Sometimes, I feel like I am a fisher. You know, not the type that fishes for fish, but for compliments. The funny thing is, I'm really not. Sure it is great to get pats on the back for my hard work, and makes me feel really good about my accomplishments. But the real reason I am doing Fat Butt Friday, is not only to keep holding myself accountable for the weight, but I really, REALLY want to show my fellow weight loss pals out there, that if I can do it... so can you!!
A little recap about my weight loss struggle:
I have struggled with obesity my whole life. Even as a little girl I was a little on the chubby side. And let me tell you, other kids can be REALLY mean. But I had a great, loving family that taught me good eating habits and the importance of exercise.
But it was really frustrating when those things stopped helping me, especially after having two kids. For two years after Nephi was born, I attended the gym almost daily, and ate what the health professionals told me too. I tried Atkins, South Beach, Dr. Phil, and other fad diets that just didn't work! Talk about frustrating!!! It just wasn't fair! I hated to see others lose weight for doing less than what I was doing.
It had come to a point where I decided that I just had to accept the fact that I was fat, and I would just have to live with it! And that hurt, really bad. Especially, when people were so mean sometimes. I would walk into a store that I KNEW didn't carry my size, but I was shopping for Ben, and I felt like crying when I watched as the sales people disappeared and avoided me. I can't really blame them, I would hate to tell someone that we didn't carry their size...
Now, I walk into a store and they materialize out of no where to help me... it's so weird! It's like I have suddenly become visible after a long time being invisible.
Anyway, I can write a whole book about my struggle and how I finally found out what worked for me, but I won't bore you to tears! However, if you do want to know what I have been doing you can check out this post here.
There are a few minor changes to my plan. I do let myself eat fruity snacks between meals and/or a handful of fish crackers every now and then. I also don't eat after 7 pm. I have started running a mile once a week, and LOVE my new Wii program, Gold's Gym Cardio Workout!
The biggest key to my diet is to keep the fats AND the carbs limited, but eat lots of fruits and veggies!! And drink A LOT of water... try 100 oz a day! If you start plateauing, change up what you are eating and try a harder, more challenging workout.
Just remember, there was a time I almost gave up and tried to accept that I would never be thin... but it really doesn't have to be that way! Hang in there, try some new things, and keep going. I refused to give up, and you shouldn't either!! Whether it's just 5 pounds you want to lose or 100, you can do it!
Oh, and I found this horrid picture of me before Ben left last June... and I swore that no one would ever see it. But I think it really illustrates how happy I am about myself now (the 2nd picture)... hehe.
Starting weight: 279 lbs
Weight last week: 197 lbs
Total loss up until then: 82 lbs
Weight Today: 194 lbs
Lost this week: 3 lbs
Total loss: 85 pounds
Goal weight: 179 (My hundred pound mark)
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