Throughout the past few years I’ve been asked by my family and friends how I lost weight and have been able to keep it off. In my first post I mentioned that I had lost 30 pounds. Losing this weight didn’t happen overnight, it was a long process. It probably took me a lot longer to lose it than it should have but I wasn’t looking for a quick fix, I needed a lifestyle change that was sustainable.
It all started in August of 2011. A few of us had rented a house in Palm Springs for my sister’s 30th birthday. The weekend was so much fun and my sister had made sure to document the weekend with tons of pictures. A few weeks later she developed those pictures (yes people used to develop pictures) and boy was I surprised by what I saw. I literally had to do a double take once I realized the chubby girl in the bikini was me! I shouldn’t have been as surprised as I was. I knew that I had gained weight and that hardly any of my clothes fit me anymore. But there I was, standing in her kitchen looking through the pictures trying my hardest not to cry or get bright red with embarrassment. That day I vowed to myself that I would never feel like that again.
A few days later I joined Weight Watchers. I didn’t know much about the program but I knew that I needed a program that would keep me accountable and help me choose the right foods. At this point in my life I wasn’t knowledgeable about what it meant to be healthy I only knew that I needed to lose weight and couldn’t keep eating the same crap that I had been eating. I also started walking a few times a week on the trail behind our house. I didn’t walk fast or very far I just walked until I was tired and went home. Every Wednesday I would weigh myself and was so happy to see the pounds dropping. I consistently lost 1-2 pounds a week until I had lost 10 pounds. For me Weight Watchers was easy. I think it was a combination of the fire inside me to lose the weight and I the fact that I used the tools the online plan had available for me. I stayed within my point range and continually made wiser decisions. I didn’t make excuses anymore; I knew that excuses wouldn’t get me to my goals. Once I lost 10 pounds I decided to cancel my Weight Watchers account and continue to lose the weight on my own. I used the knowledge I had gained and continued to make smarter choices.
By Christmas I was 10 pounds lighter and getting bored with my walking routine so I decided to start incorporating jogging into my walk and purchased a gym membership. I lost about 5-8 more pounds in the following months by increasing my workout routine. I didn’t lose this weight quickly, I’d say it took me about 6 months but I stuck to it and slowly but surely the pounds came off. I was back at a weight that was right for my body type and I was confident and happy again. I kept these 18 or so pounds off for the next year with no intentions of losing more. Then I signed up for a half marathon.
Anyone that has trained for a half or full marathon know that you run more miles during those weeks/months of training than you ever thought imaginable. Running equals calories burnt which equals weight lost (if you’re not consuming more than you’re burning). During the training I lost another 10 pounds and there I was two years later weighing 30 pounds less. I was so proud of myself for many reasons but one of the main reasons was because I hadn’t given up. There were many weeks that I gained a pound or two but I stuck to my guns and lost those few pounds and more. I had and still have slip-ups, I’m human but I know that I will never let myself become that physically and mentally unhealthy again. Since then I’ve gained 15 pounds ( I like to tell myself it’s “love weight”) and have lost 5 of that. I’m at a healthy weight and although I know I’ll lose a few pounds while training for another half marathon I hope to also balance that out by gaining muscle. Now that I know I’m healthy it’s not about the number on the scale but how I feel.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes that helped me through my weight loss journey. Losing weight takes time but in the end it’s all worth it!
“Little by little, a little becomes a lot” – Tanzanian Proverb