It took me almost two years, but I finally lost the 20 pounds that I definitely needed to. I was up around 152 (and I’m only 5’3″ on a good day) when my school did a biggest loser challenge. I decided not to participate because of the financial commitment, but I did weigh myself for the first time in quite awhile. I was pretty upset by that number. I knew I had gained some weight, my 6’s no longer fit and I was bordering on a 10, but I wasn’t unhappy enough with the way I looked to do anything about it. Well that number on the scale certainly motivated me. But I did it the healthy way. I didn’t want to crash diet or exercise until I couldn’t see straight. I changed the way I ate. I changed the amount I ate. I started to exercise, then I had two slipped disks in my back and spent six months dealing with constant pain. I hovered around 140 for quite some time. Then this summer I decided to put more effort into exercising and finding exercise that I actually enjoyed. Enjoy exercise? Crazy. I found that I love to rollerblade, ride my bike, take the dog for a walk, and for the first time in probably five years I ran outside. I started losing weight and really liking the way I looked. I decided to count calories. I joined sparkpeople.com and found an easy way to count my calories. I lost more weight! Then just as I reached the 19 pound weight loss, I hurt my knee. So I’m back on rest, not allowed to ride my bike or rollerblade or even walk for more than a mile at a time. I have definitely been counting my calories and making sure they count. This week on Monday I weighed 132. I didn’t post it because we all know how the scale fluctuates, but I stayed at 132 all week! Most of my pants are too big, many of them too big to even consider wearing anymore. I fit into the 6’s that I wore when I started teaching 5 years ago and they are even starting to be too loose. I don’t have the money to buy new clothes, nor do I want to until I make sure that I maintain 132. So now, I’m going to up my calories a little bit to try to find a balance to maintain my current weight. I really like the way I look. I still have some saddlebag issues to work out, but until we figure out what’s wrong with my knee those will take a back seat. I hope to join a gym (teacher special, $50 for both Noah and me) and take yoga class, spin class, and maybe swimming? I’m purposefully not tutoring this year after school because I want some ME time.
Anyway, down 20 pounds from the me I was two years ago October!