Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Tale of Two Fatties: Past & Future

My goal to lose weight is inspired by currently being pretty husky. Blogging about it at least once is inspired by this chick and this chick. Please join me on a historical journey through the history of Justin & I being fat...and not that fat. Then look at our goals and cheer us on.

Justin and I both started out as dramatically gorgeous babies and children (sorry no photos available, so just believe me). After age 6 or 7 we plumped up significantly.  I've never been a "skinny" person. Actually, up until my senior year of high school I was overweight practically my whole life. I started exercising like crazy and eating less as a senior and maybe got down to 130...for like a day. By the time I left for college I had already gained some weight back. Causing my mother to ask if I'd already gained the Freshman 15. Thanks, Mom!

Justin played football in high school, so he was pretty fit the entire time. In fact, I'm convinced if Justin and I had gone to high school together we would not have even spoken to one another. Cuz he was a cool kid and I was not. Haha

We dressed like this every day
Heeeey, what's your name?

When I got to college I remained on the chunkier side until I slimmed down slightly after...sophomore year? I have no idea how much I weighed at any given time. I will guess I hovered between 145 and 155? Between sophomore and senior year of college I think I felt pretty good about myself. Probably wanted to lose some weight, but nothing drastic.

Justin was on the svelte side for some time after he got out of college. He stopped smoking at some point and the plumping began. Apparently, smoking is good for something.

Nice helmet

Justin and I looked roughly the same as above when we met. He was pretty overweight and I was okay. I wanted to lose weight, but probably weighed slightly under or over 160. My first job out of college put me on the road and away from Seattle 6 days a week. I think the sadness of this caused Justin to not eat for 8 months. He lost roughly 50 pounds during that time.
Awkward poseGood work, sir

Look at us lookin' good together
I had hoped to lose weight for our wedding in September '09, but that didn't really happen. I didn't look too bad, so it's okay. After we got married we settled back into our routine. We went on our honeymoon in December, which was filled with lots and lots of food. I think that started the slippery slope. By the time I knew it I weighed nearly 190 pounds by May '10.

I feel like my weight gain effects every aspect of my life. Naturally, I feel much less attractive, which makes me less outgoing. I don't want to meet new people. I have no energy for exercise or physical activity and I hate getting dressed in the morning. I'm also mad at myself for gaining so much weight in such a short period of time. If I'd just been paying attention and got on a scale! I know I have to lose weight to feel good about myself again. The only positive about the way my body gains weight is that my boobs grow exponentially with the rest of me. : )

Now, it is January 2011 and this is what Justin and I look like:

198 lbs
280 lbs

Our Goals

My goal is to lose at least 25 pounds by the end of April and an additional 15 or 20 pounds by the end of June. My goal weight would be 150 or 145 pounds, but anything significantly less than now is an improvement. Justin wants to lose 50 pounds eventually, taking him down to 23o pounds.

I don't really have a strategy planned. Honestly, I eat pretty terribly and way too much at times. I plan on exercising at least 4 times a week in some way and just eating sensibly. Also, drinking a lot more water.

I hope you will encourage me along the way. I don't plan on blogging about any weight loss very often, but motivation from my friends and family would be great! I also would love to do more active things. So, instead of getting dinner or going to a movie, maybe we can go for a walk around Greenlake?

Thanks for reading!


Danielle said...

good luck!! i was proud of myself for not buying pink cookies for book club tonight. that should count for something. and wine is basically fruit, so i think we're good there.

Jill said...

a. I want to see baby Liz photos. (Future blog topic, please).
b. You looked fantastic at your wedding. (Not that I was there).
c. You should go veggie as part of your plan. (It makes you think about your food).

Bon Voyage!

Anonymous said...

We should go on a walk on Sunday!!!

HeatherS said...

Liz, you are fabulous and gorgeous and wonderful. Good luck to you and Justin. I think little things, like taking the stairs, parking far away, walking instead of watching tv will all help alot.

PS. Up for a walk anytime!

Liz said...

Thanks for your comments, ladies! Jill, I don't know how to incorporate photos of me as a child, but I can try. Heather, see how easy it was to leave a comment? You should do it more often! Haha

Becky said...

hi! You can do it! I will support you and invite you to go hiking and such :)
Want to do the St Patty's Day Dash with me? I'm going in the walk/jogging group. It's just a 5k! easy!

Also, you should join my gym..perhaps there is one closer to you? I have a personal trainer and he has really helped me get in shape! I finally had to go shopping because all my jeans were too big! yeah!

Good luck!

Becky said...

PS you looked amazing at your wedding! I was so pleased to be a part of the festivities. I am proud of you, you can do anything!