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.
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!