Well, I started this page back in April of 2001... I wound up losing approx 40 lbs then the holiday season came and hit me hard! Thanksgiving was the beginning of my downward spiral back into the world of eating WRONG. And so it went... I ate my way through Christmas, New Years (2002) and every single holiday after that until I didn't even need a holiday excuse to eat wrong any longer. The old habits had returned. *sigh*
So here it is... a NEW YEAR and a NEW START. As a belated holiday present to myself, and a New Year's Resolution I wanted desperately to stick to, I joined Weight Watchers Online.
I was PETRIFIED to step on the scale!! But I had to -- they asked for my BEGINNING WEIGHT (the nerve! LOL!) Since I'd been so out of control, I thought the scale would show I'd gained back all of the 40 lbs I'd lost earlier ... and maybe even above my highest weight (over 200 lbs)! Well, I got up on the scale and guess what? I HAD gained! But... here's the kicker: I had only gained back 12 of the original 40 lbs I'd lost! *happy dance!* I couldn't believe it! So right there, I was revitalized and ready to get back into the swing of things.
Since Jan 1, 2003:
And I'm so completely thrilled about it!!
03/10/03 - UPDATE *Sigh* Well, good news and bad news. Good news is, I've quit smoking (a LONG time bad habit). The BAD news is, I've gained 3-1/2 lbs back :( since quitting on 03-03-03. But I'm not going to let that discourage me from climbing back on the wagon. I can do this! I want to do this. One step at a time. :)
06/10/03 - ANOTHER UPDATE Well, the good news is -- I HAVEN'T SMOKED SINCE MARCH 3, 2003! So that's something to cheer about (after smoking for 20+ years... ugh! Major hurdle to overcome!) But I did it... however, I DID gain weight. *sigh* *kick-kick-kicking self* I finally got the courage up this past week to see the damage and it wasn't pretty... I wound up gaining (since March/3 mos ago) ... ahem! this is hard to admit... but by my scale, it looks like I gained 8 lbs over what I'd started at here in January (182) putting me at 190 lbs. *CRY*... BUT.. all is not lost. I have gotten past the nicotine cravings and now can concentrate once again on losing this weight. And happily, I can BREATHE, which makes it a lot easier to exercise now! And speaking of exercise, I've been getting up at sunrise for the last week and walking for an hour (2 miles), so that's making me feel a lot better, too. I'm back on counting my points at Weight Watchers and drinking a minumum of 8 glasses of water a day. Hopefully, I'll see that ol' scale move downward soon.
Latest Update - 01/19/04: I have been horrible. Not dieting... but not smoking either. My brother (and only sibling) passed away unexpectedly on July 4, 2003 (2 wks following his 40th bday). This was emotionally the worst thing I've ever experienced and I turned to food for some kind of comfort. It didn't help. I still miss him every day and eating/overeating doesn't make me feel better. Maybe this year I can get a handle on how to curb eating for stress versus eating for hunger.
Thanks for visiting and checking on my S-L-O-W (but hopefully steady) progress! :)
The current weather in my area.
My "weigh in" day is every Monday.
My goal weight: 125 - 130
Heaviest weight: (01-01-01) over 200 lbs
Re-Starting weight: (01-01-03) 182 lbs
Re-Re-Starting weight (06/10/03) 190 lbs
Current weight (06/10/03): 190
BMI (Body Mass Index) uses your height and weight values to determine whether you are at risk for weight-related health problems. The lower your BMI, the lower your risk for health problems.
My BMI stats
01/01/01 - My HIGHEST BMI: 40
01/01/03 - Starting BMI: 37
03/10/03 - Current BMI: 37
Just for a visual...
Body Mass Index (BMI)
BMI calculates body fat according to the relationship of weight and height.
BMI less then 20 = Underweight
BMI between 20 and 25 = Healthy Range
BMI over 25 = Overweight
BMI over 27 = Significantly Overweight
BMI over 30 = Obese
Note: Since BMI calculations use total body weight and not estimates of lean muscle mass and fat, it can not determine between the overweight and the more muscular. BMI testing does not work for anyone under 18, for bodybuilders and pregnant or nursing women.
... and because the world does NOT need to see the REAL me in a bikini!... YIKES!
I'm putting up a Virtual Model of myself (courtesy of: www.mvm.com).
"Me" at 190 lbs:
"Me" at FIRST GOAL of 160 lbs:
"Me" at FINAL GOAL of 125 lbs: