Weight Loss

Summer 2008 at the beach in Atlantic City, I was at my highest weight ever here.

Summer 2008 at the beach in Atlantic City, I was at my highest weight ever here.

I’m one of those people who has thought about weight for pretty much my whole life.  When I stop and actually think about what the means, it really bothers me.

I was put into gymnastics at the age of 3 years old and continued on until I was 16.  From the very beggining you’re aware of the fact that weight is an issue in this sport.  My earliest memories are from when I was around 5 or 6.. the criticisms weren’t aimed at me but towards some of the older girls and I’ve never forgotten.  As I got older I started competing provincially in the sport and my own weight became an issue. Never mind the fact that by the end I was almost 6′ tall! At 5’11 I was still expected to weight below 125lbs which is just absurd.

My whole life I’ve never been happy with the weight that I am. It’s unfortunate because I look back and now i just wish I could be back to looking how I did back then. And it’s sad to think that my weight depressed me when those pictures were taken. Good thing the me back then didn’t know that I would only get bigger and unhappier!

I think that the reason that I’m finally going to be able to start to overcome this weight business is because I have a new way of seeing things.  Up until now my goal has been to be skinny. That’s it. But skinny can mean so many different things and I know now that my goals were pretty much unrealistic. To me, skinny = no fat.  In my years of doing gymnastics I developed muscle, I’m never going to be stick thin, when I’m fit my body is muscular. My goal now though is no longer to be skinny. Sure I want to lose weight, but I simply want to feel better abouyt myself.  In the past month I have focused on eating better, moving more and not focusing on the scale. I feel great! I’m not skinny but the fact that I’m taking care of my body is enough to motivate me to keep going on.

This is actually the main reason that I started this blog.  I’m approaching my 30’s and I don’t want to spend another 25 years obsessing about my weight and my body in a negative way.  I’ve only just begun but I’m already so in awe of how simple changes slowly start to change my body for the better. It’s so simple but it took me a long time to figure out.  Nowadays I read anything and everything to do with nutrition and how the human body works. Some might say that I’m still obsessing, and I suppose I am, but  I like to think of this as a more positive way to do it.

August 2008 still at my heighest weight, 197lbs.

August 2008 still at my heighest weight, 197lbs.

Month 1

On November 30th I weighed myself and took my measurement. I then put the scale and measuring tape away and vowed to stay away from them for 1 month.  I slowly started to cut out processed foods opting to make most of my meals from scratch. I stopped buying my lunch at work. I stopped taking portions that were 2 & 3x more than they should be. I cut out coffee, I cut way back on alcohol and desserts.  I made an effort to workout more.

On December 31st I went and got the scale & measuring tape. The results? They kind of shocked me.  Like I’ve said, these smalls changes have left me feeling great, and I felt as though I’d lost some weight but I mostly thought that was just because of my new found appreciation for my body and the fact that I was being more positive about it.

I initially didn’t believe the scale. I actually ran down and weighed myself with the Wii Fit board. I got the same results there. Unbelievable!  In one month of simply eating better and working out a bit more I managed to lose 12.5 lbs. This is all the motivation I need to stick with it and add more workouts each week.  Next month I most likely won’t lost that much weight, I don’t expect to lose anything close to that.. but maybe the inches will go down, who knows?!  For now all I know is that the scale & measuring tape and going back into hiding for another month and I’m just going to take it day by day.

Month 2

Coming January 31, 2009.

Responses

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  2. congrats! keep it up! I have struggled with weight loss aswell, your blog looks great!
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  3. Hi! I just stumbled onto your blog and I am also trying to use this as a tool to lose weight, I’ll be checking back – good luck in 2009! 🙂

  4. I don’t know why but I just got around to reading this! I love your story and your new goals. You’re right, “skinny” is such a vague word–I think overall health and feeling awesome is much more specific 😉
    I do have to say though, you carried 197 very well!
    Congrats on your success!


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