I am not even sure how to begin to talk about my weight gain. I have been wanting to write about it but have been too embarassed. Then, I thought to hell with it. I need to share with the world to help motivate me and possibly others.
Every since High School, I have always gone up and down in weight and would work out religiously. My problem has always been that I love food. And when I eat, I eat a lot. People used to ask if I had a tapeworm or a hollow leg. But as I am getting older, it is easier to put on the weight than to take off.
I have always ran a few miles here and there but in 2010, I became an avid runner. I started slowly by running a half of a mile and built it up to running 5-7 miles 3-4 days a week. I watched my portions and the weight came off. I was at my thinnest at 147 lbs in 2010 just in time for my brother’s wedding (which motivated me more). I was so proud of myself and kept it off for years until the summer of 2013. I ate fast food almost everyday and lots of junk food. I stopped working out and basically just sat at my computer all day and ate.
Several months later, I have gained 34 lbs. I couldn’t fit into my clothes anymore and would cry everyday because I did this to myself. I got depressed, felt short of breath, and was unhealthy. I had my son take some photos of me in my workout clothes to see what I actually looked like and couldn’t stop staring at them. I thought, “No, that can’t be me.”. But it was. I had to do something about it. I was sick of buying bigger sizes and being depressed. I had to do it for myself.
I don’t want to be rail thin as I know my body type will never be that way and I have learned to accept it. I just want to be back at my healthy weight of at least 150 lbs and feel healthy again.
The Monday after Thanksgiving, I decided to get back into running, working out, and eating healthier. I stuck with my plan and only cheated one day since I started. Since then, I have lost 13 lbs. and have 18 more lbs. to go.
I am going to post my workout and eating plan in the next few days in case you want to follow.
I started at 181 lbs. and now weigh 168 lbs. I want to get down to 150 lbs. and will keep you updated on my progress. Hopefully, this will help motivate anyone who wants to make a change. I feel we can do this together and I would love to hear your progress as well.
Share your photos and stories with me at firstname.lastname@example.org and if you give me permission to post it, I will put your story and photos on Shortcutsaver.com.