I've battled being overweight most of my life. I was a chubby little girl who wore a size of clothing "unpolitically correct" called: Husky. Now that alone should've motivated me to lose weight, especially when I hit my teen years and was still, well, Husky. I managed to lose a bunch of weight when I was 15 and kept it off until I graduated from high school. After that my blubber cheerfully found me and crawled back onto my body for the long haul. I kept begging God to help me lose weight. I cried over it. I pigged out because of it. I tried every diet known to man and womankind. I kept waiting for self control to find me. Finally one day I got sick and tired of being plump. It was December 20, 2005. I realized that my life was probably well over half-way done and I'd spent most of it well rounded. That morning when I woke up I decided then and there that I was going to finish the last half of life on the planet not-so-fat.
Several people have asked me how I did it. Enough people have asked that I've finally decided to write about it here, step by step, in embarrassing detail. If I can do it, anybody can. So, here's what I did first:
Step 1. I wanted to lose 40 pounds so I cut out 40 little pieces of happily colored construction paper and taped them onto the side of the fridge. Those were my "blubbers". Each time I'd lose a pound I was able to rip a "blubber" off the fridge and throw. it. away.
If I gained a pound back, I cut out another happy piece of paper and taped it to the fridge. That was a good visual for me every time I went to eat something. All those cute blubbers hanging there, staring at me.
Step 2. I had a pair of skinny jeans I wanted to fit into so I took those and draped them over a chair in our bedroom. Good motivation.
Step 3. I made a list of all the reasons I wanted to lose weight. Some of those were very personal, others not so much.
That's all I'm going to write tonight. I have a little person waiting to be tucked in and kissed!