Friday, September 28, 2007

The newest me!

Ok, it’s time for another shameless plug about me. :-) I went back in my blog to see if I could find pictures of me at my heaviest. Well, lucky for you, I found one. Haha! In the split picture above, the one of me on the left was taken in Salt Lake City in March of this year and the one on the right was taken just today. By all estimations I think I weighted around 205 possibly more. Truly frightening! And to think that I didn’t think I was that big. Well, I think that’s the sneaky part of weight gain. It happens slowly for most people and you don’t realize what’s going on till it’s gotten out of hand. The other issue I feel like I have is something I’ve deemed as reverse anorexia. Like, when I look in the mirror, I didn’t see a woman who weighted 200+ pounds. I saw a happy, chubby girl who wasn’t OBESE. Well, after checking out my BMI (body mass index) at the CDC website, I realized that I was in fact obese. How the hell did that happen?? Me? Obese? Nah, can’t be. That’s when I knew that I had to make changes. People that see me now can’t believe that I was that heavy. But the next question they ask is how I did it. I cut out all sodas not even diet stuff. For me, soda makes me bloated and retain water. I stopped snacking. Yeah, that one was hard. But again, my desire to wear a decent bathing suit or feel really confident in fitted clothing overtakes my desire to eat that Little Debbie snack cake or that bowl of chips. I lost 3 pounds when I was in North Carolina. I was busy with stuff and kept occupied and the weight fell off. Didn’t hurt that I didn’t have a fridge to keep stuff in in my room. LOL! I also did a ton of walking when I was there.

So, enough of that…you want to know where I am now. I currently weigh 167, which makes my weight loss a grand total of 38 pounds. WOOOOHOO! So for me, that makes me about a size 14. Although the Levi’s I bought last weekend, I can pull off without unbuttoning (heh, that’s with silky undies on too…ladies you know what I’m talking about…jeans and pants go on a little easier with slippery undies on. :-) ) I figure I have at least another 40 pounds to go. I’m sure it will only get harder, but it’s all worth it. Thanks to all my friends who have been so supportive of me especially my sister in law Tracy. She’s been a real encouragement. So that’s it! I’ll keep you updated if anything else exciting happens!!


Kate said...

Congratulations, Aunt Melissa! You look great!

Aunt Cheryl said...

Holy Cow!!! You look great. I always think your the most beautiful niece in the entire world. Guess we will be able to share clothes when I'm home for visits:-) Love you!!!

Melissa and Wayne said... guys are too sweet! I just think that when you show pictures (like before and after) it gives people a better idea of how much weight I've lost and that it can be done! :-)

Anonymous said...

WHOOOO HOOOO!!!! You go girl! If I could only be as strong as you, soda rules my world right now. I am impressed!!!!!!


Sharon said...

I am soooooo proud of you!!! :)
We miss you in the DTC group! Come by and visit us soon!!! Please!!!

LOVE YA!!!!!!!!!!