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My Weight loss history

Monday, June 11, 2012

I had previously put this information in a blog but I want to repeat it so I can consult it more readily: I have been keeping track of my weight most of my life.

1969: 117 (college age)
1974: 161 (9 months pregnant)
1979: 143 (after two pregnancies)
1980: 139
1981: 131

August 1982: 160 (TRAUMA: INABILITY TO FIND WORK & much rejection therein)

June 1983: 196

November 1984: 168 (found work)
Sept. 1985 190 (TRAUMA: Serious illness of husband)

Sept. 1986: 170 (working, happy with work)
May 1988: 155

Sept. 1988: 182 (TRAUMA: Caretaking of mean elderly woman)
Jan. 1989: 204
June 1989: 220
June 1990: 230

September 1990: 205

March 1991: 187

April, 1992: 228 (Caretaking of elderly)
1993: 250 (Husband's serious stroke)

June, 1994: 202
September 1998: 220
August 2001: 202

October, 2009: 216 (Started taking insulin)
steady weight gain until July 2011 at 234

June, 2012: 206


It seems to be clear that I gain weight at times of extreme frustration. After my 1982 inability to find work, I've had to divorce myself from caring too much about my employment or my meagre paychecks. I've taken all kinds of jobs and tried to detach. My weight gain around the issues of work is really weight gain because of REJECTION.

Another enormous spur to weight gain is the caretaking I have done of very ill/dying relatives (husband, aunt, mother, etc). When I am caretaking, I typically eat fast food or junk food and don't find time to exercise.

I gained 50 pounds in one 7 month period ---1988. I was emotionally molested by a psychiatrist.

In conclusion, when I am rejected or when I am too pressured about taking care of others, not only do I fail to take care of myself, I tend to medicate myself with sweet and caloric foods.

It has now been 20 years since I weighed less than 200 pounds. It's time to pay myself back with a good steady if slow weight loss.

June 11, 2012: I plan, hope, desire to get back into the upper 199's by July 4th and hope that a daily reflection on my goal will help.

I now have time, almost every day, to exercise, and I also have time to shop, cook, and plan clean meals. I am no longer trying to please anyone buy myself. I have no career goals and will drag out my days being an adjunct professor: It certainly beats working in a screw factory as I once did. The hours are mostly flexible even though the pay is laughable.

My self-esteem depends little on the judgements of others.
So---one two three get dressed in my work-out clothes and GO!

See how well this cute hedgehog defends himself? I defend myself at long last as much as I can.
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  • SCOOTER4263
    He looks like he has an evil plot forming in his spiky little mind!

    I can sympathize. My mother and my husband died within eighteen months of one another, and both required extensive care-giving - by me, alone. I responded by gaining fifty or sixty pounds, mostly composed of alcohol and cheap carbs (pasta and the like.) Looks like we're in this one together - good thing we both like cats, books and classical music!
    3283 days ago
  • CATS_MEOW_0911
    Good for you for seeing the pattern so you can start to work through it. Best of luck with your goals!
    3287 days ago
  • no profile photo GARBLEDEEGOOK
    emoticon Sounds like you have figured it out. emoticon
    3287 days ago
  • LE7_1234
    I think we need an oxygen mask emoticon.... By all means, put your own on first!!!

    And yes, the hedgehog is adorable. But here's hoping you can develop an inner core of self worth, to shield you on the inside, without all the prickles on the outside.....
    3288 days ago
  • DAP1313
    Good for you!!! Depending on the type of stress I either eat everything not nailed down or I can't. Most of the time I eat.

    We need to learn that it's okay to take care of ourselves first because if we don't then we won't be around to take care of others.

    I know you will reach your goal!

    3288 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10266745
    You nailed it! You have to take care of you first. emoticon
    3288 days ago
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