This is me, Amy (in OHio). I have a two year old daughter who wears me out. Sure, part of that might be the fact that she is a machine and has more energy than a power strip, but part of it is that I’m so overweight, my body can only go so far for so long. That must change.
I hate shopping for clothes. See I’m that in between person: can’t fit in clothes in the normal gal department and can’t really pull off plus sizes because I’m not tall enough and I don’t have enough in the boobal area. There I said it, I’m the weird anomaly of a bigger gal with no real cleavage to draw your eyes away from my double chin and triple hips. I want to enjoy a trip out to get a new outfit - not dread it like the plague.
After high school (and another twenty pounds or more) I decided to join the Army. You know you have a weight problem when the Army won’t take you until you drop a few pounds. With the help of my recruiter, I was able to get within range and off to boot camp I went.
I was easily the heaviest Private to arrive that hot day in Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. Drill Sergeant Jenkins wasted no time pointing this out to me. With the help of drill sergeants and terrible food, I melted like a stick of butter during those eight weeks. Any of you looking for a quick weight loss regimen - I highly recommend it, but in today’s world, it might be a little extreme for most folks! With the watchful eyes of Sergeants and Commanding Officers, not to mention daily PT, I was the healthiest I’ve ever been.
I stayed that way, gradually going up a size each year or two until I met my now husband. Around that time I lost every grain of sense I had and started using Metabolite to drop the pounds. It was incredibly effective, albeit extremely dangerous. But that goes to show you how stupid we can be when it comes to our weight and body image. You’re so desperate, quick fixes lure you in and make you believe, even if it damages your long term health in the process.
And it’s ultimately fleeting. Eventually the pills were pulled from the market and without the crutch, I quickly gained the weight back. That about takes us to today.
That would be a nice short-term goal to reach by my birthday in February.
Each of the bloggers here are approaching this from different places - some of us have a lot to lose, some a little. We're each using different plans and approaches to the weight loss. As for myself, I have been using Weight Watchers since January of this year. I have lost nearly twenty-five pounds so far, but I’ve certainly not been as committed as I need to be.
I am 197.4 lbs right now according to my weigh-in this past Tuesday. You might not know it to see me (or maybe you would!), but that is the number. That is the first time I've shared it with anyone, so I might as well share it with the world. My goal is to loss another fifty-two pounds to bring me within my target weight as recommended by the American Medical Association (approximately 145 lbs).
My bigger goal is to be a permanent, healthier version of myself.
With the help of WW, the women joining me here and YOU! I’m more determined than ever to eat less and move more. I hope you’ll join us and we’ll battle our demons together.