As we are winding down 2015, I am sitting here in complete shock because I reached a moment in my fitness journey I thought would never get here. I finally blasted through my weight plateau and lost the last 15 pounds I have tried to lose for the past 4 years. This means I lost a total of 85 pounds! I reached the weight I established years ago as “my ultimate goal weight” of 145 pounds like I weighed in this picture from my sophomore year in college in 1991.
As I explained in this earlier post, my journey started as the year 2007 was coming to a close. I weighed about 230 pounds, hit rock bottom (so to speak), and made the decision to develop an eating and exercise plan I could live with for the REST OF MY LIFE. As I created and started to make this lifestyle change, I felt giddy with happiness because I knew if I kept up the behaviors in the plan I created for myself forever, I would eventually be the size I wanted to be. I created my plan to fit in with my lifestyle as a working mom who is out of the house between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. There was no reason I could not do it.
For the past 7 years, I started to fall in love with the process and I did not let the very slow-moving scale get me down. I knew because of science, that if I was conscious of the amount of calories I was eating and if I exercised with intensity on a regular basis, that my body would change. Even though the numbers on the scale were stagnant for a long time, I definitely noticed I became much stronger and was able to do many physical activities I never thought were possible. In addition, the food I have created for my family has been gradually getting better over time. Now, it honestly feels like the food I cook at home is better than what I would get in most restaurants.
My journey definitely had many challenges and set backs. I had my daughter in 2009. After she was born, as soon as my doctor allowed, I started exercising again and had an uphill battle to climb as my weight crept up to 200 pounds when I returned to work from maternity leave. It is a good thing I was patient with the process because it took me a year and a half get to 180 pounds and then another year to get to 160 pounds. Then, in 2011, I hit a 4 year plateau where I could not get below 160 pounds. I even gained weight within the past year. Honestly, it did not matter because I still continued to push myself in the workouts and eat as clean as possible.
I finally was able to break my plateau in the past 6 months when I made a couple of minor tweaks to my regimen. When I saw the scale gradually go down, I could not believe it. The crazy part was when I went to buy new clothing, I bought size 6 jeans!
In the past, if I reached a point where I felt happy with my body, I used to start skipping workouts while not paying attention to what I was eating. I have seen many people go through this same process many times. On the other hand, I have also seen how physically fit people prioritize exercise in their very busy lives, look great in clothes, and have clean bills of health.
Going forward, I will do my best to elevate the quality of my cooking to be healthier and more delicious than before. I will continue to challenge myself in my workouts. Most importantly, I will continue to work on my newly defined resolutions: to smile more, let things go from the past, not worry about the future, and enjoy my life in the present.
December 2007 (photo credit: vtnative)
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