Let’s Start At the Very Beginning

11 Feb


I am a gal (ok, a woman in my mid-30’s) who has a considerable amount of weight to lose.  Some may say it’s the size of a ENTIRE person.  And that’s true.  My goal is 150 pounds.  When I type that number, it overwhelms me.  But it also gives me hope for the future.  A gal who needs to lose half of herself in weight?  Scary – but doable.

I spent most of my younger years on the other end of the spectrum.  I was a regular weight all through high school.  But by the time I hit 21, I was already at the weight I would remain for the next decade plus.

I’ve exercised over the years – but always found gyms to be boring and methodical.  There’s nothing worse, to me, than walking on a treadmill for an hour and not getting anywhere.Admittedly, dieting and exercise has never been my thing.  I didn’t grow up in a home where healthy eating and physical activity were encouraged.  Like many kids of the 80’s, I grew up in a family where convenience came first.

But then in 2007, I had finally had enough.  I was ready to lose the weight.  I signed up for Weight Watchers.  I followed their plan.  I started walking outdoors for 30 minutes each day.  The weight evaporated off me.  In 3 months, I had lost 45 pounds.

Then came the news that I needed surgery – my gallbladder needed to be removed.  The reason?  I was told I lost weight too quickly and it caused stones to form.  Talk about putting a negative spin on all that I had accomplished!  I had the surgery and within a year was back to my original weight of 275.  Since then, I’ve added an additional 25 pounds.

And here I am today – five years later.  I weigh 300 pounds and I am 5’2.

And today, I’ve decided enough is enough.  It’s time to lose this weight.  I’m signing back up for Weight Watchers and will be getting back on an exercise plan.  And this time – nothing will stop me from reaching my goal.  Not even another surgery.  This time I’m committed to reaching my goals.

Some lose weight to be more physically attractive.  Me?  It’s much more simple.  I don’t want to die.  I want to feel better.  I want to be able to walk up stairs and not get winded.  I want to be able to play with my dog.  It’s really that simple!

This blog will keep me accountable.  I have no idea if anyone will read it – but I know it’ll help me stay on top of my progress.  And have something great to reflect on when I’ve reached my goals.

So here we go!


11 Responses to “Let’s Start At the Very Beginning”

  1. Dave February 11, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    The absolute best of luck to you!

    • weightlossgal February 11, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

      Dave – thank you so much! I’m surprised someone already found my blog.

  2. Conway Training February 11, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    Yes, good luck! Keep the mindset of enough being enough and you will eventually reach your goal!

  3. Ellie www.newcreationsministries.wordpress.com/ February 11, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    Don’t ever, ever, ever give up on your health! I am cheering you on from here. I’ll be praying for your motivation and determination.

  4. Kari February 11, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    good luck and looking forward to following your journey 🙂 -kari

  5. chasingkris February 11, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    Good luck!!!! Its a journey just keep going at it!!

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