OK, so I was a chubby kid that turned into a fat teenager. I was a Freshman in High School the first time I ever really attempted to lose weight. I was topping the scales at a wonderful 250lbs and size 22/24. I was not miserable, I had friends, but I was mocked occasionally for my size. People usually only mocked once because the skinny kids rarely mess with the girl that can whoop them. I started losing weight towards the end of my Freshman year beginning of Sophomore year. I was doing it the right way. Diet and Exercise! Good ol' Faithful. Well the results were fantastic. It wasn't long after that when I realized that if I cut the calories more then the weight would come off faster, and if I worked out more then "Ahhhh" weight loss. So over the next year that's what I did. I continued to eat less and workout more until it became eating nothing and working off everything that went into my mouth.
Inside myself I knew this was not the right thing to do but the results were just too good. By the time I went to my prom I was a size 12/14, 168lbs. I was looking good in my prom dress and I couldn't stomach a bite of food. I realized that what I was doing was stupid and that I would rather be fat and happy than skinny and hungry.
So I proceeded to eat myself back to fat and happy. I went off to college and gained my Freshman 50. That is not a typo, I gained nearly 50 pounds my first year of college. I continued to put on weight throughout college and finally ballooned up to a massive 324lbs and size 26. I will remember that number forever!
So I quit my job, moved back to my hometown and found a job that I loved. I immediately started to lose a little weight just because the stress level was down so much. I finally decided that I would enter a weight loss contest at my local gym, and by golly I was going to win it, but I was determined that I would do it the right way this time. No starvation, no cardio marathons, just diet and exercise and let the weight come off as it would. No stress.
Well the first year I played the weight loss game I came in 3rd and I still think I was jipped out of second. (The girl delivered her baby and then weighed in for the contest.) I started the blog just as this contest started and documented my story, my struggles and successes. At first I didn't tell many people other than my family, but slowly more and more people knew about it. I tried to take a brutally honest and humorous approach to weight loss. Lets just face it there are funny things about fat girls working out. This was an outlet that was so important for me. I became accountable to someone else, even though I may not know who they are. They read me, follow me, and wish me luck. I didn't want to let myself or them down.
Well, that same year I kinda fell off the workout wagon , but the contest would start again in January 09. This time...I WAS GOING TO WIN! And I did. This really jump started me in my weight loss. I set my mind on something and I completed it. I really had the sensation that if I wanted something bad enough then I just had to go get it.
Over the course of 2009 I learned so much from books to TV to Internet searches about diet and exercise. Its only fair to mention Biggest Loser. I became infatuated with this show. Catching tid bits of info from trainers, watching how they ate and how the worked out. Basically, I knew I could achieve the same results on my own...although I did go to casting (come on that would just be cool). I became a HUGE (no pun intended) fan of Jillian Michaels and read everything she had to offer. I learned about healthy eating and not diet eating. I became an organic eater. Even when I wasn't as focused on my diet and exercise as I should have been I kept the weight off with my Organic diet. I learned about a productive 45 minute workout instead of 2 hours at the gym accomplishing nothing.
In 2010 I entered the same weight loss contest again, but this year I actually quit before the contest was over. I quit everything for 2 whole weeks. I was overwhelmed in my life and work and just took a break. By the end of the 2 week break I was dying to get back in the gym. Needless to say I haven't taken any 2 week breaks since then, I have better managed my time and obligations.
Since the beginning I have lost a total of 89 pounds. I have taken on many different challenges (Half-Marathon: FULL Marathon: Gastric Bypass diet) I am trying to become the athlete that I know that I can be 10 years after High School. I know now that I would rather try and fail than to never try at all. And what if I succeed. I would have never known. I have a new found love for exercise and I love challenging my body to new tasks that I "shouldn't" be able to complete. I hope to inspire people and let them know that diet and exercise can work, but its not easy...you have to work at it too.
The FIRST Half Marathon!!!!!/ Run for Ella 5k
After all that said, My journey has been slow. I still have about 75 pounds to go to get to a healthy goal weight. I hope you will follow along with me on my journey.