Thursday, June 28, 2012

Day 28: The turning point

This is for Day 28 of a challenge 30 Days of Writing started by Nicky and Mike of We Work For Cheese. Today’s prompt was: The turning point.

At some point in your life you have to make a decision which will literally change the direction of your life. You can have many turning points within your lifetime. For me some of these included;
What do I major in in college?
Do I get married?
Do I have kids?
Do I take a chance and move cross country for a job?
Do I go back to work after having kids?

You get the idea-

Throughout my adult life after I had my kids I have packed on extra weight. Each baby added on weight.  About 75 extra/ unwanted/ unneeded pounds. When you carry around extra weight it makes everything you do harder.

Diets? I have tried them all: Weight watchers (both pre and post point systems), South Beach, Optifast, Medifast, the cabbage diet, working out with a trainer and trying so many carbs one day then so many another day and simply just not eating much at all.

At one point a few years back I was as high as 249 lbs!  I lost some weight and was maintaining at around 232- but I was still wearing a size 20... YUCK! I had no energy, I slept horribly and I HATED the way I looked! I would lose weight for awhile then would gain it all back. I developed Type 2 diabetes- my cholesterol was too high- I had acid reflux, irritable bowel as well- I was on five different meds...I had to do something.

Finally this past Feb. I had had ENOUGH!
It was my turning point- I decided to try this behavior mod group where you change your behaviors and count calories.

This is the one thing that for me, is finally working. I weighed in last night and have lost  33 lbs. so far!!!   I am about 5'6 1/2 so they want me to weigh in between 155- 164lbs. That is my "goal range".
Last night was a turning point for me because I weighed in @ 199 lbs. !!  I am finally under 200 lbs! I have not been under 200 lbs. in about 18 years!

Getting past this milestone for me is invigorating! I can barely believe it! I honestly never thought I would be able to do it. Hubby tells me how proud of me he is (as do all my immediate family) and that I have exceeded his expectations!

At the final weigh in of each month we have to give two words that express how we feel. Most people say things like "stay focused", try harder", "be accountable", "workout more"... etc.
When it was my turn I said "NEVER AGAIN".
Everyone looked at me not understanding. So I finally admitted, out loud (and now here on my blog) that I am finally under 200lbs.! They all applauded me- it was awesome!  And I told them as I am telling you- I will NEVER go over it AGAIN!

This is MY turning point- and I'm not looking back!


  1. Good for you! Sometimes we have to say things out loud and to others to give us that extra conviction and motivation to keep it up :)

  2. Congratulations on your turning point. Losing weight is not easy, but you have found something that works for you. I, too, say good for you! You will only feel better and better, both physically and emotionally.

  3. Yay for you! It is so much harder to keep the poundage off as we age. Seems like we have to give up all the goodies and go more into self-denial. Darn.

  4. Good for you! As we get older it is so much harder to loss weight, so you have a reason to be proud.

  5. Outstanding -and you didn't even need to be on a reality show to do it!
    You have my sincere respect. The hardest thing in life to master is oneself.

  6. You have every reason to be proud of yourself! Congratulations on such an awesome accomplishment. And it's not Weight Watchers, but I think you deserve an extra 250 points just the same!

  7. Wow I am choked up! I am so proud of you!!!! After my gastroparesis hit I got up to 174... from NOT EATING. My body went in to starvation mode and I ballooned out. I remember walking in to Curves and saying, "I am overweight and I am TIRED of it." After Curves came "THE GYM" which saved my life... weights do it SO WELL... I have lost almost 40 pounds and have gained muscle... it is a great feeling. So your story means so much to me... I know how hard it is - you are doing GREAT!

  8. Good job! Keep it up and hopefully it continues well for you!

  9. Dangit I can't believe I missed this big milestone! WOWSER! 199 lbs!!!!!! You go girl. I am so proud of you - you are actually doing this and with aplomb I might add! :D I think you and I are going to have to go shopping sometime soon. You're not too far away - and as much as I don't like clothes shopping, I think with you it would be a blast! So save your pennies and when you hit the weight you want to be your first new dress [or sweater, or blouse or skinny jeans] is ON ME! Think we should call the Mall in advance and let them know the "Duke Moms" will be on the premises? We might be a bit of trouble. giggle

    Just fantastic kiddo! JUST FANTASTIC!

  10. PS I just realized - we're the same height. Awesome. We can share clothes :)