Progress is a good thing

It’s been a long while since I updated but I wanted to get this all down someplace so if I ever feel like falling off the wagon, I can come back and look at it all and hopefully buck up and stay on track. I hate hate hate the phrase ‘weight loss journey’ so I’m never going to call it that. For our family, it really has been a sea change in the way we eat and live. I don’t even buy food the same way I used to.

This is where I started, a size 22/24 and 235 lbs. I am pretty sure this photo was taken sometime in 2007.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma is what really got me motivated to make serious changes in how I fed my family. We joined a CSA, stopped buying commercial meats, cleared the pantry of every food with HFCS and most other processed foods. I started exercising some and lost about twenty pounds.This was taken in October 2009.

But my weight loss stalled. I wasn’t gaining, thankfully, but I was no longer seeing the scale move downward. I started working from home after we moved to Texas, couldn’t seem to fit working out into my new schedule, and I was moving less than I ever had. We moved again, this time to California.The new house was two stories and when I got winded (and dizzy!) climbing the stairs in my own house, I knew it was time to get serious.

I joined a gym and started working out, lifting weights and doing a couch to 5k program on the treadmill. I realized after a couple of months that in order to reach the fitness goals I set for myself, I was going to have to lose actual pounds, serious weight, or I’d never be able to do that pull-up I wanted to do. I joined Weight Watchers in October of 2011. Ten months later, I have lost 43 more pounds and am finally out of the plus-sized category. I am still considered overweight and I have about twenty more pounds to go before I reach my goal but I feel so much better. I probably won’t ever be the thinnest girl in the room and I have accepted that my body will always have flaws and parts that are squishier than I’d like but I can do so much more than I could a year ago. I used to sit on my couch and wish I weighed less. “I’d be happy if I could be 180. That’s not thin but it would be great.” Now I’m 169 and still dropping and the truth is that you can’t sit and wish. You have to get off the couch and do it.

Two last pictures. 169 lbs, size 14 petite. Taken July 2012:

UPDATE: 8 lbs from goal! 158 lbs, taken November 2012:

 

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4 thoughts on “Progress is a good thing

  1. Thanks! It really has been a long, slow transformation of our whole way of eating. I can’t ever picture us going back to the days of dinners made of Bisquick, kraft cheese, hamburger, and corn.

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