I wanted to do an update on my weight-loss journey–and it’s been a long journey–about 2 years now. I’m close to my final goal. I’ve lost about another 60 lbs since my last post, for a total of -117 lbs. My goal is another 8 lbs (to match my weight on my wedding day 🙂 )
Here are the pics, then below that is how I did it, if you are interested. The picture on the left is from Sarah’s wedding in 2014, the one on the right is today.
After I posted last time (Nov 2015), I took a break for the holidays and then couldn’t get back to it AT ALL…for 8 months. Then this July, on my 50th birthday, I joined Planet Fitness. I had never been in a gym before or really exercised since high school, so I was very nervous and mostly dreading it. My daughters came with me and showed me how to use some of the equipment. It turned out, I REALLY enjoyed it.
About a month later I joined MyFitnessPal.com where they set up a calorie plan for you based on your goals and you can record your exercise. It keeps track of weight and measurements with fun graphs. And there is a community of people to talk to who are in the exact same spot you are.
I know talking about calorie reduction isn’t very trendy or exciting, but that’s what works. I maintain between 1200 and 1400/day and exercise 6-7 days per week. After a few months at Planet Fitness, I met up with the trainer there a half dozen times and he taught me how to use the free weights for strength training (as opposed to the weight machines) and made up a schedule for me to follow. I also do cardio most days. I am probably stronger now than I have ever been in my life.
As I finish up the last few pounds and transition to maintenance, I will probably continue the exercise the same, but I’ve upped the calories to about 1650. Once in maintenance, I can up them again a few hundred, but I will always have to watch them to some degree since I do not want to go back to where I was, and it’s just too easy to do that.
Healthwise, my doctors are very pleased with me. I am no longer pre-diabetic with a completely normal hgA1C, and amazingly my last echocardiogram showed no sign of the aortic aneurysm, left ventricular hypertrophy, or aortic stenosis that I previously had. I feel great and haven’t even had a cold in recent memory.
As for clothes, my tops went from a Size 26 Women’s (3x-4x) to a Size 10/12 Misses. My pants went from a 24 W to a 12/14 M.
So that’s my story and probably all the TMI and selfies you’ll get from me for the rest of my life! 🙂