Weight loss

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Posted by kat | Posted in Family Happenings | Posted on 07-09-2012

I have never considered myself fat or have ever considered I had a eating disorder.  So when I mentioned to some friends, that I wanted to lose weight, they kept telling me that I didn’t have any to lose.   When I got married, I weighed 115lbs, when I got pregnant with each of my kids I weighed 115lbs.  After having had my youngest, I had some hormone issues and had to go on Birth Control, to try and balance out my hormone levels which were either too high or too low.  When I started my weight loss, I was at the heaviest I had ever been and not been pregnant, with my first two pregnancies, I weight 175lbs when I they weighed me at the hospital a few hours before I had them.  With my youngest I had Gestational Diabetes and had to be very careful of what I ate, I weight 150 lbs with her, and it ended up being my smallest baby at 5lbs 13oz.
So when I weighed myself at the start of trying to lose weight, I was suprised that I weighed 140.5lbs, to most that might not seem like a lot, but I am only 5 ft 3in tall and while I looked like I might only weigh 130lbs, I could feel the difference, but didn’t realize just how much a few extra pounds really could make you feel.  I couldn’t walk up my driveway without huffing and a puffing like the big bad wolf,  I couldn’t find in any of my clothes( depending on who makes it, I could wear a size 5-10)  I was stuffing myself into my clothes, because I din’t want and couldn’t afford to buy new clothes.   I was tried all the time, and not just because I am a mom with three kids.  So how did I get started?  I didn’t start counting calories, like I had to when I was pregnant with my youngest, I started not going back for second’s, I made sure I always drank a glass or two of water or milk, to fill in the cracks. I also made sure that I had fruit and veggies on hand.  I can get the same satisfaction, out of eating an apple or a small bowl of carrot’s, that I can get out of eating candy.  Don’t get me wrong, there are some day’s when I want the candy more than I want the veggie’s and fruit.   I decided I was only going to check my weight Monday – Friday’s and that Saturday and Sunday’s were going to be the only day’s. that I would allow myself to eat how I wanted.  I figured out what I wanted to weigh.   Several year’s ago for my birthday, I had asked for the Wii Fit, I couldn’t find my Wii Fit game disk, so I went to my nearest GameStop and bought a used copy of the Wii Fit Plus.  I started doing either exercise routines for 30 mins everyday, then I moved to the yoga and did that for 30 days.  I admit, that I didn’t keep the exercising up and that I really should, life sort of got in the way, so I was only doing body tests.   I am still watching what I eat, I still eat junk food, but I don’t let myself eat it like I was eating it, I have been eating it in smaller amounts.   I have never quite understood the BMI(Body Mass Index), but for my height it said I should be about 124lbs, I had figured 120-125 would be a good weight, as I doubted that I could get down to 115lbs.   I won’t say that it was easy or that I didn’t get discouraged, because I did.  But it is worth it!!!!!  I can walk up my driveway with out sounding or feeling like I couldn’t breath,  I can’t run up the driveway without sounding that way.  Granted, my driveway while not long is at enough of a grade that it doesn’t help much, I would say the grade is at least 45 degrees.
I can mostly fit in my clothes, I still have a few that are tight and a few that I still can’t get buttoned without sucking in air.  I still need to do a lot of muscle toning, but on a whole I feel much better about where I am.   Today when I stepped on the Wii Board to do my body test( I can never get smack dab in the middle) I weighed 125.4 and had 1.1lbs to loses to reach my goal of 124 lbs.   Now I am going to get to see how much of a struggle, that I am going to have to maintain that weight.  While I am still told that I didn’t look like I had almost 20lbs of weight to lose, I could tell and sometimes that is all that is important, is what we know and how we feel about our body’s.  Will I ever be Supermodel thin?  NO! And I wouldn’t want to be that thin either.  We all have an optimum weight that we should be at, that helps are bodies to heal and stay healthy at.  Finding that optimum weight and feeling good about being at that weight is what I was striving for and I think I am just about there.

I haven’t really changed my cooking style any, I still cook from scratch as much as possible, but I will buy processed food items.  I do not read the labels at all, to me it’s a waste of time.  I am not on the NO High Fructose Corn Syrup hype, I feel that if you eat healthy enough that a little of that will not hurt you.  As with anything, even good for you items, too much can be bad for you.  Moderation in all thing’s, is so far how I have lost 16.5lbs.

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