I Lost 30 lbs. I Hope It Never Finds Me.
Several people have complimented me at work today on my weight loss. One person even hugged me! (Kari and Tammy know what a big deal that is)
One of the many things I love about shoes is that regardless of how much you weigh, shoes can still look good. They always fit, whether you’re at 90 or 190 lbs. But for me in late 2009, not even a great pair of shoes could make me comfortable in my fat body.
I think it is important for every woman to be comfortable in her own skin. As a big ol’ fat@$$, I was not comfortable AT ALL. But I didn’t want to turn to a crazy diet or force myself to do something (i.e. go running or eat tomatoes) that I would hate doing. Because eventually, I would turn from that method and return to my “eat everything in sight” method.
So I made a lifestyle change. I altered how I ate my meals. I don’t eat meals anymore, in fact. (Don’t freak, I’ll explain!) I eat CONSTANTLY. But I eat small bites and take a long time to finish, and what I eat is healthy(er) than in the past.
I stock up on a ton of fruit every Sunday for the week ahead, and every day I take a large container of fruit (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, grapes, bananas, etc) with me to work.
I have crackers, pretzels, or something with carbs and salt (but not a ton of salt, and low-fat if I can stomach it) on hand during the day and I nosh on these intermittently with he fruit S-L-O-W-L-Y throughout the work day.
I have a small breakfast when I get up and a small lunch (rice/salad/etc) at the “regular” meal hours, but it is much MUCH smaller than most lunches.
(5-Second Sidebar: How funny is the Diet Coke with Bacon!?!?)
Also, I gave up (most) pop. I am addicted to Diet Coke, and could drink 4-6 a day. While there are no calories in diet pop, there is a heckuva lot of sodium.
Salt makes you retain water.
i.e. Salt makes you bloated!
Part of this was self control, and part was gratification. On the weekends, it’s hard to eat all day long (since I’m not sitting at a desk for 9 hours like M-F)
And YES oh YES it SUCKED the first month. And when I say sucked, I mean SUCKED. I had dreams of dancing with pizza slices, swimming in ice cream sundaes, devouring fried chicken by the bucketful, noshing on giant tubs of movie theater popcorn..oh man. And I was STARVING all the time.Not because I was actually starving, but because my body was telling my mind “Hey, I need more food, I am used to a lot more food feed me feed me feed me.” It was not the most fun thing ever. But, it takes 21 days to make a habit, and 3 months later, I am lighter, have more energy, and am, in general, happier.
And the best part? I didn’t exercise. Not one little bit. I’m laaazy. I just kept up with my nonstop walking to get to work/train/fun/shopping/etc.
I’m even going to sacrifice (a part of) my dignity and post a fat photo. This is from Oct. 2009
ew. gross. 😦
Here’s a more recent one from February 2010. Muuuuch happier, I am! Yoda, I am!
It can be done, I promise! I have a long way to go still, but I’m off to a somewhat decent start.
I’ll have part 2 of FAT CHER later to explain when and how my unhealthy eating habit/lifestyle began (hint, it was when I was in high school, big surprise, but the circumstances will surprise you. And as a treat, I will post a picture of myself wearing SPANDEX oooooh how fun!)