32. Married. No kids (of my own), 1 dog. LMSW.
I’ve been overweight and/or trying to lose weight for a long time. I started gaining weight around age 13 or 14 and yo-yoed up and down (mostly up) for about 15 years.
My husband, Jon, and I decided to try to start losing weight at the beginning of 2008. I had no hope that we’d succeed and took a very laid back approach to the whole thing – no charts, goals or grand plans. I decided to take it day by day to see what would happen.
I started 2008 at 272.
I started 2009 at 216.
I started 2010 at 192.
I started 2011 at 182.
I started 2012 at 177.5.
I started 2013 at 169
I made it to 172 (100 lbs down) mid-Jan 2012.
I made it to 162 mid-summer 2012.
I lost about 75 of the pounds via (mostly) following a Weight Watchers(ish) plan. I didn’t attend meetings, but I counted points to give myself some accountability. I worked out almost daily at a gym, met a few times a week outside of the gym with a personal trainer, and attended at least one pilates class each week. I also found a therapist who specializes in eating disorders and recently spent about a year with her.
Right now, life is busy. I have no idea what I’m doing on any given day. Some days I count points or calories … some days I don’t. Some days I eat ice cream for dinner … some days I don’t. Most days I exercise … some days I’m too tired. I’m not perfect, for sure, but I’m still trying. At this point, my focus is largely on living a physically and emotionally healthy life. The number on the scale doesn’t have near the impact it once had.
I’m not a huge fan of the crappy-before and beautiful-after picture thing. I’ve always been pretty secure with who I am and haven’t had huge hang-ups about my weight. I haven’t always been happy being overweight, but I’ve always liked myself. I can’t say that the weight loss process hasn’t changed me or that I haven’t learned anything, but overall I’m still who I was.
That said, I really like pictures – so, pictures:
September 2006 (Probably very close to 300), August 2008 (225lbs) and August 2009 (195lbs)
May 2006 and August 2009
July 2011 (180ish)
March 2012 (165ish)
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This is all about me.
sarahbb @ fastmail (dot) fm