This is for real… that’s what I have to keep telling myself. I’ve been down this road so many times. Well, started down this road so many times. I’m sure anyone reading who has every tried to lose weight can relate. You know you need to do it, you get inspired, you start exercising and eating right… for a week. Okay, maybe two weeks. At least that’s what always happened with me. It never worked out very well for me because I never made any lasting changes, I always went back to what I knew and what gave me very temporary satisfaction.
I have always been overweight, ever since I can remember. I don’t know what it feels like to be thin, to be normal. I weighed 176 pounds by the time I was 12. I remember hitting the 200 pound mark when I was a freshman in highschool. I was 230 pounds by the time I got to college, and 277 pounds by the time I got married in 2007. Somewhere in holiday season of 2009, I hit the 300 pound mark and on May 26th, 2011 I reached my highest weight ever of 322 pounds.
Of course I always knew it had to stop at some point. But when was I going to get to that point where enough was enough? I guess when I realized that my life was never going to be what I wanted it to be unless I made the change. I’ve spent so much of my life waiting for life to happen to me instead me fighting for the life I want. I have settled. ”I have the husband, the house, the job, the dogs, the car… that’s good enough.” Since when is that good enough for me?? Yah, it’s great, but what about my dreams that haven’t happened, that I’ve just let go of because I didn’t believe they would ever happen? To be honest, part of me has held back on losing weight because I have always known that once I do, I won’t have any more excuses.
I went to the Your Healthy Life Starts Now Expo here in Tucson, AZ in May where a few of the contestants from the Biggest Loser Season 10 were speaking. Personal Training Institute in Tucson had their booth set up there and so after getting some info, I signed up for a trial session. I decided that if I was going to do this right this time, I really needed some help and needed to be held accountable instead of trying to do it on my own. Of course I was
a little a lot hesitant because I have never joined a gym or had a personal trainer. Those are for skinny and athletic people. I immediately felt more comfortable when I found out the owner used to weigh 300 and some pounds, one of their other trainers has lost 140 pounds and Jessica Delfs from the Biggest Loser season 10 is their nutritionist. I am now on a 1200 calorie diet and I do 2 strength training sessions a week with PTI as well as 30-60 minutes of cardio a day. I have lost 9.6 pounds in 2 weeks so far. My first goal is to be under 300 pounds by the 4th of July.
I hope to use this blog as a way to track my journey and to also hopefully inspire and help some people out there who need a little nudge, or a big push, in the right direction. I will be updating regularly with my progress so check back soon! I know it will be hard, and I can guarantee you there will be bad days, but this. is. going. to. happen.