My Weight loss Journey

Growing up I wasn’t severely overweight – sure I had a pudgy stage, but a lot of people did! My weight wasn’t something I thought much about being a kid (as it shouldn’t be). My parents had good intentions, like most, but we certainly did not grow up eating very healthy. Snacks, soda, meals prepared without nutritional aspects considered. Soda became a very bad habit for me, especially as I got into my teens and didn’t have anyone stopping me from drinking so many.

Fast forward to high school – Like most high school girls, I thought I was fat. Even though in retrospect, I clearly wasn’t. I didn’t let it consume my life though, I was a little on the chubby side (so I thought) and I was ok with that. Looking back, I think senior year is where the trouble began for me. Stress, changes in my life, poor eating, and not exercising (hello gym class not required after 9th grade!) led me to pack on some weight. Again, I already felt like a “fat girl” so I kept going with the mindset of: This is me, this is who I am. I was married young, had my first child at 20 and of course packed on more weight. Divorced, remarried, and two more babies later – more weight.

My weight wasn’t something I paid attention to. I never weighed myself. The only time anyone took my weight was maybe once or twice a year when I had a doctor’s visit – and even then I didn’t think much about it. This is me, this is who I am…

My husband is a Type 2 Diabetic. He had already been on tons of medications for several years to control his blood sugar and other problems associated with the disease. He got to the point of having to add insulin injections to his enormous list of meds. His doctor kept urging him to consider weight loss surgery telling him that if he lost some weight, it was a possibility he may be able to stop taking some of his medication. This seemed like a great solution to my husband – I on the other hand disagreed. I told him repeatedly, this wasn’t the solution. If you don’t break bad habits that got you to a certain point, you could not possibly make a real change.

Insert light bulb moment. Pot calling kettle black. Even though it wasn’t something I monitored, I was surely at the heaviest point of my life. I was waking up to get my son to school and collapsing on the couch for a nap once he was off. I was having random pains in my foot. I felt gross. I knew I needed to start making changes. I needed to make changes for myself, but also for my husband, for my kids. I needed to be a better example. This wasn’t about vanity. This was about life, making a better life for myself and my family.

I knew this wasn’t going to be easy. I had packed on the weight over the course of 10 years; I knew it was going to take some time to take it back off. I knew there would be times I would feel like quitting. But from the start I adopted a Today I will do what I can kind of attitude. This went for exercise as well as eating habits. I knew all my bad eating habits were not going to disappear overnight. Slowly but surely I made mental lists of things I were doing that were awful for my body, and thinking of ways to change them. Drink more water, reading labels of items I was eating, etc. I had been having such severe pains in my heel that some days I could not even walk on it. Some days I may not get through an entire workout like I wanted to – that’s ok. Today I will do what I can.

I chose not to be vocal about my weight loss journey from the start. I didn’t mention it to friends. My husband and my Father were about the only people who knew what I was trying to accomplish. There were many days of whining on my part to my husband about aches and pains from making my body do things it wasn’t used to doing. I admit I have no idea for sure what my starting weight was. I have a general idea based on the last time I had been weighed at the doctors – but my journey began about 6 months, and what I’m guessing, may even be more pounds later. I did not start out with a goal weight in mind. I didn’t want one. I wanted to be healthier. Period. Healthy is not pounds on a scale. This is not a short fix; this is a change I will continue to make for the rest of my life.

How did I do it?

This is common sense, things we have heard a million times again and again. Change the way you eat. Exercise. Repeat. It’s amazing to me when people want to know my “secret”. I have no secret. And I find it even funnier when people feel let down by my answer. There is no magic pill. I have not dieted. I have not counted calories. I knew from the start that was not the way I wanted to live my life. This is a lifestyle change. Know that it’s going to be challenging, but have faith that you can make the changes you want to.

About 2 years later now and around 125 pounds 135 pounds down here I am. Still chugging along. Still making it part of my life to make better decisions for my own as well as my family’s health. Honestly I still feel a little silly writing this. I have had people tell me that they think I am in inspiration, which blows my mind. But I am here to tell you, if I can do this, you can do this. All it takes is a true commitment. Am I a super fit person? No, of course not. But every day I strive to be a little better. I am a real person who did this. I am a mom to three children with a full time job, a husband, two dogs, and a million other things going on. It takes work. It takes time. But you can do this. Start today, one small change at a time. This is me, this is who I am. Today I will do what I can. Will you?


23 Responses to My Weight loss Journey

  1. Well, you know I’m proud of you and think you are one hot mama! Good for you to write all this out…I know it will help someone. I think I am one who needs more of the exactness of counting calories (or keeping track of Weight Watcher points). You inspire me though and you have great timing with this post; I just signed up with Weight Watchers again…I feel ready again to tackle it and like you mentioned, I just feel gross. Gained back too much of the weight I lost before. Love you, Amanda!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you B. Well I’m super proud of you and Mr. David as well, you’ve both done amazing. I’m glad you’ve found something that works for you – I can totally see that being good for you too, you and your fancy spreadsheets and all ;) That’s really what it’s about b/c everyone is different. Most importantly, find what works and stick to it!

  2. Sandi says:

    You are one amazing person Amanda and your story does inspire me. I’d write more, but I’m getting up to go take a walk now, in your honor!

  3. Becca H. says:

    You look fabulous, Amanda! Now… how is Layton coming along on this healthier lifestyle? Have you inspired him to lose weight, too? I ask, because my husband started with me… at first lost more than me. But he has since gained it all back, while I continued to lose. Have any tips for me to encourage him to get back on track?

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Becca. He needs a push every now and again, but most people do. I believe he’s somewhere around 30 pounds lighter than he used to be. As for your husband, have him sit down and figure out why he gained it back. Did his eating habits fall off? Was he exercising then just stopped? To be successful you obviously have to be consistent. If you have short term thinking – your results will most likely be short term. He’s proven he can do it, he just needs to figure out whats going to work for him personally to make it stick.

  4. BarbaraC says:

    I’m incredibly impressed. I hope you and your entire family continue on this healthier path. “You look mahvelous” too!

  5. Wow, you are amazing. You are truly some we can all learn from. You have great determination, will and attitude. You motivate me to want to do the best I can each and everyday. You story is fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Wow! Your story is incredible well done. Although I have to say you still looked gorgeous before and your hair is fab in the 2009 pic! I can’t wait to read through your blog! x

  7. Kara says:

    You look amazing! Great job! Thanks for the motivation today!

  8. Sharna says:

    WOW what a transformation. You should be so proud of your efforts! You look amazing!! LD

    I’ve gone down from 260lb down to 178lb since July 2011 and still have another 45lb (or less) to go. Did you get any sagging skin at all from the dramatic weight loss? x

  9. Lady Bug says:

    What an inspiring story! You deserve to be so proud of yourself. I had weight loss surgery and was able to lose 35 pounds. (I need to lose another 50 pounds but seem to be stuck.) Even with that smallish weight loss, I got lots of loose skin. Did you need plastic surgery?

  10. Such an awesome story! You are so right, it is about making a lifestyle change that lasts a lifetime, one step at a time. Congrats on your success! You certainly are an inspiration!

  11. Proud of you – love you, girlie! ;)

  12. Margie says:

    Found your site while looking for a low fat sugar free pumpkin bread and am amazed by your story….I lost 121 pounds thru weight loss surgery….looking forward to looking deeper into your site for some more good ideas to help with my journey

  13. What an inspirational story! Congratulations on all your accomplishments and your ability to stick with your health goals! I really like your saying, “Today I will do what I can.” I think it’s something we should all be telling ourselves everyday.

  14. Great post! I just found your blog from the 12WBT forums.

  15. Adrienne says:

    Wow, Amanda! This is beyond inspiring. Not just for weight loss, but for life. Being proactive about what we want with this kind of determination. Impressive! Stopping by from the SITS FB group. ;)

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