Aug 2009 - down 24lbs (AKA 157 - lowest point)
October 2013 - 181 lbs (size 16)
Sept 2014 - 160lbs (size 10 jeans)
I think, when you're ready, you're ready. And, believing in yourself is half the battle.
Back in early 2009, I decided it was about time. My weight had been slowly creeping up and I was in denial using whatever excuse to justify it. So, I stopped with the excuses and told myself I could do it. I changed my eating habits, started to count calories and became more active exercising regularly. In just 3 months, I dropped over 20lbs and at the 6-month mark I weighed less than I had in over 10 years. I felt and looked great!
Over confident, I threw away the food diary and gradually let life get in the way of eating well and exercising. It's hard work and requires commitment. Sadly, I got lazy and joined the ignore wagon on easy street. It's been 4 years. I have no acceptable excuse.
A visit to the doctor (in March 2014) was a like a slap in the face. I was diagnosed with the secret killer, severe hypertension. Without a drastic lifestyle change, I was at real risk for heart attack or stroke. It's in my family history. I cannot ignore it. Facing mortality is scary but it's certainly a motivator.
In 2014, I learned to eat right, reduce sodium intake and minimize caffeine. I exercised regularly, walking or biking, and taking the long way or the hard way (e.g. stairs). I dropped nearly 25 lbs and 3 sizes and my BP has returned to normal.
The challenge continues. I feel healthier and happier than I have in a long time, but I am struggling to reach my long term goal. I realize it's a life change, and I need to be more committed than ever to stick to my new healthy habits and celebrate the non-scale victories.
Start date: March 7/2014 (reviewed and updated Jan 9/15, July 11/15)
1. Eat 1200-1300 calories/day
2. 30 mins of exercise / 3+ times a week
3. Gradual & consistent weight loss, drop:
5 lbs - achieved 3/17/14
10lbs- achieved 4/17 /14
15lbs- achieved 5/5/14
20lbs-achieved 6/12/14 and kept it off until May 2015).
2015 - take 2 (started July 11/15)
4. Reach a healthy BMI
5. Keep BP within normal range (under 140/90)
5. Reach long-team weight goal (145lbs)
Keep it simple!
1. Eat healthier and drink plenty of water (low sodium, more fruits & veggies, cut out coffee and soft drinks).
2. Portion control, resist unhealthy snacking and the eating out trap.
3. Be more active.
At 45, I've lived with hypothyrodism for nearly 25 years and its weight struggles.
My challenges are portion control, little time to exercise and comfort eating (eg. carbs), but most of all - STAYING MOTIVATED.
Family is very important to me. It's been nearly 20 years since I married my best friend. We have 2 teenaged children. They are all very supportive of my desire to become more fit and healthy, congratulating me on my little achievements, helping me resist temptation and reminding me to eat well & that exercise can be fun.
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| Pounds lost: 9.4