Okay, so. I have wanted to talk about my struggle with weight loss for a while now, but I just felt like I didn't have the right. I have read many inspiring and motivational posts about women (by women) who have struggled with weight their entire lives. I haven't. Being thin always came easily for me.
|photos from 2004-2006, 16-18 years old|
The scale never read 3 digits until I was in college. And even then, I didn't gain the freshman 15. But then it all changed. I gained about 10 pounds my sophomore year. And then 10 more my junior year. And it didn't stop there.
|College Graduation, May 2010|
After graduation, it got worse. I finally decided to acknowledge the problem 9 months ago.
|Nov 3, 2012|
Looking at that picture, I just can't even believe that was me. That is me. No wonder the cute guy I tried to flirt with that night wasn't interested. I didn't realize I looked like that because I was in denial.
It's time to hold myself accountable and actually work to reach my goals. It doesn't come easy anymore.
Let's talk numbers. I've never shared these with anyone, but I'm hoping it will help motivate me to actually admit it to myself if I admit it to everyone else.
In November, I weighed 163 lbs. At 5'1", that's a 30.8 on the BMI scale and is technically "obese". I started lightly working out and being more careful about what I eat, but didn't do anything drastic.
By February, I was down to 152.6 lbs, a 28.7 BMI, which is at the top of the "overweight" section on the scale.
|Feb 8, 2013|
May 1, I weighed 148.4, still "overweight" at a 28.0 BMI.
|May 17, 2013|
|June 13, 2013|
|July 13, 2013|
Today, August 7, I weigh 142.2, a 26.9 on the BMI and still in the overweight category.
|Aug 1, 2013|
By November 1, I'm hoping for at least a 24.9 BMI, so I can be in the "normal weight" category. That means I need to weigh 132 lbs or less. That gives me about 3 months to lose about 10 lbs. I'm serious about this goal and will do everything in my power to reach it. And then some.
132 by November 1 is only goal Number 1. After that, I'll set a new goal. And then keep going from there.
It feels so good to finally discuss this with myself. Hopefully I can help motivate others to be honest with themselves, too. Whether it's about weight loss or something else. Until you admit that you have a problem, you can't work on a solution.
Inspiration is welcomed!