As I get ready to head to Fit Bloggin‘, I thought I should tell my weight story. Life Lyn Style is just over 4 months old. I started this blog to help me be more accountable with my food and exercise. Since starting the blog, I’ve met many other bloggers (virtually) and have been amazed at the number of “fit blogs” that exist. The web is full of other people just like me who are trying to better themselves and live healthy lives.
I’ve been overweight most of my life. I remember being called “big butt” as early as elementary school. I remember joining Weight Watchers for the first time during my senior year of high school. At that point, I needed to lose about 50 pounds. I came within 9 pounds of my goal, and then I started college.
At the University of Akron, I had unlimited access to the food court. At that time, this consisted of a pizza place and McDonald’s. I ate all of the time. Looking back, it’s amazing to me just how much crap I ate during college. My weight ballooned to around 260 pounds. For the next 8-12 years, I weighed between 250 and 280. I also have been a Weight Watchers member several times over the years. My weight was fairly consistent. I also tried to not let my weight get in my way. I’d like to think that I’ve been successful. I know that it has held me back here and there, but I don’t focus on that. I’ve done 12 week-long bicycle rides. I’ve walked 2 marathons and a couple of half marathons. I met my husband Stephen while on one of the bicycle rides. Since I met him in 2003, we’ve had 2 children. With pregnancies came more weight gain. The OB appointment before my daughter was born (Nov 2009), I weighed in at 344. Yikes! That is such a huge number to type!
Shortly after Sally was born, I rejoined Weight Watchers at 326 pounds. In the past 18 months, since Sally was born, I’ve managed to get down to the 280’s. I’ve been consistently there for a few months now. Recently, I dropped my Weight Watcher membership since I wasn’t able to attend the meetings with two toddlers. With over 100 pounds more to go, I try to focus on real food and exercise and know that the rest will come.