Friday, July 22, 2011

Healthy Living: In the Beginning

Since Kelly posted about her weight loss journey I have been thinking about my own.
I am 5'2" and as of March 2010 I weighed 190lbs, I was creeping into a size 18W, and I looked like this:

  • Since my car accident in 2009 I have had fairly constant knee pain. In 2010 my knee hurt ALL THE TIME. 
  • I didn't buy cute clothes because I never felt cute anyway. 
  • I considered myself the "fat girl" in my group of friends. 
  • I had been unemployed for about 7 months (mostly due to physical recovery from my accident.) I realized that all those years that I was working I told myself that I would work out if I were at home all the time. I felt ashamed that I had no job, no excuse, and no self-esteem.

I started a diet plan with my doctor and then I got into the gym. By the end of March I had lost 12 lbs.
In April I dropped 8 more.
So by the time this picture was taken I was down to 170.

I kept losing at a pace of 5-7 lbs a month until I had reached 140. A total loss of 50lbs!! Plus, I was between a size 8 and a 6. I started to LOVE shopping for clothes.

Then...winter hit. It got so cold. I didn't want to walk down to the gym. The temperature in the gym was so warm that I didn't know how to dress to get down there. Then...the holidays hit. I ate treats. I spent time with my friends and family. I still didn't go to the gym.

I signed up for the Susan G. Komen 5k in the hopes that the pressure would motivate me to train. It did, but it didn't. I still found excuses. I trained for just a week before the race. I finished it, in under an hour too, but man did my body resent me.

Now here I am, July of 2011. I have put 8-10 lbs back on (depends on the day). More than the weight gain that I see on the scale, I see it on my body. All my pretty new clothes are fitting snugly in all the wrong areas. I quickly found that I started labeling myself as "fat" again. Instead of being size 6-8 I am 8-10. I really thought that there would be no way that I would fall back into my old habits.

So, here I am blogging about it for the world. You might not ever know how hard it was for me to admit to the 190.

Now that I have admitted my shortcomings, here are the positive changes I have made:
1. I walked a lot more thanks to having family in town. Playing tourist is D.C. is a work out.
2. I have a ton more water. I have tried to cut back on the Coke.
3. I started a pin board in Pinterest called Weight Loss.

Linking up with: Happy Healthy Me


  1. i am so impressed with you! you have come a long way, and i know you can be that sz 6-8 again if you want to. :) i have also had my ups and downs and have remained pretty constant for the last almost 10 years, but i have been 20 lbs heavier and 20 lbs lighter than i am now. it's touch, but once you find your happy heathly weight, you can stay there. i used to be a trainer, and still teach at the gym, so feel free to ever ask me any questions and i will happily help!

  2. Jenny,

    I am so proud of you for doing this! I think it's great that you are being so honest and open, so few people are. I've been working to do a 5k Mud Run, so you posting this has helped keep me inspired and motivated. :)

  3. You are amazing!!! Losing weight is tough! I have been as heavy as 175 (198 when preggo ;)) and had a really hard time losing it. One thing I try to do is if I eat unhealthy to try to eat better the rest of the day. I try to look at the overall picture and try not to dwell on that one meal or one bad day. My relationship with food has changed, i no longer live to eat and am less obsessed with food. You are an inspiration! Keep it up! I know you can do it!

  4. Weight loss is tough but keeping it off is even more difficult. I've done it myself and now I'm determined to lose it once and for all! You are such and inspiration and never give up the fight!

    I'll be joining you all next Thursday at Running with Glitter. I'm on a mission!

  5. Amazing!!! I love this!! Your are an inspiration to me!

  6. You have done an amazing job! I'm on my own weight loss journey and it's so inspiring to see someone else who has hit their goal - I would love to be a size 8! I thought you did a great job at the Race for the Cure 5k too. And thanks for sharing the Running with Glitter link up - its to motivating to read other people's stories.

  7. Some of you sweet commenters are "No reply" Bloggers! But I still wanted to say thanks for all the kind support!

  8. Love you - hang in there because I love being able to buy you pretty clothes

  9. You have been featured on the HHM Linky this week!



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