Losing weight is hard. I’ve been working on it since I was twelve. As a woman who has struggled with her weight since childhood, believe me, I KNOW everything there is to know. Doing it, however, is another matter. So, as the New Year began, I decided to start small. Let me introduce you to my journey with weight.
Okay, I am fat. Let’s put that out there right now, I am a very obese person. Medical issues as a tween/teenager led to excessive weight gain and I graduated high school at almost 250 lbs. From age eighteen to twenty-two, I maintained 250 pounds.
When my husband and I met, I began going out to eat with him a couple times a week and slowly moved up the scale. In two years I had gained forty pounds. Then, I got pregnant. Pregnancy actually caused me to lose weight and I gave birth at 275 pounds. After I went back to work, I was waking up 1-2 times a night with my daughter and working 50 hours a week during the day. I was eating every meal out.
I eventually found myself staying up half the night when I began graduate school. At that point, caffeine became my best friend. Not coffee, I never could bring myself to drink the stuff. Rather, I turned to diet Coke, three to four times a day, 64 ounces each time.
I was burning the candle at both ends and so very heavy, I’m ashamed to put the number out there for the public. I finished graduate school in June of 2011. However, I was working close to 60 hours as the demands on my job grew. Then I quit. My family needed me whole. After a summer of playing and a fall of figuring out how our new life was going to work out, the holiday season was upon us.
Finally, I made a HUGE step. I eliminated caffeine. December 29th, 2012 was my last soda. Today marks 33 days without caffeine and I feel so much better. The first couple weeks were awful. However, one week after eliminating soda I had lost EIGHT pounds! I made one other step as well. I tried the pantry challenge Jessica Fisher had over at http://lifeasmom.com. With little exception, we ate all meals from home, made from scratch, for the month of January.
Twelve pounds and one month later, I am a much happier woman. I was out of bed and productive for four of the last five mornings. I am sleeping more regularly. Greasy fast food does not even sound good. My caffeine cravings are gone. And I am ready for the next step!