Ok so I have been sharing my progress on facebook but I have been thinking lately that I’d love to have a space to share more of my expereince with my weight loss. So I thought why not try blogging. I have never done this so I’m learning as I go. You will have to be patient with me as I learn how this all works. Anyways I plan to share my weekly progress, post my weight loss journey wish list accomplishments, share recipes and tips as I find them, and hopefully coming soon some pictures. My hope is to share my progress to help keep myself accountable. It has been working on facebook for the past 5 months. I would hate to have to put out to the world that I gained weight so it helps me stay on track. Also all the encouragement really has helped me stay motivated!
I decided in September of 2011 that I needed to make a changed in my life. I was morbidly obese, well I have been most of my life. Anyways on evening while arguing with my husband he mentioned to me that I have always “said” that I always do what I want and that nothing holds me back but yet my weight has been holding me back for years. Of course I was enraged by this comment and was in complete denial about how much my weight affected not only me but my family as well. I thought about it for the next few days, of course I wasn’t talking to him so I had plenty of time to think about it. Finally I decided that maybe he was right. So I got online and started trying to find resources cause I knew I was going to need some help to turn this around. I went to Weight Wise’s website which is a hospital in Edmond that does weight loss surgeries. I was looking for some resources for surgery which scares the bajesus out of me and came across a link to their metabolic plan which included a meeting with a dietician, exercise physiologist, and some testing for 6 months. I thought why not give it a try it beats being cut open. So I called the next day and made an appointment!
So on September 16th, 2011 I went to Edmond, OK to Weight Wise and attended my first appointment. I was super scared and nervous about what they were going to tell me. I did my metabolism test first and was told that I actually had a high metabolism (first time I’ve ever been told that) and that I needed to just make changes to the things I eat so I can burn fat instead of carbs. This was news to me! Then came the worst part, the first weigh in, I was dreading this. Now I knew that I had let myself go after having my 2nd child and losing my job that I loved. However I had no idea how bad it had gotten. I stepped on the scale and weighed 471 pounds! OMG!!!! I cried, felt horrible, felt defeated, and humiliated. The staff at Weight Wise was great though, they really helped me understand that even though it seems like such a large number that I can do it. I met with Steph my dietician, who I love, and she told me about the diet. I cried some more after she told me I can’t eat carbs or sugar at all. I got all the information, got my exercise plan from Lauren and headed out. Now I shared this with my dietician and she thought this was funny but when I left I thought you have to be kidding me and said screw it and went to Braums and got ice cream. However that night I went home read over everything and decided I paid $500 and I’m going to try this.
So on 9/17/2011 I started my life changes. I changed my diet, which was very hard, but now I am so used to it that it has become second nature. I started exercising 15 minutes a day and doing stretches that they asked me to do daily and I started taking daily vitamins. Oh yeah and drinking 4 bottles of water a day, 64 oz.
SO as some of you know I have been posting my progress on facebook as I go. I weigh in on Saturdays every week and post my weight loss on my facebook status. I have been doing this for 5 months now and I have lost 75 lbs. I am now weighing in at 395.6 as of yesterday. I have not cheated once on my diet in the entire 5 months! Can’t believe that but I havn’t. I do slack off on the exercise though and need to work on this.
I also decided that I need to figure out ways to reward myself for my accomplishments that do not involve food. Also find ways to celebrate things without using food like holidays, bdays, etc. So I made a weight loss journey wish list of things that I have put off or couldn’t do because of my weight. So I will post that too and mark things off as I go.
So that’s about it, that should bring you up to date. I am hoping to blog on here once a week to update you on my progress!