Hello. My name is Kris and I struggle with my weight. Admitting the problem is the first step, right? If you’ve been around her for awhile, you may have heard my weight-loss story. The Monday before Thanksgiving 2009, I weighed in at 220 pounds. I’m 5’ tall. That is morbidly obese.
I got on the treadmill that morning for one reason – to stubbornly prove that I could not lose weight so that I’d quit feeling guilty for not doing it. There was just one problem. I lost 4 pounds that week.
So much for not being able to lose weight. I mean, if I could lose 4 pounds the week of Thanksgiving, there really weren’t any excuses. So I got myself a bodybugg and the journey began.
I blew my first big goal out of the water, exceeding my 50 pound weight-loss by the end of June 2010 by 5 pounds. I continued steadily losing weight, ultimately reaching a 90 pound weight-loss, just 5 pounds over my ultimate goal weight.
I was happy where I was and decided to quit fighting for the 5 pounds and just enjoy being the thinnest and healthiest I’d been in nearly 2 decades. I maintained for quite a while, but last year, I started gaining.
I tried, half-heartedly, to get back on track with no success – until last week when I went in for my annual health risk assessment check up. Seeing the numbers on the scale that proved things really were as bad as I feared was hard, but it was also exactly what I needed. I did what I did that first time – I started making changes immediately. No waiting until Monday. No making excuses.
- Logged my food every day
- Gotten serious about my workouts – including running an extra hill last week and running the whole 3 miles with only two really short walk breaks yesterday
- Started wearing my Fitbit to log my steps – My husband got me the new Fitbit Flex as an anniversary gift. Only when your wife is serious about losing weight can you get a gift like that without getting into trouble.
- Made the very unhealthy dessert for which I already had ingredients (for a dinner with extended family last week), but I only ate one cookie bar and sent all the rest with Brianna to share with her friends at the play she was in. (Brian and Josh were a little upset since I had forgotten that they’d had to leave before dessert, but I couldn’t work up any feelings of guilt. I asked Brian if he’d rather have a cookie or a skinny wife.)
- Bought ingredients for a healthy dessert option for this week’s dinner
- Been at or under my calorie goal every day
- Made a healthy breakfast Saturday morning instead of the normal unhealthy one (It included an omelet with spinach, mushrooms, and feta cheese. Yum!)
- Only ate 2 pieces of pizza (the only option) at a church dinner/meeting Sunday afternoon
- Did not eat a cupcake at said church dinner
- Ate only 1 BBQ sandwich, no chips, and one small dessert (among many, many options) and some fruit at our small group meeting (a serious stumbling block to weight loss because there are so many yummy food and dessert choices. This year, I think I’m going to make it my goal to take one healthy option each week.)
- Did a strength workout Monday morning with another on schedule for today
- I’ve gone back to allowing myself only one tea refill again (I’ve been pushing the envelope with two refills a lot lately.)
I am so excited about where I am right now! I haven’t felt this way in months. It feels so good to be eating healthy again. I have noticed that I haven’t felt sluggish and drained like I had for the past few weeks…which could also be due to the fact that I’ve started taking an iron supplement (mine is frequently low), but the healthy food choices and exercise can’t hurt.
One of my all-time favorite photos of myself – I want to get back to this.
I’m back on track and I’m inviting you along – even if only to hold me accountable. I did so much better when I had my weight-loss blog and the accountability that came with it. I plan on updating each Wednesday. If y’all don’t see an update, I’d love it if you’d ask me how I’m doing.
Have you successfully lost weight? Do you need to lose weight? I’d love to hear your story.
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.