Last July, I made a post here regarding a little trouble I was having with my weight. Since then, several other people with sit-down jobs have written to me, asking about my progress; and the original post remains one of my most popular! I figured it was time for an update…
Things Were Going Really Well!…At First…
As you can probably guess from the illustration above, I did manage to lose quite a few inches! I went from 170 pounds down to 155! More impressive than the numbers on the scale (which aren’t always to be trusted!), I went from a super-tight size 14 to a comfortably-fitting size 12. Not bad, I say! My long-term goal was size 10. I’ve been a size 6 before (and even a size 4 back in 2007!), and that was great, but I’m perfectly happy being a little “bigger” so long as I’m healthy.
What I was doing:
Daily Walks. My partner and I would go out for daily walks. We started out with just one loop around the block. Each week, we would add another lap. And then the laps became bigger, and bigger. When the weather was bad, we would take my Nintendo 3DS with us to the local mall and use the pedometer feature to make sure we walked as much indoors as we had been outside. I also had a secret weapon: MBT shoes. This isn’t the first time I’ve put on a ton of weight! Back in 2006, I found myself in a similar situation. I was gifted with a pair of MBT shoes and put them to good use. I enlisted their services once again this time around as well!
Crunches. Ya gotta love crunches!
Push-ups. These made me nostalgic for my martial arts days.
Free weights. Be sure you use a proper stance! And get a spotter for when you start lifting heavier!
Stretching. To be honest, I would sometimes be lazy about stretching at first. But as I got into the swing of things, I remembered to do it more and more. The benefits of stretching aren’t as immediate (at least for me), but it really shouldn’t be ignored. (I’m writing this down as a reminder to myself as well as you!).
Where Things Went Horribly, Horribly Wrong…
Whoo-boy. This is hard to admit, but, somewhere along the way…things went horribly wrong. I’m currently 185lbs, I’m bursting out of those size 14 jeans, and my giganto boobs have gone from a 34E (DDD) to a 34H! YIKES!! I keep expecting Gene Wilder to pounce on me and scream that I’m a “fat, fat, fatty!” I now refrain from sending any full body pictures of me in profile to my friends because I’m afraid they’ll ask me when I’m “due.” Mostly, it’s just uncomfortable.
So what happened?
Depression. Oh, the crippling depression! Every year around “the holidays,” I get really, really down. And it kicks in again around late May. (Though, this year, I’m taking steps to–hopefully!–prevent it!). It’s pretty common for people to get “seasonal” depression, and I’m definitely not the only writer with this problem. Hang in there! It will pass. It always does (even if it seems like it’s taking forever!). I also find a lot of the tips in Julie Fast’s book, Get It Done When You’re Depressed, to be extremely helpful. Here’s a link to get it on Amazon if you’re interested.
Sickness. My immune system is pretty much crap. Think “bubble boy” without the “luxury” of a protective bubble. I try to protect myself, but sometimes it’s just impossible. The cold weather brought with it all the usual germs. And, even if you never leave your house, if you live with someone who does go outside–particularly someone who works with “the public”–you’re pretty much doomed to catch at least one seasonal sickness. I caught ‘em all! (If germs were Pokemon, I’d be really happy about that statement…). And I managed to get food poisoning–twice!! There’s nothing quite like being sick to throw off your workout schedule.
“Extra Mayo, Please!” Okay, I admit it: My eating went to crap. Between feeling down and feeling sick, there wasn’t a lot of room left for “I feel like cooking!” The lure of fast food, with its comforting mushy texture and absolutely no effort from me, was just too strong. We found ourselves eating out more, and more, and more. It became ridiculous! Our monthly “eating out” budget went from “around $100″ to “over $500!” (I know! We were shocked when we did the math too!!). If anything on this list makes me hang my head in shame, it’s this.
Way Too Much Work. I ended up avoiding my own tips on “how to avoid burnout” and completely overbooked myself. Hey!–I had to pay for all that junk food somehow! At the worst of it, I was getting about 3 hours of sleep per night and hadn’t had a day off in over a month.
Lack of Sleep. When your body chemistry is out of whack, sleep is one of the first things to fly out the window. Not only was I overworking myself, but my huge boobs have been literally crushing me. I can no longer sleep on my back (which used to be oh-so-comfy!) and, by the end of the day, my back pain from lugging those things around with me all day is simply extraordinary (and it’s super hard to sleep when you’ve got killer back pain!). Sleep is so, so important. You don’t even realize just how important sleep is until you’re not getting enough. Everything moves slower, and even the simplest tasks become harder to perform. Forget about working out! If you’re not getting enough sleep, it can be a chore just to slog through your usual daily tasks.
So What Happens Now?
My blood sugar has been kicking my butt, you guys. I’m a Hypoglycemic and my doctor very sternly told me to “never, ever, get fat.” I was warned that if I gained too much weight, I could easily end up Diabetic. I started experiencing several “pre-diabetes” symptoms including a lack of feeling in my fingers and toes (my toes turned blue on more than one occasion), blurry vision, extreme fatigue, and minor blackouts. To be honest, it got pretty darn scary.
I’ve started working out again!
Not only that, but I’ve cut out the junk food. I haven’t cut out fat–you need a little bit of fat!–but I’m no longer eating out for every meal. I’m back to cooking home-cooked meals from scratch. And I’m already feeling a lot better! (And my wallet feels better too!).
What About YOU?
Have your say!
I confessed the trials and tribulations of my health journey… What about you?
I’m going to continue to update you on my progress as things happen, but I would love to hear from you too! Leave me a comment, won’t you?