We all know that losing weight is not always easy. It is much easier to put weight on than it is to take it back off. At one time in my journey toward being healthier and thinner, I went WAY back! Let me explain.
When I first started keeping track of my weight on My Fitness Pal I weighed in at 272 pounds. That was in March 2012. I tried a lot of things that year and by October 2012 I was down to my lowest weight of 220 pounds. I was thrilled. I was fitting into size 16 jeans and vowed to never go back to any bigger size.
Well, I was working out very hard, but not really watching what I ate, so I was keeping the weight off, mostly because of my up to two or three hours a day of working out.
Unfortunately, that kind of thing can only go so long. And for me, sometime in October I had a knee injury during one of my workouts and was up to 230.6 pounds on November 8, 2012. I fluctuated up and down in November to a low of 224.4 and back up to a high of 237.2.
I was frustrated and losing my commitment to "bettering" myself.
By August 4, 2013 I was close to 300 pounds! My blood sugars were surging out of control and I was a mess!
I tried different things, but without much success and with no commitment at all. I went through the motions when we did our Be A Loser With Karin contests. I kept reading reports and researching, but without the will to really do anything about my weight, nothing was happening.
Fast forward to October 12, 2015, I am at 254.4 pounds. I get kind of sick. Kind of sick for several months. Allergies and influenza and colds and lingering sinus infections. At one point during Christmas time I get sick enough with a sore throat that I was down to 228.4 pounds on New Year's Eve.
I was not optimistic about this weight loss because usually when a person loses weight because they are sick they quickly gain it back. Somehow I managed to keep it off. When I did the weigh in for our contest this year on February 18, I was 229.6.
During the first month of our contest this year I lost 7.6 pounds.
I was a little frustrated because I was working out and eating properly and still not losing. But I wasn't gaining either and that is a good thing!
I was in size 18 jeans when we began the contest and they were just the tiniest bit snug. Yesterday I tried on a pair of those long-kept size 16s from 2012 and not only did they fit, I had room and they weren't snug at all.
While I had not been losing weight, I had been losing inches, so my work was paying off and I am thrilled.
Even more thrilling for me is that I get to share this with you and hope that it will inspire you, too. I know I am not through the woods yet. I have been here before, but my resolve to remain healthy and fit is greater than it has ever been. I am also a Beachbody coach and have that commitment in me to help others, as well.
I start the workout 22 Minute Hard Corps today! I am pumped about being in a challenge group for this workout. I was recently in a challenge group for the 21 Day Fix, but my coach assures me I should only do one of these workouts per day. After watching the first workout of the 22 Minute Hard Corps, I think she is right! I love Tony Horton, though and he is a great trainer (P90X, P90, P90X2, P90X3, etc.) and developed this workout with boot camp military training, food, etc. in mind. In fact, he has some amazing Veterans who are the ones doing the workouts and from what I have seen so far, they are really AMAZING!
If you want to know more about my coaching, about the workouts I do, or anything else, please let me know and I will tell you more about it.
In the meantime, have a great weekend! Be good to yourself and others! And remember, if I can do this, you can, too!