the way I viewed myself and even had an impact on how I interacted socially with others. I would be afraid to talk to several boys that I liked at times because I felt too “fat” and “gross” and it became overall obsessive during my teenage years.
When I was in my second year of community college, I joined a new diet program and lost 30 lbs on that, also. At that point, I was introduced to exercise via a circuit (similar to the ones at Curves). I noticed that I was gaining muscle, and also learned the difference between muscle weight vs. fat weight. This weight loss program opened my eyes and gave me a new insight on the health benefits of soy and water intake.
After I transferred schools and moved to Canada for college, I maintained the weight for the most part. I was introduced to new foods like Nutella, Coffee Crisp bars, and Ketchup Chips (all of which I love and STILL love, by the way). Although I ate these foods, I only gained about 10 – 15 lbs when I was living there. The home stay where I was living also served homemade Chinese food a good portion of when I was there. The food was great, but my portion sizes were off. Looking back, I know I ate too much, and eventually that was another factor on how I gained the weight I was there.
Unfortunately, when I got back home I got off track again and ended up gaining all that weight back, but over at least a year’s time. Working in a job with food didn’t help either, but it wasn’t until 2009 that I finally started seeing a nutritionist that changed the way I ate, giving me healthy substitutes and teaching me about the importance of good fats, bad fats, carbs, and the different ways to speed up my metabolism throughout the day by eating smaller meals throughout the day.
This is me in the summer of 2009. Wow! I cannot believe I became that heavy! But, I did. I won a contest at work, and I was showing off my gift bag-sket!
So far, I have lost almost 50lbs since November of 2o09. It’s been a tough weight loss journey, but I have maintained and still lost as opposed to gaining it all back. I feel that as of today, I am in a great spot. I have made many changes to my diet including cutting added sugars out and monitoring the amount of water I put into my body (currently, my goal is 96 fl oz/ daily), not to mention one of my newest goals for the month of May: 60 PUSH-UPS/ WEEK! I am very excited to see how my body will change with this new goal added to my other goals.
This is me in 2010 while we were in California.
Summer, 2011 & loving life. Right before my first 5K!
QUESTION OF THE DAY:
What are your goals for May?