This post was written by Crystal.
Before I start posting about my specific attempts to shave off some pounds, I figured you may all want to know where I am coming from. I am 5’2” tall, average build with a natural hour-glass body, have wide shoulders for a woman, and have a naturally high muscle mass in my legs and arms thanks to my Irish and German ancestry. The Body Mass Index thinks I should weigh between 103-136 pounds to be “healthy”, but I am ultimately aiming for 135-140.
It Gets Bad Before It Gets Better
Way back when I was 13, I was in the best shape of my life since I was in multiple sports, marching band, and kept myself even busier with other school clubs. I weighed 130 pounds but still had an inch to grow and some curves to fill out. Fast forward 15 years to January 4th, 2011, and I was in the worst shape of my life. I had kept my love of junk food but was no longer active at all. I was a cubicle worker during the day, a blogger at night, and a food vacuum all day long. I was hot and uncomfortable all of the time. My husband was suffering the same proportional weight gain over the years, so we decided to get healthier and lighter together and joined Weight Watchers Online. I weighed in at 176 pounds.
In 6 months, I have transformed physically into a new person. I will write more about the journey in future posts. Suffice it to say, I cut back on the junk and substituted in a more balanced diet with a ton of fruits and vegetables instead of Oreos and Twizzlers. I also started attempting to be more active and actually exercised about 90 minutes a week a couple of times a month. On July 3rd, 2011, I weighed in at 145 pounds. I was down 31 pounds!!! I then went on a one week vacation followed by a crazy quit-my-day-job week and gained back 4 pounds, but I am digging back in.
My Ultimate Goal
As I mentioned above, my personal target weight is between 135 to 140 pounds. My current goal is to hit 140 pounds by the end of 2011 and maintain that weight from there.
I will not lie, some of my motivation has been pure vanity, but the biggest benefit has been that I just feel better. I have more energy and feel more confident than I have in years. My husband and I both have discovered our inner sexiness again. It just feels good.
It also feels good to know that I am tackling my new life of self-employment with a clean slate. I will be networking with bloggers at conventions with a body and mind that I am proud of. I no longer feel uncomfortable or hot in an air-conditioned room. Life is better.
Have you been trying to lose weight or feel like you should? What has your journey looked like so far?