Everywhere we go we hear about weight loss this and weight loss that but how many people actually think “oh I’m fat and I NEED to be smaller?!” uhhhhh I don’t know about you, but I know I didn’t. I felt like I was thick, I looked good, my butt was big, thighs tight, and stomach pretty flat (to be my size) so I was content. Honestly, I thought I was the finest thing since Janet Jackson. I’d internalized the fact that I would always be heavy considering genetics (all the women on my mom’s side of the family are bottom heavy). Only one family member was considered to be slim, and compared to other “thick” girls I WAS fine (my opinion), lol.
When I noticed I was overweight:
By the time I graduated from FSU(December of 2009) I weighed 175 pounds and didn’t know it. Part of the problem was that in college I did not have a scale, so once I moved back home and stood on the scale I was literally in shock and awe.
So between getting on the scale and having to buy size 15 pants from the juniors department I knew it was time to make a difference. I
When I began doing something about it:
Moving back home naturally caused me to shed some weight. For example, I started eating at home more and eating fast food less. Once I started teaching I would be busy (working) and not home snacking in between classes, going to Starbucks for breakfast, or McDonald’s at 3am after the club. So I effortlessly lost about 10 pounds in a year(2010).
I also started exercising with the marching band at the high school I worked at. That didn’t last long.
I went to a couple hip hop dance classes, but That didn’t last long either.
So then (2011) I was 165 pounds and at a stand still.
When I REALLY got active:
My life changed drastically. Due to a change in leadership, I lost my job (then got hired at a new school), I broke up with my boyfriend (we are back together), and I was taking 9 credits in graduate school. Whew! I really had a lot going on at one time but I refused to be defeated. When I was sad/mad/angry, I’d get up and work out. It finally go tto a point where I actually joined a gym since there was a gym by my job that charged $10 a month. This was one of the best things that could’ve happened to me. I started working out either before or after work about 2/3 days a week. Not only did it do wonders physically but mentally as well. It was seriously a stress reliever. I would get lost in the songs that listened to and sing my little heart out (well, not literally).
When I REALY REALLY got active:
The holidays came around(2011) and by then I was about 160 pounds. My pastor encouraged the entire church to do the Daniels fast(I have a post on that) upon the start of the new year as a sacrifice to God. 21 Days Of meat less, dairy less, junk food less eating. That’s when I got down to my smallest weight (which at the time was 150).
Learning to maintain:
Once the fast was over (I have a post on that) I slowly but surely started packing on the pounds and a few weeks after the fast I was 156 pounds.
I’m at a point where I balance exercise and eating right and maintain between 149 and 152. Which is pretty good, but I’d like to be 145 pounds. I’m thinking about going for a 6 pack too, lol. I have to up my workouts and keep with the smarter eating habits.
One of the biggest but most simple changes that made a huge difference for me was taking my lunch to work. Why? Because I cant eat what I dont pack. My downfall, however, is the Weekend. Ugh!!
But Ok enough about me.
What are your weight loss goals? What are you doing to meet them?Or if you’ve met your goals, how did you do it, how are you managing to keep it off?