We got a Wii Fit for Christmas that year and on Dec. 28, once the kids were in bed, Josh and I decided to mess around with it. Well, I stood on it and that darn thing told me I was obese and blew up the little cartoon version of me to the point that I looked like a beachball with limbs. 207 lbs. It pissed me off. It pissed me off a lot. I finally was unhappy enough to change.
From that day on, I started exercising six days a week (and I have ever since). I knew lots of people who had dieted successfully short term on lots of different diet plans, but all seemed to gain most or all of the weight back once they went off the diet. So my plan from the beginning was not to do anything that would ever "end". I wanted to make permanent changes to how I ate and how I lived.
I cut out soda, except for the rare treat. I stopped eating after 7pm. I started watching portion sizes. I started eating more whole grains, beans, fruits, veggies, etc. and less "junk". I chewed gum while I was feeding the kids so I wouldn't pick at the food I was making them. I thought about what I put in my mouth.
And sure enough, that weight started coming off.
I didn't really have a weight goal. I figured that I was going to continue exercising and eating well (for the rest of my life!) and that sooner or later my weight would level off at a healthy place.
In September 2009 (just over 8 months after I started this journey) I hit 50lbs lost (157). I was THRILLED. Up until then the weight came off at about 6lbs a month. After that it came off a lot more slowly. In fact I leveled off at 153 for months and months and months. And I was happy with it! I vividly remember telling Jenny one day that 153 must be my healthy weight because that was wear I was "stuck" for months. I felt good and I looked good. Last fall I celebrated losing and keeping the 50lbs off for over a year.
But then I started training for my first marathon. Somewhere during this time my mindset went from running to help me lose weight, to eating better to be a better runner. I added in more healthy foods and cut out a bit more junk (although I still treat myself in small portions) and that combined with the increased training led to another 20lbs coming off without me trying to lose more weight.
I looked at the scale this morning when it said 137 I wanted to cry. I did not ever think that was a realistic goal for me. In fact, I remember when I was somewhere in the 170's and a friend who was also trying to lose weight said, "150 is a nice round number. It would be great to be in the 150's," and I remember thinking there was no way I was going to get off another 20+ pounds. Ha! :)
Just over two years ago I was stuffed into a size 18. Today I am very comfortable in a size 4. A 4! I used to think that people who wore a size 4 were mythical creatures like leprechauns and unicorns. I'm serious.
Right now I am super happy at 137, and if I never lose another pound I will be just fine with that. I am at a healthy weight, and my body is strong and healthy. I feel awesome.
Someone posted a question about what I eat during the day and I will answer that this week. But for now I will say that I do eat a lot. My body is burning lots of calories with my running and I keep it well-fueled. I am one of those people who feels better if I eat smaller meals often throughout the day instead of three bigger meals, so I usually eat three average-sized meals and two good snacks.
Anyway, I just wanted to celebrate today. 70lbs lost feels pretty dang awesome. If I had known how amazing happy, healthy and fit would feel, I would have done it so much earlier. :)
Here are a couple of before and after pics.
Josh and I... Josh has lost over 50 lbs and is also kicking butt. He has his first tri this year!
This was when we were in Ethiopia getting our Solomon in March, 2008
Here I am a month and a half ago at the Disney Marathon (I weighed 141 the day before)
and then here I am today. 137. Woo hoo!