The road so far…
I spent the first half of my life being skinny – no, make that extremely skinny. At nearly 5’8″, I constantly weight in at about 103 lbs. There were times when even a size 0 skirt was a bit loose on my frame. I didn’t have a eating disorder, though plenty of people loved to argue that I did, but my metabolism was just such that no matter what I ate or how much of it, I couldn’t put on weight. That sounds like a lovely problem to have when you read that, but this set the foundation for what I’m still going through with my fitness journey today. Let me explain.
Being that skinny, I never had to watch what I ate. I could literally eat a large pizza by myself and not gain an ounce. So healthy food choices? Not something I ever had to give a thought to. If I wanted to eat cheeseburgers, I went for it. If I craved chocolate cake, I could go have 2 slices and not think twice about it. And let’s not even get into my love affair with Pepsi! The sad truth is that I didn’t do veggies or fruits. I lived on highly processed food and I was okay with that.
And because I didn’t see a need for it and felt no love for it either, I pretty much stayed away from any demanding physical activities. The chronic back problems that have plagued my existence since childhood (I have a slight scoliosis and weak bones) might have played a part in it, but I think it has more to do with the fact that working out is just not my cup of tea. Give me a book, a computer or a TV and I’m your girl! But ask me to go to a gym or to run and getting me there is much more challenging.
When my metabolism changed, I didn’t adjust my habits so pretty quickly, I started gaining weight. It wasn’t much at first and I was actually quite happy with the changes. That lasted until I was about a size 6. But then 6 turned to 8, then 10… then 13! And when that size 13 started getting tight, I decided that I’d had it and I refused to go up another size. Luckily for me, I discovered Beachbody in the most roundabout way… by watching television! I was on a business trip and channel surfing in my hotel room when an infomercial for 10-Minute Trainer came on. I ended up watching the whole thing, thinking to myself: “That’s pretty perfect. Only 10 minutes a day so I won’t be able to use my favorite excuse: I don’t have time to go to the gym to work out.” That was early 2013.
By the end of 2013, I had lost about 20 lbs and felt much better in my own skin, but working out – even from my own home – was proving to be much of a challenge. In fact, I ended up putting back 10 lbs by mid-2014. My health wasn’t that great either. I ended up spending all of 2015 battling a chronic sinus infection that refused to go away and made working out even more challenging. I kept pressing play, just not every day.
Now, at the end of 2016 and on the eve of my 41st birthday my weight hovers around 157 lbs. I’m still not where I want to be, but compared to my initial weight of 182 lbs in 2013, I’m still pretty excited with the changes I made happen. 2017 is going to be even more exciting for me. And I invite you to join me in this great big adventure to a better and healthier you!