Jen at Daily Mish Mash is hosting a weight loss event (for lack of a better term) and asking everyone to join her in Looking Fine by 2009. I have been slowly losing weight all summer but until now have been a bit ashamed to blog about it. So here is my story:
I was very active in high school. I mean really active. I played both club and high school soccer and had either a practice or a conditioning session every day. To encourage conditioning for soccer I also ran cross country. I maintained the same weight (give or take 5 pounds) all four years of high school. I was 5'7, 135 lbs, a size 6/8. I stopped working out in college but I didn't gain very much weight my freshmen year. At the end of my freshmen year of college I was 140 lbs and more of an 8 than a 6, but still fairly happy with my body.
Then my life fell apart. On July 7, 2003 my father unexpectedly passed away at the age of 59. I was devastated. Over the next 3 months I gained 30 lbs and continued to gain. At the end of 2003 I weighed a lot.
My first year in the working world and first year of marriage both resulted in weight gain then weight loss. I yoyoed. Then I started having problems with my ankle. I was put into a walking cast in September of 2007. I had surgery in March and was sentenced to 6 weeks of bed rest. I then had a cast and crutches for a few weeks, followed by the walking cast once again. By the end of May I was allowed to walk without the boot for a few hours at a time. I was also the heaviest I have ever been. Bed rest doesn't do good things for your body.
This summer I have been hitting the physical therapy hard. I have been walking my dog daily. I have been going to the gym (where I am incredibly limited in what I am allowed to do but it is better than nothing.) I got on a scale over Labor Day - and I've done well. I have lost 16.6 lbs. I have a long way to go to reach a healthy weight, but I hope that with your motivation and help I can make it.
Thank you to Jen at Daily Mish Mash and all of the other women who have been brave enough to put their weight and weight journey out there. You gave me the confidence to do the same.
Me freshman year of college - of to be a size 6/8 again.