I grew up thin. I used to be able to eat as much as I wanted and not gain weight. Once I got older and got married we would eat a lot of takeout or go out to eat. I wasn’t a very good cook. We would hang out with friends and drink. All of that started to catch up to me. I wasn’t as active as before so I was easily gaining weight. For some reason at the time it didn’t bother me. I was happy and my husband loved me so I didn’t really care. Once I started having children, my weight started to bother me more. I couldn’t keep up with them and I was always tired. Any diet and diet pills out there you can think of I tried it. I would lose 5 lbs and quit because I was starving. By the time I had my daughter I was 277lbs. My knees and back always hurt and I was always out of breath. I was uncomfortable. I remember not wanting to look at the scale because I didn’t want to know anymore. So one morning I got up and weighed myself. It said I was 284 lbs. I cried all day. I had enough the next day I went online I started googling “how to eat healthy?” Or “how to lose weight?”.
I read as much information as I could. I went on Pinterest and started looking for healthy recipes to cook. I started just changing my diet. I stopped drinking juice and was only drinking water. I downloaded app called Myfitnesspal and started logging all of my calories on there. I was eating between 1200-1400 calories a day. I kept doing reasearch and trying to learn as much as I could about being healthier and being more active. I started logging my solid food in grams on a food scale and measuring spoons because it is more accurate.
The weight started falling off. Trust me when I tell you that the thought of having to lose so much weight was overwhelming. But I took it one pound at a time and one day at a time. I made small goals. Once I met those small goals I made new ones. I started trying different workouts. YouTube is awesome. They have so many free workouts online from Zumba, Billy Blanks, fitness blender, Leslie Sansone Walk At home Workouts which are my favorite. I had to make time for myself. Sometimes I would workout and my kids would join in. They love it when play Just Dance with them. When I fold laundry,instead of taking all the clothes upstairs all at once,I would take one stack of clothes at a time to get a workout in.
I love to bake but I tried not to do it as often because sweets and chocolate are my weakness. If I do I take a small portion out for myself and give the rest away. Tomorrow is going to be my birthday. Two years ago I was 284, last year I was 212, and this year I am 167lbs. I still have weight to lose but I feel so good now.
I still go out to eat. I try not to do it so often but when I do I would look over the menu before going. Normally I already know what I am going to order before I get there. I always ask for water with lemon, I skip over the bread, I let my kids eat it. If I go to a steak house for example I would order a steak with a side of vegetables. If we are out running errands and we stop at a drive thru I would order a grilled chicken sandwich or a salad. I try to make it work. It’s not easy but it can be done. My wonderful brother bought me a Fitbit so I can track my steps, and it had helped me tremendously.