I am fat. Obese. Overweight. Hefty. Rubenesque. Voluptuous. Whatever you want to call it, I am big.
I have always been on the large side because I was not an athletic child. I also got bullied in elementary and high school to the point where I am still amazed I didn’t commit suicide at age 15. College didn’t help at all and though my weight always hovered around the 230 mark, that is definitely NOT healthy for a woman of my age.
I started this weight loss journey 13 months ago when I was at my absolute heaviest (almost 250. Needless to say, I was pretty disgusted when I got on the scale). I was in a much worse place back then, living in a state I hated and working a job I hated just as much. I was desperate to change something about my life—anything, really—so at my life coach’s prodding, I joined Weight Watchers and started from there.
Within a month, I got a new job and moved back to my hometown to be closer to my family. I took up running for something to do while I was living with my parents lest they drive me insane, and my fitness increased. I trained to run my first 5K last November and by then, I had shed almost 30 pounds, well more than 10% of my starting weight.
Then Christmas happened.
Since then, it has been a struggle to push past this plateau I hit. My weight loss has hovered around the 22-24 pound mark but I can’t seem to lose any more weight despite exercising faithfully. It is frustrating, so I am doing a few things to jump-start my weight loss:
- I am increasing my protein intake at breakfast, having a bigger lunch and eating smaller portions at dinner. Adding peanut butter to my morning shake has done a lot to help curb hunger in the morning.
- I have been getting a lot of crap from my coworkers, but I turned my desk into a standing desk. It only took a few minutes and didn’t cost me a dime. Is it perfect? No, but it’s better than just sitting. I don’t stand all the time. On the mornings when I run, I tend to sit because of my back and on evenings where I have to work at the mall, I tend to sit because I don’t want to be on my feet ALL day.
- I am getting more fanatical about my Weight Watcher tracking. I have been lazy the last couple months, but there really is success in writing down everything that goes into your mouth and being honest with it.
These are small steps but I lost 1.5 pounds this week, so it’s a good start. While I’m certainly not happy having hit this plateau, I have many things to be thankful for. First of all, my BMI has gone down 3 points and I have lost about 10% of my body weight. I am a whole size smaller and I donated all my size 18 clothes to charity as fast as I could so I would not be even remotely tempted to creep back up to that size. I have a lot more energy most days and I know I have accomplished something many have set out to do and nit had nearly as much success and I have.
So here’s to widgets, hard work and more weight loss in the weeks to come!