My Weight Gain Story :(

I promise this has nothing to do with the new year and “New Year’s Resolutions” and really has to do with everything aligning. The fact that it happened near Jan 1st was just a nice bonus to my enjoyment of order.

I need to get back in shape, lose weight, be less tired, commit more to dancing and practicing, and all the things that go with that. Really I want to get healthy again.

Here’s the (hopefully) short-ish story.

For the past 8 years I have been trying to figure out why I am tired, fatigued, and my muscles and bones hurt among other things.

I used a food tracking app LoseIt and I lost nearly 10lbs. I looked amazing in my opinion. I went from 172 all the way down to 163.

Oct 1, 2015 I was 166.8, And I reached my lowest weight Jan 1, 2016 at 163.

By April 7 I was up to 175. July 6 I was at 181. And I have been at 188 for a bit now so we will say 188.8 Jan 1 2017.

So in exactly 1 year I went from 163 to 188.8.

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Left was Nov 5, 2015 at 163lbs. Right is August 13, 2016 at 184lbs. You can see the difference…. So can I.

Basically what happened was that I looked great, and didn’t feel any different from when I was at my “normal” of 172. Robert and I started dating and as in all new relationships, I gained weight. I didn’t worry too much going back up from 163 to 170. I had been there before and my weight fluctuated.

But then it kept going up. And then we bought a condo. Then money got tight. Stress. And this obviously made my weight go up more. And I was concerned when it went up to 182 and sat there for a few months.. That was 20lbs from where I started 6 months earlier. But I still wasn’t too worried. Until it kept going up after that. I was so tired. Work was going alright, dance was good, my relationship was good, stress was less but still high but it refused to go down.

I now realize I was probably over eating and I am in a much smaller condo than my house before (and it had stairs) so I was over-eating and under-exercising.

So I had to make it stop. But I wasn’t ready. Not because it was the holidays or anything. Just because I didn’t have all the info and was trying to figure out if it was anything else.

I had gone to the doctor to get thyroid, anemia, iron, vitamin D, celiac, sleep, and weight gain tested.  – All negative.

I am not a big meat eater. I am not vegetarian but I would rather reach for vegetables than meat. So I realized I could get my protein from plants like vegetarians do, and add meat as I want. I also realized it could just be depression like people suggested but only feel the physical not mental effects. Fibromyalgia was the diagnosis they had almost given me 8 years ago and I have been going on that assumption.

So, all that to say that I don’t know exactly what is wrong with me but I am literally and figuratively tired of

I wanted to start with something that worked outright without too much effort, just dedication. Once I feel better about my body and weight then I will work my way up to the next levels.

It isn’t about the weight number, its about being healthy and I know that caring around an extra 25lbs in a year is not healthy.

My goal is to get down to 178. I do feel positive about my body even though I have a belly pooch etc., but I want to drop enough pounds so I feel even better about myself then increase my effort.

Just tracking my food intake, lowering caloric intake, and eating less processed food helped me lose 9lbs last time and it is currently working now.

I also enrolled in a Gentle Yoga class near my house. I didn’t want anything too intense because my body and joints (especially my knees) hurts after stretching. As in hurts so badly I want to cry (I cry 6 times a year so that tells you how badly it hurts.) I want to start slow so I don’t overwhelm myself and stop.

Once I hit 178 I will go from 1.5 lbs lost per week down to 1lb per week and begin the process of dropping back to 172 where I originally started from. After that the ideal goal is to get back to 163 and then my ideal weight is 155 and for that I am more than happy with 1/2lb per week.

A happy start, even if it is just water weight, is a better way to get healthy rather than cutting all yummy foods. Its more about eating smarter than all natural or cutting all sweets.

A few days and easily shed pounds later I am at 184lbs. I will keep everyone posted. 🙂

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