Weight Loss: Mission Impossible?

 

As you can tell by my ingenious title, this will be a weekly post about weight loss.  No, it won’t be about your weight loss or give you tips and tricks on how you can get in shape (unless you take anything I say and apply it to your life…) but it will be more of a place for me to vent, talk about and cheer over my own battle with the bulge.

This is a mission I have been on my whole life, so is it impossible?  I know it’s not cause I’ve been thinner before but doesn’t it just feel that way sometimes?   So, if you care to see progress photos of me (gross….), listen to me scream when I don’t want to work out and complain about my struggle with ice cream then keep coming back each week and I will satisfy your craving! Oh now I want those chocolate chip cookies my husband made today. Focus Lindsey, focus.

To start this blog posting off I will give you a bit of back story on my life and what I’ve been through with my weight.  Sometimes it’s easy to take and sometimes the story gets a little chubby…. I mean ugly.  Anyway, here it goes.  As a kid my mom always praised me for being a good eater.  Nothing wrong with that.  You want your kids to eat.  But my family is full of “pleasers” and when I was old enough to realize that eating all my dinner and even having seconds pleased my mother, I was all for it.  That just turned into a bad habit of eating large portions.  Though as a child I was never allowed dessert during the week and we rarely had soda in the house, those large portions and snacking caused me to be a chubby kid.  I wasn’t fat, but I was a lot heavier than most girls my age.  My parents were wonderful but they never taught me good eating habits so I continued down the path I was on.  As I got older, I developed a few insecurities – as everyone does – and food became my comfort.  I would sneak cookies into my room or extra ice cream at night when my parents were watching TV in their room.  I even remember when I was in junior high and high school waking up in the middle of the night and scrounging through the fridge for a midnight snack.  When I was a High School Senior I was bound and determined to lose weight and look good so I exercised 3 days a week for 2 hours a day and was put on a strict diet by my mentor at the time.  I lost about 30 lbs. and had never looked so great.

Unfortunately once I moved to Los Angeles for college that “freshman 15” came into play and the insecurities I had got worse because I was on my own and scared.  So, I ate to comfort myself.  Plus, that’s what I did when I was bored!  Over the next 3 years I became a 200 lb. gal.  When I looked at some vacation pictures one summer I saw how heavy I was and how unhappy I looked in every single picture and I decided I had had enough.  So that summer I buckled down and lost another 30 lbs.  I was still heavier than I wanted to be but at least I wasn’t enormous anymore.  But once again, life took a stressful turn and I slowly put weight back on again. I hung out around 180 lbs. for several years.

But in 2008 my husband and I, after trying every thing we could think of to lose weight, made the decision to do Nutrisystem.  It was one of the best decisions I ever made.  Not only did it teach us how to eat and portion control but it gave us confidence and was actually easier than you’d think.  After Nutrisystem, we really buckled down and exercised like crazy, doing P90X.  We were looking incredible.  I was a size 4, muscular, toned and happy to be healthy finally!  But about 2 years ago I had to take a break from P90X which I thought was going to be for 2-3 months. As I said, it turned into 2 years and that did a number on my weight.  Every couple of months I try to start exercising again, so I’ll workout for 3 days and then don’t want to do it anymore.  I am now in between a size 8 and 10 and starting to get uncomfortable in my skin.  No, I’m not obese nor am I as heavy as I’ve been most of my life but when you’ve been a healthy size 4 you now know what you are missing.  Plus, none of my clothes fit and I don’t have enough money to buy new one’s.  That sucks!!!

I’m now ready to take this bull by the horns and make it happen.  Will you help me?  All I need from you is to keep reading my posts and comment.  If you do this for me, I’ll be motivated to keep posting my progress and thoughts which will keep me focused on my Mission Impossible which I am starting today.  I’ll be doing a workout regiment and a slight diet change.  Here is my plan:

Work-Out:

  • P90X dvd’s at home
  • Daily hour long walks with dogs

Diet:

  • Breakfast consisting of a carb, a protein, a dairy and a fruit.
  • A morning snack of a fruit and a protein
  • A small portioned lunch low in sodium and a small salad with fat free dressing
  • An afternoon snack with a good amount of fiber
  • A dinner consisting of a well portioned main dish, a salad, a vegetable, a carb and a fat.
And here are my starting measurements:
  • Arms: 12 in.
  • Breast: 38 in.
  • Waist: 31 in.
  • Hips: 40 in.
  • Thigh: 24 in.
  • Calf: 15 in.
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