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Starting Weight Mid-Way to Goal Current (Jan '14)
In the time since May 2009 I have radically changed my life. Over that time I have lost about 50% of my starting weight, more than 150 lbs. I like to say I'm half the girl I used to be!
In 2008 my doctor told me I was a candidate for gastric bypass. It is an appropriate choice for some people, but I knew it wasn't right for me. What I really needed was structure, and something to help me make the best choices to help lose weight while keeping satisfied. For me, Weight Watchers worked well, but each person needs to find the right fit for them.
Activity is a huge part of my life now as well. I'm more active than I have ever been. I love water aerobics. I take the stairs instead of the elevator. I walk 5+ miles daily. I score "excellent" in tests of my fitness level.
In August 2010 I hit a very special milestone. For the first time since I was a child, I was officially out of obesity range for my BMI. This was more emotional than I can possibly express. I remember being 11 years old and all the kids in school were sent down to the nurse to be weighed. The nurse wrote something on a slip of paper, folded it in half, and handed it to me to give to my teacher. On that slip was written the word "OBESE." I knew what that word meant, and it hurt. For many many years I would wear that word around my neck like an albatross. In some insidious ways I let it define me. No more. That word is gone from my life forever.If you had known me only 5 years ago, this all would be truly astonishing. I was completely unmindful about what I ate. I'm not a dumb person - I knew my penchant for Ben & Jerry's, pasta, burgers, etc. was not good for me. But I decided not to care. I disowned any responsibility for my health, my body, my life. This was not new - I have been big for so long, since being a sad and lonely little girl in a dysfunctional family who used food for comfort. Food for companionship, really. I am truly lucky to have a wonderful husband who has loved me no matter what my size or shape, but at the risk of sounding totally cliche, I did not love myself. I did not value myself. It is a huge gift that I am finally learning to do that for the first time in my life. My only regret is that it took so long to get here, but I'm grateful I finally did.