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I'm read to be a size 8 again.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Back in July of 2008, I weighed just 157 lbs. Back in July of 2008, I thought that I was struggling with my weight.

Boy, was I wrong!

It's July of 2013 now and I weigh in at 191.5 lbs. Sure, that may be many, many pounds more than I was in 2008, but it's 18.5 pounds less than what I weighed five weeks ago. 210 lbs... wow. I never, in my darkest dreams, imagined I would allow myself to get to that point.

For the past five weeks I have been making well-informed choices, opting for fruits and vegetables and lean protein over the usual processed fare that got me into Size 16 clothing in the first place. I am actively avoiding processed carbohydrates, like bread and pasta and, aside from the occassional piece of cheese, I am avoiding most dairy, too.

Every day I either walk to or from work, a solid 5 miles one way (sometimes I walk both ways). On the weekend I go for lengthy morning walks with friends, treks that can sometimes last for three hours.

I've stopped looking at exercise as a chore and have come to start enjoying it. My body is getting into better shape. It wants to run. When I'm walking on my own and listening to music, an upbeat song comes on and my pace picks up and my body starts angling forward like it remembers how much fun it used to be to run. I have weak knees but, now that I am tending to the lighter side of the scale, I might start running again. I also have Insanity and Turbo Fire at home and I am going to look into joining a Team here on Sparkpeople that features one or both of those workouts.

I'm ready to be a size 8 again.
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  • KIR13EAR
    JOOOO14, I used to get on and off the band wagon so frequently that whenever I said, "I'm trying to lose weight," I felt as skeptical as my coworkers and friends looked. Motivation will come when it's ready to come, that's what I believe. I woke up one morning and was fed up with feeling like a slug and made an active decision to change it. For the first week and a half, I saw no weight loss and felt nothing but tired all of the time. But suddenly my weight started to come off and I was feeling more and more energetic. When that starts to happen, motivation is easy to maintain.

    PRAIRIEMIMI, can't I do both at the same time? In fact, isn't one a direct result of the other? By being physically active and eating well, I in turn am developing a healthy body. The weight loss is just an added bonus. Eating right and maintaining an active lifestyle doesn't stop just because I hit a Size 8 - I have to keep at it no matter what. Thank you for the input, though - I know that a lot of people think that being skinny will make them happy but neglect the fact that being HEALTHY will make them happier.

    BIGISLANDWOW, I'm sorry to hear about your knees. It's such a crappy feeling, don't you think? You want to be physically active but your body literally will not cooperate with what you want. Take it easy and walk in a pair of comfortable running shoes while wearing a tensor bandage on your knee (that's what I do) and gradually you will build strength.
    2551 days ago
  • JOOOO14
    Hiya hun,

    I'm in a very similar position to you, thought 168 was struggling with my weight and before you know it i'v found myself at 192 and a size 16 also. I can totally understand where you're coming from....

    Sounds like you'r on the right tracks to success - i need to get myself as motivated as you! xx
    2551 days ago
    Applause for working towards being healthier. While size 8 is your goal ... maybe try just focusing on having a healthy body no matter what size you are wearing.
    2551 days ago
    Way To Go! Your "knees" comment really spoke to me, because I have an issue with one of my knees, too. Looking forward to hearing your continued success!
    2551 days ago
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