Monday, December 27, 2010

Guest Post: Losing Brownies Weight Loss Story

One brownie at a time

Hey there! I’m Losing Brownies, and over at Losing the baby weight…one brownie at a time I often write about my life as a SAHM to The Boy and usually I include my husband, Gadget Guy, in these adventures, mishaps, and antics. Sometimes I write just about myself or things that are going on in my mind. You really don’t know what you’ll find there on any given day!
One of the things I write about pretty often is weight loss.

I have always struggled with weight. I was so chubby that in the fourth grade the boys called me “Butterball”, as in Butterball turkey. I would come home crying every day. Eventually the “baby fat” came off, but it was replaced with actual fat. It probably had a lot to do with the diet my parents provided, which was not laden with fruits and vegetables.

I wasn’t obese, but I was still over weight. That carried on into high school, where I was teased even more and by people I thought were my friends. That was when I decided I was going to do something about my weight.

Unfortunately, I didn’t do it in a smart way. I started taking ephedrine. I slimmed down to a size 9 and was feeling pretty proud of myself, even if my “friends” still picked on me for being chubby. I was addicted to those pills and recall having a panic attack when I got up to the University without them.

If it had not of been for some true friends who educated me on the dangers of those pills I don’t know what would have happened. However when I ditched those pills my weight went back up.

Three years of full time school with 18 credit hours a semester and cooking out of a dorm my weight went back up. I was a size 16 when I graduated from college. Two years after teaching full time my weight continued to rise and I was a daunting 210+ pounds and wearing plus size 18-20 clothing.

That is when I got sick of my weight and got on weight watchers. It took me 9 months to slim down to 130 pounds. Instead of maintaining that weight though it crept back up.

I’m an emotional eater and I let myself go and would “treat” myself with every joy and sorrow. These events included meeting my husband, my brother passing away, getting engaged, buying a house, getting married, and finishing a master’s degree.

After my degree, Gadget Guy and I decided to get serious about starting our family. I knew that 160+ pounds wouldn’t be a good place to start off a pregnancy, so while we tried I started working out more and shedding the pounds. I got down to 140 before we found out I was pregnant with The Boy.

In those 10 months I put on 55 pounds. I was slowly gaining the weight but the last few months are when I put on the most weight. I went from ½ - 1 pound a week to nearly 3 pounds a week. My midwife assured me that most of it was water weight and that I would lose it quickly.

The day The Boy was born I was 195 pounds.

He is seven months old now and I weigh 145 pounds.

In seven months I’ve dropped 50 pounds. Guaranteed, I lost about 20 in the first 6 weeks, but after that the weight loss stopped and I knew I had to do something, so it was back to the gym.

I have a love-hate relationship with the gym. I love the way I feel after a hard workout, but I hate going. I have to psyche myself up to get there. Once I’m there, it’s all good though.

I was having some success with the gym, but not a lot. I was still incredibly unhappy with my body image and found that if I went out at all, I had to be carrying my son. I figured if people saw me with my child they would know that I was still large because of the baby weight.

Not only did I gain a lot of weight, but so did Gadget Guy. He suggested doing Medifast after listening to some testimonials on his favorite radio station. I knew in order to stick to a plan I’d need him on one too, so we went and checked it out. Since he was so into it, I agreed to go alone with it. When we started the program I was 165 pounds.

We’ve been on the program for 12 weeks and I’ve lost 20 pounds. Their program says they average 2-5 pounds a week (it’s lower for people who have a little less to lose) and I’m just under that 2 pound average.

I’ll be honest though, I don’t follow it to a tee. You are allowed one lean and green meal a day and the rest of your meals are replacements from their company. Sometimes life gets in the way though and I don’t want to miss out on having a glass of wine, or eating at a party. I’m sure if I were diligent with it, I’d of lost a lot more.

As soon as I hit my goal of 125 pounds I’ll go on their maintenance program. I’m hoping it won’t take long to get there, but 1.6 pounds a week is nothing to frown at. If I keep that up then I can get to my goal by the first week of March.

I don’t want to discourage myself either, because I know some weeks will be harder (and some easier), so I’m making my goal date The Boy’s first birthday, which is in May. I’m pretty sure I can keep myself motivated enough to make it to that.

So here is to continued success on my weight loss journey.


Casey said...

Congratulations on your loss! Keep it up!!!


Board Certified Doc said...

Congratulations, Keep it up, you have shown to the world, if you have will you can achieve anything.

Rthomson said...

Great!! you really done hard work and it will also motivate many people to work on their extra weight. Thank for this !!

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