Newbie here, awaiting the arrival of my first order (trying the vanilla powder first). I’ve scanned through a few of the discussions on here, and I love seeing the positive encouragement everyone has shared. I’m going to add my story to the collection, with the intention to give updates every month or so in the thread. Tips, encouragement, anecdotes, and constructive advice are welcome, but I’m doing this thread for my own benefit, hoping to look back on it for posterity when I’m about 75# down.
Current Stats: I just turned 34, and I’m 5’5"-5’6". I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been, peaking at 220# in recent months. My most recent pair of jeans purchased is a size 16.
Goal: Since I have (nearly) a year until the 35 marker, I want to trim down to 150# or better, getting down to a size 8 (depending on the store, right ladies? ), so we’re looking at an (average) 1.5# loss per week–entirely possible, but that’s up to me to make it happen and stick to it! I might be able to get a little lighter on the scales, but I’m taking into account that I also want to gain back some of the strength I used to have. I used to be really competitive and a bit of a tom-boy, so I’d be the first to jump in to move heavy things around or show off how tough I was–and I’m noticing more and more that I just can’t haul heavy stuff around like I used to.
Backstory (optional reading, feel free to skip my personal journey into obesity):
Like many others, I’ve let my body get away from me since working in office settings and not being as active. I was never a TINY gal, but I stayed active with softball and dance when I was in school, so I was quite average sized with a slightly athletic build. After high school, my weight crept up to the mid 180s, but with diligent eating habits and increased exercise, I got down to about 150 in 2010–best shape of my life, and I looked pretty fantastic, so I’m basing my benchmark on something I know I’m capable of being. I think I could squeeze into a size 8 jeans then. At that time, I worked in a hardware store, so I regularly had heavy merchandise to move and stock–whether it was toilets, cast iron sinks, solid oak doors, large windows, or cement boards, I took my job very seriously and it was great for my body to stay active lifting those products throughout the day. I really didn’t go to the gym much, since I burned a lot on the job–but I definitely hopped on the treadmill when I needed a boost.
I got married in 2012, and I’m pretty sure I weighed around 170 at the time. Although my BMI was still in the “overweight” category, my health was still pretty fair, since I was carrying a lot of that as muscle still. Since then, however: both my husband and I have fallen into the usual trap of gaining weight since we like to be out with friends, we both like to cook, and we enjoy all the local beers we can find. We are musicians and play in a band together, so that adds even more bars/venues we spend time at, smashing in a burger at 2 AM after a show, in addition to going to as many concerts as possible, which means traveling out of town, eating on the road, and deep dish every couple of months when we are in Chicago. Add to that, I started working in an office job instead of retail, and packed on about 40# in the first 2 years of sitting behind a desk.
In different but related news, I will disclose that some episodes of depression have definitely influenced my weight, my ability to take care of my body, and my motivation to change–but I don’t want to talk in depth about it, just mentioning it in case that resonates with others on here who need a safe conversation.
It’s 2019, and I’m 50# more than I was at my wedding 7 years ago, 70# more than my previous adult best 9 years ago, and about 85# away from what I was in high school (I lost track of how long ago that was). The weight I’ve gained since 2012 is what worries me most, since that’s what stands between me being reasonably healthy and my current level of obesity–severely obese, depending on the chart.
I’m planning to use Huel to get me through my workday without caving for fast food or the awesome restaurants I can walk to from my office. Psychologically, I don’t think I’ll enjoy going liquid only, but maintaining a balanced nutrient intake is important to me, so I’m going to try the Vite Ramen meals for many of my at-home dinners. This should be pretty sustainable for me on Sunday through Thursdays. With my lifestyle of being out at a lot of restaurants/bars on weekends for our performances, I know there are some cravings that will be really difficult avoid, so I’m accepting that an 80/20 plan will still be a huge step in the right direction for me, and won’t make me feel left out from the rest of the band and our group of friends.
Since I’m waiting for my products to arrive, what warnings, suggestions, advice does anyone have to share? I feel like my plan is sound, but if anyone read any big red flags in my plan, please let me know.
I’ll post a photo soon in the comments as a reminder of the “before” so I can look back in a few months and see how it’s going–you know, accountability and all that. Thanks for reading and thanks for your support. Peace and love!