Sunday, March 8, 2009

weighty issues

As some of you might know, since January I have been working out and eating healthy. I've been exercising for a few years now as it helps me deal with the stress of my job but I wasn't really watching with a keen eye what I ate. The exercise helped me lose some weight but eventually I plateaued at a certain weight. I tend to be one of those people who lose a little weight, maintains it for a year, loses a little more weight, maintains it for a year. Then I might gain 10 lbs and have to work at losing it again. I have never been naturally thin. I have to really work at losing weight. I'm also one of those people whose weight all goes to her hips, thighs, and butt! With the new year beginning I thought it was time to really put some effort into eating better. From past experiences and being a member of weight watchers several years ago, I learned that the only way for me to lose weight is to actually make myself accountable for all the food that goes into my mouth. So, I write everything down and really watch my portion sizes. When I hit my calorie count for the day, then that's it with the food.

When I joined weight watchers in Jan 2005 I weighed in at 147. I know that I was probably over 150 at some point...I'm sure some dr's office has a record of it somewhere. (When I was in High School I was chubby. When I got out of high school, I went on a diet, found the fun of exercise and dropped down to 105 lbs which lasted a few years) Now in all seriousness 150 at 5'3" isn't huge by any means but I didn't like how I felt and looked. I was at weight watchers for 9 weeks and lost 8lbs. I left weight watchers to join the local gym. So from 2005 -2008 I went from 147- 130. So as you can see, I lose weight extremely slow but once I lose it I can maintain it usually within a 3 lb. range. My goal weight at weight watchers was 125 lbs. As of this morning I weighed myself at 124. It took me 4 years to get there but I got new goal 115lbs! As I'm writing this all down, I really am starting to wonder how having hypothyroidism effects the metabolism. I have read that people tend not to be able to lose weight easily and usually gain weight. With my messed up metabolism it will probably take me another 4 years to lose another 10 lbs.


  1. Well, I'm impressed with your success. You seem to have a good understanding of your body and how it works, and your expectations are in line with that. You are also being very sensible with the exercise/healthy foods/portion control approach. And if this photo is the way you look at 124, no need to keep going, you look great! But if you have a new goal for yourself that will make you feel good, then go for it!

  2. yea but dont get too thin, it just makes you look older in the face!!!!

  3. Monica...I'll never be to thin , I've got kickin curves!

    Tikimama...My goal will probably take another 4 years but I'll also be just happy maintaining what I've done so far!

  4. Curves are good (hills have curves, waves have curves, clouds even have curves - curves are so darned cool!!), and that picture of you is so cute the fellas must be tripping over each other for those curves. Too many gals wanting to be stick insects these days (any extreme is bad), but a bit of meat in the right places isn't a bad thing me thinks!