Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Starting Point

The story of my weight loss started oh so long ago. I was actually quite the skinny child but soon porked it up once I discovered I could steal snacks from the pantry and not get caught. I developed a HUGE sweet tooth which has never gone away.

As an aside, I am completely determined not to let this happen to my children. I don't blame my parents for my struggles (that's all on me) but I swear I will make my children eat well if it kills me.

I truly don't think I would've ever called myself FAT (what an awful word anyway...right??), but my weight was way up there. I am tall (5'11'') so you have to take that into account...I am aware. And I am thankful that I have always carried my weight well...relatively....(besides my huge backside and child-bearing hips...but I guess it has to go somewhere!).

I did WW on and off in high school and college. I never really joined for real (except if you count a very short one month span of going to the meetings to weigh in and then leaving!) but I usually just counted the points on my own. My mom has joined a bazillion times so she always had all of the materials to pass along to me. I had good spurts and bad spurts until I finally hit rock bottom. Maybe someday I will share this weight with you...maybe when I'm at my goal :)

Here I am at just about my heaviest....at my college graduation. It's weird to look at these old pictures...because at the time I thought I looked good you know?? I guess you don't realize how big you really were until you lose it. Oh my face...geez!


Shortly after this...I started doing WW for real. I wasn't cheating, I was working out, and it was really working for me. Matt and I got engaged and I was even more determined to look great for my wedding day. Well...I lost 78 lbs.


And then the honeymoon hit. A cruise. A buffet. A sweet deprived newlywed. Not a good combination. Needless to say, I have gained some weight since we were married 1 1/2 years ago. I didn't get down to my goal weight for my wedding either...so I'd say I'd like to ideally lose about 25 lbs. or so.

I started WW for real (yes...actually going to meetings...and staying!) late last year. I was doing really well (I had lost 11 lbs.) and then Christmas hit. I took it hard. For some reason my motivation was gone. Well ladies, I have gotten it back! I returned to WW last night and weighed in. I had gained 3.8 lbs. since Christmas (could've been worse right??) so I am now determined to get to goal. I'm so thankful to have this blog and all of you wonderful readers to keep me accountable. I'll post updates soon...and hopefully...with a lot of sweat and will power...I will make it to my goal weight!

14 comments:

Krystyna Lizabeth. said...

good luck :)

Blue-Eyed Bride said...

thank you for sharing your story. you are beautiful. congratulations, first of all, on coming so far! 78 lbs is amazing!!! join weight watchers wednesdays that we started back in october. i don't write about it anymore because i'm not watching. but as soon as baby arrives, i'll be posting how much i gained total and writing about my journey to lose it all!

emily_howard said...

WW rocks!!!

Mandy Rose said...

Good Luck!! You look amazing in your wedding dress and can I just say...WOW on the 78lbs! Such an accomplishment!! You rock!

Dollface said...

You look amazing at your wedding... i love your collar bones there. I think you can do it you just need a goal. A lot of people lose a ton of weight before their weddings... so just plan another pseudo honeymoon trip and start getting ready for that... good luck! xoxo

Brittany Ann said...

Thanks for sharing this! You can do it! We believe in you, and don't ever worry! You are gorgeous in any size!

jlc said...

Wow!!! I can't believe that's you. Don't get me wrong you look good there! (seriously!) But you just don't look like the same person in your current pics. That's incredible!

I vote for a honeymoon trip soonish!!

d.a.r. said...

WOW!!! That is a huge difference. Unfortunately, I gain all of my weight in my face like that, too. You looked drop dead gorgeous in those wedding pictures dear, please don't lose more weight than that!!!

Meg said...

I feel you on the weight issue thing. I am determined to lose 15 pounds. I joined WW last year and I only went for a month. I actually didn't lose a single pound. So it was a bit discouraging.

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

wow you have done sooo well!! and you are gorgeous no matter what! but I definitely know how it feels to want to lose weight and to see yourself after losing weight! you really do look great (in all the pics :)), congrats and good luck continuing to do awesome!!

Lindsey said...

Wow 78lbs, congrats!!! I'm trying to lose 25lbs too - we can do this!!

Elyse said...

It's great to set goals! Although, from those pictures, I must say you don't look like you need to lose any weight! I hear you with the sweet tooth struggles. I struggled all throughout high school and college (I first went to a nutritionist in 5th grade...that probably started some horrible pathology.) Good luck to you!! Can't wait to hear about your journey!

Cristina said...

I just found your blog through d.a.r and absolutely adore it!

The Shabby Princess said...

Yay for you!! I'm doing WW online right now because I don't have time to go to the meetings, but, it's been the first thing that's worked for me. I actually weight less now than I did on my wedding day (ahem, 4 years ago)--and I always considered that my benchmark of before I gained the newlywed weight. I have always struggled with my weight--and I'm short, so, every lb shows!! I'm here if you need some support!