**Warning – this post talks about weight loss and weight issues – if this is a trigger for you please don’t read or read with caution**
Warning #2 – this post contains copious amounts of pictures of me when I was, um, larger. This may be offensive to some. Proceed with caution (and please don’t make fun of me too much!)**
Our wedding in 2007 – approx. 190lbs
At my heaviest weight I was 209lbs. That I know of, anyway – I didn’t weigh myself before that, so for all I know I could have been heavier. I steadily gained weight after high school – from 160 to 193 and finally to 209. The weight gain was slowish, slow enough that I never really seemed to notice in daily life, until I saw a photo of myself or went to try on clothes.
At my heaviest. And my super awesome brother
There was no specific trigger that got me to lose 30lbs initially. I decided to start following Weight Watchers without joining – my mom gave me the information for the points, we guessed my point value for the day, and away I went. Of course I was also going to the gym a lot – mostly spin and yoga. And some weight came off. My lowest at that time was 173.
I fell off the gym and Weight Watchers wagons and went back to my old lifestyle, and what do ya know – I gained weight again. In December of 2010 I was back up to 190, and with a wedding and a vacation happening in the next month or so I started buckling down on the eating again (eating healthy, not restricting) and amped it up at the gym. I was still going to spin and yoga, but added Body Pump into the rotation as well. And again, the weight came off. Before I left for vacation in January of 2011 I was down 7 lbs, and somehow managed to lose 3 pounds WHILE on vacation.
(183 in December 2010 and 169 in April 2011)
After plodding along for a while on my own, I bit the bullet and officially signed up with Weight Watchers online. This spurred even more weight loss, and my interest in healthy eating continued to grow, as did my interest in weight lifting. In May of 2011 I quit Goodlife and joined CrossFit – and I have to say that this has had the biggest impact on my weight and body than anything I have ever tried before.
Weights CHANGE your body. They change the way you look, the way you feel, the way your body works. They give you confidence, they give you mental strength, they give you peace. And they make me happy.
Everyone asks how I have done it, how I do it, what my secret is. You want to know what the secret it?
Hard work. Determination. Will power. Healthy eating. Lifting weights.
There it is. That’s how I went from 209 to 148, from a size 16 to a size 6 (ok, I know I’m more of a size 8, but those shorts I bought yesterday are a 6 so I’m going to run with that for a while).
There is no secret, no magic pill, no special diet that will get you where you want to go. You have to WANT it and be willing to work HARD every single day. You have to make it a permanent lifestyle, and not an “until I reach my goal weight” lifestyle.
So there you have it. How to go from a size 16 to a size 6. Work hard. Eat right. Lift heavy.