Finally dug up the history of me... My weight gain was slow and gradual. When I joined the USAF, I was right at the max allowable weight standard for my height/age - 155. In fact, my recruiter wanted me to lose a couple pounds before going to basic training just to be safe. Problem was, at 19, I had no idea how to lose weight. I'd always been very active as a kid and apparently had the metabolism to eat pretty much anything (I worked at Dairy Queen for cryin' out loud!) so, it wasn't until later that weight became an issue. I think this is the case for a lot of people - being overweight just creeps up on them and they have no idea what to do!
|1991 - My son was born =D|
(btw, I don't remember EVER looking that young!)
|2002 - Hanging w/ my daughter at Disney|
|2003 - Lowest weight attained since HS - 148lbs|
In the summer of 2001, my dad suffered a massive heart attack and died in a 7-11 store in Florida while on vacation. In the fall of 2001, my husband and I separated. On the first of May 2002, my mom passed away, on the 7th, my divorce was final and on the 10th I was traveling to Texas to train for special duty in the AF. Looking back, I'd say this is when some emotional eating may have occurred. : \
At some point toward the end of 2002, I stepped on a scale and discovered I weighed almost 180 lbs! (Of course, right now I'd LOVE to weigh 180, but back then I was still accountable to the USAF and 180 was at least 20lbs over the standard).
That's when I discovered Body for Life (Bill Phillips) and devoured that book. I lost 30 pounds in 12 weeks. So awesome. However, the point to "Body for Life" was that the changes I made were supposed to be "for life." But after the 12 weeks were done, I just went right back to the way I was eating before.
|2006 - realized weight gain but having a hard time|
battling it away from my family
|2008 - Retiring from USAF (weight approx 190)|
By the time I retired, I was up to around 190, 5 years after losing 30 lbs. But since I had retired and was no longer accountable to anyone but me, I think I went a little crazy in the food
department as evidenced by the 15 pound gain seen in the graduation picture with my son.
|2010 - My son's graduation (weight approx 205lbs)|
|2011 - Can't take credit for the snowman, but at least he's|
bigger than me!! (weight 210 lbs)
|2013 - weigh-in pic for first DietBet|
|2013 - Weigh-in pic for Summer DietBet|
making changes that I can live with -