I am so excited to share with you the first “spotlight” for our Sizzlin Summer Slim Down! I know Traci from Junior Hospitality Club in Okc and I have been following her weight loss journey via Facebook! Thank you Traci for being so open, I am amazed by your weight loss! I was so excited when she agreed to share her journey with all of us! I mean this really inspires me……….
I come from a family of over weight people. I have an aunt who is over 400 lbs, and at 50 can barely walk from her bedroom to the restroom. As a child, I was never overweight. I was very active, and at age 18 when I met my now husband, I was a size five. My family never ate out, so when I was growing up, there wasnt much fast food eaten. My husband’s family, on the other hand, ate out ALL THE TIME! I think that was what got my weight gain started. We dated for 2 years, and in the 6 months from buying my wedding dress to our wedding day, it was TOO SMALL (nightmare!)! I was heart broken, embarrassed and really disappointed with myself. But, I had never had a weight problem, and didnt really know what to do about it (or so I convinced myself!), so, what did I do????ATE! I continued to gain weight and just refused to think about it. From time to time, I would get fed up, and “try” something (weight watchers, slim fast, atkins, tan and tone, they gym, you name it, I tried it), but I really dont think I ever really “Tried” anything 100%, i just did it half way, for a while and when there were no results, I would give up. I had convinced myself that I didnt care if I was overweight, and that I just couldnt loose it.
I never really thought about it, but being overweight has totally changed my life….when your in it, you dont see it, but having gone through this for almost a year now, I see how horrible my self-esteem was. I just didnt feel like I ever fit in, or that i was worthy of anything good! I let weight keep me from riding rides at amusement parks or water parks with my daughter. I never wanted to go on walks, or really do much physical because I just was hard to do. I tried not to act like it bothered me, but it consumed my every thought! I hated eating in front of people, it was bad!
After being married for 5 years, we began trying to get pregnant…..surprise surprise, we had problems, partially because I was over weight (i have PCOS, which can be caused by weight issues). So, we tried for a year to get pregnant….after many tiers and prayers and lots of fertility treatments, PRAISE God, we did get pregnant and have a beautiful 12 year old blessing! We unfortunately tried for the past 7 years to conceive again, and have not been able to (again, much stress, tiers, and anger).
I cant honestly say there was any one thing that made me decide I was going to really “TRY” for real this time, but I started my journey/healthy lifestyle on 8/1/12. I dont tell people this AT ALL, but for the purposes of inspiring people (hopefully I do), my highest weight (about 5 years ago) was ….get ready, its bad…..297!(dont judge…I cant believe I just typed that number. Now, it full disclosure, I did weight watchers 5 years ago, and lost 20ish lbs, and kept them off. SO, when I started 8/1/12, I weight….another huge number….278 (i am 5’7″). When I started I had not been working out, so I started out just walking our very hilly neighborhood, 4 times a week for 30 to 40 min. After a month, I joined the Y (with my husband, who had about 30 lbs to loose….thank God for him, he has been great through all of this, b/c with all of the things ive “tried” im sure he was thinking, here we go again). When we joined the Y, we met a great trainer that walked us through the gym, and basically asked me what I wanted to do. He told me to get in 45 min of cardio 4 days a week. I also got the My Fitness Pal app on my phone, which after I plugged everything in told me to eat 2000 cal per day (which I had a hard time getting that many calories down….its hard to do when your eating right). I made a commitment to myself to get my weekly exercise in, not go over my calories AND LOG EVERYTHING I PUT IN MY MOUTH! Its really that simple! In the past, I would work out OR eat “right”, but never BOTH consistently, and when it didnt work, I gave myself permission to give up. This time, I did both, and i logged (which is totally key). My fit pal is great and it makes it so easy!
Today, I have lost 88lbs (Im in “ONEDERLAND” for the first time in a long time) and weigh 190! Which is still way more than I would like and I am still loosing, but it has slowed down ALOT! Im not getting discouraged, just keeping up the same as I did to loose it. I am now eating 1400 calories, doing 45 min to an hour of high intensity cardio (usually elliptical), lifting weights a few times a week, and still, have not missed one day of logging my food! I have walk/jogged two 5ks, and attended several “boot camps”, which I would have never done in the past. I dont LOVE exercise, and I really miss cheese cake, but I am so happy I pushed myself out of my comfort zone!
I have done this without any surgery, crazy drugs or anything like that….there is no easy way…..eat right, and exercise, and anyone can do it!
I am still working on my years and years of self esteem issues, and still see a very overweight person when I look in the mirror. I started out wearing a 2X shirt, and I am now a med to large. My pant size was a 22 and I am now in a 12. The other day I was shopping with my husband and picked up a shirt that was an XL. He said that is huge, it will never fit, but I insisted it would (it was huge), but I just dont see the dramatic difference! I have a really hard time accepting complements about my weight loss and it shocked me that you were interested in sharing my story, because to me, I just cant accept what I have done is that amazing!
Hopefully this is what you were looking for and isnt too long. Feel free to take out anything you need to.
Any comments you leave for Traci I will make sure she gets them! Would you like to share your journey? You don’t have to be at the end of it either….we are all a work in progress aren’t we? Send your story to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured!