Weight loss is a subject that I am very familiar with. As a Registered Dietitian I have counseled many patients and clients about weight loss. However, I have never really been in a position where I need to lose weight before, so I don’t know what it’s like first hand. I think sometimes you can have all the knowledge in the world, but if you haven’t experienced something first hand you just aren’t going to fully get it. Weight loss may fall in to that category, too.
For the first time in my life, really, I am in a position where I need to lose weight. Like I’ve shared, my body has been through a lot in the last year and a half. My pregnancy with Gabriel was physically challenging, and I had the opposite problem — I had a really hard time gaining weight. I weight almost as much right now as I did when Gabriel was born. I lost all of the baby weight right away — within the first 2 weeks. Then I lost another 10 pounds between June and October because I was so sick with a gallbladder that wasn’t functioning. Before I had my gall bladder removed in October, I weighed the lowest I had weighed since middle school or maybe freshman year of high school. Then I gained 17 pounds between October and February. Talk about weight fluctuation. Up and down and up and down. That put me just a few pounds above my usual body weight. And then I started steroids. Which I now believe is a miracle drug — because of how much better I feel — but it doesn’t come without side effects. Including weight gain. I put on 10 pounds in the first month on steroids. Hello significant weight gain. And hello reality check.
During that month there were a lot of times that I felt really bad about myself because of my nutrition — mainly my poor food choices. I knew I was making bad decisions, I knew I was gaining weight, I could see changes happening, but I just kept sitting in that. Gaining 27 pounds over the course of 6 months is crazy and hard on the body, and I could feel that resonating in my body physically and also emotionally.
I reached my breaking point. I stepped on the scale, saw the number, and realized I had to make changes. And I know I’m not alone. So I’m going to share my weight loss journey here on this blog. Because I apparently enjoy doing scary things. But I am hoping that it will be an encouragement to anyone else who is working through this or feels that tug to get going on it. Maybe we can do it together? Maybe you can keep me accountable?
I will go more in depth on different aspects of weight gain, weight loss, nutrition, exercise, the emotions behind it, and whatever other random stuff you know I will throw in. But today I just wanted to share with you that this is where I am. In a new territory, learning things, trying to apply the book stuff and the head knowledge to my own real life. I’m excited to share what I learn. I am also humbled to admit there’s some ugliness in all this, too. And I’m really hoping that I can get back on track to a healthy state. One where I’m not concerned with numbers but with overall health. Where I eat a really well-balanced diet and I live a healthy lifestyle. It’s always been my passion, and I want to get back to it.
Also, I want to address this — I know that I will hear from many of you that I am so little, I couldn’t have gained that much weight, it doesn’t show, etc. And I appreciate your kind words. I am a petite person. I always have been. My Mamaw, my mom’s mom, was a short and very petite woman as was her family. I seem to have those genes. I have a petite frame and look like a little person, but over the past little while I have added weight on to my small frame that shouldn’t be there. But even more than the pounds, it’s about the food choices I’m making and not living a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle. That’s what I want to get back to. I notice differences in the way my body feels. There is extra skin, and fat??, that didn’t used to be there. And the tell tale sign — when you rip through 3 pairs of jeans in 2 days you can’t help but slump your shoulders and throw in the towel.
So I hope you will join me. Maybe if you’ve walked this before and have some tips for me, you will share with me. I’d love to hear your thoughts. And I will definitely share how it’s going and what I’ve learned. So far my favorite thing I’ve learned about — barre classes. I am obsessed. I’ve been able to do them at home, which works really well with my schedule since I can’t get away to work out. I also have some other forms of exercise to try out and am looking forward to seeing what is fun and works great!